AFRICA 3.0 as an Operating System

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"When the music changes, so does the dance"  African Proverb

"There is no cure that does not cost"  Kenyan Proverb

 “All successful revolutions are the kicking in of a rotten door”   John K. Galbraith

 “Education is a method whereby one acquires a higher grade of prejudices”  Laurence J. Peter

 

An operating system (OS) is the software that manages the resources of a computer. By extension and analogy, a macro OS is made of policies, mental programmes, systems of thoughts and institutions that organize, shape and control the resources of a society and an economy for development.

 

The name ‘AFRICA 3.0’ denotes a substantial system upgrade rather than minor updates which enable only variations around the status quo.  It also conveys the idea of a break with the previous system.  This break with the past has been suggested by the rhetoric of the African Renaissance and the African Century– a narrative that has lacked political and social traction because, among other, it failed to put forward in stark terms the bold and painful reforms required for a real cultural rebirth, renewal and revival.  Although the African Renaissance narrative has been taken at the highest level in a number of countries in the late '90s, the narrative typically ignored the tough issues. For instance, not telling the truth - the truth that Africans do not want to hear - does not lead to the transformations required for the propulsion of the region into modernity.

 

The Renaissance rhetoric failed to:

 

  • convey the truth about what has to be sacrificed in order to reveal modernity in a region constrained by traditional modes of thinking.
  • put in clear terms the belief and spiritual systems that have to be abandoned. 
  • tell Africans the mythologies and superstitions that have to be given up. 
  • inform Africans that there is no scientific or modern advance without progress towards secularism.

 

In the end, the Renaissance narrative lacked credibility, seriousness and traction. And it was used for political sloganeering and gains instead of real changes on the ground.

 

In line with this, as an operating system, AFRICA 3.0 aims to be:

 

  • an upgraded platform for policymaking in the area of science, technology, innovation and knowledge and for revealing a distinctive modernity on the African continent.
  • a user interface between Africans’ aspirations and the resources to achieve them.
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