Africa has in the recent past become a hot topic. It has always been a topic that comes up when the world has felt that their pity meter has been rather inactive. Tales of sweeping droughts and incapacitating famines seasoned with artful pictures of starving emaciated children has been a staple of the western press to coax dollars from its citizens to fund project after project run by NGOs..
Admittedly, its becoming rather old. A surging middle class with access to the internet and satellite TV is beginning to see the discrepancies between what is preached and what is drunk. The beauty with market forces is that technology crosses borders following the money . Politics has very little control of what technology will take root n a particular society and the law is even more aloof forever running after trying to regulate it. As shown by the Arab Spring, most young africans are done with ancient oligarchs and ideas that add no value in the times of Twitter and Facebook. If anything at all, the one person that has helped this along as a complete side effect is Mark Zuckerberg. That a 25 year old sitting in his dorm room could found a multinational company used by millions of clients and manage to amass a couple of billion dollars along the way infuriates millions of young guys who may consider themselves just as smart but stiffled by ancient dinosaurs running their country.
In the upcoming elections in Kenya, the battle will primarily be between the old guard and the fresh, young(40-50 is young by African standards) blood. This scene is likely to be replicated elsewhere. If you are an Octagenerian and still trying to make it in politics or business, you are in for a tough fight.
The African Reinvention will not be lead by a smart, sexy, well read socialite leader with a presence like Adolf Hitler. It will be by the hordes that are described by the quintessential 50 year old career civil servant as the lost/facebook/sagging/useless generation.
A lack of acceptance of the prevailing wind leaves many a ship stranded. As Seth Godin said, Don’t spend your time studying the maps for they could be already obsolete, instead focus on calibrating your compass.