The business panacea

In a world of ever increasingSocial ills,The promise of entrepreneurshipGradually inflates in size and scopeUntil it becomes the only way forwardWe imagine possible.In a milieu of poor alternativesThe private businessHas become the magic bullet,The pure blade,The weapon of choiceTo slay our giantsAnd make us whole.But how can we expect businessTo solve the problems the StateHas […]

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African hands

Have been in high demandFor centuries.Hands that build empires for othersFists to fight the wars of othersPalms outstretched to the goodwill of othersFingers to grasp the fruits of the trees of others.We know well what Africans can doWith their hands,Indeed they have held many a society together.But what of African heads?What of the thought leadership […]

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Deep pockets

Having the most money in the roomDoesn’t mean you’re best suited to leadOr that your ideasAre most likely to succeed.And though people will likely defer toThe wealthiest individualsIts important to recognizeThe limits of moneyAnd acknowledge our tendencyTo allow it to cloud our judgement.Deep pocketsAre a measure of the resources available,Not an indicationOf who should tell […]

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Afro-pessimism

There is nothing sophisticatedAbout expecting little from Africans.Nothing particularly imaginativeAbout reinforcing the worst stereotypesIt is great folly to imagine you’re getting any largerWhen you’re really just making others smaller.Afro-pessimismIs the phenomenon of associating blacknessWith inherent inferiority,Almost gleefully grasping at the tiniestBits of evidence to supportA damning story line.Furthermore,Such defamation can be perpetratedBy anyoneIncluding Africans themselves-Indeed […]

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Working for Transport

‘Ga gona madi’ *At least not enough moneyTo do more than justPerpetuate her misery.Working for transport-What the government would call‘Employment’And what a generationKnows as quiet desperation.She wakes up early,Makes herself presentableShe leaves the house,Her shirt is now fadingAnd she can feel a hole formingAt the heel of her shoe-Maybe it can hold for another week,Either […]

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Inclusive Innovation

InnovationIs often born out of frustrationAnd convictions about inclusionEmerge from disparate societies.Great progress and affluenceHas often been made possibleBy great exploitation,Mind boggling prosperitySide by side with breathtaking povertyUnequal.Inclusive innovationIs an appeal to our creativityA call to do better,To build a larger tableFor more people to sit atTo dig a deeper wellFor more people to drink.Are […]

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The language of pain

Doesn’t belongTo the objective learned ones,RemovedFrom the experience of it.It belongs toThe ones not sleeping as a result of itThe ones afraid to bear children because of it,The ones who go from one doctor to anotherLooking for relief.It belongs to the mother who can senseWhen her infant is not wellTo the old manThat feels that […]

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Post colonial sin

The thing about being a former colonyIs that its hard to knowHow much of your society’s sinIs inherent and how muchIs borrowed.Our sin is layered,First the sinWe’ve plunged our hands intoOf our own volitionAnd then there’s the sinWe inherited from our former captors.And so in an attempt to redeem ourselvesSome of us have sought toBeat […]

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Customer, Client or Patient?

Beyond semanticsIt matters what you callThe person you seek to engage.A customer is a personInterested in a product,And expects a fair transactionGetting what they expect,Fair trade.No need for namesNo need for small talk,Sometimes the less peopleA customer has to deal withThe better.Convenience.A client is a personWhose name is known.Their needs are anticipated.Their nuances taken into […]

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