Over few days now, nobody have actually given me a satisfactory answer to my question:

WHY IS AFRICA (OR NIGERIA) BACKWARD OR UNDERDEVELOPED?

Is it a political, economical, or spiritual problem?

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Well, thank u very much for this wonderful question.
in my own view, It is never a spiritual problem becasue half of the folks in this country are christians. Politics is also not a hindrance to us as a country. The reason is that in every country, there is always the ruling party and the oppositions, yet every body lives freely. Our economy is hampered by our leaders not because they just want to but out of sentiment. i see sentiment as our most pressing problem that would not want us to live together. i believe that if all of us in this country can see ourselves as one body, then the issue of backwardness will be a thing of the past.
Hi Henry,
Africa, indeed, the black person's problem is deep-rootedly spiritual, I am so sorry to say. You are a pastor so I believe you already know the answer. Remember the three sons of Noah-Shem, ham and Japhet. These three are the pregenitors of post-flood mankind. The blacks are still struggling under the weight of the curse of Noah on Ham. Having said this, the greatest bane of the black race today is self-centeredness-in public or private situations, leading to perpetual crisis and poverty even in the midst of abundance! Other races have their issues, but the black person is innately selfish. No one is sacrificial, at all! Which black person have you heard say, "I know it's my turn, but, please, go ahead of me." Rare! The good news is that people who have come to realise this have taken the right steps to open their hearts to the Creator and, through His Son, have done the right thing. This is not a spiritual forum. If a black person takes the right steps and does the right things, a true love-walk begins and the curse is broken. Then, the mind is renewed from inside and good governance and other things we admire in developed nations can germinate.
This is my stand, Henry. My expectation from our leaders who have not yet done the right thing is absymally low.
cheers.
joeblues
So what is ur advice?

Joeblues said:
Hi Henry,
Africa, indeed, the black person's problem is deep-rootedly spiritual, I am so sorry to say. You are a pastor so I believe you already know the answer. Remember the three sons of Noah-Shem, ham and Japhet. These three are the pregenitors of post-flood mankind. The blacks are still struggling under the weight of the curse of Noah on Ham. Having said this, the greatest bane of the black race today is self-centeredness-in public or private situations, leading to perpetual crisis and poverty even in the midst of abundance! Other races have their issues, but the black person is innately selfish. No one is sacrificial, at all! Which black person have you heard say, "I know it's my turn, but, please, go ahead of me." Rare! The good news is that people who have come to realise this have taken the right steps to open their hearts to the Creator and, through His Son, have done the right thing. This is not a spiritual forum. If a black person takes the right steps and does the right things, a true love-walk begins and the curse is broken. Then, the mind is renewed from inside and good governance and other things we admire in developed nations can germinate.
This is my stand, Henry. My expectation from our leaders who have not yet done the right thing is absymally low.
cheers.
joeblues
I'm an atheist. So let's dump the spiritual problem angle. Nigeria's problem is failed leadership with the active connivance of the people.
na wah for you oh! Who curse who? So you believe that fairy tale...one of Nigeria's numerous problems.
Anyway what was I expecting from Nigerians...?


Joeblues said:
Hi Henry,
Africa, indeed, the black person's problem is deep-rootedly spiritual, I am so sorry to say. You are a pastor so I believe you already know the answer. Remember the three sons of Noah-Shem, ham and Japhet. These three are the pregenitors of post-flood mankind. The blacks are still struggling under the weight of the curse of Noah on Ham. Having said this, the greatest bane of the black race today is self-centeredness-in public or private situations, leading to perpetual crisis and poverty even in the midst of abundance! Other races have their issues, but the black person is innately selfish. No one is sacrificial, at all! Which black person have you heard say, "I know it's my turn, but, please, go ahead of me." Rare! The good news is that people who have come to realise this have taken the right steps to open their hearts to the Creator and, through His Son, have done the right thing. This is not a spiritual forum. If a black person takes the right steps and does the right things, a true love-walk begins and the curse is broken. Then, the mind is renewed from inside and good governance and other things we admire in developed nations can germinate.
This is my stand, Henry. My expectation from our leaders who have not yet done the right thing is absymally low.
cheers.
joeblues
Hi Ovusike,
May I ask, what do you really mean by sentiment? Are you refering to feeling or emotion or reaction, attitude....etc...which one? Because, in themselves, they are not wrong. What is wrong is when someone is entrusted with people's wealth and has a divine mandate to use the wealth wisely by creating more wealth, jobs, security and an environment that is healthy and safe so that the people can live well and fulfil their potential; but instead of doing this, decides to build his own financial empire for himself and his family, destroying the hopes, aspiration and even lives of the people! This is self-centeredness! One day, whether we like it or not, whether atheist or not, it will change for the best. Trust me!

ovusike ogbara said:
Well, thank u very much for this wonderful question.
in my own view, It is never a spiritual problem becasue half of the folks in this country are christians. Politics is also not a hindrance to us as a country. The reason is that in every country, there is always the ruling party and the oppositions, yet every body lives freely. Our economy is hampered by our leaders not because they just want to but out of sentiment. i see sentiment as our most pressing problem that would not want us to live together. i believe that if all of us in this country can see ourselves as one body, then the issue of backwardness will be a thing of the past.
WHY IS AFRICA (OR NIGERIA) BACKWARD OR UNDERDEVELOPED?
Hi Henry
Thanks for asking
What you pose is a research question?
To get you a good answer your question need to me more specific.

Backward in what?

Let me reframe your question so I can give you some input.
Why is Nigeria underdeveloped?

Even my reframed question is still too vague.

According to wiki definition! Underdevelopment goes like this :-

"It is often used to refer to economic underdevelopment, symptoms of which include lack of access to job opportunities, health care, drinkable water, food, education and housing."

Even though I am not satisfied with wiki definition.

Now my guess, based on my own experience growing up in eastern Nigeria is this.

No 1. Cause of Underdevelopment is : Illiteracy

No 2. Ignorance: (Most Nigerians don't even know their purpose in life. Mind you the purpose of life is not to serve "HIM" You know who I am talking about? )

No 3 Brain Drain. (Most of the needed best IQs we have, has either migrated out of the country, or end up not using their talent properly)
If Brain Drain is a problem? I am part of it (I know, Nigeria, my State, my Local Govt as well as my Town, will benefit from my Service. I am too selfish to come back to Nigeria) 

No 4. Religion (Why religion you may ask..? As soon as people believed that Satan or the Juju priest is responsible for their problem, they can never learn, and Nigeria will never change)

No 5. Bad Leadership (You may be surprised that I have bad leadership as the last cause, Why? Because, as long as the masses tolerates the Greed Leaders they will continue to mess-up. As Fela (May his lovely Soul rest in Peace ) used to say my people dey fear too much, dey fear to fight for freedom, they fear to fight for liberty , I no wan die , my mama dey for house…. )

Short story for you

(A man cannot dream beyond his Imagination.)
Education widens ones Imagination, which helps one to dream like Martin Luther king, Obama, Emeagwali, Albert Einstein..
During my high school days, I read lots of European, American and Arabian Novels:
The first time I set my foot on the shores of America, Europe and the Middle East, nothing was strange to me, why? Because most of the things I read in the novel was just a play back. )

What is missing in Nigeria are people with combination of; (Education, Rationality and Intelligent)
If you need more Input You have to sponsor a research in this area.
Nigeria ney Africa has remained under-developed because of some of the following reasons: Corruption. 1) African leaders are corrupt. They use their positions to loot the economy and impoverish the populace. 2) Sit tight mentality of the leaders: No African leader wants to quit for another. Everyone considers himself as the best thing that could happen to his country and so he wants to remain in power for ever and possibly hand over to his children. I am sure you have not forgetton late Kamuzu Banda of Malawi, Jomo Kenyatta of Kenya, Idi Amin of Uganda, late Abacha and of course our own OBJ. 3) No conscious attempt has been made by our leaders both past and present to re-structure African economies from over-dependence on the western world. We are still haunted by the vestiges of colonisation and because our leaders benefit heavily from the African anti- development campaign of the Western world, they cannot do more than they are doing presently. 4) Laziness. many Africans are lazy. They dont work hard to change the status quo. 4) Our leaders do not provide the enabling environment for the development of technology and science . They prefer to copy. These are some of the problems of Africa.
ovusike ogbara said:
Well, thank u very much for this wonderful question.
in my own view, It is never a spiritual problem becasue half of the folks in this country are christians. Politics is also not a hindrance to us as a country. The reason is that in every country, there is always the ruling party and the oppositions, yet every body lives freely. Our economy is hampered by our leaders not because they just want to but out of sentiment. i see sentiment as our most pressing problem that would not want us to live together. i believe that if all of us in this country can see ourselves as one body, then the issue of backwardness will be a thing of the past.

thanks ovusike, but even the word "sentiment" didnt originate from Africa or Nigeria. why is it then that out of all the continent it's only Africa it has to rest. why not usa or some other place?
Joeblues said:
Hi Henry,
Africa, indeed, the black person's problem is deep-rootedly spiritual, I am so sorry to say. You are a pastor so I believe you already know the answer. Remember the three sons of Noah-Shem, ham and Japhet. These three are the pregenitors of post-flood mankind. The blacks are still struggling under the weight of the curse of Noah on Ham. Having said this, the greatest bane of the black race today is self-centeredness-in public or private situations, leading to perpetual crisis and poverty even in the midst of abundance! Other races have their issues, but the black person is innately selfish. No one is sacrificial, at all! Which black person have you heard say, "I know it's my turn, but, please, go ahead of me." Rare! The good news is that people who have come to realise this have taken the right steps to open their hearts to the Creator and, through His Son, have done the right thing. This is not a spiritual forum. If a black person takes the right steps and does the right things, a true love-walk begins and the curse is broken. Then, the mind is renewed from inside and good governance and other things we admire in developed nations can germinate.
This is my stand, Henry. My expectation from our leaders who have not yet done the right thing is absymally low.
cheers.
joeblues

Thank you brother Joeblues, i like the way you put it - "the black person's problem is deep-rootedly spiritual...."
Also, what you are saying is that we, as true christians, can create our own world, at least starting from the little world around us. I agree with you.
Thank you Mr Edwin,
I like all your 5 reasons for Nigeria's underdeveloped economy. But again lets take a second look at it, these reasons are all found in Nigeria for a cause.
According to economics history, by the 17th century, all the nations of the world were all UN-DEVELOPED. Then the Industrial Revolution came in which gave the Europeans and Americans the advantage to explore, exploit and enslave Africa....
Why didnt that early education, industrial revolution that triggered off economic development in other places not get to Africa?
so the "WHY?" still remains
Pastor, this one now is based on country's differences. Every body is created differently and with different purposes in life. Daniel was above his fellows was not because he was the only isrealite, but he understood that he has to be focused, steadfast and courageous in tackling some issues that has do with the entire nation of isreal. So what am saying is that every one us should begin to intercede for one another, as that is the only thing that can help us to grow.

Pastor Itohan Henry said:
Thank you Mr Edwin,
I like all your 5 reasons for Nigeria's underdeveloped economy. But again lets take a second look at it, these reasons are all found in Nigeria for a cause.
According to economics history, by the 17th century, all the nations of the world were all UN-DEVELOPED. Then the Industrial Revolution came in which gave the Europeans and Americans the advantage to explore, exploit and enslave Africa....
Why didnt that early education, industrial revolution that triggered off economic development in other places not get to Africa?
so the "WHY?" still remains

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