There is no denying that one of the 2nd order or 3rd order effects of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) induced lockdowns is that earth is undergoing some level of reset. You see this with reports of less pollution in some of Africa’s large cities as well as (what we call) wild animals starting to venture out of their “camps.”
Another such reset that is long overdue is that where science leads the way and everything else follows.
Before the lockdowns around the world, our media was filled with what in hindsight appears as trivial things. Entertainment, sports, etc. The amount of money spent on these activities was also disproportionately high compared to the amount being spent on scientific research and development, especially in Africa.
Yet, when it is now time to ensure we can all survive and continue with our livelihoods it is the very scientists, in their various professions, that we rely on. However, under normal circumstances they are not the most well funded (as compared to your favourite sports team for example).
Don’t get me wrong. I am not saying things like music are useless. For one I would go insane for being confined to our house for such extended periods without listening to my favourite music artists. What I am trying to say is, especially in Africa where we donate more to churches than healthcare initiatives, we should re-evaluate our priorities. As Augustine Togonu-Bickersteth puts it:
“Since Jesus loved healing the sick, black churches should devote their resources to health care and health research.”
Ultimately, when all else is failing, it is science that leads the way.
Subcribe to our Daily Brief newsletterShare this via:
Insights and analysis into how business and technology impact Africa. We promise to leave you smarter and asking the right questions every time after you read it. Sent out every Monday to Friday.