Politics takes up too much attention across Africa. On any given day when you open a newspaper, mainstream news website, or listen to talk radio, the main topics revolve around politics or politicians. And it isn't politics in the sense of discussing policies, but politics in the sense of what did such-and-such politicians do recently (or didn't do).
You wouldn't be mistaken for thinking that politicians across Africa are generally being treated like they are entertainment celebrities. Yet, we forget that they are elected to serve the public, hence we call them "public servants."
This is why it was refreshing to learn that Nigeria is going ahead with its plans to manufacture non-commercial helicopters locally. Currently, these helicopters are being made in Belgium and shipped to Nigeria. The benefits for local manufacturing are many including, among others, job creation, research and development, and activating the supply chain of other companies that need to support this manufacturing.
Above all this, is the positive impact on the growth of the country's economy, however small. For example, look around your place of work or where you live, pick up any object and check what the label says - Made in...?
You'll soon realize that very few items are made in an African country. So, efforts in manufacturing goods locally go a long way in improving the fortunes of any country, I think.
Ultimately, politicians, as public servants, must have the interests of the public at heart in any decisions they make.
P.S. Whether the Made in Nigeria helicopters will benefit the people of Nigeria is a debate for another day, at least it's a start in the right direction.
Today's Top Stories
👩🏿🔬 Made-in-Nigeria helicopters are expected to be launched in the fourth quarter of 2021. This is according to instructions given by President Muhammadu Buhari to Nigeria's National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI). Already, NASENI has said that it has ordered two sets of Dynali Ultralight helicopters for "reverse engineering in Nigeria to further domesticate the technology following the training of Nigerian Engineers." Link
💳 South African fintech startup, Ukheshe, has entered into a partnership with KCB Bank Kenya to enable the startup to issue both virtual and physical cards across East Africa. Beyond just virtual and physical cards, the partnership between Ukheshe and KCB will also include other digital products such as QR code issuing and acquiring. Link
💰 A good blog post by Mark Cuban in which he expands on something I have been thinking about regularly (The Meme Economy) due to the trending current affairs news globally. Mark asks: "What is something worth? A building, a pen, a stock, a cryptocurrency, gold, Intellectual property, any asset? Valuing something we own has always been more art than science." Link
⚖️ Kenya’s new personal data protection law will have a negative impact on researchers. This is because researchers will now be confined to the collection of specific information only directly from individuals. Link
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