I had just woken from a brief nap that I took in between my duties and was staring absent mindedly on the TV set.
A documentary on illegal border crossing by Mexicans and other Latin Americans into the USA was being aired by BBC. As I watched, I thought of others like it that I’ve seen in recent times…hundreds of West Africans drowning off the coast of Malta trying to move into Spain and Italy…people living in the forests of eastern Germany from year to year dreaming of moving into European cities to get their hands on the so called western wealth.
During this period, I pondered on one overriding thought – do these people actually believe that by moving from their countries into western Europe, or the USA, they would instantly succeed in life? As though moving from Africa to USA automatically translated into a metamorphosis from poverty to riches!
Then my thoughts moved on to my recent encounter with a young Nigerian graduate. He told me over the internet that he’d already spent one year in Morocco. He’s waiting for his chance to cross over illegally into Italy, or Spain! In the meantime, this Banking and Finance graduate from a Nigerian University is roaming the streets of Morocco, begging for living!
I think the situation is rather tragic.
It was at this point that I appreciated the fact that these people lacked an understanding of the fundamental principles of success and wealth creation. Millions of them have now ended up as modern day slaves in European and American capitalistic prison yards. Statistical evidence points to the shocking reality that less than 5% of them have the financial capacity to return to their homelands. The rest are victims of an illusion – an illusion that was fed and fueled by ignorance, mental indolence, and sheer irresponsibility.
I hope that my thoughts on this blog will challenge the illusion (among Africans) that western countries equals paradise on earth.
I pray that my work here will empower my readers to take greater responsibility over their own lives, master the underlying principles of the universe, and translate their dreams into realities.