Quote: Makuwerere Bwititi

[…] My stay in China taught me many things but two distinctly stand out from which Africa can draw in her pursuit for economic development. Hard work and unity of purpose.

These two personify the Chinese people and have by and large contributed to the economic success story that this country is today despite, or maybe because, of its huge population.

Says economist and writer Dr Tian YingkuiIn: “In such a diverse country with a huge population, things would be unwork­able without a unified will along with individual crea­tivity.”

He adds: “Without a uni­fied will, any government decrees and directives could not be truly carried out, and people would com­pete in (a) disorderly envi­ronment.”


To China its history plays a key role for citizens to draw inspiration and work hard to achieve the eco­nomic success that it so much cherishes.

That is why China’s his­tory is so meticulously recorded and passed on to generation after gen­eration. This is another important lesson for Africa. Countries like Namibia, which has a rich history, can draw from the Chinese handibook.

I am reminded of what President Hifikepunye Pohamba said on Au­gust 26 on the occasion of Namibia’s Heroes’ Day commemorations at Omu­gulungwoOmbashe, the launchpad for Namibia’s war of independence.

He said: “The history of this place must be told by those who were there for future generations to know.

“Let them hear the his­tory of men and women who vowed that death and slavery were the same things, and who had a vision for an Independ­ent Namibia.” […]

Makuwerere Bwititi, Southern Times Africa, October 12, 2009

The Southern Africa Times is apparently jointly published by Zimbabwe Newspapers Limited and New Era Corporation of Namibia.

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