I’m just thinking…
Last week I visited a childrens’ home in Kapsabet town. It was evening so it was expected to see a couple of the kids playing soccer. Normally I wouldn’t really pay attention to this but something I’ve seen happen before happened again but this time I thought about it differently.
These kids were playing with an old soccer ball…a couple of more bounces and that was the end of its life! It was probably a donation from someone.
One of the kids accidentally hit the ball towards the barbed wire fence and as you’ve probably guessed, the ball got punctured. Any one of those kids would have been easily sunk in depressed by the abrupt interruption of their fun. Not so.
One of the kids shouted something in vernacular language and as soon as he was done all the kids ran about in search of something. It was pretty clear to me what they were up to: a few sisal ropes here, a couple of polythene bags there and voila!
…a home made soccer ball!
What struck me about this incident is that we as African’s are unique! We do not think like the world! Our situations are very different from the rest of the worlds’. So then, why should we do as the rest of the world does?
African development is not necessarily infrastructural or social development; our development is in the way we think…DEVELOPMENT THROUGH INNOVATION! We know our situations better than anyone else out there. We know what we need for our continent to grow. Why not think about this then and develop innovative ideas to solve our problems and to develop our continent?
The young boys at the childrens’ home faced many challenges, but they didn’t let their challenges force them into depression. They used their best asset, their minds, to develop an innovative solution to their problems…and in the process probably learned a whole lot more about team work and collaboration.
Perhaps now we should turn our focus towards progressive innovation*?
*progressive innovation scheduled for a future post