Sunday, October 19, 2008

AFRICA OPEN FOR BUSINESS

DUH! As many of y'all have noticed many businesses are being run by foreigners look at restuarants, supermarkets, boutiques, bakeries, cinemas. Anyone heard of the Chinese bakery OCEANIC in Abuja that was basically making a sweatshop out of the oven (the best grammer I could use). They were locking their Nigerian employees in cages (i suspect the term was exagerrated) but anyone heard of slavery some centuries ago being repeated this time with our new "colonialists." One of many examples not that Nigerian employers ain't bad but seriously you get visa to come and maltreat me in my own 9ja?

Not that I'm xenophobe. AH! I'm on another man's land but its about time WE start investing in OUR resources especially since we're still termed THIRD WORLD then we can open the ground for foreigners to make money off our SOIL. But, till then it should be OUR calling.

See MTN- GLO

NuMetro- Silverbird

MTVbase-Soundcity

Imported Kiddies clothing-RuffnTumble

MaryKay- House of Tara, BMPro

Pere Hilton- NiyiTabiti and Ayeni (LOL!)

Hollywood-Nollywood and Hausaland's Kannywood

Amigo, 411 etc in Abuja (Indian and Lebanese)- SAHAD Mehn (the luxury market I love Hausa people!)

(The big examples I could manufacture in 3 seconds)

The video-trailer below (AFRICA OPEN FOR BUSINESS BBC'S BEST DOCUMENTARY OF 2006) is about Indigenous African entrepreneurs in fashion, agriculture, ANIMATION (people didn't believe it was 100% Africa) floristry (dunno the term), telecommunications et cetera. I was so touched!










The second video is about Ruff n Tumble store in Lagos. Any of those business owners would have run to the west to do menial-odd jobs or even corporate world jobs that seriously if you don't have that blue or burgundy passport you're as bad with the fat paycheck and the term ALIEN, the nastiest term for foreigners that I've heard. Alien again? AH!

If I've preached enough I hope you've been converted. AFRICA IS OPENED FOR BUSINESS. There's no closing time yet.

Courtesy: http://africaopenforbusiness.com/linkchangenotice.html, National Black Programming Consortium and Youtube.


Ladi.

2 comments:

That video was inspiring! I can only hope that one day I would be able to invest in Nigeria by running my own business in Nigeria..

However, I have to add that we cannot do without foreign investment....we need it! I only wish Nigerians were more EAGER about investing in their country

More eager about investing and WORKING HARD/WELL too- sitting down to think creatively, ignore the tv, hot jist, etc.

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