Can anybody explain me why in a country where the majority of the people live below the poverty line, I still have to pay two euro for an hour on the internet whereas in my home-country Netherlands, people have limitless broadband internet access for 15 euro a month?
It makes these countries stay behind more than necessary. Imagine what it could do education, trade etc. if everybody would have access to the internet here.
That evening, I had a beer with the manager of the French cultural centre in Maputo at the opening of an arts exhibition… ‘A litle bit bit of Kadinski,a glaas of wine?’, a friend texted me ironically from Kenya. But there wasn’t.
Talking about arts in Mozambique, the word isolation came across: ‘There is a lot of potential here, but they keep running around in circles. The art scene here is relatively isolated. Artists here don’t have a lot of contact with colleagues abroad.
That’s why a lot of painters for example stick to the so called primitive or traditional art. The foreigners like it, but it is not renewing. Same with the music. More exchange should take place among artists from across the world.’ , she argued.
We were talking about arts, but I realised that she was talking about a lot of other things. Imagine how Africa could use its full potential of young talented highly educated people if only they would have access to cheap broadband internet.
Not to talk about educating the enormous number of knowledge hungry African teenagers who can’t get their proper education because the shortage of teachers.
A lot of African countries would be better of if such a thing would be available but it seems that a lot of African politicians are more concerned about filling their own pockets.
And no, please don’t start complaining about colonials and fair trade. Don’t call corruption African Courtesy. Of course there are other reasons apart from the corruption that makes a lot of African countries where they are at the moment. But that is another story.