An Elephant is killed every 15 minutes in Africa. China is slaughtering all of Africa's elephants. Yes China is killing all of Africa's elephants just for their tusks. In the last 3 years alone, Tanzania has lost more than 40% of its elephants and the simple reason is that, China has taken over Africa's wildlife. The international ban on ivory trade about 2 decades ago means absolutely nothing to China. China needs more and more ivories to satisfy its "ivory-crazed" population and they are more than ready to kill any elephant they come into contact with in Africa. China never accepted the ban on ivory trade. In fact, there is nothing like illegal ivory trade in China today and the sad truth is that, most of the Chinese investors in Africa today are in Africa just to invest in this barbaric trade of killing and selling wild animals and their parts.
The World Bank and the IMF (the International Monetary Fund) were set up during the end of the Second World War to rebuild the economies of Europe. However, in order for the world bank and the IMF to implement their policies, they (the world bank and the IMF) began offering loans to poor countries but only if the poor countries privatized their economies and allowed western corporations free access to their raw materials and markets. That was a poverty trap and many poor countries realized it when it was too late. We were already in chains.
That was the beginning of much of the problems we face today in Africa. Now we are in a vicious cycle of poverty and there seems to be no way out.
The more we fight and kill ourselves, the more profit (money) they make so even as we work very hard to achieve peace and understanding, there are many up there in the top working extremely hard to make sure there are wars and even more wars so they can profit from the deaths of untold number of people. This is the situation in Africa today and that is why every now and then you hear conflicts, political violence and rumors of war all across the continent.
Let me begin with a clear example to explain what I am trying to say. Many of you have heard about Darfur and the deaths of untold number of people (some say about 500,000 although the true figure is far bigger than that). However, not so many people know the Sudan conflict
Whether good or bad, Africa is my home and there is no place like home. I love Africa because there is no place like Africa. Even in my second life if God should give me the opportunity (to choose where to live), I would choose Africa why because I love Africa and there is no doubt Africa loves me. Some people don't understand. Some people think they know but they do not know. Some people think they know all about Africa but the truth is that, none of them knows Africa the way I do. I know Africa and Africa knows me. I was born in Africa, I grew up in Africa and Africa is my home so you must believe me if I tell you there is no place like Africa. If it is true there is a God up there beyond the clouds then I am very sure that God is an African why because Africa is the rhythm of life.
My great grandfather had no clock but he was always on time why because he could tell the time just by looking at the position of the sun. My great grandfather could tell the time just by listening to the sound of birds and even the croaking voices of frogs. My great grandfather could see even with his eyes closed. It is a huge mistake to refer to such a man as an "illiterate". Most of us the so-called educated men and women of the world today, have clocks in our homes. Some of us even carry wrist watches and cell phones with us yet we are almost always late.
A stupid man is far more dangerous than an atomic bomb. A wise man fears not the weapons of mass destruction but the stupid men operating those weapons.
Not long ago, some of us Africans back home only saw Chinese people in their very famous "Kung fu" martial arts movies but it may surprise you to know that over a million Chinese investors have permanently settled in Africa today with their families. They've bought lands, houses, established businesses, etc. and have no plans of ever moving back to their country. Most Chinese people are even bold enough to refer to Africa as the "China's Second Continent" why because they have come to lay generational "seeds" on the continent and have no intentions of ever going back even for generations to come.
We often look at the Africa-China relationship from just one economic point of view which is not often very helpful.