Money and the turning world
The Villager grew up viewing capitalists as thieves and money as evil. However, as much as money doesn’t solve villagers’ problems it enables villagers to do things. Do Villagers (Africans) understand the deeper meaning of intellectual property right, success and achievers? Let’s see.
Villagers are not supposed to be credited for anything. Whenever they deserve credit for anything good, then they ‘should have killed, obtained a goblin from across our borders, or they were eating human flesh at night’. Even the recent revolution through social networks has been baptised as the Arab Spring not as the African Revolution.
But what’s wrong with the black man? Singing is synonymous with speaking out. It takes serious observation of the inner person to take notice of that. And it will take a talent spotter. If it’s true that Africa is the only continent left with untapped natural resources including oil, gas, diamonds, platinum and lately uranium, then Africa is where money is.
What is going to change The Village is investment. Humanitarian aid is just a contribution to humanity. No economy has ever been turned around through or by civil society. It’s true that education is a great equaliser and a great neutraliser. But is education an investment or expenditure?
The Villager equates education to intangible assets including intellectual property rights. Yes, intangible assets, accountants classify them into goodwill; patents and trademarks and human resource practitioners will equate them to the labour force at its disposal. The journalist will equate them to his pen and paper. PDK and company will equate it to their unique voices and the lyrics. No one will take it away from them. That is their intangible asset. The painful thing about Villagers is the fact that Villagers have developed phobia for intangible assets. And yet Villagers have greater respect for education.
Can one put value on a degree? Yes you can.
For any financial institution to grant a loan, they ask a villager if he is capable of repaying the loan. Use your fame, wealth and influence. Who has the power to change things? Politicians have power. The media has power. The latter is not called the ‘fourth estate’ for nothing. The newspapers and magazines are tangible assets of the media. The Villager was at pain explaining to a youthful politician on the power of the media. Apparently, he shocked him when he confided in him saying that if there’s one thing is certain about, is the fact that his contact with the National Assembly will be limited to a visitor until his son in grade eight graduates from university. His choice is to play his patriotism role in the economic space.
What is the purpose for the job? From where he stands, it’s to get an income. Now, is that not the same reason villagers goes into business? And you still believe that politicians are in it “to serve”. Let the Villager agree with the majority. But, are they doing it for free? Beyond business, The Villager’s service to his country shall be limited to his Party. Otherwise there are enough Villagers dying to get into politics beyond the same. The Villager is not convinced that the current aspiring crop of Villagers can successfully pass on the button to the generation beyond the Pendukeni Ivula-Ithana of this world.
There is a generation gap between the latter and The Villagers’ generation. The Villager’s fear can only be allayed if the current crop of leaders brings back the generation of the Frans Kapofi in the main stream politics. Fair enough, choose not to agree with The Villager. But then, show me the NANSO (1985) generation in the Party structure? To allow retire them to the street will be suicidal to the Party. There are enough opportunists waiting to teach that generation of technocrats a lesson as they have eaten enough in government’. Who knows, may they deserve to be brushed like that as some of them do not understand that they put in those positions to make sure that the millions they dished out to the corporate sector in the Village goes to villagers first. The latter deserves punishment as old as The Village is: 21 times.
If there is one person The Villager knows very well, it’s himself. He is kind of a rebel. He doesn’t get influenced easily by other peoples’ opinions nor does he live by the notion of conventional wisdom that is arrogance. That is too easy.
Hope should not come from politicians as the latter is not a policy. Stuff ‘Together We Can Do Better’. After all, ‘A New Beginning’ ended faster than it started.
It is for Villagers to dream and the role of politicians should be limited to propelling them to their higher beings. Imagine yourself as a success story. Anything to the centrally should be rooted out as it’s counterproductive. What you say you are, you shall be.
Do not take refuge in dreams of the majority and want to lead them. Your dream should be far ahead of their dreams. To survive at that level, you need to take your ego along. However, the secret is to know the difference between two egos. The beautiful ego is the one driven by resilience.
Trade it for the 77 times of turning your cheek, which only exists in the Bible.
Take it from The Villager, it works.
He is not going to fail because his ideas suck. No! It will be because YOU, the reader, has FAILED to support his initiative in the name of refusal. Villagers, The Village’s situation is unique. Thus, it calls for unique measures. All Villagers should be able to bring their parts. The bad ego is the one driven by ego. The Villager has seen enough talented artists falling on the way side because of the same. That type of ego, ditch it. Period.
The Villager has been hit by so much tragedy. He lost his father before he reached puberty. He has waved his four siblings goodbye as they answered to the call of their ancestors. What kept him going is the fact that he has a love affair with the universe. He soon learnt that life is full of affirmation.
One night, he sat throughout while his heavily pregnant wife slept next to him. He decided that if it would mean leading a lonely life, let it be. He took a long walk to peace of mind. The Villager is sure that in some quarters, it’s regarded as being selfish and cruel. Is that not better than domestic violence? You decide. One thing is for sure, it helped him to escape the wrath of Metro’s ink.
Make no mistake; he is a product of nepotism. He has never been ambitious enough to get in the leadership. There’s nothing he has become without being asked by those who have trust and confidence in him. It has always been other people identifying certain qualities in him, literally pushing him into the scheme of things and he believes he has not disappointed them at all. Whose dream is being fulfilled? You tell me.
The Villager always feels like he is an extension of those incredible men and women. Even though he is not yet in a position to lay his hands on anything and say this is the one, all he knows is that he is not scared of doing anything. To him, what Villagers are currently glancing at, is just the beginning of a long-held dream; Namibian Stock Exchange. That is discounting the fact that he knows he came into life without anything, has worked very hard to have what he has today and surely, he will depart this life with nothing.
Ondangwa, the land of his birth and there he will always belong. He has no lust for the city or for Europe. He will be buried besides his father. The man who taught him, at a younger age, the art of how to outwit depression. He always knew that in order to achieve his dream, he has to move out and head Kuushimba.
The Villager’s story is too sad to be told.
Many volunteers took the risk to face the enemy head-on. A risk that ultimately killed them. It’s always pleasing and heartening to read that Namibia is in the top 10 of something positive. Why should it not be a cause for celebration when Namibia is ranked amongst the top 10 richest countries in Africa?
The Villager’s question is: How many billionaires do we have to show for such a nation? The answer is an emphatic zero. Mind you, here we are talking about a country of a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capital of US$6 900. The Villager is informed by Ipumbu and Company at the Central Bank of Namibia that such a ranking is no mean achievement. But what do they take into consideration if poverty and unemployment is still a permanent feature on the Village’s menu? Apparently (which The Villager can question), economists take into account the country’s income foreign currency. PF