Social critic, Reno Omokri says Africa is poor because of the inability of the continent’s leaders to write books.
A concerned Omokuri made the revelation via his official Twitter handle.
In a tweet titled “Major reason why Africa is poor”, the initiator of the 2019 #BusesForDemocracy programme said some Africans who have succeeded did not commit the strategies of their success into writing so that others can benefit from their experiences.
Essentially, Reno Omokri is stating that if successful Africans had written about their success stories, those coming behind would read such books and soak from the leaders’ knowledge as well as experiences.
He said if that had been the case, Africa will not be where it is today but would have made greater progress and become a richer continent.
With such knowledge, Africa would have been a producing rather than a consuming continent.
Omokuri called for a rethink, urging the continents’ leaders to give back to the society by writing books, which will in turn, benefit the younger ones.
According to Reno, who is an advocate of the people’s rights, had tweeted;
“Too many Africans succeed and never write books about how they succeeded. It is a major reason Africa is poor. Our successful men and women hoard their knowledge making it impossible for others to replicate their success.Give back by writing books”.
For long Africa has been seen as the “Dark continent”, where people neither write not read books.
The continent is also seen as a continent where people do not bequeath knowledge to the younger generation and this explains why, for instance, a native doctor, with all his knowledge of the healing power of herbs, would rather prefer to die without passing down his knowledge, except to his children only.
Omokri is the pastor of the Mind of Christ Christian Center in California and Abuja as well as the founder of a multimedia project, Build Up Nigeria.
He was one of three spokesmen to the former president, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan and is credited with pioneering the use of social media for political purposes in Nigeria.