The Fourth Industrial Revolution: Empowering African youths to avert the Malthusian catastrophe

It beats one's imagination that almost all the nations of Africa slumber and snore at this perilous time that requires an “around the clock” effort to experience a completely TURNAROUND ENCOUNTERS and prevent "The African Titanic ship" from hitting the iceberg.

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There comes a time that certain calls must be heeded to when we come face-to-face with the realities of life. This is so because the search for truth takes us where the evidence leads, even if, at first, we do not want to go there.

The Malthusian Catastrophe was a concept coined out of the postulations of Reverend Thomas Robert Malthus in 1798.

They were characterized by the preventive and positive checks, this being the only way out of the impending dangers of the European continent at the time, they were seen by many as prophecies of doom. Malthus postulated a geometric population progression against an arithmetic food progression; a situation that spells doom for any nation and the exact situation in the Africa continent at present.

The first industrial revolution which spanned between 1760-1840 was because of frantic efforts to get Europe out of the messy situation at the time as predicted by Malthus and others. The second and third industrial revolutions were consolidated efforts to stabilize the achievements from the first industrial revolution.

As the world moves into the era of magnificent artificial intelligence and robotics, ushering in the fourth industrial revolution era. It remains heartbreaking and disturbing that the African continent is just awakening to the 17th century era of “the Malthusian Catastrophe”. This reality on ground points to lots of impending dangers with signs of preventive and positive checks, and as postulated by Reverend Malthus, this is the only way out.

It beats one’s imagination that almost all the nations of Africa slumber and snore at this perilous time that requires an “around the clock” effort to experience a completely TURNAROUND ENCOUNTERS and prevent “The African Titanic ship” from hitting the iceberg.

The worst of it all is that our dear country Nigeria, the fallen “giant of Africa”, stays ahead of the other African countries in this sleeping competition. On the 8th of June 2020, the Director-General of the Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC); Professor Ibrahim, listed Kilishi, a locally spiced roasted steak as an outstanding research success in 33years of the agency. Ridiculous is a mild word to describe a shameless submission from an authority of such a calibre! This is a typical example of the leaderships we parade in Africa now.

It is reported that about 60% of Africa’s population in 2019 is under the age of 25.

This makes Africa the world’s youngest continent!!! What an asset!!!

And according to the UN’s demographic projections, the median age in Africa is going to be 19.8 in the year 2020. Going by these trends, by 2100, Africa’s youth population could be equivalent to twice Europe’s entire population.

The African youth population comprise innovative and explosive digital minds. These young people are being caged under the incompetence of the old orders; a situation of trapped air seeking to escape from captivity. It is either released or it destructively makes its way out of the captivity.

Unfortunately, it is a time bomb whose effects would be unimaginable catastrophe.

The “EndSARS protest” is a warning shot of what to come if the restiveness of the Nigerian youths and that of Africa at large is not attended to within the shortest possible time.

The leadership of a nation that rewards terrorism and hooliganism at the expense of excellent academic feats and innovative ideas is nothing but unpatriotic, demonic, and destructive. We have a leadership that smiles while taking photographs with bandits, but frowns while responding to constructive criticisms from the best of their brains. We have a leadership with a “Commander-in-Chief” that commits the security of lives and property into the hands of God after earning millions as rewards for same task.

The man who does not read has no advantage over the one who cannot read. We have leaders that do not read and have no mental capability to take us anywhere. The old orders have kept us within the boundary of educational mediocrity; the sort that is a “garbage in—garbage out” products, an educational system which is no way revolutionary.

This system keeps us living the dreams of other nations and fulfilling the feats that have little or no effects on our continental breakthrough. They continuously render the process of acquiring knowledge useless, to keep their “poor followers” in perpetual bondage, forgetting that illiteracy is the number one promoter of ignorance. Ignoring the blaring fact that nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscious stupidity.

“Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it.” —Malcolm X. Continuous improvement, integration, and enlightenment needs further exploration and exercise in the minds of our youths.

If only African leaders would realize that literacy is a bridge from misery to hope, then, they would stop being unreasonable, insensitive and wake up to the call to avert the impending dangers awaiting to consume us all.

The whirlwind of Malthusian Catastrophe blows across the Africa continent, but the best way out is building new capacity around the vibrant youths by strategically partnering with them. A failure to do this soon might birth a volcanic eruption which effects would remain like that of atomic bomb on Hiroshima for the rest of our lives!

It is gratifying and heartwarming to acknowledge the prompt reactions and interventions of civilised world and international organizations: United Nations, United State Congress, British parliament, Canadian parliament and other notable men of good conscience.

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