How it all started
The journey started one holiday when I visited my home in rural Nyeri (Kenya) where I grew up.
After a festive meal of nyama choma (goat barbeque), as a habit, I needed a toothpick… to clear up what always seems to get stuck between our teeth!
Made in China!
To my amazement, the toothpicks were ‘Made in China’. I have nothing against China and think it is possibly the best model of poverty eradication that Africa should emulate. However, I could not understand how such basic items of everyday use could not be manufactured locally, empower the rural folk with jobs, eradicate poverty, and restore dignity to our population.
Africa has massive a challenge! Africa has become one huge consumer market. Asia and Western countries know it. We are not a production economy. Whether services or goods, we tend to depend on imports for everything. To make matters worse, we don’t support each other at a local level.