Africa, genius of mimicry – NewsDay Zimbabwe
By Brian Sedze
It is a true Thaumoctopus (mimic octopus) of human culture, economic models, social norms, health management, culture and traditions, education, intellectual commitments, laws and regulations. constitutions, democracy and politics, and even food and etiquette.
It is a hollow imitation of superstates like the United States, Britain, China, Canada, and European countries.
Unfortunately, mimicry is neither the preservation of a country’s heart nor innovation. By copying the super-states, a country will fail to compete with the mirror economies of the super-states.
The gradual innovation of existing products and services will make African economies subject to the superpowers.
We are at a point where any African country should abandon mimicry to invest in radical and disruptive innovation to enable it to compete with other nations.
In this world, the weak are oppressed by the strong.
There are at least half a dozen categories of mimicry in nature, such as the cuckoo hawk, a cuckoo that has patterns of feathers and wings, like a hawk; the faux cobra, which has the same distinctive hood as the Indian cobra.
Many insects copy the African monarch due to its legendary bad taste and in a very impressive display of mimicry, octopuses in the genus Thaumoctopus can change color and shape to resemble a poisonous lionfish or even sea snakes. .
The weaker cultures are ultimately subsumed by the stronger cultures. History also proves that without leaving the mimic culture, we are doomed to extinction. On the continent, we are doomed by the adoption of the fashion and the constitutions of our colonial powers.
We are even getting closer to becoming more British, Portuguese and French than African, even in terms of clothing, styles, mannerisms, religion, marriage and etiquette.
On a competitive platform, who wins or loses in a direct fight is avoided as a determinant in a struggle for domination, one could reasonably infer the course of the fight whereby the entity begins to imitate the other as a defense mechanism.
When one entity begins to adopt the attributes of the other, it is often a sign that the battle for supremacy is lost, and the weaker entity signals that it can no longer hope to win and end the struggle. predation and is simply looking for a way to survive in an environment where it can no longer hope to dominate.
Our new friend, China, has decided to let go of its mask of mimicry by being a leading force in science, technology and engineering. It is time for Africa to move in this direction.
Africa’s innovation funnel is often worse than the incremental innovation that our leaders often base on a false mode of brand globalization in food, medicine, clothing, religion and other things.
We are not even a continent that copies and improves but always tries to play with the super states that we love.
I’ll use some pointers on how we face a future of perpetual super-state control in food, medicine, education, banking and finance, democracy and politics, culture and intellectual commitments.
African countries are failing to preserve the core of animal breeds and seed varieties of cereals, fruits and vegetables. The companies leading this thought of “better” varieties were mostly controlled by Americans and Europeans.
In a few years, Africa would have lost control of the food chain because it will control the entire food chain from research, genetic engineering, agricultural methods, disease control, pesticides, storage, distribution and retail. At every step of the chain, it is a profit for the owner of the variety.
It is even possible when they desire more profit, that they fabricate a crisis in the whole food chain so that they can profit from a crisis that only they can solve.
The super states, through the pharmaceutical giants, sponsor our teaching methods and our students in medicine, pharmacy and biochemistry. If you find a scientist who deviates from superstate standards, he is unemployed. Yet Africa is doing better with joint research and has sufficient wealth to enable or scale up traditional medicine and disease control.
In Zimbabwe, the Chinese were allowed to establish a traditional Chinese medicine institute within the Parirenyatwa group of hospitals before existing traditional African medicine.
It is time for local alternative medical research and its results to be accepted by the medical and drug control authorities which are funded by Africa.
Most countries on the continent imitate European and American clothing, etiquette, food, drink, and ceremonies. What is not seriously taken into account is that Africa has become dependent on foreign brands for affirmation and acceptance.
Superstate brands like Gucci, Nike, Adidas and so on are considered to be of the highest quality. Attempts by Africans to develop their own brands, dress codes, consumption patterns and traditional ceremonies are becoming increasingly obsolete, leading to over-reliance on superstate supply chains in the sectors.
Made in Africa is a sign of inferiority and cannot gain ground. In fact, the adoption of local dress codes, music, art, etiquette, norms and traditions is seen as a cultural regression.
The major albatross of innovation outside the familiar is lethargy in investing time, energy and intelligence to design our own models. We depend heavily on Western ideology, education systems, democracy and politics.
It is unfortunate that we are still dependent on Western educated intellectuals and a new generation of activists, lawyers, journalists, civil society leaders and politicians.
The world is paying our people to continue mimicry in all aspects of our lives, disguised as activism.
Imagine that circumcision was only accepted and adopted when it came from the West after years of defining genital mutilation.
If we do not wake up from deep sleep, we will continue to imitate and be subject to the superstates. The world will have nothing to fear from our continent.
We have a choice, a word to say in the matter and it is that Africa must refrain from innovating around the familiar.
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