Focus on Africa’s opportunities

Focus on Africa’s opportunities

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When contemplating Africa, different perspectives emerge. While some may perceive problems, others recognize the vast array of opportunities present on the continent. Bill Gates belongs to the latter group. In a recent email to his subscribers, he shared his experiences during his visit to Nigeria, shedding light on his positive outlook. Here is an adaptation of his message:

“In my extensive involvement with the Gates Foundation, I have been fortunate enough to spend considerable time in Nigeria over the past two-plus decades. Each visit to the country unveils a sense of familiarity intertwined with novelty. During my most recent trip, after a five-year hiatus, I had the pleasure of reconnecting with old friends and partners in person. The transformations I witnessed left me astounded, as this vibrant and dynamic nation has undergone remarkable changes. It is no surprise considering that Nigeria not only boasts the highest population in Africa but also one of the youngest populations globally. Where there are young people, innovation inevitably thrives.Nigerians are pioneering advancements across various fields, such as agriculture, solar power, maternal health, and neonatal care, propelling next-generation solutions that have the potential to enhance their country, the continent, and even the world. Furthermore, Nigerian culture, with its vibrant Afrobeats music, captivating Nollywood movies, and engaging TV shows, contributes to the entertainment sector, captivating audiences far beyond its borders.”

When contemplating Africa, it is essential to recognize the multitude of opportunities and transformative potential that exists across its diverse nations. It is a continent brimming with innovation, youthful energy, and rich cultural contributions that have a global impact.

Tosin 'Badeniyi, PhD

Tosin 'Badeniyi, PhD

Tosin ‘Badeniyi, a Professor at the Department of Biotechnology and Food Science at Durban University of Technology, South Africa, holds a doctoral degree in Food Science from University of Pretoria South Africa. Since 2001, he has conducted research and lectured internationally in the area of food quality and safety. He is the editor of Food Science and Technology: Trends and Future Prospects and has published numerous scientific publications as well as four inspirational books.

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