By Charles Onyango-Obbo
“The day you hear Apple or Samsung complaining that their smartphones are being forged in the backstreets of Kampala, Nairobi, or Dar, know that Africa’s century will have arrived and its time to rush
in and invest.”
A criminally minded African hacker will only try to
steal from one bank… his Hong Kong counterpart will
try and steal from all the world’s banks.
Measuring African scams against those in other parts
of the world is important, as it tells you a lot about
the continent’s competitiveness, because by its
nature the usual barriers to trade don’t stand in the
way of crime.
Taxes should not be prohibitive for smugglers, for
example, because smugglers don’t pay tax.
The state of a country’s infrastructure shouldn’t impact too
much on a criminal, because he stays off the smooth
tarmac roads and uses rugged bush paths.
A police roadblock shouldn’t be too much of a
problem for a drug baron, because the police are probably his employees.
And the cost of electricity
shouldn’t be prohibitive for someone who is making
fake mineral water or beer, because he would be
“tapping” the electricity and not paying for it.
For these reasons, how Africa steals and scams,
reveals more about its future economic prospects
than how it trades legitimately in the world.
The day you hear Apple or Samsung complaining that their smartphones are being forged in the
backstreets of Kampala, Nairobi, or Dar, know that
Africa’s century will have arrived and its time to rush
in and invest.
This is where our Nigerian brothers and sisters stand apart.
Nigerians are world famous for their e-mail scams, more popularly known as 419s.
They have stolen hundreds of millions of dollars from the world
since the Internet came of age in the late 1990s through these 419 frauds.
Nigerian criminals have shown a global ambition that is not common in the rest of the continent.
Recently, after nearly 24 years, the Nigerians recounted the value of their economy.
The economists call it “rebasing gross domestic product.”
Turns out it is the richest country in Africa, as it overtook South Africa.
And it should be after bringing in money from all those scams when the rest of Africa is exporting hard cash to confidential Swiss Accounts!
Nigeria rightly deserves to be
leader of Africa.
Their thieves,really are number one in Africa!
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