Lambs Chops Come from TESCO, nothing to do with Sheep
Surprised, I asked why not
“You are wasting your time” was his reply.
Feeling bemused, I asked what is wrong with educating another misguided soul about Africa. I further stressed to my friend that there are many people out there, with a very narrow view of the world, who need to be educated. Whenever possible, we, Africans, have a duty to put everything in perspective to avoid misrepresentation of the reality.
“Well, then…if you have time, let me share you my view on the matter” said my friend. “Mr. Kevin Myers could be either an attention-seeking individual like those guys who appear on Jerry Springer show to say “Darling I was born man”, or someone who has a closed mind who would never understand”.
My friend said, ‘after reading the article carefully, Mr. Myer is probably the latter than the former. Let alone educating him with your single reply, you may even try to engage him for quite sometime. And yet, I can assure you, he wouldn’t still get it!”
My friend took a deep breath and continued to elaborate what he meant by giving example. He said, “Mr. Myers may jump out of his Egyptian cotton bed sheet and have a quick shower and dry himself with a fine cotton towel. Then he is more likely to brew an Ethiopian coffee to wake him up. Followed by a toast of bread with Ivory cost’s chocolate spread. He may even afford a Ghanaian Gold necklace or Angolan Silver cufflinks.
Then he may drive his 4×4 made of Iron, Cobalt, copper and titanium mined in Africa and roll himself comfortably using Liberian rubber. Despite price hike, he has to stop by Shell station to fill his car with Nigerian petrol to pollute the planet and make it inhabitable.
At break time, he may smoke Zimbabwean tobacco, sweeten his tea with Madagascar sugar. Still he wouldn’t see it.
After having a well marinated and spiced meal with Kenyan Chile, he might finish off with banana milkshake and tropical fruits to add few pounds to his, most likely, an overweight stature”
All the way, he can’t see Africa until he snuggles back into his cotton bed. Not because Africa has nothing to give to Mr. Myers –apart from AIDS – but he refused to see it”.
“In short” my friend said: “Mr. Myers is, like those kids who think lamb come from Tesco and has nothing to do with a sheep”. Indeed, bless him.
At that point, it become clear to me that it is better to have a laugh about it than engage in serious discussion to educate Mr. Myers that what Africa has been giving to the world before it ended up importing AIDS.
It became very clear to me that there is no point in mentioning more than the 15 million Ethiopians who are engaged in coffee farming to produce 100 thousands of tones of coffee, which earn them less than 300,000 dollars on world market. After paying for sacks and shipping, they are left with nothing to keep them going through the year.
At this point, there is no point explaining to him that the aid that the 54 plus African countries had received in the last 20 years wouldn’t possibly match the 20 billion euro economic aid that Ireland had received from EU alone.
Ireland got these money to bring Ireland to the standard of the rest of the world, and yet, Mr. Myers, question the morality of saving a child in Africa through changes collection in churches.
Since the likes of Mr. Myers are obsessed with self-aggrandization and righteousness for dropping few changes in the begging bowl, he could only see begging bowl of Africa , not what is in his fruit bowl.
Of course, he couldn’t possibly see that every commodity he overindulge and pollute the world was farmed or mined by those “wild-eyed” children, who may grow up to have other wild-eyed kids to support cheapest supply of goods.
Bless him, lamb chops come from Tesco, I swear it has nothing to do with the poor sheep.