Learning to Love Africa 1 Learning to Love Africa can be examined as an interesting manual on how to eradicate poverty in the world in general. Monique Maddy speaks about roadblocks to economic growth with her usual disgust for anything even bear a remote resemblance to it. Maddy writes her satirical proposals on how to eradicate poverty. For example, she writes Modest Proposal for the Euthanasia of a Continent based on the Modest Proposal written by Jonathan Swift to prevent poor Irish children from being an unbearable burden for their parents. Moniques ironical proposal is to rid Africans by just doing nothing about the death of the XXI century AIDS. She proposes anti-corporate and anti-globalization activists to help to adopt 100 million of African children taking them to the United States and Europe. Further she proposes to use the natural resources of African continent and pay to people who oppose globalization to adopt those African children and to buy the corrupted governmental officials off. A final step pf her proposal is to let the other remaining 200 million Africans to die in regional and cross-border wars.
Such satirical proposal reminds us the current situation that is valid for African continent today. Monique blames the United Nations as well as other seem-to-aim international aid and redevelopment agencies that should do something to eradicate the problem of poverty but in vain. Monique Maddy also dwells on organizations such as the World Bank, the UN and the IMF. Monique considers that those companies and corporations have cornered the highly lucretitive market on global poverty. She always said that UN was reinventing itself constantly to become relevant to poverty reduction — or merely to stay alive (Maddy 2004).
Monique Maddy, Learning to Love Africa Monique Maddy in her book offers a great deal of personal experience, both from her own personal life and business which quite effectively demonstrate the things she was making and the goals she wanted to achieve. Her book provides the readers with more understanding of intercultural business which will certainly improve current situation concerning the ...
She tells that corporations actually have taken away those millions and billions of money of would-be consumers that belong to these corporations. Monique Maddys thoughts concerning poverty also question the role of such organizations like UN in Afghanistan and Iraq.
We can consider Learning to Love Africa to be a story against international agencies. 2 Monique Maddy recognizes that our era is the era of globalization. She says that globalization is not new and addresses the challenges of globalization. However, according to Monique, no one can tell that the American economy is an unalloyed good. Globalization does move people and capital, goods and services around the world. We can call her rather the supporter of globalization than the opponent of it.
She writes in her book: What we need are long-term solutions that view Africa as a potential new consumer market, rather than as simply a massive social welfare project. Only corporations, not do-gooders, can look at Africa in this manner. Bill Gates needs to look at Africa and see not just vaccines, but Windows. Steve Ballmer, the CEO of Microsoft, should be as excited about Africa as Bill Gates is; until then, the continent will remain a sidesho (Maddy 2004).
Maddy spent approximately five years working for the UN Development Programme. She realized that the world of international aid business is not as honest and respectable as she thought it should be. Maddy even considers that such organizations like the World Bank and the United Nations are rather harmful than effective and useful.
Monique claims that the United Nations, the World Bank and IMF are so busy with their abstractions and stupid theories that they are completely ineffective and deprived of common sense. Speaking about these global organizations, she considers they hardly were even in touch with these principles of common welfare and international aid. Learning to Love Africa also reminds us thoroughly written manual for entrepreneurs in developing countries, a story of successes and failures written in talented manner. Monique considers the entrepreneurship to be the key to economic progress and stability in America. She entered Harvard Business School to put her theories into practice. After two years in Harvard School she established the African Communications Group named Ademesi in honor of her grandmother.
Apartheid is not a new thing. Ever since Dutch colonists landed in 1652, "Blacks" and "Whites" have lived apart in South Africa. Officially started in 1948 when the Afrikaner Nationalist party came to power, apartheid is a system of racial laws devised to "Preserve and promote a white majority over a black majority." It has a lot of opposition and it led to an international boycott of South Africa ...
Ademesi brought new ground in telecommunications industry with implementation of new state-of-the-art telecommunications services for people of Tanzania. She reflects on various obstacles the government puts on the way to business development. Monique subscribes to opinion that the government often focuses much attention on attracting foreign investments and scorns the welfare of local people. Such attitude obviously results in worsening economic situation and increase of global poverty. 3 Learning to Love Africa is, actually, the interesting story of her childhood in Liberia. The story also narrates about her education in the United States and England.
Monique Maddy was brought up in Yekepa (hi-tech modern Liberian town).
Yekepa was developed by LAMCO (the Swedish-American syndicate) under the management of Marcus Wallenberg. Maddy had a lot of opportunities while living in a company village. Maddy describes her father as a self-made man. His career in LAMCO was quite successful and, finally, he left the company to open a restaurant. Moniques mother was the head of a small local nursing unit.
Maddys father was firmly convinced that education was the key to success both in life and career and tried to do all his best to provide Monique with all opportunities. Finally, he decided to send a small girl (she was only 6) to her first school abroad. This school was situated in England (Maddy 2004).
When Maddy finished her school, she left for the United States for a college. Although she was brought up almost alone, she never forgot the words of her parents who asked her to always set impossibly high goals to achieve. Probably, due to her parents advice Maddy pursued advanced degrees at John Hopkins and Georgetown. After that she entered into a foreign service in the United Nations. Monique claims that entrepreneurship is the key to economic stability and progress in the United States.
Having critically analyzed the consequence of high school dropout in the recent time and future implication to the United States, it is important for me at this juncture to forward this practicable way forward to the Office of Mr. President, United State of America for suggested actions and policy implementation in order to curb the trend. Every lost student from the school into the world of ...
Probably, this thought made her enter Harvard Business School to turn her bright theories into practice. She spent in Harvard two years and almost immediate upon graduation from there she created the African Communications Group. This group was later renamed Ademesi. This African Communications Group discovers completely new ground in the industry of telecommunications and starts to provide people in Tanzania with state-of-the art telecommunications services.
Maddy, Monique. (2004).
Learning to Love Africa: My Journey from Africa to Harvard Business School and Back.
HarperBusiness, New York.