What They Don’t Tell You About Africa


Africa is not poor but it suffers from poverty. And this poverty is due to unbridled capitalism

Adebayo Alonge

Solutions Ideator

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“Africans are fools. They allow themselves to be cheated by their leaders and by the rest of the world”

Without further context, this statement may be passed off as the seething outburst of a frustrated foreigner who cannot seem to understand why a continent so rich in natural resources and people does not seem to be able to lift its millions out of poverty. Yet this statement is the expressed frustration of many Africans and is representative of the deep anger that many feel about the current state of affairs on the continent and the complicity of the ruling elite in impoverishing their own communities.

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The curious case of Nigeria’s different youth generations and their poverty: A rejoinder

The Nigerian youth is a diverse group that does not fit any one stereotype. The poverty of this group as well as other Nigerians is caused by the subtle acceptance of poverty in Nigerian culture as an occurrence that people bring upon themselves.


Messrs Femi Pedro and Ahmed Sule make sweeping generalizations as though the Nigerian youth were one monolithic block. This assumptive centrality gives their arguments a simplistic skew and is representative of how Nigerians as a whole fail to apply thoroughness in analyzing our national challenges

Adebayo Alonge
Solutions Ideator

Young and old white rhino as representative of Nigeria’s two different generations
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Nigeria’s socio-cultural structure is not one that offers young people a place or a platform through which they can be heard. This is why middle aged and older men will attempt to stand in positions of authority and attempt to speak to and on behalf of a generation to which they do not belong and of whom they do not understand. It is a culture that prides itself in applying whatever advantage one may have in getting ahead of others. Family wealth, traditional kingship titles and age- nothing is spared in forging forward in what is the scramble of Nigerian life. In our race for worldly success which we define primarily in the material, we commonly accept that poverty in our communities is the result of people’s ancestral sins, their own misfortune and the barriers placed in their way by enemies.

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Engaging governments- for social entrepreneurs

Social entrepreneurs can use their influence to help their communities choose the right governments that support social impact ventures.


Democracy does not redistribute wealth neither does it bring about rapid change. Its power is in delivering stability to country systems.

Prof. Ian Shapiro

Yale University
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Should social entrepreneurs have any interest in the nature of politics and governance in their countries? Should they just focus on their entrepreneurship work and isolate themselves from having a say in how governance is run in their countries?

Social entrepreneurs are very important in helping their communities choose good political leaders because of the credibility they enjoy within their societies. It is therefore imperative for social entrepreneurs to be politically engaged in helping their communities choose governments that support civil liberties, personal property rights and economic systems that aid entrepreneurship innovation.

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Marketing you-for social entrepreneurs

The responsibility for letting others know about your social entrepreneurship work rests with you. Learn how to raise your profile in 2 simple steps.


Marketing is a knock-through sport.

Adebayo Alonge

The Solutions Ideator
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Once you have created your brand i.e. the image you want others to have about you; you need to work on promoting your brand and staying top of mind among people interested in your area of work. In other words, you need to actively market yourself.

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Between the old and young: Who would lead Nigeria to her future?

In Nigeria’s 2015 general elections, a young nation must make a choice on who should lead her to the future- an old general or a young incumbent.


Can an old general lead the young to the future they desire?

Adebayo Alonge

The Solutions Ideator
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Not since the June 12 elections have Nigerians been so electrified by the prospect of voting in a general election. Two candidates- President Goodluck Jonathan and General Muhammadu Buhari are head to head for Nigeria’s most powerful office. Those who love them, truly love them and yet I dare say that the man who will win is the person who emotionally charges the uncommitted.

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Branding You for Social Entrepreneurs

You are your perception. Be in control of the impression you create. Brand you!


  Perception is you.

Adebayo Alonge

The Solutions Ideator
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What comes to your mind when you hear these names- Mohammed Yunus, Bill Gates, Tony Elumelu? Did the following words come up in your mind- microfinance, health philanthropy and “Africapitalism”? This is the power of a brand- a consistently uniform perception you conjure when your name is mentioned.

Now ask yourself, when your name is mentioned what do people immediately associate with you? This is your brand and is how you are perceived by others.

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The Social Entrepreneurship Mindset


 The social entrepreneurship mindset is one that actively seeks to identify and solve problems faced by impoverished communities in a sustainable way they can pay for.

                                                             Adebayo Alonge

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