Corruption Perception Index!!!

According to Transparency International’s 2015 Corruption Perceptions Index, Denmark is perceived to have the least corrupt public sector in the world.
North Korea and Somalia are the worst performers out of 168 countries.
South Africa ranked 61st, scoring 44 on a scale where 0 is perceived to be highly corrupt and 100 perceived to be very clean. (http://bit.ly/1Vhq5cA, http://bit.ly/1SrVt11)

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While we at it – Xenophobia – ourselves to blame!!!

I live in South Africa.

I own businesses in South Africa that employs a number of people, i couldn’t possibly be an illegal immigrant and no one can rightly accuse me of taking their jobs. Apart from this, i am a professional and bring value to South Africa.

I happen to know a number of other foreigners who are in my position or in similar positions and even more important ones all over the country. But this write up is not about me.

I have always attempted to get professionals together especially foreigners in an attempt to highlight what we are all about and put our selves out there in the public domain; unfortunately we have not managed to do so, so far!

Such initiatives could help and impact positively on peoples minds when they are asked or tempted to go and attack foreigners. Maybe, just maybe.

This is the third xenophobic attack that has taken place since i started living here. I have never been a victim of xenophobia and don’t know of anyone who has been affected directly. The closest i have been to the attacks was in 2008 when this erupted in Johannesburg area while i was living there.

In all the cases this particular one in Durban is about the worst; maybe, maybe not. It could be that with high penetration of social media as against 2008 a lot more awareness is created about events these days than then! Who knows.

What is the point of my narrative?

We all owe ourselves a duty both as Africans and as blacks to really examine or ask ourselves critical and honest questions about what would make another human being suddenly wake up and descend on another human and hack them to death in an instant.

People who had lived together as neighbours in some cases for ages. Doesnt make any sense. Each time i ask myself that question i have never been able to find an answer.

The current spate of attacks started in Durban and spread to some parts of Johannesburg. In all the cases, i think there is a failing of leadership to educate the people about the far reaching implications of this attacks and how it would greatly damage brand South Africa! I wouldn’t waste your time in trying to narrate some of those implications.

Worse of all would be  economic, foreign direct investment, tourism as well as the direct impact on the so many South African businesses thriving across the continent of Africa.

What moral right would South Africa have to partake in any peace keeping initiative in Africa or any part of the world?

The leader of the African Union is a South African at this time! What an irony. Africans as a whole and the world fight and liberate you from the evils of apartheid and at the drop of a hat you descend on the same people who sacrificed immensely to get you the freedom!

Would South Africa survive an onslaught on their businesses, goods and services by the whole of Africa talk less of the world?

Why the leaders failed to respond immediately to stop or make attempts to stop the attacks i am not in a position to say. Be that as it may following wide spread outcry – thanks to social media – the leaders sprang to their feet and are now adopting a strategy to quench the fires; while the damage has already been done. I hope they are able to salvage something. A lot of shuttle diplomacy should be deployed too. The culprits of this crime should be punished and the world is waiting to see how many will go to jail for their role in this. Their is too much video evidence not to convict people. No kid gloves treatment will be acceptable.

There are no confirmations about the authenticity of some of the images and video clips that are circulating all over the world at the moment; whatever the case maybe the whole world see South Africans as very heartless people.

Having lived here for a number of years i may tend to disagree with that; but who wouldn’t be appalled after watching Mozambican Emmanuel Sithole being mutilated while the whole world watched? Unfortunately so, as the popular (Igbo) saying goes that if you spread salt on your self you would have invited goats to lick you up. South Africans have spread salt on themselves; now we have to start the process of cleansing. How long this cleansing takes and how effectively we can cleanse remains to be seen.

Can one man eat a cow? Definitely no. So left all alone can South Africans do all the jobs there is to do in this country? The answer is a resounding no.

All countries the world over always require the skill that are on offer from other countries. The point would be how those skill offerings are harnessed by the respective country.

Who to blame for xenophobia?

African leaders / heads of government!

They should all be held responsible for this ugly incident. Many of them are responsible for running their various governments to the ground. Many.

While some are still at it others are on their way to.

Need i start naming the various countries whose nationals are flooding to South Africa today in search of the golden fleece which unfortunately they don’t find and they end up virtually destitute?

Every day the news media is awash with desperate Africans of all nationalities drowning in their attempt to flee their home lands to supposedly better climes they think abound in various European countries.

Their is a popular saying that east, west, north and south home is the best! For me that will always be the case eventually and for most.

Why should this be the case?

If things were better in respective African countries many wouldn’t attempt this tortuous journeys and most of the time end up refugees in foreign lands.

Can we all collectively start asking the right questions of our leaders?

Can we start holding them accountable?

Can we start saying no to corruption?

Can we start saying no to mediocre leadership and demand better governance.

Thanks to social media we are all able to within a minute share information. So let us use this to our advantage. Nigerians used it effectively during the last elections in March.

Many of us who have continuously tolerated bad leadership in our various countries across Africa are responsible for this show of shame in South Africa called xenophobia!

Just say NO to bad leaders and bad leadership.

We are bad followers.

Take note that we can say no without violence.

While i do not and will never support the killing of another irrespective of what jobs they are said to have taken from you let us spare a thought for South Africa and South Africans in this situation.

Many of the African heads of state playing to the gallery right now condemning the attacks should all be held liable for being responsible for what has happened in South Africa over the last week through their failed leaderships in their countries!

South Africans on the other hand must learn to be their brother’s keepers and tolerate other nationals, there should be no reason why they should allow themselves to be used to commit such heinous crimes against another human. I rest my case!
Damian@8wDèe.com

Corruption Perception Index 2013!!!

Corruption: Ghana is ranked 63, South Africa 72, Liberia and Zambia 83, Nigeria is ranked 144, Zimbabwe 157 out of 175 countries, on the Corruption Perceptions Index which measures the perceived level of public-sector corruption (where rank 1 is the least corrupt country).

Somalia, Afghanistan and North Korea are rated as the most corrupt countries.

Denmark and New Zealand are the least corrupt.

Click on the link (bit.ly/1bGDjsP) to see how your country is doing.

Good luck.

Mandela’s message to Nigerian leaders!!!

I stumbled upon this piece on a friend’s wall on Facebook. It was an interview given by Nelson Mandela published in the Nigerian Tribune focusing principally on Nigerian leadership issues.

Please read and share, let’s hope and pray that in the spirit of Madiba maybe Nigerian politicians will have a change of heart. 
He wonders why Nigerians are not more angry than they are at their leaders and leadership.! I wonder too but I guess he doesn’t realise that Nigerians have very short memory.
We pay lip service to the problems that are overwhelming us as a nation. Anyway this article is about Mandela not what I think.

This is my way of paying tribute to this great Saint of a man, who sacrificed his life for his nation.

There is nothing that I can write or say that has not been written or said about Tata Madiba so i decided earlier today to go and pay my homage to him and signed the condolence register.

So in his vintage fearless style here is what he thinks of leadership in Nigeria.

“YOU know I am not very happy with Nigeria. I have made that very clear on many occasions.
Yes, Nigeria stood by us more than any nation, but you let yourselves down, and Africa and the black race very badly.
Your leaders have no respect for their people.
They believe that their personal interests are the interests of the people. They take people’s resources and turn it into personal wealth.

There is a level of poverty in Nigeria that should be unacceptable.
I cannot understand why Nigerians are not more angry than they are.

“What do young Nigerians think about your leaders and their country and Africa?
Do you teach them history?
Do you have lessons on how your past leaders stood by us and gave us large amounts of money?
You know I hear from Angolans and Mozambicans and Zimbabweans how your people opened their hearts and their homes to them.
I was in prison then, but we know how your leaders punished western companies who supported Apartheid.

“What about the corruption and the crimes? Your elections are like wars. Now we hear that you cannot be president in Nigeria unless you are Muslim or Christian.
Some people tell me your country may break up. Please don’t let it happen.

“Let me tell you what I think you need to do. You should encourage leaders to emerge who will not confuse public office with sources of making personal wealth.
Corrupt people do not make good leaders. Then you have to spend a lot of your resources for education.

Educate children of the poor, so that they can get out of poverty. Poverty does not breed confidence. Only confident people can bring changes. Poor, uneducated people can also bring change, but it will be hijacked by the educated and the wealthy…give young Nigerians good education. Teach them the value of hard work and sacrifice, and discourage them from crimes which are destroying your image as a good people.”

(Excerpts taken from a 2007 interview with Mandela conducted by Dr  Hakeem Baba-Ahmed).

Last modified on Monday, 09 December 2013 23:13

How to become an overnight billionaire in Nigeria.

Take your time and read this piece. The most ingenious thing I have read about how overnight billionaires are being made daily in Nigeria.

A sad and interesting piece by a witty mind.

Despite what we all know, Nigerians have very short memories, people hardly pay for their sins only if you are with the wrong party! So the saga continues.

Femi Aribisala wrote this in Vanguard Newspaper of 03/09/13.

With only some 50 years of independent national existence, Nigeria is a country reeking with “new money.”

The overwhelming proportion of the millionaires and billionaires in the country are “nouveau-riche;” they became rich literally “overnight.” 

We are talking of people whose wealth does not go beyond a generation.

Indeed, the fantastic wealth of Nigerian billionaires like Femi Otedola scarcely goes beyond ten/fifteen years.  

Not only does Nigeria’s wealthy few have a short history, they often have a short future as well.  The money comes “miraculously” and goes just as “miraculously.”

In my youth, S.B. Bakare was the celebrated Nigerian tycoon.  Highlife stars and juju musicians eulogised him in their records.  But ask a young Nigerian today who S.B. Bakare is, and I can bet my bottom dollar he has never heard of him.S.B. has fallen off the radar and so has his wealth.  It is not identifiable by any major industry or enterprise.  His descendants may still be in litigation over the dregs of his estate, but undoubtedly it is nothing to write home about again.  Certainly, nobody is singing about S.B. Bakare today. 

There are now new pretenders to his throne.

Time was when wealthy Nigerians built something, developed something, or made something. 

At that time, the rich were truly captains of industry. 

Alhaji Sanusi Dantata made his fortune in the era of the groundnut pyramids in the North; buying and shipping them for export.

Sir Odumegwu Ojukwu had Nigeria’s largest fleet of inter-city “mammy-wagons.”  He also imported “panla” (dried fish) on a large scale. 

Sir Mobolaji Bank-Anthony had a tanker fleet and a pioneering charter airline.  Emmanuel Akwiwu, hauled oil-rigs and supplies for British Petroleum. 

Chief Timothy Adeola Odutola produced bicycle tires for the growing army of Nigerian bike-riders.

But thanks to oil, much of Nigerian wealth is no longer the product of such ventures. 

Yes, we have billionaires like Ibrahim Dasuki and Mike Adenuga who can still be rightfully described as highly enterprising. 
But even more significantly, we have tycoons who came into wealth through “wuru-wuru” and “mago-mago.” 

These men are hardly Nigeria’s Bill Gates.On the contrary, they don’t have a clue what to do with their dubious wealth, and they are ignorant about wealth-creation. 

As such, they add little of value to the Nigerian project.  Their praises may be sung today by their horde of parasitical hangers-on, but they will not be remembered for good when they are gone. 

As mysteriously as their wealth materialised, so will it vanish.
These men became rich through some of the following tried and tested methods, which can be relied upon to lead to one’s inclusion in the Nigerian Book of Irrelevant Rich Men. 

If you want to get rich quick, here is the Nigerian blueprint.  But please, don’t tell anyone I “wiki-leaked” this highly-classified national secret to you.

Rob a bank.

This strategy has gone through some transition.  Bank-robbers used to be men of the underworld who held banks hostage at gunpoint and then made off with the cash.  However, it was soon recognised that this approach has distinct disadvantages.  You might get arrested and jailed.  Even worse, you might get shot.  It also became apparent that banks carry limited amounts of cash.
Therefore, a successful bank robbery of this violent kind might only land you perhaps 50 million naira tops, which is not even enough to buy or build a house in Banana Island. 
There is a better way to rob a bank with far limited risk. 
Simply establish a bank.
When you establish a bank, you can rob the bank every day without a gun.  When people deposit money in your bank, they don’t know that they are handing over their life-savings to a thief. 
You then rob the bank you establish in a number of imaginative ways.
For example, you can lend money to your bank and then charge it a very high interest-rate. 
Better still, you can borrow billions from your bank and simply forget to pay it back.  Or, you can use the money deposited in your bank to buy houses and then rent them out as branches to your bank at exorbitant prices.
This approach is guaranteed to make you a few billion naira until the EFCC policemen come calling. 
When they do, you can quickly fall sick, spend a few months in Deluxe Hospital Hotel and then relocate to your village to enjoy your wealth, never to be heard of again.

Join the PDP.

This one is a sure banker. 
As a member of the greatest party in the history of Africa, you will be given a credit-card to spend Nigeria’s oil wealth. 
If you are not getting enough attention in the party, make a lot of noise. 
Abuse Tinubu on the pages of the newspapers and call Buhari an idiot.Insist that Goodluck Jonathan should not only run for re-election unopposed in 2015, there should be a constitutional amendment to make him a life-president. 
This is a tell-tale sign that you are hungry; and the powers-that-be will soon invite you to “come and chop.”As a distinguished member of this great party, the opportunities open for you to set yourself up for life are considerable. For example, you can start collecting billions for petroleum subsidy and simply not import any petrol whatsoever. 
You can get the government to change all car license-plates nationwide; and then become the sole supplier of the new license-plates.
You can ask the president to make you the sole importer and distributor of diesel for the entire country.  Of course, this might also entail that you become the chairman of his re-election campaign, to which you duly make a handsome contribution. 
Alternatively, you can ask to be chairman of the Nigerian Ports Authority.
Nobody will bat an eyelid when, within a matter of months, you have a fleet of cars, have two or three houses in Asokoro, and own four hotels in Dubai.You may even kick out your wife and marry a fourteen-year-old “Suzie” befitting your new status. 
You have arrived as one of Nigeria’s celebrated rich men. 
But keep your eyes on the ball. 
Don’t get distracted or carried away.  The enemies of Mr. President must always remain your enemies.

Start a mega-church.

This one is pure genius. 
Peradventure you lose your job or fall on hard times. 
Don’t go into depression. 
Just start a church. 
Make it a purpose-built church. 
Think of something that men need. 
Tell them you have the anointing to provide it. 
Tell them whoever wants to be a billionaire should come to your church.  Start a few of your messages with “Thus says the Lord.”  Then teach your congregation the everlasting principles of sowing and reaping.
Make sure they understand that if they really want God to bless them financially, they first have to give you as much money as possible. 
Create a special prayer group for millionaires and billionaires. 
That way, if they get any new government contract they will attribute it to the efficacy of your prayers and credit something big into your bank account. 
Tell everybody to give you their “first-fruits.”That is a code word for their entire January salaries. 
Then come up with imaginative offerings to collect, such as “prophet’s offering,” (you, of course, being the prophet); “Father, Son and Holy Ghost offerings;” “Jesus will do it offering.”Very soon, you will be flying your own private jet to preach your gospel in Ilesha; you will be wearing white Armani suits and jerry-curling your hair; you will be collecting gate-fees for new years’ eve services; billionaire thieves and robbers will be queuing up to see your private-secretary on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway. 
In short, you will be living large. 
For good measure, you will also be slapping demons out of poor  bewitched damsels with impunity.

Become a mule.

There is high demand for this job.  There are many politicians and men of timber and caliber looking for mules; men who can keep stolen money for them, or smuggle it to safe havens abroad. 
This is a highly lucrative job because for every ten billion naira you smuggle, you can pocket one billion. 
Don’t get greedy and come to the conclusion that you can make off with the entire loot.
That is a sure way to have assassins on your tail. 
Before they kill you, they will first break your legs. 
If you are caught while smuggling money abroad, you can easily escape and come back home dressed as a woman. 
Then you can get a national merit award.If you are a mule for a president or a governor, you are set up for life.  You will get 24 hours military protection so that no petty thief can come near you. 
You will get to travel all over the world.  You will get free medical check-ups, so that you don’t just fall down one day and die.
That would be disastrous, especially if your sponsor does not know exactly where you kept his loot, or if he does not have the password to the secret account you opened for it in the Bahamas in the name of Ali Baba.

Obituary.
I remember the story of a former Nigerian Head of State who allegedly kept a billion dollars with a mule. 
Then the mule had a stroke. 
Every effort was made to get him to say just a few words, namely the number of the account where the loot was stashed; but to no avail.
After a few months, the man died. 
This “national” calamity has prompted the review of the conditions of service of mules. 
There are now two new, strictly prohibited, clauses. 
Mules must not have strokes, and under no circumstances should a mule presume to die. 
If he does, his generations yet unborn will suffer for it.

(P.S./N.B. If you have perfected other Nigerian approaches to quick wealth than these, don’t hesitate to let me know.  I promise to keep the matter strictly confidential.)   

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