As a result, humankind is not advancing at the pace it should be.
Today, millions of children lack access to education and healthcare, and are all too familiar with poverty and hunger. Our planet is exhibiting severe side effects resulting from human activity while we still debate the existence of climate change.
Elections in developed countries are no longer guaranteed to be free and fair,
thanks to hackers. This is 2017.
Africa, home to a massive young and growing population
, could possess the solution to the global human capital dilemma. Africans, working alongside and leading global teams, can help humankind avoid catastrophes in healthcare, education, climate change, and cybersecurity.
By producing the next wave of global leaders, Africa (and Africans) will play a critical role in building the future.
If we're going to actualize this promising future, we need to first come to terms with our difficult past.
A history of missed opportunities
Over 12,000 years ago, humans shifted from hunting and gathering to organized agriculture. Africans participated actively
in what is widely known as the Agricultural Revolution, spanning several centuries across several kingdoms
We've since slid in both productivity and innovation, failing to achieve food security, and have some of the highest rates of undernourishment globally. The reasons vary and we can debate them, but the consequences are irrefutable
In the 18th and 19th centuries, humans developed the steam engine, created the textile industry, invented machine tools and factories, and built telecommunication, transportation and power infrastructure.
The Industrial Revolution, as we know it today, is commonly referred to as the most important event in human history since the domestication of animals. Africa was a source of key raw materials and labor that fueled this revolution
, yet once again the benefits of this revolution skipped most African economies.