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July 24th, 2007 · 2 Comments

Via Boing Boing, Afrobeat star Femi Kuti on trade, development, and high-profile benefit concerts in LA Weekly:

Q: What’s your take on Bono and concerts like Live 8 that campaign on behalf of Africa?

A: Bono doesn’t need to tell us that we are poor. We know we are poor. All these concerts come and go and nothing changes in Africa.

Q: So then what’s the best way for concerned Americans to get involved with helping Africa?

A: Not to feel sorry for us but to be positive toward us. Do more business with us. Come and visit us. We, in turn, have to get stronger and not rely on leaders to do everything for us. We must take action ourselves. But Western democracies must also stop turning a blind eye to African corruption and start taking action — then we can start moving forward as a nation.

Tags: Economics



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  • 1 spelunker // Jul 25, 2007 at 7:12 am

    The best interview I’ve ever seen on foreign aid to Africa—hell, one of the best interviews I’ve ever read, period—is here.

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