To those who say that my description of the African condition is a “put-down,” I answer: It is exactly this kind of response to constructive criticism that keeps the African where he is. We don’t want to face the truth. We have swallowed the “don’t judge me” gospel, so that speaking the truth has become a revolutionary act. We as a people are in pitiful denial about our situation. Those who are really “putting down” Africa are those who lower the standard for Africans. If insisting on personal responsibility and accountability is a “put-down,” then Africa really needs many more of this type of “humiliation.”—S.K. Pipim, The Transformed Mind, p. 227.
Be an EAGLE, Not a Chicken