Because this blog is all about questions.
CAN we save Africa? Is the saving able to be accomplished? Is it is a doable mission? Is the continent a lost cause? Should it we even try?
Can WE save Africa: Who is the ‘we’? Who is working on saving Africa? Why are they doing it? How does who they are impact what they are able and unable, willing and unwilling to do?
Can we SAVE Africa: What does ‘saving’ Africa look like? What would a saved Africa look like? What futures for the continent are being articulated? When will we know that Africa has been saved?
Can we save AFRICA: Which Africa? Sub-Saharan Africa? Where does the distinction come from? Which Africans are we talking about? There are so many different types! Which aspects of the continent’s diversity are we thinking about when we try to save Africa? Why?
Props to Africa Knows for letting me use the image in the header. Why the railroad?
It too is a question. Where is Africa headed? What is the destination?
Railroads have a long and torrid story in Africa. Built in the colonial era to ease of resource extraction from the continent, a map of the railroad system across the continent shows how all paths lead outwards. The continent’s resources, whether slaves, ivory, gold, or high-potential youth all leaving. This is the earlier story of Africa.
What is the new story? What can a map of the continent’s current transportation network, with its interconnections and density tell us today?