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COME KOREA! COME KOREA!
The Swahili people once said that, “kutembea kwingi ni kuona mengi”, which when translated to English would mean travelling a lot accompanies a great sight. African culture is carefully set on principle of good neighborhood, loving and caring for our neighbors. This is further strengthened by the national anthem which has always and continues preaching peace. A good example is our national anthem quoted as “”May we dwell in unity peace and liberty, peace and unity plenty be found within our boarders…”
Never goes a day without this lines being sung. Our cooperation started long time ago and this has been accompanied by both useful and detrimental effects.
When cooperation is narrowed down to the university level, it appears so small theoretically but when practically dawns in its immensity are observed. The mere signing of charters of cooperation, which is done on a paper is nothing not unless the agreement is implemented and its’ objectives are harvested wholesomely.
Korea has already made its’ footprint into the world and especially in Africa at large. It is so vivid that even doubting Thomas wouldn’t dare his career. No one has never seen bill boards all over with Didier Drogba’s image advertising Samsung. More over the Samsung devices, especially smart phones such as galaxy pocket, S3 note and Samsung series are a major part of African people. It was a boom when it was first introduced. LG the acronym for Life is Good. If really life is good, why not go for it? This is just but a few examples that can actually stand that Korean’s vision has not always been in vain. From the education eagerness of Africans, if the Korean studies are taught in African Universities, more of Korean goodies will be harnessed for the full potential.
Candidly, I must say that the Koreans are bright. I may not wish to open a forum of which would be termed as, “is everybody else not bright?” but would like to send accolade of congratulations to their forefathers. In my Genetics Lectures, I have leant that an individual’s fitness is measured by proportion of fit genes left on the population gene pool. Those which leave more successful off springs, then their levels will increase in the population and their rivals will eventually die out. The point am trying to bring home is that Korean people value their cultural values, ethics and philosophy of life. By this I am stating out that Korean technological advancement is solidly grounded on the traditional cultural values, ethics and philosophy of life. If it is so, then it becomes clear that they have always contributed to their peoples’ welfare by preserving their very best culture. Supposing African universities would buy their ideas, then we would be in a better position to take African technology to the next level.
The advantage of Korean studies being taught in an African university is a theme turn sour if we do not talk about the globalization lab project, most African universities would find this a useful venture where all their research Centre can apply and together with Korea on undertaking of technological and scientific research. Here, we would have the opportunity to work together in the translation of Korean classics, conduct joint research activities both in Africa and Korea. African universities would get the very lucky opportunity to address the key emerging global concerns.
HIV/AIDS has been the biggest disaster in Africa. It has called for intense research from scientists all over the world but to no avail, the far they could go is finding preventive drugs. These drugs are still imported in African countries and I believe that with collaboration with Korean studies, Africans can produce powerful drugs to curb not only HIV/AIDS but also other dreadful diseases.
Global warming is another topic of concern to Africa and all over the world, as evidenced by more ice melting in the Polar Regions, short term heavy rainfall and long periods of dry spell therefore, extending desert and semi-desert regions. This affects global economy. Africans are part of fight against global warming and therefore, support from Korea will see many participants in Africa work on minimizing global warming.
The key careers enrolled in African universities are medicine, engineering, economics and actuarial science. Africans have not invested much in humanities and there is a loop hole the field of humanities. With the introduction of Korean studies, Africans’ perception of humanities as an ordinary course will automatically change. This will make them understand their environment better, hence comparing their culture, folklore, art, religion, history, technology and other related fields with that of outside Africa.
Africa is rich in potential entertainment sector; we have great comedians like Churchill and Eric Omondi from Kenya, Clint Da Drunk from Nigeria and also Pablo from Uganda. Supposing Korean studies were taught in an African university those comedians would be the best ambassadors to foster way forward on promoting Korean studies. In fact (SIKS) Strategic Initiative for Korean studies could use this as one of the best way in competing with other Asian Tigers like China.
I pose and look at a perfect example while vast of Africa is really on the race of industrialization, Korea can have a great impact on the implementation of these. A perfect example is in Kenya; recently there have been plans for the construction of Konza city in the Silicon savannah. It is one stop destination where Korea can have a great impact supposing it’s’ skills is taught in most Kenyan universities. There is also an emerging city of Machakos. It is a glamorous site, lots of it has not been constructed .when it is finally completed there are always those gaping holes where potential investors can harvest a lot from the possible unforeseen opportunities.
Away from these, who doesn’t know how electioneering periods in African countries is usually full of unwanted tensions? Most citizens even go to the point of not practicing their democratic rights. Do you know why? This is because most of them would not bargain their life to simply casting a vote. The poor state of their economies consoles them even further not to vote since they lack faith in their leaders. This among other non-orthodox ways of reasoning can be captured holistically and made into a theory. Korea itself practices peaceful elections. When most African graduates have a nice glimpse of Korean studies, pre and post- election tension will never be a talk about. This was greatly spearheaded by the march 4, 2013 Kenyan general election, it was one peaceful election and I can link it to Kenya- Korea relationship.
Academic excellence is the key to development. The opportunity to explore opportunities within a country and global scale when students study in the respective diasporas, chances are actually that they would arise inter-diaspora marriages, moreover, exchange of cultural practices will be spearheaded by the massive cultural diversity that is observed between these blocks. I cannot hesitate mentioning the Africans and particularly the culture of good neighborhood. This is one thing the Africans should boast for since in the developed countries, definition of a neighbor is different from what we perceive. Most Africans are Christians and they have learnt that a neighbor is anyone who is in need.
Korea has the policy that anyone can do something that is of great importance to Korea. This is one of the value that the Korea is using to empower her citizens. While most African countries would stagnate in poverty due to lack of ventures to express their ideas. Korea also has well-organized academics, where a persons’ idea is quickly turned into a project. Here in Africa, it is quite different! Actually it is only those that are well connected and acquainted with a good package of cash that see their ideas come to happen. When Korean studies are offered in African universities, we shall see more of their empowerment. By this I would be thinking in the basis that their curriculum acknowledges innovativeness from the bright minds. Africans would for once have a chance to sip this milk of Korean provided opportunity.
It has been said and it will be said once more, necessity is the mother of invention. In fact all history students who can recall the agrarian revolution can well agree that one of its’ key theme was, “invention is the mother of invention”. Even now as we speak, it is that necessity that ensures that Korean studies are taught on an African university. The close ties between these two blocks will lead to a win-win cooperation and understanding both in Kenya and Korea.
Korea too has faced a lot of challenges in its bid to rise into superiority. Africans will have a first-hand information on the possible ways to avoid such catastrophic events. Actually Africans can use Korean challenges as an eye opener to escape such catastrophes.
As I have earlier on put across, Africa would have a great opportunity on the environmental conservation. Korea being a signatory of the Kyoto protocol will reap a lot from Korea.
As I conclude, I would like to capture out that it is Africans who would have a high stake in advantage when Korean studies is taught in African university. It is therefore my calling that everybody should sing;
Come Korea! Come Korea.