I would buy a mega telescope for use at home, probing into the universe, and beholding the serene mysterious phenomenon of space.
I would look out for that young person who has potential to succeed academically but the poverty and myriad odds of life have made it impossible.
I would take all African heads of state for a workshop where His Excellency , President John Magufuli of Tanzania, can teach them about how to get things done without borrowing huge sums of money but by simply making right priorities and putting an end to the often costly, but wasteful activities of leaders of Third World countries. Oh, think about how he would tell them to halve (reduce) the sizes of their bloated cabinets to save unnecessary costs!
I would invite George Mpombo of Zambia for dinner so we can chat about how he has managed to have such a rich vocabulary for describing Zambia’s current economic imbroglio and political brouhaha.
I would invite, for a walk, some best economists that I have read such as Dambisa Moyo , Paul Collier, and John Perkins; Great science-geniuses like Craig Venter, Francis Collins and Ben Carson, and successful business legends like Aliko Dangote and Bill Gates, to help me understand the rationale behind having 80% of a population living in abject poverty – with acute shortage of essentials like drugs in hospitals and quality education for children – but yet having many companies and government institutions sponsor events where big human beings called men run in shorts whilst applying energy to propel a spherical object called a ‘ball’ which must enter a rectangular structure called a ‘goal-post’.
I would go round a lot of people’s homes and exchange a number of good books for their big TV screens and satellite dishes. I would have to budget some cash for thousands of garbage trucks which should pick millions of these devices. I know this wouldn’t be a good deal as I suspect most of them would soon return my products. However, for a month or two, it would have made a lot of young men and women repose a little while on productive thoughts and activities. Who knows, soon we would become a more productive country.
I would take the entire Zambian cabinet for a three-month workshop holiday in Singapore: a country which gained independence at the same time as Zambia, having started as a poor decrepit economy but with one important resource of wit in the person of the legendary Lee Kuan Yew who led it to become a First World country in thirty years’ time. I would love for the politicians to learn how economic stability and prosperity for a country doesn’t start with financial resources but intelligence and able leadership whose first task would be to change the nation’s people’s mind-set.
I would summon all women of Africa, buy good food for them, pay their attendance allowance and ask them the question, Why in the name of all common sense have you convinced yourself to bleach your skin, paint your lips, and reduce the size of your skirt to look like Hollywood stars? God never made a mistake about the color of your skin or your lips. Honour Him by being who you are!
I would buy a copy of the book “THE JOY OF MARRIAGE: why some marriages work and others fail” (available on Amazon) for every young man and woman who are about to marry and for those couples whose marriages just seem to have lost the language of love. Is it not strange that many couples start out with them enjoying each other but later end in enduring each other.
I would buy a suit made of a Zebra’s skin, and buy the moon for a ‘candle-light’ dinner with Norah, my wife, and for her necklace the beautiful ring of planet Saturn.
I would bribe politicians of all “fantastically corrupt” African countries to pass laws that would ban the following:
- All taverns, pubs, and night clubs.
- Adverts in newspapers which read like this: “Come and receive charms for passing an exam, getting promoted at work, and getting back lost lover”; surely such a witchdoctor should have passed his exam or his children’s first. Why live in a thatched house and yet promise people mansions?
- Female clothes which are not really meant to cover the body but to expose it.
- Getting into parliament or the cabinet without a minimum of a masters’ degree in economics (this law especially for countries in Sothern Africa).
- Having a president or Minister of Finance who has no track-record of competence as a CEO of a large successful firm (again, this only applicable to Southern Africa!).
- A presidential candidate who has no Bachelor of Science in Not-Staying-Long-in-Office.
- Street vending – make centralized places where trading activities can take place. Being a poor country shouldn’t be an excuse for being a disorganized and dirty society. We can be poor but yet fantastically clean!
On a serious note now, I would love to help that poor orphan who has no one to help him or her carry on with life; I would love to give them both financial and spiritual assistance and tell them; we are pilgrims in this old indifferent world. Whatever we can experience in this present time, the good old book talks about a day when our tears shall be no more. There is just something that causes a shiver in my spine when I hear a child lost both parents and has had no one to help him or her. I sometimes wish I could be able to adopt all such children and provide their necessities. But I have hope that one day we will have a better world.
What of you friend, tell me , What ‘crazy’ things you would do if you had all the money of the world?