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Child of Industry

Child of Industry – Advocacy for Industrial Revolution
The Review
“An economically thriving society is not a natural order of things. It is a function of visionary leadership which must be elected by a responsible citizenry, working together in a quest to solve the generational problem of poverty." – Obinna Uche Uzoije

The above statement is the opening to the phenomenon that is Child of Industry. And Oh! What an apt opening!

In the book, Child of Industry, Obinna Uche Uzoije advocates for industrial revolution in Africa using Nigeria as a specimen. The revolution preached by the writer is not one that involves arms and violence; he recommends a revolution that begins with the mind, extends to the hands and sprouts from hard work.

This book is intended, first to make the African aware of his environment and also cause him to become responsible for his environment, economy and politics. However, the one thing that Uzoije seems to really want for Africans is the attainment of a “sense of process”. He highlights the waste of valuable resources in Africa, as the result of the absence of a sense of process. For instance, Nigeria could be processing and packaging the materials freely produced by palm trees, but nah...we're consumers, we don't make.

Each chapter of the book addresses a deficiency in the African society, and in these chapters, Uzoije points out the shortfalls of the people; not the government or the elite, but the proletariat; the ordinary, everyday people; you, me and Mama Shedrach. Quite spectacular, for an African.
More spectacular though is the way he refers to the colonial masters in the past tense and with no rancor. For a long time, we have quite easily found objects at which we can comfortably aim our blame; the white man, the military, politicians, even God. Notably, Uzoije takes the blame and points it right back at all of us.

In this book, Uzoije addresses the problem with Africa; it’s education system, poor infrastructure,  improper sanitation, poor access to proper healthcare, religious fanaticism, religious misconceptions, the preoccupation with crude oil, and plain, simple ignorance.

It is common knowledge that there are several social critics in the world today, several of them empowered by social media. These people point out problems with extra-bright lights, but that is all they do, they point. With this book, Uzoije does more than criticize. Truthfully, he doesn’t do much criticism. Uzoije goes beyond social criticism to propose specific and tools and strategies for social reconstruction. He proposes actions towards recreation.  These tools do not need any further explanation as he lays it all out plainly and explicitly.

Armed with this one book, Africans can each begin to contribute thought and work towards the revamping of the African narrative. We should all read this book; the government, the elite, the proletariat, the young ones who have not yet been tainted by the consumer mindset of Africa and Africans.

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