March 28th 2016, Pan African Institute for Development-West Africa (PAID-WA), Buea.
On the 28th of March 2016, the book-“Africa can at last take off”-was presented and launched in the Fernand Vincent Hall, PAID-WA campus, Buea. This book was proudly published by the PAID press and the launch was privileged to have the Founding President of PAID (Dr Fernand Vincent) present. The Panel was moderated by Prof. Uwem Essia (Regional Director, PAID-WA) and comprised of Dr. Vincent Fernand (PAID International Founding father), Dr. Mrs. Teresia Elad (President PAID International), Prof. Emmanuel Kandem (SG PAID International), Mr Romuald Pial Eazala (Regional Director, PAID-CA), Dr. Roger Mondoue (PAID’s Editor in Chief), Prof Lambi Cornelius (Former Vice Chancellor, University of Buea, Vice Chancellor HIMS) and Prof Michel Tchotsoua (Author). The Panelists took turns in giving fascinating insights into the content of the book to an eager audience of over 200 PAID students and staff, PhD students from PAID and other higher institutions, and like-minded academics from the general public. They gave a current and unique view of how geometrics and the geostrategic approach can be used to foster development.
Introduction to the PAID Press
The PAID community is proud to have completed the trinity of the educational set-up by owning a printing press. This comes in to enhance the PAID PhD program as it aspires to publish thesis and other scholarly articles thereby aiding in disseminating knowledge.
Is Africa really poor? Why has Africa stagnated whilst other regions with which Africa had same economic status in the 1950’s have visibly progressed? Amidst the huge aid donated to Africa in a bit to ameliorate the famine and war crisis, why have most African countries experienced little developmental trajectories? These questions and more have flooded the minds of African intellectuals as they ponder on the possibility of Africa emerging.
Money from West, donations or aid, call it what you would, has instead trapped Africa plundering most of her countries into a vicious cycle of corruption, slow economic growth and poverty. Anderson, 2014 illustrates this thus; whilst Western countries send about $30bn in development aid to Africa every year more than six times that leaves the continent “mainly to the same countries providing the aid.” So who is aiding who? It is in this light that proactive Scholars like Prof. Michel Tchotsoua have taken the initiative to write to educate the African community on the way forward in his book “Africa can at last take off”.
The book was summarized by the Chief Launcher, Prof Lambi Cornelius as: “the ‘key’ to an emergent Africa is using a geostrategic approach in strategically mapping and re-allocating its resources. He further stated that Africa is the richest continent with a lot of resources but Africans have underdeveloped Africa. Rounding up, he beckoned on Africa to use her potentials, talents and resources to build and develop Africa and not to rely on the Western World.
The Editor in Chief of PAID thanked the Regional Director of PAID-WA for his efforts and expertise in the visible structural, financial and academic advancements that has made PAID-WA “the place to be” in recent times. He commended the successes of the PAID Press this far and thanked the author for his confidence in the PAID press. He gave the Author’s profile stressing on his background in geometrics, thereby presenting him as not only a thinker, but a knowledgeable resource person on matters as these. He explained that much thought was given in the coining of the title and hence content of the book.
The Author thanked the panel and audience and reiterated the concept of geometric and geostrategic approach in sustainable development. He called on Africa and the PAID community in particular to take the initiative to drive this concept into a reality.
Among many things, the Regional Director of PAID-WA, Prf. Uwem Essia, called for many more initiatives like this.
The President of PAID crowned this by touching on the paradoxical but important issue of partnership with the western world as an ingredient of sustainable development. She expounded on the fact that it should be a two-way issue.
This discourse explained just enough to entice the audience to buy the book and find out more (this was demonstrated by the queue which positioned to get copies at the end of the session). The book launch was a success as the audience left pondering on the issues raised.
The launch was commemorated with light refreshments.