Saturday, March 4, 2017

USA Africa Dialogue Series - Reflection II: Of Airports and Development

As seemingly inconsequential as they are in the development scheme of things as airports are, they often reflect the very soul of any state. Moving from Lagos to Amsterdam to Atlanta, you move from one development trajectory to anothwr, with startling effects and deveelopment shock.

On the one hand, you see leaking roof, power outages several times, officials gisting and chatting while passengers wait on elongated queues, money exchanging hands with smiles all around, the ubiquitous heat everywhere, start underdevelopment. 

On the other side, you encounter paradise. Well, paradise with extreme cold! But paradise where things move along with oiled efficiency, smiling human relations and aesthetic infrastructure. 

Hmmmm. I know this has been said before, but it bears saying and saying again. The shocking contrast often shocks and triggers the intellect into reflecting again and again, even ad nauseaum.

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