STATISTICS AND AFRICAN POPULATION GROWTH: WHO IS FOOLING WHO?

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According to the UN, the population of Africa is projected to reach almost half of the world’s  in the next thirty years; that is to say by 2050. The world body states that the African continent is expected to be the fastest growing population of the world, and this will be more concentrated in  countries within sub-saharan Africa as usual!

One of the countries which is both in sub-saharan Africa and the Nile valley, recently boasted by announcing that it is awaiting for its 100th million baby! To be open, and exact, this is Egypt, a country which is actually mostly populated by those with Arabic descent, than black Africans, having been decimated over the years for political and exploitation reasons. History is littered with glaring facts indicating that these are not Africans by origin.

Looking at statistics therefore from an African perspective, one finds serious gaps in. It is well known that statistics has been used particularly over the years by business, political and academic personalities not only to explain and justify some kind of argument, but also to  convince others who may not believe readily. Any how, the way statistics has been used needs to be challenged. 

We are all aware that Mark Twain once said that “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.”Therefore, much as the above statistics may have been issued by the UN having been compiled by the so called scholars and academics; questions need to be raised not only on the reasons behind them , but also its interpretive implications. For instance, the growth of African population has been curtailed by a number of manipulative factors.

First, there is, and has been, campaigns on the basis of   birth control measures with questionable justification, that world resources are limited.

Secondly, population growth in Africa has also been linked to poverty as if being poor has anything to do with population size. The irony is that, Africa which has all the resources of the world, comes to be named as poor, vis-a-vis the western world who have nothing. This is ironical. Therefore, population statistics are not only unreliable, but also doctored to suit the author in question.

Thirdly, there are also senseless wars triggered in Africa by those who want to sell more goods and services. These wars seriously reduce the population of Africans in the millions.

Therefore, if we take these examples and many more, then who is telling the truth about the statistics of African population growth? Are these the numbers themselves, or  human beings using statistics in a manipulative way?

It is possible, that in one way or the other, statistics is lying, or human beings themselves. This is because the use of statistics has become a very powerful political weapon to control the weary!.So, these statistical forecasts on future population growth in the African continent can not be taken on face value. 

It is very possible, someone is fooling another. May be this song can click with you guys!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0TQeNDqsN3Q
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Okumu p'Okech Luryan, Managing Partner, Noh-Vald Consultancy.
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