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Technology has eroded African values

By Vision Reporter

Added 15th January 2010 03:00 AM

AS globalization is taking the world by storm, what is happening to the real grassroot villages? It is lamentable that modern technology is gradually eroding away the African fraternity, solidarity and socialisation!

AS globalization is taking the world by storm, what is happening to the real grassroot villages? It is lamentable that modern technology is gradually eroding away the African fraternity, solidarity and socialisation!

Today one will quickly learn of soldiers dying in Iraq or Israel before getting to know of the death of one’s immediate neighbour!

People “attend” telecast funerals of celebrities the world over yet they don’t appear at burials of their kinsmen in their localities!

The Tsunami in Haiti is still on everyone’s lips but not the devastating storms or the frequent flooding on the local scene in Uganda.

Family gatherings are dominated more by friends than relatives. A neighbour’s child is a bigger stranger than the foreign volunteer residing in our community.

We know what St. Peter’s Square in Rome or the Khaaba in Mecca look like but not where the local church or mosque is! We can make a global tour and visit all cities in the world via the internet but not walk or drive around our villages and neighbourhoods! We proudly speak the so-called international languages but not the mother tongue!

Francis X. Luyera
luyerafrancis@yahoo.com

Technology has eroded African values

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