Sagat recently linked to this YouTube video (in a comment) and said:
Here’s a vid of Lagos, Nigeria. It may look rundown to your eyes, but it is a civilization. And watch to the end to see the capital, Abuja. That place actually looks like a decent city.
Yes, Abuja does look rather decent, judging from the video. But I couldn’t help but notice that, throughout the entire video, not a single white or Asian was shown. What Nigeria seems to lack is racial diversity. So, if it is a successful nation, or if Abuja is a successful city, then we must conclude that racial diversity is not essential to success. If it is not successful, then… well, what is successful in black Africa?
There are many YouTube videos on Nigeria, almost all of them interesting. They all paint the same portrait: an overwhelmingly black nation. Why can’t we have a “white Nigeria” that’s extremely populous and almost 100% white, just as Nigeria is almost 100% black?
But there’s nothing new in all that. What is new is that I’ve been working a lot of overtime in order to save up for my upcoming vacation. I’ve also been spending a lot of time planning for this vacation. Where am I going? To a place I’ve always wanted to visit: Madagascar. Many of y’all might think I’m crazy, and maybe I am. But Madagascar is a fascinating place and I hope to learn much while I’m there – and to enjoy what remains of the natural beauty that island was blessed with. Lemurs, Baobab trees and my favorite reptile, chameleons. One interesting fact about Madagascar is that, although it is located only a short distance from the East African coast, it was first settled by Indonesians. The largest ethnic groups there are of Indonesian descent and Malagasy is an Asian language. They migrated prior to the Islamic transformation in Indonesia, so they maintain traditional Indonesian beliefs, with a local flavor. I’m leaving in another month and, obviously, my blogging will be limited during that time – unless y’all want to hear all about my travels.
I’ve still been finding time to translate “The Ashkenazi Revolution”. I am now in the middle of chapter four; the project is proceeding more quickly than I’d expected and I am enjoying it very much.