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Can the next Einstein come from Africa?

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The first global forum for science on African soil will take place in Dakar from 8-10 March 2016.
The Next Einstein Forum (NEF) has launched a global call for support for Africa’s scientific and technological emergence, with a video that ask the question: “Can the next Einstein come from Africa?”. It also calls on game changers from Africa and around the world to support Africa’s scientific renaissance.
The Next Einstein Forum Global Gathering 2016, Africa’s premiere global science and technology forum is convened by the NEF, a global platform that brings together leaders in industry, policy, science, and technology. The first edition of this biennial event will set the stage for a vibrant conversation on transforming Africa and the world through a renewed and increased focus on science, technology and innovation. The NEF is an initiative of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) in partnership with the Robert Bosch Stiftung.
“At more than 700 participants from 80 countries already registered, 52% of them young people and 40% women, we are expecting a truly global forum that discusses opportunities, innovations, and solutions,” says Thierry Zomahoun, NEF chair and president and CEO of AIMS. “The NEF Global Gathering will unveil Africa’s global contributions to science and technology and as the forum opens on International Women’s Day, we will specifically acknowledge the contributions and address the challenges faced by female scientists.”
The NEF Global Gathering 2016 will showcase the innovations and contributions of the NEF’s 15 Fellows -some of Africa’s brightest young scientists who are on the frontline of Africa’s science renaissance. Flying under the radar, these scientists have been tackling some the continent’s most urgent technological and development challenges – from, big data and cybersecurity to hypertension, heart disease, immunology and public health.
In addition, for the first time in history, all 54 African countries will come together to talk science and technology each represented by a NEF Ambassadors that will work to raise awareness about science and technology in their countries.
“A great idea can come from anywhere in the world, and there is no doubt that new and novel scientific ideas to solve global health challenges will come from Africa,” says Seema Kumar, vice-president: Innovation, Global Health and Science Policy, at Johnson & Johnson and member of the NEF International Steering Committee. “The scientific talent in Africa is outstanding with the potential to produce the next Einstein, Pasteur or Madame Curie. The world needs the best science from across the globe to solve the medical challenges of our lifetime like HIV, TB, and other infectious diseases like Ebola and Zika virus, and non-communicable diseases like hypertension and diabetes.”

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    There are many scientist from South Africa that have contributed to many scientific fields. Presently there is Siya Xusa, Rocket scientist from South Africa. Elon Musk is from South Africa. We forget Chris Barnard was also from South Africa, and if we start from Chris Barnard and work I way to the present day it will be clear that Africa, especially South Africa has a constant string of remarkable achievers in the all fields of science. There can never be another Einstein, maybe somebody that may be an equivalent. If one were an to be an Einstein today nobody will give a hoot from whence he came.

    Having an “Einstein” ‘arrive’ in Africa? What would be the chances? All the top scientist, developers and engineers, all have to leave to where the most inclusive opportunities are taking place and that is the USA, where brilliance is rewarded, and opportunities lay abound due to interaction of scholastic entrepreneurs from all over the world, where they find the freedom and funding to pursue their wildest endeavours.

    Africa needs to wake up, the renaissance actually took place a few centuries ago, claiming to have one now strongly admits that African students lag behind the rest of the world. Good science is about hard work and study, that is what was at the base of the Renaissance a few centuries ago and the same formula is still at the base of any scientific achievements to this day. Hard work, and study is the recipe and this will never change now or in the future.
    So Africa, all the nations of Africa, coming together to talk, talk, waste tax payers money, on free hotel rooms, scones and tea in the hope of creating Africa’s Einstein?
    Maybe the best place to start is better educated maths and science teachers, higher discipline at our schools, and less fear from the adults over their youth surpassing them in knowledge and wisdom.