Naturally courageous, and naturally courteous and polite, full of personal vanity, with little sense of veracity, fond of music and loving weapons as an oriental loves jewelry. His thoughts are concentrated on the events and feelings of the moment, and he suffers little from the apprehension for the future or grief for the past.
His mind is far nearer to the animal world than the that of the European or Asiatic and exhibits something of the animals placidity and want of desire to rise beyond the State he has reached. Through the ages the African appears to have evolved no organised religious creed and though some tribes appear to believe in a deity, the religious sense seldom rises above pantheistic animalism and seems more often to take the form of a vague dread of the supernatural.
He lacks the power of organisation and is conspicuously deficient in the management and control alike of men or business. He loves the display of power but fails to realise its responsibility.
He will work hard with a less incentive than most races. He has the courage of the fighting animal, an instinct rather than a moral virtue. In brief, the virtues and defects of this race-type are those of attractive children, whose confidence when it is won is given ungrudgingly as to an older and wiser superior and without envy.
Perhaps the two traits which have impressed me as those most characteristic of the African native are his lack of apprehension and his ability to visualise the future.”
For further evidence of this limited vision, ask yourselves where are the equivalents of the following monuments in sub-Saharan Africa:
(1) Big Ben
(2) Brandenburg Gate
(4) Taj Mahal
(5) Gizza Pyramid
(6) Sydney Opera House
(7) The Kremlin
(8) Niagara Falls
(9) Statue of Liberty
(10) The Kaaba
Nigerians in particular should be ashamed of the fact that their country does not have the following monuments:
(1) The tomb of Usman Dan Fodio
(2) The tomb of Oduduwa
(3) The tomb of Mungo Park