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Change your channel | Mallence Bart-Williams | TEDxBerlinSalon

Change your channel | Mallence Bart-Williams | TEDxBerlinSalon


Translator: Mohand Habchi
Reviewer: Mile Živković Good afternoon. I am Mallence, and I come
from the richest country in the world. It is located in the richest
continent in the world, in the West of the richest continent. My country is called Sierra Leone. On the surface we are blessed
with infinite beauty and abundance of flora and fauna, producing the most exquisite
harvests of coffee, cocoa, fruits, vegetables and caoutchouc. You name it, we’ve got it. We also have diverse wildlife
and vast marine resources, and waterfalls, and rivers that run
into the most beautiful beaches. The land is golden;
literally, a true paradise, which of course is inhabited
by the most beautiful souls. We have a very strong cultural heritage. In fact, Sierra Leone had the first
sub-Saharan university. Prior to that there was one
in the kingdom of Timbuktu, which was the first
university in the world, succeeding the great Gnostic
schools of Egypt and Osiris. On a deeper level, we are blessed with the real treasures
the kings and queens of this world desire. This was the largest
alluvial diamond ever found. It weighs almost a thousand carats,
969 to be precise. This beauty was found by an old lady
in her backyard about 2 years ago. 125 carats. Some people mine gold in their backyards.
That’s quite common. Besides gold and diamonds, we have about 20 precious minerals
that have been discovered as of today. We recently started extracting
huge petroleum reserves that have been discovered. We have platinum, ilmenite to make titanium,
rutile to coat jets, iron ore, the largest iron ore deposits in Africa,
the third largest in the world. Tantalite, also known as coltan, used
in your mobile phones and computers. Bauxite for aluminum production, zinc, chrome ore, copper, coal,
phosphates, potassium, salt, lead, granite, asbestos, nickel, zircon. Furthermore, we have exquisite timber,
like mahogany and teak. And we have the most beautiful
stamps in the world. (Laughter) Of course the West needs
Africa’s resources, most desperately, to power airplanes, cell phones,
computers and engines. And the gold and diamonds of course: a status symbol, to determine
their powers by decor, and to give value to their currencies. One thing that keeps me puzzled, despite
having studied finance and economics at the world’s best universities, the following question remains unanswered: Why is it that 5,000 units of our currency
is worth one unit of your currency, when we are the ones
with the actual gold reserves? It’s quite evident that the aid is in fact
not coming from the West to Africa, but from Africa to the Western world. The Western world depends on Africa
in every possible way, since alternative resources
are scarce out here. So how does the West ensure
that the free aid keeps coming? By systematically destabilizing
the wealthiest African nations and their systems, and all that backed by huge PR campaigns, leaving the entire world
under the impression that Africa is poor and dying, and merely surviving
on the mercy of the West. Well done, Oxfam, UNICEF,
Red Cross, Life Aid, and all the other organizations that continuously run multimillion-dollar
advertisement campaigns depicting charity porn, to sustain
that image of Africa, globally. Ad campaigns paid for by innocent people under the impression to help
with their donations. While one hand gives under
the flashing lights of cameras, the other takes, in the shadows. We all know the dollar is worthless, while the euro is merely charged
with German intellect and technology, and maybe some Italian pasta. How can one expect donations
from nations that have so little? It’s super sweet of you
to come with your colored paper in exchange for our gold and diamonds. But instead, you should come empty-handed, filled with integrity and honor. We want to share with you our wealth
and invite you to share with us. The perception is
that a healthy and striving Africa would not disperse its resources
as freely and cheaply, which is logical. Of course. It would instead sell its resources
at world market prices, which in turn would destabilize
and weaken Western economies, established on the post-colonial
free-meal system. Last year, the IMF reports that six out of ten of the world’s
fastest growing economies are in Africa, measured by their GDP growth. The French treasury, for example, is receiving about 500 billion dollars, year in, year out, in foreign exchange
reserves from African countries based on colonial debt
they forced them to pay. Former French president Jacques Chirac
stated in an interview recently that we have to be honest and acknowledge
that a big part of the money in our banks comes precisely from the exploitation
of the African continent. In 2008, he stated that without Africa, France will slide down
in the rank of a Third World power. This is what happens in the human world.
In the world we have created. Have you ever wondered
how things work in nature? One would assume that in evolution
the fittest survives. However in nature,
any species that is overhunting, overexploiting the resources
they depend on as nourishment, natural selection would sooner
or later take the predator out, because it offsets the balance. Now that I shared my perspective with you, I would like to share
my initiatives with you. As a Sierra Leonean,
I am a diamond expert. I find them in the rough. What nature created
from the darkest substance, under the influence of heat and pressure, transforms into the strongest,
most brilliant rocks. These rocks have the consistency
to sustain an entire nation. These will be our future leaders. Please meet the FOLORUNSHO
creative collective I formed with 21 street kids
that were orphaned and displaced as a result of the Sierra
Leonean civil war, and ended up living in the street
as early as age 3, growing up as outlaws of society. (Video) “My name is Timothy.
But my gangster name is A Fame.” “I’m Donald Williams
but my nick name is Wanee.” “My name is Patrick Christian Kargbo.” “My name is Allusine Jalloh.”
“My name’s Momoh Alpha Kamara.” “My name is Lamin Bangura. But in the streets
they call me Crazy Exhibit.” “My name is Sahr Morsay.” “My name is Sheku Conteh.
In the streets they call me DMX.” (Music) “I lost my mother and father
during the civil war in Sierra Leone. I was brought up by my
grandmother in the village.” “At the age of 5 years, my stepmother maltreated me, she even put poison into my food.” “In Jesus name I pray, amen.
This is the story of my life.” “We were the ones that formed Lion Base. We were the first ones
to lock the place down, till other gangsters came after some time. Now Lion Base is fearful.
It is a fearful crew.” “You have the hard way and the soft way. The soft way is to steal. The hard way is to carry load
for people at Dorfcourt or to collect people’s rubbish.” “If you are not strong in the streets, you will die at a young age
or you’re going to end up bad.” “2001 when I came into the streets
I used to do a lot of bad stuff. I stole, I used to steal people’s
phones, I used to live a bad life, till 2010 when I met Mallence.” “From the streets she took me
and put me into a school. I live good, now. Then my own thing that I want to do
in the future is to study law. I always had that determination
to become a lawyer. This is my future.” (Music) “My future plan is to be able
to afford my own family. Because I’ve now decided to go to school
to be an international business man.” “The rough life some of my fellows
in the streets are living, I wish they would
or could change like me.” “Leave the bad lifestyle behind, because this is not how human beings
are supposed to live. Human beings are supposed to reason, and wish for a better future
in this world.” (Music) “It’s not about charity.
It’s all about sharing!” (Applause) These guys are my biggest inspiration.
Destiny brought us together. I met them by a chance encounter in 2010. In 2011 they all started
living with me, 21 in number. Wonderful things happen
when creatives meet with mutual respect. How did we go about it? Creativity; that same creativity
that ensured their survival under the most adverse
circumstances in the streets is channeled into outlets such as art, music, film and fashion. They made the impossible possible. From Lion Base in Sierra Leone to luxury fashion stores
in Paris, New York and Berlin. This is what we created single-handedly,
without a single cent in donations, without running water,
without electricity, most of them not being able to read
and write at the time when I met them. And now some of them are studying law, engineering, being filmmakers, and so on. This is made with pure energy,
inspiration and love in Freetown. With creativity and passion
as the sole ingredient, we participate in a global market
of international competition and find our way into the world’s
most exclusive department stores, onto the bodies
of the world’s fashion icons, and into the most distinguished
art collections and exhibitions in Berlin, Paris, New York, Miami. A proven concept that produced
self sufficient individuals, financing their own education
into lawyers, engineers, filmmakers and artists,
within only three years. A concept based on mutual
respect and sharing, a blueprint that can be replicated
anywhere, under any circumstances. I only had the vision and the insight
to recognize diamonds in the rough, and was determined to prove to the world that the absence of donation produces
quality in a self-sufficient manner. I believe charity merely creates
inferiority and dependency. I want to serve as a bridge
between two worlds I call home, to facilitate a fair exchange
between two contrasting worlds that become powerful
once balance is reinstalled. It’s not about charity,
it’s about sharity. Today I invite you
to change your perspective. Own your visions of a brighter world. Never see lack, see abundance,
always, everywhere, and watch the universe conspire. Don’t focus on problems
but on the solution. Remember our perception
of any given situation is the only thing
that determines the outcome. I am Mallence. I am German, too. Change your channel. (In German) Thank you for your attention. Thank you for listening. (Applause)

100 comments on “Change your channel | Mallence Bart-Williams | TEDxBerlinSalon

  1. Foreign countries own/control most of Africa's natural resources.
    Nobody but greedy people want to do business with Africa.
    Blacks can't run a country by themselves.
    Why do they have attractive minority women try to sell us on lies?

  2. Actually the first university in the world was in fez Morocco not Timbuktu, there was one even in Italy before that one was founded and is still being run to this day

  3. Africa still has mass poverty, but we should stop donating so much, we should use trade to help Africa. Africa is poor because of its poor economic systems and corruption, old South Africa, Liberia and Rhodesia were successful because of their lower rates of Corruption and modern and free economies.

  4. the audience looks so uncomfortable. I guess the truth is uncomfortable for them. their faces speak volumes. their guilt is palpable.

  5. Mahn…she gave me jitters as I was listening yoh. Beautiful speech from a bold beautiful person.

  6. 3:39 That transition from the laugh into exposing the colonizers was everything. They weren't expecting that. 😂

  7. U said it all my aristocratic sister.. Our country is bless and rich in all aspects of life… We Are Proudly Sierra Leoneans. 🙌

  8. God i'm in love with this woman. It's like she's been living in my head all along. This is so powerful, bless her heart…

  9. But what African nations need to know is that what is takes to grow and prosper isn't only what's under our feet, it's what between our ears.

  10. my Name is tacko I am a girl like other and 100pourcent african I want to work with you I have nothing afraid

  11. She said the truth that makes some uncomfortable and others cry and weep. But we all know she's just right. Period.

  12. Who is still watching this in 2019? I am from Namibia, a beautiful country and a land of the brave. My fellow African Diasporas, it is about time to take up the weapon in our own hands. I am not talking about the physical weapon like guns or whatsoever, or preaching violence, but lets take up a weapon of peace self-reliance, determination and togetherness. When we come together, as our forefathers have already preached to us, we become indestructible, we become stronger and can never be defeated. For Africa to be portrayed in their eyes as being poor, they have succeeded by coming together in Berlin. The Berlin Conference of 1884–85, also known as the Congo Conference (German: Kongokonferenz) or West Africa Conference (Westafrika-Konferenz), regulated European colonization and trade in Africa during the New Imperialism period at that time and coincided with Germany's sudden emergence as an imperial power. They have succeeded in doing so because they spoke one language, they meant one business, they shared a common goal to divide and conquer. Having said that, it is in the best interest for Africa to unite and that way we become untouchable.

  13. What holding Africa back is attitude of its people, once they get rich they don't pay back to their society, they behave as wannabe as floyd mayweather, 50 cent and many more useless morons. Yes Africa is not rich because mentality is poor.

  14. As a non African I feel for the people. Cradle of civilisation, now exploited from cradle to the grave. The French are the most arrogant people on earth. We must address this and end puppet regimes there. White nationalism is allowed to flourish when non whites talk of empowerment.

  15. Its time for Africans to act, since our leaders are corrupt, thieves, witches, greedy people,, very greed, they sell our resources including labour for their own benefit to westerns, french and asians, now we as africans should come together and fight for the future of our grand grand children, else they wanna sing the same tune.Southern Africa Botswana, my beautiful country with best diamonds, lovely flora and fauna scenery are in the hands of outsiders, zero benefits to locals,,,,,,,,,,,,,Westerns influences Africans by bible introduction, we fear the bible much that we let their "God being" steal our wealth,, wake up mama Africa,, our leaders dont care, wake up

  16. She's so smart. Wish she could have made this speech at the UN or Oscars in the presence of all the "rich" and powerful Western leaders

  17. I absolutely love the cold stare she gives after giving a destructive fact. I absolutely adore this women, why am I just know finding out about her!?

  18. There is one part of this speech that is flawed. The Western World does not destabilize Africa…it is the bad leadership in Africa the sells their souls for money. Blaming other countries and cultures will not solve Africa's corruption problem. African people should open their eyes and stop voting for the same leaders and expect change. If the Western world buys African resources, but those african leaders keep the profits for themselves, who's to blame?

  19. answer to your question . Africa as to lead its own path in order to be a leader. how can we lead if we keep following. lol

  20. Best you go back to university… you dont realise that having mineral reserves does not create wealth. It is the ability to invent things to mine and process raw materials into something usefull, then take it to market consistently that creates wealth. Please show me the extensive mines, up to 4km deep that were in existance before the colonials arrived in africa,, where were the cars, medicine, uinversities, tech? Sierra Leone was never ever colonised, created after the british used their empire to break and end slavery…. yet sierra leone is a mess, cant blame colonialism for that, so you blame people trying to help you… The richest counrtry in the world is actually the DRC, so back to university on that count too…. Why is it that the greatest incudence of savegry and cannibalism in the last 20 years has been in sierra leone? Why were white mercenaries hired to tame that savegry (in 2months!) so you can express your conceit on a pseudo progressive intellectual platform created by the people you criticize ? You want a better world, but blame the very people helping you for your problems and wrap it up in feel good bs…. pathetic!

  21. Powerful presentation. I'm moved deeply. I want to know what has happened in Sierra Leone, if anything, since this talk. Has anything changed for the better?

  22. I dont understand how this TED hasn't been watched more and how it has so few likes. I do understand but it aggrevates me deeply.

  23. Africans don't have a good leaders all they know is corruption, that is the school they finished. So please dont blame any one else. Just blame Africans. West just got a resource that any one dont know is there. And no one stop them. Africans should know there resources and were they are rather then thing about stealing public money. Sorry y tried but start to educate back in Africa that will help.xx

  24. MRW the entire comment section speaks in ENGLISH, in the medium of the internet brought by the west, wearing western products, on phones/computers brought by the west to shame white people yet African leaders and Warlords subjugate their own people and misuse the few advantages white people left behind, for diamonds(which are also common and worthless as much colored paper is), and have no problem of Chinese intervention of building and expansion in Africa. Virtue signaling.

    Only agreeable part is her criticism of fake charities and welfare that inadvertently harm and keep people poor and dependent.

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  26. Judging by her speech she hasn't understood much of her studies. She seems to have no idea of the role of added value in industry, the politics and implications of global trade, how the value of a currency forms, or of the economic history of the world.

  27. The arrogance in this woman is sickening. I like how the west needs the east so much, but this woman in desperately needing TEDx and needing white people .

    Talk with respect, and you'll gain it .

    This information is not new, men like Malcolm X were speaking about this with heroism and might – never with arrogance and arrogance .

    It's so difficult to hear this arrogance and racism … and I am an easterner .

  28. Look at all those white people cringe like they wany to hang her ,theyre so uncomfortable. I bet theyer all the people who 👎hated her

  29. This Woman is powerful she said all that without a shred or inch of temperament and negative emotion she is a powerful individual.

  30. Tombouctou University « Sankore » is not the first University in the world. It is the University of « Karueein » founded 2 centuries before Sankore

  31. 😅she is the best speaker on TedX ..gosh..say it as it is! No small talks..This is what I have been telling my friends for years…especially blacks in Europe, they are so blinded to the reality of things..
    Africa is the only continent in the world that has the potential to become self sufficient in every way imaginable given that we do the work..we were once self sufficient before anywhere else in the world…but noone is listening…but the west knows it so they have invest billions in PR to make it seem as though we cant move forward without them..but in reality they cant move forward without Africa..BBC, CNN , etc… are quick to advertise African migrants moving to europe but they have time to portray the real Africa

  32. Read THE NEW CONFESSIONS OF AN ECONOMIC HIT MAN and you'll understand what she's saying. Also some African countries are still paying reparation to former European colonizers. Why? because their independence cost the former colonizers money?

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