Why does it take a celebrity like Bono to get the West engaged in Africa?
Celebrity is a big subject to try and get through in a short blog.
A big subject indeed. Enormous. Bloated. Almost as big as Bono's bank account. Or ego.
Multinational corporations have enormous purchasing power. Why can’t they buy from African suppliers?
Doing business is sexy. Trade is sexy.
Blood-borne pathogens and 419 Scams, however, are decidedly un-sexy, and seem to be Africa's two leading exports at the moment. Well, those, and re-tread Maoist politics. Multinational corporations just really don't need to buy any of that, no matter how much it would help prop up failed African economies.
How do you choose the countries you visit and why don’t you focus on war-ravaged countries?
If we are really honest, we need in the next 10 years success stories. We need three or four in the next five years and 10 in the next 10 years.
Plus, in a war-ravaged country, you might get your celebrity ass shot off or kidnapped.
How do we know that aid is going to the people who need it?
Much work is being done to fight corruption both from the African civil societies’ point of view and from the donor communities.
Translation: It's all being used to buy chrome dub deuces for President-for-Life Corporal M'bekebeke's Gelandewagen.
What song is going through your head?
I have a radio on in my head most of the time and I was smiling to myself about the fact that a lot of the songs on the radio I’ve never heard before, which is to say I’m making them up.
"Pretty Vacant", by the Sex Pistols.
Good ol' Bono. You can always count on just some amazing surrealism from a guy who was happy that the G8 summit was held on his home turf so he could get there via Bentley rather than Gulfstream to deliver his rants about the unfairness of capitalism. I don't know what he's doing; it must be art.