REVIEW BY PROFESSOR MODIMOWABARWA KANYANE
Bricks made towers, rocks made Kilimanjaro and Mount Everest, Chomolungma. The same can be said with Porch and Rolls Royce made by factory material, so is this book made by philosophical librettos of wisdom expressed together to make a meaningful and exquisite messaging storyline. Solomon Atah should be congratulated for his bravery by penning down this book of original thought to tell his own story of humanomics, which is combinatorial of humanity and economics underpinned by hope hinged on endogenous and exogenous axis of contributing to the common course. His name Solomon, speaks volumes as similitude of the wise man of age. This book questions individualities to come closer to our original existence; less if we do not, our thoughts will suffer dinosaurian extinction. The author deconstructs neocolonial and imperialist thoughts and argues our original existence to be equal to the task as Africans in all facets of humanity. It is for this reason that in my review of the book, I came to a conclusion that if devoted to read it in solitude and quietude from alpha to omega, you will not be lured to live in a cocooned world of indoctrinated stereotypes but will be determined to pursue humanomics mega trends and quest for human emancipation, less we are notoriously judged by history.
This book is composed of seven quanta. Quantum one reflects individual existence and insists on telling the world about your own brand and then transcends to quantum two. This is where you will find ‘hope’ overtly pronounced. Quantum two extends to quantum three covering sufficient grounds about quantum collective, demanding Africans to stand out to protect the continent from harbingers of destruction, and therefore calls for mind refinery of thought process. Quantum four therefore nuances ‘giving’ and this is self-explanatory yet unpracticed often than not and unravels the question why giving is often unpracticed and suggest some nuggets of wisdom as the secret to living is not dictated by material conditions, but by ‘giving’ itself. In quantum five, the book heightens to a robust multiplier ripple effect which is critical in our lives to refuse to back bite each other in the board rooms and also in the public. Quantum six reflects the outcome of individuality, collectivism and the hope that sparks the humanity to become heroes and heroines of philanthropic footprints. Don’t be a hero or heroine in whom the world will frown at you and shun your works, but become the league of your own and be the beacon of hope against world anxieties; quantum six warns. Quantum seven conclude the whole storyline of the book by calling everyone to deconstruct bad histories of the past and construct trajectory and historiography that we can be proud of harvesting in the African continent where monuments or statutes of xenophobic attacks, vandalism, environmental degradations and stereotypic mindsets have collapsed to nonexistence.
As I am an old-style scholar who always worries about books expressed in disjointed and disoriented storylines and dominant absoluteness of the authors as if knowledge production is all-exclusive, this book is an exception as the citations of prolific writers and thinkers employed in this book enriched the thought process. In the event that any thought has been incorrectly attributed or credited or omitted, the author will be pleased to rectify these omissions at the earliest opportunity like he did during the writ-ups and critical reviews expressed in this book.
Hitherto, this book has been written in a manner that is natural, yet it takes you deep in thought and compels you to think and act extraordinaire. So, you can’t afford to miss to read this book; do yourself a favor!
Modimowabarwa Kanyane is a research scientist at the HSRC and professor extraordinaire at TUT.