Our good friend John Lumbe writes in from Malawi that the price of a loaf of bread is 100 Kwacha and an egg can cost between 18 and 20 kwacha. Not half a dozen or a dozen, they buy eggs as single treats. Imagine if a minute's phonecall to a person using a different network is 70 kwacha worth – that's a lot of food to give up for a conversation. Most of us are watching the development of the Fair Mobile initiative that Steve Song has begun focusing on over at the Shuttleworth Foundation in Cape Town but that's not what I'm writing about here.
I just came across this article that talks about the high price that Africans pay for basic services, here's a snippet,
providers shortchange Africans as they pay more for basic services
compared to people elsewhere in the world. Africans pay 12 dollars
monthly compared to two dollars by South Asians for mobile telephone
was contained in a report, "Africa's Infrastructure: A Time For
Transformation", a release from the Accra Office of the World Bank said
at the weekend.
Is there something turning out to be the BoP's "Africa price" just the way in some industries they talk about the "China price" or "India price" ?
What does it mean to be an African consumer, paying a premium for quality of life?