Let me start with a confession. I joined Medium through one of your previous articles, The Price Club, that was well received, at least by some people whose opinions I respect, on Facebook.
I don’t quite agree that “homegrown” is something to run from except, as you say, when said by a Nigerian politician. I seriously believe the word “homegrown” is the key to successful implementation of any idea in Nigeria, notwithstanding its source. While the idea of GSM came as close to a full package as possible, if they didn’t add generators and a diesel supply logistics system, the Telcos revolution would have been still born. While this particular example may be simplistic and or unflattering, I posit, the key to our economic development must be to increase our contribution (home-growing) in what we import and use it to drive (home-grow) further development. The word dār sinā was home-grown into Arsenal but the munitions made was not wholly Arabic.
What irks many people in Nigeria, myself inclusive, about Diaspora contributions to the national discourse is the high horse know-it-all air that is attributed solely to living in developed societies. I am glad you have debunked that with the “ 1947 Town and Country Planning Act” example. We need all Nigerians, wherever they are but the majority are here and constitute the market for any ideas and their implementation. While one can influence the minds of consumers, some issues are too basic to ignore or will not subscribe to instantaneous about turns.
Keep them coming sir.