Human Capacity- the multiplier

I n the early 1800’s, there were concerns on the possibility of massive population starvation from the year 1930. Such predictions were due to factors such as high population growth and diminishing arable farm lands. The world’s population as at then was estimated to be about 1 billion, and further increase would imply food scarcity. Today, the world is over 6 billion and still counting, and there hasn’t being food shortages. In fact the yield quality is even estimated to be better with higher calories than previous years. What was the reason for this outcome? A German scientist by the name Fritz Haber, invented a means of synthesizing ammonia the core compounds in fertilizers, from air. Such example is one in many of humans with great minds and capacity, multiplying the once scarce resource.

Humans who produce value or multiply available resources are the creators, innovators and the entrepreneurs. They add value. They are the highly priced individuals in any society. These persons are referred to in this blog as the MULTIPLIERS. They are the examples of the extent of the human capacity.

The human capacity comprises of the intellect, emotions, body, creative abilities and skills. The intellect is the center of human reasoning and thoughts; the emotions, consist of our perceptions and feelings; and the body, the physical interface or interaction with the world; as well as our creative and innovative abilities- that is our ability to develop novel ideas and concepts adding value. And the extent of development of this qualities in other word, the cultivation of MULTIPLIERS, determines the level of growth and development of any society.

Fritz Haber’s innovation as mentioned, indirectly caused the multiplication of food production making humans less dependent on the diminishing scare mineral resource for plant growth. There are other revolutionary technologies such as a much earlier invention, the printing press by Jules Gutenberg. These stated technologies were innovated in Germany having little or no natural resources. Other developed nations such as South Korea, Japan are also similar spurning new innovations.

The extraction of Nitrogen from the air (for fertilizers) came about at the vast depletion of Chilean nitrate (organic fertilizers). In fact parts of Chile that were once rich in organic fertilizers has being left desolate (this is an example of the impact of relying on natural resources and not human capacity). The Germans as well as other developed nations focus on developing their human capacity (it is only humans that can be multipliers). This is key in the development of the African nations. The human capacity which includes the body has to be developed and empowered such that they have the necessary MULTIPLIER know-how and skills.

The Germans as well as other developed nations focus on developing their human capacity (it is only humans that can be MULTIPLIERS).

The skill of MULTIPLIERs from my observation is acquired via experience, formally or informally. Part of the human capacity is the human intellect. In the human intellectual development, learning to think, especially with regards complex problems is essential. In Nigeria, a lot of focus is on academics with little on developing thinking skills. This skill is vital because resources or information has to pass through effective thought processes to be of any value. As the intellect is essential, so the emotions.

In the human intellectual development, learning to think, especially with regards complex problems is essential

The emotional attributes include perseverance, self-control, patience, diligence, courage etc. Many effective or world class scientist and inventors possess strong emotional attributes. They are able to focus on problems for long period till solutions are obtained. And the process of obtaining a solution may require lots of experimentations and trials which likewise requires diligence. These attributes are developed over time. It is important that such attributes be part of our school curriculum.

The development of creative skills involves the development of the creative imaginations through the creative arts such as crafts, drawings, paintings, writings etc. There are many great scientist and innovators who were musicians such as Albert Einstein, Werner Heisenberg etc.

Lastly, the human body is as important as every other aspect of the human capacity because it houses all other attributes. If the body is dysfunctional, the other human attributes would most likely be hampered in performing their functions. The health care in African society is an often neglected sector when growth and development is concerned. Only with a functional health care, can there be possibilities of reaching our potentials as MULTIPLIERS.

All in all, cultivating MULTIPLIERS is the key to sustainable growth and development in the 21st century. The extent to which MULTIPLIER can achieve (multiply) is dependent on their limits and to the extent of their empowerment. Maximize the potentials of MULTIPLIERS by empowering them to the best of their abilities. This would require developing the various aspect of the human capacity.


By Gbenga Ajisafe