Hunt for Successor 33: Our IQ is less than 70

By Field Ruwe

If you want to hide something from a Zambian put it in a book. Unless they are to be tested, Zambians don’t read. They don’t read at home, on the bus, or on the plane. They suffer from bibiliophobia—a fear for books. Books remind them of the dreaded composition and comprehension. They remind them of math, physics and chemistry.

The sight of books depresses them and yet reading is the bedrock of our intelligence; it improves memory, increases creativity, reasoning skills, and builds self-esteem. It provides a glimpse into other cultures and places. Reading boosts one’s Intelligence Quotient (IQ).

It is fair to say that it is the lack of reading that has contributed to Zambia’s low IQ. In Zambia today, only a handful know and understand what is going on around the world. Many, some with college degrees, cannot write a simple statement on their daily life.

Our IQ as Zambians is among the lowest of the human species, says disreputable race and intelligence British psychologist Richard Lynn a man described by many as a white supremacist and an eccentric eugenicist.

According to Lynn, Africans have an average IQ of about 70 compared to whites with 100.  He claims to have conducted the study in sub-Sahara Africa and concludes that the 70 IQ was the reason for the low level of economic development in black Africa.

Back in 1916, inventor of the Stanford-Binet IQ test, American psychologist Lewis Madison Terman proposed the scale for classifying IQ scores: Genius or near genius (over 140); Very superior intelligence (120-140); Superior intelligence (110-119); Normal or average intelligence (90-109); Dullness (80-89); Borderline deficiency (70-79); and Definite feeble-mindedness (under 70).

People with a borderline deficiency will function at an equivalent age of a young teenager. They are ignorant and are easily susceptible to addictions, Attention Deficit-hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), promiscuity, and mood disorders. This is the category in which Lynn has put us. He actually gets as low as 67 to definite feeble-mindedness (retardation).

The danger is that Lynn’s study is referenced by many psychologists around the world who treat him as an authority in the science of intelligence. His credentials allow him to sit on several editorial boards including that of the journals Intelligence and Personality and Individual Differences.

In Lynn’s book Race Differences in Intelligence: An Evolutionary Analysis the average IQ of Zambian adults is at 64! According to the book 152 Zambian adults participated in the test. Some tests were visual, some verbal. Examiners concentrated on reading, vocabulary, general knowledge and arithmetic. A score of 64 means the average Zambian is in the definite feeble-mindedness category.

Out of sheer curiosity, can any Zambian who took part in any IQ test between 1970 and 2000 please come forward. We would like to know what tests they took, where and when. Was it done with the authority of our government—the Ministry of Education? Did the president know about it? Was the National Scientific Research made aware?

I have never heard of Richard Lynn or other IQ examiners come to Zambia to do their dirty work. In actual fact many researchers have repudiated Lynn’s findings in sub-Sahara Africa, and accused him of intentionally ignoring Africans with high score by using selective data. The general conclusion is that his findings are distorted and greatly flawed.

The question is; what makes people like Richard Lynn treat us like we have nothing between our ears? Like we are retards on two legs? There are numerous reasons. Of course one such is that the findings are used to perpetuate racial stereotypes. They are used to justify superiority of the white race over us, black people. Many euro-centric researchers wish to maintain the IQ as the fulcrum of white supremacy.

Another reason, and perhaps the most important, is that we are ourselves to blame. The way we live, behave, interact, talk, and think; the buildings we live in, the roads we walk on, and the jobs we do; the things we like and dislike; places we visit; the way we treat one another, the way politicians treat us, and most of all our sour relationship with knowledge.

IQ is based on knowledge. Knowledge is a familiarity with someone or something. It includes facts, information, descriptions, and skills most of which is attained through reading; the more we read, the more knowledgeable we become, the more intelligent, and the better the IQ.

It is the lack of reading that has left us ignorant at best. Ignorance is everywhere. Even those in the corridors of power are motivated by ignorance. They embrace ignorance and proudly take it to be knowledge. In parliament for instance, many law makers stick to their narrow impressions and views of various aspects of life even when it is clear they lack the knowledge of information in domestic and foreign affairs.

“There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action,” dramatist and poet Johann Wolfgang once wrote. And writer Elbert Hubbard added: “The recipe for perpetual ignorance is: Be satisfied with your opinions and content with your knowledge.”

Ignorance exhibited by our leaders filters down to us and prevents us from progressing towards a society of thought. Many of our current leaders are entrapped in unintelligent, level 64, destructive and retrogressive politics of tyranny, tribalism, nepotism, apathy, greed, and corruption. They have no clue how to treat us as humans, and how to take advantage of our human capital—INTELLIGENCE.

We are all intelligent Zambians, each one of us. We have the ability to reason, plan, and solve problems that concern our wellbeing. The problem is that most of us don’t think abstractly, comprehend complex ideas, learn quickly and learn from experience.

We are not curious enough and yet curiosity is an important trait of genius. Because we don’t read, we don’t ask questions and search for answers. We do not appreciate new ideas, examine them and use them to our benefit. As a result we progress at a snail’s pace and our surroundings hardly change.

Lynn and others know this. They have seen the way we live. Our pastime is beer-drinking, dancing, watching soccer, roasting and eating meat, gossiping, and belittling others. Our surroundings are unkempt and our buildings shabby.

Lynn and his cohorts claim that the genetic and environmental conditions contribute to our low IQ. Could it be possible, therefore, that they draw some of their conclusions from what they see when they come in contact with us?

Let’s imagine for a moment Lynn travels to Zambia. He hires a car and drives to Chibolya.  What would his impression be upon seeing sick-looking alcoholics drinking Kachasu (local illicit gin) and smoking marijuana outside dilapidated colonial structures some still featuring bucket toilets?

And if from there Lynn drove on Kafue Road into George Compound, John Lang, Chawama on a rainy day and saw damaged homes, flooded alleys and septic tanks sipping with excrement, what would he record in his diary?

What would he record if he drove on Cairo Road, ChaChaCha, Freedomway, and Lumumba Road and ended up in Matero, Lilanda, and Desai Compound, and on his way back drove through Mandevu, Marapodi and Chaisa?

And if from there he drove to Mungule village on his way to Mpika and Nakonde. Surely, wouldn’t he fly back to the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland where he teaches such garbage and tell the world he is right?

He would say what he has always said, that we have the lowest of the IQs. He would say that we live the life of a white person of 1950. It was in the 1950s that some houses in the Western world had outside toilets and bathrooms like we still have in Chilenje, Chiwempala, Wusakile, Twapia, and Matero. It was then that many, like most of the current middle-class Zambians, did not have fridges, washing machines, and hot water.

Actually, some researchers say that we live worse that the European of the ‘30s and ‘40s. It was during this period that Americans and Europeans experienced high levels of unemployment, poverty and sickness just like we do today. Major industries and mines collapsed just like ours and unemployment shot to the roof.

It was in the 1930s-40s that dictatorship became rampant because leaders like Benito Mussolini (Italy), Adolf Hitler (Germany), Joseph Stalin (USSR), and Hideki Tojo (Japan) had no democratic experience and had severe economic problems. They saw dictatorship as the only solution to prevent their fall.

Let’s admit it. Lynn is right to a large extent. We indeed are a people at the totem pole—at the bottom of humanity and our political leaders from the president down have no clue how to get us out. They do not know how to fight Lynn and prove him wrong.

I know many of my critics will say it is a personal responsibility of every Zambian to be intelligent. While I concur, I put the blame squarely on the president. More than a year in office, he is not propelling us to an intelligent nation. He is not utilizing our greatest asset—the human brain by shaping how we think and feel about issues that matter.

Presidents play an inestimable role in changing the thinking of a people. Kaunda coined “One Zambia One Nation” and we bonded as a nation. As for Sata, he doesn’t know where to start. He does not have the intellectual acumen and the inspiration to lift us out of the nadir and turn us into an intelligent society that can face and respond to the challenges of a technological world.

President Michael Chilufya Sata does not know how to optimize the intelligence of Zambians—period. He does not know that if he unlocks our intelligence he will be reducing poverty, hunger, and disease.

If he truly is committed to our advancement, he must change our country from a drinking nation to a reading one. This might be impossible for him to contemplate, but the secret of finding out what is at the top of the mountain is to climb it.

We must, individually and as a people, choose between fixing our IQ and being treated like unintelligent genera.

Field Ruwe is a US-based Zambian media practitioner, historian, and author. He is a PhD candidate at George Fox University and serves as an adjunct professor (lecturer) in Boston. ©Ruwe2012










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66 Responses to "Hunt for Successor 33: Our IQ is less than 70"

  1. Chitabo   January 22, 2013 at 12:13

    I agree with the author. I failed to even finish reading the article…

  2. zilira mbombo   January 22, 2013 at 09:37

    Thank you F(D)R! Yes, you have undressed us; we are finished! But that is round 1. Next round we all as individuals should reflect on our lives and how we use (should be using) the God-given intelligence to survive in our environments, reading culture or none!

  3. Mwenya   January 22, 2013 at 07:54

    Majority of blogers refuse to accept mr ruwe’s point of view. If one does not accept that there is a problem, no solution will be found. The #statusquo continues…

  4. Vigil Citizen   January 22, 2013 at 07:15

    What Ruwe says here may not be 100% true but it is to a very large extent true. A recent study showed that Zambia’s literacy levels have declined so badly that a primary school teacher in Zambia can only compare to a grade 3 in in the UK. A graduate just reaches Goma lakes and all data evaporates nothing is applicable to the graduate as a person and to other Zambians. Exam leakages in Zambia start from nursery to all the Tuntemba uUniversities not to mention Unza.Spot on Ruwe. Grade 12s here can’t even name their neighbouring countries.Less than 15% of our teachers know how to google. Kabimba wants us to do Physics in Nkoya what’s that if its not a dismally low IQ.Let’s read Zambia.

  5. Young politician.   January 22, 2013 at 06:48


  6. Democrat   January 22, 2013 at 02:59

    It is actually pragialism at its best. Ba Ruwe you sound to have been schooled but you have failed to appreciate that copy and paste is a jailable offence at international level. Moreover, this conclusion of IQ watever was arrived at by a whiteman, hence very bias and insulting. In every contnent there are pipo who are literate and illiterate. Marubbish

  7. MK   January 22, 2013 at 02:17

    Racial profiling books written by KKK or NAZI racists writers are not the books someone can use as a reference especially an African.People like Ruwe denies that racism exist or even a holocaust did happen because they are trapped in bubble and think they are no longer black. We should accept our African culture and appreciate it. Intelligence is not something to do with colour of the skin, the are many blacks who have contributed to many innovations and inventions.

  8. Z reader   January 22, 2013 at 01:42

    IQ test is inherently biased depending on which culture its designed for, or even which socio economic class. So we dont have one for zambia specifically and cannot be measured by western IQ tests. As for reading culture well I dont agree, books are generally lacking and expensive in zambia so thats one reason.The general ensusiasm for a good book or novel is high thou as i can attest from my times in school and student days. Can you mention 10 well stocked public libraires in Lusaka? Or zambia? I live in western world and reading culture is pathetic. Get your facts straight.

  9. ata   January 22, 2013 at 01:30

    Article is too long and poorly structured, those IQ tests are rubbish and only good enough to be stuffed up ones a s s. You go to UNZA, you will know what cognitive brilliance is. Africa is developing very fast at moment, you really cannot relate IQs to development, there are too many variables to consider.

  10. josh   January 22, 2013 at 00:31

    I don’t no whether to agree or disagree with Mr Rulwe but I have a few observations to make: first I could like him to complete his PhD before the whites he is teaching & those he lecture with judge him to having an IQ of less than 70. Second he might be right on Sata & the majority of his cabinet. These individuals that we have trusted our lives into for the next fews have no clue of what they want to takes to. For this they have embarked on travelling on a road to nowhere. As they say, if you don’t know where you are going, any road can take you there. Examples of this scenario are abound;The 90 days promises, the propagation of unbudgted universities, colleges, districts, the $90,000/player, the Barotse agreement, the enactment of the Zambian constitution etc. Can a normal person or cabinet with an IQ or IQs of above 70 make such promises? Rulwe might have touched nevers of others who averse to the truth. The fact is that our IQs are below 70. There is no way an average Zambian with an IQ above 70 could have voted for Sata. This despite the information we got from Chanda Chimba III (whether we liked programs or not). Zambians tend to always be in a denial mode. The truth is that on Sata, tunalia – reason being our low IQs (inability to analyse issues properly). Just look at the leel of insults that are being posted daily on this fantastic platform, which does not censor
    Our contributions. Instead of taking advantage of thi free medium, we see endless insults. Reason low IQs baba.

    Just take moment and make a guess of the IQs of the following honours: HE, kambwili, chenda, GBM, Mrs Wina, Phiri, kapanta, Lungu, Masebo, lungu
    Public officers; Libongani, jere,zesco ceo
    Dick Masebo Jnr

    For instance, if a normal person was to run for elections at a mental institution like Chainama among the patients, do you think a lecturer from Chainama college would win an election ti e ward captain? Obviously the ans is no. Those patients will & can’t not relate to the lecturer. Therefore those who vote for Sata in particular should not deny the fact that their IQs are 70 because I have doubt in my mind that HE can not have an IQ above 70 (over my dead body)

    • Enock Roosevelt Tonga   January 22, 2013 at 08:46

      Wise of you.

  11. kalumbu   January 21, 2013 at 23:57

    Check this! When one has a higher IQ than the one testing him, chances are that the tester might think your IQ is low. The testee’s IQ can be higher than the tester even when the score is less than 70. Food for thought…..

  12. Advanced 1   January 21, 2013 at 23:29

    A very useful article, but one wonders: where are we really deficient? In his book Outliers, author Malcolm Gladwell refers to research by Pshycologists_ inluding Terman, on the topic of geniuses. He differentiates between Analytical Intelligence, largely dependent of IQ, and Practical Intelligence, largely dependent on life experience, creativity, personal savvy etc, this is the type that has allowed people with little or no formal education to build businesses and even become Presidents! I agree with the article, many Zambians fall short on IQ, but even then, practical intelligence should see them through e.g. HE & GBM, but again, many don’t seem endowed with it. For interested bloggers, Outliers can be found at Planet books, Arcades. Prove Ruwe wrong and read it.

  13. Mel B   January 21, 2013 at 22:08

    The fact that we can learn and pass in a foreign language makes us better than than the so called British,why do people with a low IQ like you Ruwe believe everything the west write about have a low self esteem thats all.YOU ARE BORING

  14. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz   January 21, 2013 at 21:55

    It’s not just Zambia where IQ is very low. But the whole of Africa.How on earth a group of people with an IQ MORE than 70,allow its natural resources to be exploited,taken to Europe,America and Asia,get processed there,then brought back to Africa at a price hundred times hihger. Whether you get educated in the west if you come here your IQ reduces.The Likes of Prof Chirwa with a few months in Zambia their IQ IS already below 70.Inteligence is contageous.

  15. warlord   January 21, 2013 at 21:36

    While Mr Ruwe has a point, he misses the mark. In the US, it’s not the president who controls liqor consumption but the by laws. In arizona you would arrested for drinking in pulic places. Ruwe is right about our very lousy reading culture. But then again you are expecting too much from politicians sir. It is the system that rewards mediocrity, imbecility and lacerny that needs to be repudiated by us all if our IQS are to up by a notch. Otherwise your point is clear even to my average IQ mind.

  16. Zimbwi   January 21, 2013 at 21:00

    Name one Zambia book that Richard Lynn lst read? Tell Ruwe and Lynn to read, Afrika kuti twabelela: uluse lelo tekuti tulabe – Simon Mwansa Kapwewe and let me how much Lynn’s IQ will compare to understanding Kapwepwe’s intelligence.

    • James Hardley Chase   January 23, 2013 at 13:18

      Mamamamamama Richard Lynn can not compare with Kapwepwe’s intelligence , i am own several books by SM Kapwepwe , icuupo no buyantanshi,Ubuntungwa Mu Jambo Jambo, Shalapo Chani Candala and Afrika Kuti Twabelela Leo Teti Tulabe, utunyonga ndimi among others – Zimbwi you are the man inshimbi

  17. mukoooo   January 21, 2013 at 19:58

    The fact is that Zambians don’t want to read .We are mostly interested in things Luwe hs drawn from the researcher. Let us not blame luwe.He iS SMPLY REMINDING US ABOUT what seems to be facts of nature. Its true because even bushmen in kalahari desert cant compare their IQ levels to ours We are better due to some little reading we have done. To them its worse because they dont read and the environment they are found in. Let us not live in denial. Please read to improve our IQ levels.In Africa people read just to pass exams .After that books become enemies. I know this I am a Zambian and always struggle to force my own child to read. But when I am in America I see children carrying even when they are simply visiting with their parents at the apartment I stay. Imagine as young as 4 years they move with school books even on sundays

  18. Ruwe   January 21, 2013 at 19:53

    I see your claim of plagiarism is based on my opening sentence “If you want to hide something from a Zambian put it in a book.” First, this is an axiom that has become commonplace and is used in the form of an adage or aphorism. I would be glad to know from you the person who first used it. Like you have rightly pointed out rappers, civil rights leaders, poets and authors use it at will. As for the rest of the article, please go ahead and publish the article you claim I plagiarized for all readers to see. My article is based on the findings of Lynn contained in the book I quote. There may be other people who have previously quoted him in the manner I do. I suggest you take time to read my article again and read Lynn’s book. Lastly, there is nowhere in the article I insinuate that Zambians must read in English nor do I base the attainment of knowledge on English. Reading can be in any language. All I am doing is to urge Zambians to read.

    • Fili Okotuya   January 22, 2013 at 07:36

      Good follow up

  19. Artur Sharer   January 21, 2013 at 19:40

    Instead of calling Lynn’s work “dirty”, you should try a basic intellectual exercise: accept the arguments, even if you disagree with them. What would have to be done, if Africans do indeed have average IQs of 70? If this is true, it means only about 2.14% of the population, about 250,000 people in Zambia, has an IQ of 115 or above (+3SD). (Compare that number to more than 3.25 million US Jews, out of a population of 6.5 million, who have IQs above 115.) Who are these intelligent Zambians? The key is to find them, at an early age, and to give them incentives. It doesn’t have to be the Zambian President who does this — aid agencies and philanthropists should have figured that out: find the high IQ Zambians! Give them incentives!

    • Zimbwi   January 21, 2013 at 21:07

      If Lynn can read this book, Afrika kuti twabelela: uluse lelo tekuti tulabe – Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe, then I will buy your arguement about IQ. Lynn’s work is only valid for those who think IQ is synonymous to white. IQ is cultural that’s why with all the IQ % Lynn may have possessed, if you bring to the Africa jungle and left him alone he will score below the monkey because he doesn’t understand the African culture and environment. Please don’t ever again try to European thinking as universalize. Look at the pyramids and let’s talk about the African IQ. Who invented Algebra?

  20. bill clinton   January 21, 2013 at 19:10

    if you argue about what he is trying to say, ask yourself the last time you sat and read for pleasure. not the newspaper or watchdog, but a book or a story, written even in your local language. then ask yourself how many times someone has said, read this book and you’ve refused. or you given someone a book and they didn’t read it.

    • Zimbwi   January 21, 2013 at 20:55

      I just finsged reading Musapu, J. & Mpashi, S.
      Amalango (Bemba Poems)
      Zambia Educational Publishing House

  21. Gfmwambazi   January 21, 2013 at 19:08

    Most, if not all of this article is picked from someone else’s work except for a few lines where Mr. Ruwe tris to educate us on what we surely know. My take is that as it is said we pick the leaders we deserve! Period. If you were promised more money in your pockets and believed it and used it as basis of making your choice on ballot day. Tough. Live with it. You’ll get.another opportunityi n a few years time to exercise your right to do what you think is right. Next time just remember to use your head an not your heart. Hearts are meant to pump blood not think.

  22. george mulenga   January 21, 2013 at 18:28

    your articles are so shalow and dont make interest in reading them. i think the adage that short people have shortminds is indeed true. your midget stature field ruwe makes you want to show your importance,you are pathetic keep your thinking to yourself

    • Elijah Jose   January 23, 2013 at 11:15

      This is too personal and negates the quality of debate that the article has just evoked. It might be an issue of being below IQ 64!!
      Africans might be dull but Zambians are worse!! Books written by Zambians living within the borders can not even fill a single bucket. I have gone thru Zambian school system from grade 1 to college yet I have not used any book written by zambians

      • James Hardley Chase   January 23, 2013 at 13:04

        I do not know which Zambian school system you are talking about . You certainly have not lived in Zambia neither have you known or heard of F P Tailoka and John Mupanga Mwanakatwe the latter was very instrumental in founding UNZA.Stop being a show off and think progressively

  23. Zimbwi   January 21, 2013 at 18:21

    What’s the IQ for a Zambian who can read and write in English but can’t read and write in any Zambian language? If you can’t even write in your vernacular language what good is your IQ, after all Rick Lynn wrote his thesis in his own vernacular language which is English. The only IQ I care about is one that is rooted in ones cultural assumptions because it has a praxis to it. That’s why oral stories, tradional songs and proverbes are the best way to assess if one is indeed an literate Zambian or lese you are just a mis-educated Zambian with a colonial brain.

    • Wanzelu   January 21, 2013 at 20:23

      I strongly agree with you.

  24. Kay Love   January 21, 2013 at 18:18

    Great piece, Zambians need a good reflection on this article. It has power to change the level of thinking in the lacking.
    Few comments for sure, because of failure to read.
    Keep it up Ruwe.

  25. reflections   January 21, 2013 at 18:16

    wel observed and even though its hard for us to admit, the observations are true, how many govt schools have well stocked libraries? how many times do we deliberately purchase books to read…this is not about politics, its about us as individuals..we are well versed in insults, beer drinking and gossiping…well written and your peers agree with the containts how ever hard it is to accept…there is still time, lets start with our children, teach them to read a book every week!

  26. Boer   January 21, 2013 at 16:12

    Ruwe, you are right. Here is an example of how low our IQ is: In the 1960s malaria was eradicated in Lusaka because of the concerted efforts of the municipal council. The WHO proaclaimed it as a great achievement. The Mayor of the city? A whiteman William Grant. After he left, Malaria has ridden Lusaka unstoppable up to today.

  27. stakeholder   January 21, 2013 at 16:07

    i think Field has quoted his sources of information. for example, he refers to Lynn’s book Race Differences in Intelligence: An Evolutionary Analysis. he has also referenced inventor of the Stanford-Binet IQ test, American psychologist Lewis Madison Terman. so there is no plagiarisn here.

    • Zimbwi   January 21, 2013 at 18:01

      if you want to hide something from a black person put it in the book, is a saying that every African American rapper and cilvil activist uses to motivate African Americans to achieve in school. Ruwe went to school in America, so all he did was past and copy someones article and made it sound like it’s Ruwe’s original thinking. Ruwe failed to balance his arguements by shying way from the critics of IQ because he has an agenda to promote which is black eliticism. In my humble view Ruwe should focus on how all cultures have their own way of assessing intelligence. Decoding proverbs, reciting and memorizing folk role stories are just a few ways that Africans have uses pre-dating the ‘written era’ to access intelligence. Taking IQ tests is just one way Europeans uses to test their own IQ and I don’t think one method is better than the other unless you are mentally colonized.

  28. Zimbwi   January 21, 2013 at 15:42

    Our IQ as Zambians is among the lowest of the human species, you wrote. Ba Ruwe your entire article is not your original thinking but all plegriazed. What you said about Zambians is what has been said about about black/African people. All you did is subtistute black/African people with Zambian. You are busted my dear and you are fake. Africans are the most highly emotional intelligent species of all species of a rational nature. You are the best exmaple of a Zambia with an IQ less than 70 because you are the best plegiarizer in the dispora.

    • M'du   January 21, 2013 at 16:19

      Start reading and encourage others to read iwe then you can make a difference rather than criticizing nefyo umwene!

      • Zimbwi   January 21, 2013 at 17:44

        Beacuse a Zambian can’t read English that makes them dumb? What about Europeans who can’t read African languages, what do you call them? IQ doesn’t measure intelligemce across cultures. Most Europeans can’t decode African proverbs, that makes them stupid or illiterate as far as Africans are corncerned. The problem with people like Ruwe and you is that you still think all Europeans are literate because they can speak and read English. I am surprised that you haven’t met illiterate Europeans who can read and write with an IQ less than 70 than an African (Egyptians) who invented Mthematics. Ruwe’s argument is a case of the mis-education of the African who still thinks IQ is white. Bring your best IQ friends to Zambia and I will throw them in the bush let’s see how their IQ will serve them to survive. IQ is cultural not racial.

        • Man City   January 22, 2013 at 07:48

          Good thinking. Napela. mwalanda bwino.Icibemba citila, icikulya bacimwena mumampalanya.

  29. Mzee hekima   January 21, 2013 at 15:39

    Well said Ruwe if Lynn could travel on Lumumba road, then the road that leads to Kanyama and comes to Freedomway and Cha Cha road he will say i told you these people have a low IQ. We ourselves would prove him right. If he realises that 48years three quarters of Zambian use pit latrines he is right. That here bars open at 06hrs and people drink the whole day then he is right. That Government thinks street vending is the answer to poverty then he is right. That the conntinue to build Markets but no one occupies them. Litter is strewn everywhere and you have a minister in charge a town and a full council who have no clue why they are councilors. The list is endless.

  30. stakeholder   January 21, 2013 at 15:32

    i can’t see my posting ZW

  31. THE SAINT   January 21, 2013 at 15:31

    I agree. The western countries have very open Visa systems to people from Asia and North Africa to study in their countries, but not from eh eh… south of the Sahara.
    It has long been known that in Zambia too, people from a certain Province have even a lower IQ, partly because of Iodine deficiency.
    In Zambia, David Kaunda and Hilcrest secondary schools took the brightest boys from all over the country (exclude Ministers’ children). You can easily look through the records and find out which Province had the lowest contribution.

    • Nikomokile   January 21, 2013 at 20:59

      Just say which one. Behaving like a villager who will tell you to go ask someone in town to introduce them when you’re actually visiting with them there and then is a waste of time!

  32. stakeholder   January 21, 2013 at 15:26

    has anyone noticed that this article is attracting very few contributions.why? because it is beyond the grasp of many Zambians. had it been about sex, contributions would have hit the 200 mark already

    • Mailon   January 22, 2013 at 07:58

      Apart from that it is too long,morons on this site dont like reading like the author said.

  33. THE SAINT   January 21, 2013 at 15:25

    We read HEADLINES, summaries and conclusions.

  34. HANTOBOLO   January 21, 2013 at 15:11

    Let Field Ruwe formerly of ZBS’ Tonight Programme (” ayee Africa, ohhh Africa…)of the 1970s finish his Phd. Then I can probably listen more intently to what he is saying. I just hope he does not end up being a perpetual Phd Candidate and not Phd holder.

  35. Mr. X   January 21, 2013 at 14:51

    Iwe Feild Ruwe, waya sana. do not generalise in as much as there are challenges, there are some Zambians who have achieved a lot and their IQs cannot be questions. the reading culture is poor but not all Zambians have a bad reading culture. it appears you spend time listening to the derogatory remarks that some white people are always saying about Zambians, then you go ahead to regurgitate the same words without thinking about it. you have an inferiority complex

  36. Ndilanga buyo   January 21, 2013 at 14:12

    “Those who read ‘re those who lead.”Woe unto countries that have illiterate leaders,together with your leaders your IQs will drop to 50.Govt politicians ‘re not treating you right, look for an intellectual who ‘ll take ZED foward.

  37. Jersey Shore   January 21, 2013 at 14:11

    Ba Field – are you seriously suggesting that it is the president’s job to stop you from drinking alcohol – isn’t that a personal choice and a personal responsibility. The thing I hate about Zambians – it is always someone else’s fault. Why not take responsibility for your own life instead of blaming others. If Jesus failed to stop drunkeness in Baylon, who is Sata to stop zambians from drinking. It is up to you as parents to instil a culture of personal responsibility in yuor children – don’t go blaming the president or zambia breweries

    • Man City   January 22, 2013 at 07:42

      Sport on Jersey Shore. spot on.Not even God himself has promised to make people stop drinking and doing all sorts of things. it is up to an individual to decide to do good or not.

  38. mwanawina   January 21, 2013 at 13:56

    10 – 0 yaba, twasebana bane!

  39. M30!   January 21, 2013 at 13:48

    One of the best articles, it is very rich! I wish I could be attending you lectures, I really enjoy such, I enjoy research… I believe there is so much that we can do as Zambians but we restrict ourselves to fighting for Nshima everyday. I appreciate such articles!!!

  40. Muunga a matwi abacizakala   January 21, 2013 at 13:43

    IQ and Knowledge are two different things,to me IQ is more like inborn ability,which,could be affected by genetic make up,nutrition and other factors,however many zambians score 90 plus. The real problem is knowledge’zambians other than academic dont expand knowledge through travel,reading etc.some zambians in europe dont interact with locals,they learn nothing from other cultures.

    • kim   January 21, 2013 at 15:32

      Google IQ before you comment my friend

      • Muunga a matwi abacizakala   January 21, 2013 at 17:10

        If u talking about me my friend,i have a tested intelligence quotient of 90 plus.Unlike u who depends on google.

  41. M30!   January 21, 2013 at 13:42

    You are truly an inspiration to me, I like reading about IQs, I even have Video documentaries about them. I always look for people who think like you and who refuse to be intimited by fellow human beings! I wish I could have the books you read. Zambia is one one of the worst places you can ever be, you can have a Degree but you can die trying to make ends meets. Our IQs should be lower than 70.

    • Nikomokile   January 21, 2013 at 20:08

      However, a well balanced person, in addition, needs three other forms of intelligence: emotional, spiritual and physical. Otherwise Bwana Ruwe makes a very important point.

  42. Plume   January 21, 2013 at 13:42

    Wow! I can only say “true”. for example nowonder even our Members of Parliament insist that they have to blow billions of kwacha on by-elections (which could have built an extra school somewhere where kids are’nt schooling)to bring development to their constituencies. Either they are retards themselves or us the electorate are the retards, or even both of the groups and which this Richard Lynn insists is true.

  43. M120983   January 21, 2013 at 13:38

    I read. A lot in fact. And oh! I am Zambian!

  44. Postman   January 21, 2013 at 13:33

    Sport on! Interesting article. Let those that hear, hear. Free advise from Field. Start reading imwe bafikala.

    • kabwe   January 21, 2013 at 15:13

      Did you have to insult?

      • Nikomokile   January 21, 2013 at 20:02

        Ni background yake, it’s normal where the dude comes from!

  45. Lorna   January 21, 2013 at 13:28

    Interesting article worth reflecting on seriously

    • kalunga   January 21, 2013 at 14:12

      Agreed. There is way too much beer drinking at the expense of productive and intelligence-enhancing activities like reading.