If indeed it was true that hard work paid, most African women would be millionaires by now. We have this resource but alas have not found a way to tap into it and turn it into a source of wealth.
Europe and America became industrial giants during World War Two when millions of women went into factories because the men were at the war front. Since then, they have never looked back and that is a template Africa needs to follow.
We need to get our women off the land and heavily involved in industrial production. Sort that out, especially in the area of agro-processing and watch the African economy balloon!