Riva d’Africa


L’oceano del silenzio

che si stende sull’Africa

è un mare stanco

di parole e promesse.

La schiuma grigia

dei vecchi riti dell’ignoranza

inquina pace e sogni

cercando l’alibi nella storia.

Non ci sono più

le rive degli schiavi

ma insistono pesanti verità

di corrotti e inutili parolai.

Folli trascinatori

con folle di sciocchi creduloni

bruciano ogni ragione 

nell’illusione che l’orgoglio

stia solo nella pelle nera.

Che siano il tuo cuore, 

l’intelligenza, la bellezza e la forza

a gridare il tuo orgoglio!


di Romano Pisciotti

Most valued nation brand in Africa

South Africa is still Africa’s most valued nation brand, but Nigeria is catching up fast.

Africa features six of the world’s ten fastest-growing nation brands, which includes the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Ghana.

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Nigeria is a middle-income, mixed economy and emerging market, with expanding manufacturing, financial, service, communications, technology and entertainment sectors. It is ranked as the 30th-largest economy in the world in terms of nominal GDP, and the 23rd-largest in terms of purchasing power parity.

Oil industry and mining

The basis of the Nigerian economy is the oil industry. At present, the oil industry is the foundation of the economy. Nigeria is the 1st in Africa and the world’s 8th exporter of oil. Oil provides more than 90% of the country’s export earnings. Today the daily oil production is 1.59 – 1.65 million barrels a day. Now the quota of Nigeria in OPEC is 1.8 million b/d. 65% of the produced oil is light grades with low sulfur content.
In Nigeria, coal, tin, cassiterite, and columbite are also mined. Extraction of cassiterite and concomitant columbite mineral (niobium ore) is produced by an open method. After the tin-smelting plant commissioning in 1962, most of the tin is exported as ingots. Following 1960, because of the railroad turning to diesel fuel and the appearance of cheaper and more environmentally friendly oil products, coal mining began to curtail.

In agriculture Nigeria employs 65% of the population. The main food crops are yams, sweet potatoes, and corn. Many lands are irrigated. Cacao beans (340 million tons), natural rubber (112 million tons), and cotton (0.4 million tons) are also grown. 31.29% of the land is cultivated.

Romano Pisciotti: working for Great Nigeria



By Salih Booker and
Ari Rickman

(Versione originale con traduzione in italiano e miei commenti. Romano Pisciotti)

Beginning in 2035, the number of young people reaching working age in Africa will exceed that of the rest of the world combined, and will continue every year for the rest of the century. By 2050, one in every four humans will be African. At the end of the century, nearly 40 percent of the world’s population will be African. Yet, instead of preparing to build a relationship that can grow with the continent, based upon diplomatic cooperation, the United States is doubling down on more than a decade of reliance on its military as the primary vehicle of engaging with Africa. The consequences, as one might expect, are overwhelmingly negative.

A partire dal 2035, il numero di giovani che raggiungono l’età lavorativa in Africa supererà quelli del resto del mondo messi insieme e continuerà ogni anno per il resto del secolo. Entro il 2050, un uomo su quattro sarà africano. Alla fine del secolo, quasi il 40% della popolazione mondiale sarà africana. Eppure, invece di prepararsi a costruire un rapporto che possa crescere con il continente, basato sulla cooperazione diplomatica, gli Stati Uniti stanno facendo affidamento sulle proprie forze armate come principale veicolo per impegnarsi con l’Africa. Le conseguenze, come ci si potrebbe aspettare, sono assolutamente negative.


Bimbi FUTURE: AFRICA !!!...FUTURO: AFRICA !!!! Romano Pisciotti

The impending demographic dividend will only add to Africa’s economic importance. Since 2000, at least half of the countries in the world with the highest annual growth rate have been in Africa. By 2030, 43 percent of all Africans are projected to join the ranks of the global middle and upper classes. By that same year, household consumption in Africa is expected to reach $2.5 trillion, more than double the $1.1 trillion of 2015, and combined consumer and business spending will total $6.7 trillion.

L’imminente crescita demografica non farà che aumentare l’importanza economica dell’Africa. Dal 2000, almeno la metà dei paesi al mondo con il più alto tasso di crescita annuale si trova in Africa. Entro il 2030, il 43% di tutti gli africani è destinato a entrare nelle fascia delle classi medie e superiori globali. Entro lo stesso anno, il consumo delle famiglie in Africa dovrebbe raggiungere i $ 2.5 trilioni, più del doppio di $ 1.1 trilioni del 2015, e la spesa congiunta di consumatori e imprese ammonterà a $ 6.7 trilioni.

Romano Pisciotti: …e l’Europa sta a guardare, preoccupandosi solo di raccogliere qualche disperato dal mare.

Tutto questo mentre la Cina sta investendo in modo massiccio nel continente.

… and Europe is watching, just worrying about picking up some desperate people from the sea.

All this while China is investing heavily on the continent.

AFRICA – Beautiful place in Africa

A critical question is whether Africa’s surge represents a one-time event or an economic take-off. The continent’s growth also picked up during the oil boom, but slowed sharply when oil and other commodity prices collapsed during the last years.

Today, individual African economies could suffer many disappointments and setbacks. While short-term risks remain, Africa has strong long-term growth prospects, propelled both by external trends in the global economy and internal changes in the continent’s societies and economies.

Romano Pisciotti: Like

Red skies of Africa

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Red skies of Africa:
enchanted sunsets
as a prelude
to hunting nights
among the stars.
Songs of passion
from peoples who,
in the darkness,
watch over their dead.
Silent warriors
seek the pride lost
in the eddies of oil
and in the hatred
between brothers.
The great rivers
drag shame to the sea,
but they can not
wash consciences.

Romano Pisciotti

Cieli di Africa rossi di tramonti incantati, preludono a notti di caccia tra le stelle e canti di passione di popoli che vegliano nel buio i loro morti. Silenziosi guerrieri cercano l’orgoglio disperso nei gorghi di petrolio e nell’odio tra fratelli. I grandi fiumi trascinano al mare la vergogna, ma non possono lavare le coscienze.

The Louisiana Offshore Oil Port (LOOP)


LOOP safely and efficiently offloads tankers of crude oil that are imported into the U.S. from the Arabian Gulf, Russia, West Africa, the North Sea, Mexico and South America. Many tankers that discharge their cargoes at LOOP are supertankers and are designated as either “very large crude carriers” (VLCCs) or “ultra large crude carriers” (ULCCs). These massive ships can be longer than the Empire State Building is tall.

In response to change US supply patterns, LOOP has made modifications to it’s mooring configuration to receive Jones Act compliant Medium Range (MR) tankers to receive cargoes from US ports. It also allows for FPSO shuttle tankers to deliver their cargo to LOOP.

marine hose The Louisiana Offshore Oil Port (LOOP) Romano Pisciotti
marine hose

The LOOP oil port and pipeline were specially constructed to accommodate these enormous vessels. Standing in 110 feet of water some 20 miles from land in the Gulf of Mexico, the LOOP Marine Terminal can comfortably accommodate tankers calling at the port.

Once anchored at one of the three single point mooring (SPM) buoys, hoses are attached to a ship’s manifold for offloading. Hi-tech, flexible hoses are attached to the ship’s manifold to receive and transport the crude oil. It is pumped from the ship in an underground pipeline.

Oil movement controllers from LOOP, in close communication with the ship, initiate the offloading of the vessel to the LOOP Marine Terminal where it is pumped into a 48-inch diameter pipeline to the LOOP storage facilities at a rate of up to 100,000 barrels per hour.

The oil arrives at the LOOP storage facility in Clovelly, Louisiana, some 45 miles from the marine terminal. There the oil is stored in a network of underground caverns and aboveground tanks. The LOOP marine terminal, pipeline and storage facilities reside in a Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) which provides opportunities for companies importing foreign crude oil to optimize their U.S. Customs duties.

pumping platform The Louisiana Offshore Oil Port (LOOP) Romano Pisciotti
pumping platform




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