The real thing we need to understand is why africa sits at the bottom of the league table for any form of social, political, cultural, and economic development.
You have various parts of the world making huge strides in development, Brasil, China, and india.
The Japanese are in the G8 and they aren't european, they don't make excuses about cultural gaps or that they just need time to develop their own way.
Fact is Afirca sits at the bottom of the class holding all the other student back, any attempt to criticise and immediately the race card is played. Colonalism should have given the africans a head start and not as is claimed to be the root of all their problems.
I already stated that Africa's poor performance has NOTHING to do with colonialism. In fact it is an argumentation usually used by black racists, politicians and development aid organizations in order to lean back and let the cash flow from Europe and the White US.
I see it more on a cultural basis, by which you are right, it mustn't necessarily be the European way in order to win economic success, scientific progress and military dominance. Japan is very progressed, too. China will surely overtake or at least be on one level with the US soon. They haven't read Rousseau or Voltaire though. It is ridiculous to see how Europe tries to impose values of, for example Rawls, on other cultures, whereas it should start with Machiavelli first. Or perhaps Descartes "Africa thinks, therefor it is!"