Why Africans should invest more in the living than the dead

In my Baganda community in Uganda, it is believed that the ancestors will bring misfortune on those who fail to attend the funeral of a close family member.

Almost every January, one of my new year's resolutions is to attend all the funerals of close family and friends.
Last June, my one and a half year old niece Beatrice passed away in Uganda but I could not make it to the funeral. Living and working in the U.K. then, I was consumed by anger and guilt seeing firsthand how, yet again, a broken healthcare system in Africa had failed to stem an avoidable death.