Will there come a time in Africa when one tribe can trust another completely, when one religion will not consider another a social aberration, when politics will not bring out the worst aspects of mankind, and when economic necessity will not rid a person of his/her dignity? Africa will have a better prospect of enjoying such a time when national leaders demonstrate appreciation of the important role social mobilization plays in achieving and maintaining a politically stable, economically viable, growth-oriented and post-tribal nation-state. Although national development depends on the interplay of many variables, such as skillful planning, workable policies, 1 good leadership/ intelligent resource management and social infrastructure, prudent mobilization and management of human capital are essential to its success. When human capital is effectively mobilized in a social system, individuals are likely to think and act in the interest of the common good. Conversely, when the vast majority of the population is apathetic to the plight of the nation, individuals in a social system are likely to be motivated by selfish or parochial demands and interests.