|An African Slave dealer with his White customer|
- We think this trade must go on. That is the verdict of our oracle and the priests. They say that your country, however great, can never stop a trade ordained by God himself. - The King of Bonny (in present Nigeria), in response to the UK Parliament Slave Trade Act, 1807.
I do not condone slavery in anyway but what is terribly disgusting were some of our own ancestors' acts; they sold their own family, killed twins, dehumanized women, created and maintained caste systems, manipulated our societies and killed so many of their own people without prosecution including by human sacrifice. Appalling!
But none of us today is asking any questions or demanding any restitution from our governments or local traditional rulers and domains. Isn't this the reason things has not changed for the better? African leaders and their cohorts continue to do some of the same cruelty today including incessant killing, incarcerations, encouraging and using of violence against oppositions, denial of freedom, forced labour and poverty, and adding even newer ones like violence against gay people as well as high fraud and professionally inefficient and mismanaged governments. Dictatorship!
Must we continue to turn a blind eye to our own failings and blame others for just about every one of them? Why are we not demanding restitution from our own too? This is the same tradition that is today fueling things like homophobia and mismanagement while both the oppressors and their accomplice blame the West for a crime they are once again perpetuating. How much cruel can a people be; Africa?
A fair Africa will never come until the people of it begin to truthfully accept responsibility and our own failures each and directly stand up to the culprits who are found amongst us in all circumstances. Colonialism lasted because Africans connived with the invading Whites and manipulated their own people for gifts as ridiculous trivial as mirrors and many other favours of high office.
It is time for Africa to wake up! The pits of our failures is dug with our own hands. Yet, progress, freedom, fairness are within our own grasp.
But for how long? Wake up! Arise; take responsibility and challenge the evils within you if you must overcome. Or our descendants will continue to live in unfair society and blinded by the lies of blame for the outsider
Image taken from Negroartist