(A Reply to Robert Cooper)“The people of the
Read this: “The challenge of the postmodern world is to get used to the idea of double standards…” Among ourselves, we operate on the basis of laws and open cooperative security. But when dealing with more old-fashioned kinds of states outside the postmodern continent of
And who the heck is Robert Cooper? He’s the foreign affairs advisor to ex British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Remember Blair the liar?
That some racist ideologues are talking about re-colonising
Of course, Europe, lacking any meaningful natural resources, and still unwilling to engage those that have them in mutually beneficial honorable commerce, will continue to produce mis-adventurists like the son of Margaret Thatcher sponsoring coups here and there. But the very idea that
No way, sir! I am more inclined to agree with Professor Ngugi wa Thiong’o that we should rather engage in the battle to decolonize our minds; which I believe is the most urgent battle awaiting our attention.
With what is
Of course, they can also try and throw their ‘precision bombs’ here and there. But then bombing is not occupation or colonization, as the Iraqi resistances are gallantly proving! Or perhaps, the oxymoronic outfits they call intelligence agencies have gathered another ‘solid evidence’ that showed that some Africans are waiting with garlands of flowers to welcome new colonizers. Give me a break!
The Yorubas have a saying: “Ti a ba ma je opolo, ki a kuko je eyi to leyin.” It means that: If we have to eat toad, we should try, at least, to eat one that has eggs. If (God forbid) we have to be colonized again we should, at least, be colonize by a more decent specimen of the human race, and not by the miscreants and the riff-raffs and the homophobes that only
No one, especially not a European, is ever going to colonize me. And this is true for every African I know, aside from a few sad cases among us who have been conquered by materialism and consumed by pessimism.
It makes me wonder sometimes what Europeans really think of themselves. Our forebears could be pardoned for not understanding Europeans – having not been there. But very few Africans I know who live in Europe today are impressed with
This reminds me of another Yoruba saying: “Eni ti a nwo ni awo sokun, ti o nwo ara e lawo rerin.” “Someone that we look upon with utter contempt, who continues to look at himself with admiration.” Of course, Europeans, like the perpetual little children they are will continue to sing and dance to their make-up lullabies. They were there dreaming that the Asians were waiting for a Caucasians Messiah until the Asians met, overtook and passed them by. They can keep on dreaming until we Africans also overtake them, which is only a matter of time.
Yet it is very true that we need a model, and that we want blueprints and examples. For many among us the European model is the most inspiring. We have therefore seen in the preceding pages to what mortifying setbacks such an imitation has led us. European achievements, European techniques, and the European style ought no longer to tempt us and to throw us off our balance. When I search for the Man in the technique and the style of
What the racists dreaming about the re-colonisation of Africa failed to configure into their inebriated analyses is that the world’s geopolitical dynamics have changed dramatically in
The era of Euro-domination is finally and happily forever over. The technological, financial and industrial power centers have shifted away from
I often tell whoever will listen that were I a European, I will be more worried about my future than an African. Why? Simply, because
Take the case of
Europeans for years stole our resources at thieving prices by claiming that they were ‘adding values’ to them. They could do it because they had virtual monopoly on the sciences and the technologies needed to process our mineral resources. Luckily for us, this is no longer the case. Any African with a brain would do well to equip herself sufficiently to face the bright morrow which will surely emerge. The Asians are so far ahead of the Europeans in technology so much that the French are studying how they did it. Already many Africans are participating at the highest levels of mathematics, sciences and technologies (note: wake up your news reader and go and see for yourself on: soc.culture.africa and soc.culture.nigera). So, what exactly are these racist dreamers talking about? It is no exaggeration when I say that were African professionals to return to their home countries, the
European mythorians (ideologues masquerading as scholars) would want us to believe that the colonization was a humanitarian enterprise undertaken by God-fearing Europeans to save
Another lie we are being told is that colonialism was a walk-over, with the colonialists doing all the killings, while the ever passive Africans were doing all the dying and the surrendering. This, of course, is arrant bunkum. Given the internal strives Africa was facing at the time the Europeans invaded, history recorded that our forebears fought brilliantly and gallantly in the face of the overwhelming arms deployed against them. The re-colonisation dreamers can read up on the
Another powerful argument against the idea of re-colonisation is that, sadly for humankind, the world is saturated with arms. No one would ever be able to boast again that: “whatever happens, we have got the maxim guns.” Europeans no longer have monopoly on weapon technologies. Gun-smiths in the Volta Region of Ghana and the Eastern parts of
Whichever way we squeeze it, the fact remains that
Should we not ask what is really wrong with the European high-culture that made Europeans incapable of thinking of relationships with other cultures except in terms of conquest and domination? Why can they simply not see and admire people, places and things without thinking of conquering and dominating them? After contaminating and polluting much of the earth, they are now gung-ho about taking their mess to other planets. As Bob Marley succinctly put it: “… sailing on their ego trips, blast off in their space ship, millions of miles from reality…” Of course, they will claim that their crass make-money mentality is all done in the name of science - A science without a conscience!
One is sorely tempted to ask these ideologues what Europe they are actually talking about when they talk of a ‘rich
It appears those redundant talking-heads forever babbling about helping
A keen chronicler has listed the following among what is ailing the so-called advanced countries: “… An imperiled ecology, irremediable pollution of atmosphere and oceans. A deepening suspicion of authority, distrust of established institutions, breakdown of family ties, decline of community, erosion of religious commitment, contempt for law, disregard for tradition, ethical and moral confusion, cultural ignorance, artistic chaos, and aesthetic uncertainty. Deteriorating cities, megalopolitan sprawls, stifling ghettoes, overcrowding, traffic congestion, untreated sewage, smog and soot, budget insolvency, inadequate schools, mounting illiteracy, declining university standards, dehumanizing welfare systems, police brutality, overcrowded hospitals, clogged court calendars, inhuman prisons, racial injustice, sex discrimination, poverty, crime and vandalism, and fear. The growth of loneliness, powerlessness, insecurity, anxiety, anomie, boredom, bewilderment, alienation, rudeness, suicide, mental illness, alcoholism, drug usage, divorce, violence, and sexual dysfunction.” - KirkPatrick Sale, quoted in ‘The Death of Industrial Civilization’, by Joel Jay Kassiola, State University of New York Press, pp.5-6.
It is not of a question of if but when
As the global power paradigm shift inexorably away from Europe, the central question thus becomes: Who needs