Tuesday, January 18, 2011
From an early age, I knew I was an African. But I can say now that it didn’t mean anything special for me at that time to recognize my race. As I got older, watching flicks like Sarafina sort of opened my eyes to a lot of things going on around me. School taught me a lot about what a flourishing race we were before the white man came and took our land and subdued us to humiliation for decades. I learnt so much about the white man and his ways growing up, that sometimes it is easier to identify with his ways and forget my heritage. While I was learning all this things about Europe, Americas etc, I forgot about my home, my people, our pride.
In the past two years I have been blessed to travel within the continent. And I realise that Africans mostly know stereotypes about each other. That’s the equivalent of gossip might I add. Think about it. We hardly know anything about each other but we know a whole lot about other continents.
The label the white man gave this continent ‘the dark continent’ is sort of apt here as we are like strangers living under one house. The truth is we are all just one big family.
This continent has all you need. Trust me. Everything that you need is here. Wealth, wonders, culture, and beautiful weather you name it. But we prefer to go on holiday in the Bahamas because we probably know more about the Caribbean than Kenya which has more flora and fauna and it will cost you less.
The sad reality is that because we refuse to learn about each other, the continent remains divided. We lose out. We bleed ourselves dry constantly on our knees to the other continents who in essence are our peers. We have reduced ourselves to beggars, whoring ourselves out for loans when we have the resources. We are letting our brothers fight and kill each other in wars; you lie to yourself if you think civil wars in Africa have nothing to do with you if you are an African. We let them slander our brothers in ‘their’ media so as to create a greater rift between us. It affects you it affects me.
That’s all I’m saying
To be continued...