Friday, October 18, 2013

The Rainbow Intersection; Dialogue about Race, Culture and Sexuality

Please, do not miss this event if you are in the UK as Ade Adeniji and Bisi Alimi look at the issue of Race, Culture and Sexuality in this Black History Month event...

Saturday, October 5, 2013

RETHINKING AFRICA: Where is your Dignity (Omoluabi) Africans? By OBK

Where is your Dignity (Omoluabi) Africans?

Some Africans dislike that part of history that told how their fathers fell from grace to the grass to sandy soil For this, they shy away from debates. Africans that chose to degrade their fathers and make mockery of their Ancestors are like muddy waters, their vision are unclear, never afraid to analyze and engage them, you'll find out that they are shallow.

I also give kudos to the White man. Those that venture into athe unknown and became my fathers captors for a successful expedition. The battles that captured trade and commerce, culture and tradition and the image of God of my fathers. I Acknowledge it. This might be the only way to learn and detox yourself of hate against innocent White men. However, we can not learn alone how to socially integrate with the white communities without economy independence and development of our own communities and science to preserve our unique way of life.

Economy independence is the war we have to fight. Within our communities and against imperialism and economy enslavement by the western world. If we lose this battle, Africans would remain in slavery forever.

A wise man is always learning from his mistakes. If our ancestors were once a slave. It is your duty to know and learn from their error. So that what befell them will not be your portion. Beware of those who claimed your fore fathers worship lesser gods. Protect your household from your brothers that hides behind Christianity, Islam and Atheism to camouflage their self hate for everything African.

Any religion or ideology that teaches you that you are sons and daughters of savages. It is an oppressive tool or it is you that has misunderstood what it teaches.

Know this about your brothers who pride themselves on modernism and false platform of progress. They will tell you they don't have a race, that they are citizen of the world. But they are quick to flash their red and blue passport.Take Pictures in front of Buckingham palace and the Statue of Liberty. And proclaim their new citizenship.

When did the British stopped being a gentlemen due to the inter connectivity of the world through the World Wide Web (WWW)? When did American stopped being cowboys because of the sudden rise of China? Only African men and women wants to be everything else but an African. As if their African identity stopped them from been a resident of this earth.

To justify their anti African stands. They will quote white supremacist. That killed, raped and loot their inheritance. Why would an African want other Africans to accept the definition of Sir Lord Lugard of the Niger area people now called Nigerians today? How can African elders want wise young Africans with unlimited pride in their culture and tradition; take them seriously if they continue to use the description of P.W. Botha to qualify Africans?

Why is the so called African elite, would even attempt to defend such description of Africans? Why do we allow the world to call us the, 'third world?" When our natural resources developed everywhere else but Africa. Why do we pride ourself how well we have adapted to foreign cultures but not how well we have developed and evolved culturally and scientifically? Only a crab rejoices about the size of his stomach and buttocks, looks at everything with humongous pair of eyeball's but without a head.

If the eyes are well rested, one would see the tip ones nose. To you, the Monkey might look ugly, but that is the jewel in the eyes of the Monkeys mother. When push comes to shove. The world has a name for you. It does not matter the color of your passport or your present citizenship.
The world is not blind or ignorant about where you came from. Why is it so difficult for you to accept that fact?

I would not lie to you it has not been easy. At the same time I love me for me. I am a Yoruba African. A Yorubian by birth from Oyo Ile. I have no problem accepting every good and bad of my people. I have no shame in telling you the greatness of my ancestors. And part of my culture and tradition I wished never existed. Why would you think I should be furious when you call me, "Afrocentric?" It could be the same reason why Europeans are Eurocentric. Just saying.

Even if you find me across the Atlantic Ocean. I would not change but grow old and frail into a better 'Omoluabi.' Don't get me wrong. Africa can not survive in isolation. At the same time, Africans can not be respected in this modern world as a perfect caricature others. We have to stop believing in the independence of Africa that was documented and thought in our schools. In reality, Africa is still a plantation. She can never be free until you liberate yourself from the invisible shackles of economy slavery.

Odua Balogun Kakanfo (OBK).
My Passion, my focus, the change that I want to see in the world - is my propellent factor.

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