Afrobeat Culture Federator


Wednesday 18 June 2014 by Mabinuori Idowu (aka ID)

Radio Shrine! Gan! Gan!

To start with; welcome aboard to those of you just joining us on our Radio Shrine page and as new members, it is important to initiate you into what Fela used to call our “on-the-ground-spiritual-game”. For those who had the opportunity to see Fela Anikulapo-Kuti perform live at the Africa Shrine, the Chief Priest had his special way of communication and communion with the Shrine public. In his habitual jovial manner; he would call-out on the microphone “Radio Shrine! The crowd would in turn respond Gan! Gan! Baba! To keep this nostalgic feeling on, I usually start my posts with Fela’s way of drawing the Shrine crowd’s attention however since I am not “Baba”, I will content myself with the simple answer from you all “Gan! Gan!” It is a way for you to show, that you are ‘all ears’ to the message we are passing across.

“Gan! Gan!” in Yoruba language is the name of the ‘talking drum’. Before the invention of the telephone technology, the ‘talking drum’ used to serve as a means of communication between communities. In Yoruba land played by ‘Onilu Oba’ (the Oba’s drummer), it was used in the same manner as carrier-birds to convey messages from one king’s messenger to the other or from one point of the kingdom to the other. Without leaning too heavily on nostalgic feeling, this call-and answer tradition in Africa is the way for orators to get feed-back from their audience, it assures the speaker that the gathered crowds are listening. This practice is carried-on today as far away as the French Caribbean Islands. Orators there say: “Yeah kri!” The audience replies: “Yeah kra!” The orator goes-on “Yeah mysti-kri! The crowd responds “Yeah mysti-kra!”

Like I said in my last post titled “Objective: one million men and women”, the only way to take our country back from the PDP, and the so-called opposition APC is to get organized. Join our Movement Against Second Slavery (MASS) on facebook or simply click “like” on our facebook Radio Shrine page and our Radio Shrine g+ page, when we have one million registered men and women in our rank, we can ask those VIPs (Vagabonds In Power) in Abuja: “WHERE IS OUR MONEY?” It is important for us all to realise that we are living in a world of “modern-day-slavery”. Gone are the shackles and visible chains, in their place we have what Fela described as an invincible chain that drags everyone of us out of our beds at 7:00AM (irrespective of the time zone) and drags us back eight-hours after back to our respective beds – this invincible chain is called an alarm clock.

Our call to join massively irrespective of colour or origin the Movement Against Second Slavery (MASS) is because we all are living in a world of “modern-day-slavery.” Like often reiterated here, democratic aspirations is common to all people under subjugation - the youths today have no jobs and nothing to do, economic conditions, racism, and police brutality are reasons for the mass uprising of youths world-wide. The demand for change, in the way politics is done in the 21st century is what is pushing the youths into the streets. Thanks to social networks we can see this with the movement of indignant youths in Europe, the ‘Occupy Wall Street’ and other movements in North America, and those of North Africa and Arab streets. Social networking has enabled exchange of information and helped avoid the classic diversion that takes away people’s focus. They are perfect mediums, for us to investigate why 99% of our people are suffering while 1% is smiling (apology Fela Kuti -Suffering and Smiling).

Movement Against Second Slavery (MASS) was launched by Fela, today after his demise we all agree that he was one of the few leaders that never allowed the temptation of wealth to derail his convictions on how Africa should be ruled. MASS has as objective: encouraging the masses to overcome years of fear and apathy to get organized to take our country back. We can achieve this by education that will give us the historic and politic consciousness to identify who our real leaders are. What we are doing here is to set our mind straight on who we should look-up-to as leaders in this decadence called Federal Government of Nigeria. There are people in Nigeria, who refused to serve or be part of a corrupt system - it is not refusal to serve their country. If there are good polices any of the governments we’ve had since independence have taken, we would be pleased to point to it and herald it loud for the world to hear. We cannot even call it government, what transpires as governance in Nigeria. A government that cannot assure the security of his innocent and ambitious school children, that has to wait until international mobilization before reacting – we cannot call that government. They are simply a bunch of Vagabond In Power – apology Fela Kuti.

If we are organized as MASS, it is not only in the Nigerian capital that will hear our voices but in all seats of power in all four corners of the world. It is time to put our respective apathy and fears aside, we are not doing anything illegal before any law by getting organized against a common oppressor. We cannot be considered “terrorist” as all our deliberations are open on social network. What we need is a determination to want to make a difference in the way our lives are run. It is necessary to be determined in our purpose as all things that have happened in the history of humanity were due to the human determination and decisions. Even if we are called “terrorists” despite our open organisation, we can take solace in the popular saying: “one man’s food is another man’s poison”. One man’s “terrorist” is another man’s “freedom fighter.” We have seen it with Nelson Mandela and the African National Congress (ANC), how they were treated as “terrorist” for demanding their freedom.

We saw that with the Black Panther Party (originally called Black Panther Party for Self-Defence). It was a black revolutionary socialist oriented organization active in the United States of America from 1966 – 1982. The Black Panther Party achieved national and international notoriety through its involvement in the Black Power movement and US politics. Gaining national prominence, the Black Panther Party became an icon of what would be considered by the system as counter-culture. Although the Party emerged from Black Nationalist movements, ultimately, the Panthers condemned Black Nationalism as "black racism" and became more ideologically focused on socialist revolution without racial exclusivity. They instituted a variety of community social programs designed to alleviate poverty, improve health among inner city black communities, and soften the Party’s public image. The Black Panther Party’s most widely known programs were its armed citizens’ patrols, to evaluate behaviour of police officers and it’s “Free Breakfast for Children program. However, the group’s political goals were often overshadowed by the alleged criminality of members and their confrontational militant and “violent” tactics against police.

One important lesson to learn from this is that organised, Movement Against Second Slavery (MASS), can emerge more ideologically focused as a universal workers revolutionary organization, without racial exclusivity with the same original goal as that of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defence. As earlier stated, it is time to put our respective apathy and fears aside, we are not doing anything illegal before any law by getting organized against a common oppressor. We have examples of the determination of peoples who want to make a difference in the way their lives are run. We can point to Haganah (in Hebrew language The Defence) it was considered a terrorist group because of their method of resistance to British colonialism. For those who don’t know, Haganah was a Jewish paramilitary organization in what was then known as British Mandate of Palestine from 1920 – 1948 which later became the core of the Israel Defence Forces. Following the 1929 Palestine riots, the Haganah’s role changed dramatically. It became a much larger organization encompassing nearly all the youth and adults in the Jewish settlements, as well as thousands of members from the cities. It also acquired foreign arms and began to develop workshops to create hand grenades and simple military equipment, transforming from an untrained militia to a capable underground army which later became the core of the Israel Defence Forces like mentioned earlier.

As often reiterated here, we have to understand that “globalization” today is a fight, a strategic fight of diverse interests, sometimes very opposite. It is little necessary to recognize in the current world that there is not either “concert of nations,” or “international community” really fair or democratic. What is at stake is political, economic, military, linguistic, cultural interests, appropriate for every State or Nation, for every region, for every civilization, that make the weft of “globalization”, which is nothing else than one contemporary “world economy”. We are living in a Capitalist world where morality is not CAPITAL, a perfect example of this contradiction in capitalism is the Iran-Contra affair, or “Iran-gate” a political scandal in the United States during the Reagan administration in November of 1986. Senior administration officials secretly facilitated the sale of arms to Iran despite an arms embargo put in place by US Congress since Iran became an Islamic State in 1979. Some U.S. officials hoped that the arms sales would secure the release of several hostages and allow U.S. intelligence agencies to fund the Nicaraguan Contras – bearing in mind that funding of the Contras by the US government had been prohibited by the American Congress.

We can briefly recall how the scandal began as an operation to free the seven American hostages being held in Lebanon by a group with Iranian ties connected to the Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution. It was planned that Israel would ship weapons to Iran, and then the United States would resupply Israel and receive the Israeli payment. The Iranian recipients promised to do everything in their power to achieve the release of the U.S. hostages. The plan deteriorated into an arms-for-hostages scheme, in which members of the executive branch of the US government sold weapons to Iran in exchange for the release of the American hostages. Large modifications to the plan were devised by Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North of the US National Security Council in late 1985 in which a portion of the proceeds from the weapon sales was diverted to fund anti- Sandinista and anti-communist rebels known as Contras in Nicaragua.

Do we need any more proofs; that it is little necessary to recognize in the current global-economy that there is not either “concert of nations,” or “international community” really fair or democratic? “Globalization” strengthens those that are already strong, and weakens those that are indifferent to the governance of the world. The suitable way or rather fair distribution of the national income is a policy which demands and encourages collective effort, to make a success of the development of any country. The energy of our young people cannot be mobilized by examples of decadence and corruptions but inevitably of a dialectical necessity; by concrete examples of patriotism, dedication, without compromise.

Join our Movement Against Second Slavery (MASS) on facebook or simply click “like” on our facebook Radio Shrine page and our Radio Shrine g+ page NOW!



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