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NEO-COLONIALISM & AFRICAN UNITY

Thursday 2 October 2014 by Mabinuori Idowu (aka ID)

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Neo-colonialism is the geopolitical practice of using capitalism, business globalization, and cultural imperialism to influence a country, in lieu of either direct military control or indirect political control. Despite the decolonisation that occurred in the aftermath of the Second World War (1939–45), the “former” colonial powers continue to apply existing and past international economic arrangements with their former colony countries, and so maintain colonial control. Today multinational corporations continue to exploit the natural resources of the former colony; and we agree that such economic control is inherently neo-colonial. This is the stage with which the African continent is at today – neo-colonialism the last stage of imperialism in Africa. The term was coined by Ghanaian first President Kwame Nkrumah, to describe the socio-economic and political control that can be exercised economically, linguistically, and culturally. Nkrumah concluded that promotion of the culture of the neo-colonist country facilitates the cultural assimilation, of the colonised people and thus opens the national economy to the multinational corporations of the neo-colonial country.

Let us for one time leave the colonialist aside, how will the generation coming in 50 year time judge the actions of our today’s leaders? Events in Africa in the last decade, brings the question more close to home for each one of us:
-  Persistent conflicts in the Congo.
-  Religious conflict in Central African Republic.
-  Conflicts in Sudan.
-  Conflicts in Somalia.
-  Tribal war in Libya.
-  Terrorist war in northern Mali.
-  Kidnapped School Girls in Nigeria by Boko Haram.
-  Ebola epidemic.
-  What else?

If today’s Africans are not capable to resolve our actual problems, the generation to come faced with other problems, in a different context, with other kinds of pressure from the international community may react much differently from the way we react today. Our actual leaders in 50 years time will be judged by the generation coming. Current African Heads of State, sell the natural resources of their states cheap to the West who refine and stock-pile these resources for their future generation. Generations of Africans coming after us, will have to import the refined natural resources sold cheap by our actual leaders from the West. That generation faced with new challenges like buying petrol from the West, buying uranium and other mineral resources from ex-colonial masters how would they judge our actions of today?

Remember that no member of humanity is eternal, and even if the problems of Africa today rest a question of generation, we agree that Africa cannot continue the way it is governed. Today’s African politicians instead of proposing ideas in debates, and in the social media, offer rice, all sorts of food and sometime school materials to potential electors to secure their votes. We agree that whether we like it or not Africa will have to move ahead, the generation coming after us will judge us by our action of today based on the consideration of our present situation in comparison with the situation of the generation before us. Africa seems powerless to address these seemingly endless crises, despite our claim of more than 50 so-called independent countries. We had UNIA (Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League), National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP), Black Muslims or later Nation of Islam, Black Panther Party or BPP (originally the Black Panther Party for Self-Defence), Organization of African Unity now Africa Union (AU), African National Congress (ANC the oldest resistance movement on the continent), etc.

All these movements are gradually being replaced by fragmented structures such as: women’s rights, gay rights, lesbian rights, men of colour who oppose inter-racial marriages, etc. If we look at the struggle from Marcus Garvey’s time we can see that the Black (African) is still confronting the same problem as the case was 100 years back. The present day state structure in Africa we all agree is no longer a 21st Century actuality, we cannot continue with these States because it is taking Africa nowhere. We cannot continue to do business this way. Globalization; obliges us to federate Africa in order to be able to impose our conditions and be heard in today’s world politics. This prompts one to ask the question Garvey asked one hundred years ago after travelling to the several Caribbean and Central American countries, as well as in Europe between 1910 and 1914 where he investigated the condition of Black people firsthand, Marcus Garvey spoke the immortal words that began his monumental movement: “Where is the Black man’s government? Where is his king and his kingdom? Where is his president, his country, and his ambassador, his army, his navy, his men of big affairs? I could not find them, and then I declared I will help to make them."

In the same manner as Garvey, I would like to ask: Who speaks for Black people today? This is the 100th anniversary of the founding of the UNIA, a movement created by Marcus Garvey to improve the condition of Black people all-over the world. Today a hundred years later we Black (African) people can ask ourselves the same question. Nothing has happened in the history of humanity without determination and decision. It is not a question of getting conscious, rather it is a question of decision – we decide; we put in place necessary mechanisms, rules and regulations and how to execute the decisions taken. Unfortunately today, the Blackman is afraid of himself: “if I take this decision, what will the West say?” I believe future generation Africans will call our current leaders idiots. I am sure they will even doubt if they were humans with any brains in their heads.

It is necessary to stop at this stage in our existence crying as victims. First, we need to realise that we have problems and we have natural and human resources to solve these problems. We have cultural, intellectual, and scientific resources at our disposition to resolve these problems. We have to understand that we are living in a cruel world and we can decide from now on to make what is best in our interest. How can we as Africans have a-new, that kind of patriotism flow in our blood? Today; if Africans prefer to serve and give their expert knowledge outside the continent, it is because the necessary conditions are not in place in their respective states. Their competences are not exploited, because they are considered inferior to their Western counterparts and due to the necessity to survive, our experts move to other countries in search of greener-pastures. This is no question of being patriotic or not, it is a question of survival. If the conditions are right, our competent professionals would stay in Africa and work for change on the continent. With time I guess it will come – I guess it is a generation thing it is necessary to see this as origin of the problems.

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As solution we say like the great pioneers of the concept of Pan-Africanism: "A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots." Pan Africanism is a way of life, a concept for the advancement of Africa from an African stand-point, propagated by people before our times and for people coming after us to find rallying-point. Pan-Africanism is a concept based on the total economic and political unity of Africa and the Diaspora Africa, one unique monetary system for the entire continent, united defence system, open trade and education system based on the needs of the African environment. The idea has been well treated in the books published by Kwame Nkrumah, and as a champion and pioneer of Africa’s independence, he proposed among other things our own technology, medicine that is what Pan Africanism is about and we use this medium to invite the scientific community to re-write universal history of humanity granting Black Africa her primordial role that she has effectively assumed in the edification of civilization.

Today despite having Barak Obama - a Black man at the head of the most powerful capitalist nation in the world, nothing seems to change, hence asking you to please join massively irrespective of colour or origin the Movement Against Second Slavery (MASS) 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).

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