I was asked as the founder of an African centered charity “The African Heritage Foundation” to share my thoughts on the sentiments expressed by Sir Hilary Beckles, that the statue of Lord Horatio Nelson should be removed. This I did and the article drew a number for comments which I think were reasonable for people who have been blinded to their original history and culture by centuries of colonial rule.
The journey from Emancipation to Enlightenment, when put in a time sequence may appear to be a long and arduous journey, an almost impossible task. But is it really that impossible? I want to share why it is quite a possibility and how we of African Descent can prove it to be so. To do that I must go back to the beginning.
Today, Africa has emerged from this dark passage. Our Armageddon is past. Africa has been reborn as a free continent and Africans have been reborn as free men. The blood that was shed and the sufferings that were endured are today Africa’s advocates for freedom and unity.
Scientists said once that the Negro was the missing link, but now they realize that the Negro is the oldest man in creation. He is so old that he is black, and everything darkens by age, therefore he could not be the missing link. Something must be missing from his link.
It’s not often that you get to create a new university from scratch: space, staff – and curriculum. But that’s exactly what we’re doing in Mauritius, at one of Africa’s newest higher education institutions. And decoloniality is central to our work.
Lebohang Liepollo Pheko rejoices at her identity as an African – with roots stretching all the way from the Cape to Cairo.
On Monday-Tuesday next week, Berlin will host the G20 finance ministers’ negotiations with African elites led by a South African, Malusi Gigaba. Is this the next neo-colonial defeat for the continent, harking back to another process 132 years ago?
The author’s recent trip to Cuba confirmed his confidence in the power of people to transform their lives. It is also clear that “the US government has not stopped its ceaseless attack on the Cuban Revolution and probably never will as long as the US possesses an imperialist system.” Nevertheless, every Cuban he spoke to “reiterated how the revolution remains non-negotiable.”
As we celebrate African Liberation Day 2017, let us be ever and intensely mindful that we meet in the midst of an unfinished fight, an ongoing struggle with social and ethical imperatives concerning how we approach our past, engage our present, and imagine and forge our future.
Africans Rising is a growing and self-selecting collective of social movements, NGOs, peoples and popular social justice movements, intellectuals, artists, sports people, cultural activists and others, across the continent and Diaspora. People who have given input to the development of the movement agree that African unity reflected by greater social, political and economic integration is critical for Africa and its peoples, nations and nationalities – a united civil society should…