SLAVE TRADE AGAIN? WONDERS SHALL NEVER END IN AFRICA
ecently, I was touched by the horrible reports about human trafficking which has taken another dimension lately to the point that I did an article on the topic Human trafficking: Shouldn't the political class also be blamed? My major concern in that write up was that the issue of human trafficking has come to the point that blame should primarily go to the political class. Incidentally, government's continued use of grammar to color the atrocity once known as 'slave trade' is now becoming exposed.
Currently, there is a slave market booming in Libya and it is not called human trafficking nor is it called modern day slave trade but a market where slaves are traded in exchange for money! It is worthy of note that Libya as a Muslim country do not regard the fact of religion as they traded these unfortunate Nigerians for money. Whether they were Muslims or Christians was immaterial so long as the slave was of value monetarily. This is one factor why Nigerians needed to unite back home.
Another factor is the one that bordered on what makes us Africans. If slave trade could evolve again on the continent of Africa, then it means that all that accusations against Europe (especially in books like How Europe underdeveloped Africa By Walter Rodney) must have been founded on prejudice and an attempt to exonerate Africa from her own conscious misdeeds. It is clear that something was very wrong with the Black man; the political and religious class inclusive.
I grew up to hear stories of the exploits of colonialism in Africa and even though I eventually trained and graduated as a Geologist, it did little to whittle my appetite for history because Geology itself, is the study of earth history. As geologists, we believe strongly that the present is key to the past and, if I borrowed this professional believe in my attempt to analyze this troubling evolution of slave trade in Libya (Africa); my opinion would simply become that what is happening today in the continent told us everything we needed to know about the 15th to the 19th century Africa Civilization.
This is because colonialism never really affected our psyche otherwise Africa would've been a Heaven-on-earth continent today. Colonialism was instead infected by our 'blackness'. How? The whites came to the continent to discovered slave trade and thereafter partook of it. They met the export of solid minerals from places Rhodesia, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia and South Africa and partook of it. They met an oppressive people in Africa and leveraged on those to inflict further pains on us.
If our leaders back then valued the sacredness of human life, there was no way the Europeans would have treated us so cheaply. In Nigeria, we see how Nigerians frequently connived with the Chinese nationals in order to bring in fake and substandard products into the country for fellow Nigerians to consume. These foreigners have no way of coming into our territory with those kind of goods if the Nigerian did not facilitate their invasion.
Right before our eyes today, we see slave trade again and when one wondered how this menace found a way of rising again in our time; such would discover that the black man's greed and wicked nature caused it. After 37 years in power, black men like Robert Mugabe chose to be forced out of power. This has been the story of leadership in the continent. It happened in The Gambia, Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Nigeria, Sierra Leone etc. Where will you find this kind of syndrome in Europe or America?
Are we not tired yet of blaming Imperialism, globalization or neo-colonialism? Do we not realize that we were the ones who should be blamed squarely? I pity men like Dr. Kwame Nkrumah now - who wished to see a United States of Africa - when I imagined how they would feel in their graves if they heard that slave trade had found its way back. It has been said that an offshoot will never be different from its parent stem because it will certainly show some features characteristic of its parent stem.
Based on this assertion, I have a reason to state that Libya could well be one of those places where slave trade was conducted in history. In conclusion, Africa and indeed the rest of the world should know that what was wrong with the continent had everything to do with us than it had to do with people of other continents. Slave trade, human trafficking and the likes must begin to trouble the various leaders and heads of states on the continent.
Our children must be made to understand that their plight today was not the fault of colonialism but the fault of their past leaders and, that it was necessary for them (as contemporary African youths) to stay back home and confront these ills in an attempt to correct what has gone wrong instead of running off to other countries where the system worked. Our educational system must be restructured in such a way as to help the youth to discover self and potentials.
If one knew where one came from, it helps to guide one aright. The political class must begin to live lives that are inspiring and can motivate our youths because demoralization was a key factor that drove these youths into these unfortunate evil system of things when they imagined that they were basically off the budget of their government. If a sister country like Libya could trade fellow blacks for money, dear reader, where is the love for neighbor in Africa. Wonders shall never end in Africa!