“The people of the Third World are derided because they can't feed
themselves. The people of the industrialized countries have a far worse kind of
hunger which they can't stay with their technological achievements: the hunger
for love, security and community.” - Mother Theresa.
weighing all and singular the premises with due meditation, and noting that
since we had formerly by other letters of ours granted among other things free
and ample faculty to the aforesaid King Alfonso -- to invade, search out,
capture, vanquish, and subdue all Saracens and pagans whatsoever, and other
enemies of Christ wheresoever placed, and the kingdoms, dukedoms,
principalities, dominions, possessions, and all movable and immovable goods
whatsoever held and possessed by them and to reduce their persons to perpetual
slavery…” - The Bull Romanus
Pontifex (Nicholas V), January 8, 1455.
Read this: “The challenge of the postmodern world is to get used to the idea
of double standards…” Among ourselves, we operate on the basis of laws and open
cooperative security. But when dealing with more old-fashioned kinds of states
outside the postmodern continent of Europe, we
need to revert to the rougher methods of an earlier era -- force, preemptive
attack, deception, whatever is necessary to deal with those who still live in
the nineteenth century world of every state for itself. Among ourselves, we
keep the law but when we are operating in the jungle, we must also use the laws
of the jungle… “[T]he opportunities, perhaps even the need for colonization is
as great as it ever was in the nineteenth century…What is needed then is a new
kind of imperialism, one acceptable to a world of human rights and cosmopolitan
values.” Robert Cooper, “The Post-Modern State,” essay in Reordering the
World: the Long-term Implications of September 11, Foreign Policy Centre (London), 2002. Quoted in
Gregory Elich’s brilliant article ‘Zimbabwe under siege,’ published by
And who the heck is Robert Cooper? He was the foreign affairs advisor to ex
British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Remember Blair the liar?
That some racist ideologues are talking about re-colonising Africa is no surprise to this writer; the surprise here is
that some serious Africans are taking them seriously. From whichever way we
throw it around, the physical colonization of Africa
a la 1884 is an impossible task. And my plea here is that we Africans should
engage our intellects in better enterprise, rather than continue to speculate
on the sophomoric ejaculations of some racist dreamers.
Of course, Europe, lacking any meaningful natural resources,
and still unwilling to engage those that have them in mutually beneficial honorable
commerce, will continue to produce mis-adventurists like the son of Margaret Thatcher
sponsoring coups here and there. But the very idea that Africa
will ever again be re-colonised is simply laughable and we can safely dismiss
it. I simply cannot conceive a new Riebeeck leaving Holland
today to go and grab land in South Africa;
or a Glover cutting a swathe in colonizing Nigeria; or another Cecil Rhodes
massacring Africans in Monopotama in order to steal their land!
No way, sir! I am more inclined to agree with Professor
Ngugi wa Thiong’o that we should rather engage in the battle to decolonize our
minds; which I believe is the most urgent battle awaiting our attention.
With what is Europe going to re-colonise us? Is it with the band of badly-educated, badly-informed, uncultured, uncouth weirdoes, with heads and minds filled with every chemical known to chemistry, that one see on the streets of Europe today?
Of course, they can also try and throw their ‘precision
bombs’ here and there. But then bombing is not occupation or colonization, as
the Iraqi resistances are gallantly proving! Or perhaps, the oxymoronic outfits
they call intelligence agencies have gathered another ‘solid evidence’ that
showed that some Africans are waiting with garlands of flowers to welcome new
colonizers. Give me a break!
The Yorubas have a saying: “Ti a ba ma je opolo, ki a kuko
je eyi to leyin.” It means that: If we
have to eat toad, we should try, at least, to eat one that has eggs. If (God
forbid) we have to be colonized again we should, at least, be colonize by a
more decent specimen of the human race, and not by the miscreants and the
riff-raffs and the homophobes that only Europe
is capable of siring!
No one, especially not a European, is ever going to colonize
me. And this is true for every African I know, aside from a few sad cases among
us who have been conquered by materialism and consumed by pessimism.
It makes me wonder sometimes what Europeans really think of
themselves. Our forebears could be pardoned for not understanding Europeans –
having not been there. But very few Africans I know who live in Europe today are
impressed with Europe or with anything European.
This reminds me of another Yoruba saying: “Eni ti a nwo ni
awo sokun, ti o nwo ara e lawo rerin.” “Someone that we look upon with utter
contempt, who continues to look at himself with admiration.” Of course,
Europeans, like the perpetual little children they are will continue to sing
and dance to their make-up lullabies. They were there dreaming that the Asians
were waiting for a Caucasians Messiah until the Asians met, overtook and passed
them by. They can keep on dreaming until we Africans also overtake them, which
is only a matter of time.
Europe no longer holds any
appeal to anyone. And, as one of our prophets, Frantz Fanon, warned: “Come,
then, comrades, the European game has finally ended; we must find something
different. We today can do everything, so long as we do not imitate Europe, so
long as we are not obsessed by the desire to catch up with Europe.
Europe now lives as such a mad, reckless pace
that she has shaken off all guidance and all reason, and she is running headlong
into the abyss; we would do well to avoid it with all possible speed.
Yet it is very true that we need a model, and that we want
blueprints and examples. For many among us the European model is the most
inspiring. We have therefore seen in the preceding pages to what mortifying
setbacks such an imitation has led us. European achievements, European
techniques, and the European style ought no longer to tempt us and to throw us
off our balance. When I search for the Man in the technique and the style of Europe, I see only a succession of negations of man, and
the avalanche of murders.”
What the racists dreaming about the re-colonisation of
Africa failed to configure into their inebriated analyses is that the world’s
geopolitical dynamics have changed dramatically in Europe’s
disfavor. Sadly for these mindless Euro-Jingoists, and happily for the rest of
us, Europe no longer rules the waves, if it is
ruling anything at all! And it never will again. It was the perceptive Satre
who once said that “Europe once made history;
today history is being made of it!”
The era of Euro-domination is finally and happily forever over.
The technological, financial and industrial power centers have shifted away
from Europe, and it sure is not going to
return anytime soon. In but few years Europe
would become totally irrelevant. Those drunks dreaming about re-colonisation
should be advice to leave the bottles alone awhile and start to smell something
I often tell whoever will listen that were I a European, I
will be more worried about my future than an African. Why? Simply, because Africa has no way to go but up! As more and more African
nations continue to solve their political problems, they would have more time
to develop their abundant natural resources for the benefit of their own
people, instead of the current situations where European middle-men are
stealing them! What those arrogant Europeans blissfully forget is that Europe remains the only continent (if we can even call it
that) that cannot survive on its own!
Take the case of Ghana
two countries I know rather well. Given energetic leaders with vision, and who
are prepared to invest some trust in their own people, these countries can
develop economically in very short time. From Tarkwa in the South-west to Wa in
the North-West, Ghana
is literally and figuratively dripping with gold. And the enormously blessed land of Nkrumah had just discovered commercial
quantity oil. Nigeria’s
corrupt elite are still too busy making easy money from petroleum to have time
to develop the other vast resources abounding in the country, including gold in
this writer’s grand-maternal hometown of Ijero-Ekiti. Luckily for Ghana, she’s
managing her politics rather well, and it is only a matter of time before her
leaders stop groveling at the altar of Western capitals and starts to energise
Ghanaians to wake up and start building their country.
Europeans for years stole our resources at thieving prices
by claiming that they were ‘adding values’ to them. They could do it because
they had virtual monopoly on the sciences and the technologies needed to
process our mineral resources. Luckily for us, this is no longer the case. Any
African with a brain would do well to equip herself sufficiently to face the
bright morrow which will surely emerge. The Asians are so far ahead of the
Europeans in technology so much that the French are studying how they did it.
Already many Africans are participating at the highest levels of mathematics,
sciences and technologies (note: wake up your news reader and go and see for
yourself on: soc.culture.africa and soc.culture.nigera). So, what exactly are these
racist dreamers talking about? It is no exaggeration when I say that were
African professionals to return to their home countries, the United States of America
will be bankrupted in no time!
European mythorians (ideologues masquerading as scholars)
would want us to believe that the colonization was a humanitarian enterprise
undertaken by God-fearing Europeans to save Africa
from themselves. We were told that colonialism brought forth such nice things
like education (as though the first universities in the world were not to be
found in Africa). They claimed that they
brought us Christianity, as though the superstitious fables of their Bible were
in any way superior to the Yoruba’s Ifa religion. It bothers me greatly that
the same people that brought forth such fallacious arguments are not, in any
way, prepared to accept that the Nazi occupation of their lands was also
beneficial to them! Can’t we argue, with the same twisted logic, that the Nazis
built better autobahns and rail systems in the lands they occupied!
Another lie we are being told is that colonialism was a
walk-over, with the colonialists doing all the killings, while the ever passive
Africans were doing all the dying and the surrendering. This, of course, is
arrant bunkum. Given the internal strives Africa was facing at the time the
Europeans invaded, history recorded that our forebears fought brilliantly and
gallantly in the face of the overwhelming arms deployed against them. The re-colonisation
dreamers can read up on the Ashanti,
the Khoikoi, the Ethiopian, the Sudanese, the Yoruba valiant resistance – if
they can get away from the bottle, that is.
Another powerful argument against the idea of
re-colonisation is that, sadly for humankind, the world is saturated with arms.
No one would ever be able to boast again that: “whatever happens, we have got
the maxim guns.” Europeans no longer
have monopoly on weapon technologies. Gun-smiths in the Volta Region of Ghana and
the Eastern parts of Nigeria
can very easily make exact copies of virtually any kind of weapon. Given the raw
talents this writer saw in both places, both Nigeria
can very easily build vibrant arms industry.
Whichever way we squeeze it, the fact remains that Africa is the only continent where European colonizers
were forced to regurgitate every inch of stolen land! Since these
continent-stealers never meant well, this was no mean achievement, and we Africans
have a right to pat ourselves on the back, even as we mourn with the Maoris,
the aboriginals of Australia
and the various tribes of what is now the Americas
Should we not ask what is really wrong with the European
high-culture that made Europeans incapable of thinking of relationships with
other cultures except in terms of conquest and domination? Why can they simply
not see and admire people, places and things without thinking of conquering and
dominating them? After contaminating and polluting much of the earth, they are
now gung-ho about taking their mess to other planets. As Bob Marley succinctly
put it: “… sailing on their ego trips, blast off in their space ship, millions
of miles from reality…” Of course, they will claim that their crass make-money mentality
is all done in the name of science - A science without a conscience!
One is sorely tempted to ask these ideologues what Europe
they are actually talking about when they talk of a ‘rich Europe?’
How many ordinary Europeans truthfully feel rich and wealthy? Certainly not the
overstretched bloke living in tiny roaches and mice infested council flats, who
is daily juggling three or four jobs, in order just to make ends meets, and
whose only joy in life is found in bottles of liquor and tobacco and other
It appears those redundant talking-heads forever babbling
about helping Africa have never heard the injunction:
“physician heal thyself!” The way and manner these folks are going about thing,
one would imagine a paradisiacal Europe that
has managed to solve all her developmental challenges.
A keen chronicler has listed the following among what is
ailing the so-called advanced countries: “… An imperiled ecology, irremediable
pollution of atmosphere and oceans. A deepening suspicion of authority,
distrust of established institutions, breakdown of family ties, decline of
community, erosion of religious commitment, contempt for law, disregard for
tradition, ethical and moral confusion, cultural ignorance, artistic chaos, and
aesthetic uncertainty. Deteriorating cities, megalopolitan sprawls, stifling
ghettoes, overcrowding, traffic congestion, untreated sewage, smog and soot,
budget insolvency, inadequate schools, mounting illiteracy, declining
university standards, dehumanizing welfare systems, police brutality,
overcrowded hospitals, clogged court calendars, inhuman prisons, racial
injustice, sex discrimination, poverty, crime and vandalism, and fear. The
growth of loneliness, powerlessness, insecurity, anxiety, anomie, boredom,
bewilderment, alienation, rudeness, suicide, mental illness, alcoholism, drug
usage, divorce, violence, and sexual dysfunction.” - KirkPatrick Sale, quoted
in ‘The Death of Industrial Civilization’, by Joel Jay Kassiola, State
University of New York Press, pp.5-6.
It is not of a question of if but when Europe
would have lost it. China
have already become more important power than ANY European country.
As the global power paradigm shift inexorably away from
Europe, the central question thus becomes: Who needs Europe
with all her reckless bigotry, violence, virulent racism, cynicism, unbridled
greediness, selfishness, rampant arrogance, immodesty and wanton decadence?
When the baton is finally and irrevocably pass from Europe,
perhaps the rest of mankind can finally leave Europe, with all her negative
baggage, behind and march to build new relationship of mankind based on mutual
love, respect, peace, fraternity and solidarity.