I am happy to be more frequently writing short essays and articles on Africa again. I got dragged out of my inertia by the editor of Pan African Review and it has been a delight to more regularly put my thoughts on paper. I have already published four articles on Pan African Review, which can be accessed on the website by clicking here. Find below some quotes selected from some of the four articles.
“Values are foundational in an individual’s awareness about what is most important in life. A clear sense of purpose in life is a product of strong ethical values. More so, the pursuit of a life of integrity leads to contentment, self-direction and ultimately unique and exceptional progress. The sort of progress that exceeds stereotypes often comes from individuals who set high standards for themselves and who wake up each morning with a fresh resolve to meet those standards.”
“Colonialism, however, “introduced systemic corruption on a grand scale across much of sub-Saharan Africa. The repudiation of indigenous values and standards, as well as the superimposition of Western institutions and administrative practices destabilized the well-run bureaucratic machinery previously in existence in many pre-colonial African nations.”
Through, for instance: the monetization of the economy, the forceful extraction of monetary taxations from citizens often using their community leaders, the introduction of western products such as cars, zinc roof, expensive clothing and the making these items the exclusive preserve of colonial masters and their African conduits. What could the remaining Africans, especially the younger generation, do but aspire to be like their colonial oppressors and their African cohorts. Across Africa, colonialism heralded an era of a mindset shift of massive proportions, from a dignity, integrity and community based value driven thinking to an ultra-capitalist, accumulation driven mindset.”
“My wanting to know about the Biafran War is not so I can relive victimhood, lay blame on everyone else but my ethnic group, or incite a second rebellion against the Nigerian state. What informed my search for knowledge about Biafra as a child still informs that search today as an adult, and that is the need to know, in order to heal, to advance, to restructure, to reconstruct and most importantly, to avoid a repeat of history.”
I wish you well as you read and may we see the Africa we want in our lifetime!
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