-May 21, 2020, commentary/news
“The question therefore is this, has African countries requested the West to pay for using our Intellectual Properties and greatest human resources (Human beings) to develop their economy and then turn back to us and say, we are inferior and continue to question the authenticity of our innovations and creativity. Africans, it is time to think and rethink”
Frantz Fanon ( 1925-1961), one of the greatest revolutionary philosophers had told us in his book; The Wretched of the Earth, that we must achieve revolutionary socialism all together and everywhere. He hinted that one by one, we will defeat the former colonial masters if only we are in secret covenant of a united people in the struggle for freedom. This was what Fanon told his brothers in Africa, Asia and Latin America and further stated that if they were not in a united mind, the so call superior powers will continue to see them as inferiors and impose their imperialist rule against them.
Fanon who became responsible for the treatment of psychological distress of the French soldiers and officers who carried out torture in order to suppress anti-colonial resistance was hated for his beliefs and ideology of western misrule in Africa. Additionally, Fanon was also responsible for the treatment of Algerian torture victims the colonial era. And this made him to bluntly say to his followers, that, they will fight the colonial masters with a united mind otherwise they will destroy their African territory with their claim super idea and manpower.
Yes, Julius K.Nyereye (1922-1999) had postulated the same idea when he saw the show of superiority against African countries by the west, seeing nothing good from Africa. He came out with a bold idea of African states transformation. Likewise Dr. Kwame Nkrumah (1909-1972), an agitator of a United States of Africa, and a key player in the formation of Organisation of African Unity.
Not forgetting the hate the Western world had against Muammar Gaddafi, the assassinated Libyan President. It could be recalled that Muammar Gaddafi, the deposed leader of Libya, was captured and killed on 20 October 2011 during the Battle of Sirte. Gaddafi was found hiding in a culvert west of Sirte and captured by National Transitional Council forces. ( NTC). According to Rami el-Obeidi, the Former Head of Foreign Relations for the NTC accused the Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad, of offering the French intelligence with Gaddafi’s phone number that made it possible for tracking and killing him finally.
I am tempted to say that Africa on their own have refused to recognize her potentials and stop the citizens of migrating to the West. Many of the best Western Medical Doctors, Scientists, economists, educationists, humanitarians, Computer experts etc are Africans who decided to seek for a better life in the western world due to the failure of leadership in Africa.
This is now paying and hurting us badly. The question therefore is this, has African countries requested the west to pay for using our Intellectual properties and greatest human resources (Human beings) to develop their economy and then turn back to us and say, we are inferior and continue to question the authenticity of our innovations and creativity. Africans, it is time to think and rethink
Now that the world is ravaged by the Covid-19, Coronavirus and each affected countries are trying to find way out of the pandemic since the World Health Organisation (WHO), continued to say no way out yet for a possible vaccine. And indeed, Africa is considered and probably not worthy from where the solution would likely come from. Maybe, that could be one of the reasons why Madagascan President sent away officials of the WHO, DE marketing them and saying, their stay in the country is of no use and a threat to the success of the country’s claimed herb solution to Covid-19. Just yesterday, the WHO tried to find their foot back to Madagascar and made the president, Andry Rajoelina to see reasons for a dialogue of a possible return of its officials in the country.
Meanwhile, the Madagascan President, Rajoelina just yesterday had a virtual meeting with the Director-General of the World Health Organisation, Tedros Ghebreyesus, over COVID Organics. This was after WHO had seen reasons to partner the country for her effort for the solution to Covid-19. Rajoelina in his Twitter handle had noted that, the United Nations Specialised Agency on Global Health expressed its support for the clinical observation of the ‘tonic’ touted as cure for coronavirus. His Twit: “Successful exchange with Tedros Ghebreyesus who commends Madagascar’s efforts in the fight against COVID-19 and congratulates us for the discovery of COVID Organics. “WHO will sign a confidentiality clause on its formulation and will support the clinical observations process in Africa.” WHO will register the drug for clinical trials, and our country would prove the effectiveness of the COVID Organics.
Certainly, this is the kind of action African leaders must continue to take against Western powers who believe Africa is a dumbing ground, and we must continue to prove our superiority and our rich human and natural endowments before this colonial masters, who are still in existence. African leaders must emulate the Madagascan President and always prove, that Africa is capable and able. We must never again, allow Gadafi’s film show to repeat itself again but lessons should be learned.
Mark C. Orgu is the Author, Nigeria in the Global Perspective, where are we: A divergent Pragmatic Compilation of thoughts on Nigeria. ( firstname.lastname@example.org)