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The African mindset still controlled by the West

Some African countries are celebrating half a century of independence from colonialists.

The irony is that the more they chest-thump about this great feat of independence, the more they hold out their hands with begging bowls for favours and aid.

The favours range from being granted citizenships and being allowed to work in those countries. And we are not talking about high-value jobs. Menial work is our preference.

The dignity of being independent from the imperialists collapsed the very day Africans chose to accept the independence flag but decided to keep the imperialists’ education, economic models, culture, and even the political system.

The official language has to be French, English, Spanish or Portuguese. The academic curriculum has been maintained and even some universities have modeled their teaching to fit or compete with the Western models.   Some of the oppressive colonial laws such as annoying the chief are still functioning statutes.

The economic advisors still come from those who know the art and skill of colonizing. Little wonder then that despite such well-cultivated advice, Africans have still remained the same. The imperialists cleverly passed on the template of everything they were doing in the colonies and the liberated colonies did not have the skills to dismantle them.

So, what is the claim of independence all about? Does one still get surprised when hundreds of thousands still trek or dare to go to Europe in hope of better life? A new form of slave trade called human trafficking has emerged.

Incongruously, Africans are paying to be enslaved! Many of the people who were recently reported to have been stuck in Libya and were turned into slaves had paid huge amounts of money to be taken to Europe.

Unfortunately, their agents had a different agenda and they shortchanged them. So, even though many of them are running away from poverty, they are selling their property to meet the fees charged by the traffickers!

While the European explorers came to the ‘Dark Continent’ in search of new markets, the Africans have no chance to exploit any markets in Europe. Africans have chosen to return the continent to a state of nature where there are no rules, and if there are rules, they work for and against certain categories, and not for all.

The leaders are unquestionable. The natural resources get personalized. These injustices have forced some Africans to hate their homes and choose slavery.

Ghana’s president Nana Akufo-Addo is one of those leaders who like to bark at our former colonial masters, but whose words are actually sheer demagogue. Early in December 2017, President Akufo-Addo hosted French President Emmanuel Macron.

During a joint press conference, Akufo-Addo startled his guest when he said: “We want our relations with France to be characterised by an increase in trade and investment co-operation, not aid.”

“We can no longer continue to make policy for ourselves, in our country, in our region, in our continent on the basis of whatever support that the Western world or France, or the European Union can give us. It will not work. It has not worked and it will not work,” he added.

“We have to get away from this mindset of dependency. This mindset about ‘what can France do for us?’ France will do whatever it wants to do for its own sake, and when those coincide with ours, ‘tant mieux’ [so much better] as the French people say…Our concern should be what do we need to do in this 21st century to move Africa away from being cap in hand and begging for aid, for charity, for handouts. The African continent, when you look at its resources, should be giving monies to other places…We need to have a mindset that says we can do it…and once we have that mindset, we’ll see there’s a liberating factor for ourselves,” he explained with his rising tone and demeanor demonstrating his passion for this subject.

But how can the piper choose the tune for the player?

While Akufo-Addo sounded right at that occasion, the reality is that the African mindset, including that of the leaders, is still very much configured to look up to Europe for help. For what can explain the exodus of desperate Africans to Europe amidst all bottlenecks including death?

The author is the business development director at The Observer Media Limited.

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0 #11 Akot 2017-12-30 22:21
Chris, agreed.

Since 1986, museveni has been the worst coloniser in history, yet Ugandans-Africans go along with him because he is black!

We locked white Africans-Asians out after independence even knowing we didn't have experience or know-how to govern-exploit land riches-do business!

We go on blaming colonialism even after 50 years of independence while we fail to maintain schools-hospitals...they built!

But we steal-loot-oppress & starve one another in rich agricultural lands, while our oil-gold... are exploited by the very former cololials we insult, but can't manage without!

We have isolated, ignored, rejected & thrown out our own whites-Asians... but we are not ashamed of wanting to go to Europe for better life, because we have destroyed our own countries & don't know how to respect, govern & live together!
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0 #12 Akot 2017-12-30 22:34
WADADA rogers, Happy New Year!

It's time big financers of UN stops this body from destroying developing world!

While museveni is destructive to Uganda, UN is destructive to developed & developing worlds! UN must stop financing refugee cause because this leaved dictators-bad rulers in peace to just go on providing more refugees for developed world!

Developed countries that are biggest financial contributers to UN must stop being part of continued wars by helping UN consolidate dictators-bad rulers while they are bogged down with refugees looking for better life!

The more eveil dictators-oppressors are, the more happy is UN: how can this be a body that can help bring peace?

Dictators-war mongers who express themselves with elloquence at UN Assembly, while developed countries' leaders who build their countries are treated as selfish!
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+1 #13 Gordon Zalu 2017-12-31 20:18
While the author is lamenting about western imperialism with their demands & arm twisting, an eastern imperialist, china, is upon us.

The difference with china is they are willing to give monetary aid most African countries beg for but in return China wants all natural resources for itself.

For example the fisheries industry, they're currently dredging up rivers, lakes & other water bodies for sand.

In the process they create an environmental impact on these bodies of water like fish habitats &those who depend on them. So i say sooner we'll be reading this headline "African mindset controlled by China".
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0 #14 Akot 2018-01-01 18:01
Gordon Zalu, thanks!

China realises it cannot continue damaging China becase climate change is affecting them so badly & they now turn to countries without leadership to destroy while, building China through our natural resources they exploite so so destructively while throwing locals out of their lands!

Europe is seeling arms to Iran & getting billions while Iran leadership uses the money for wars outside Iran!

Thank God Iranians are now out on streets to demand their money be used on them!

Ugandans MUST wake up before it to late!
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