‘Zis and Zat’, when uttered by the French, is considered charming, but ‘dis and dat’ as an Africanism is ridiculed as gross and ugly.
– Alice Childress
When will a win, be our win? For a moment, I thought hard about recent events in the world. I realised that Africa and Africans suffer from an acute inferiority complex that is fueled by the belief that everything ‘Oyibo’ is and will always be the best.
From religion down to the accent, try speaking with a bit of your native accent, others will make a mockery of you, and shame you for speaking in a way that is very natural to you. If you worship the way your ancestors did, you will be automatically labelled primitive and evil. Nothing indigenous works for us anymore. The most laughable of the lot is how all of a sudden, our locally produced rice is no longer suitable for consumption; when we all grew up on it.
Half the time, our complex and the acute lack of mental development subjected to us by our colonisers, makes me wonder the level of ill-treatment meted our ancestors, that broke their spirits and the spirits of their generations yet unborn.
The world is going through a tough time right now. Those who think, and believe they have the monopoly of knowledge are doing everything they can to do each other out. Those who feel they are behind in the race to be the pioneers are coming up with different conspiracy theories, to discredit and sabotage the efforts of those who are ahead in the race for solutions. The whole thing is just a mess.
The big question I have been asking myself and others is, where are Africa and her leaders standing in the whole plot? Are we going to sit and wait for our masters to dictate to us as usual? What is the position of the African Union? What are they doing to support her members in this race against time?
As a person, I have been paying keen attention to developments around the globe on COVID-19. From President Donald Trump of the United States of America announcing Chloroquine as a possible cure to Madagascar announcing a potential treatment for the dreaded disease using herbs, which is natural to us black Africans and the world is sleeping on it because the Africans are incapable of thinking or providing solutions to the world problems.
Let us come back to what-ifs. What if the rest of the world never discover a permanent cure? What if the vaccine won’t be ready until 2021? Will they continue to ignore the Madagascar cure? The biggest question is, what is Africa doing to prove to the world that we are capable?
When Madagascar announced their discovery of a cure, the first people to doubt their discovery were fellow Africans who instead of showing support and thinking of how to enhance the discovery, doubted its authenticity while waiting for WHO to validate its potency.
America withdrew her funding from WHO, and the European Union took over funding, I expect the African Union to rally round put funds and invest in research. Invest in finding an African cure for Africans, telling the West that though they might be ‘technologically advanced’, we are no pushovers and imbeciles who wait for solutions to all our problems from them.
Africa is special. The most crucial piece of the next industrialisation, the last hope of the human race, hence the scramble to control her and her resources. What better way to do that than to make her hate her own and accept everything foreign. Our universities and scientists are a huge disappointment, which is why people like me will always push for autonomy.
The Madagascar COVID-19 cure is an obvious example of how much inferiority we feel about ourselves and how much we rely on our colonisers to proffer solutions to the problems they created in the first place. To move forward, as a matter of urgency, we must invest in our scientists whether the herbalists or fabricators. We must look to them for solutions, while borrowing a thing or two from the other cultures.
On the side, if all the numerous African organisations cannot invest in our advancement with focus on our indigenous cultures and tailored solutions, then we need to have a rethink and ask what the point is.