I have recently been reading of and writing on many African issues. One thing that strikes me quite strongly is the depth to which false perceptions of Africa have sunk in our collective subconscious. While I think it is forgivable for people whose only experience of Africa is aid adverts with awfully malnourished children and news bulletins featuring some rabid warlord spouting maledictions – this delusion of utter dependence should not be replicated by Africans. This is why we have autobiographies and biographies. The person describing herself has greater insight than the person retelling the tale. A self-portrait is not a caricature. We Africans have flipped the script. We have reproduced the caricature in our understanding of ourselves, in telling our stories and understanding the heart of Africa. We have replaced the cradle of life with a heart of darkness. So I have a 5 step solution. We need to begin thinking and fast.
Nigeria has been at the democracy game for about 15 years now and a lot of talk goes on about the ‘dividends of democracy.’ This makes it sound like democracy is some kind of equation where D (democracy) + SS (sovereign statehood) = DoD (dividends of democracy, fill in the gaps.)
(For anyone unfamiliar with the TV program ‘Welcome to Lagos… Youtube/Amazon/IMDB/Ebay is your friend!’ This is a rewrite from 2010)
The above greeting is my attempt to start this piece with a light-hearted comment, to diffuse the tensions between us, or the tensions against BBC and W2Lag (for the uninitiated that’s Welcome to Lagos). Continue reading “Welcome to Lagos: A misnomer, an insult or no more than absolute truth?”
The history of humanity seems to be defined by human eyes
Looking away from dead bodies floating in the water,
Looking away from people trapped in steel cans, Continue reading “Stronger Than Hate”