FEATURE: Championing Against Xenophobia In Africa, The Role Of Pan- Africanism

Date: Wednesday September 11, 2019

Written By: Kesse Alfred/

Marcus Garvey once said “The Black skin is not a badge of shame, but rather a glorious symbol of national greatness.”

The Apartheid system has systematically infiltrated the struggle and eliminating our heroes, and chose their own preferred candidates to lead us

I still worry about Africa, we are slaves to western and Eastern Brands and we do not cherish and love our own. We are not even in charge of our economies because we depend heavily on what happens in the East or West, Worse-off we still judge each other based on skin color because those from Northern Africa and even some in East Africa believe that they are not Africans and they do not integrate with the darker Africans. For centuries we are still being victimized by other races from other continents, because they despise our dark skin and think that we are lesser than them..
Xenophobia still lingers and some have the cold heart to kill their black African brothers and sisters and yet the people who owe them reparation and economic freedom are originally from the western countries. We still are held captive by our governments , who abuse our resources only to feed their pockets at the expense our crumbling nations. Why should we continue to suffer when we can apply Pan Africanism and Rise above the Western and Eastern Countries, but sadly we do not because we are not united.. Africa must unite to solve its problems,

I wish to make it clear again that we are anti-nobody. We are pro-Africa. We breathe, we dream, we live Africa because Africa and humanity are inseparable.

There were a few farsighted Europeans who all along saw that the colonial educational system would serve them if and when political independence was regained in Africa.

For instance, Pierre Foncin, a founder of the Alliance Francaise, stated at the beginning of this century that “it is necessary to attach the colonies to the metropolis by a very solid psychological bond, against the day when their progressive emancipation ends in a federation as is probable that they be and they remain French in language, thought and spirit.

Garvey while alive advanced a Pan-African philosophy which inspired a global mass movement, known as Garveyism. Even though some black leaders condemned his methods and his support for racial segregation, Garvey still attracted a lot of people.

At a Conference speech delivered in Accra, 1960 Dr Nkrumah advocated that Africa face neither East nor West; We face forward”.

Africa is a paradox which illustrates and highlights neo-colonialism. Her earth is rich, yet the products that come from above and below the soil continue to enrich, not Africans predominantly, but groups and individuals who operate to Africa’s impoverishment. – Neo-Colonialism: the Last Stage of Imperialism, 1965.

‘People Of Africa Are Crying For Unity’ African Liberation Day was founded in 1958 when Kwame Nkrumah convened the First Conference of Independent States. He gave one of the greatest speeches of his life on 24th May 1963 when 32 independent African countries met in Addis Ababa to find ways to unite the continent.

He said “the forces that unite us are intrinsic and greater than the superimposed influences that keep us apart.” Africa Must Unite, 1963.

We must unite now or perish”.- Speech given at the founding of the OAU, Addis Ababa, 24 May 1963.

Independence is only the prelude to a new and more involved struggle for the right to conduct our own economic and social affair.

I am in the knowledge that death can never extinguish the torch which I have lit in Ghana and Africa. Long after I am dead and gone, the light will continue to burn and be borne aloft, giving light and guidance to all people.” Epitaph on Nkrumah’s mausoleum in Nkroful, the village of his birth in southern Ghana.

Any meaningful humanism must begin from egalitarianism and must lead to objectively chosen policies for safeguarding and sustaining egalitarianism”. – African Socialism Revisited, 1962.

We were still regarded as representing the infancy of mankind. Our highly sophisticated culture was said to be simple and paralyzed by inertia, and we had to be encumbered with tutelage”. – Speech Inaugurating the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana Legon,1962

The role of students in our universities is to proclaim the truth at all times irrespective of the consequences thereof. they should realise that it is their bounden duty to address themselves to black people and to show them the way to freedom without flinching.”

We know that Africa is neither French, nor British, nor American, nor Russian, that it is African.”

According to Mohammed Ali “Cassius Clay is a name that white people gave to my slave master. Now that I am free, that I don’t belong anymore to anyone, that I’m not a slave anymore, I gave back their white name, and I chose a beautiful African one.”

Our fathers fought bravely. But do you know the biggest weapon unleashed by the enemy against them? It was not the Maxim gun. It was division among them. Why? Because a people united in faith are stronger than the bomb

We are fighting for our land and that land is still in the hands of the oppressor. In other words the struggle can’t stop until we attain our goal through unity.

Africa is our center of gravity, our cultural and spiritual mother and father, our beating heart, no matter where we live on the face of this earth

Africa needs back its economy, its politics, its culture, its languages and all its patriotic writers”…For Africa to me… is more than a glamorous fact. It is a historical truth. No man can know where he is going unless he knows exactly where he has been and exactly how he arrived at his present place.

It is better to die for an idea that will live, than to live for an idea that will die because Africans paid the ultimate price for it and we are determined never to relinquish our sovereignty and remain master of our destiny.

We, in Africa, have no more need of being ‘converted’ to socialism than we have of being ‘taught’ democracy. Both are rooted in our past — in the traditional society which produced us

““The wheel of progress revolves relentlessly and all the nations of the world take their turn at the field-glass of human destiny. Africa will not retreat! Africa will not compromise! Africa will not relent! Africa will not equivocate! And she will be heard! Remember Africa!

Africa is one continent, one people, and one nation…Long live Africa!!!!

Kesse Alfred
Kesse Alfred is a Ghanaian journalist and an entrepreneur. The CEO of 24Hours Media Limited and much interested in writing Articles and Script Editing.

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