The scorching flames, the painful shouts, the beatings, lootings and closing down businesses, the current demonizing of the African brotherhood (especially Nigerians) on the altar of fear of their successes and domination of host territories has created memories, pictures coated with horrific frames hung somewhere in my consciousness.
These are interesting times and I’m most convinced that when Kwame Nkrumah an elite leader in his days preached on May 25, 1963 about the unity of Africa in Ethiopia, he never foresaw that that same Africa would have some of its people fighting each other. Maybe he did and instead of calling it xenophobia, Kwame called it Afrophobia.
To Halie Selassie, Sonny Okosun, Nelson Mandela, Julius Nyerere, Martin Luther, Thomas Sankara and every African leader who has blown the trumpets of love and Pan Africanism; shouting from the rooftops that we ought to own a single currency, purchase our own brand of phones, love one another, embrace our technology and support our local teams, the happenings in South Africa is a shame to humanity and to Africanism.
That a people who have suffered more dehumanization, slavery and colonialism, racism and the likes than any other people or continent would engage in what Karl Marx called “self-hatred” should be the saddest story of the past decade even beyond the gradual neo-colonialism happening right under our noses in Africa.
What has happened to the South African people? It was safe to say that these actions were perpetrated by societal miscreants who would only act out the folly of their thoughts, victims of irrationality and crass ignorance. However, listening to their Deputy Minister of police, painted the picture of Plato’s words, “a society only reproduces itself.” Other highly placed South African politicians have shown the collective leadership supporting this aberration.
Inwardly, Nigeria has a country having lost its once self acclaimed glory of been African giants need to tell a story, a strong one. That although the majority of its citizenry want out of the penury and hullabaloo piloting its polity and economy, it’ll not give in to the chickening of its citizens in the diaspora be it South Africa or the Gambia.
The craze in the South African government thought process that has not allowed it consider relieving the Deputy Minister of Police of his duties and his logic, should be cured by isolation. Isolating the South Africans, from the AU, from trade agreements, etc would provide enough jolt of rational electricity into their insulated pot of wisdom (Our approach should be more diplomatic than economic).
Xenophobia is horrific and this should be kicked against in all forms.
Afolagbade Olajide is an author and the Managing Partner of RichBrain Consulting Services. He is a firm believer in the death and resurrection of Jesus. He writes from Lagos, Nigeria.
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