What has come to my attention as an overlapping narrative
in the multitudes of politically inclined conversations between myself and
others, in the least, concerned about South Africa, and Africa's, future given
its recent socio-political trajectory is the misconception that a political
ideology defines who a person is and ultimately determines their revolutionary
credibility en route to the ever-elusive and highly sought-after mental
liberation of Africa and her people.
It is in this regard that I feel compelled to share my
view on what is rife in dividing those with good intentions yet allow
themselves to be reduced to meaningless squabbles along ideological
class-lines; wasting valuable time that could be spent actively making a
positive impact instead of vying for the coveted 'true revolutionary' title.
Revolution- 'a great change in conditions, ways of
working, beliefs etc. that affects large numbers of people' (Oxford Dictionary,
Evolution- 'the gradual development of something' (Oxford
Dictionary, 6th ed.)
Following on from the above definitions, I believe that
the much-needed African revolution is one where the living conditions of
African citizens are drastically improved coupled with a mindset change, by
Africans, to a point where they believe that they deserve better and, most
importantly, are capable of taking action to bring about positive change.
The evolution that I would now like to address is that of
the revolution, as I have elaborated on my understanding thereof above, to a
battle of political ideologies where cadres are very quick to resort to
name-calling and the caricaturization towards establishing oneself as a
'revolutionary' in the true sense of the word. This hurts even more given the
knowledge that an intentional strategy used by the oppressor was not only to
divide and conquer, but to keep our people divided.
One cannot help but applaud the efficacy with which
colonizers 'got the ball rolling', in this sense, then sat back and observed as
the natives fought amongst themselves while they quietly went about their
self-enriching and exploitative ways.
The point I am making is that divided we fall but united
we shall prosper. We may subscribe to different, and often conflicting,
political ideologies but the fact remains that the people we are fighting for
need us to fight the good fight with positive action to improve their lives and
set them on the road to self-sustenance and self-determination.
Unity is power, the sooner we internalise this important
principle the better for the continent and its people at large.
Towards a unified Africa is where we are headed!