After All, Who Is A True Afrikan?

2013-05-25 08:56

It is important as we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the formation of the African Union, tracing its roots from the Organisation of the Afrikan Union, that we take the time to deliberate on what really makes one an Afrikan.

Afrikanism cannot solely be determined in geographic terms. Being on the Afrikan continent, therefore, is not a reliable indicator of one’s Afrikanism.

There are people who find themselves having no any other place to stay outside Afrika, and as a result proclaim themselves as Afrikans.

But they don’t like other Afrikans.

These are the people who are obsessed with having their own nation within a nation, as the story of Afrikaners in Pretoria who want independence in our land informed us.

On whose land do you want to be independent? People of that irrational nature are not Afrikans. They just happen to live in Afrika.

Many other Whites have proved to be just a group of people whose only concerns are redress policies that seek to put Afrikans who were once oppressed on par with them.

They do not care about the standard of education in the country.

They are not bothered by the appalling conditions of Afrikans in rural communities.

To them, poverty is way too far from the scope of their worries.

Hypocritically, they now want to be called Afrikans, yet in the past they were happy to be called Europeans to benefit from privileges of apartheid South Africa.

I guess I’m somewhat ignorant, but it is very rare to read of any White academic who spoke against the standard of education in public schools, yet if you mention the redistribution of land, suddenly they all become historians who will tell you about who the initial people to come to South Afrika really are. The only time you will hear that they too can debate issues is when you raise the prices of petrol or force them to transform their institutions of higher learning. They bark loudly when you change street names, but are as quiet as cemeteries when Afrikan children die of famine, unregulated initiation, and civil wars.

Can we really call them Afrikans?

Can Indians, with their explicit hatred of Afrikans (in the context of the Gupta wedding) be called Afrikans?

Black leaders and the overall Black community may not escape these conditions. It is saddening that we have leaders who exploit resources of the continent for personal enrichment. To add fuel to the fire, these are Afrikan leaders who are supposed to be jealous of their own people.

Instead, they massacre them.

They sell them out to White capital.

They steal money from the continent and export it in billions of US dollars per year to former colonies.

So who is a genuine Afrikan?

Are we ever going to find real Afrikans with an infallible passion for their people and continent?

History teaches us of the heroic Patrice Lumumba, Thomas Sankara, Kwame Nkrumah, and Robert Sobukwe. It is said that these are the leaders who believed firmly in Afrika’s capacity for self-determination of her people. If that’s the case, why is it that death seems to have only taken real Afrikans and left us with criminals who are corrupt, murderous, and cowards?

Without Afrika to exploit, Amerika wouldn’t be this enviable.

Without greedy Afrikans who are easily ‘seduced’ by their former colonial masters, hunger on our continent would be something our kids learn about in museums.

The Afrikan Renaissance necessitates real Afrikans with a passion for their land. But how can the 21st century be the century of an Afrikan, as envisaged by Thabo Mbeki, when we still have our own South Afrikan government failing to take bravery steps to return the land to its own people and ensure that South Afrikans benefit from the mineral resources of their land?

As long as Afrikan leaders beg for foreign direct investment, we will never reach a stage as Afrikans where we are in absolute control of our destiny. We will always worship former colonial masters.

By composition, Afrika is not only rich in minerals but also in diversity of her people. It is this diversity that makes it such an arduous task to disentangle real from opportunistic Afrikans. However, all complexities sidelined, a person who wants to be regarded as a true Afrikan must identify with, and commit to, the problems facing the broader Afrikan continent.

Those who want to divorce themselves from the challenges facing fellow Afrikans do not deserve to be in our land.

Through Black Consciousness, Steve Biko showed us that it is possible to develop an ideology that inspires a nation to be proud of itself. A nation that knows that bleaching one’s skin to be White is an unpardonable betrayal of Afrikanism. Afrikanism is a position of pride about the continent. Afrikanism is innate. It is in the soul of an Afrikan to always affirm Afrika. A true Afrikan cannot enjoy the democracy of his country while other Afrikan brothers are oppressed by systems of monarchies and dictatorships.

Although we are all in Afrika, it is our shared challenges that make us real Afrikans. The spirit of Ubuntu in us helps us draw a distinction between desperate Afrikans who have nowhere else to go, and proud Afrikans who owe their beings to the hills and the valleys, the mountains and the glades, as well as the richness of the Afrikan history.

Ideally, a true Afrikan will not flee to Australia to spread exaggerated lies about the situation in South Afrika.

A true Afrikan will not peacefully enjoy unmerited privileges in Sandton while other Afrikans are suffering in Alexandra.

A true Afrikan will not lead a lavish lifestyle while the people he leads are dying in poverty.

A true Afrikan will not take her children to private schools and destroy the education of a poor Afrikan child whose parents can’t afford private education.

A true Afrikan won't cooperate with the Chinese to poach our rhinos.

So, in an era that tempts, corrupts and instantaneously turns those who are politically connected into millionaires (often at the expense of the poor majority), I still believe in a true Afrikan – an Afrikan who doesn’t worship other races, but loves his people so much that other races feel threatened, and therefore call him a racist, an Afrikan devoted to the liberation of the lives and mindsets of other Afrikans.

But is there such a selfless person?

Who is a true Afrikan, after all?

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