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Published On: Sat, May 4th, 2013

Why Do Westernized Africans Think They Can Teach Us?

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May 3, 2013

Why do westernized Africans think they can teach us?

by Lekan Abayomi

NewsRescue- Why do westernized Africans think they have the liberty to insult Africans to European audiences?

Laying out “pathetic” stories from an Africa they do not know, to give an idea of helplessness and need for pity from these audiences?

I listened to Patrick Awuah who had an obvious free advertisement in form of an article published on CNN, May 1st, describing him as a so called millionaire, who had decided to exit Microsoft to go to Africa to “train African leaders.”

What gives him the audacity to think he can train African leaders? Training in the United States? Experience working for western fortune 500 companies?

What irritated me the most listening to his speech is when Patrick described the need to “enlighten” African leaders. Enlighten? Is a lack of enlightenment the problem of African leaders? What does this “enlighten,” mean, “Illuminate?”

Does he not see the need to train African commoners? Why is he heading for the leaders? Do leaders make a society or does the society determine its leadership? Do leaders not emerge from commoners? When leaders are of a different strain than commoners, is this not colonization?

Patrick Awuah

Patrick Awuah

Is Patrick in Africa to implant a colonial mind in our new leaders to continue the Royal Niger company colonialist bargain of “development tied to European receipt of more than half of proceeds?”

After all, no one does not know of what one of their “western enlightened” peers, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf did to Liberia, sealing 100-year binding sellout resource deals with America, after to the worlds astonishment, we Africans solved their crises and restored democracy with our ECOMOG force.

Patrick gave a sentimental story about some friend of his in surgery and the power went off allegedly and there was not even a candle, lantern or flash light to continue the surgery. Going on to describe it as being pitch black in the OR with the patient crying from lack of anesthesia? Really?

How about these people come straight with their agenda and mission to Africa, to contribute a new level of cultural colonization, from top down.

A similar speech I heard, again on another of the same TED talks episode by a popular Nigerian writer, Chimamanda Adichie, went on the same line.

Her speech, titled, “Why we all need to be feminists.” was delivered with Chimamanda dressed in a African top and a body clutching, all curve revealing pant. She definitely set out to illustrate what she wishes African new feminists wear to formal gatherings.

Chimamanda likewise gave some pathetic stories of experiences in her supposed past, to create a “aaaw,” pity reaction in her western audience.

Her dressing was no accident, the African garb upon body revealing pants. None of her white audience wore such pants to the meeting. No, it’s not formal, it’s not worn by them themselves in professional or semi-formal settings.

The typical white wife is not a feminist. She has traditional culture, she respects and values her husband. It’s the worst of the west that these people decide to bring home. To “teach,” us. Feminism is not the solution to male chauvinism. Of course not. Just as “Black racism,” if such could exist is not the answer to racism.

If Chimamanda is interested in not having men helping her open the door, carry her heavy bag… if she no longer wants ladies nights, and ladies first, and men picking the tab, let this be her choice and hers alone. In Africa, we believe women are the delicate species, the emotional species and we have decided to keep it that way. If our system did not work, the white man would have met no Africa to steal technology from and cart away slaves to build his societies.

Truth is, it is only the likes of Oprah Winfrey, the ambassador of this disorder to minorities, whose “man,” was her dog and “pet” was her man, who push the radical feminist agenda. Little surprise her old age had her set up a girls school in Africa as some sort of “family.”

So my question is, why are these people trying to export the worst from the western world to Africa?

How about bringing in what we need and not what they think they want to donate to us?

How about they first come to Africa and learn what we are about again, before they make these decisions to change and “transform,” us as Patrick put it.

Is enlightenment our problem in Africa?

Is enlightenment the reason why SAP and IMF policies create an environment of unfair trade which destroys our ability to become competitive, self sufficient and develop our industry?

Is enlightenment the reason why African and black Caribbean countries have paid the north(western nations) three times over, what we borrowed from them in IMF loans as exorbitant interest?

As French President Francois Mitterand put it in 1994:

‘Despite the considerable sums spent on bilateral and multilateral aid, the flow of capital from Africa toward the industrial countries is greater than the flow of capital from the industrial countries to the developing countries’ (see Touissaint and Comanne 1995: 10-12).

Is a lack of enlightenment the reason why western nations smuggle and sell and supply so many small arms to gangs in Africa, which are then responsible for 90% of our violence related deaths?

Was it a lack of enlightenment that enabled our best and brightest leaders, the likes of Thomos Sankara to be assassinated by suspected western organized plots?

Do we not know that western governments have just as much corruption as African have, the only difference being the western historic and continuous exploitation of African and Middle Eastern man power and resource including the new unbelievable “carbon-credits,” and brains to keep their finances up?

If we had forgotten, the recent confession by all major media, that the bloody western war against Iraq was a “war on false pretext simply for oil, big oil,” reminded us of how the western countries re-fill their economies and corrupt officials’ companies pockets by invading other “less enlightened,” nations.

My advise to all these westernized Africans is,- either come to Africa and learn who we are and what we go through, with the mind to learn from us and work with us as equal Africans, or stay where you are and deal with your social challenges, which include some of the highest rates of teen pregnancy, gun-related and adolescent violence, HIV, wealth disparity to mention a few.

Chimamanda in particular, I will advise you focus on the leading cause of death for African American women between the ages of 25-34, hopefully you know what that is. That is a worthwhile “feminist,” cause for you.

But please do not give lectures with the illusion that you are able and capable of telling us what we need to do, and do not come to Africa to “enlighten our leaders.”

Comments

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  • truthbetold

    Well written!

  • Tuffman

    Succinctly put, graphically hitting the bull’s eye.

  • Ojams

    I see. So we don’t have a problem with electricity anymore? We have constant electricity now, and to boot, we have well run public hospitals and other essential institutions galore, not to mention street lights on most roads which of course are well maintained and therefore devoid of potholes and ditches. We have running water to most homes, and our schools colleges and universities are pristine and in the top 500 universities in the world, never mind our Police Training Colleges which are totally fit for human habitation or would that be ‘animal’ habitation? Oh, we have fantastic security, limited armed robbery, hardly any ritual killings, great roads and infrastructure generally. We wouldn’t need any IMF or whatever, if our Leaders were adept, nationalistic and incorruptible, nay, we wouldn’t need AID nor depend to a large extent on remittances from overseas for our survival (if we’re lucky to have someone overseas, that is.) Of course our Leaders need enlightenment! Of course those of us in the diaspora can provide much needed expertise and skills, and of course we have the right to say it as it is, and the fact is that ‘it’ stinks! Do not assume we haven’t been there or continue to go regularly. And so, in conclusion the fact is that ‘westernised Africans’ can teach you………..a lot!!

  • Michael

    What I see here is a blatant arrogance and embarrassing ignorance displayed the writer. First, if you do not have something, you cannot give it. These guys (some of them actually) are contributors to ‘what works’ in these western countries. Take Canada for instance, I cannot count how many Nigerians are in the tax sector, health sector, energy sector and most importantly, engineering sector. They are part of the builders, on whose intelligence the country rests.

    Now, when these guys decide to transfer the knowledge back home to help in the development of their country, people like Abayomi the critic discourage them. You are definitely part of the problem; unfortunately, you aint part of the solution. Have you ever wondered why electricity isnt working in Nigeria in spite of the abundance of power generating and disrtibuting potentials? Do we have an effective tax system in Nigeria? Why is there somuch unchecked corruption, money looting and laundering in Nigeria? Because you are opportuned to live in either Lagos, Abuja or PH, you think there isnt poverty in Nigeria? Have you gone to live in Gboko (Benue), Bama (Borno), Potiskum (Bauchi) to know exactly what poverty means?

    These guys want to contribute to Africa. Enlightening the leaders does not necessarily mean ‘enlightening the present crop of corrupt leaders since one cannot learn to be left-handed in the old age. It means ‘enlightening’ the future leaders since one can catch them young. Be a part of the solution bro, not the problem.

    • doctor007

      To power countries with populations as large as Nigeria, you need Nuclear power systems. USA with 2xs Nigeria’s population depends on over 30 Nuclear power stations to yield enough electricity. U just cant make enough power without such systems. Iran promised to cooperate with Nigeria to build nuclear power plants for us. Do you think his western educators will allow us get such nuclear power plants that can make us have enough energy for Nigerians?

  • Adetolu Adeniran

    whoever wrote this article is so ignorant!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/TMAfricaonline TMAfrica

    i love this writer!

  • Udo-obong

    As hard as Lekan Abayomi ‘sounds’ and as much as I respect the achievements of the likes of positive ‘westernised Africans’ like Chimanda Adichie Ngozi are doing in promoting a good name for Nigerians in diaspora..I agree FULLY with Lekan’s thoughts. We educated Africans within the continent should ‘check’ this negative incursions into our mindspace to save our unborn generation. I once watched an interview with Chimanda on youtube recently and marvelled at her views on gays and how such an African is slowly accepting that ‘irregularity’ in the natural human character as a ‘normal’ behaviour not one that need both(or either) spiritual and/or psychological help….

  • Nii Mantse

    After reading this article, I felt the level of ignorance and lack of intellect did not warrant a comment but here goes. I agree with you on the fact that we as Africans must not blindly accept and assimilate aspects of Western culture into ours. That said, we must recognize what works for them and how these elements can be molded to suit the context we exist in.

    Patrick Awuah is one such person who has recognized what works and has set the ball rolling in implementing the ideas into an educational system which has a crappy foundation. Yes, crappy. I have schooled in Nigeria and I’m a proud student of Ashesi University and I feel I have enough experiences with the systems to call them crappy.

    What do you think educating “African leaders” means? This is where you display your biggest ignorance on the subject—–> “Does he not see the need to train African commoners? Why is he heading for the leaders? Do leaders make a society or does the society determine its leadership?” Who makes up the society? And can’t the society be its own leadership? Patrick’s idea of leadership is not limited to ruling the country in authoritarian capacities but being ethical and responsible for the little actions you make in your everyday life. That’s what the training is. And it is such that with this training, you are equipped with a social awareness that gives you the impulse to make life better for everyone around you.

    My friend, educating people to be responsible for themselves and the people around them is not colonialism. Leaders on the African continent are exploiting the people they were meant to serve. That’s colonialism. I think I’ve said enough. If you have a better solution to the numerous problems on the African continent, please start implementing them. And stop criticizing those who are being proactive and making a conscious effort. Thank you.

    • http://twitter.com/blaqboy_mcking ♕Flt.Lt. mcKïñg™♕

      i support Nii Mantse on this case!!!!

    • Enlightened African

      Dear Nii,

      So is this his mission? Is this what “enlighten,” us means? Do you really believe that it is in university that you make a so-called impact by ‘enlightening our leaders?’ Do you really believe in your heart, that Africa’s problems are because we do not know that we need to be “responsible for ourselves and those around us?” I am happy he set up a great school for you, but he should never ever again insult us as Leopold did, when he initiated the IAA to come and ‘enlighten’, the ‘dark continent.’ We have greed, we have corruption, we are being robbed by the colonialists, but WE ARE ENLIGHTENED.

      I have projects I run in the community that deliver the real, empowering solutions to the root of the crises. One such issue is the eradication of colonial ‘enlightening,’ vestiges in our school books. The white man did not discover Africa. He did not discover river Niger, as we are being ‘enlightened’ in our school books, with enlightenment that makes us not believe in ourselves and self determine, but makes us wait for solutions from abroad.

      We are just 50 years old, and we are doing fine for our youth. Where was America when it was 50? Wild, wild west? What we need is time to restore our mischievous, rapid amalgamations and rediscover our sense of self identity. Not anymore European ‘enlightenment.’

      • Nii Mantse

        Congratulations on contributing your quota to Africa’s development. In my opinion, influencing the lives of the people who will be key decision makers off the bat of university is a good step to take. It might not be the best, but it’s an effort in the right direction.

        What was the state of the rest of the world when the US was 50? I’m not well read in history but I don’t think we should be satisfied with how far we’ve come after 50 years because of the assumption that the US wasn’t better off at the same age. This is the kind of mediocre ideology that leads us to sit on our backsides and watch with arms folded as our ‘Leaders’ continue to spew whatever dirt that suits them. I think the whole world has come a long way for us not to draw from the rich experiences of others for fear of neo-colonialism. Look at the UAE. Look at China. My God!!!! Can’t you see that learning from others and using it to your advantage can do you so much good. What has worked for us as Africans so far? The Mugabes? The Obasanjos? What? I haven’t watched the interview you are referring to and I cannot make statements here based on what Patrick may or may not have said. Maybe he insulted us as Africans. Maybe he didn’t. But what aspects of what he said are you as a fiduciary leader of your local community willing to learn from and use? Focus on that. And leave this white culture versus black culture assimilation business alone. We are dying as Africans, with senseless leaders who don’t care about us. If learning to be responsible for the person who sits with me in the bus, passes by me on the zebra crossing, sells me roasted plantain and goundnut, is what Patrick is proposing, HELL YEAH I’m up for it. I will teach it to the people around me and my children and their children. By this securing that foundation of the next generation of African leaders.

        • doctor007

          Keeping discussion in context:

          en·light·en

          /enˈlītn/Verb

          Give (someone) greater knowledge and understanding about a subject or situation.

          Give (someone) spiritual knowledge or insight.

        • doctor007

          Dear Nii Mantse,

          I am interested in knowing what you will say are Africa’s first five major problems?

          • Nii Mantse

            Honestly, it is difficult to rank Africa’s problems in any order because they are not mutually exclusive. That said, I think the foundation for our problems as Africans is our mindset. This conversation wouldn’t be happening if we were in a better economic position because Abayomi wouldn’t feel this much inferior to the west. Mindset of our leaders to fill their pockets without care for we as their followers. Mindset of you and I to refuse locally produce goods, some of which are of higher quality than the foreign goods we clamor for. That is our problem. Education is the solution to that problem. In addition to our literacy and numeracy based educational systems, educating the people on issues of ethics, responsibility, fiduciary leadership and the essence of pursuing the betterment of one’s society and the people in it. These are the things we should be taught in school.

            This discussion could go on and on but I believe I’ve made my point clear. Now, you can take what I’ve said here, modify it to suit your personal cause or do something totally different. However, please make sure that in all you do, you are not just focusing on what you stand to gain as an individual but what you will be contributing to your people as well.

    • ojegedeguduobaigbaja

      This is a good read:

      COLONIAL MENTALITY!

      By Hilary Odion Evbayiro

      Thursday, March 4, 2010.

      People
      have always referred to Africa as the “dark” continent. Whatever that
      means, it is true that Africans, especially our leaders and some of the
      educated ones, are every bit culpable for the mindless denigration and
      put down of our culture. From slavery, man’s unparalleled evil against
      man, to the ineffable denunciation of the African culture today, it is
      evident that we are responsible, in no small measure, for the
      persecution of Africa and our culture. As unthinkable as it sounds, it
      is quite palpable, and tragically so, that some of us are inured by our
      western education to view our customs and traditions as barbaric.

      Without
      any doubt, the western education has influenced and programmed us into
      embracing the cultural elements, whether good or bad, of the west that
      we have imbibed through the indoctrinating study of the western
      civilization, history, astronomy, anthropology, philosophy, medicine,
      etc.

      Considering
      the overwhelming frenzy with which we seek the western ways of life
      while jettisoning our own, one wonders whether the white people’s
      ability to prevail over us when they first entered Africa was the result
      of their ingenuity or our congenital naiveté and unwholesome appetence
      for exotic things. Right from the unwelcome advent of the white people
      into Africa , we have been victims of the west’s conspiracy and
      brainwashing. We were taught and bamboozled into thinking of everything
      indigenous to us as inferior and to admire those things that come from
      the white people.

      Sadly
      enough, we still do this by our actions and deeds till this very day.
      As disheartening as it is, it is unbearably devastating to even think
      that we like to deprecate and spurn some of our highly cherished customs
      and traditions in the name of civilization, which some of our
      supposedly educated people have pitifully equated to technological
      advancement.

      It
      is incontrovertible that our culture has been on the receiving end of
      contempt and irreverence of the world. For many years, we have absorbed
      the tormenting humiliations in the hands of the west with uncomforting
      stoicism. How long are we going to endure, remain mute, and accept
      whatever they throw at us? How long are we going to remain placid and
      taciturn in the wake and face of these riotous provocations? Is it not
      time we open our eyes and put a halt to the west’s inordinate claim to
      intellectual and cultural supremacy? Is it not time we start prodding
      every right-thinking and conscientious African into thinking and
      fashioning ways to liberate our people from cultural captivity in the
      hands of the west?

      While
      the objective here is not to provide an exhaustive account on any
      particular aspect of our culture that has been beleaguered and decried
      by the overly prejudiced west, it is however to sound a wakening gong,
      with the hope of reverberating what is already known to most people,
      anent the west’s influence in the pernicious degradation of Africa and
      our culture.

      We
      cannot detach ourselves from our root just to be considered educated or
      civilized. Our culture is not inferior, and our customs and traditions
      are not about evil or cruelty. They are not about “voodoo” or whatever
      the west thinks of “black magic.” They are about mankind and the natural
      order of things. The only reason we think our culture is backward is
      because we have been duped into believing that they are primitive. Our
      major handicap is that we think we have all the answers to our
      difficulties with our western education and technology, rather than
      finding indigenous solutions to the many problems besetting us.

      Most
      of us cannot accept the bitter truth that we lack the cultured
      understanding of what we are as a people, yet we always want to decry
      the culture that we know little or nothing about. Many of us command
      advanced knowledge of the other people in the world, their history, and
      culture but do not know anything about our indigenous ways of life. How
      can we continue to downgrade our own culture when we do not know
      anything about it in the first place?

      In
      view of our wonted proclivity to scorn our culture after acquiring the
      western education, it will not be a discourtesy toward any educated
      African to query whether the education we acquired is to enrich our
      thinking or to make us think that we are nigher to being western. In
      fact, most of us have forgotten who we are because we are lost in the
      pages of textbooks and confused by the various teachings and knowledge
      of the foreign culture that we have imbibed through the mindless
      indoctrination of the western education. It is no surprise that some of
      our educated lots see themselves as being closer to the whites in the
      dubious hierarchy of human and intellectual superiority.

      Truly,
      to be educated in the western way is good. The science, medicine,
      technology, and the rest are astounding. It is one thing to be educated
      in the western way and still know what one is and where one is from, but
      it is another to acquire the western education and completely forget
      about the essence and totality of the behavior patterns and belief
      systems of our forefathers. The later, sans any doubt, is a deceitful
      kind of education. It is a shame, and will continue to be so for many
      years, that we have not been able to put our much-professed and
      celebrated western education into practical use for the benefit of our
      people. All we know how to do is to partake in the sadistic revelry and
      senseless assault on our very own culture and ways of life.

      There
      is nothing wrong about knowing and appreciating how we do things
      indigenously, rather than committing our culture to the abyss of
      wretched obsoletism. I agonized for days and, as a matter of fact, am
      still agonizing in a sense, after reading Nigerian Tony Momoh’s
      scintillating piece, “21st century Africa,” in which he wrote that “we
      have been told about our inferiority, about God’s order that we should
      fetch water and hew wood for mankind.” The western education has all
      along been anti-African culture. The education we acquired imbued in us
      the intractable penchant to venerate those things that are western,
      while causing us to detest the ways of life of our forefathers. This is
      exactly what our western education has done to us. In short, our western
      education is so tendentious that it makes us to regard our culture with
      condescending attitude.

      How
      valuable is our western education in terms of maintaining our cultural
      balance and harmony with our past? Of what worth is the education that
      does not tell us anything about who we are? Of what value is the
      education that tries to transform us into what we are not and can never
      become? Of what value is the education that distorts our past and tends
      to truncate our future? Of what value is the education that forbids us
      from knowing how to do things the way our fathers did? Of what value is
      the education that condemns us to the meanest rung in the dubious
      hierarchy of human and intellectual superiority?

      Our
      education and sojourning in the west are only good and meaningful as
      long as they do not cause us to forget and abandon our ways of life. Our
      education and sojourning in the west are only good as long as they do
      not make us to commit our culture and traditions into abject
      irrelevance. Our education and sojourning in the west are only good as
      long as they do not make us to start legislating against certain parts
      or elements of our heritage. Our education and sojourning in the west
      are only good as long as they make us to cherish our customs and
      traditions. Our education and sojourning in the west are only good as
      long as they make us to respect and appreciate our own culture.

      As
      Potter Ajayi rightly put it in his essay, “Reflection of a people,”
      (NigerianGuardian, August 20 or 21, 2001), “we have a very rich and
      vibrant culture, and our forefathers attached great importance to our
      culture for us to see them degenerate to nothing now.” There is no
      refuting the fact that we are a generation of people who have been
      indoctrinated against the cultural values of our forefathers. We have
      completely giving up our cultural life style, which reflects the true
      ideas and philosophy of the African life.

      Today,
      we want to live the life and world of other people, abandoning the
      overall essence of what our concept of life and living are and what they
      are supposed to be. We now want to see ourselves in likeness of aliens
      who do not value us more than they value the laboratory monkeys and the
      other intelligent apes.

      We
      must not divorce ourselves from our culture and ways of life just
      because we are enchanted by the western democracy, which is not exactly
      democratic by every measure of it. While we can enrich our culture and
      society with those elements of the western culture that are not
      anti-Africa, we must not allow our over distended fascination with the
      western life style to continue to enslave us. We need to be the true
      Africans that we are. We must free ourselves from the detestable
      cultural domination and subjugation of the west. We must not only be
      free physically, but also mentally and culturally.

      To
      be free, we must first of all untangle ourselves from all forms of
      cultural fetters inhibiting us. It is then, and then only, can we
      totally begin to think of ways to liberate ourselves from the subtle
      cultural imperialism. If we know what we are and believe in what we are,
      maybe, we will better able to solve our problems. We must eschew
      feigning to be what we are not and can never become. We cannot and will
      never be westerners. To think or believe otherwise is to engage in
      nurturing self-delusion of a moronic grandeur.

      We
      cannot continue to copy and transplant the western culture into our
      system, thereby neglecting our own culture. We need something
      indigenous. Those who make our laws and formulate our economic and
      education policies ought to know that they have to be tailored to our
      indigenous needs. We want economic and education strategies and policies
      that can help transform our society and culture for effective growth
      and development, and not the ones that will make us more subservient and
      powerless. We want economic and education strategies and policies that
      will propel our overall development and social well-being, and not the
      ones that will continue to commit our customs and traditions into utter
      neglect and desuetude.

      It
      is very sad, and detrimentally so, that we have continued to run from
      what we are. How far are we going to run? When are we going to become
      the white that we desperately want to become? Let’s put it plain and
      simple – we can neither become Europeans nor Americans, no matter how
      hard we may try. We are Africans and should strive to remain what we
      are. That is the bottom line. With globalization advancingly consuming
      the world, Africa and its people might lose out in the global scheme of
      things if we do not, as a matter of profound exigency, start to embrace
      our culture and use to our advantage in the global market. It is
      irrefutably true that we are endowed with vast richness and
      heterogeneity in our cultural make-up, but how can we cash in on it and
      use it to our advantage if we continue to long for the boisterously
      lousy life style of the west?

      Our
      culture is the product of our human creativity, imaginative
      contrivance, and overall concept of life and the living God. It is
      uniquely and endemically ours and should be our enthrallment. We cannot
      engage in acts that denigrate our ways of life and expect other people
      to treat us with respect. Our crippling lack of understanding of who we
      are, our culture, and history is indisputably responsible for the
      turmoil and social quandary besetting us in Nigeria and in most of the
      other African countries today. To boot, it is the same reason our
      various ethnic groups have not been able to live together in peace and
      harmony.

      While
      it is necessary to sue for peace and accept people of different
      cultures, it is necessary to realize that the time has come for us to go
      back to our root. We must not continue to see ourselves in the image
      and shadows of Americans and Europeans. Our focus and concern should be
      how we can liberate our minds from the manacles of cultural captivity
      and mental slavery, which have become the west’s new puissant weapons of
      control and colonialism against the African people.

      It
      is wrong, and perhaps treacherously so, for anyone to attempt to judge
      our culture by the western standards. We stand to gain to know more
      about the ways and life of our forefathers. We stand to gain to
      understand, protect, and preserve our culture. Considering what is
      happening to us, which is further aggravated by our demented yen for the
      western materials, it will be quite apodictic to assert that African
      culture, if serious care is not taken, is faced with an impending future
      disaster, the consequence of which will be very bad for us and our
      posterity. Impending

      In
      peroration, we, African people, need to understand that our culture is
      not inferior. As we have come to realize, there are certain parts of our
      culture and practices that we must re-evaluate and consequently modify.
      However, such cultural re-evaluation and ultimate modification, if at
      all necessary, should not imbue in us any unrestrained impudence to
      always condemn what is inherently ours, while unblushingly accepting
      every known aspect of the undisciplined western culture.

      There
      are many ways our system and society can be made better by upgrading
      our cultural heritage, but prescribing a change by engaging in cultural
      transplantation, which is distantly at variance with the cultural
      designs of our forefathers, is certainly not the right way to go. We
      cannot sheepishly follow and adhere to a one-sided way of thinking that
      was carefully crafted to subjugate us.

      For
      more than forty years since we attain independence in Nigeria, we still
      buy into and relish delight in the cultural imperialism against which
      we must prosecute our complete freedom. We cannot afford further loss of
      our identities. We must protect and preserve our culture. Otherwise,
      our ways of life and the overall essence of what makes us inherently
      unique are at the brink of permanent obliteration.

      Hilary Odion Evbayiro is a Nigerian writer and commentator based in the United States.
      http://www.thenewblackmagazine.com/view.aspx?index=2254

  • http://twitter.com/blaqboy_mcking ♕Flt.Lt. mcKïñg™♕

    Your points are pretty clear… just filled with some strong words i think you misused. It is true that Patrick and Chimamanda might have another view of how Africa could turn out, but don’t forget certain Leaders in our past also used ideas from western culture to bring the democratic benefits you have today to release such information. i used the word “Leader” signifying a person in position, but commoners are also leaders (different from before) because they make decisions which collectively can change the area or society in which we live in.

    Africa needs a different approach in problem solving; i know Ghana does. But attacking people who are trying does not solve the issue. Trying different approaches while holding culture in mind will surely help reorganize and develop this continent.

    • Enlightened African

      I am sorry, I have not felt as offended as I did the minute Patrick introduced his speech with the first words – they need enlightenment. This article does not nearly use strong enough words against such insult. Technology, maybe, infrastructure, sure, education, definitely, but enlightenment? From the white man? That is straight insulting. Forgive me for saying, who enlightened the white man on the need to bath daily? On the need to take a dump in the toilet in private and not in public? Where is the home of civilization? Enlightenment is a very sensitive word. A spiritual word and it is the last thing we need to hear from a western agent at this hour when we are struggling to restore a sense of self. Patrick should come and sit down, one on one with me in public and we will test our minds on the problems of Africa and America and the methods to address them. He can teach IT in his school, but his teaching ‘enlightenment’, is not only ineffective, but potentially dangerous and mischievous. So many of Africa’s leaders lived and studied abroad and got 100% ‘enlightenment,’ and when they came home and were elected into office, what happened to all that? Democracy you mentioned….do you not see it does not work in Africa? Do you not see it at the root of the problems in Ghana and Nigeria? Do you not know that highly ethnicized societies are destroyed by democracy, regardless of its best utility? Thanks for it, but look at Nigeria today and tell me if democracy is so great for it.

  • AMA

    LOLOL THIS IS THE WORST ARTICLE I HAVE EVER READ IN MY ENTIRE LIFE.
    *Also in ‘Africa’, women are fucking independent. Shut up with your misogynistic views.

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