Feb. 22, 2014
By David Gambo
“Africa I have long being away from you, wondering like a Fulani cow…I feel the warm of your arms…the Tomtom of revolution beats in our hearts…” A quote from ‘Freetown’ a poem by Sly Cheney Coker. “Things fall apart, the centre can not hold” is a popular quote even among the illiterates in Africa especially Nigeria. Achebe, Coker, Soyinka and a host of others were and are great African writers with Africa in view. Virtually all of them receives Western education abroad and some stayed back to serve foreign masters but they never for onece despise or forget their origin. All their writings were either based on the fight for freedom from colonialism or on the essence of the african culture. They exported African traditions to the white-man land and imported as well whiteman values but compromised not their native standards.
Why am i saying this? It is disheartening that opportunist African West based writer–Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie is deviating from well established culture of African writers by allying with the West in the evil quest of One World Order under American tutelage. Well, before you wonder why this accusation on a vivacious Nigerian intellect, let me tell you her crime and how she lied. Her latest article titled “‘Why can’t he just be like everyone else?’ is a brilliant and conscious deviation from African reality concerning homosexuality.
The article is her first open opinion on the Anti-gay Law by Nigerian Government. She holds contrary view to this law because of the Western ideology of democracy. Her words: “The new law that criminalizes homosexuality is popular among Nigerians. But it shows a failure of our democracy, because the mark of a true democracy is not in the rule of its majority but in the protection of its minority”, but I posit: democracy is also well known for ‘majority rule’, government of the people, for the people, and by the people. Based on this therefore, the law is valid because it is the voice of Nigerians. After all, if democratic laws are basically to protect minority interests then armed robbers, 419, yahoo yahoo etc, that constitutes the minority in the society should be protected by the law. But they can’t be protected because they are evil, and so also homosexuality is evil. African democracy is different from Western democracy, we can’t allow social vices to impede our moral values in the name of true democracy. We had our system before the imperialist and colonial domination of our land by white masters. This is all but neo-colonialism, and Adichie is one of those propagandised African writers trying to be popular in the Western world by spreading their evil ideologies. Hey common, we are wiser now, not every pen can write, so not every brilliant write-up can convince.
On the other note, she made claims to criminality of the act. She wrote: “A crime is a crime for a reason. A crime has victims. A crime harms society. On what basis is homosexuality a crime? Homosexuality is a crime on the basis of social and ethical values. West is West, Africa is Africa. We are two different people with different identity, norms, cultures and values. Is a standing norms in Africa that man lust after and marries woman and vice-versa. So the 21st century quest by ‘evil doers’ from the Western World to idolised the world is a crime against nature and against Africans/Nigerians.
Furthermore, she assert: “Many Nigerians support the law because they believe the Bible condemns homosexuality. The Bible, for example, also condemns fornication and adultery and divorce, but they are not crimes.” Yes! The Holy Books condemns homosexuality, adultery, fornication and divorce. But the latter three vices are between opposite sex and not same sex individuals. Am not supporting adultery, fornication or divorce, but am saying at least they are done within natural vicious cycle unlike man to man, woman to woman disposition of Adichie. So I will say this is the flaw of the law, but not withstanding, it still serve the purpose of avoiding immoral and unethical practice in our traditioned Nigerian soil where we are already batling with many.
Also from her argument is “Some supporters of the law have asked – what is next, a marriage between a man and a dog?’ she tends to repeal this prospect of allowing gay marriages in the world. But truth is, there has being instances where a Woman got married to her dog, a man got married to his car, and a young girl trying to marry a horse. Common Adichie, what are you not saying, what are you afraid of saying, why are you afraid of saying? Well, whatever it is, it is your call. But the truth is, the future is certainly inhuman if human can now marry animal all in the name of freedom. Fuck freedom! What freedom? When Neo-colonialism thrives better and better with ‘Black Western Masters of our own’.
I need to stop here before I show my animalistic nature…lol
There are a lot to debased, but my batterey will not allow me finish the job as a result of bad power supply in the country. I guess this is what Adichie wants the Nigerian government to focus on instead of enacting irrelivant laws. Well, is Anti-gay Law really irrelivant? Answer it thoughtfully please. To end the long story, Adichie you lied by supporting homosexuality. You and I know it is your humble propaganda to be popular in the Western World because there is your fanbase. Deep inside you Adichie, you know you will not support homosexuality, so why lie to us your admirers in the ‘African Literary World? Please don’t confuse us, I am one of your dying supporters, don’t disappoint me please! It’s not too late, you can recall your standpoint, don’t allow me to assume that this is a case of misplaced priority. live and let’s live, but let’s live so we can live together.
The matter: Sochukwuma is a Nigerian and his existence is not a crime, but his action is a crime.