Yahaya Ayodeji Awal
One is not overwhelmed by the agitation arising from a statement credited to the United State,US, President, Donald Trump when he said: “Africans are good in nothing else but making noise, dancing, marrying many wives, alcoholism, witchcraft, indulging in illegal sex, pretending in mosque and churches, jealousy, fighting and complaining of bad leadership, but yet refuse to take a decisive action to protest and remove the brigand from position of power”.
Sadly, one can say that Trump is very right and his claims are very correct without an atom of illusion in every bit of his view on qualifications of Africans. I can boldly say Africans are so maverick, individually and in generality. I am not here to back up Donald Trump with the sense of animosity he might be harbouring but he’s very right in every bit of his bitter qualifications about African.
As an African and any other citizen of the great continent, I will not agree with him that: “A black man is a symbol of poverty, mental inferiority, laziness and emotional incompetence,” My reason is that Africans are not in any sense lazy. Africans are strong, mentally and emotionally but the only negating factor that has to be curbed for us to win the belief of other continents about us as Africans is the sense of animosity hatred, begrudging and enmity created among the racists in Africa.
My reason for crying out loud is the similitude of qualifying Africans with monkeys looking for already ripen banana all over the world and emphasis about Africans, which is a very heartbreaking that: “African don’t know what they want, Africans kills Africans,” a typical illustration is the xenophobic attack of south Africa against Nigerians. This is not in reality does not depict the kind of Nation and people that we are?
Corruption is a big abomination even though corruption is not a dog peculiar to a single land but the whole of the human race and it is so huge a challenge in Africa such that truly, it is now slowly becoming an acceptable way of life, a saddening dimension.
It’s high time Africans wake up from it’s dormancy and long-time slumber, that it’s being blindfolded in the name of religion. Religion is truely being spiritually sincere and modest, but as Africans are we truly living in sincerity and modesty?
If I should answer, I will say “No” because ” African Sing and rejoice to their corrupt political leaders, they worship their scandal-ridden religious leaders like their god, praising, dancing and playing for the people that have impoverished them, and who goes to hide their loot in the east.” This prompted me to a quote from Muhammad Alli about our arrogation and undue assumption about our religiosity. He said: “I have been to the west, I found Islam but no Muslims, and I have been to the east I found Muslims but not Islam.”
How is this quoted fact applicable? It is, of course, applicable in this sense of happenings about Africa, Africa proves to be religious but in the reality Africans are just under the canopy of pretext, Islam or any other acclaimed religion preaches unity, love and brotherhood for us to be assumed religious we have to be united, love one another with the highest degree of clemency and compassion, rather in Africa individual racists are heartless and wicked to their own brother, so where is the way out and way forward?
A serious question that requires a critical answer asked by Trump: “Are our eyes created the same with those Africans “? I will unequivocally say Yes! but how do we prove this assertion wrong when the colonizers who are majorly from the east turn us beggars and slaves and not ending there. It goes to the extent of vituperating, calumniating and defaming us in an abusive manner like; “Africans or Black man looks a beggar, fall sick as a beggar and dies a beggar.” I am lamenting this fact it has been proven beyond alteration and who as an African can prove it wrong.
No one can detest the fact that America is a fertile ground for all disease in the world because HIV/AIDS hail from there but how do we want to avert the point that Africans are in America and Americans are in Africa?
For my own beloved continent “Africa” I am inclined to shed tears for not being that alone the lachrymose must be felt and told to the universe that “African cried for Independence but have failed to rule themselves.”
How do we disagree that Africa has become an untreatable disease that even prayers are not enough to cure?
Most painful and tragic fact about Africans and Nigerians is precisely that as the giant of Africa if you dare to stand up and speak up for what is right, you may end up regretting.
For the tears In my eyes and the pains in my heart, I found nobody worthy of blame, not the government nor the citizen of any country but rather the fault of individuals, I repeat, all of us as Individuals are to blame!.
Every individual must be modest sincere and be his brothers’ lover, and being united and detest racism sense of been biased and prejudice till then we can uplift our standard Abd rise up as Africans and the best in the globe.
Yahaya Ayodeji Awal is a concerned African