As much as it is true that there is no one African country that Europe still colonizes, and no more Africans are being shipped across oceans to slave on foreign soils: can we truly say we are free?

One efficient way to keep a people under your control, and make them pledge allegiance to you, is to get them to believe that they are not as intelligent, evolved, or as creative as you are; not by outrightly saying so to them, but by making them feel privileged to show you what they’ve got, and then beating them at it; either by building on what you learned from them or discovering their “thumbscrew” as Robert Greene put it in his book “48 Laws of Power”. Discovering the thumbscrew is Greene’s 33rd law of power; it simply means discovering their weakness.

Now, that’s how Africa got caught up in this ever-moving cycle of dependence that we call independence. 

There is a kind of slavery that is still inherent in Africa; it is Mental Slavery, and it is a very difficult kind of slavery to break free from. Liberty from this kind of slavery requires a paradigm shift, courage, and deliberate actions.

50 years after most African countries gained socio-political independence, the same chains, and fetters that once bound our hands and legs still bind our minds. This problem remains apparent in many areas of our lives; however, this article will focus on just one of these areas.

AFRICA’S MEASURE FOR RELEVANCE

How little we appreciate our relevance, how we hardly recognize uniqueness and outstanding success among us.

We gush over successful Africans only after they’ve been celebrated and considered exceptional in foreign lands and it is saddening. In most cases, the same persons must have worked so hard to merit a platform where they can showcase their works and be celebrated in their country,  but didn’t get the opportunity; then they find their way to foreign lands and become renowned talents. It comes as no surprise that Africans with such experience consider the white man unarguably more truthful, decent and of better judgment.

When people refuse to build themselves up to a point where they can trust their judgment, or be able to say of a truth that they still have wise men at the gates, it’s either they have intentionally or ignorantly chosen to fail, or they depend on some foreign institutions to rule and judge them better. Sadly, either of them ends in indisputable mediocrity.

If we so hated the pain and stench of slavery when it had to do with physical abuse, but have become comfortable with it now that it has to do with the mind, then we lack full understanding of the essence of the independence that our fathers fought and died for, needless to say, our victory is feigned.

In conclusion, if we are truly free, our relevance should not be measured by foreign approval. We should love and embrace our ways, we should trust our judgment; above all, clear the doubts we have of ourselves by diligently improving.

We have all it takes to be the best in all works of life. The world can learn from Africa.


Author: Olivia Ekeoyo |Writer and Social Commentator.


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