A CONTINENT BETWEEN THE CRUXES OF FREEDOM AND RESPONSIBILITY
A CONTINENT BETWEEN THE CRUXES OF FREEDOM AND RESPONSIBILITY
You are African, American, Asian, and or European. The reality that Africans accepted the word “black” is abnormal. Man is man, from east to west, from south to north; the complexion is a function of geographical location and not a definition. From time immemorial, Africans never called themselves black, they saw themselves as humans, but the advent of the exploration of the western world to African nations brought about a nickname and an appellation to our forefathers who were reduced to nothing but commodities rather than creatures like them. The advent of the appellation was brought about with systematic oppression of African potential and eradicating human dignity and self-worth. It reduced them to products rather than recognizing them as persons. The psychological effects of the appellation and everything the name implies both by definition and overall meaning of the word “Black” post-colonization have been with us almost eternally. I know even fellow Africans will read this with contempt; he may even begin to say: …read more
The business of selling slaves became lucrative, and the chiefs were tempted to use all sorts of pretexts to sell more and more of their hapless subjects. Foreigners and poor travelers not on their guard were liable to be surprised and carried off into slavery. When the local supply source ran out, the chiefs and men who had acquired the taste for European goods in exchange for slaves would naturally log farther afield for the supply of slaves. As the demand for slaves increased …read more
In the world of sports, research, innovation, science, art, music, and technology, there is no gainsaying that Africans have talented men who can shock the world, change the narratives and set new records than ever produced. The ‘man know man’ system is killing every sector in the land, merits have been relegated, and relationship syndrome has taken over. This has thus taken away with it our sanity and imbued insanity into our clime. There is no doubt that it has also come with many disadvantages to the land, one of which is …read more
Beyond the difficult economic conditions faced by the continent, the greatest obstacle to Africa’s development may, perhaps, lie here:
“The concepts and approaches based on which realistic development options are negotiated for Africa to the present day are not usually developed by African actors themselves and are prescribed for the most part from outside the continent.”
As the Cameroonian writer Patrice Nganang (2010) puts it, what contemporary Africa needs today in the aftermath of independence is a paradigm of autonomy that could be described as “discursive sovereignty.” …read more
China is now Africa’s biggest trade partner, with Sino-African trade topping $200 billion per year. According to McKinsey, over 10,000 Chinese-owned firms are currently operating throughout the African continent and the value of Chinese business there since 2005 amounts to more than $2 trillion, with $300 billion in investment currently on the table. China is loaning several billion to African nations that have little or no capacity to pay back such a huge amount. Analysts have warned that China is not that generous and therefore, opined that there must be more to the generosity …read more
ABOUT THE BOOK
This book plans to take readers on a transcontinental journey of bringing to the fore Africa & Africans’ reality, debunk myths & ignite our consciousness towards developing homegrown solutions that are exclusively peculiar to the Continent.
“Before God we are all equally wise – and equally foolish.”
In recent times, the quest for equality, equity and justice by everyone who has their root from Africa either by birth, through history and or through their colour of skin has increased astronomically. Several occurrences have shown that Africa and Africans are considered for the back seat at several platforms. This prejudice, intimidation and of course vilification has frustrated a lot of promising brains out of track, while some who are strong-willed continue to battle with this marginalization when they are with their counterparts from other parts of the world.
This is not so surprising to a considerable number of Africans who understands the dynamics of diplomatic and international relations. Africans should be first equal on their continent, it is only then can they push for equality in other climes. Universal equality is the way to go. You can’t treat yourselves as less human at home and expect any magic outside. Charity they say begins at Home! It thus means a lot needs to be done by Africa and Africans in order to attain the enviable heights they dream of.
Sequel to this and several other challenges that have drawn back the hands of growth and development in Africa, the author strongly believes that; “there is only one race; that is the Human race. It only on continents do we differ from coast to coast. Either in colour, tongue and tribe the variations are mere products of geographical location.” Hence, through this book we plan to take the readers on a transcontinental journey of bringing to the fore Africa & Africans reality, debunk myths and ignite our consciousness towards developing homegrown solutions that are exclusively peculiar to the continent.
…Is it a must read? I may not be able to tell. But I know the ideas therein are a must-do. Here is a brave young man who has told the truth and offered elixirs borne of deep thought.
TOPE KOLADE FASUA
ANRP Presidential Candidate 2019.
This is an instructive piece that espouses our continental history and relationships with the western world to raise the consciousness of our leaders and citizens to the dangers ahead. Written by a young mind and an emerging leader, the hope for Africa to rule the world at some point is bright. The book is a must read for everyone.
Team Lead, Governance, Peace & Security, UNDP, Nigeria.
This book is a well-stuctured, thought-provoking and well-articulated compilation of a new way of doing things that will be handy for leaders, youth, policy makers and the agents of change in Africa and elsewhere.
DR. SEGUN OBADIRE
Ag. Director, International Relations
University of Venda, South Africa
I hope this book would be a beacon of hope to the brains who are dropping their dreams and lofty vision to settle for morsels on the other side of the Atlantic; and show them the path to owning their vision and changing the narratives of our dear continent.
UK based Nigerian,
Leadership & Public Affairs Analyst
Bolarinwa strikes me as a young man with a profound message to deliver to African people and their leaders.
SMOLETTE ADETOYESE SHITTU-ALAMU
Career Broadcaster, Author and Public Affairs Analyst.
It is my hope that this book challenges us to look within and own our vision and run with it thereby rewriting our own story and changing the narratives written by the rest of the world for us against us….
Journalist, Writer & Activist
….a very readable book on the age-long conflict of the role of Africa in the World Order and the internal and external contradictions emasculating and keeping it from taking its rightful place globally. The most dominant take-away for me in the book is that what Africa desperately needs are strong institutions, and not strong men.
Seasoned Journalist & Senior Manager, External Relations MTN
MEET THE AUTHOR
Born over 3 decades ago, Bolarinwa Olabode is a potential leader of the Pan-African Continent with the vision to foster peace and prosperity. He is a content developer, a social commentator and a writer who specializes in connecting the heart of the reader with facts and ideas in form of fiction, non-fiction, …read more.