|Posted by Edonaze on May 22, 2011 at 2:01 PM|
Africa's Development And Mental Slavery
Just recently, a friend of mine was in Ghana on a visit. He has been living in Europe for sometime now, and thought it somehow appropriate to return home after all these years. He couldn't believe how Ghana had transformed, when he returned after his three weeks stay. He told
me that the country, which he left behind so many years ago is no longer there.
Everything has changed, he said. The country is moving forward. Ghana has become more like Europe, he added. I guess that the tarred transportation roads didn't escape his attention. Quite frankly, I didn't ask if whether or not he
was happy that our country was developing more and more towards the West.
Because I knew for certain that he was obviously pleased. He was full of appraisal of the previous government's exterior developments in the country. He concluded his story by telling me that Ghana has developed for sure. Former
President Kufour has done Ghana good, he said.
Strange as it may be, the majority of Africans seem to equate development to Westernization. To some Africans, the definition of progress is when an African country is in the process of trading its Africanism for all things Western.
Some confuse skyscrapers in an African country with development. The over-saturation of Western manufactured goods in our African markets are seen as progress. The many Western manufactured cars congesting our transportation roads are seen as success. In fact, most Africans wish that Africa was like
Europe, Asia or America. See, there could never be a talk of any development without the talk of creation. In other words, the process of development is directed linked to the creation of something. Simply because; one has to create
first before one could develop whatever one has created. It's simple as that.
During slavery or better yet the colonization of Africa, the African was taught to be dependent. The African was taught to rely on the White-man for almost everything. The White-man's education system miss-educated the African. The African was also taught to see himself as less, and the White-man as more. The African was brainwashed to see the White-man as God, and he the African as the devil. The African was bamboozled that God is love, and the devil must be hated upon. Therefore, with the devil labeled black by the White-man, the miss-educated African being black couldn't help but to associate himself psychologically to the devil. According to the White-man, black is dark and evil, which means that God must be good and white. See, it's commonly known and accepted that we humans love what's considered good, and hate what's considered evil.
Therefore, with the devil associated to hate and all things black by the White-man, the miss-educated African couldn't help but to see himself as evil in need of hate. Hence, his self hatred - his lack of self love. Undoubtedly,
Africans need to develop their very own. But first, Africans need to create their own in order to develop on their own even further. But the question is; what have we created thus far, which could be developed upon to serve our own
means? Because mind you; we cannot develop ourselves on the creation of the White-man. We cannot keep buying things from the White-man to develop ourselves. And we cannot develop ourselves by asking the White-man to build
this for us, or tar that road for us. In short, we cannot develop ourselves on a slave mentality. It just doesn't work like that. Development means doing things of yourself, by yourself and for yourself, or am I wrong?
I know certain people, who are naturally gifted in the art of learning any language. I also happen to know certain characters, who are just the exact opposite. The latter could migrate to a
foreign country, stay and work there for years without mastering a quarter of the spoken language over there. Anyway, I'm very sure that we would all agree that each and everyone of us has his/her own unique talent. Some of us are
linguistically more inclined than others.
Moreover, the proper or the improper mastering of a foreign language to one's own could depend on the nature of the language processing part of one's brain.
Understandably, living and working in a foreign country could require some sort of basic control of the spoken language over there. But what if one happens to be living and working in Ghana? Is the proper mastering of a foreign language a
The British introduced their language English to us, when they came to our country in search of wealth and cheap labor. Prior to that, we were
communicating with one another in our own tongue. The British managed to set up an education system, which had the British teachers teaching the subjects of their new African colony. These British teachers brought with them from Great Britain, British poetry, mathematics and things of that nature. Mind you, both the technical and scientific oriented stuff were deliberately omitted from their education package. Meaning, the citizens of the Gold coast would be taught how to read and write English. They would excel academically, but not scientifically or technically. Sure enough, it didn't take long before the citizens of the Gold coast became masters of this colonial language called
English. They have been writing, and reading this language more better than their colonial masters ever since.
Unfortunately in Ghana, the level of one's intelligence is measured upon how well one rattles this colonial language called English. A person could be an absolute illiterate in his/her own tongue. However, this same person would be considered a sheer genius if he/she happens to speak an English word or two.
The preference for this colonial language to our own has relegated our own languages, and dialects to the back seat. Our president addresses both our parliament, and the nation using the language of our former colonial masters.
And he better not mis-pronounce an English word during a speech. Otherwise he
would be called an illiterate by our so called learned men and women. Mind you,
didn't we say that we were free from colonial rule? If so; then what the heck
are we still doing with this language? Isn't time that we picked one of our
many languages, and dialects to replace the language of our former oppressors?
See, there could never be an authentic development without the process of
thought. The process of thought is the very art of thinking itself. Thinking
means having a vision, which compliments the language of one's own. And once
the language of one's own is fully mastered, communication would necessitate
the process of self-development, which ensues from the thoughtful words of
one's own language.
Like so many Ghanaians, I was raised in the Christian Faith with an understanding of a God, who sits supremely in heaven. Attending church on Sundays became
something customary. I would go to church, and pray to a blue eyes Jesus to
forgive me of my transgressions. It never quite occurred to me how foreign this
religion was-until I became a man into my own. Years later, I would come to
marvel at the sheer power of this religion, and its sway over particularly
Black people. Undoubtedly, Black people do have a very religious nature. Better
said, Black people are extremely God fearing. The mere mention of God in the
presence of Black people would get you their immediate attention. Perhaps it
must be this innate fascination for God by Black people, which has made Black
people susceptible to all kinds of deception wrought in the name of God-who or
whatever God is.
Nobody really knows either when, or where organized religion emerged. However,
what we do know is that it was created by men to spiritually hold dominion over
the souls of other men. The Christian religion was created by Caesar in ancient
Rome. See, Caesar wanted one official religion for the whole Roman empire. Mind
you, the Roman empire was home to many Religions due to the diversity of its
citizenry. You had the Jews with their Judaism, and the Africans from Egypt
worshiping their sun god called Ra. These aforementioned religions were the two
most import, and recognizable religions in Rome. Simply because; both the
Jewish, and the African citizenry in ancient Rome were extraordinary rich and
Caesar wanted absolute power for himself. Moreover, Caesar wanted to be
worshiped like a god, and every god needs a religion. He would achieve this
purpose by creating a new religion out of the already two existing main
religions in Rome. So how did Caesar go about with this plan? He concocted a
way to merge Judaism with the Egyptian religion, which celebrated the worship
of the sun to form one official religion for the whole Roman empire. This
merger gave birth to what we have now come to know as Christianity. What is
also worth adding is that with this new religion came a new calender. The
original calender, which hitherto consisted of nine months became twelve. Three
more months were added to the original calender by this Roman emperor himself.
The months, which were added were June, July and August. June was for the Roman
goddess of fertility called Junis. July was for Gaius Julius Caesar-the great
uncle of Caesar himself. And August was for the emperor Julius Caesar Augustus
Christianity, however, continued to thrive and flourish, when the Roman empire
came to an end. Christianity became the religion of the Western world. The
British empire became Christianity's unofficial ambassador to the far ends of
the world. The more the British empire expanded, the more Christianity became a
force to reckon with. Now, you may ask; what has Christianity got to do with
Africans? The answer to this question is; absolutely nothing. The colonialists
brought this religion to weaken our spirits so that they could gain access to
our minds. Once the mind is under control-the heart and the body would
eventually follow suit.
Also, Christianity equals to White supremacy. Chairman Mao of communist China
was told the Dalai Lama of Tibet that religion poisons the free thinking mind.
I have every reason to believe that what Chairman Mao said is true. The free
thinking mind is an indispensable tool, which is most needed for any type of
creative endeavor. However, in order for the mind to envision what it seeks to
create, its freedom must be in order. Friedrich Nietzsche once said that "when
the doors of our perception are cleansed, we will see things as they are as
opposed to what they are not."