A spoonful of sugar

What a world we live and beautiful one at that only that preference for rosy and less controversial ancestral history sometimes get the best out of people.

Thankfully we have people reciting history with humour, but no matter how watered down it’s presented, folks still get defensive.

The scene here in 1:25 looks like what could have made Ben Affleck lost his cool, panicked and refused to be associated with slave owner ancestors and ordered the fact edited out of Finding your Roots  show.

History is what it is, there is a reason where we revisit once in a while to learn and grow.

You’ve got to love African-Americans for lots of reasons, lots have happened and still happening, yet they match on, well to a degree than Africans they left behind.

Sometimes I wonder, when will Africa be ready to own up to their involvement in slavery? Surely not every family was taken. And there is evidence around us with folks who are happy to remain in the dark ages given any chance.

Maybe with a bit of humour, we can drive some points home too.

A few months ago, an uncle and I were chatting, something about my royal family came up so I told a story about four of his children graduating from a US university, all on the same day.

Uncle: Really?

Me: Yes, I heard it on Empower radio, the guys congratulating His Royal Highness

Uncle: But he was impotent!

Me: What??



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  1. FK
    Given:
    – the cultural context of Nigeria (and Africa in general),
    – the tendency to lie and deny basic truths,
    – peoples very defensive nature and the stigma associated with slavery
    – that Nigeria is not as easy going as America, when it comes to these kind of issues.
    – People are very ignorant of the past, and are very selective in what they choose to acknowledge

    I think you’ll have your work “cut out”.

    Even today, many of the better off Nigerians treat the poor terribly. The poor even treat other poor people terribly.

    I totally agree, the exposing the truth and acknowledging one’s part in the inhuman act of slavery is better than keeping quiet and pointing the fingers at the others (be they Arab or European) is not the way to behave. Some contrition and an apology like what Jerry Rawlings (of Ghana) did, would be appropriate. African leaders like to keep quiet and watch the African-Americans verbally attack the Europeans and Americans, while not acknowledging they were just as guilty as the external parties, in fact slavery even pre-dated the advent of Arabs and Europeans. For example the Asante nation of Ghana brought slaves from various parts of West Africa including Nigeria to clear some of the forest to allow food crops to be grown.

    In fact slavery still occurs in Africa today in Mauritania and next door in the Niger Republic, where an estimated 8% of the population are slaves.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/from_our_own_correspondent/4250709.stm

    This is what I mean, when I say you will have your work “cut out”. But you don’t flinch, so I’m sure you will go some way to slaying this dragon (metaphorically speaking).

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    • jco – Your second point gets me ROTF, just spot on. The last point there really is a shame but very true – all very good points.

      Yes, indeed, my work is ‘cut out’

      Bless African-Americans, they will have to come back ‘home’ to deliver us from ourselves …LOL

      Shameful!

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