It is Africa freedom day again on May 25. But I have a lot of questions on my conscious and sometimes I grow angry with all this.
Many years ago, “freedom is coming tomorrow” was among the popular songs on the Africa soil.
These songs have now died out because people say Africa is Free. But I think the songs should not die because Africa is still in bondage and the fight must continue.
And I ask this question that what is the point is being free when you can’t get a job, when you cant get food, no shelter and you are always running for your life. And I ask this question that what would you rather be, a well slave or a hungry free man.
I think Africa did not choose to be a well-fed slave but rather, we opted to be hungry free men when fighting for freedom.
As African commemorates freedom day, we must ask ourselves certain questions like celebrating freedom from what?
Look, Africa fought for its political independence for many years. What was our purpose of getting independent? Was it to plunge the continent into civil and cross border wars as it is now? Was it to achieve the highest levels of poverty currently obtaining in our countries? People, especially women and children are dying everyday from hunger, guns, disease and other atrocities.
Out freedom fighters had a dream when they shed their blood for Africa’s emancipation. They had a dream that one-day, Africa was going to be free from colonialism, hunger, slavery, disease, crime and other invectives. And I know this dream is a dream that many people who are alive now have. But look, this dream is as good as dead at the hands of politicians, full of avarice and too much power in their hands. In as far I am concerned, Africa is not a free continent. We need to free ourselves from neo-colonialism, we need to get rid of these super capitalists and imperialists that have scrambled for Africa’s own resources.