As midnight struck on March 5, 1957 and the Gold Coast became Ghana, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah declared: “We are going to see that we create our own African personality and identity.”
Nkrumah said he was most inspired by Marcus Garvey’s messages, like “Africa for the Africans, at home & abroad.” Nkrumah said: “All people of African descent, whether they live in North or South America, the Caribbean, or in any part of the world are Africans and belong to the African nation.”
The words above ring as true today in 2013 as they did 56 years ago, especially with the technology we have today. It is time reconnect with each other.
We have a vast Diaspora and the wherewithal to produce an Africa which Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and Marcus Garvey spoke of.
There is no reason we should allow oceans and languages and rivers and mountains and lakes and religions and tribal differences and man made boundaries, drawn up during the Scramble for Africa in between 1884 and 1885 otherwise known as the Berlin West African Conference, to keep us apportioned from one another.
It is in this collective, this unity that Africa will thrive far into the future with her own personality and identity, not a Chinese or Western or multinational corp influenced African way of life, but back to the roots of who we truly are. A kind and caring, socially and family oriented and intelligent people.
It is this oneness that will grasp Africa’s plenitude of natural resources and minerals back into the hands of Africans. Not just in raw materials to export just to import a finished product to feed and cloth Africa’s people.
Let us take the raw materials and manufacture, assemble, refine and process in Africa by Africans, then export.
We MUST shed the materialism and the evils of corruption imported onto the African conscience during times of the kidnapping of our humanity and colonialism. Then and only then will the moral coil which Hamlet spoke so eloquently of, in questioning the meaning of life, be shuffled off.