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“Without Organizing For Power, Africans Won’t Be Effective” – Nigerian Pan-Africanist Woman

Nigerian-born activist Affiong L. Affiong, a Pan-Africanist and activist, is unhappy with the way Africans are doing things, says they should organize for power.

“It’s all about power, but we are not organizing for power. We dance around it. We pray about it. We sing about it. Some of us even dance about it… Nobody is organizing for power… because our people are dying.”

Affiong dismisses the idea that the rising of Barack Obama to become the first African-American president is a sign of racial progress, saying Obama is simply the “emperor of an empire,” and that anyone trying to follow his footsteps is an enemy.

She says people should understand what Obama represents is “imperialism in a black face,” explaining that just like a painter who can present the same sketch but only change the color, so is imperialism represented in Obama.

Undoubtedly, there are those who feel it’s a great thing that America “got a black man in the White House.” Yes, Obama’s position is an inspiration to many African Americans as they can now confidently tell their kids that they can aspire to be anything they want, including being president of the United States of America.

However, Affiong says that as long as the person who rises to that position, white or black, works to “murder me and my sons,” that’s her “enemy… and the enemy of [her] people”

She categorically says that Africans should raise their sons to be great Africans; people who’re going to raise the Black race and take it to the next level.

Affiong points out that by simply speaking about power and not organizing it, Africans will remain behind. She says things have to change, noting that Africa can’t be a land where people die of minor illnesses yet people are just watching. These, she says, are basically happening because of Neo-colonialism.

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She points out that there are Africans living in the so called developed countries who’ve developed some feeling of comfort at the expense of their race. These are the people who enjoy the comfort by being on the side of imperialists, she notes.

The bottom line, for her, is that Africans must organize for power. She cites Kwame Nkurumah who said that “organization determines everything” and, therefore, Africans must organize for power.

Affiong gives the example of Mbuya Nehanda of Zimbabwe, the chief priestess who used to mobilize the people for the Chimurenga, which was their war of liberation. Those marked the days when Africans “used culture and spirituality as a weapon for liberation.” She didn’t fail to mention Marcus Garvey, a proponent of Pan-Africanism, who fought for the liberalization of African from colonial powers.

In conclusion, she says Africans should “rise up for this mighty race.”

According to her Facebook profile, she’s a Pan-African activist of Nigerian origin who’s based in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Source: kulturekritic and atlantablackstar

 

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