How China’s taking over Africa, and w…

In Africa, Africa Unite, African, African American, Afrika, Afrikan, Black American, Black Man, Blogroll, Pan African Unity, Uncategorized on July 19, 2008 by mkamba

By Andrew Malone

On June 5, 1873, in a letter to The Times, Sir Francis Galton, the cousin of Charles Darwin and a distinguished African explorer in his own right, outlined a daring (if by today’s standards utterly offensive) new method to ‘tame’ and colonise what was then known as the Dark Continent.

‘My proposal is to make the encouragement of Chinese settlements of Africa a part of our national policy, in the belief that the Chinese immigrants would not only maintain their position, but that they would multiply and their descendants supplant the inferior Negro race,’ wrote Galton.

‘I should expect that the African seaboard, now sparsely occupied by lazy, palavering savages, might in a few years be tenanted by industrious, order-loving Chinese, living either as a semidetached dependency of China, or else in perfect freedom under their own law.’

Enlarge Chinese President Hu Jintao accompanies Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe to a ceremony in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing

Close relations: Chinese President Hu Jintao accompanies Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe to a ceremony in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing

Despite an outcry in Parliament and heated debate in the august salons of the Royal Geographic Society, Galton insisted that ‘the history of the world tells the tale of the continual displacement of populations, each by a worthier successor, and humanity gains thereby’.

A controversial figure, Galton was also the pioneer of eugenics, the theory that was used by Hitler to try to fulfil his mad dreams of a German Master Race.

Eventually, Galton’s grand resettlement plans fizzled out because there were much more exciting things going on in Africa.

But that was more than 100 years ago, and with legendary explorers such as Livingstone, Speke and Burton still battling to find the source of the Nile – and new discoveries of exotic species of birds and animals featuring regularly on newspaper front pages – vast swathes of the continent had not even been ‘discovered’.

Yet Sir Francis Galton, it now appears, was ahead of his time. His vision is coming true – if not in the way he imagined. An astonishing invasion of Africa is now under way.

In the greatest movement of people the world has ever seen, China is secretly working to turn the entire continent into a new colony.

Reminiscent of the West’s imperial push in the 18th and 19th centuries – but on a much more dramatic, determined scale – China’s rulers believe Africa can become a ‘satellite’ state, solving its own problems of over-population and shortage of natural resources at a stroke.

With little fanfare, a staggering 750,000 Chinese have settled in Africa over the past decade. More are on the way.

The strategy has been carefully devised by officials in Beijing, where one expert has estimated that China will eventually need to send 300 million people to Africa to solve the problems of over-population and pollution.

The plans appear on track. Across Africa, the red flag of China is flying. Lucrative deals are being struck to buy its commodities – oil, platinum, gold and minerals. New embassies and air routes are opening up. The continent’s new Chinese elite can be seen everywhere, shopping at their own expensive boutiques, driving Mercedes and BMW limousines, sending their children to exclusive private schools.

The pot-holed roads are cluttered with Chinese buses, taking people to markets filled with cheap Chinese goods. More than a thousand miles of new Chinese railroads are crisscrossing the continent, carrying billions of tons of illegally-logged timber, diamonds and gold.

'We must turn from the West and face the East'

New horizons? Mugabe has said: ‘We must turn from the West and face the East’

The trains are linked to ports dotted around the coast, waiting to carry the goods back to Beijing after unloading cargoes of cheap toys made in China.

Confucius Institutes (state-funded Chinese ‘cultural centres’) have sprung up throughout Africa, as far afield as the tiny land-locked countries of Burundi and Rwanda, teaching baffled local people how to do business in Mandarin and Cantonese.

Massive dams are being built, flooding nature reserves. The land is scarred with giant Chinese mines, with ‘slave’ labourers paid less than £1 a day to extract ore and minerals.

Pristine forests are being destroyed, with China taking up to 70 per cent of all timber from Africa.

All over this great continent, the Chinese presence is swelling into a flood. Angola has its own ‘Chinatown’, as do great African cities such as Dar es Salaam and Nairobi.

Exclusive, gated compounds, serving only Chinese food, and where no blacks are allowed, are being built all over the continent. ‘African cloths’ sold in markets on the continent are now almost always imported, bearing the legend: ‘Made in China’.

From Nigeria in the north, to Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and Angola in the west, across Chad and Sudan in the east, and south through Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique, China has seized a vice-like grip on a continent which officials have decided is crucial to the superpower’s long-term survival.

‘The Chinese are all over the place,’ says Trevor Ncube, a prominent African businessman with publishing interests around the continent. ‘If the British were our masters yesterday, the Chinese have taken their place.’

Likened to one race deciding to adopt a new home on another planet, Beijing has launched its so-called ‘One China In Africa’ policy because of crippling pressure on its own natural resources in a country where the population has almost trebled from 500 million to 1.3 billion in 50 years.

China is hungry – for land, food and energy. While accounting for a fifth of the world’s population, its oil consumption has risen 35-fold in the past decade and Africa is now providing a third of it; imports of steel, copper and aluminium have also shot up, with Beijing devouring 80 per cent of world supplies.

Enlarge President Robert Mugabe leaving the eleventh ordinary session of the assembly of the African Union heads of State and government in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt

President Robert Mugabe leaving the eleventh ordinary session of the assembly of the African Union heads of State and government in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt

Fuelling its own boom at home, China is also desperate for new markets to sell goods. And Africa, with non-existent health and safety rules to protect against shoddy and dangerous goods, is the perfect destination.

The result of China’s demand for raw materials and its sales of products to Africa is that turnover in trade between Africa and China has risen from £5million annually a decade ago to £6billion today.

However, there is a lethal price to pay. There is a sinister aspect to this invasion. Chinese-made war planes roar through the African sky, bombing opponents. Chinese-made assault rifles and grenades are being used to fuel countless murderous civil wars, often over the materials the Chinese are desperate to buy.

Take, for example, Zimbabwe. Recently, a giant container ship from China was due to deliver its cargo of three million rounds of AK-47 ammunition, 3,000 rocket-propelled grenades and 1,500 mortars to President Robert Mugabe’s regime.

After an international outcry, the vessel, the An Yue Jiang, was forced to return to China, despite Beijing’s insistence that the arms consignment was a ‘normal commercial deal’.

Indeed, the 77-ton arms shipment would have been small beer – a fraction of China’s help to Mugabe. He already has high-tech, Chinese-built helicopter gunships and fighter jets to use against his people.

Ever since the U.S. and Britain imposed sanctions in 2003, Mugabe has courted the Chinese, offering mining concessions for arms and currency.

While flying regularly to Beijing as a high-ranking guest, the 84-year-old dictator rants at ‘small dots’ such as Britain and America.

He can afford to. Mugabe is orchestrating his campaign of terror from a 25-bedroom, pagoda-style mansion built by the Chinese. Much of his estimated £1billion fortune is believed to have been siphoned off from Chinese ‘loans’.

The imposing grey building of ZANU-PF, his ruling party, was paid for and built by the Chinese. Mugabe received £200 million last year alone from China, enabling him to buy loyalty from the army.

In another disturbing illustration of the warm relations between China and the ageing dictator, a platoon of the China People’s Liberation Army has been out on the streets of Mutare, a city near the border with Mozambique, which voted against the president in the recent, disputed election.

Almost 30 years ago, Britain pulled out of Zimbabwe – as it had done already out of the rest of Africa, in the wake of Harold Macmillan’s ‘wind of change’ speech. Today, Mugabe says: ‘We have turned East, where the sun rises, and given our backs to the West, where the sun sets.’

Despite Britain’s commendable colonial legacy of a network of roads, railways and schools, the British are now being shunned.

According to one veteran diplomat: ‘China is easier to do business with because it doesn’t care about human rights in Africa – just as it doesn’t care about them in its own country. All the Chinese care about is money.’

Nowhere is that more true than Sudan. Branded ‘Africa’s Killing Fields’, the massive oil-rich East African state is in the throes of the genocide and slaughter of hundreds of thousands of black, non-Arab peasants in southern Sudan.

In effect, through its supplies of arms and support, China has been accused of underwriting a humanitarian scandal. The atrocities in Sudan have been described by the U.S. as ‘the worst human rights crisis in the world today’.

Mugabe has received hundreds of millions of pounds from Chinese sources

Mugabe has received hundreds of millions of pounds from Chinese sources

The government in Khartoum has helped the feared Janjaweed militia to rape, murder and burn to death more than 350,000 people.

The Chinese – who now buy half of all Sudan’s oil – have happily provided armoured vehicles, aircraft and millions of bullets and grenades in return for lucrative deals. Indeed, an estimated £1billion of Chinese cash has been spent on weapons.

According to Human Rights First, a leading human rights advocacy organisation, Chinese-made AK-47 assault rifles, grenade launchers and ammunition for rifles and heavy machine guns are continuing to flow into Darfur, which is dotted with giant refugee camps, each containing hundreds of thousands of people.

Between 2003 and 2006, China sold Sudan $55 million worth of small arms, flouting a United Nations weapons embargo.

With new warnings that the cycle of killing is intensifying, an estimated two thirds of the non-Arab population has lost at least one member of their families in Darfur.

Although two million people have been uprooted from their homes in the conflict, China has repeatedly thwarted United Nations denunciations of the Sudanese regime.

While the Sudanese slaughter has attracted worldwide condemnation, prompting Hollywood film-maker Steven Spielberg to quit as artistic director of the Beijing Olympics, few parts of Africa are now untouched by China.

In Congo, more than £2billion has been ‘loaned’ to the government. In Angola, £3 billion has been paid in exchange for oil. In Nigeria, more than £5billion has been handed over.

In Equatorial Guinea, where the president publicly hung his predecessor from a cage suspended in a theatre before having him shot, Chinese firms are helping the dictator build an entirely new capital, full of gleaming skyscrapers and, of course, Chinese restaurants.

After battling for years against the white colonial powers of Britain, France, Belgium and Germany, post-independence African leaders are happy to do business with China for a straightforward reason: cash.

With western loans linked to an insistence on democratic reforms and the need for ‘transparency’ in using the money (diplomatic language for rules to ensure dictators do not pocket millions), the Chinese have proved much more relaxed about what their billions are used for.

Certainly, little of it reaches the continent’s impoverished 800 million people. Much of it goes straight into the pockets of dictators. In Africa, corruption is a multi-billion pound industry and many experts believe that China is fuelling the cancer.

The Chinese are contemptuous of such criticism. To them, Africa is about pragmatism, not human rights. ‘Business is business,’ says Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Zhou Wenzhong, adding that Beijing should not interfere in ‘internal’ affairs. ‘We try to separate politics from business.’

While the bounty has, not surprisingly, been welcomed by African dictators, the people of Africa are less impressed. At a market in Zimbabwe recently, where Chinese goods were on sale at nearly every stall, one woman told me she would not waste her money on ‘Zing-Zong’ products.

‘They go Zing when they work, and then they quickly go Zong and break,’ she said. ‘They are a waste of money. But there’s nothing else. China is the only country that will do business with us.’

There have also been riots in Zambia, Angola and Congo over the flood of Chinese immigrant workers. The Chinese do not use African labour where possible, saying black Africans are lazy and unskilled.

In Angola, the government has agreed that 70 per cent of tendered public works must go to Chinese firms, most of which do not employ Angolans.

As well as enticing hundreds of thousands to settle in Africa, they have even shipped Chinese prisoners to produce the goods cheaply.

In Kenya, for example, only ten textile factories are still producing, compared with 200 factories five years ago, as China undercuts locals in the production of ‘African’ souvenirs.

Where will it all end? As far as Beijing is concerned, it will stop only when Africa no longer has any minerals or oil to be extracted from the continent.

A century after Sir Francis Galton outlined his vision for Africa, the Chinese are here to stay. More will come.

The people of this bewitching, beautiful continent, where humankind first emerged from the Great Rift Valley, desperately need progress. The Chinese are not here for that.

They are here for plunder. After centuries of pain and war, Africa deserves better.



So Now We Got High Speed, What Next??

In Africa, Africa Unite, African, African American, Afrika, Afrikan, Black American, Black Man, Blogroll, Pan African Unity, Uncategorized on July 19, 2008 by mkamba

High speed broadband is soon to hit the African continent. Is Africa prepared to provide local content? Or will it be the regurgitation of stuff from the US and Europe??

In this article I’m looking at the ability of Africa to provide local and relevant content for high speed Internet to be and remain relevant. As a look at a lot of what may be considered successful websites shows, there is a great need for innovation in order to attract and retain visitors thus generating revenue.

The Internet has billions of websites from your little photo sharing family site rarely visited and not geared for profit, to the serious business of providing information that people need or want and turning that into a full time occupation. A quick look at some these is here; Ebay Flickr

A quick look at these sites show you a lot of advertisements, sales of good and services, and plain fun.

Content of necessity has to be relevant. Ebay certainly will not be seeking to have a presence any time soon for the simple reason that it is extremely difficult if not downright impossible for someone in Africa to buy or sell goods on the Internet. The infrastructure simply does not exist. There is some wishful thinking as in this site Kenya Online Auction. I would be really interested in seeing how they intend to make a profit off their site. The main issue being that the payment powers that be have not seen any profit in providing Africa with a means for online payments. Apart from Mpesa, and maybe some of the dubious digital money people like E-gold Liberty Reserve, and a few others, there really are not that many options for online payments.

The state of the postal service and/or delivery sector also does not inspire confidence that once you overcome the hurdle of paying for you “MELL” computer you will receive it in good time and order. There are many horror stories even with regular purchases from established brick and mortar stores that a nameless, faceless provider may not inspire too much confidence.

It is interesting to note that in the US FedEx established their home delivery division as a direct response to the need to ship small goods purchased on the Internet to various destinations at an affordable price. This is a multi billion industry. There are a few companies in Africa offering these services. Will there be a continent wide distribution system? Are there skilled people in logistics able to navigate the difficulties of poor infrastructure outdated bureaucracy and a myriad other hurdles to get packages from one place to the other quickly and cheaply? My answer to this would be NO! not yet. Necessity being the mother of invention i do envisage that eventually this will happen but the road will be long and tedious.

There is also the issue of prominent personalities registering their names as domain names. Early Internet users will recall that pointed to a particularly risque pornographic site for a long time. It is now dedicated to some kind of news story site. Could you imagine Paulkagame. com pointing to a dating site?? Well as a matter of fact it actually does. African leaders especially given their overrated sense of importance would do well to take a leaf from prominent personalities who purchase their domain names and post content relevant to them or merely a short message. Otherwise you might end up like Jesse Jackson and have your name point to a porn site. Not the kind of message you want to send to the world. Putting up “official” sites to counter smears will not work after some particularly inventive individual has photo shopped you in a compromising position.

There will be a millions of new opportunities for entrepreneurs when broadband finally becomes a reality, the challenge will be for innovation and originality. You don’t get paid billions of dollars for your site if it is mediocre. Just look at YouTube !

In my next post I will be looking at the benefits of broadband for education. Is Africa ready? Is there an opportunity for cheap computers in public schools able to run on batteries where there is no electricity??


Broadband Internet in Africa.

In Africa, Africa Unite, African, African American, Afrika, Afrikan, Black American, Black Man, Blogroll, Pan African Unity, Uncategorized on July 19, 2008 by mkamba

Finally the continent joins the rest of the world online!!

The world bank various organisations and governments joined together to lay fibre optic cable on the Indian ocean floor thus providing broadband connectivity to Eastern and Southern Africa. The article is here;

My concern for the purposes of blog discussion is the implications for the ordinary citizen who in all probability has little or no idea what 56k or 5mps will mean to his pocket. Because really the whole point of providing broadband is so that commerce and development can come closer and faster to the ordinary African.

Is there going to be a revolution akin to the way the mobile phone has revolutionised the way we do business??

My humble opinion is that the provision of wide access to high speed Internet will be a revolution but not in the conventional way that many may have originally envisaged. Your regular online banking, bill pay googling for pretty much anything may not be the way that most Africans want to go.

Information is power and African governments have always been loathe to let this power land in the hands of their population. Can you imagine top secret government documents leaked and published on the Internet for all to see. Tales of graft, injustice, corruption scanned, photographed with a mobile phone, copied, in any way you can imagine, by a patriotic clerk, judge or senior civil servant disgusted by the blatant misuse of public resources who cannot send them to the mainstream media for publication for the simple reason that those avenues may be compromised. Thus the outlet?? This site does not exist (yet, but I’m sure some enterprising young Internet geek will see the opportunity pretty soon), but can you imagine the impact what pictures of your local representative posted there while misbehaving are going to do to his/her chances of reelection??

Many of the so called business guru’s who profess humble beginnings have never really revealed the origins of their wealth. There are, however I’m sure, numerous sources that could tell all about the real reason for the meteoric rise to wealth of a lot of these personalities and I’m sure it has nothing to do with business savvy or great sacrifice etc…but great connections and illicit deals. All this information assaulting the senses will be hitting the continent soon and the question is how will the populace react to this?

I believe that this proliferation of information will bring with it a greater sense of power to the locals who will be able to look at their leaders in business and politics in a whole new light. Will we have Probably as happened in Asia and Eastern Europe, there will be an explosion of local sites catering to local tastes.

Google has done the smart thing having missed the opportunity to be of major influence in Asia Eastern Europe and Russia, they have gone ahead to establish early presence in Africa in anticipation of the boom to come. Revenue from advertising and such will surely justify their investment so early in the game. However I believe that the Internet is not a mobile phone and as such you do have a choice indeed a wide choice as to where you go for search and other needs. Google’s attempt to expand its domination to Africa will surely be hit hard by the large number of upstarts that will surely spring up to provide those same services. I will surely be advertising my kiosk with my neighbour who shops here and who I will trade debt for a few well placed Internet ads, rather than a huge behemoth located God knows where that really doesn’t care that the local council has raised my licence fee and is threatening to tear down my livelihood.

Africa welcomes the Internet but none of its profiteers!!!!

More on this topic tomorrow when we look at the question of African leaders not securing their names on the Internet.
Can you imagine pulling up a dating site??


I have just finished reading an artic…

In Africa, Africa Unite, African, African American, Afrika, Afrikan, Black American, Black Man, Blogroll, Pan African Unity, Uncategorized on November 1, 2007 by mkamba

I have just finished reading an article titled


This is an inspiring article by a man who to tell by his writing seems to hold the issue of African Unity close. The author also appears to have spent a great deal of time and effort in trying to bring this about.
Sometimes an idea just has not ripened yet. I believe that the time for this man’s dream to become a reality is now. Many of the factors that have hindered the holding of a Pan African Congress are now just not there anymore. There exists a medium of disseminating information across the globe in an instant reaching millions with the touch of a few keys. Consequently this is the moment in history that the African can seize to communicate, educate. and inform all who share the black skin of those who are putting in efforts on their behalf and provide information on meetings and progress.

I do however have a couple of issues that I don’t quite agree with in the author’s article. I quote”
“I strongly believed that while we could excuse the OAU perhaps, to serve the interest of all and sundry as a continental contraption, our ‘Movement’ cannot afford such a luxury. Not when there is liberation, reparations and repatriation wars still to be fought and won world-wide. Our Movement must aggressively tackle racism and our marginalisation if we are ever to collectively make progress as a people. And our ‘Movement’ must remain permanently on the alert thereafter. The best guarantee of this is a civil society controlled ‘Movement’ with grassroots Africans from the continent linking with the grassroots black Diaspora to wrestle power from our opportunistic political elite controlling our governments. The grassroots black world need to take their collective destiny into their own hands through an institutionalised ‘Movement’ that gives equal treatment to both governments and individual delegations. I was implacable over the 7thPAC institutionalising the Pan African Movement as a vibrant civil society compliment or challenge to the lame-duck OAU.”

The creation of a parallel political entity is really unworkable. There is no way that any government regardless of the legitimacy of its election would allow a parallel authority to exist. The answer to this is that the people to whom the matter of a unified Africa is of the the greatest importance must put forth their agenda on the national ballots in individual states and proceed with integration from that point onwards.

This political process cannot be circumvented. It is truly difficult to achieve more so with firmly entrenched strongmen like Mugabe in Zimbabwe or Kabila in the DRC. However it is a fact that you cannot create a top to bottom unified Africa. This would merely sound like the Old Men’s club that the OAU used to be.

There are I, I am certain African leaders who desire the economic strength that would be gained from the integration of their countries into one unit. Larger movement of goods and services means more tax revenue for individual states and the ability to pilfer more from national treasuries!!!

The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa is one example.

In terms of top down, there exists a East African Legislature that has members appointed by their respective government’s. This is how African leaders see African unity coming about by not relinquishing an iota of their power to the people and maintaining their fingers in the national pie.

Pressure must be brought to bear on African leaders of the urgent need to integrate their economies for the betterment of the people.

The next portion of the article that i had issue with was;
“The answer is for African civil society to link up with the black Diaspora civil society to impose a vibrant, uncompromising institutionalised ‘ Movement’ on the black world, independent of African governments’ control. The two priority areas of activities of the institutionalised ‘Movement’ would be:
(a) To pressurise the AU to produce a Pan-African Passport (PAP) to enable any black or African, regardless of nationality, return home to Africa at will without let or hindrance.
(b) To compel the West and Arabs, by any means necessary, to pay Reparations to the black world. This is, therefore our ‘ CALL’ to all Africans, African organisations, institutions and NGO’s of goodwill, wherever they may be in the world, to nominate their representatives to the 8thPAC International Co-ordinating Committee working to convene the Eight Pan-African Congress within the next three to five years in Africa to launch the Institutionalised Pan-African Movement.”

The idea of a Pan African Passport while noble does not in any way further the cause of a unified Africa. It may help in the free movement of African people within the continent and in the development of trade but nothing more.

I have read many articles on reparations and as always this brings up more questions than answers. Who will be paid? How much? How, cash or goods?
We need to move on from that which is past Africans need to put more effort on the methodology of unity than the reasons for their past miseries. Reparations which would be nice to have will in no way foster African Unity.

A PAn Afican Congress drawn from civil society in this day and age, well publicised and attended IN WASHINGTON D.C. would put the focus of African liberty firmly in the spotlight. There are many Africans in the diaspora with the means and will to support such a cause and it would be wise to draw upon this source of financial, political and social strength. Once drawn to the cause the means to make a unified Africa a reality would be well within reach.

Finally the concept of a virtual march of all Africans from Cape to Cairo with a common goal of unity would be a nice curtain raiser to the 8th Pan African Congress.


I have recently become aware as a srt

In Africa, Africa Unite, African, African American, Afrika, Afrikan, Black American, Black Man, Blogroll, Pan African Unity, Uncategorized on November 1, 2007 by mkamba

I have recently become aware as a sort of awakening a sense of foreboding and trepidation regarding my fate and that of he billion or so people around the world who share my skin color. This feeling was perhaps brought on by an article I read regarding the Eu’s decision to introduce a blue card somewhat akin to the American green card.
This article” headline stated

EC Unveils ‘Blue Card’ Visa Program

To help EU countries attract highly skilled workers, officials propose an immigration plan similar to the U.S. green card system

Reaction and opposition to this was, as expected, swift. with charges that the blue card was merely another means of depriving ‘underdeveloped countries’ of their skilled workers in effect the brain drain argument.

I however cannot argue with an individual trying to earn a living even though it means depriving his homeland of his vital skills. We all need to eat at some point, to provide for our loved ones and inn essence just survive. If that means leaving familiar surroundings and moving to a hostile environment where one is discriminated against vilified as a sponger, accused of taking away jobs from the locals, and all manner of vile insults based on their manner of speech or dress. Then so be it!!

Then the question is how, what can be done etc etc.

I got on to the worldwide web as all right thinking humans do nowadays and decided to look for a solution to this terrible problem.

The answers I found were astonishingly scarce. Pretty much there is no solution to the Black problem…because this is what I am talking about. A problem for black Africa that is in addition to the untold miseries perpetrated upon the black man there is now the added one that those who posses the knowledge and skills to alleviate even a modest ill are being lured by promises of a better life, for themselves and their families.

This merely perpetuates the cycle and ensures that the African does not in any way formulate a coherent plan to pull himself out of his predicament. A short study of the various weel meanng people who have at some point or other in history tried to foster a sense of common destiny amongst black people reveals that the forces against this sort of thing are so vast with enormous resources that the task, though well intentioned has always been doomed to failure.

As with all obstacles that face mankind there is always a solution to this kind of problem, and again for every solution there will always be 10 objections why it cannot work. For what its worth here is my contribution to the Black problem.

The Solution For Africa:

In one word unity. A simple yet extremely elusive concept. There is no such thing as national unity, merely a collection on individuals who share a common foe, and the desire to combine efforts in order to overcome this foe.
The common foe that all Africans face is poverty for the vast majority, a lack of sound leadership, the subordination of African interests to serve others, the exploitation of the vast mineral wealth that Africa possesses not by or for African’s but throughout history for the benefit of first the slave owners of Europe and the America’s and then the colonialists and in this modern day the neo-colonialists who subjugate the continent to ensure that their excess capital always has a ready investment area and to continually repress the continent for the benefit of their economies.

As with all solutions their will be obstacles both ingrown and imported. I however feel that there needs to be strong political solution. A large civil up swelling of the people of the continent for all to stand up and with one voice declare the desire to be freed from oppression, poverty, ignorance and economic genocide.

Yes I did say economic genocide. Genocide is defined as ”

Genocide is the deliberate and systematic destruction of an ethnic, religious or national group. While precise definition varies among genocide scholars, the legal definition is found in the 1948 United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (CPPCG). Article 2 of the CPPCG defines genocide as “any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such: killing members of the group; causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life, calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group; [and] forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.”[1]

Economic genocide therefore is all of the above. There is a calculated action that causes Africa to be economically annihilated despite having vast natural resources and a people who have throughout history been able to overcome numerous attempts at extermination.

A virtual unified Africa., that can be translated to a real unified Africa. For the first time in history there exists the means for the African to communicate to one another on an unprecedented scale. through the Internet television, radio., newspapers. Information is key to the awakening of the giant.

It would truly be ironic if the greatest western invention of the 20th century turned out to be the one thing that tipped the scales in this elusive search for African unity.

Starting anywhere in the continent I would like all who share this sentiment to re-post this blog and subsequent ones preferably with information regarding their location on the continent. One by one if a desire for change unity, dignity, and a brighter future is rolled out we can all share in the benefits of a common goal.