Have you wondered why Africans are not as patriotic as Asians, Europeans, and Americans?
At independence, Africans traded foreign slave masters for domestic slave masters.
Colonists so eager to exit the scene because of increasing revolt by the slaves,
Were more eager to hand over to domestic slave masters.

Education, not character became the entry criterion into politics.
Natives educated in colonial schools sometimes in the home country of the colonists,
And so desirous to replace the foreign slave master, organized mass revolts,
That led to the mass exodus of the foreign slave masters within a decade.
South Africa, Rhodesia, and Guinea Bissau were some of the hold backs.

Domestic slave owner sans vision quickly replaced the foreign slave owners in positions of power and authority.
Meanwhile grooming their privileged children to succeed them.
As they say, power corrupts.
And absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Independence meant massive transfer of wealth to the domestic slave masters.
To shield their loot, they stashed them in foreign bank vaults.
The vault of the despised colonists.
The colonists may have lost politically,
But gained financially.

Without any checks and balances,
Public wealth was transformed into private wealth.
In addition to being the repository of the ill gotten wealth from the former colonies,
The erstwhile colonists loaned experts who provided advice that benefited the departed masters.
The domestic slave masters being so embroiled in the ways and manners of the colonists,
Failed to detect and jettison bad advice.

Add bad advice to a visionless political class.
The result is continued colonization.
The colonists ate their cake and still have it.
Any wonder why the African masses do not enthusiastically celebrate independence.
Would you want to replace foreign slave owners with home grown slave masters?
And trade foreign dependence for domestic dependence?

Add in the military and it becomes murkier.
Why accept handouts from these thieves,
When we can steal from the source?
So was born the term military interregnum.
Which has become a staple in African politics.
The military armed to the teeth and answerable to nobody out-looted the politicians.

Despite all the shenanigans, they are forced out of power.
After years or decades of misrule.
As developing countries with teeming populations,
The economies of these erstwhile colonies grew.
Whether the thieves were in uniform or not.

As the economy of these countries grows, so does the gap between the rich and the poor.
As the gap between the rich and the poor grows, so does the crime rate.
And as the crime rate grows, so does the isolation of the rich slave masters from the masses.
They move into enclaves, secured with walls and armed policemen.
Further deepening the divide between the master and the slaves.
Are we creating the right conditions for a revolution?


  1. No we are not yet creating the right condition for revolution in most Africa states, because educationally, we are practicing what a South American (Brazilian, Paulo Freire, if I remember), called “Banking system of education” in his book entitled The Pedagogy of the Oppressed. The idea is that if teachers just spoon-feed the students without the chance of speaking truth to authority, by questioning, analyses, investigations,challenges issues and problems engage in practical demand for explanations from the teacher, lecturer or professor, they will never be so educated to question, the authority of their oppressors, for their liberation. I recently read an interesting article regarding the classroom in Nigerian Education system. In my view, that was a mess pure and simple: plagiarism is brazenly tolerated, Students are basically not allowed to speak to the authority of the teacher, lecturer or professor as such, without paying a prize for the out of the line projection of intelligence in the classroom. In this circumstance, how can we produce people who could reason from the classroom to the streets, to agitate for “change” in the the peoples treatment by the new slave masters that that Africastallestman spoke of?

    All the same, the percentage of, say Nigerians that can effectively speak and write our borrowed Language is currently, very limited. I would contend , not even 20%. Without large well educated masses, the idea of Revolution, will not be engendered from thin air. By 1870, most European nations were equipped by more than 70% of their populations, who could read and write, to be able to engender changes in their systems, by war or peace. We Africans lack properly educated populations to walk the streets against the processes and procedures of our new slave masters. Where do we go from here?

    1. I agree with you that education has deteriorated in Nigeria and indeed Africa. The globalization of ignorance seems to have migrated to America (USA). What does Africa have in common with America? The elites on both continents have degraded public education by impoverishing teachers, neglecting infrastructure, and diverting public resources to private schools.

      I agree that most Nigerians, university graduates included are uneducated. Your aforementioned didactic method of education without interaction between teacher and pupil may explain the dearth of innovation in Africa.

      The internet which could have served as a medium of enlightenment has been turned into a vehicle for disseminating falsehoods, pornography, and malicious humor.

      All said, we hold out hope for a peasant revolution that may be more brutal than an intellectual revolution.

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