TRADING FOREIGN DEPENDENCE FOR DOMESTIC DEPENDENCE
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 masters, organized mass revolts,
Revolts that led to the mass exodus of the foreign slave masters within decades.
South Africa, Rhodesia, and Guinea Bissau were some of the holdbacks.
Domestic slave owners 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.
Foreign dependence was traded for domestic dependence.
There was a massive wealth transfer to the domestic slave masters.
To shield their loot, they stashed them in foreign bank vaults,
Bank vaults of the departed and despised colonists.
The colonists may have lost politically, but their
Financial gain compensated for their political losses.
Without any checks and balances, public wealth was
Transformed into private wealth, burgeoning the
Wealth gap in former colonies, as the erstwhile colonists also loaned
Foreign experts who provided advice that benefited the departed masters.
Domestic masters failed to detect and jettison bad post-colonial advice.
Add bad advice to a new visionless political class and
The result is continued colonization by internal “colonists.”
These internal colonists ate their cake and still have it.
Any wonder why the African masses do not celebrate independence?
Slavery is slavery, whether by foreign or domestic masters
Who would want to replace foreign slave owners
With home grown slave masters, and trade
Foreign dependence for domestic dependence?
The military under the guise of restoring civility,
Overthrows the domestic slave masters through military coups.
Why accept handouts from these thieves,
When we can steal from the source?
So, the term military interregnum was born.
This has become a staple in African politics.
The armed military are answerable to nobody.
With domestic and foreign pressure, the military is
Forced out of power, after years or decades of misrule.
As the economies of these developing countries grew,
Their ever-expanding populations meant more poverty,
Poverty inflicted by thieves, in uniform or not.
As the gap between the rich and the poor grew,
The crime rate also grew, as crime becomes a means of survival.
The new domestic “colonists” move into enclaves,
Secured with walls, guards, and armed policemen,
Further deepening the divide between the haves and have-nots.
Are we creating the right conditions for a revolution?