Africa Must Live On

Odongo Odoyo

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With Odongo Odoyo

We had a chat one on one with Dr. Jacob K. Lupai on how to ensure the chronic food insecurity in the country addressed and overcome. It was a candid subject coming from the mouth of a professional in the field of agriculture. This man was genius and articulate in presenting his subject. I remained in the key line to walk the talk and remembered how rich this continent was rich and would remain so for a long time to come, but remembered how the west invaded the continent after trials within trials. Take this one for a real example of how the journey to dominate Africa became so difficult to some that make them to go back to the drawing board for the purpose. I came across some past history which took place in the British parliament on the 2nd February 1835, in which Lord Macaulay while addressing British parliament had this to tell the house. “ I have travelled across the length and breadth of Africa and l have not seen one person who is a beggar, and a thief, such wealth I have seen in this country, such high moral values, people of such  caliber I don’t think we would ever conquer this country unless we break the very backbone of this nation which is her spiritual and cultural heritage and therefore, I propose that we replace her old ancient education system, her culture so that the African think all that is foreign and English is good and greater than their own, they will lose their self-esteem, their native culture and that they will become what we want them, and a truly dominated nation.”  These are the kind of life our grand and grandfathers passed through and passed to us. Is this the kind of life we shall also pass to our children and their children? Is it too late to change the scenario? Although we are in the 21st century, there are things that African can do for themselves which they have started doing collectively through the African Union (AU). I have been branded names because of standing on the truth about Africa. This is my journey and I will remain that way because I was born in this continent. I love being an African and will remain like that. Some pundit and critics whose mind-set are dominated with the west would want to believe that what is an African is not right, but what is white is all shining. There are few lessons to learn from that message of Lord Macaulay. One indeed penetrating the continent then was difficult because of ties of our culture and natural wealth. African did not value anything else than what they believed on for the good of the society and people. Until what was tuned to be called civilization came, it was an easy life for the people in this continent.    

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