CHINUA ACHEBE: His view on African Unity

PAN-AFRICAN SERIES

Great Nigerian Author, Pan-Africanist and Broadcaster Chinua Achebe said in the book “Things Fall Apart”

“It is already too late, said Obierika sadly. Our own men and our son’s have joined the ranks of the stranger. They have joined his religion and they help to uphold his government. If we should try to drive out the white men in Umuofia we should find it easy. There are only two of them. But what of our own people who are following their way and have been given power. They would go to Umuru and bring the soldiers, and we would be like Abame. He paused for a long time and then said ‘I told you on my last visit to Mbanta how the hanged Aneto.’
What happened to that piece of land in dispute? asked Okonkwo.
The white man’s Court has decided that it should belong to Nnama’s family who had given much money to the White Man’s messengers and interpreter
Does the white man understand our custom about land? How can he when he does not even speak our tongue? But he says that our customs are bad; and our own brothers who have taken up his religion also say that our customs are bad. How do you think we can fight when you own brothers have turned against us? The white man is very clever. He came quietly and peaceably with his religion. We were amused at his foolishness and allowed him to stay. Now he has won our brothers, and our clan can no longer act like one. He has put a knife on things that held us together and we have fallen apart.”

Truth be told. Three things that have put a knife on things that held us together are Religion, Politics and Language.
The Day Africa will Exorcise the ghost of the Unnecessary Politicking on matters of Human and Infrastructural Development, Uncalled for form of Religion which has mentally enslaved many and find the common Language to represent the people of Africa, our Aspirations and Dreams shall be a Reality and it is not far way
It is not far away because Arts, Culture and Heritage: are our Levers for Building the Africa We Want

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A Writer, A Diplomat in Waiting, Climate Change Advocate and a Football Administrator

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