Somali-born Canadian Hip-hop Musician Kienan Abdi Warsame popularly known as K’naan in his Song Waving Flag epitomizes the challenges that have beseeched the African continent in the 21 Century. The African continent is seen today as the epitome of all societal challenges that range from hunger, poverty, civil strife, poor sanitation, diseases to wars
He says in the song
When I get older, I will be stronger
They’ll call me freedom just like a waving flag
Born to a throne, stronger than Rome
But Violent prone, poor people zone
But it’s my home, all I have known
So many wars, Settling scores
Bringing us promises, leaving us poor
I heard them say Love is the way Love is the answer
But look how they treat us
And we wondering, When we’ll be free
We shall Accept no defeat, surrender, retreat
Cause we just move forward like Buffalo Soldier.
The African continent has it all. Wars, Strife, Famine, Diseases, Hunger and Promises of a Better Africa all steming from non descendants of the continent.
Africans fought political emancipation yet we are still fighting for economic emancipation. The fact that the African continent can not have overall control over the wealth that is based and generated from the continent, the economic emancipation will forever be a mere rhetorical statement.
Africans have been promised a Global Village yet we are treated that Black is a deviation from the Normal. The fact that the fight against Racism the fight for Africans alone, then the Global Village promised will forever be on paper. For far too long, African have always wanted to be the author’s of their own Destiny and the Solutions to the problems that have beseeched the continent. The French, the British and the Americans can not provided solutions to the problems Africans are facing today. This is why K’naan asks the question When We Will Be Free
We are wondering When we’ll be Free