Freedom is supposed to give us choices on how we do business, how we look to the future and plethora of other opportunities. One of the most deprived area of our development is the detachment of the people of African descent in the Caribbean to their brothers and sisters in Africa. Without exception
Inorder to appease our former colonists, our leaders, has seen it fit to continue this detachment by not making enough of an effort in building the necessary diplomatic, cultural, trade and associated links to the motherland. Despite many Caribbean countries having an African majority population, the level of ignorance which still exists between our people is a chasm of almost un-measurable proportions. There is cowardice and indifference by our leaders to educate our children so they too can see the many opportunities seen by other foreign nationals who are dominating many aspects of African economy.( I have purposely put trade of African and Caribbean countries at the top of culture to show the disparity which is hindering our growth through the trade imbalance) http://www.reggaemagnet.com/culture/ our-neo-colonist-leaders/
Our leaders are paying our people a dis-service although they should be seeing the benefit of such an association they timidly hide behind the benefits of of neo-colonial paternity of which many ascribe to than trying to repair the damage of the 400 years of post slave trauma. The confusing thing is that our leaders look for reparations from slavery but what they don’t seem to realise that the best form of reparation is one which starts at home with our people.
I am sometimes in shock and despair to at times hear the utterances of our people on both sides concerning the ignorance they possess for each other. This needs to be rooted out systemically by our governments using education as the medium to effect change. It can be seamlessly done, without fuss and hardly any disruption by pointed education. I There are three study areas which readily come to mind which come to mind which will almost overnight see a seismic shift in bridging the gap, which are: culture, geography and economics. By the time I had reached 16, I had studied the geography of Jamaica, West Indies, North America, Australia and New Zealand, the British Isles and somehow conveniently and disastrously for our people omitted the geography of Africa which would have helped to eradicate some of the wholesale ignorance which still exists today. The other two subjects speak for themselves and if we follow the concepts of our lauded hero, Marcus Garvey, the study and practices of An African centric, political and economic education would be embarked on.
Why are corralled to continue our education to fill the plantation of Europe, North America, but where is Africa in the mix?
We have been bombarded with the negative perception of Africa by the very people who do the most engagement economically, politically and culturally. This is not done in a random fashion because once Africans give up hope in constructing their own future, that future will be engineered to fulfil the needs of others and not the African people who are scattered all over the world seeking opportunities which lies in their own hands if we join together in Nationhood.
I know lot of us are beaten down in being proud Africans but though genuine education and a desire to grow spiritually, mentally and economically, we must demand from our leaders the type of education which will see our people engaging as our grate African leaders, Marcus Garvey, Dubois, Kwame Nkrumah, Carter G Woodson, Sankara, and Mugabe envisioned, Africans bonding with Africans, spiritually, culturally, and most importantly; economically.