By Ademola Adeniran Aina
Quite a large number of Africans need to coherently and unequivocally understand black consciousness and Pan Africanism in detail. Black consciousness is the most positive and irrefragable call to spring up from the black world in a long period of time.
We have to understand that the only vehicle for change and freedom are the people who have lost their personality; black consciousness looks at the past of the oppressed people, explain to them the reason why they are in such an oppressive state, the reason for our destitution and how to expunge this suffering from the continent . Considering the fact that the only potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the minds of the oppressed, psychological or mental emancipation logically precedes any form of political revolution.
We as motherland people must understand that the only revolutionary thing we can do for ourselves as Africans is to be Africans; being Afrocentric will break mental yoke of serfdom. Black consciousness makes the black man come to himself, speaks in a language he understands, promote group pride and dignity, honour the African heroes that form the integral African background. We must understand that our predicament is African construct and its only by black consciousness and Pan Africanism that we can liberate ourselves from this vicious cycle going on and on from time immemorial. It is time for the African empire to emerge.
It is time to rid ourselves of the shackle that have bound us to servitude. As Steve Biko explained, “merely describing yourself as a black man, you have started towards a road of emancipation and you have begun to fight all forces that use your blackness as a stamp to mark you as a subservient being”. If the mind is liberated, no man made chain can bind you to servitude. Also, according to Aime Cesare “No race possesses the monopoly of force, truth and intelligence, there is room for all of us at the rendezvous of victory”. As Africans, we are in a unique state, we are the most endowed continent in terms of mineral resources. Therefore, through organization and mental emancipation emanating from self assessment, the African empire shall emerge.
It’s time for us to stop dwelling in the past, colonialism has done a lot of harm to the African continent. Slavery, political oppression, economic exploitation, social degradation, imperialism , neo colonialism and balkanization have done so much damage on the African people’s socio-political and economic well-being.
The way forward for Africans is to rise from the ashes of this oppression and organize ourselves and become a formidable force for good. We do not have any excuse to be in our present condition. The Russians were oppressed by Czarism, the English were oppressed by the Roman Empire, the Americans were oppressed by the British empire. The Chinese were also oppressed. But through consciousness and determination, these countries were able to rise from the ashes of oppression and became great forces in the world. If Africans can become conscious. If we can become organized and committed to the struggle for total liberation, then the African empire is nigh.
Also on Pan Africanism, the solidarity between all African states must remain. Pan Africanism does not mean that Africa must unite under one governmental machinery; what Pan Africanism seeks to eradicate is the geographical barrier put in place by the cosmopolitan, elitist, western imperialists and neo colonialists. To be frank with ourselves, no African state military can withstand any external racial chauvinistic aggressor; therefore, an all African high military command must emerge under the supervision and control of the Central African government comprising independent African states. This shall be done through the lens of Pan Africanism.
Also, the economic planning must be weighed on a continental basis. By so doing, we shall be able to rid ourselves of the shackles of imperialism, neo colonialism and external aggression. Africans must become familiar with the true heroes that gave us the freedom we enjoy today; the likes of Kwame Nkrumah, Sekou Ture, Steve Biko, Nelson Mandela, Eduardo Mondlane, Samora Machel, Amilcar Cabral, Jomo Kenyatta, Patrice Lumumba, Stokely Carmichael, Marcus Garvey, W.E.B Dubois, Obafemi Awolowo, Malcolm X and a host of all other Immortalized freedom fighters.
Black consciousness and Pan Africanism is the only way to achieve total conquest of imperialism and neo colonialism. Unity is a catalyst for freedom. We should not allow ourselves to remain balkanized. The strategy of divide and conquer of the western capitalists and racial chauvinists shall be annihilated through Pan Africanism and black consciousness. We must teach our kids what we learnt late. It is our historical obligation.