Black Consciousness and Pan Africanism; a Giant Tool for Africa’s Emancipation

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.

Ademola Adeniran Aina

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.

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16 comments to “Black Consciousness and Pan Africanism; a Giant Tool for Africa’s Emancipation”
  1. Africa is looking up. With this powerful submission from an African youth, Adeniran, there is hope for the continent of Africa.

  2. Africa my Africa! Emancipation begins in the mind. African history must be traced back to where it was, how we lost it and when, then what needs to be done to obtain our freedom. a new Afica.AFRICA MUST BE FREE!!!

  3. Good writeup, but there is something i came to realise pan-Africanism is a myth. Africans are not concerned about the influenced of the caucausians even the few that care can’t action. Majority of Africans are concerned with what is which is bad governance not a misteriouse imperial power. My humble submittion

  4. Brilliant Submission.
    Notwistanding the fact that “The West” and other Capitalist nations will not be favourably disposed to this lofty African Dream and would deploy huge resources to frustrate it’s attainment. The task of building African Unity is only Herculean but not impossible.
    However, national interest must come second place while Pan African (continental) Agenda is kept on the front burners; knowing that with Unity of Purpose, Together Each Achieves More (T.E.A.M), beyond frontiers possible as individual nations!

  5. Thank you so much for this piece.

    It all begins with the mind. Our mindsets must first be exorcised. Even the Bible in Prov 4:23 says “Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts”. I very much agree with you that if we have our hearts focused on liberation, liberation will come. If we continue to see ourselves as inferior, we will continue to be inferior among the comity of nations.

    Changing our mindsets will help us to move away from ethnocentricism to Pan-Africanism. We have the human resources to sustain that move, we have enough natural and physical resources to keep ourselves together. But we lack the mindset which is the house that will produce the political will to make this happen.

    I pray we get to understand that no one will repair our continent, even no developed country is interested in us standing toe to toe with them. They are benefitting from our lack of unity. The earlier we get this the better.

    Once again, thank you for this piece.

  6. What a beautiful presentation. One can only wish that those who should, will ponder over it and take and take necessary actions. More grease to your elbow young man.

  7. What a beautiful presentation. One can only wish that those who should, will ponder over it and take necessary actions. More grease to your elbow young man.

  8. What a beautiful submission, God bless you son, am proud of you. I pray the Lord will open the inner eyes of our leaders to grasp the concept of the article.

  9. Over the years, Black Consciousness and Pan-africanism have become perennial issues for heated debates and discussions on the continent of Africa, in Central America, among black Americans, and in all countries of the world where blacks are struggling against Western imperialism, racism and biased world information order.

    While I commend the writer for lending his potent voice to the issue of promotion of Black Consciousness and Pan-africanism, I’m of the opinion that there are lots of things that the black nations of this world needed to get right, initially at the national and regional levels, before coming together as a continent to propagate and push Pan-africanism at the world stage.

    Chief Amongst these are: fixing of their economies, upgrading of old and decrepit infrastructures, huge investments on education, health care and agriculture; integration of the economies of fellow African countries and that of other black nations across the world and reorientation of African and black youths towards acceptance and total embrace of African culture and tradition.
    It is only by achieving this that the powerful West will begin to see the black nations as a formidable force to be reckoned with in the global political leadership.

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