The story of the Biafra genocide is one of culturally incompatible and ideologically far-flung nations enclosed in a post-colonial contraption that started in late 60’s and continues up to this day. Where is the Life we have lost in living? Where is the Wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the Knowledge we have lost in information? (T.S Elliot, 'The Rock', 1934) Biafra: another template for the exploitation of the African soil and soul
The secessionist movement that emerged in Biafra in the years after Nigeria’s independence from its colonial ruler Britain, degraded into an all-out war in which millions were killed. The history books tell us that the Biafra conflict lasted from 1966 until 1970 and that is eventually was resolved in the surrender by the Biafran forces to the young Nigerian state, which, oddly enough, had received massive aid from its former British ruler and the Soviet-Union in order to turn this conflict in their favour.
Deportation of African nationals from Europe and America has come to be accepted as a norm; just as normal as you would hear folks discuss corruption in Nigeria, piracy in Somalia and fighting in the Congo.
There is a saying amongst my people that the unheeding ear falls off with the severed head. Such adage as this comes in handy when one is to consider the present state and the likely future of the African continent with regards to the indifference of its governments on issues affecting their neighbours.
Thomas Sankara, President of Burkina Faso from 1983 to 1987, continues to live on in the memory of his people. What is Sankara's legacy and what can we learn from it today?
If we are under the perception that Africa’s problems are so huge, complex and diverse…
Where to start…? How to establish real change…? How to improve the people's lives and futures…?
This documentary about Thomas Sankara - Burkina Faso’s President from 1983 to 1987 - may well reveal that our perceptions are in fact misconceptions...
Thomas Sankara became president of Burkina Faso after a military coup on August 4, 1983.
The speech credited as the inspiration for Bob Marley's hit song "War". This story recounts the attempts of one mortal man and humanity at large to establish everlasting peace instead of waging perpetual war. A struggle of good over evil.
In 1963, Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie addressed the United Nations in a speech not all that dissimilar to the appeal he made to the League of Nations in 1936. This speech is typically credited as the inspiration for Bob Marley's legendary hit song "War".
Haile Selassie was Ethiopia’s regent from 1916 until 1930 and Emperor from 1930 to 1974. A dictator to some, messiah to others: His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie I The First, Jah Rastafari.
"No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms." - UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR, 1948)
"Slavery was never abolished... It was only extended to include all the colors..." - Charles Bukowski
(Henry Charles Bukowski (born Heinrich Karl Bukowski; August 16, 1920 – March 9, 1994) was an American poet, novelist, and short story writer.)
Stephen Biko was an anti-apartheid activist in South Africa in the 1960s and 1970s. He died from injuries inflicted upon him by his captors at Pretoria prison on September 12, 1977.
One year later, in 1978, English rock musician Peter Gabriel wrote the song ‘Biko’
in remembrance of the deceased and as a protest song against the ‘apartheid’ regime.
Port Elizabeth, weather fine
It was business as usual
In police room 619
Oh Biko, Biko,….
The man is dead….
…and the eyes of the world are watching now, watching now
The song was included on Peter Gabriel’s third solo album ‘Peter Gabriel’ (1980).