“GARVEYISM,NOT CONTINENTALISM IS WHAT BLACK AFRICA NEEDS!!” BY CHINWEIZU

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Garveyism not Continentalism is what Black Africa Needs!!

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Written by Chinweizu
Monday, 16 July 2007
Garveyism not Continentalism is what Black Africa NeedsBy Chinweizu

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1] The essence of Garveyism consisted of two projects:

A] Black Governments:

Here is Garvey’s conclusion, a century ago, after traveling in the Americas and Europe and informing himself on the situation, world wide, of Blacks [Negroes]:

I asked: “Where is the black man’s Government?” “Where is his King and his kingdom?” “Where is his President, his country, and his ambassador, his army, his navy, his men of big affairs?” I could not find them, and then I declared, “I will help to make them.” [P&O,II:126]

And he formed the UNIA to help do that.

B] A Black Superpower in Africa:

In the 1920s, Garvey diagnosed the global prospect of the Blacks and prescribed the remedy when he said:

The Negro is dying out . . . There is only one thing to save the Negro, and that is an immediate realization of his own responsibilities. Unfortunately we are the most careless and indifferent people in the world! We are shiftless and irresponsible . . . It is strange to hear a Negro leader speak in this strain, as the usual course is flattery, but I would not flatter you to save my own life and that of my own family. There is no value in flattery. . . . Must I flatter you when I find all other peoples preparing themselves for the struggle to survive, and you still smiling, eating, dancing, drinking and sleeping away your time, as if yesterday were the beginning of the age of pleasure? I would rather be dead than be a member of your race without thought of the morrow, for it portends evil to him that thinketh not. Because I cannot flatter you I am here to tell, emphatically, that if we do not seriously reorganize ourselves as a people and face the world with a program of African [Negro] nationalism our days in civilization are numbered, and it will be only a question of time when the Negro will be as completely and complacently dead as the North American Indian, or the Australian Bushman. [P&O, II:101-102] . . .

This is the danger point. What will become of the Negro in another five hundred years if he does not organize now to develop and to protect himself? The answer is that he will be exterminated for the purpose of making room for the other races . . . [P&O, I:66]

[T]he Negro peoples of the world should concentrate upon the object of building up for themselves a great nation in Africa. . . .[ P&O, I:68]

We [in the UNIA] are determined to solve our own problem, by redeeming our Motherland Africa from the hands of alien exploiters and . . .[by] the creating for ourselves [there] of a political superstate . . . a government, a nation of our own, strong enough to lend protection to the members of our race scattered all over the world, and to compel the respect of the nations and races of the earth. . . . [P&O, I:52; II:16; I:52]

Go ahead, Negroes, and organize yourselves! You are serving your race and guaranteeing to posterity of our own an existence which otherwise will be denied them. Ignore the traps of persuasion, advice and alien

leadership. No one can be as true to you as you can be to yourself. To suggest that there is no need for Negro racial organization in a well-planned and arranged civilization like that of the twentieth century is but to, by the game of deception, lay the trap for the destruction of a people whose knowledge of life is incomplete, owing to their misunderstanding of man’s purpose in creation.

[P&O, II:16]

2] Continentalism

Continentalism is the doctrine and project of uniting the entire continent of Africa, uniting all the races that now live on it, black and white, Negro and Arab, preferably under one government that will rule the entire continent. This project has been going on since the 1958 Conference of Independent African States that was held in Accra, Ghana. It produced the Afro-Arab OAU, then the present Afro-Arab AU [Africa Unmanned/Arabist Underwear], which is on the brink of transforming into an Afro-Arab USofAfrica.

By the end of the 20th century, with the rise of black-ruled countries in Africa and the diaspora, Garvey’s first project was realized, but only partly so, since these black comprador governments remain fronts and agents for white supremacy and White power and none has become a Government of black people, by black people, and for black people.

Moreover, none of these black-mask governments of White Supremacy has dared to embark on the second and vitally urgent Garvey project of creating a Black superpower that would be in the same power rank as China and the G-8.

The dangers which Garvey pointed out in the 1920s are still with the black race. If anything, they have been intensified and augmented by such disasters as the AIDSbombing of Black Africa by the USA and the WHO; Arab expansionism and colonialism in the Afro-Arab conflict zone that stretches from Mauritania to Somalia, including the Afro-Arab war theatres in Chad, Darfur and South Sudan; UN Imperialism which, through the IMF, World Bank and WTO, has inflicted Debt Trap Peonage, economic maldevelopment, and deepening poverty on the Black countries of the world. Black powerlessness continues without letup. And the black extinction that Garvey alerted us to is already underway.

Whereas Garveyism correctly focuses on our developing the Black Power we need to defeat these dangers and protect ourselves from all dangers; Continentalism says nothing at all about Power, let alone about Black Power. It doesn’t even offer to create Black Unity. Its focus is on unification of the entire continent, which translates into Afro-Arab unification. Since the Arabs have, for nearly two thousand years, been White invaders, exploiters and enslavers of Black Africa, Afro-Arab unification is like a unification of black lambs with white lions that eat lambs—a unification whereby the lambs end up in the stomach of the lions! The Arabs would naturally love, welcome and eagerly promote such unification. But isn’t it suicidal for the Black Africans to agree to it, let alone campaign eagerly for it—as some have done for the last 50 years?

For that basic reason, Continentalism, with all its projects –OAU/AU, USofAfrica, is the mortal enemy of Black Africans.

Those Blacks who are deluded into thinking that Afro-Arab unification would be good for Black Africans would do well to find out just how rosy life has been for those blacks who have lived under Arab colonialism since the 1950s, and especially in Darfur and South Sudan, where the blacks have taken up armed struggle to escape Arab colonialism and racism.

3] The Garveyite Black Survival Project

We do not need to politically integrate or federate all the 53 Arab and Black African neo-colonial states on the African continent to produce a Black African superstate that can protect all Black Africans wherever they are on earth.

To implement the Garvey idea, what we need, above all, is just one Black African country, big and industrialized enough, and therefore powerful enough to be of G-8 rank, a country that could serve as the core state– protector and leader—of Global Black Africa.

We also need a Black African League that shall be the collective security organization of Global Black Africa, our equivalent of NATO and the defunct Warsaw Pact. These are the two things we need in this 21st century to implement the Garvey requirement for Black African survival.

For building a Black African superpower, as urged by Garvey, an ECOWAS or SADC Federation, or some equivalent in East or Central Africa is more than enough. Just one of them, if integrated and industrialized by 2060, would meet the need. ECOWAS or SADC is big enough in territorial size, population and resource endowment to become an industrialized world power provided its neo-colonial character is eliminated.

Let us look at the numbers:

Country AREA in sq. km Population in 1993
ECOWAS 6.5m 185m
SADC 7m 130m
Brazil 8.5m 156m
USA 9.5m 256m
Russia 17.1m 148m
India 3.3m 900m
China 9.6m 1.2b
EU 2.4m 350m

ECOWAS, with 16 states, 6.5m sq. km and nearly 200m population; or SADC, with 11states, 7m sq km and some 130m population–would be a country of sub-continental size, and in the megastate league, in territory and population and resources, to which belong the USA—with 9m sq. km and some 260m people; Brazil—with 8.5m sq. km. and 156m people; and Russia, India etc. ECOWAS or SADC, if properly integrated, industrialized, and thoroughly decolonized, would be a megastate of the type Black Africa needs. So why don’t we get on with the task of building each into a power of G-8 rank? Why set off on the false, diversionary and dangerous mission of Arab-Black African state integration of the impotent neo-colonialist OAU/AU/USAfrica type?

Of course, ending their neo-colonial character is anathema to the Black colonialists who now misrule the Black African countries. These compradors would rather set off on the quest for an unjustified USofAfrica that would still have the neo-colonial character that suits the comprador interest and temperament.

The second component of the Garvey project is to replace the OAU/AU with a proper collective security organization for Global Black Africa, an organization to which the Black African Diaspora countries and communities will rightfully belong. It is one of the blemishes of Continentalist Pan-Africanism that it is embodied, at the interstate level, in an OAU/AU from which the Diaspora originators of Pan Africanism have long been excluded whereas the Arab enemies of Black Africa are, not only members, but the dominant bloc. The Black African Diaspora are only now being brought into the OAU/AU structures as an afterthought and as no more than second-class members. That is not how it should be.

The history of Black Africans demands that we replace the Arab-castrated OAU/AU with a blacks-only collective security organization, and not with yet another Arab-castrated outfit called the USofAfrica.

Unless the members of a group are keen for their group to survive, the group will most probably not survive; for its members will fail to do what must be done for their group to survive. And any such group does not deserve to survive.

If Black Africans wish to survive, they must profoundly change their priorities: Not slothful consumerism here on earth, not paradise for their souls in the hereafter, but collective security here on earth must become their ruling passion.

Those Black Africans who are keen for the Black African people to survive in the 21st century and beyond will have to ensure that the Garvey Black survival project is accomplished in the shortest possible time, starting yesterday. They have two paramount tasks to accomplish simultaneously: (1) They must, by all means necessary, politically integrate, and complete the abandoned decolonization of, ECOWAS and SADC, and effect their exit from maldevelopment by industrializing them into powers of G-8 rank. (2) They must build a Black African League that will organize the collective security of the Black African World.

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About the author:

Chinweizu is an institutionally unaffiliated Afrocentric scholar. A historian and cultural critic, his books include The West and the Rest of Us (1975), Second, enlarged edition (1987); Invocations and Admonitions (1986); Decolonising the African Mind (1987); Voices from Twentieth-century Africa (1988); Anatomy of Female Power (1990). He is also a co-author of Towards the Decolonization of African Literature (1980). His pamphlets include The Black World and the Nobel (1987); and Recolonization or Reparation? (1994) He lives in Lagos, Nigeria

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Robot
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Whereas Garveyism correctly focuses on our developing the Black Power; Continentalism says nothin…Read the full article.

Posted by Robot| 03.06.2007 09:50

Johntina
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I am happy to know that there are other individuals who share my view about Black unity and not African unity which means lumping ourselves with people who are smarter than us!
I believe we need to withdraw from this world, build our own world (a Negro before we can then come out to participate in either continental or global issues…
John

Posted by Johntina| 03.06.2007 17:22

DeepThought
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which means lumping ourselves with people who are smarter than us!

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Johntina,
Care to shed more light on yours above?

Thanks

Posted by DeepThought| 03.06.2007 17:29

Hamattan
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=DeepThought;180685>Johntina,
Care to shed more light on yours above?

Thanks

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Johntina your above statement really needs explanation. Everything else made sense to me but that. So I join DT to ask for more light on it.

Posted by Hamattan| 04.06.2007 01:27

Johntina
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Maybe, saying that others are smarter than us may sound like demeaning our people, but the fact that Arabs, white Africans and others are far more organised than us means that they are smarter than us. Black individuals might be mentally and physically stronger than individuals of other races, but group wise, we are the most foolish. The fact that only Black people among all major racial groups have no organised or successful society anywhere on this planet means that we a the least of all and we must appreciate this hard fact to be able to find our way out! The mistake we often make is to fail to understand that our outstanding individual successes have to translate to group success by way of building successful societies like the Asians have been doing since their independences before we can say that the Black race is succeeding. The only time we would begin to gain real respect as equal human beings and ultimately be able to defend ourselves against extermination is when we are able to understand ourselves as a group…

Posted by Johntina| 04.06.2007 05:24

Eja
Villager

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By Seshatasefekht7 on the AfricaSpeaks board.

peace and hotep,

‘if you do not understand white supremacy(racism)——what it is, and how it works——-everything else that you understand, will only confuse you.’ …neely fuller jr.

According to neely fuller jr., there 3 types of people in the known universe:

1. white people
2. non-white people
3. white supremacists (racist)

Explanation:

1. ‘white’ people are people who classify themselves as ‘white’, and have been classified as ‘white’, and who generally function as ‘white’ in all of the nine major areas of activity, including economics, education, entertainment, labor, law, politics, religion, sex, and war.

2. non’white’ people are people who have been classified as non’white’, and/or who generally function as non’white’ in their relationships withe each other, and withe people classified as ‘white’, in all of the nine major areas of activity, including economics, education, entertainment, labor, law, politics, religion, sex, and war.

3. white supremacists(racists) are people who classify themselves as ‘white’, and who generally function as ‘white’, and, who practice racial subjugation (based on ‘white’-non’white’ classifications) against people classified as non’white’, at any time, in any place, in any one, or more of the nine major areas of activity, including economics, education, entertainment, labor, law, politics, religion, sex and war.

Two basic problems among the people of the known universe:

1. Lack of knowledge and understanding of the reason for existence, and/or for non-existence.

2. Racism (white supremacy).

Explanation:

Every ‘problem’among the people of the known universe can, today, be traced to:

1. A lack of knowledge and understanding of the reason for existence and/or non-existence, compounded by and promoted by

2. The practice of racism(white supremacy).

This is true in all areas of activity among people, including economics, education, entertainment, labor, law, politics, religion, sex, and war.

Two basic “classes” of people in the know universe:

1. the powerful ‘class'(white supremacist)

2. the powerless ‘class'( all non-white people, and those white people who are not white supremacists)

Explanation:

Since the establishment of white supremacy(racism)among the people of the known universe, the terms ‘upper class’, have become so meaningless that to use such terms to describe any people does not promote justice, but serves only to promote great confusion.

It is therefore best not to use such terms to describe any people now in existence int the known universe.

Under white supremacy, and/or, as long as white supremacy exists, the best and most accurate way to describe people by using the category of ‘class’ is to describe their power relationship to each other,

By so doing, all white people who practice white supremacy(racism) must be recognised as the only people in the known universe who are the ‘powerful class”.

All non-white people, being subject to the ‘powerful class’ are, therefore, the ‘powerless class’.

In addition, those ‘white’ persons who do not practice white supremacy are also the ‘powerless class’. These ‘white’ people who do not practice white supremacy are not subject to the white supremacists (‘the powerful class’). The fact that no ‘white’ person is subject to white supremacy(racism) greatly confuses many non-white people.

No ‘white’ person is subject to white supremacy. It is possible, however, for a white person to be ‘powerless’ to do anything that is effective against the practice of white supremacy. some examples of such persons are white people who are ‘infantile’, and/or, who are so ‘senile’ in mind and body that they are completely dependent on others for all of their care, and are completely incapable of doing harm to others.

Since all of the ‘white’ people who practice white supremacy are ‘the powerful class’, it generally serves no useful purpose for a non-‘white’ person to worry about which individual ‘white’ person is ‘more powerful’ than another within that class. A white supremacist is a white supremacist (powerful person).

How one white supremacist relates to another white supremacist at any particular moment should be of no major concern to a non-‘white’ person, since all white supremacists are committed to the practice of racism (white supremacy).

In any event, the white supremacists, who are ‘smarter’ than many other white supremacists, will, in all matters involving the maintenance of white supremacy, give effective support to those who are ‘not so smart’.

This guarantees that all people classified as ‘white’ are automatically ‘entitled’ to receive benefits special only to people classified as ‘white’ in a world socio-material system dominated by white supremacists (the powerful class).

Also, the very existence of white supremacy(racism) automatically eliminates the possibility of any non-white person being so-called ‘upper-class’ or ‘middle-class’. how can they be? If they are ‘upper-class’, or ‘midddle class’, ‘upper’ or ‘middle’ of what—-as compared to what? As compared to who? Certainly not white people, and definitely not the white supremacist.

Though all non-white people are functional ‘lower-class’—meaning they are all ‘lower’ in comparison to the white people of the known universe—it is better not to say that they are ‘lower-class’. To do so would be to promote questions regarding the confusing terms ‘upper-class’ or ‘middle-class’. Therefore, in referring to the ‘class’ status of all non-white people, it is better to that they are ‘the powerless class’.

As long as white supremacy exists, it is incorrect for any non-white person to pretend that he or she is any ‘class’ or person other than ‘the powerless class’.

freedomisahapislave

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Posted by Eja| 04.06.2007 05:30

DeepThought
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Johntina,
I appreciate calling it as it. I don’t think many reasonable persons who call themselves “black” can be happy with the conditions in which we are in. No doubt, there is some truth in what you wrote. However this truth is mixed with a lot more lies.

Your kind of argument has been made several times over the years on this board and when I have the energy, I’ll dig through the archives and point you in the direction of how it has been debunked. That is if you care.

Though its little consolation is probably easier for me to just briefly paraphrase the following:

“Untill the lion is able to tell its own story, tales of the hunt will always glorify the hunter ”

@Eja
I’m far more worried about black defeatists than any white supremacist.

Posted by DeepThought| 04.06.2007 21:03

Johntina
Villager

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=DeepThought;181022>Johntina,
I appreciate calling it as it. I don’t think many reasonable persons who call themselves “black” can be happy with the conditions in which we are in. No doubt, there is some truth in what you wrote. However this truth is mixed with a lot more lies.

Your kind of argument has been made several times over the years on this board and when I have the energy, I’ll dig through the archives and point you in the direction of how it has been debunked. That is if you care.

Though its little consolation is probably easier for me to just briefly paraphrase the following:

“Untill the lion is able to tell its own story, tales of the hunt will always glorify the hunter ”

@Eja
I’m far more worried about black defeatists than any white supremacist.

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I will greatly appeciate if you could tell me specifically where I have lied. It should not take you resarching to tell the village where my lie lies at least!
I only hope you are not like those who prefer to manufacture facts or dwell in unverifiable claims. I however believe as you do that Black people need to begin to tell their own stories, but we must not engage in manufacturing stories. Appreciating that we have faild must be our first step towards moving forward. JOhn

Posted by Johntina| 05.06.2007 03:13

DeepThought
Villager

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Its not so much a case of you telling lies, rather its a case of you believing in lies told.

There are many ways of telling a lie and the most effective way is simply by telling part of a story rather than the entire story.

Posted by DeepThought| 05.06.2007 20:44

igwe
Villager

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This is all good but in my opinion, it misses some essential points:

–The viciousness of not just the Arabs, but even more dangerously, that of the West in scuttling any meaning development in Black Africa. For the West, as long as their interest is protected, the rest of Africa can go to hell, literally. I give two examples: Since 2003 Nigeria has been going through a cynical joke called elections. But the West is only interested in protecting their interests in the oil industry, among other things. Let the present administration undermine the least of that interest and you will see what I mean! It’s happening in Zimbabwe right now. When Mugabe was slaughtering thousands of his fellow citizens in Matabeleland, the West, especially Britain, looked the other way. Then, he got crazy enough to attack the White farmers…the rest is history… In Apartheid South Africa, they called their colonialism “constructive engagement”.

Every brutal dictator in Black Africa has been supported by the West simply to undermine African development. From Boakassa to Eyadema to Bongo to Diya to Mugabe to Mobutu to Obasanjo, as long as the dictator protects their interest. If as much as one Westerner was killed in the genocide of Odi and Zaki-biam, the story would have been different.

–The best strategy now, in my opinion at this stage is to conscientize Black Africans, the kind of conscientization Saro Wiwa did with his Ogoni compatriots. How I miss that guy. His murder was such a loss. Shortly after he was killed, a Briton let it slip through his mouth that the West was scared stiff about what could happen to their interest if Saro Wiwa had been allowed to carry on with his crusade.

Conscientizing the people is the best way to go for now. The solution has to come from bottom up and not from top down as the article seems to suggest.

Posted by igwe| 16.07.2007 01:49

akuluouno
Villager

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Igwe et al,

National interest, Black Affrica interest, these are the key words. As long as we keep shifting our gaze from that critical ball, all things shall be lost. I have just started reading a book titled “Staying Power, The History of Black People in Britain”, by Peter Fryer, only to discover that this rain of exploitation, inferoritiy complex and underdevelopment of the continent started beating us long time ago and has continued and will not end because without Africa and the black man, Europe and America will lose power.
So we need to quickly retrace our steps as people and pursue our own interest doggedly if we must survive and be recognised as wquals in teh comity of nations.
If Garveyism is the way forward so let it be because time is of the essence.:mad::mad:

Posted by akuluouno| 16.07.2007 06:25

SBI
Villager

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Oga Chinweizu,

Thank you for properly aligning the turret of your howitzer, I think the missiles now hit the target.

Would I subscribe to a resurgence of Garveyism or Black racism as a political philosophy by black Africans as the only option for the survival of the Black man against the incessant barrage of caucasian and arab racism?
Considering that all other options of engagement with civilizations dominated by other human races seem to lead to the perpetual enslavement of the black man.
Supposing that with the dynamism of technological development it may not be unlikely that M. Garvey’s bleak forecast of the total annihilation of the black man may come sooner than he predicted.
Within the limits of the etiquette of political correctness, I would subtly subscribe to your prescription.

The more important question however is: would our Black African political leadership subscribe?

The purpose of black racism being to establish a single political structure exclusive to the black dominated parts of Africa that is able to withstand and repel the imperialist and vampirist tendencies of other more organized world civilizations. To the end that the security of the black race amongst men on Earth is assured.

You have identified two existing organizations most viable as launch vehicles to carry the black man towards this aspiration. The SADC and ECOWAS. Each of which is led and dominated South Africa and Nigeria respectively.

The leadership of these nations are indeed not unaware of the realities divulged in your riposte, but how to get the train going seems to be the problem. A case of butterflies in the tummy perhaps.

Thabo Mbeki, President of South Africa speaking about the proposed Unity government for Africa in a speech delivered at the University of Cape Coast Ghana (also published on NVS) said, inter alia, that:
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From the discussions it is clear that the political leadership of our continent is of the view that the future of all our peoples and individual countries lies in the socio-political and economic integration of Africa…..
Therefore, the political and economic integration of Africa has to happen not merely because we share the same history, populate common geographic space and exhibit identical physiological features – important as these are – but because our destinies are intrinsically bound together…….
Accordingly, it was not surprising that at the beginning of the twentieth century….. W.E.B. duBois correctly identified racism as the problem of the twentieth century, because to address the identified problem of racism required Africans to unite.

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Mbeki also expressed the thinking amongst black African contemporary leadership that tighter economic integration is a pre-requisite for any sort of political union. He identified the Regional Economic Communities (REC) as ‘the building blocks of our integration’ and acknowledged in this wise that ECOWAS seems to be much further down this road than any other RECs in Africa.

The ECOWAS should then be the ideal candidate for a Black African Superstate. A model that can then be copied or expanded to include other Central, Southern or even North African states if successful.

Of its approximately 200M people, 3/4 of all the ECOWAS people or 150m are in Nigeria alone with possibly another 5M Nigerians (or 10% of the remaining number) spread amongst the other states. ECOWAS can otherwise be described as Nigeria and its environs.

Therefore much of the work necessary to be done to realise the Africa of our aspirations, the economic emancipation and political liberation of the Negro or in short, to sustain the hope for the survival of the Black race into the next millennium, as it appears, rests squarely with Nigeria today.

So what can Nigeria do to “to ensure that the Garvey Black survival project is accomplished in the shortest possible time, starting yesterday” using ECOWAS as the vehicle?

Up till now, without a doubt ECOWAS led by Nigeria has achieved significant strides towards complete economic integration. Despite the debilitating effects of neo-colonialism on the member states sustained with the boundless energy of the imperialist comprador groups.

By the way, the term comprador is often used by Pan-African progressives to refer to members of the indigenous elite who are actually agents of western imperialist powers who as running dogs to their masters, overtly and surreptitiously advance the interests of their European and American lords over and above that of their compatriots.
In the context of your missile I suppose the term is extended to include those comprador groups commonly found in communities along the southern borders of the Sahara desert whose interests for centuries have been the actualisation of the fancies of their Arab masters, particularly the Fulani who happen to be in power in Nigeria today.

However, Nigeria’s enigmatic President Musa Yaradua who has known progressive antecedents although a Fulani, is not easily lumped with this group.

At the Accra summit, Yaradua’s contribution ‘s were heavily coloured by the circumstances that made his membership of that forum possible, regardless he managed to ramble on to deliver some food for thought by challenging the “essence of our Africanness”

In not too many words, Nigeria response to the Gaddaffi led US of Africa proposal can be summarized by the following pre-conditions:
1. Strengthening internal governance and growth structures i.e. transparency, accountability and wider political participation
2. A determination of the essence of our Africanness.

Yaradua actually was inadvertently responding to Marcus Garvey’s charge quoted by Chinweizu above:

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Go ahead, Negroes, and organize yourselves! You are serving your race and guaranteeing to posterity of our own an existence which otherwise will be denied them. Ignore the traps of persuasion, advice and alien leadership. No one can be as true to you as you can be to yourself.

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The esssence of our Africanness is expressed in our physiological attributes. We are Negro, black. It is therefore futile to contemplate any strategic political organization for the furtherance of African interests outside of this fact.

For emphasis, the same Marcus Garvey’s quote continues:

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” To suggest that there is no need for Negro racial organization in a well-planned and arranged civilization like that of the twentieth century is but to, by the game of deception, lay the trap for the destruction of a people whose knowledge of life is incomplete, owing to their misunderstanding of man’s purpose in creation”

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Maybe 90 years ago yes, but I’m led to believe that leaders like Thabo Mbeki and Musa Yaradua are a little bit more informed than Garvey’s contemporaries. At the leadership level today, there is some evidence of a clearer and more accurate understanding of the black man’s purpose in creation.

What is not clear is if the same can be said of the followership.

A villager responding above mentioned the concept of conscientizing the people, I’m not sure what the term means but I assume it refers to raising the awareness of the people beyond the clouds of ‘civilized deception’ to an altitude where they can perceive the pristine realities of their situation as Black men and women in a fiercely antagonistic global atmosphere, so that their every thoughts and actions are defined at that same level.

The process of conscientizing the people has to come from the top, it is deliberate and meticulous, an agenda has to be defined, developed and disseminated down to the people.

Africa cannot rise until there emerges a generation of Nigerians who realize that the future of the Black race depends on Nigeria and that the power of Nigeria derives from each individual working alone or in a group towards a collective purpose to make Nigeria great.

This is the task our facing our Nigerian President, I think men like Chinweizu should be handy to provide him the best tools for
success.

I think we have a chance here.

SBI

Posted by SBI| 16.07.2007 13:03

DeepThought
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Africa cannot rise until there emerges a generation of Nigerians who realize that the future of the Black race depends on Nigeria

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Could you kindly clarify why the future of the black race depends on Nigeria?

Thanks

Posted by DeepThought| 16.07.2007 23:24

SBI
Villager

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=DeepThought;192444>Could you kindly clarify why the future of the black race depends on Nigeria?

Thanks

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Sir,

Abeg you to pardon my lack of clarity in expressing my logic. Typing into this page online can sometimes be a challenge particularly when my Internet connection is not at its best.

Nevertheless, in the context of the thread, I can outline for you the steps that took me to the statement that prompts your question:

1. Early 20th Century Black thinkers like M.Garvey prescribe formation of race conscious great Nation of Blacks as a means of uplifting the Black people and protecting themselves against other races.

2. Since the 1960s Black African leaders have endorsed and championed this idea.

3. In 1990’s AU endorses the idea of a great African state but recommends regional economic integration as a primary step towards this.

4. 2007 Accra Summit, Gaddafi pushes for continental government (not Black), Umar Yaradua calls for time out to allow us determine ‘essence of Africanness’. Yes we need unity, but let us first of all know who and who we are uniting with. (Refer to Marcus Garvey: Non Blacks cannot lead us to a secure future)

5. Chinweizu protests continentalism and instead advocates consolidation of regional economic organisations into single political entity as the fastest way to achieve Black power and security, specifically SADC and/or ECOWAS

6. Thabo Mbeki agreed with Chinweizu’s approach to the desired goal, but confesses that ECOWAS today is in better position to achieve the goal than SADC. He should know.

7. At this point, you would agree that the ball is now in ECOWAS’ possession, but who will take this shot that all agree will save the Black man’s future.

8. Since over 75% of all the people in ECOWAS are Nigerians, ECOWAS can not move unless Nigeria moves.

Therefore, the responsibility falls on Nigeria to make the move that will save the Black man.

What do you think about that?

SBI

Posted by SBI| 17.07.2007 17:54

Jah Guda
Villager

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We might need to ask ourselves if Garveyism can be applied to the political and economic realities of the 21st century, in todays global community and economy.

Posted by Jah Guda| 18.07.2007 11:33

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2 Responses to ““GARVEYISM,NOT CONTINENTALISM IS WHAT BLACK AFRICA NEEDS!!” BY CHINWEIZU”

  1. Yahab Yahshua Says:

    We have a Kingdom coming some not like these evil Nation all around us , they will destroy themselves soon you will see this with your own eyes ,our duty is at this time is to turn back to Father YAHWEH and repent! and wait for our Brother YAHSHUA THE ANOINTED ONE to return and He will set the rest in order!

    • bola ar Says:

      @Yahab Yahshua: Hi Yahab, u are absolutely correct! I couldn’t add more to ur comments. We are coming back to rule!

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