Tens of decades of being spoon-fed or feeling helpless enough
To surrender to strangers your leadership of culture and technology is not a generosity,
But an exaggerated excuse of inherited slavery mentality; the Ironical simplicity
Of not thinking forward enough,
Of not feeling good enough,
Of not talking top enough,
Of not standing tall enough,
Of not acting bold enough,
Of not knowing that standing alone
To fall and stand again to fall and stand tall alone
Is practice-worthy enough
In order to remain tall.
When will Africa build
her own world and refuse
to stay down her hand for fear of mistakes and the inevitable growth-process failures?
and when will Africa learn
to dream her own dreams; I mean to be content within the realm
where her programs only bear her own DNA signatures,
where she no longer boasts shamefully of borrowed inventions that eternally refuse
to fit into the African context, that threaten to make us aliens of our true nature -
incompatible alien social formulas that make our social engineering confused ?
Let’s cure ourselves of this cultural dislocation and intellectual humiliation.
When the inevitable barbarity of the crude form of our culture’s past is so glaring,
that we won’t but be irrational not to admit it,
who said it is something to be ashamed of?
Let them name a culture without a crude origin,
and I will show them a culture without a past, which is a culture that doesn’t exist.
Or let them show me an Africa who condemns its crude past,
and I will show them an Africa which has learnt.
An Africa which has learnt
is the only Africa which can repent:
an Africa which has learnt to infuse
indigenous technology into all offerings she receives from the brothers around the globe,
is the only Africa which can build an African Africa.
Else she becomes a make-fit of a foreign cultural robe.
No civilization ever grew out of vacuum,
but on the shoulders of others
to tower higher.
So it’s not a sin that Africa borrows culture today,
and that she condemns her crude past.
It only means a giant is in the making.
And it shall come to pass that out of these raw materials we are borrowing,
we shall build a black civilization and socialization
that will not like the former be sincerely shame-spoken of,
but that shall know no equal,
and that shall be the highest export commodity in the world.
And Pan African is our formula.
There’s no genius without ingenuity,
there is no prosperity, whether economic or cultural
without indigenous Technology.
I can never help you to be better than me
unless you’re my next of kin,
and no continent is another’s next of kin.