In 1979, Fidel Castro; the then President of Cuba, stated that wealth was concentrated in the hands of a few powers whose wasteful economies were maintained by the exploitation of the labour as well as the transfer and plunder of the national and other resources of the peoples of Africa, Latin America, Asia and other regions.
Fast forward to the 21st Century, Latin America, Asia and other regions have moved on from the point of stagnation to potential world powers, leaving Africa in a more pathetic situation than it was as a continent in 1979. All thanks to the parasites we have been having in power since the 1950s in Africa. They continuously work to keep us as a third-class continent characterized by a third-class life where abject poverty or extreme penury remains the sole means of identification.
If dogs are governing a country, the atmosphere is filled with nothing but horrible barking noises. This has been the exact situation in Africa for years now,most especially in Nigeria. Trickery and treachery remain the practices in the political atmosphere of Nigeria and the wits capable of making honesty a habit is tightly sealed at the basement of the policy making process.
The scramble for Africa came as a result of frantic efforts of the Western world to survive. However, bad leadership and greed gradually took us away from being the host helping others survive to being the pathetic ones that need others to survive. Today, we need the Western world to survive. We have become subservient to the developed nations because the policies being made by our leaders in power over the years have been nothing both dehumanizing policies that generate extreme poverty.
The few ones that come up to correct these bad policies,year in year out, are labelled rebels, terrorists or nuisance. The first on the list in this group in the last 50 years is "Baba Fela Anikulapo Kuti". Before his controversial death,of which the Nigerian government is complicit, he tried to speak senses to the power that be through his unique brand of music but they never listened. He carved out his brand of music " Afrobeat", from the local inspiration as an African. From the scratch, he built a name for himself and helped to place Nigeria on the world map till date. Little would one wonder to see President Emmanuel Macron of France visit the Afrika shrine of Fela Kuti on 29th May, 2018. He had such a strong effect throughout the world. In his consistency and doggedness, he inspired a lot of youths into the African brand of music.
Between the 60s to mid-90s, it was all about foreign music. Our cultural heritage was eroded and would have gone into extinction in the entertainment industry but for the "Abami Eda's inspiration" and the efforts of few others like Pa Chinua Achebe, Prof Wole Soyinka, Pa Hubert Ogunde, Duro Ladipo, Pa Pete Edochie etc.
As we speak at the moment, a whole lot of our sons and daughters are being celebrated throughout the globe in the entertainment industry. In less than 24hours, precisely on 15th March,2021 by 1.00 am, our own very Wizkid and Burna Boy made us proud at the 2021 Grammy Awards. Pathetic that both were insulted by the present government for lending their voices to #EndSars late last year. Sane government listens to the wise calls of the citizens while a parasitic government would blackmail such citizens to crucify them.
If Burna Boy and Wizkid have brought this outstanding glory to Nigeria, a feat our selfish leaders have not been able to achieve since 1960, I think this government needs to apologise to them for attacking them while trying to help those in power do what was right.
Above all, every leader that was involved in demonizing "Baba Fela" should tender an unreserved apology to "Anikulapo Kuti" ; the man who has death in his pouch and remains immortal". To me, "Baba Fela" lives on because hardly will you see any of the new generation of musicians in Nigeria today without a touch of Baba Fela.
He spoke to the power that be. He single handedly displayed this advice in the music industry. Today, our African genres of music rule over any other within our continent , and we see foreigners dance to such genres with all pleasure. If only the cankerworms in power ,from the 60s, listened to him and followed suit in the path laid down by "the man who saw tomorrow", we would have had a place globally both economically and politically just as in the music industry by now.
Would the souls in power, that labelled the "Abami Eda" a nuisance , be repentant enough ,one day, to apologise for the wrongs they did to him?! We shall continue to write and speak until we see Nigeria and Africa at large rise again.So help us God!!!
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