A Wake Up Call – There Are No Successful Black Nations

And the indignity and helplessness of blacks in America won’t end until we have a first-world African nation to lift up our people.
In the wake of fresh deaths at the hands of police officers in the world’s greatest nation, we, the people of the black race, are once again the object of renewed worldwide attention.
Questions of injustice in the United States have been duly raised and protested. And, once again, the black cultural elites in America have seized various platforms to air their grievances and are mostly — and rightly — talking about racism, discrimination, racial profiling, and hate, among other issues. But one issue that has hardly been talked about is the core reason why black people have remained synonymous with the denigrating experience of racism. It is, I dare say, because of the worldwide indignity of the black race.
Racism is not limited to the United States. There is no nonblack nation, even among the most liberal ones, where the black man is dignified. History dealt us an unforgiving blow in the incursion of foreigners into black lands. The Arabs enslaved tribes and nations and then colonized and evangelized them. Then came the Europeans, who persuaded the Africans were of an inferior race, divided up the continent over lunch in Berlin in 1884. They carted off a large population of its people — sometimes leaving entire villages almost empty — and brought those who remained on the continent under their rule.
So complete was the transformation that no black nation retained its ancestral nationhood, the national language, or national identity. And today we often hear of how China or India or some other nation is “taking over” Africa economically. There is almost no nation whose majority is of a different race that has not spat on the face of the black person, at one time or the other.
Be assured, the indignity will continue. Black elites and activists across the world have adopted a culture of verbal tyranny in which they shut down any effort to reason or criticize us or black-majority nations by labeling such attempts as “racism” or “hate speech.” Thus, one can be certain that any suggestions that our race may indeed need to do something to remedy our situation will not be aired — not by the terrified people of other races. And anyone within our race who makes such a suggestion will be deemed weak and pandering or a sellout, as U.S. President Barack Obama has been repeatedly called. Thus, no one will talk about the painful fact that most African and Caribbean nations have either failed or are about to collapse.Thus, no one will talk about the painful fact that most African and Caribbean nations have either failed or are about to collapse.
Early African-American intellectuals and cultural elites saw that the future of their race could not be advanced by endless protests or marches of “equality” or “justice.” It could only be done through the restoration of the trampled dignity of the black man. Great men like Marcus Garvey, W. E. B. Du Bois, and Malcolm X all knew that a people are only respected when it has a nation worthy of respect. A man who lives in a shack cannot expect to be treated with respect at a palace.

They knew that for us to reclaim power we must first reclaim dignity and that this comes through the construction of a solid black state with a demonstrable level of development and prosperity — and which can stand as a powerful advocate for the global black.

Today, no such state exists.
Nigeria, the most populous black nation on Earth, is on the brink of collapse. The machinery that make a nation exist, let alone succeeds, have all eroded. One might argue that the nation’s creation by self-seeking white imperialists engendered its failure from the beginning, as I did in my recent novel. But this is only a part of the cause. A culture of incompetence, endemic corruption, dignified ineptitude, and, chief among all, destructive selfishness and greed has played a major role in its unravelling. The same, sadly, can be said for most other African nations. States like Zimbabwe, Cameroon, and Equatorial Guinea are farcical democracies ruled by men who exclusively cater to their interests and those of their clipped circles.

Thus, it is no surprise that in the absence of any healthy black nation — in the midst of chaos, senseless wars, corrupted religiosity, violence, and economic collapse — African and Caribbean people leave home en masse.

They beg on the streets of Greece, a prostitute in the red-light zones of the Netherlands, and make up 40 percent of the migrants flocking to Europe. As they turn up in these countries, helpless, unwanted, starved, or maimed, they are treated like dogs. Last month in Italy, a newly married Nigerian man was murdered simply for being unwanted. Everywhere from Ukraine to India, nearly every day, black indignity, black helplessness, stares us in the face. And all we do, we who hold the platform can do, is scream “racism!” and court the sympathy of others.
The Yoruba say, “Eniyan bi aparo ni omo araye n’fe,” meaning the world loves a person who is like a partridge. The partridge is a poor bird that, enfeebled by its creation, has little ability to hunt, gather, protect, or feed itself. The Yoruba believe that the world loves these birds because they provide the space for people to show both sincere and insincere sympathy while holding firm to their position as the superior and maintaining the place of the partridge as the weak. Which is to say that if the partridge relies on the sympathy of others, it will not elevate its position. If we, black people everywhere, cannot gather the resources within our powers to exert real changes and restore our dignity, we will continue to be seen as weak. Our protestations and grievances will be met with sympathy, which does nothing to inspire respect.
Black elites should allow for self-criticism and soul-searching and for the restoration of the Pan-Africanist movement with an eye toward building sustainable black nations. We must come to realize that to a great extent the fate of the black man in America is inextricably linked to that of his brother in Africa. Although largely unacknowledged in American political discourse, Jim Crow ended in part because of the African Independent movements.
Jaja Nwachukwu, a 1960s-era Nigerian foreign minister and avowed Pan-Africanist who was close friends with American Presidents Dwight Eisenhower and Lyndon Johnson, once recalled how American officials were embarrassed when African ministers attended official events in New York’s U.N. headquarters and were treated with honour as representatives of sovereign countries. They were ashamed, for instance, when American blacks could not use the same bathroom as the Africans, just as black. The American blacks were further empowered when African nations started becoming independent, black-governed nation-states, beginning with Ghana in 1957 and followed shortly afterwards by other African nations.
As long as we continue to ignore Africa’s continuous wallowing in senseless poverty and destructive failures, as long as the Congolese or the Haitian remains the poster child for poverty and lack, we will remain undignified. As long as we continue to ignore our own self-assessment and soul-searching, we will remain the undignified race. Sadig Rasheed, one of the leading African politicians of the 1980s, once told Polish journalist Ryszard Kapuscinski: “I worry about whether African societies will be able to assume a self-critical stance, and much depends on this.” I add: Our dignity — and even survival — will depend on this.
Source: Foreign Policy|| BY CHIGOZIE OBIOMA


  1. This is one of the most important and penetrating articles to ever be written on the reality of Africa…..and most importantly, it contains clear and precise insights into the destiny of African descendants throughout the planet. UHURU !

  2. Of people would say one is an oppressor and many are slaves let us hate the opprssor. Of late people say many are slaves and one is an oppressor let us despise the slabes.

  3. We the faithful black people of the world who can put aside your selfishness and fear can and will unite across the globe let’s do it
    But those so called negros for rent uncle Tom’s even you fence walking
    Negros move aside or be dated

  4. I use to be in favor of United States of Africa and still favor it, but Africa’s problems cannot be solve by simply molding everyone together, then all our existing problems will vanish over time. As must as I think unity is more important, I also I think our problems goes deeper than our divisions. I believe we need new cultural dimension that transform thinking to meet certain goals such highlight in the article.

    1. You have hit the nail on the head with your submission. Right now there are serious internal conflicts in most individual African nations, now imagine forming a “”USA”. LOL

  5. The Africa being waited for is a united States of Africa that can represent all black people around the world, the black people on the main land is not seriously fighting for that, are really needs that because they are busy tribal fighting over non important things,while the black people in the diaspora is yearning and dreaming and praying in hopes that the main land can get it together for all black people. We are the only people in the entire world 🌍 who don’t have a home 🏡 country to talk for us,it’s also seems as if we are begging a relationship, because most main land Africans feels very indifference to us they don’t have no real regards for the diasporas,which also is a fact playing out on the continent itself.And because of the feelings of indifference among us as a people we are hampered in our efforts of unity.The one biggest problem in Africa today are it’s leaders who are misleading and plundering and causing war and striff, they are the problems they are the ones who deprived their individual country from growth, the leaders and politicians and state men too often are corrupted and lack positive vision and because of their greed many are still puppets to and for the white man. It’s a sick situation when one hear that there are African countries still paying tributaries to European enslavers this is the highest former of cowardice and insult coming out of Africa, this type of payment should be suspended, the only thing that should be payed for is legally traded goods

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