Why Mental Slavery Reigns in Kenya

By David Maillu
Published June 17, 2017

Bob Marley, a Jamaican Reggae maestro, urged the black race to deliver itself from mental slavery.I was talking to a friend the other day when I mentioned something important I had seen on a local television network the previous day and he was quick to reply, “These days I’m not a fan of local broadcasting. I stopped watching local stations and listening to radio ages ago. The only thing I watch is the daily news. After news I switch to international stations, such as BBC and Al Jazeera. Reason? The broadcast adds very little value to my mind unlike those overseas stations. Year-in-and-year-out local broadcasters play music and dancing only to run soap opera imported from South America or – you know where they get them, don’t you?”

Walk into any major bookshop in Nairobi and the books in the front display are written and published by foreigners. African books are given a secondary position and, in some cases, are tucked in the shelves somewhere. Walk into the leading five star hotels; the menu there is foreign.

I have just been talking to woman armed with a Master’s degree in food. We were talking in English about vanishing cultural values when she said, “You people of the old generation are better off. Our generation can hardly write and speak in their mother tongues which are disappearing.”

Unfortunately, our government, which should be the custodian and promoter of our cultural values, is using foreign instruments in addressing those values. The worst form of colonialism is not physical but intellectual. We got rid of the physical one but we were left with the intellectual one. The blame shouldn’t be laid on the consumer but on the provider. If local broadcasting stations and media houses don’t offer anything appealing and one which add value to the consumer’s life, the consumer would listen and watch anything appealing, even if it be foreign. If the hotels don’t offer local and appealing menu, the consumer has the right to spend his money eating any tasty menu at whatever cultural consequences. If the government doesn’t take responsibility in promotion of writing and publishing appealing books, the consumer will survive on foreign reading materials.

What’s all this big talk about having thrown the colonialist away? It looks that after being thrown through the door the colonial returned through the window to stay. That is how African values are being permanently colonized. The consumer is ready to take anything which is appealing. The government is processing the citizen strategically not just for wearing imported secondhand clothes (mitumba) from Europe and Asia, but for the consumption of “intellectual mitumba.” Nature hates a vacuum. Whatever cultural vacuum we create regarding local values will instantly be filled in by foreign values to the destruction of local integrity.

By David Maillu
Published June 17, 2017

Bob Marley, a Jamaican Reggae maestro, urged the black race to deliver itself from mental slavery.I was talking to a friend the other day when I mentioned something important I had seen on a local television network the previous day and he was quick to reply, “These days I’m not a fan of local broadcasting. I stopped watching local stations and listening to radio ages ago. The only thing I watch is the daily news. After news I switch to international stations, such as BBC and Al Jazeera. Reason? The broadcast adds very little value to my mind unlike those overseas stations. Year-in-and-year-out local broadcasters play music and dancing only to run soap opera imported from South America or – you know where they get them, don’t you?”

Walk into any major bookshop in Nairobi and the books in the front display are written and published by foreigners. African books are given a secondary position and, in some cases, are tucked in the shelves somewhere. Walk into the leading five star hotels; the menu there is foreign.

I have just been talking to woman armed with a Master’s degree in food. We were talking in English about vanishing cultural values when she said, “You people of the old generation are better off. Our generation can hardly write and speak in their mother tongues which are disappearing.”

Unfortunately, our government, which should be the custodian and promoter of our cultural values, is using foreign instruments in addressing those values. The worst form of colonialism is not physical but intellectual. We got rid of the physical one but we were left with the intellectual one. The blame shouldn’t be laid on the consumer but on the provider. If local broadcasting stations and media houses don’t offer anything appealing and one which add value to the consumer’s life, the consumer would listen and watch anything appealing, even if it be foreign. If the hotels don’t offer local and appealing menu, the consumer has the right to spend his money eating any tasty menu at whatever cultural consequences. If the government doesn’t take responsibility in promotion of writing and publishing appealing books, the consumer will survive on foreign reading materials.

What’s all this big talk about having thrown the colonialist away? It looks that after being thrown through the door the colonial returned through the window to stay. That is how African values are being permanently colonized. The consumer is ready to take anything which is appealing. The government is processing the citizen strategically not just for wearing imported secondhand clothes (mitumba) from Europe and Asia, but for the consumption of “intellectual mitumba.” Nature hates a vacuum. Whatever cultural vacuum we create regarding local values will instantly be filled in by foreign values to the destruction of local integrity.

Intellectual Nomads and Lack of Creativity

By David G Maillu

Imagine someone trained and qualified as a pilot returning to the village to start flying self-made toys to the delight of villagers; a trained and qualified engineer taking a job in making toys. That is the parable of what most of our intellectuals are doing. It is sheer misuse of brain power.

Africa is busy producing intellectual nomads, something which pays tribute to intellectual exodus. We are producing intellectuals who are of little use to the suffering Africa where their knowledge is critically needed. When these nomads they hit back, “Africa pays us peanuts for our brains. We must seek better pastures elsewhere.” They edit out, “in Whiteman’s world.” That exodus is invites replacements of second-class intellectuals from the Whiteman’s world in the big aid industry of helping Africa. The Whiteman’s world wouldn’t dare, at whatever cost, to let its first-class intellectuals go to work in third worlds.

In Kenya, knowledge has become part of the power of capitalism. It has become a common stand that that knowledge qualified by your university degrees, like your bank account, is only yours and your family’s alone. That explains why it is so easy even for the most needful doctor in Samburu to leave his impoverished Samburu people for greener pastures in the Whiteman’s world. Colonials used African labour and taxes to build their Empires; today they are using the African intellectual to perfect their empires.

Kenya is only economically poor, leave alone the few gods of money. Yet it is teeming with intellectual wealth. It has produced the brains needed to shoot the economy of the country to the moon. However, the dominant interest in those minds is money, pesa, mbecia! Period. To get that money it is fashionable to exploit, deceive, maim, or kill for money. This is powered by the philosophy that you sell your blood where it is most worth. They are obsessed with quick money, powered by the dream of driving a four-wheel monster car or a Mercedes and live in a palatial home. It’s the birth of a culture of economic terror. Kenya is full of economist terrorists.

The country is poor because it lacks creativity in creating wealth. Even the highly educated people don’t want to be engaged in long-term creativity and professionalism. There is no incentive in individuals being obsessed with deep thinking and whatever it would take to accomplish the needed research. Money takes priority to commitment in research in science and art. History of invention has it that most inventors were people with little money. Is there a rich man who would spend his valuable time roaming in the semi-desert places studying the behavior of the African squirrel, which may lead to other scientific breakthrough?

If Kenyans put creativity into practice they would solve unemployment. Jobs are a matter of mental creation. It is the mind which created man’s power to fly. If we allow ourselves to be drugged by material terrorism, who is going to be our top scientist, researcher, discoverer, inventor, philosopher tomorrow?

That Kenyan Luo young man, who, some years ago, invented the Mobile Pesa idea which has revolutionized money transaction and become a world phenomenon, was not powered by money but by creativity. His creativity has created millions of jobs and put Kenya on the world map. The world had to learn the Mobile-Pesa miracle from Kenya. That inventor is one of the many sleeping ones. What incentive is the government giving to inventors and discovers?

If there are no jobs, it surely must be blamed on lack of creativity in the nation. For example, if Arabia is dying for charcoal, why have we not utilized our idle land by planting trees commercially for harvesting charcoal for Arabian consumption? Why are our cities not designed to have cyclist paths?

Why is the army sitting in barracks and prisoners in prisons doing nothing instead of being engaged in productive engagements like in making dams, planting trees, building bridges and, and…? If the Nairobi river water was recycled, can you imagine how much that water would irrigate? If we cannot produce a car, isn’t time we started thinking of producing motorbikes, mechanized domestic equipment? Why should we still import bicycles?

How many people would be employed if we harvested all the water running to the ocean? Why are our medical scientists not researching on our immense herbal medicine and telling us how to make an industry out of making pills? Why are we promoting eating bread for breakfast instead of eating nduma and sweet potatoes which we can grow locally? Why are our musicians sleeping on their creative minds? How dare we import food when we have expansive idle land for growing food for local and export consumption?

African governments are suffering from creative inertia. Something should beat them awake. To add an insult to an injury, the Kenyan government finds sense in paying a professionally lying politicians a monthly salary of nearly a million shillings, whereas a professor earns a quarter of that salary. That professor, scientist and doctor, have spent their lifetime in acquiring knowledge for which they are being paid peanuts.

Come to Kenya, stand by the side of a Nairobi street and start counting the percentage of the big four wheel personal cars passing by. After nearly every five saloon cars pass, you see a four-wheel monster, probably occupied by the proud owner alone or with one passenger. Go to Japan, Germany and Sweden where those monsters are manufactured and you will be amazed by how few of them you see in streets. Think of the cost of importing cars, petrol, spare parts, household goods, and nearly everything consumed in Kenya. Kenya is merely proud of fake economy crying for foreign aid because it can’t create wealth.

In Kenya money can buy you justice. Your degree is fashionable only in enabling you to earn money, but not for discovery and exploitation of intellectual frontiers. That is why a professor can throw his intellectual towel on the political ring and go for money. It is uncommon in Europe to hear a Cabinet Minister called Professor. We have got a host of Members Parliament with doctorate degrees. In intellectually developed countries where they know the work of education to the nation, Professors and top scientists are too precious to waste their brains in Parliament arguing over small matters like the supply of sanitary towels to school girls.

Fifty years since Kenya became independent; the nation has been systematically engaged in developing a culture of consumption at the cost of production, kneeling before dependency on European and Asian industrialized countries. We have an over production of educated people devoid of our creativity. We are celebrating what Prof Kabaji called mediocrity and fake economy.

A highly educated mind is like a loaded gun. He can apply his mind to get useful things, but that mental potential can also be applied for destruction. An educated thief is more dangerous than an educated thief. The worst destroyers of our economy are the highly educated because they have the power to take the population to the right path or lead them astray. Kenya has produced professors who are thieves. The thing is, what is that thief professor saying to the young generation? Where does that highly talked about integrity fit into the equation? Which are the models to be emulated by the young ones? When a pastor is engaged in stealing and in adultery, what is Christianity saying to the faithful?
Kenya has developed a philosophy of eating your cake and having it through magic tricks.

It’s time we returned to the drawing board to find out where things started breaking apart and where the rains started beating us. We are deep into the economic sea. We either learn how to swim or sink. God bless creative minds.

By David G Maillu

Imagine someone trained and qualified as a pilot returning to the village to start flying self-made toys to the delight of villagers; a trained and qualified engineer taking a job in making toys. That is the parable of what most of our intellectuals are doing. It is sheer misuse of brain power.

Africa is busy producing intellectual nomads, something which pays tribute to intellectual exodus. We are producing intellectuals who are of little use to the suffering Africa where their knowledge is critically needed. When these nomads they hit back, “Africa pays us peanuts for our brains. We must seek better pastures elsewhere.” They edit out, “in Whiteman’s world.” That exodus is invites replacements of second-class intellectuals from the Whiteman’s world in the big aid industry of helping Africa. The Whiteman’s world wouldn’t dare, at whatever cost, to let its first-class intellectuals go to work in third worlds.

In Kenya, knowledge has become part of the power of capitalism. It has become a common stand that that knowledge qualified by your university degrees, like your bank account, is only yours and your family’s alone. That explains why it is so easy even for the most needful doctor in Samburu to leave his impoverished Samburu people for greener pastures in the Whiteman’s world. Colonials used African labour and taxes to build their Empires; today they are using the African intellectual to perfect their empires.

Kenya is only economically poor, leave alone the few gods of money. Yet it is teeming with intellectual wealth. It has produced the brains needed to shoot the economy of the country to the moon. However, the dominant interest in those minds is money, pesa, mbecia! Period. To get that money it is fashionable to exploit, deceive, maim, or kill for money. This is powered by the philosophy that you sell your blood where it is most worth. They are obsessed with quick money, powered by the dream of driving a four-wheel monster car or a Mercedes and live in a palatial home. It’s the birth of a culture of economic terror. Kenya is full of economist terrorists.

The country is poor because it lacks creativity in creating wealth. Even the highly educated people don’t want to be engaged in long-term creativity and professionalism. There is no incentive in individuals being obsessed with deep thinking and whatever it would take to accomplish the needed research. Money takes priority to commitment in research in science and art. History of invention has it that most inventors were people with little money. Is there a rich man who would spend his valuable time roaming in the semi-desert places studying the behavior of the African squirrel, which may lead to other scientific breakthrough?

If Kenyans put creativity into practice they would solve unemployment. Jobs are a matter of mental creation. It is the mind which created man’s power to fly. If we allow ourselves to be drugged by material terrorism, who is going to be our top scientist, researcher, discoverer, inventor, philosopher tomorrow?

That Kenyan Luo young man, who, some years ago, invented the Mobile Pesa idea which has revolutionized money transaction and become a world phenomenon, was not powered by money but by creativity. His creativity has created millions of jobs and put Kenya on the world map. The world had to learn the Mobile-Pesa miracle from Kenya. That inventor is one of the many sleeping ones. What incentive is the government giving to inventors and discovers?

If there are no jobs, it surely must be blamed on lack of creativity in the nation. For example, if Arabia is dying for charcoal, why have we not utilized our idle land by planting trees commercially for harvesting charcoal for Arabian consumption? Why are our cities not designed to have cyclist paths?

Why is the army sitting in barracks and prisoners in prisons doing nothing instead of being engaged in productive engagements like in making dams, planting trees, building bridges and, and…? If the Nairobi river water was recycled, can you imagine how much that water would irrigate? If we cannot produce a car, isn’t time we started thinking of producing motorbikes, mechanized domestic equipment? Why should we still import bicycles?

How many people would be employed if we harvested all the water running to the ocean? Why are our medical scientists not researching on our immense herbal medicine and telling us how to make an industry out of making pills? Why are we promoting eating bread for breakfast instead of eating nduma and sweet potatoes which we can grow locally? Why are our musicians sleeping on their creative minds? How dare we import food when we have expansive idle land for growing food for local and export consumption?

African governments are suffering from creative inertia. Something should beat them awake. To add an insult to an injury, the Kenyan government finds sense in paying a professionally lying politicians a monthly salary of nearly a million shillings, whereas a professor earns a quarter of that salary. That professor, scientist and doctor, have spent their lifetime in acquiring knowledge for which they are being paid peanuts.

Come to Kenya, stand by the side of a Nairobi street and start counting the percentage of the big four wheel personal cars passing by. After nearly every five saloon cars pass, you see a four-wheel monster, probably occupied by the proud owner alone or with one passenger. Go to Japan, Germany and Sweden where those monsters are manufactured and you will be amazed by how few of them you see in streets. Think of the cost of importing cars, petrol, spare parts, household goods, and nearly everything consumed in Kenya. Kenya is merely proud of fake economy crying for foreign aid because it can’t create wealth.

In Kenya money can buy you justice. Your degree is fashionable only in enabling you to earn money, but not for discovery and exploitation of intellectual frontiers. That is why a professor can throw his intellectual towel on the political ring and go for money. It is uncommon in Europe to hear a Cabinet Minister called Professor. We have got a host of Members Parliament with doctorate degrees. In intellectually developed countries where they know the work of education to the nation, Professors and top scientists are too precious to waste their brains in Parliament arguing over small matters like the supply of sanitary towels to school girls.

Fifty years since Kenya became independent; the nation has been systematically engaged in developing a culture of consumption at the cost of production, kneeling before dependency on European and Asian industrialized countries. We have an over production of educated people devoid of our creativity. We are celebrating what Prof Kabaji called mediocrity and fake economy.

A highly educated mind is like a loaded gun. He can apply his mind to get useful things, but that mental potential can also be applied for destruction. An educated thief is more dangerous than an educated thief. The worst destroyers of our economy are the highly educated because they have the power to take the population to the right path or lead them astray. Kenya has produced professors who are thieves. The thing is, what is that thief professor saying to the young generation? Where does that highly talked about integrity fit into the equation? Which are the models to be emulated by the young ones? When a pastor is engaged in stealing and in adultery, what is Christianity saying to the faithful?
Kenya has developed a philosophy of eating your cake and having it through magic tricks.

It’s time we returned to the drawing board to find out where things started breaking apart and where the rains started beating us. We are deep into the economic sea. We either learn how to swim or sink. God bless creative minds.

Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda.

Swap Presidents as a Test for pan-Africanism

By David G Maillu

Uhuru Kenyatta, Kenya's President, has been accused of not holding direct talks with medical doctors to end nationwide strike that has paralysed healthcare across the country.What is it that African Presidents are doing in order for their community and for themselves to understand each other better? During colonial days we were referred to as Africans. In Kenya there were only three communities. Africans, Europeans and Indians. Colonials were fantastic human farmers who created paddocks, in terms of states, for better effecting farming and administration. The East African paddocks were Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. When we became independent, it was actually independence for animals in those paddocks to be demoted from being called Africans to become known as Kenyans, Ugandans, Tanzanians and so on. Grounds for interacting and understanding one another were destroyed.

They say that creativity is the mother of invention and builder of empires. I am afraid, African’s creativity has remained unexploited for ages. But that creativity is needed most to solve present problems. Call it madness what I am going to suggest; but it is sometimes said that there is thin line between genius and insanity.

Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda.In order to exercise the taste of pan-Africanism or for better understanding of how it feels to be in the political shoes of someone else, how about trying something unprecedented? I suggest that Presidents of some selected countries, best in the East African Community, on behalf of the continent, should swap positions for a month. For Example, President Yoweri Museveni could swap it with President Uhuru Kenyatta. Or President Kenyatta with President Paul Kagame.Or President John Magufuli with President Museven and so on.

The swappers would get out of the exercise very enlightened and things would never be the same with themselves. By all means, the exercise, which wouldn’t cost much, would help cleanse many prejudices and misunderstandings among the citizens. The participants would not need foreign aid for the exercise.

By David G Maillu

Uhuru Kenyatta, Kenya's President, has been accused of not holding direct talks with medical doctors to end nationwide strike that has paralysed healthcare across the country.What is it that African Presidents are doing in order for their community and for themselves to understand each other better? During colonial days we were referred to as Africans. In Kenya there were only three communities. Africans, Europeans and Indians. Colonials were fantastic human farmers who created paddocks, in terms of states, for better effecting farming and administration. The East African paddocks were Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. When we became independent, it was actually independence for animals in those paddocks to be demoted from being called Africans to become known as Kenyans, Ugandans, Tanzanians and so on. Grounds for interacting and understanding one another were destroyed.

They say that creativity is the mother of invention and builder of empires. I am afraid, African’s creativity has remained unexploited for ages. But that creativity is needed most to solve present problems. Call it madness what I am going to suggest; but it is sometimes said that there is thin line between genius and insanity.

Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda.In order to exercise the taste of pan-Africanism or for better understanding of how it feels to be in the political shoes of someone else, how about trying something unprecedented? I suggest that Presidents of some selected countries, best in the East African Community, on behalf of the continent, should swap positions for a month. For Example, President Yoweri Museveni could swap it with President Uhuru Kenyatta. Or President Kenyatta with President Paul Kagame.Or President John Magufuli with President Museven and so on.

The swappers would get out of the exercise very enlightened and things would never be the same with themselves. By all means, the exercise, which wouldn’t cost much, would help cleanse many prejudices and misunderstandings among the citizens. The participants would not need foreign aid for the exercise.

Polygamy is a Choice

By David G Maillu

One of the most sensitive subjects in Africa is polygamy. Why? Different mind sets have different reasons for this, some of the reasons based religious interpretation. Most white people think that every African man is a polygamist. Furthermore to them, to a large extent, polygamy is associated with primitive people. That is why many people in Europe and in America got the shock of their lives when President Zuma – a civilized man and President – came out proudly in his full Zulu polygamous colours. In fact, Zuma gave polygamy the credit it deserves. President Zuma and President Obama have given the Black Race psychologically boost and they should be given the highest cultural prize which, unfortunately, cannot come from the Nobel Prize institution.

Polygamy is a deal that is strictly between man and woman. Neither man nor woman can blame it on one person. To do so would be as biased as blaming prostitution on one gender. Today polygamy and witchcraft are publicly despised but privately they are appreciated. The other day I had a chat with the former head of the Kenyan Civil Service, Professor Philip Mbithi, who revealed to me his experience in the Kenyan top civil service. Majority of them, he told me, believe and engage in witchcraft matters.

The big question is whether polygamy is relevant or irrelevant in the African social scene today. In my published book OUR KIND OF POLYGAMY by East African Educational Publishers I said: That one’s meat is another person’s poison explains the dimensions of human differences and personalities. It is nonsensical, of course, to advance the claim that polygamy is wrong. Good questions to ask are: To whom is it wrong? Or under what circumstances does it become wrong? Africa has practiced polygamy as far back as the records can take us. Nobody would dispute that majority of great men in Africa come from polygamous marriages. My father was a polygamist. A child growing up in a polygamous marriages is given a unique workshop among his brothers and sisters for social development unlike children from monogamous families.

In fact, polygamy or plural marriage as it is called sometimes is found throughout the world and in a variety of forms that are determined by the culture of the people. Among the western people – the whites – the familiar term is consecutive polygamy. That is, marrying and living with one wife at a time, and this amounts to no more than a serial monogamy in which one husband is engaged consecutively in discreet monogamous unions. If he is dissatisfied by his wife, he looks for a reason with which to throw her out in order to create room for a new wife. That is why in those communities divorces are as common as malaria attacks in Africa. A man may end up in marrying three, four, five or more wives at different times. In Africa, when a man is totally dissatisfied by his wife, he leaves her within his estate and goes for a second wife. In other words, African civilization protects “divorced” women by giving them both family and accommodation. Literally, a man may live a monogamous marriage when he is, by history, polygamous. This fine social order protects both the woman and the children. If by any chance “divorced” mother gets a child from another man, that child inherits the name of the ex-husband; whereas in the western divorce children are torn apart from their parents. Furthermore, if the divorced mother gets a child from another man, that child is described as bastard. In African civilization there are no bastards.

The claim against polygamy based on Christian religion is absolutely baseless. There is no clear verse in the Bible which says NO to polygamy. In fact, one should not forget that God’s biblical heavy weights were polygamous, spearheaded by King Solomon with his a thousand wives, hundreds of them being concubines. It is the same Bible in Malachi which says, “God does not change.” That is, the God of the Abrahams is still the one and the same God of today. If God appreciated polygamy in the old times, when did God change to start despising polygamy instead of blessing it?

There are many reasons why people engage in polygamy. One of the main reasons is trying to solve a marital problem between the couple, which may be caused by one thing or the other, sex included. Another reason is adoption. In traditional Africa there were no free children for adoption. If a childless marriage desires having a child, the man adopts a woman with or without children to give the family children and continuation. This adoption philosophy is vividly expressed by the so-called “woman-to-woman” marriage. It is from this premise of adoption that we should understand the polygamy exercise of the late “Danger” man. Obviously, he did not marry all those wives because of his sexual urge. He was ax extraordinary adoptee of women. All the children born to the wives, whether fathered by him or not, were given his name. All the women married to him for whatever reason, felt fully married. In traditional Africa, sex is not enough to hold a marriage. No man in his full sense would divorce his wife because she went to bed with another man and even got a child from him. The value of woman was above sexual gratifications.

By David G Maillu

One of the most sensitive subjects in Africa is polygamy. Why? Different mind sets have different reasons for this, some of the reasons based religious interpretation. Most white people think that every African man is a polygamist. Furthermore to them, to a large extent, polygamy is associated with primitive people. That is why many people in Europe and in America got the shock of their lives when President Zuma – a civilized man and President – came out proudly in his full Zulu polygamous colours. In fact, Zuma gave polygamy the credit it deserves. President Zuma and President Obama have given the Black Race psychologically boost and they should be given the highest cultural prize which, unfortunately, cannot come from the Nobel Prize institution.

Polygamy is a deal that is strictly between man and woman. Neither man nor woman can blame it on one person. To do so would be as biased as blaming prostitution on one gender. Today polygamy and witchcraft are publicly despised but privately they are appreciated. The other day I had a chat with the former head of the Kenyan Civil Service, Professor Philip Mbithi, who revealed to me his experience in the Kenyan top civil service. Majority of them, he told me, believe and engage in witchcraft matters.

The big question is whether polygamy is relevant or irrelevant in the African social scene today. In my published book OUR KIND OF POLYGAMY by East African Educational Publishers I said: That one’s meat is another person’s poison explains the dimensions of human differences and personalities. It is nonsensical, of course, to advance the claim that polygamy is wrong. Good questions to ask are: To whom is it wrong? Or under what circumstances does it become wrong? Africa has practiced polygamy as far back as the records can take us. Nobody would dispute that majority of great men in Africa come from polygamous marriages. My father was a polygamist. A child growing up in a polygamous marriages is given a unique workshop among his brothers and sisters for social development unlike children from monogamous families.

In fact, polygamy or plural marriage as it is called sometimes is found throughout the world and in a variety of forms that are determined by the culture of the people. Among the western people – the whites – the familiar term is consecutive polygamy. That is, marrying and living with one wife at a time, and this amounts to no more than a serial monogamy in which one husband is engaged consecutively in discreet monogamous unions. If he is dissatisfied by his wife, he looks for a reason with which to throw her out in order to create room for a new wife. That is why in those communities divorces are as common as malaria attacks in Africa. A man may end up in marrying three, four, five or more wives at different times. In Africa, when a man is totally dissatisfied by his wife, he leaves her within his estate and goes for a second wife. In other words, African civilization protects “divorced” women by giving them both family and accommodation. Literally, a man may live a monogamous marriage when he is, by history, polygamous. This fine social order protects both the woman and the children. If by any chance “divorced” mother gets a child from another man, that child inherits the name of the ex-husband; whereas in the western divorce children are torn apart from their parents. Furthermore, if the divorced mother gets a child from another man, that child is described as bastard. In African civilization there are no bastards.

The claim against polygamy based on Christian religion is absolutely baseless. There is no clear verse in the Bible which says NO to polygamy. In fact, one should not forget that God’s biblical heavy weights were polygamous, spearheaded by King Solomon with his a thousand wives, hundreds of them being concubines. It is the same Bible in Malachi which says, “God does not change.” That is, the God of the Abrahams is still the one and the same God of today. If God appreciated polygamy in the old times, when did God change to start despising polygamy instead of blessing it?

There are many reasons why people engage in polygamy. One of the main reasons is trying to solve a marital problem between the couple, which may be caused by one thing or the other, sex included. Another reason is adoption. In traditional Africa there were no free children for adoption. If a childless marriage desires having a child, the man adopts a woman with or without children to give the family children and continuation. This adoption philosophy is vividly expressed by the so-called “woman-to-woman” marriage. It is from this premise of adoption that we should understand the polygamy exercise of the late “Danger” man. Obviously, he did not marry all those wives because of his sexual urge. He was ax extraordinary adoptee of women. All the children born to the wives, whether fathered by him or not, were given his name. All the women married to him for whatever reason, felt fully married. In traditional Africa, sex is not enough to hold a marriage. No man in his full sense would divorce his wife because she went to bed with another man and even got a child from him. The value of woman was above sexual gratifications.

Destructive Religion

Anyone who has attended a funeral these days has certainly experienced the antagonizing time-consuming rituals given to the function. The worst is when a politician or a “born-again” speaker takes the microphone.

I attended one of them recently and when the “Reverend” preacher came to the time of praying he said something like this, “God, we thank you for the life of person who was full of faith in you. Now that the faithful person has gone, God let your hand rush to save the children from the mighty hand of Satan now setting himself ready to fill in the vacuum. Our God of love, we know that you create people to live a happy life without pain; but Satan creates pain and deceases to destroy your blessing. God, we accept that you are the giver of life; but now you have taken that life from us to your kingdom.”

The contradictory point indirectly made here is that when God wants to take life back he uses a killer disease and pain as an agent to bring that life back. That is, when we are alive we should thank God for giving us life and when we die we should thank God for taking our life away.

But how on earth can the Reverend claim that only Satan is responsible for creating pain and disease? This is someone who has virtually preached and converted thousands of souls in his long missionary work. Unfortunately this man has been preaching and converting people to a religion that is self-defeating because it stands out to be responsible for the person’s physical failures to solve problems. The convert is made to believe that the right medicine for his illness comes from God but not from human beings. He is taught that this world is but only a passing station on our way to heaven where Satan, the king of pain, will be destroyed by the God of love and thereafter we shall live happily forever.

The Reverend gravely thought outside the commonsense world that, after all, there is nothing special about human death. Human beings die exactly the way cows and goats and chickens die.

The life of any human being is subjected to germs. Germs are not created by a special force called Satan but the same force that creates all other lives. Even that religion believes that Satan, the so-called rebellious angel in the name Lucifer, was created by God and if, by any means, God thought Satan has outlived his purpose the Almighty God should have destroyed Satan n the twinkling of an eye.

This religion tells people that all bad things on earth – be they disease, drought, famine, disagreements, human suffering, rape, irresponsibility and so on – are works of Satan. Cure? Praying and cursing Satan. That explains why some families refuse sending sick person to hospital. They believe that sickness is brought by Satan and the only way to take it away is through prayers.

But it is not only diseases but the whole of human suffering that is the responsibility of Satan. “Satan should be defeated, Shetani ashindwe! That’s their preaching which drives you to put the blame of all your problems on Satan.

This is a religion founded on a material God. It is spreading fast in this part of the world where, instead of people picking up arms to face economic problems through work, they perceive those misfortunes as works of evil spirits and Satan. They resort to faith in that material God and praying-day-and-night for miracles from God. As a working tool, faith in material God is a very powerful propaganda of creating an irresponsible society removed from natural demands that life is created by two opposing forces: – life and death, sick and healthy, love and hate, pain and pleasure, innocent and guilt, hot and cold, stupid and wise, positive and negative, responsible and irresponsible.

Because the so-called lower living beings do not believe in a material God that promises them an everlasting happy life in paradise after their death, they work hard struggling for their livelihood – animals, birds and insects. In any case, if paradise comes only after death, you should pay tax to the forces governing the world. If you kick a sharp object you shouldn’t blame your pain on anyone else but yourself for not seeing the object. The world in which we live is governed by clear planning and implementing the plan through hard work. Life on the planet earth is government by the law of swim or sink.

Anyone who has attended a funeral these days has certainly experienced the antagonizing time-consuming rituals given to the function. The worst is when a politician or a “born-again” speaker takes the microphone.

I attended one of them recently and when the “Reverend” preacher came to the time of praying he said something like this, “God, we thank you for the life of person who was full of faith in you. Now that the faithful person has gone, God let your hand rush to save the children from the mighty hand of Satan now setting himself ready to fill in the vacuum. Our God of love, we know that you create people to live a happy life without pain; but Satan creates pain and deceases to destroy your blessing. God, we accept that you are the giver of life; but now you have taken that life from us to your kingdom.”

The contradictory point indirectly made here is that when God wants to take life back he uses a killer disease and pain as an agent to bring that life back. That is, when we are alive we should thank God for giving us life and when we die we should thank God for taking our life away.

But how on earth can the Reverend claim that only Satan is responsible for creating pain and disease? This is someone who has virtually preached and converted thousands of souls in his long missionary work. Unfortunately this man has been preaching and converting people to a religion that is self-defeating because it stands out to be responsible for the person’s physical failures to solve problems. The convert is made to believe that the right medicine for his illness comes from God but not from human beings. He is taught that this world is but only a passing station on our way to heaven where Satan, the king of pain, will be destroyed by the God of love and thereafter we shall live happily forever.

The Reverend gravely thought outside the commonsense world that, after all, there is nothing special about human death. Human beings die exactly the way cows and goats and chickens die.

The life of any human being is subjected to germs. Germs are not created by a special force called Satan but the same force that creates all other lives. Even that religion believes that Satan, the so-called rebellious angel in the name Lucifer, was created by God and if, by any means, God thought Satan has outlived his purpose the Almighty God should have destroyed Satan n the twinkling of an eye.

This religion tells people that all bad things on earth – be they disease, drought, famine, disagreements, human suffering, rape, irresponsibility and so on – are works of Satan. Cure? Praying and cursing Satan. That explains why some families refuse sending sick person to hospital. They believe that sickness is brought by Satan and the only way to take it away is through prayers.

But it is not only diseases but the whole of human suffering that is the responsibility of Satan. “Satan should be defeated, Shetani ashindwe! That’s their preaching which drives you to put the blame of all your problems on Satan.

This is a religion founded on a material God. It is spreading fast in this part of the world where, instead of people picking up arms to face economic problems through work, they perceive those misfortunes as works of evil spirits and Satan. They resort to faith in that material God and praying-day-and-night for miracles from God. As a working tool, faith in material God is a very powerful propaganda of creating an irresponsible society removed from natural demands that life is created by two opposing forces: – life and death, sick and healthy, love and hate, pain and pleasure, innocent and guilt, hot and cold, stupid and wise, positive and negative, responsible and irresponsible.

Because the so-called lower living beings do not believe in a material God that promises them an everlasting happy life in paradise after their death, they work hard struggling for their livelihood – animals, birds and insects. In any case, if paradise comes only after death, you should pay tax to the forces governing the world. If you kick a sharp object you shouldn’t blame your pain on anyone else but yourself for not seeing the object. The world in which we live is governed by clear planning and implementing the plan through hard work. Life on the planet earth is government by the law of swim or sink.

Julius Nyerere, frst president of Tanzania.

Black People Verified

Former US President Barack Obama when he addressed Heads of State at the African Union Headquartes in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.Many foreigners have symbolised the African’s black skin with mental backwardness. The White race loves painting Satan black. Black magic is evil and whiteness is associated with purity and advancement. It is not a credit but discredit in the White race’s world when you are called a black sheep. It means that you are some kind of curse.

Some time ago while discussing the seemingly world-wide miserable fate of the Black Race, a Canadian man called Henry Miller was quick to say, “Irrespective of what the history of the Black race has recorded, he is fast coming out of the prescribed wood. For example, in the past and of the recent times the most talked about and quoted people in the world are black people.”
“Oh yeah?” I wondered.

Kwame Nkrumah was the first post-colonial President of Ghana.Henry Miller confronted me with a long list of black people after which he asked me, “Tell me, in Europe, America and Asia who matches Martin Luther King, Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Michael Jackson, Jesse Jackson, Mohamed Ali, Nelson Mandela, Kofi Annan, Kwame Nkrumah, Julius Nyerere, Desmond Tutu, Miriam Makeba, Wangari Maathai, Wole Soyinka, Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Robert Mugabe, Muammar Ghadafi, Pele, Usain Bolt.

Former US President Barack Obama when he addressed Heads of State at the African Union Headquartes in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.Many foreigners have symbolised the African’s black skin with mental backwardness. The White race loves painting Satan black. Black magic is evil and whiteness is associated with purity and advancement. It is not a credit but discredit in the White race’s world when you are called a black sheep. It means that you are some kind of curse.

Some time ago while discussing the seemingly world-wide miserable fate of the Black Race, a Canadian man called Henry Miller was quick to say, “Irrespective of what the history of the Black race has recorded, he is fast coming out of the prescribed wood. For example, in the past and of the recent times the most talked about and quoted people in the world are black people.”
“Oh yeah?” I wondered.

Kwame Nkrumah was the first post-colonial President of Ghana.Henry Miller confronted me with a long list of black people after which he asked me, “Tell me, in Europe, America and Asia who matches Martin Luther King, Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Michael Jackson, Jesse Jackson, Mohamed Ali, Nelson Mandela, Kofi Annan, Kwame Nkrumah, Julius Nyerere, Desmond Tutu, Miriam Makeba, Wangari Maathai, Wole Soyinka, Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Robert Mugabe, Muammar Ghadafi, Pele, Usain Bolt.

Why Africa Should Commemorate Slave Trade and Colonialism

 Why Africa Should Commemorate Slave Trade and Colonialism That Africans were sold as slaves to the Americas and the Arab world for
over 500 years is one of the gravest inhuman treatment in the world. No other race has been subjected to that kind of tragedy. To make matters worse, the collapse of the Slave Trade gave birth to Colonialism that enslaved everyone on the continent.

One of the gravest sins of omission is that up to this day, almost 60 years after African countries attained political independence, the continent has failed to mark these two tragedies to remind humanity to guard against inhuman treatment.

The Centre for African Aesthetics (CAA) plans to launch the Commemoration of Slave Trade and Colonialism in Nairobi, Kenya.

 Why Africa Should Commemorate Slave Trade and Colonialism That Africans were sold as slaves to the Americas and the Arab world for
over 500 years is one of the gravest inhuman treatment in the world. No other race has been subjected to that kind of tragedy. To make matters worse, the collapse of the Slave Trade gave birth to Colonialism that enslaved everyone on the continent.

One of the gravest sins of omission is that up to this day, almost 60 years after African countries attained political independence, the continent has failed to mark these two tragedies to remind humanity to guard against inhuman treatment.

The Centre for African Aesthetics (CAA) plans to launch the Commemoration of Slave Trade and Colonialism in Nairobi, Kenya.

Is Bride Price Still Relevant in Africa?

By David G Maillu

The family is the foundation of African values, where the philosophy behind life is in addressing the matter of being born, living, procreation and death. The best of life, for any human, is living happily or with minimum problems. The failure of life is inability to obtain instruments which make life worth living.

Your life is consummated primarily within the context of the people you live with. Your weight is measured by the scale of balance in other people’s hands. On the ground, the immediate people who affect your life positively or negatively are members of your family; and the success and failure of your life can be measured by how you relate to those people.

Life on earth is manufactured by the sexual interaction between man and woman. The sexual attraction between the two is given many interpretations. It is within this premise that love is contextualized and marriage is born and maintained.

African religion pays tribute to the relations between man and woman. It starts off with how man and woman acquire each other for lifetime companionship. To be born does not guarantee you acquisition of a spouse. In life everything is acquired at a cost. One has to spend some energy and material things in order to acquire the opposite sex.

In African philosophy it is a man who goes out hunting for a woman. But when he finds the suitable one, how does he go about convincing her that he means business? How does he convince her family that he is genuine responsible and they can trust him with a member of her family since words are not enough? Beyond words he must sacrifice something in order to convince them. This is the beginning of bride price or dowry. In Africa, unlike in India and other communities, it is the man who pays the dowry because it is acknowledged that in matters concerning family and marriage, woman’s value overweighs man’s value.

To pay something in order to have a wife is different from buying an animal in a market place. “You can’t buy a human being,” goes the philosophy underlining bride price. Brice price is simply a test of commitment.

In traditional society the bride price is not the property of the parents of the girl. It belongs to the family. This is why the father cannot translate it into money form and then take it straight into his bank account.

Traditionally, the bride price obtained from a daughter called Titi was further used by the family to pay for the bride price of getting the brothers of Titi wives, with a strict memorandum of understanding that if Titi’s marriage fails and she is forced to return to her parental home, the brothers will take full responsibility of maintaining Titi and her children. Furthermore, a fraction of the bride price was used on members of the extended family who, in turn, are expected in future to help supporting Titi in case of the failure of her marriage.

Payment of the bride price by the suitor was a pride to the girl. It was a confirmation that she was a full woman. She shared her pride with the extended family. She got married with a family social insurance policy.

Today’s sham regarding the meaning of bride price is that, in so many families, it has been given commercial interpretation in which the bride price becomes strictly the property of the parents. In traditional society the bride price was given a standard by the clan. But today a father can proudly say, “I want so many shillings for my daughter.” The figure gets inflated if the daughter is highly educated. What the parents get, in most cases, does not profit her brothers and lay foundation for an insurance policy for her future.

Today the father can use that money to buy private property. When he dies the daughter may not even inherit anything from that property. Her brothers do not any more feel responsible for her social insurance. She is nobody. Even is part of that money had been used to pay for the school fees of a brother, there is no written contract that she will get any support from that brother.

It is from this angle that bride price has lost its nobility and has become a liability to the daughter. On one hand she gets absolutely nothing from the marriage of her brothers; but on the other hand her brothers feel entitled to the share of the bride price from the man going to marry her.

From here where do we go? In that miserable case, the person to decide to put this to an end is the daughter. She should not expect her parents to do it for her. She stands adversely affected because the man who paid the bride sees her from commercial aspect as an object he bought and consequently she has little say in the marriage. The second responsible institution to address this is the government. The government is too busy talking about bringing genital mutilation to an end, yet it does not address this discriminatory out-of-fashion practice. In fact, today bride price is worse than genital mutilation.

It is the daughter’s life which is at stake. If any down has to be paid at all, she is the one who should demand legal document signed in her protection. Indeed, she should be given equal treatment with her brothers.

By David G Maillu

The family is the foundation of African values, where the philosophy behind life is in addressing the matter of being born, living, procreation and death. The best of life, for any human, is living happily or with minimum problems. The failure of life is inability to obtain instruments which make life worth living.

Your life is consummated primarily within the context of the people you live with. Your weight is measured by the scale of balance in other people’s hands. On the ground, the immediate people who affect your life positively or negatively are members of your family; and the success and failure of your life can be measured by how you relate to those people.

Life on earth is manufactured by the sexual interaction between man and woman. The sexual attraction between the two is given many interpretations. It is within this premise that love is contextualized and marriage is born and maintained.

African religion pays tribute to the relations between man and woman. It starts off with how man and woman acquire each other for lifetime companionship. To be born does not guarantee you acquisition of a spouse. In life everything is acquired at a cost. One has to spend some energy and material things in order to acquire the opposite sex.

In African philosophy it is a man who goes out hunting for a woman. But when he finds the suitable one, how does he go about convincing her that he means business? How does he convince her family that he is genuine responsible and they can trust him with a member of her family since words are not enough? Beyond words he must sacrifice something in order to convince them. This is the beginning of bride price or dowry. In Africa, unlike in India and other communities, it is the man who pays the dowry because it is acknowledged that in matters concerning family and marriage, woman’s value overweighs man’s value.

To pay something in order to have a wife is different from buying an animal in a market place. “You can’t buy a human being,” goes the philosophy underlining bride price. Brice price is simply a test of commitment.

In traditional society the bride price is not the property of the parents of the girl. It belongs to the family. This is why the father cannot translate it into money form and then take it straight into his bank account.

Traditionally, the bride price obtained from a daughter called Titi was further used by the family to pay for the bride price of getting the brothers of Titi wives, with a strict memorandum of understanding that if Titi’s marriage fails and she is forced to return to her parental home, the brothers will take full responsibility of maintaining Titi and her children. Furthermore, a fraction of the bride price was used on members of the extended family who, in turn, are expected in future to help supporting Titi in case of the failure of her marriage.

Payment of the bride price by the suitor was a pride to the girl. It was a confirmation that she was a full woman. She shared her pride with the extended family. She got married with a family social insurance policy.

Today’s sham regarding the meaning of bride price is that, in so many families, it has been given commercial interpretation in which the bride price becomes strictly the property of the parents. In traditional society the bride price was given a standard by the clan. But today a father can proudly say, “I want so many shillings for my daughter.” The figure gets inflated if the daughter is highly educated. What the parents get, in most cases, does not profit her brothers and lay foundation for an insurance policy for her future.

Today the father can use that money to buy private property. When he dies the daughter may not even inherit anything from that property. Her brothers do not any more feel responsible for her social insurance. She is nobody. Even is part of that money had been used to pay for the school fees of a brother, there is no written contract that she will get any support from that brother.

It is from this angle that bride price has lost its nobility and has become a liability to the daughter. On one hand she gets absolutely nothing from the marriage of her brothers; but on the other hand her brothers feel entitled to the share of the bride price from the man going to marry her.

From here where do we go? In that miserable case, the person to decide to put this to an end is the daughter. She should not expect her parents to do it for her. She stands adversely affected because the man who paid the bride sees her from commercial aspect as an object he bought and consequently she has little say in the marriage. The second responsible institution to address this is the government. The government is too busy talking about bringing genital mutilation to an end, yet it does not address this discriminatory out-of-fashion practice. In fact, today bride price is worse than genital mutilation.

It is the daughter’s life which is at stake. If any down has to be paid at all, she is the one who should demand legal document signed in her protection. Indeed, she should be given equal treatment with her brothers.

African Politicians Degrade African Nobility

By David G Maillu

For a man to have more than one wife is a credit in African traditional society. Having more than one wife increases his social status and household. He talks about his marital status proudly. Polygamy has always been a noble practice in Africa society until the arrival of Whiteman’s colonialism of monogamy sold to Africans.

But if polygamy is a social disease, the Whiteman suffers from the same disease only that the disease manifests itself in a different way. The Whiteman’s polygamy is called “Consecutive polygamy” in which, if a married man wants to have a different wife, he knocks up reasons for divorcing her in order to create room for the second wife. If he gets tired with the second wife, he throws her out of the matrimonial bed in order to bring his third wife, and that method continues.

The nobility of African polygamy is that his conscience demands that he should keep all his wives because he is concerned about the welfare of all his wives together with the welfare of his children.

During the reign of Mwai Kibaki , the third President of Kenya, he treated Kenyans to marital embarrassment over his marital status when he told a Press Conference that he had only one wife.

Like many top African political leaders, Kibaki has more than one wife but publicly recognizes only one, Lucy; he doesn’t want any one, especially his Roman Catholic Church, to know that he married Wambui, the second wife, through customary Kikuyu marriage.

It is wrong for a polygamous man to pretend he is monogamous. This is both an abuse and degradation of African nobility. Thank God that we have the most conspicuous man armed with marital nobility. This is President Jacob Zuma of South Africa who displays his wives openly and proudly to the embarrassment of pretenders like Mwai Kibaki, the retired President of Kenya.

By David G Maillu

For a man to have more than one wife is a credit in African traditional society. Having more than one wife increases his social status and household. He talks about his marital status proudly. Polygamy has always been a noble practice in Africa society until the arrival of Whiteman’s colonialism of monogamy sold to Africans.

But if polygamy is a social disease, the Whiteman suffers from the same disease only that the disease manifests itself in a different way. The Whiteman’s polygamy is called “Consecutive polygamy” in which, if a married man wants to have a different wife, he knocks up reasons for divorcing her in order to create room for the second wife. If he gets tired with the second wife, he throws her out of the matrimonial bed in order to bring his third wife, and that method continues.

The nobility of African polygamy is that his conscience demands that he should keep all his wives because he is concerned about the welfare of all his wives together with the welfare of his children.

During the reign of Mwai Kibaki , the third President of Kenya, he treated Kenyans to marital embarrassment over his marital status when he told a Press Conference that he had only one wife.

Like many top African political leaders, Kibaki has more than one wife but publicly recognizes only one, Lucy; he doesn’t want any one, especially his Roman Catholic Church, to know that he married Wambui, the second wife, through customary Kikuyu marriage.

It is wrong for a polygamous man to pretend he is monogamous. This is both an abuse and degradation of African nobility. Thank God that we have the most conspicuous man armed with marital nobility. This is President Jacob Zuma of South Africa who displays his wives openly and proudly to the embarrassment of pretenders like Mwai Kibaki, the retired President of Kenya.

Unearthing Buried African Values

Julius Nyerere, frst president of Tanzania.By the time Africans states freed themselves from European colonialism, there was very little of African values, leave alone aesthetics, that Africans could proudly stand for in defence. Using Shakespeare’s expression, the Whiteman had not come to Africa to praise African values but to bury African values and promote Whiteman’s values. How much of those buried values have we uncovered up to now?

The first Presidents, in the lead Kwame Nkrumah, Julius Nyerere, Jomo Kenyatta, Kenneth Kaunda and the others were forced to start restoring and building Africa cultural values from wrong cultural foundations. The first President to tackle the subject rightly was Nyerere with his introduction of African Socialism. Kaunda talked about African Humanism but did not go far.

RELATED:Ignoring Culture Undermines Development

Kwame Nkrumah was the first post-colonial President of Ghana.In fact, by that time the library of Whiteman’s scholarship had published lots of works arguing that Africa was devoid of History and Philosophy. However, African scholars in the independent states took up to rewriting the cultural history of Africans. The question is, how far have they gone up to now?

The answer is,they have not gone far. In fact they are still in the woods. I take several points as examples to illustrate their failure. One quarter of world languages are spoken in Africa. Find out how many African scholars have a diploma or first degree in any of the languages whereas there are virtually thousands and thousands with doctorate degree in English, French, Arabic, Spanish, Italian, Chinese!

RELATED:Why Do African Governments Sabotage Public Health Systems?

Kenneth Kaunda, the founding President of Zambia.The African continent can boast of having the widest varieties of food stuff in the world. Those who travel round the world know how aggressively Chinese menu has been promoted and what commercial status it has reached. What about the African massive menu?

Africa can boast of holding the largest field of traditional medicine in the world. But have our governments and scholars any devoted persons in the discovery and promotion of African medicine, African psychiatry, African psychology, African dietary? What are the consequences of that failure?

Julius Nyerere, frst president of Tanzania.By the time Africans states freed themselves from European colonialism, there was very little of African values, leave alone aesthetics, that Africans could proudly stand for in defence. Using Shakespeare’s expression, the Whiteman had not come to Africa to praise African values but to bury African values and promote Whiteman’s values. How much of those buried values have we uncovered up to now?

The first Presidents, in the lead Kwame Nkrumah, Julius Nyerere, Jomo Kenyatta, Kenneth Kaunda and the others were forced to start restoring and building Africa cultural values from wrong cultural foundations. The first President to tackle the subject rightly was Nyerere with his introduction of African Socialism. Kaunda talked about African Humanism but did not go far.

RELATED:Ignoring Culture Undermines Development

Kwame Nkrumah was the first post-colonial President of Ghana.In fact, by that time the library of Whiteman’s scholarship had published lots of works arguing that Africa was devoid of History and Philosophy. However, African scholars in the independent states took up to rewriting the cultural history of Africans. The question is, how far have they gone up to now?

The answer is,they have not gone far. In fact they are still in the woods. I take several points as examples to illustrate their failure. One quarter of world languages are spoken in Africa. Find out how many African scholars have a diploma or first degree in any of the languages whereas there are virtually thousands and thousands with doctorate degree in English, French, Arabic, Spanish, Italian, Chinese!

RELATED:Why Do African Governments Sabotage Public Health Systems?

Kenneth Kaunda, the founding President of Zambia.The African continent can boast of having the widest varieties of food stuff in the world. Those who travel round the world know how aggressively Chinese menu has been promoted and what commercial status it has reached. What about the African massive menu?

Africa can boast of holding the largest field of traditional medicine in the world. But have our governments and scholars any devoted persons in the discovery and promotion of African medicine, African psychiatry, African psychology, African dietary? What are the consequences of that failure?