People dont fight a West African. There is no point. It’s not that they will beat you up physically. They will injure you with their words. Your whole family and generation will be insulted that you will feel it for years. The insults that I just heard being hurled at someone. Hmmm we are champions at making you feel and look like a big fool.
My thoughts on the colonial Africa themed wedding.
I’m sure by now you have heard about or seen the pictures of a couple that had a “colonial Africa” themed wedding in South Africa recently. I wont post pictures on my blog.
I was not happy to see the pictures on tumblr yesterday and the only thought that kept running through my mind was “why did they think this was ok?” Really who sits down to come up with a theme for their wedding and says “Oh i’ve got it. I’m not going with the princess theme or the tropical theme i want to be different and go with the colonial Africa theme!”
In this day and age do people really not know what occurred during the colonization of Africa? European empires claiming land and people that did not belong to them. Africa’s resources being stolen. Attitudes of European superiority and African inferiority. Or is it that they don’t care to know what happened during colonization?
There is nothing fun about colonization that it should ever enter a persons mind to be the theme for their wedding. Colonization still effects Africa and her Diaspora on a daily basis. We constantly deal with issues of being less developed than the rest of the world and with our minds still being colonized, since we were taught to think that we were inferior to our colonizers. Many of the wars in Africa are due to issues that arose during colonization. I could go on about the effects of colonization on Africa, but I wont.
I know a few people will say that the couple meant no harm and just wanted a fun themed wedding, but I will say it once again there is nothing fun about colonization. I’m sure some people will say they just liked the style of clothes from that era. Then why call it a Colonial Africa themed wedding? I looked at those pictures especially the ones with the black servants and I didn’t feel that they were just going for a style of clothes with their wedding.
And no I wont get over it just because colonization happened in the past. It will unfortunatly always be a part of us. A part of us that many Africans struggle with daily to fight and overcome.
Accra’s largest free urban festival and the first annual Chale Wote Street Art Festival is preparing to take over James Town by welcoming over 250 artists from different disciplines for a music and art showdown on July 16.
The festival is hosted by ACCRA [dot] ALT, The French Embassy and Institut Francais. ACCRA [dot] ALT is a multimedia platform that encourages the exploration and experimentation of art—photography, film, performance, music, writing and design—by recognizing Ghanaian artists, domestically and internationally, who take bold leaps in their work.
The Chale Wote Street Art Festival will feature projects from Elhalakasa Poetry Slum (spoken word), The Foundation for Contemporary Arts (painting), The WEB (The Funky Fishnet psychedelic fashion show), and bikers/rollerskaters/skateboarders from across the city (stuntin party).
T-Shirt construction and trash sculpture workshops will be offered for children from schools within James Town. Accra [dot] ALT is developing a series of programmes that purposefully take art outside of the city’s defined parameters.
The festival is set for Saturday, July 16, from 10am to 10pm, with live music performances by Trigmatic, Yaa Pono, Mutombo, Artistes from Skillions Records, E.L., C-Real, Scizo, Delasi and many more.
Black skin, white masks: 60 years down the road, we’re still slaves
By Jenerali Ulimwengu
If there is something that has done greater damage to the African than even the most brutal forms of physical and material abuse, it is the mental enslavement, the utter psychological annihilation, the cultural strangulation and the spiritual emasculation that foreign invaders visited on us, and which we have apparently agreed to perpetuate.
The foreign marauders, whose intentions toward Africa have always been, and continue to be dishonourable, did everything they could to plunder everything of material value, employing guile and ruse, cajolery and subterfuge, but ever ready to employ massive, disproportionate force at the slightest hint of African resistance. Then they mowed down Africans as if they were flies and moved on their conquering march with clear consciences.
A few of these barbarous acts have been chronicled, and in this way we get to learn of the terrible fates of the Herero of Namibia, the Ndebele of Zimbabwe, the Gikuyu of Kenya, the Makonde of Mozambique and the Bakongo of Angola and Congo. But these were perhaps the most egregious of a generalised criminal enterprise, which spread right across the continent.
Recently I watched the movie “From Prada to Nada”. It’s a movie based on Jane Austen’s novel “Sense and Sensibility”, but with a Latin twist on the story.
One part of the movie had me thinking a lot about who I am, and what I consider to be my culture/heritage. In one scene the character Mary was asked about her love interest if she was Mexican and she replies by saying “No my parents are”, which leads her love interest asks her “so what are you?”
So what are you? That is a question many of us have been asked at least once in our lives. Being born outside of Ghana can make it difficult to answer that question. Trust me I use to struggle with the answer to give to that question. I use to have a hard time explaining myself as I was born in Europe, raised in Canada and have parents who are from Ghana.
Sometimes you don’t know exactly who you are. You fit in with the culture of the land you live in but also have traits that stand out from others and show that you are very much African.