Friday, May 18, 2007
Those who are working to elevate themselves do not have time for idle gossip but are working to development their minds in a way that will benefit not only themselves but others. In order to be successful we must remain focused so that we are not distracted by sights and sounds that have no bearing on our ultimate goal. We must first find out where we are centered in order to best take advantage of the opportunities that come our way. As African people we have a vested interest in anything that affects our motherland, as it also affects us no matter where we live. Let us make a conscious decision to address the problems that are forcing African economies. Those of in the Diaspora have many scholastic and technical skills that are well suited for elevated the young in our motherland. I would like to challenge all of our people in the Diaspora pledge allegiance to the African nation. The nation in which I speak is the entire landmass that is called Africa. From the times of our most ancient ancestors to this day we have endured invasion, colonization and every conceivable form of exploitation. Although our history does teach of great engineering, scientific and mathematical achievements, we are now at the very bottom of a negative cycle that will not change without our activation. We are challenged today by those who have gone before us right the wrongs of the past and take seriously our responsibilities to ourselves. The problems of the African nation will not be solved by outsiders but from within the worldwide community of Africans. As each of us takes responsibility for a component, we will achieve the success that is inevitable based on our diligence and perseverance. Let us make this day the beginning of our quest to bring about the reality envisioned by the amadlozi (ancestors). We honor the commitments of Piankhy, Nzingha, uShaka, Yaa Asantewaa, Nat Turner, Marcus Garvey, Kwame Nkrumah and all who envisioned a United Africa. Let us utilize our knowledge to assist our people worldwide in the quest for Freedom and Prosperity. We will make this a reality through our sincere and pragmatic efforts. We must be centered on our African selves.
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Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Recently I responded to a question of the inability of our people to stand as equals to all of humanity. As nearly the entire world has recently been under European domination I must state that most of the worlds' people are still in awe of the European world and especially the Americans. The armaments and scientific achievements and productivity capacity still intimidate many people but there is the added factor of Witchcraft. This along with mastery of aeronautics and the seas makes an intimidating force. When we analyze the components of their civilization, we must understand that when broken down, each component can be replicated by any organized body. The very power that our people fear is power that was taken from our ancestors. This current occupation of
Mntwana, Bosia kaShaka Zulu (Mageba)
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Words are values given to sound. People’s reactions to certain sounds are determined by their familiarity. As a person reacts emotionally to certain stimuli i.e.:
A Confederate flag, Red handkerchief, a traffic signal or the opposite sex, that reaction
lets one know their relationship to that entity. African people must first realize that this language is not ours and most of us are illiterate to our original languages. When our mutual ancestors were put into Maafa (Slavery) their languages were erased for the most part so that we would be completely at the mercy of our enslavers. As amazwe ethu (our people) were taken, variously by Arabs, Portuguese, Spaniards, and Dutch and British, and were identified by them as Neggars, Negroes, Kaffir, Abed
etc. As time passed, second generation Africans began to communicate in the Slave language only. The further away from Izwe Lethu (Our homeland) the less we spoke and understood our indigenous languages. We now find ourselves on both sides of Ulwandle (the ocean) speaking in lave/colonials languages. We must consciously communicate in our own languages as we learn of them. As in Tsotsi-Taal, Ebonics, Patios and Creole, there are elements of our collective indigenous languages but degradation of the original. Although many of our people take great pride in speaking the master’s language with a sprinkling of indigenous words we must eliminate the impurities that dehumanize us. WE
are not Kaffirs, N-----s, or Abid, we are self defined Abantu abansundu/abamnyama
and descendants of a great and mighty people. For those who don’t know their family language I suggest that you pick up a book and or consult with brothers and sisters who speak our home languages. KiSwahili is readily available as well as Yoruba, Twi, Lingala, Wolof, KimBundu, KiKongo,Igbo, Hausa and isiZulu. Take your interest in re-learning your language to the point of learning of your ancestors. The languages that I site are known to be areas that abantu baningi (many people) were taken from.
The Amadlozi (ancestors) called the leaving the homeland phesheya ulwandle (crossed the ocean) or crossing Katunga.
As most people are shocked at the change that this controversy has wrought, I am comforted to know that it has sparked positive reactions in the community. Just think of it, a European comedian insults Africans in public place where virtually anything goes. The resulting outrage ignites a heated discussion on whether we should continue to degrade ourselves with this type of language. Just as with smokers, alcoholics and drug addicts are in denial, we have generations of people addicted to this nomenclature. I personally have gone through that stage for a few years in my youth but altered my view at the time of Richard Pryor’s revelation. I fully expect there to be defenders of this degradation as with the "Kaffir" in South Africa and "Abid" among Arab followers. The idea that we glorify self degradation shows the level of consciousness within our community. The self degradation is not only confined to the Diaspora but wherever we were dominated by alien people. The solution to this problem is self-knowledge and evaluation. Leaders and teachers should be in the forefront of this battle because of its correlation to our lack of unity and power. Just a thing as minor as eliminating one negative term from your vocabulary can alter our entire world-view. Just as Collective Self-Interest is a term that promotes "Masihlangane" (let us work together) or "Harambee", there is no downside to being positive. Let us challenge ourselves to learn our ancestral languages and once we do, we will no longer have to communicate in E-----h.
Yimina uBosia kaShaka Zulu