In the year 1884, in the German City of Berlin, representatives of major European nations gathered around a giant map of the continent of Africa for the biggest imperialistic banquet in the history of mankind. Slices of the Dark Continent were served out to satisfy imperial hunger for territories – The Scramble For Africa – that had reached fever pitch.
There is no record of any Africans’ presence at the Berlin Conference. Nor any evidence that Africans were ever informed or knew about the meeting. In fact, Africans got to know about the carve-up of their continent when Europeans turned up on their homelands with all manner of ploys to assert and claim the territorial possessions as apportioned in Berlin. The process was called The Pacification Of The Natives.
Yunhouse is founded by Africans whose personal experience of The Pacification Of The Natives is the Europeanisation of their minds through European education. Foundation inhabitants of Yunhouse identify themselves as a generation of Africans born within blood...Continue Reading
1884 Debate No: 1
Whither African Freedom?
EACH AND EVERY African country has a national day. In the beginning National Days were full of pomp and pageantry, and leaders would beat their chests and wax lyrical about national pride. But it is all subdued now. National Days are still public holidays, maybe parade, maybe broadcast by the leader. And you don’t need an opinion poll to determine that the majority of the population do not connect National Day with the momentous occasion when African countries began life as independent nations. All National Days on the continent of Africa started off as Independence Days. So all National Days mark the day when modern African nations took off, so to speak. But how? Some say it was the day when the nations shook off... Continue Reading >>>