THE collapse of African Romanticism and the emergence of Militarism in Africa, a post colonial syndrome that paralysed the idealism of Pan Africanism and its intelligentsia, to effect the burning aspirations of the African people to be free from the shackles of European colonialism, must come to an end with the new epoch of European slumber!
It is during this epoch that Pan Africanism and its Romanticism, through the African intelligentsia that saw the Kwameh Nkrumah and his cohorts advancing the idealism of Pan Africanism surgically eliminated by a neo -colonial militarism and coup d’etats,.
This was engineered and orchestrated by the then European colonial powers of Britain and the Americans through their intelligence sleeper cells and in the case of Ghana with the overthrow of Kwameh Nkrumah, in 1966.
The French throughout the Francophone in West Africa to this day has also done the same hence the brutal assassination of Thomas Sankara, in 1984 by French Legionnaires sleeper cells that could be activated at the blink of an eye in Burkina Faso.
The neo-colonial project was to use militarism as a counter mechanism to frustrate Pan Africanism a powerful ideological force, professing the right of the Continent as equal player in the globe.
This is a tenet detested by the European former colonisers, who stood to lose the loot and the plunder of African resources.
The French could hardly survive beyond a month, without the “colonial debt” imposed on all former French colonies to date.
Chinese rise and it’s footprint on the continent has its positives and negatives, but most strategic of all is its preponderance diplomatically.
Its rise on the global stage is a counter force to Western neo-colonial militarism; the coup’d’etat of post independent Africa.
The slaughter of African leaders, found to be out of step with Western strategic interest, such as Kwameh Nkrumah, Thomas Sankara and of late Muarmar Khadafi, will eventually be confined to the antics of history.
Western neo-colonial militarism/assassinations of revolutionary Pan Africanists, is on the decline with the growing Chinese diplomatic/economic assertiveness on the African Continent.
The rise of institutional democracies on the continent is a sure sign of gradual political stability, creating space for the re-emergence of the ideals of Pan Africanism.
Malema, a youthful leader in South Africa, is testimony to that!
African leaders, now free of the fear of European/Western intimidation and assassinations must seek strategic leverage to foster African unity, by realigning and harmonising, regional agendas as building blocks for the AU Agenda 2063.
Former Namibian Diplomat
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