Hello My Dear Peeps,
It has been a long time since I last shared a saying, as I used to every Monday. The thematic of the month is a good occasion for that. Let us have a look at these words from Ivory coast writer Ahmadou Kourouma.
In thse saying, the writer suggests that you need to be grateful to the tree which has given you good fruits during the good season and therefore make sure to thank him. I saw a direct link with colonized countries and their mother countries. It is often said that Africans should recognize the positive impact of colonization, and the mutual benefits observed. Indeed, for many colonization has helped Africa & th other countries in the world which were concerned (e.g. India) to discover civilization. Civilization is hereby described as european civilization with writing, languages (French, English, portugueese), history (« Nos ancêtres les Gaulois ») and religion (christian religion).
In this positive description of civilization and colonization, no mention is often made of forced work, abandun of local traditions and languages, and common racism. In this positive description of civilization, mentions will also be made of the infrastructures created by the colons: hospitals, administrative buildings, roads, railways, etc. In this positive description of civilization, no mention is made of the price paid by Africa in men during the 1st and 2nd world war with very low recognition. In this positive description of civilization, the unwilligness of the colon to leave our continent is often not mentioned. In this positive description of civilization, the unbanlanced agreements signed by the newly independent countries to support cooperation are not denounced. In this positive description of civilization, all is good in the best of the worlds.
Truly, what has been the effect of colonization to our continent? Did we really need it? What would have been our future, our history if this had not happened? Sometimes, I wonder in sorrow. I don’t know the answer and I share my thoughts with you, dear readers. Colonization, yes or no?
Anna KEDI SIADE ♦