Today on time with the ancestors, we are revisiting a very impactful statement made by the freedom fighter, Pan-Africanist and revolutionary, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.
In a book written by our father, Dr. Nkrumah in the year 1965 captioned Neo-Colonialism, the Last Stage of imperialism, the revolutionary stated clearly that, any State in the grip of neo-colonialism is not master of its own destiny. This will be the focus of our discussion today.
Nkrumah was one of the few who duly understood the mode of operation of imperialism right from its budding stage through its stages of evolution. He stated in the same book that, “old-fashioned colonialism is by no means entirely abolished […]In place of colonialism as the main instrument of imperialism we have neo-colonialism today.”
He further added that, the essence of neo-colonialism is that the State which is subject to it is, in theory, independent and has all the outward trappings of international sovereignty. In reality its economic system and thus its political policy is directed from outside.
Dr, Nkrumah foresaw and warned against it. However, most African leaders of today failed, and are still failing to heed to the advice of Kwame Nkrumah and the various freedom fighters who share similar thoughts on the potency of neocolonial tenets.
Unfortunately for us, most countries on the continent have successfully been captured by the neocolonial traps, most of which happened through economic sector as predicted by Nkrumah that, “neo-colonialist control is exercised through economic or monetary means”.
These neocolonialists come in the name of providing “aid”, financial or otherwise to Africa but in reality, they are only baiting the consent of our leadership to lock us in chains of debt and expensive Eurobonds.
The younger generation of Pan-Africanists must be vigilant of these neocolonial trickeries and learn from the thoughts of our forefathers whilst we move to take relevant positions in our bid to fight for a better continent by dealing with all forms of imperialism. The wisdom of our forefathers must be our motivation.
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