Kenyan Professor of Law and Pan-Africanist, Patrick Lumumba has called on African leaders to dissolve all boundaries that have imprisoned and limited the potential of the continent, if they must rethink an African continent that is self-reliance and self-sufficient.
Speaking at the 4th edition of the Osasu Show Symposium themed ‘Rethinking Africa’, where the best and finest of African brains converged to proffer lasting solutions to Africa’s aged long problems, he said Africa has long been abused and raped through pains, corruption, civil wars and countless genocides committed against her by her colonial masters.
The Professor of Law also bemoaned how African leaders were manipulated by their erstwhile colonial powers, how the continent has been judged harshly, wrongly defined by others and beckoned all citizens of the continent to rise and reclaim her self-esteem, redefine herself.
In his assertions, he said, “Africa has been abused by others through slavery, through colonization and it continuous even through the neocolonial project.
“When we talk about Africa, we are taking about a continent that has fought to regain its dignity, to regain her independent through most struggles of independence to defeat colonization.
“This is a continent that has fallen down times without number but it continues to rise and I think this is a continent that is sometimes judged too harshly, judges herself too harshly, defined by others and we have never defined ourselves, going forward, we as a continent must define ourselves, we must not allow any civilization to define us.
“The British defined us, the French defined us, the Portuguese define us, the Germans defined us, the Arab defined us, the Spanish defined us, the Belgium defined us, everybody has been in the business of defining us but we must now exercise that ghost and embrace our own self-definition and as I define Africa, I define her as the mother of all continents, the home of civilization, the cradle of civilization.
“And this is the time for our leaders, our young men and women to rise up. It is true, that some of the leaders who took the mantle of leadership in Africa when we regained our independent allowed themselves to be manipulated by the erstwhile colonial powers that abused and raped the continent through pains, corruption and civil wars, committed genocides on the continent but the time is now.
He called on Africans to rise from the aches of her subjugation to the orbit of development, in terms of industrial revolutions, introduction of single currency, single passport and creation of value for themselves.
“Out of the womb of this problems, our men and women must now rise up in South Africa, in Central Africa, in North Africa, in West Africa and in East Africa and colonized their energies in the manner that would help Africa to catapult her to the orbit of development.
‘I want Africa, when we talk about industrial revolution, our young men and women ought to be there, when we talk about revolution in the pharmaceutical industry, I want us to be there, I want us to make our own medicine, I want us to make our own aero planes, add values to our own products, I want us to have sign currency, I want us to have a single passport, I want us to be a continent that think as one.
“Perhaps and I hope it is true, that under Africa agenda 2063, Africa is going to think differently and with the initiation of the African Continental Free Trade Area, we shall now dissolve the boundaries, the artificial boundaries that imprison us.
“The time is now to dissolve those boundaries and retain them only for the purposes of administration, we can and we must and history has demonstrated time without number that when young men and women rise countries rise.
“This is the time for African countries to reclaim their self-esteem in every area, in the sports. This is not the time to celebrate foreign teams in Europe and America, this is the time to rebuild football into a multimillion dollar industry.
“This is the time to recognize the dramatization in Hollywood is not useful to us, the dramatization must be in Nollywood, Bongawood, Riverwood, and I believe there is a tied in our affairs, this is times, these are the floors upon whose crest we ride and Africa will be great.
“This thing that Africa is a dead bid continent is diabolical and calculated by those who want to subjugate Africa to make us repose in number, we must refuse.
“So, let us go out there to create the big ocean that is in Africa, each one of us must play our part, let us be a big tree in a big forest, let us be big trees as individuals that we may make a big forest to make Africa visible and great for this generation and generation yet to be born.
“In this quest the approach of leadership must not only be co-generational but intergenerational. It shall be done, it must be done because we cannot afford otherwise