My earlier post I Cry For Africa – Part 1, was a lamentation in general about the inept leadership, governance and extremely poor implementation of so called western democracies or imported systems of politics and a possible reason as to why this is the case. I also generally advocated for the breakup of the countries as defined by the so called Berlin Conference and creation of home grown and defined units that better reflect our peculiar African social and economic structures.
Well a number of events have transpired since that time that require us to dig deeper and take a far much more critical review
1. There have been many secessionist movements not just BreXit but others in Africa as well as Europe. The Catalona break away has currently captured the worlds attention and especially that of Spain, who are currently brutally repressing the movement. Our dear friend Adongo has also mentioned a similar crisis in Canada. Cameroon is currently considering secession, and there are many others. In fact this post is inspired by the article provided by Nyatieng re: New Colonialism of Africa
2. Locally the Jubilee government has escalated brutality and repression of the democratic will of those opposed to their mode of leadership and electoral theft. Gory images litter social media, and AMREF has also released data on state instigated violence and death meted out to persons in zones deemed to harbor opposition members, irrespective of whether the victims were participating in the demonstrations or were simply going about their daily lives.
3. But most importantly, I stumbled across and was pleasantly surprised to discover an ongoing and well researched history of Africa compiled into a very comprehensive reading. The publication(s) covers a tremendous depth of material and provides a lot of missing links and information.
It is this last piece of information that makes the core of this post aptly labelled part 2.
The “SANKOFA” – Used as a symbol of the Pedagogical use of GHA
Sankofa teaches us that we must go back to our roots in order to move forward. That is, we should reach back and gather the best of what our past has to teach us, so that we can achieve our full potential as we move forward.
Please do NOTE that due to the voluminous nature of the content, am still reading through and processing, so I will be providing inputs, comments and any other observations as I peruse through the material. In this regard this page will be edited periodically as new observations are made. I believe most observations will be based on Volumes 6 through 8, but we will find out soon enough
Naturally not being a historian, this stuff is both new and extremely fascinating to catch up with, but for those of you that have already had the chance to read the volumes or similar material please kindly do share your valued contribution
If this is new material for you please do read on
UNESCO have a publication called the General History of Africa (GHA), which is a 9 volume document that provides perhaps the first and only true history of Africa dating way back to ancient civilizations to modern day.
It is an on-going effort in the sense that Volume IX is currently under active development and production since about 2011 or 2013 and is obtaining inputs from across many partners and actors.
I cannot say how grateful I am to UNESCO for endeavoring to set the African historical record straight and for this publication. I hope this provides fresh insight on our rich heritage, as well as shed some light on some of the darkest times experienced in this continent and its people. Happy reading folks be warned each volume averages 700 pages
Volumes 1 through 8 have been produced over a 5 decade period or more starting back from mid 1960’s
The official documentation or collection can be found on this link General History of Africa, but for the convenience DeepCogitation readers I have presented the volumes in the following pages of this post
About The GHA Project
Table of Contents (Click on the titles to go to each volume)