Full List of Scolarships for Nigerians 2017 and 2018

Having come across this via a conscious WhatsApp group, we thought this would be useful to share! The following information is originally from the World Scholarship Forum (WSF) Team.
15. SEE ALL OTHER SCHOLARSHIPS FOR NIGERIAN UNDERGRADUATE AND POSTGRADUATES HERE
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Little Queens With Royal Dreams

Following a recent trip to Ghana, the team behind Nana Dolls visited Cape Coast Elmina castle. The team were touched by the heart breaking and traumatic stories they learnt about the north-Atlantic slave trade, and how brave women fought for black freedom.  This inspired the creation of Nana Dolls, which strives to teach and educate our children and future generations to come, about these beautiful and powerful women in our history – a history which western schools will not bother to teach.

‘Nana’, from the Akan language spoken by the Akan people of Ghana, means ‘Queen’, and what better way to represent the ancestral characters these dolls represent. There are countless historical women – and men of course, all over the continent who helped to fight for freedom, who we should never forget. Amongst those are four who have inspired Nana dolls. Yaa Asantewaa from Ghana, Mbuya Nehanda from Zimbabwe, Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti from Nigeria and Miriam Makeba from South Africa.

Nall Dolls said: “We want to teach the younger generation the important history in a fun way”

Take your children on this exciting journey as they learn about their ancestors and their ultimate bravery. Knowledge is power, so empower your children with the knowledge of self.

To buy a Nana Doll, see: http://www.hellonanadolls.com/

67 reasons (and counting), why there should be a White History Month

Originally found on Instagram, we thought this was definitely worth sharing, because this is the white history everyone should know.  These are histories that have undeniably sought to destroy black people, yet we are told to ‘get over slavery’, when our ancestors were still subjected after this, to endless violent population control, spiritually, genetically, psychologically, economically and emotionally speaking.

Instead the UK education system only seeks to pay attention to the Tudors, Suffragettes, WW1 & WW2, Hitler, Holocaust etc.,. Well, pay attention to the 67 truths of white history, the white world doesn’t want you to know.

  1. Cherokee Trail of Tears
  2. Japanese American Internment
  3. Phillipine-American war
  4. Jim Crow
  5. The Genocide of Native Americans
  6. The Trans-atlantic slave trade
  7. The Middle Passage
  8. The history of white American racism
  9. Black Codes
  10. Slave patrols
  11. Klu Klax Klan
  12. The war on drugs
  13. Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo
  14. How white racism grew out of slavery and genocide
  15. How white people still benefit from slavery and genocide
  16. White anti-racism
  17. The southern strategy
  18. The rape of enslaved black women
  19. Madison Grant
  20. the Indian wars
  21. human zoos
  22. how the Jews became white
  23. white flight
  24. Red lining
  25. Proposition 14
  26. Homestead act
  27. Tulsa Riots
  28. Rosewood massacre
  29. Tuskegee experiment
  30. Lynching
  31. Hollywood stereotypes
  32. Indian appropriation acts
  33. Immigration act 1924
  34. Sundown towns
  35. Chineese exclusion act
  36. Emmet Till
  37. Vincent Chin
  38. Islamaphobia
  39. Indian boarding schools
  40. King Phillip’s war
  41. Bacon’s Rebellion
  42. American slavery compared to Arab, Roman and Latin American slavery
  43. History of the gun
  44. History of the police
  45. history of prisons
  46. history of white suburbia
  47. Lincoln’s racism and anti-racism
  48. George Wallace Governor of Alabama
  49. Cointelpro
  50. Real estate steering
  51. School tracking
  52. Mass incarceration of Black men
  53. Boston school riots
  54. Man-made Ebola and AIDs
  55. Church bombs and fires in deep south to Blacks
  56. Church shootings
  57. How the Irish and Italians became white
  58. The perpetuation of the idea of the ‘model minority’
  59. Housing discrimination
  60. Systemeatic placement of highways and building projects to create ghettoes
  61. Medical experimentation on poor, especially Blacks including surgical and genealogical experimentation
  62. History of planned parenthood
  63. Forced Sterilization
  64. Cutting children out of pregnant Black mothers as part of lynching
  65. Eurocentric beauty standard falsification
  66. Erasure and eradication of all achievements of Ancient Africa and Kemet
  67. White washing of history and cultural practices

Our Hair is not a Crime

Pretoria High School, South Africa, where black girls are banned from wearing their naturally, God given afro hair, and from wearing the traditional braiding styles which represent African culture and serve as handy protective styles. How can such ridiculousness be happening on African soil, in an African country and AFRICAN continent, where afro hair and various forms of braiding styles COME FROM Africa, and where melanin DOMINATES?

Because this is OPRESSIVE RACIM.

Who else would authorise such a rule but none other than white supremacists still active, 22 years after the end of Apartheid – or should I say 22 years later, in the continuation of Apartheid, because what has changed? Yes the extreme forms of psychical and public segregation has gone but ATTITUDES have not changed. The end of a racist era is not really the end if the mind set of the people has not changed.

Excuse me, but did the ancestors of these white people even know afro hair existed before they INVADED, ENSLAVED, DIVIDED, CONQURED, COLONISED, LOOTED etc, the African continent they perceive to be the definition of poor? How dare they think they have the almighty right to dictate how black girls should wear their hair. No afro and no braids, instead chemically straightened hair? This is a public act of repressing blackness because instructing black girls to chemically straighten their hair is to instruct them to emulate white beauty standards. In other words, this is an instruction to be ‘white’. This is a so called ‘prestigious school’ which used to accept white students only, during the Apartheid era. Now that’s one change you can point out but what kind of a change is it, when there are teachers who are behaving like their ancestors who created Apartheid?

Like Tatamkhulu Afrika’s poem, NOTHING’S CHANGED. White people in South Africa are the minority yet they control the country to their benefit and are allowing oppressive and racist regulations to exist in education. They are not even real Africans. African blood does not run through their veins. They are the descendants of the European Dutch who invaded – not ‘settled’ as white historians like to sugar coat it, they INVADED South Africa, where they used the method of divide and conquer Europeans at the time were inflicting at a devilish rate. Yet, society and mainstream media is quick to forget this. They will only go as far as mentioning Apartheid and how it ended this many years ago – as if to say look things had changed at one point. 

But look at the  attempts of the teachers to oppress the black girls. They dis-allowed them from  speaking their native African languages, and called them monkeys.  How can you tell and African child not to speak an African language in Africa?  That is like me, a Ghanaian in England, telling white students not to speak in English to each other….. When black and Asian people come to the UK they have to learn English yet these white people only want English established as the language spoken at school. Because they invaded and colonised the continent they think they can impose their not-so-English English Language amongst African people.

Sorry but why are these white people even still in South Africa? What do they have to offer, because history and the present shows that all they do is take rather than offer. At least when Africans, Caribbeans and Asians come to the UK we contribute to the economy. We came when the UK called for us to fix up the country after WW2, and now the country wants us out. Yet you have white people in South Africa doing s*** all but being racists. And for those who like to say “but not all white people are racist” – I refer to the white people who form the system, and for the whites who aren’t part of it, what are they doing to stop it though? NOTHING. And for the record, there are white monkeys on this planet with pink bottoms, too so it baffles me when white people call black people monkeys. But again, this stereotypical view of our melanated brothers and sisters has been around for centuries and is currently being perceived in a South African school for black girls.

The fact that is happening illustrates why white people appropriating black hairstyles is problematic. As I expressed in my past post – Cultural Appropriation: why it makes Black people mad, when black people choose to wear their natural hair and braiding styles, we are discriminated for it, and made to feel as if there is something wrong with us for having hair which grows out of our heads differently. Yet when white people attempt to do braids it’s trending as a ‘new hairstyle’. It’s  like we’re not allowed to express our blackness anywhere in the world but it’s ok for white people in the western world to appropriate it?

When there are 13 year old black girls fighting for freedom, and fighting to be African on their own African soil,  you know there is still a problem.

Our hair is our true beauty, our spirit, our blackness.

Our hair is not a crime.

Note to readers: (please excuse the typos, anger fuelled my veins as I wrote this, so this is raw and from the heart)

– Eunice


References:

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/08/africa-school-ordered-racist-hair-rules-160830151818866.html

Nothing’s Changed

Patrice Lumumba – did they teach you about him?

 

No, ‘they’ being the educational system, did not teach me about Patrice, like they didn’t teach me about the Warrior Queen, Nzinga of Angola who fought against the invading Portuguse or Queen Nanny of the Maroons, who lead a resistance against slavery. There’s so much more they didn’t teach you and I, it’s a mis-carriage of education. No wonder why so many of us grow up thinking all our ancestors were subjected to nothing but slavery and colonialism. Yes these inhumane events occurred – which we must never forget, no matter how profound or traumatic it is, but our ancestors were Kings and Queens before this time period, and when this period was taken over by the Europeans, our ancestors fought for their survival. They fought for their freedom. They fought to preserve their spiritual and cultural customs and traditions. They fought for the next generations to come – me and you, they fought to pave the way for the next generations to have a chance to uplift a nation, and a continent. They fought to protect their rich, natural resources the Europeans so greedily wanted. So, let us remember what they did. Let us learn for ourselves about the bravery and sacrifices our people endured. Let us know about Patrice Lumuba.

Today marks 55 years since Patrice Lumumba was assassinated. Until today I had not known of this brother. It was via Dynamic Africa’s tweet that I came to discover who he was. Patrice Emery Lumumba (2nd July 1925 – 17th January, 1961), was born, Élias Okit’Asombo in the Kasai province of Belgian Congo (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo), in the village of Onalua. Lumumba was a leader of Congolese Independence, who stood for the unity of his people and his continent. He became the first democratically elected leader of the Congo in 1960, the same year his country were declared independent from Belgium. What struck me whilst doing my research, was seeing the words ‘Congo’ and ‘Belgium’ in the same sentence. A shiver wet down my spine. Just last year I had learnt about Belguim’s King Leopold II and how he ruled over the Congo with unmeasurable horror. Up to 10 million Congolese people are said to have died under his inhumane regime. Murder, poor living & working conditions, death by disease or lack of food led to the inevitable deaths of these innocent people, who were brutally worked on rubber plantations to feed the greed of European colonialists. This was the scramble for Africa at it’s disturbing extreme.

It was at the Berlin Conference 1884-5 where King Leopold II secured his claim to the Congo on the basis that his aim was to ‘protect the natives from Arab slaves, and to open the heart of Africa to Christian missionaries’. This sick and twisted lie allowed this evil man to torment the Congo until 1908, when his horrors finally became clear to the international world. Leopold had wanted the Congo for its rich abundance of raw materials the very same reason why Europe did not want to leave the Congo in Lumumba’s control. During the official Independence Day celebrations, Lumumba publicly denounced Belgium for it’s brutal colonial grip over the Congo. Lumumba wanted to free his country from it’s colonial shackles. He wanted to unite the divided ethnic groups again and take control of Congo’s resources, so he could use them to improve the quality of life for his own people.

The Belgians did not like to hear Lumumba denounce them because his words were the truth. They saw Lumumba as a threat. A threat. Since what right did a European have to invade, steal and control something that clearly does not belong to them? A threat – yes, to European greed and control, something that hasn’t changed at all, yet society chooses to sweep it under the carpet like it’s all ‘in the past’. It’s not, when white people are still benefiting from this greed whether they care to acknowledge it or not, and my melanated brothers and sisters are still reaping the scars.

Despite independence, Belgian officers were still in charge. The Congolese army revolted against them in the mineral rich region of Katanga. This became known as the Katanga crisis which turned into a civil war. What makes this crisis twisted is the fact that the involvement of the two super powers at the time – USA & the Soviet Union came about not only because of the on-going Cold War tensions, but because of Congo’s resources. As well as the UN, Lumumba called for military support from the Soviet Union, which the US saw as an excuse to claim the Congo was going communist. What they were really ‘concerned’ about was the Russians getting their hands on the rich minerals of the country and Africa in general, (it is said that the uranium from the atomic bombs the US dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki was taken from the Congo). To prevent Russian advancement, the US installed the puppet-sell-out army chief, Joseph-Desire Mobutu.

America’s devious ways of control hindered Lumumba’s dreams and inevitably lead to his murder. This is what happens when a melanated being stands up to the greedy, twisted and corrupted west. The legacy of his death had damaging reverberations for the Congo. Look at the person who replaced him – Mobutu, who morphed into a military dictator, a manifestation of the greed and corruption of colonial Europe.

Lumumba died a martyr. He stood up to colonial Europe and the west for what they did to his country and continent. He stood up for himself and his people. He should be known to us all, as of all the histories of Congo before and after colonisation. For today, let us know Patrice Lumumba.

 

Eunice


Resources on Patrice Lumumba:

  • May our People Triumph: Poem, Speeches & Interviews, by Patrice Lumumba 
  • Death in the Congo: Murdering Patrice Lumumba, by Emmanuel Gerard and Bruce Kuklick
  • The Assassination of Lumumba, by Ludo De Whitte
  • MI6 and the death of Patrice Lumumba – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-22006446

Resources on King Leopold:

Africa on the Square or Africa in despair?

So, myself and Ogechi went along to the Africa on the Square event, on the 10th October as part of Black History month. We had been anticipating this event for weeks. Weeks on, we’re still wondering why we got excited in the first place…  Having pondered on our time spent there, we realised that this was never going to be an event designed for Africans to embrace their culture and histories. There wasn’t even anything there to do with our history. It was more like a tourist attraction for Europeans to ‘discover’ Africans and African culture, like they’ve never encountered Africans before. By culture we mean African cuisine, cultural dance and music. Fair enough a lot of people had a good time, people from all different walks of life enjoyed themselves, and it became more apparent that it was more culturally diverse and inclusive than explicitly African.

What we expected to see – a market selling authentic African jewellery, African clothing, hand-made African dolls, etc. is what we got. We saw stall after stall boasting beautiful patterns and designs from West and East African countries. We really were spoilt for choice.  It was so great to see an array of African products being sold by Africans, or so we thought… At some of the stalls, there were Caucasians selling African products. Sorry to sound blunt but what place do Caucasians have selling our products? Haven’t they taken enough of our gold, diamonds, cocoa beans, cocoa butter, oil etc.? Can they not let us make money from our OWN products, when we as black people are living in a white supremacist society that works to limit what financial gains we try to make?

After browsing amongst the endless rows of stalls, we were asked to be interviewed (on camera), by organisers of the event. They asked us a series of questions to find out about what we thought.

“Why do you think this event is important?”

We both agreed that the importance of the event was in presenting the continent of Africa in a positive and welcoming light – something the media will never show you. Instead you are presented with the same negative images of poor starving Africans caught up in war, famine and poverty. The viewer is subconsciously made to think Africa is a country when it is a continent of 54 nations.  You’d be surprised at how many people think of Africa in this narrow minded way.

“Do you think this event showcases the whole of Africa?”

Despite the positivity we highlighted in our previous answer, Ogechi made a very true and interesting point. This was Africa on the Square, yet it was very west African orientated. West African culture dominated the event by far, with kente cloth left right and centre and immensely long queues outside the Nigerian and Ghanaian  jollof kitchen tents….. East African culture was present to some extent, but we didn’t see Southern, Central or North Africa being presented.

Networking is an essential part of building wealth, and seeing young black people put this into practice at this event, was really encouraging to see. Myself and Ogechi even bumped into one of our key Instagram follower’s (if that is even a word), Maarifacircle!

An event showcasing African culture wouldn’t be right without some jollof. The food lines as mentioned before, were just a crazy sea of people. Ogechi dragged me to the Nigerian jollof queue, despite knowing that I am a Ghanaian, and we all know who’s jollof is better… Anyway, while waiting forever, in a non-moving queue, another organiser asked us to answer a survey. One of the questions she asked us struck us both as a key reason for why this event was a tourist attraction for non-Africans.

“Do you think this poster, used to advertise and promote the event, reflects the nature of the event very well?”

See for yourself…

There is nothing on this poster which represents African culture. Even we could design a better poster than that. There isn’t even an image of the continent, no African flags, no images of African cloth, no images of African instruments. What is this rubbish? Make us wonder – if this event  was about ‘celebrating the best of African culture’, as the London Government website claimed, then why did the advertising campaign make little effort to display this? We’ll tell you why. Because the organisers were not Africans. Yes, there were Africans selling African products but they were not the organisers. This event was tailored for Caucasians to come along and watch Africans celebrate a culture they know nothing about. Too many white people kept trying to take pictures of us, as we were dressed for the occasion but some didn’t even ask for permission. They just took pictures like they were in a zoo and we were the exotic animals. If you’re curious, at least ask or have a conversation, don’t just observe us like you’ve never seen black people before.

What this event failed to do was to capture a feeling of pan-Africanism. Despite the live music and fashion displays, it fell short of revealing to the public,  all of Africa, and it’s diverse cultures and it’s historic glory. This event was created as part of Black History month but where was the history of Africa and its people? That is why we ask, was this Africa on the Square or Africa in despair?

Eunice & Ogechi ©

BET Awards – where is the African love?

Over a week has passed since the 2015 BET Awards took place and what did my eyes witness yet again?  The blatant dis-respect of African musical achievements. How can a network which claims to celebrate BLACK people, present awards to African artists backstage and in front of a minor audience? This is not a celebration, this is a complete dis-regard of the African presence in music.

If I’m honest, I didn’t even know the BET network existed until about the Summer of 2013. Yes, I know – where were you, I hear you say. Or maybe now you’re thinking, well, you haven’t missed much. I hadn’t heard of BET simply because I never had Sky in my house and I read books most of the time anyway. My parents always claimed it was too expensive, which back in the day made sense, but looking back I realised there was another reason. They didn’t want me and my sisters to be glued to the TV screen. Now, I’m grateful Sky has never existed at home (yes I still live with my parents, sigh). So, how did I discover this channel? Well, my boyfriend always had it on at his place and I hate to admit it now, but I was hooked, just as he was, until we became conscious. Now we recognise that BET is not the empowering force we once perceived it to be.

Before watching the ceremony I saw how Fuse ODG took to Twitter to express his feelings towards the treatment of African artists.  Seeing this tweet, along with a tweet from Dencia, really took me by surprise. I kept asking myself, how can they present an award like that? That’s just plain rude.

Dencia

I had no idea this even happened. What I saw from the 2014 event – or what I heard actually, was a suspiciously quiet audience. An African artist goes to pick up his award and you hardly hear anyone clapping. It was like that moment in a cartoon when that random bundle of hay rolls by, because it’s that empty… Made me wonder if that bit of the ceremony took place before the real thing. Either that or the audience couldn’t give two jellofs. What I saw this time round actually shocked me. I saw the very reason why Fuse refused to attend. I saw an African winner who was given his award backstage! I could not believe my eyes.

The sad thing was, the winner, who was from Uganda was so happy to be there, as a lot of new musicians from Africa are so eager to make a name in America. Some might say if they’re happy what’s the problem? The problem is they don’t see through the lie. They go there thinking how they are being treated is acceptable. it might not be on the big stage but meh, I’ve been nominated by BET! America recognises me! Oh please America doesn’t care. I didn’t see any afro-beats artists perform. I didn’t see any sort of dedication, time and effort going into presenting what African music is all about. I didn’t see anything respecting and acknowledging Africa. Are black Americans that distant from  the African in their ‘African-American’ status, that they choose not to care?

I remember seeing a short clip of the BET CEO/Chairman, where she outlined how she got to where she is today and most importantly, what the purpose of the black channel is, and what the vision of BET is. I remember hearing her say this network is about ’empowering’, ‘elevating’ and ‘celebrating’ black people. Normally I would cheer when a black person expresses positivity like this but then I said to myself wait – how is BET even doing any of these things? The only show I’ve seen which comes close to the vision is ‘Let’s Stay Together’. You see two beautiful black couples. You see positive healthy black love. This is something worth celebrating any day. Everything else I saw? Real Housewives of Atlanta? Seriously? Real? Not even their hair was real. And what was that nonsense Real Husbands of Hollywood about? Is that supposed to represent the definition of black manhood? And if so, how is that empowering? Yes it’s a comedy but the men don’t exactly do anything that makes them ‘real’.  Or is being ‘real’ and funny too much to ask?

As I said earlier, I hadn’t even known BET existed until 2013, so I don’t know what came before. But what I keep hearing is that the channel was better before. After learning that the network is white owned, I still can’t help but wonder if it was better before because it was black owned to begin with. I say this because, how can a non-black person own a TV network that has a sole purpose of empowering, elevating and celebrating BLACK people? Only black people can understand what empowers us, what elevates us and what we need to celebrate, because we have experienced historical, political, social, emotional and economical struggles which have prevented us from doing these things in the first place!

It’s sad for me to say this but,  dis-respecting African artists who ironically see America as a place for them to be loved,  says to me, that the BET network is nothing but  a manifestation of Black Americans rejecting their own people. BET say ‘we got you’. I say, you got ‘you’ twisted.

– Eunice –

Africa is not a country, it’s a continent.

Afrikaa

There are 54 countries in Africa (islands included) so why does the media continue to portray it like a country? The generalisation of Africa needs to stop. Why? Because it’s creating a misleading representation of Africa and African people which is being accepted by the public audience who watch read or listen to the news. Generalising Africa undermines the essence of its cultural identity – an identity met with little or ignorant understanding.

A woman working in a Catholic school returned from her missionary duties in Kenya. She returned to find angry parents who didn’t want her to teach at the school anymore. Why? Ebola.

As we now know, Liberia is Ebola free. Sierra Leone will be free in ‘a matter of weeks’, according to the UN Ebola chief.  Cases have fallen dramatically it’s barely in the news but, let’s remind ourselves that the three countries heavily affected by this virus were Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. All are situated in WESTERN Africa. And Kenya? EASTERN Africa. In fact it’s 5900km (3474 miles) away. To put that into perspective that’s further than the distance between England and where I’m from – Ghana.

The distance between Ghana and England? 4994km (3072 miles). See how VAST the continent is? Why could those parents not see this vastness? Pure ignorance. It’s clear they perceive the entire continent to be a place of death and disease. Think about what you see or what you have seen on TV. Is it the same old images of a poor, defenceless, hunger struck Africa, where everyone lives in mud huts?

What about the other side of Africa – its natural beauty, its rich and diverse culture, its buzzing nightlife – yes there are bars, restaurants and clubs in African countries. I don’t deny that there’s famine or disease but this is not the case for all 54 countries in the continent. So why should the media make it seem so?

The so called ‘lazy labelling’ of Africa by the media is a deliberate way of misleading people into perceiving the continent in a negative light. What is so difficult about specifying the African country of the continent you are reporting about? You might be thinking so what? What’s the big deal? When you combine the fixated images of poor, starving and diseased Africans with little attention paid to specifying the country or countries affected, you at the receiving end, begin to form a biased view of Africa.

A few months ago, Ogechi told me that during her biology lecture, her class were looking at cystic fibrosis, and the lecturer asked, “What environment factors contribute to disease?” One student answered, “Africa, because it has a lot of bacteria….” This is exactly the ignorant perspective of Africa too many people in society have today. How so? Well for starters, cystic fibrosis is a common autosomal recessive disorder usually found in populations of white Caucasian descent, such as those of Europe, North America and Australasia.[1] In other words, it is predominantly a European disease, not African. Ogechi insisted the lecturer made this clear, yet the student still answered with Africa. Why? Because of the same degrading images she sees via the media. This is how she sees Africa. Instead of thinking according to biological fact, she answered based upon the media’s perception of the continent which has then influenced her perception. This is the power the media has over the mind.

Cast your minds back to the Band AID 30 Ebola single. How dare Bob Geldof write such lyrics – ‘There is no peace and joy in west Africa this Christmas’. Excuse me? Again, throughout the crisis there were only THREE countries since February 2014 that were affected. Aside from the eight cases in Nigeria, six in Mali and one in Senegal, the rest of Africa was EBOLA FREE. Now, as we know these countries are clear of the virus.

So why did Geldof write ‘West Africa’? Is the region of West Africa made of three countries? No. Ghana is well within the western region yet it has always been Ebola free, exactly like its neighbors, Ivory Coast, Togo and Burkina Faso as well as the other nine countries in the region. Geldof could have written, ‘There will be no peace with Ebola this Christmas’. Simples. I thought of that in 10 seconds flat. Don’t see why he couldn’t. For someone who has always wanted to help the suffering, I’m (still) surprised and disappointed to see that he doesn’t truly understand Africa for what it is. Even he has fallen into the trap of generalization.

Fuse ODG, real name Nana Richard Abiona – a key Afro-beats artist who has bought Ghanaian flavors to the British music scene, turned down the opportunity to sing as part of the charity single. He said,

“I pointed out to Geldof the lyrics I did not agree with, such as the [line]… ‘There is no peace and joy in west Africa this Christmas”…. “For the past four years I have gone to Ghana at Christmas for the sole purpose of peace and joy. So for me to sing these lyrics would simply be a lie.”[2]

Fuse’s answer is the perfect example between the African and the non-African British public being misled by the media. Fuse has been to Ghana, the majority of British non-Africans have not. Perhaps they should go and set foot on African soil, feel the African sun beating down, help themselves to mangoes growing on trees and go SEE for themselves what the media never tries to show them.

“That image of poverty and famine is extremely powerful psychologically” Fuse explained.

“With decades of such imagery being pumped out, the average westerner is likely to donate £2 a month or buy a charity single that gives them a nice warm fuzzy feeling; but they are much less likely to want to go on holiday to, or invest in, Africa. If you are reading this and haven’t been to Africa, ask yourself why.”[3]

Fuse was spot on. What some African countries need is investment not charity. It’s as simple as that. Why is the British public content with donating when they could be investing so maybe one day, they wouldn’t need to donate anymore? Think about it.

It seems to me that we are living in a world where it is choosing to halt Africa from thriving economically and even visually. Look at the video Geldof released with the single. It had a West African woman – again no country specified and she was suffering. She was on her deathbed yet she was still being filmed. If this was England no such thing would occur. When the first white American/British victims (I say white, not to pull out the race card, but to show you the unfair representation between white American/British aid workers and black Africans infected by the virus), were diagnosed with Ebola did you see them on their death beds? No. You saw them all being whisked away in an ambulance and being placed on the first plane back to America or the UK. See the difference?

You might say Geldof allowed for such images to be shown to the public to create sympathy for the victims so they are more likely to donate. What is more important, a person’s dignity and the right to die in dignity or to gain sympathy votes? This was a dying woman not a dying animal. Why is it that they abandoned respect for her but not for the Americans and British who were infected with the virus?

Ask yourself this question. Why is the media trying to influence your thinking of Africa in the ways I have shown you? Why? Don’t be fooled by what you see, for George Orwell once wrote, ‘the people will believe what the media tells them they believe.’

So what do you think? Is society’s perception of Africa and its people influenced by the media?

– Eunice –


Sources:

[1] http://www.who.int/genomics/publications/en/HGN_WB_04.02_report.pdf

[2] http://www.capitalxtra.com/artists/fuse-odg/news/why-he-chose-not-to-sing-in-band-aid-30/?23

[3] Ibid