"Martha Cabrera, a Nicaraguan psychologist, rightly argues that “populations that are multiply wounded as a product of permanent stress lose their capacity to make decisions and plan for the future due to the excess suffering they have lived through and not processed”. Regrettably, almost all of Africa’s post-independence reconstruction attempts – and outside attempts at help, whether through donors, aid or ideological – have ignored focusing on overcoming the African crisis of mass broken individuals. Some of Africa’s immediate post-independence generation thinkers such as Frantz Fanon, the Martinique-born Algerian activist, warned that colonialism and apartheid have scarred the psyche of victims – their individual personalities, and that unless there is a concentrated effort to reverse this, little will come off development efforts."
The African crisis of mass broken individuals- William Gumede
When youre talking about your country, talk about your country don’t say “Africans do this, Africans doing that, My African [somebody】 bla bla bla”. (in a sphere where people other than Africans are the audience - especially if your target audience is people other than African peoples) Even though we’re addressing ourselves and our peers who can relate to the ridiculous, funny and creative things that happens in our lives, unfortunately it also perpetuates the outsider ideology that Africa is a homogenous “country” where cultures blur easily. That is not the case. If you’re trying to lure in views or whatever, add a “African” in the tags or at least put what country you’re from….
I know there are people in Africa who don’t wanna have shit to do with West Africans, so it’s not all holding hands…
When I translate Sino-Africa news, I have made it clear to my teacher I translate 非洲 as African nations, and if the original text says something like, “And in Africa…”, I will translate it as, “And in (several) [the] African nations [that…]”. Luckily she respects that but I would fight if she tried it.
Am I wrong or misguided in thinking this? I just get so uncomfortable seeing people who are not Black Africans, diaspora or not, feeding off that term “African”, which is completely different amongst ourselves, in the way charities make ‘Africa’ miniscule and monolithic in their campaigns.
Anyway, the videos from diaspora kids talking about their pparents is so nostalgic and funny. Especially “I’ll SEND YOU BACK TO GHANA/NIGERIA NOW NOW NOW. ONE WAY”
Nope you are not wrong or misguided. I’m already a part of this movement, although I’ll say that we need to drop the “African” descriptor even when talking among ourselves.