Friday, 4 April 2014

State promise

The state is a relationship painstakingly formulated and constructed by groups of human beings here on earth to pursue aspirations and interests envisioned by these same human beings within a shared historical and geographical articulation. Consequently, African peoples, themselves, must decide on the issue of sovereignty in this post-“Berlin-state” era even if the outcome were to lead to the creation of 1001 states in Africa– or more.  This is the epoch of freedom. Any African peoples who, for instance, wishes to chart a future based on the precepts of their forebears in the 12th century Contemporary Era (CE) or even way back to, say, 8th century Before Contemporary Era (BCE), have the right to pursue this goal. Equally, any African peoples who believes that their aspirations lie in working through challenges of the 21st century CE and projecting targets of creativity and transformations subsequently, must exercise this right.  To achieve the goal(s) of any of the stipulated paths does not require anyone embarking on murdering someone else or having themselves murdered.  The new state envisioned, we mustn’t forget, is for the living; not the dead.


For the future survival of the African humanity, let no more die for the path to the civilisation a people chooses howsoever this civilisation is construed. The post-“Berlin-state” of Africa is a life and life opportunity, a creative passage of celebration, not a life-and-death affair. It surely can be attained and sustained without committing a crime, particularly a crime against humanity. 

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