Tag Archives: South Africa

AFRICAN THEOLOGY OF LIBERATION AND ITS RELEVANCE FOR THE MILLENIALS

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In the wake of the seeming witch-hunt into the internal affairs of church groups in South Africa, it would only be fair to re-examine the role of theology in the context of the national liberation struggle waged by the people

BLACKS SUFFER FROM POST TRAUMATIC SLAVERY SYNDROME!

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The attitude, I observe today, of black people towards white people is neither forgiveness nor reconciliation but that of a people suffering from post-traumatic slavery syndrome. The people with the syndrome definitely will never acknowledge its presence, rather they would

THE SPECTRE OF RACISM LOOMS LARGE IN THE ‘RAINBOW’ NATION!!

An apartheid notice on a beach near Capetown, denoting the area for whites only.   (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

If you have spent some time in ‘post-apartheid’ South Africa, you would not have missed all the talk that goes on about the dire need for racial transformation in the country. 21 years later, since 1994, there has been little

THE FORGOTTEN SEED OF A NEW NATION!

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Liberation and the birth of a new nation always come at a price.  This truism is often ignored when it comes to acknowledging the supreme sacrifice made by ordinary folks – the downtrodden – who shed blood and paid with

THE FALLACY OF THE NOTION OF ‘PREVIOUSLY DISADVANTAGED’!!

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The term ‘previously disadvantaged’ is often thrown around without discrimination in ‘post’-Apartheid South Africa to describe black South Africans (hereinafter referred to as ‘blacks’) in the new constitutional dispensation. This is highly problematic in that it presupposes that the dismal

FREE EDUCATION IS THE ROAD TO SELF-RELIANCE!!!                           

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Education is the most powerful weapon without which the youth of Africa can hardly make any progress in life for themselves and for their Continent. African governments must invest heavily in education if Africa is to fight unemployment successfully and

THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND WHITE DOMINATION IN SOUTH AFRICA!!!!

Kenyan author Ngugi wa ThiongÕo, Distinguished Professor of English and comparative literature at UC Irvine, is on the short list for the 2010 Nobel Prize in literature, for xxx(add phrase or blurb here from award announcement; 

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Ngugi, whose name is pronounced ÒGoogyÓ and means Òwork,Ó is a prolific writer of novels, plays, essays and childrenÕs literature. Many of these have skewered the harsh sociopolitical conditions of post-Colonial Kenya, where he was born, imprisoned by the government and forced into exile.

His recent works have been among his most highly acclaimed and include what some consider his finest novel, ÒMurogi wa KagogoÓ (ÒWizard of the CrowÓ), a sweeping 2006 satire about globalization that he wrote in his native Gikuyu language. In his 2009 book ÒSomething Torn & New: An African Renaissance,Ó Ngugi argues that a resurgence of African languages is necessary to the restoration of African wholeness.

ÒI use the novel form to explore issues of wealth, power and values in society and how their production and organization in society impinge on the quality of a peopleÕs spiritual life,Ó he has said.

In his seminal non-fiction work Decolonising the Mind: the Politics of Language in African Literature, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o evaluates the complicit role of language in literature and elsewhere in consolidating some of the ongoing contradictions in post-colonial Africa. Likewise, the

LET’S CELEBRATE THE INDELIBLE LEGACY OF MARCUS GARVEY!!!

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During an address at Fort Hare University Completers’ Social, sixty-six years ago, the twenty-four year old Robert Sobukwe quoted Marcus Garvey as having said, “You cannot grow beyond your thoughts. If your thoughts are those of a slave, you will

OBAMA SPEECHES: A SIGN AMERICA WANTS TO KEEP AFRICA IN IMPERIALIST BONDAGE!!!

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President Barack Obama speeches on his recent visit to Kenya and Ethiopia did not show any sign that the American government’s condescending policy towards Africa has changed. His lecturing African leaders on “democracy” and “values,” was reflective of the old

THE ANC AND ‘FREEDOOM CHARTER’: THE BETRAYAL OF A DISPOSSED PEOPLE!!

THE BETRAYAL OF A DISPOSSED PEOPLE!!

A great deal of false information was spread during June 2015 about the 60th anniversary of the “Freedom Charter” of the 1955 ANC. This was like asking the African people of this country to dance on the graves of their