Back in those days that our colonial masters colonized us by granting our request for self rule without any external interference (Sovereignty). The sayings that was in everybody’s mouth was that ‘We are in a world of our own‘. The thinking was that ‘This is the beginning of new thing in Africa‘. Though, Africa as at then can never be compared to the one we have now. More power to their elbow for that, we really appreciate.
However, despite the fact that the colonial masters gave us independence, they still continue to rule indirectly even up to this present day. How is that? Do you know that most African countries still pay dues to their colonial masters? What is the dues for? The payment is for the infrastructural facilities that were put in place during colonization. Even if we are to pay for that, it should have ended before now because most African countries independence are in their late 50’s. This is slavery in disguise.
Though, colonization impacted the African continent socially, politically and economically both positively and negatively. The negative deeds supersede the positive ones. We were made to practice their own culture, they exploited our natural resources and even force we Africans to milk our land for their own benefits. God bless Africa.
Do you know that the fourteen countries colonized by France were forced to pay colonial tax for the benefits of slavery and colonization even up till now? What is this for? Only God knows. Any leader of these countries that frown at it will either be killed or remove from office through coup. They will turn his people against him, showcasing the evil that will be done to them if they should allow their leader to continue to rule them whereas they are the perpetrators orchestrating the evil plan. They will manipulate their cause.
In 1958, the first Guinean president Sekou Toure took a move to get out of French colonial empire, and seek for the country’s independence. The French colonial elite were angered with this and ordered their troops in the country to destroy everything that have been done in the country (Houses and properties) by the French and also block all the benefits that they were to get. They did this to give a stern warning to other colonies of France. Another move was taken by Sylvanus Olympio of Togo but he got killed by one of his men after been given meager amount of money. They did this because he tried to issue his country own currency and stop the use of the legal tender been imposed on them by France. Modiba Keita of Mali, David Dacko of Central African Republic and Maurice Yamego of Burkina Faso (Then Upper Volta) were killed because they want to stop French colonial policy in their country. As of recent, Laurent Gbagbo of Cote D’ Ivoire was removed from office because of the same offence to the French. About 67 coups were been carried out in Africa during the last 50 years been back up by the European colonial masters. Why all these?
To add more injuries to the woes, more than 80% of foreign reserves of French colonies are been deposited to the French colonial account (Operation account). Only 15% of their reserve are used in running the country. Should they need more, they will have to borrow from the one been deposited. This is indeed wickedness. Over $500 billion is been generated by France from their colonies, year in, year out. Is there any future in this African countries if all these should continue to happen? The truth is; France is no superpower without all these countries.
Remember, not only in French colonies does this happen. It also happen in other African countries but in another dimension. Lets sight Nigeria as an example; politicians that embezzles government fund will run to Britain, probably U.S to acquire properties. After some years, they will be extradite in which their properties will be seized by the government of either country they run to after sending them back to their country (James Ibori as an insight). Is this fair at all? We gain independence in slavery. There is no true nationalism in Africa.
African countries claims to be sovereign nations but that is not the case. Back to the French colonies; in each of the French colonies, about 400 to 450 soldiers are being deposited. The question to ask:
- What are they doing there?
- Why do the French continues to have their own government house in each of their colonies?
- Why are these countries still paying colonial debt?
- Why do they have the right of first refusal to any natural resources been discovered in any of their colonies?
- Why do they have the right to supply military equipment or train the country military officers?
- Why do they have the right to these countries annual balance and reserve reports?
Only the French government can answer these questions but should we get one, we won’t hesitate to share it. We are also looking forward to suggestions from the masses, try to reach us if there is any. These cannot continue to happen to us in Africa. Africa, land of riches and wealth.3