The Ultimate Betrayal
("Saving For Old Age," by my father Elimo Njau, co-founder of Paa Ya Paa Creative Arts Center in Nairobi (in the 1960s and it is still standing today).)
It does not matter whether or not we are among those who let it happen.
We are all guilty. Actors and spectators. Eye-witnesses and plunderers.
We recognize each other in our indifference, our slow poison, our greed for power.
African First Lady So-and-so, Professor of this-and-that. We profess our concern for the enterprise and culture of Africa.
Tell me, modern day Judas Iscariots, what have you done with the joy and the power of the land?
Witness, as the people of Mayotte, voted to be recolonized by France.
A vote, of no-confidence in Africa’s independent future. The death, of a sovereign nation, the despair in a continent wrought by corruption, cruelty and brutality. A harbinger of future recolonizations in Africa.
It is my prayer that Africa is liberated from the human tragedy playing out, fashioned by the hands of leaders, incapable of governing: Abacha, Bokassa, Jammeh, Kibaki, Mugabe, Museveni, to name a few.
It is my prayer that Africa heeds the warning of Mayotte and its recolonization.
It is my prayer that we charge ourselves with the duty to demand, on behalf of mankind, humane governments; to encourage the winds of change; to stop the betrayal of the people of Africa.
It is my prayer that we do this in remembrance of the bones of our ancestors.
And one day we will rise victorious, our spirits liberated to shine freely amongst the living and the dead.
Because, Africa belongs to us all!
I wish you a Happy Easter.
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