Source: | Perry Perez Adunyame, Ghana

In 1983, Nigeria decided to sack all Ghanaians. This is what we know. Did you also know in 1969, Ghana sacked all Nigerians under the Aliens Compliance order? Acts of Africans turning on Africans have been happening as long as we’ve had independence.

In 1963, the day Africa almost became a United State, Nkrumah made a statement, “We can only know the extent of our task and our own strength, when we have examined and ascertained that of the enemy. Who is the enemy? the enemy is imperialism, which uses as its weapons, colonialism and neo-colonialism”

Our excuse on that day was that Nkrumah wanted to be the first and only President of Africa so the Monrovia bloc rubbished this beautiful idea by the Casablanca Bloc (I’ll explain those later). Fair enough they had a point. Maybe Nkrumah had an agenda.

In 2006, in Ghana, the opportunity came again for Africa to unite. Spearheaded by Mugabe and Gaddafi, again this idea of unity was trashed.

Unity in Africa is an alien concept. We sit here and complain bitterly about our education but ask yourself, who designed our education system?

What was the purpose of our education system? How old is Adisadel, and Wesley Girls and Mfantsipim?

These schools and all other forms of formal education institutions were designed to make the slave child useful to the colonial master.

It wasn’t designed to equip you with the abilities to think and improve your nation or solve problems. So we were trained to be obedient.

We were trained to be chorus singers or “yessah Massa”. We were trained to shut up and suffer. We were trained to be cowards and never identify problems.

We were trained to always expect handouts from those above us an never push to create or be innovative. That was the idea behind it. With time, these same slave students grew and became teachers and they also taught what they were taught and the cycle continued into the tertiary and the cycle continues to today.

So what do we get?

We get graduates who are waiting for GOVERNMENT to create jobs without the ability to think and create jobs.

The issue of African unity is embedded in our education and in HOW we think. We will continue to point the finger at our fellow African each time we are not comfortable. We will never come together until our education (formal and informal) is reformed to address who we are as a people.

Steve Biko

Always remember, “the most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed” – Steve Biko

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