The Wakanda Trope and African Culture: Ubuntu. The idea of an African nation hidden away and purposefully not interested in helping their neighbors is absolutely not African. It is true that African nations and tribes didn't see themselves as one but separate nations in the past, but it is absolutely the case that ever since slavery and colonialism, which apparently happened in the Wakanda world too, African nations have come to each other's aid with the meager resources we had, especially when it came to fighting outside African forces. Take Algeria, take South Africa, take Guinea Bissau etc. African Sensibilities of Ubuntu ie compassion and humanity for fellow humans and neighbors isn't properly represented. The only character who came close to this was Lupita's character Nakia who was out helping kidnapped children in Nigeria.
One of the ways I approach the world is that of constant improvement, every single time, on every single issue. I look at historical figures as models to use in the thinking about the need for progress. On every issue! Tomorrow is International Women's Day and I wanted to write something in commemoration of the... Continue Reading →
"Hawa: Yussuf, it's nice to see you. How have you been? Yussuf: I am doing well. How about you? Hawa: I'm well. I just came back from Accra to see my parents here in Tamale. Yussuf: That's nice. I always loved it when school closed and we all took VIP bus back to Tamale from... Continue Reading →
I have tried not to comment on this South Africa issue for a while because I know the pitfalls of angering white people—especially the liberal ones—and many of them are my friends. There's usually a smear campaign against you and seeing you as tribalist for seeking to correct a historic wrong. But I thought I... Continue Reading →
The most ingenious innovation of 20th and 21st century capitalism is the invention of the management class.
So owing to the complaints of her in laws, her husband literally stopped her from continuing her education saying that he didn't marry a lawyer. I was livid when I heard this story. According to my friend, her husband and her family said she can't work and be in school at the same time because she had wife duties. So owing to whatever they meant by wife duties, her dreams have been truncated.
Bride price has always been symbolic in traditional Africa. That is why my father, a staunchly traditional man has always grudgingly accepted it with as little an amount as possible. I don't know the exact intricacies of my sisters marital homes but none of their husbands has ever come to us arguing
Imagine that 5% of the population has diabetes. And of the 5% of diabetes sufferers, doctors find that 55% of them got it through eating apples. If I hear a headline saying "diabetes is mostly caused by apples," does that do real justice to the conversation? Forget that say 50% of the population eats apples. But if you read the headline, it might make you up in arms about the dangers of apples and obsessing over the extreme dangers of apples.
This is historical and relates to the overall global white supremacist system. That's what got Emmett Till killed on mere suspicion of whistling at a white woman. Our relationship to white women, as black men, doesn't conform to the traditional gender norms because in that traditional scene, women's social protections are always sub-par to men or non-existent at all. In our case, we are literally at the bottom of the social and legal system. Our voices carry less weight in the legal system than white women—a reverse of the traditional patriarchal system.