Discussion in 'Ghana' started by skuderjaymes, Feb 14, 2014.
Thanks Brother skuderjaymes
I enjoyed the video's and all of the information learned watching them.
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The gentleman in the first (top) clip said the reason why they didn't
receive the warm welcome was because the locals did not know
them and they did not know the locals. I've experienced that
where I'm from among black folk (in this country), so...
The lady at the 9:17 mark, said "they" the locals, "don't know the
history. They don't know who we are..."
Like the sista said at the 2:02 mark, "we make no apologies to
anyone, for what we are doing. Or how we are doing it".
The grim reality is just because you are Black doesn't guarantee any warmth or acceptance from other Black people. Also, just because we have an affinity to Africa and wish to live there, be part of the society there, and contribute to its growth and development doesn't mean we will be welcomed with open arms.
I have even noticed the extreme prejudice and stereotypes among some Ghanaians towards Nigerians. Eventhough my mother in law doesn't go out of her way to talk down about Nigerians, I noticed that whenever a Nigerian does something "wrong", "unethical", or "inappropriate" in her eyes, she is quick say something judgmental about all Nigerian people, ex. "You know those Nigerians, man, they are some greedy people, man, eh."
I don't know about in Ghana, but Ghanaians in the States called African Americans - those doncatti people. I don't know what it means but the tone and context it is said and used in doesn't appear to be too flattering. I noticed that some Africans tend to have a less than positive view of Africans from other countries. Liberians are murders and prostitutes, Cote d' Ivorians are beggers. Togolese are fetish worshippers. Nigerians are crooks, thiefs and cutthroats, Ghanaians are snobby, aloof crooks. So on and so forth... So just imagine how African Americans may be perceived by those who have no true direct and intimate contact with us but are feed the b/s. However, I noticed the Africans that have said negative comments about other Africans can just as easily switch to a one African brotherhood when an African does something great in the mainstream world. My mother in law will pray with Nigerians or call Nigerian women "my sistah."
The other thing is sometimes repatriated African Americans are viewed as interlopers, invaders with no right to settle there without some kinship claim. We are no different than Europeans because we have no real claim to land of Akuapem, for example, if we are not Akuapem. This also speaks to what I was saying in the As We Pretend thread.
However, one brother from my hometown found out that he was direct descendant of last chief of the Ghanaian town of Ho. He was welcomed as a son returned because his blood is from there and he even met his family. So his claim was legitimized and justified due to his inheritance and ancestry.
Whether the local people don't know the history or don't know who we are, I have been told by a few African people that is actually us, African Americans, who don't know who we are. Even if we say we are African people, wear dashikis and kente cloth, picked up a couple words, eat fufu and plantains, present ourselves in a respectful manner, once we switch from the western world to the African world, none of that means nothing but imitation if we are not connected to a group of people, some kinship group with claim.
Bottom line is in many more rural places in Africa, a good natured and genuine African American that just plops down out of nowhere is no better than obruni because he is trying to settle land that he has no right to. It doesn't if the government says he can. I am not saying that repatriated Black folks follow proper traditional protocol, like getting the clan head's permission to settle, which is important to do but from my understanding of traditional African thought and land ownership, if the repatriated settlers are not blood or family with local people, then local attitudes will see them as people with no right to settle - no matter the intent of new settlers. If you think this view held by some African is wrong, then what was so wrong with the peaceful white settlers planting crops of Native American land?
Enough said Nana Blackbird. Yet there are still some of we the youth who are enlightened enough to embrace our brothers from Aborokyir.
EtesEn Akanyi Kwesi! I am definitely not a Nana, far from it.
In Ghana, among the Akans and particularly with the Akyems, Ashanti and the Akuapim, Nana is used as the title of a King or a Queen, it signifies royalty. The stool name of kings and queens are always preceded by Nana. However, many people in Ghana use Nana as a name in normal life. In some cases, people who are named after kings may, out of respect for mentioning the king's name adopt the name "Nana" to signify that they have been named after a king. In Ghana one may respectfully refer to a King or a Queen as Nana without mentioning the full name of that King or Queen.
Is Africa shaped up by Ethiopia like a Rhino Horn?
In that same location, up by Ethiopia does that look like a Crown on a Man's Head?
Is Kenya located and in the shape of an Eye?
Mozambique a Nose?
Zimbabwe a Mouth?
South Africa a Chin?
DR Congo a Cheek Bone?
All of the other Nations completing the formation of the back of a Man's Head?
All of Africa is shaped like a face.
Does Africa also look like a gun?
Ethiopia is the hammer
If it does where is the trigger?
Brother Blackbird, you have written a mouthful, well said and well put indeed.
It is a grim reality we face as African people, across the board, and no one could frame the issues any better than you have with this post; so I will not attempt to improve on your words.
But on purpose, let's start and stop with Liberia, one of your favorites (West Africa). It was Repatriation without any form of Reparations which started that colony's (Land of the Free) downfall. There is no better place for so-called African Americans to repatriate, another grim reality we must face. The mere history of Liberia dictates this move, with a central focus to correct the wrongs done to the local people, the Dey and Bassa peoples, some of our upline relatives.
Therefore, until we understand, teach and correct our story, which is to say, this story of Liberia, there can be no better meaningful engagement with our African people than this. Liberia was a starting point that went bad, it has to be set straight, and until we face the grim reality of this music, all else fails ... the Return of Obruni.
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