One aspect of African history that is not widely taught or acknowledged by many Africans and Africans in the Diaspora is the fact that some African kings, chiefs and other “Big Men” were comrades-in-arms with Americans and Europeans during the Atlantic slave trade. Due to their unsavory collaborations, the cultural landscape of many African regions was forever changed. These societies went from communities who looked after their own to communities where it became every man/woman/child for him or herself. The Ashanti Kingdom grew powerful from slave-trading. Yoruba kings, such as Kotoko and King Jaja were considered to be major players. Kosoko, a wealthy slave-merchant, considered the ports of Lagos ideal for delivering his “wares” into the waiting hands of white merchants. In fact, by closely examining the deplorable condition of millions of Africans on the continent today, one can’t help but notice that the same me-me-me mentality present among many African rulers and Big Men, during the heyday of the Atlantic Slave trade is still in existence. These rulers and their cohorts are still cozying up to America and Europe and lining their own pockets with ill-gotten gains, rather than seeing to the welfare of their own people. In oil-rich regions such as Angola and Nigeria, not only do American oil companies benefit from the questionable proceeds from the vast oil reserves, so do the rulers, Big Men, their families and their cohorts. And what of their people? Millions continue to die for want of food, potable water and life-saving medicines. Any forthcoming reparations should benefit Africans first. They should be used to provide them a better standard of living and the basic necessities of life – necessities that we in the West generally take for granted and paid for by the ruling elite. Any cozy alliances present between Africa, America and Europe should be shifted to African countries and stay amongst African countries. Such a shift will not only go a long way in laying the groundwork for a strong, vital African economy but also show the Big Men in America and Europe that our call for reparations is more than the mindless whining of a “spoiled” bunch of ungrateful Negroes.