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September 17, 2007

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dionysusstoned

cool blog. thanks for the link. i added your feed an will keep popping in

bantoo metoo

Sarkozy is a lightweight from a wannabe place trying real hard to be a George Bush. Africans, especially Francophone Africans really ought to take this dude seriously. The blood has not even dried from the genocide that Sarkozy likely had prior knowledge or helped to finance in Rwanda–according to Martin Marschner a German financier who testified under oath at the Rwanda genocide investigations. No wonder he is indulging in a Disney-nightmare fantasy version of Africa to assuage his conscience. As a charitable person, I would like to assume he has one. that he is in the process of trying to cover. The man is a dangerous caricature, an in your face asshole. What is the french translation for asshole? I suggest they adopt the word into French. Sarkozy is "le asshole". He is a MF who cannot but be obnoxious. He will also kill again, big time in Africa, when he finds a clutch of Africans.

Rosemary Ekosso

The trouble with us is that we are letting people define us and our history. If we had had a clearly established identity, Sarkozy would have thought twice before he made his speech. He rams his definition of us down our throats because he can. He can because we let him. We let him because we have not defined ourselves. We have not defined ourselves because we have not considered all the elements of our past and present in a dispassionate manner in order to determine where we come from and where we're going. We have not considered these elements because we live with the view other people have of us. We live with this view because it is in the interests of others that we remain subjugated. Those who want us to remain subjugated are people like Mr. Sarkozy, and, of course, or own bad leaders, who are often supported and maintained in power by people like Mr. Sarkozy.

The solution is to get rid of our bad leaders first, and then throw off the yoke that people like Mr. Sarkozy would prefer us to bear. It's not going to happen quietly. But if we are to survive as a people, it must be done.

Scott Kohlhaas

The greatest crime the French committed was leaving the legacy of conscription in Their colonies. France abandoned it years ago but it lives on in many countries.

Would you be willing to spread the word about www.draftresistance.org? It's a site dedicated to shattering the myths surrounding the selective slavery system and building mass civil disobedience to stop the draft before it starts!

Our banner on a website, printing and posting the anti-draft flyer or just telling friends would help.

Thanks!

Scott Kohlhaas

PS. When it comes to conscription, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!

bantoo metoo

In practice no draft occurs because the oppressive police and paramilitary forces are paid well, while the population starves. They also have a free hand at extorting bribes from the people. Therefore the lines to join these forces are long.

Rosemary these kinds of governments have got to be overthrown. You are correct, but the work of sensitizing and educating the people should be ongoing. You do not leave the job of rehabilitation until after. It starts now. The basis starts now. Achille Mbembe does a pretty good job of summing up some of the thinkers.

We must not forget the African American thinkers, psychologists and Afrocentric scholars who are way ahead of us native Africans in this matter of comprehending and counteracting white supremacy as well as ordering an alternate ideology. It is an odd fact that despite its flaws, the United States has some of the safest spaces for being a person of African descent to be himself, even more than in some African countries. We need to study and adapt some of these.

Lastly, we cannot forget Rwanda, which made real Africans to clap after it tossed out every French influence in November of last year and began to chart a new course out of that tent. We can do it. Discard little Napoleon Cheeseater.

Washington. DC

Biya Paul, why don't you start by implementing real change to shame the French so as to have a something positive in your legacy? We really do not need the French the way they need us. Why are we not calling the shots here?
Why are tax inspectors, custom and uniformed officers who are supposed to be earning modest salaries make the most money in our country? Why are we "begging and bribing" their personal pockets? Let us start by cleaning our dirty acts and getting the right people in there.

Adolf Agbormbai

My personal take on Sarkozy's speech is that his intent is noble, though his manner of expression leaves a lot to be desired as it opens up far too many avenues for destructive criticism.

A negative critic may take issue with what appears as Sarkozy's attempt to 'justify' colonialism - an exploitational and oppressive activity that leaves far too many scars for any one to think of it positively... even when Sarkozy makes a reasonable attempt to give a balanced account.

A better approach would have been to first apologise profoundly, on behalf of all Europeans, for this heineous activity. This would have quietened a good number of critics.

Then he could have pushed on to outline the essential thrust of his speech, which I discern to be the need for Africans to make themselves part of POSITIVE history by making the best use of the tons of creativity that belies them.

He could then have tied this up with the role the French, Europeans, and US could play in this, as collaborators to a better and brighter Africa.

This role could be highlighted as a complete break from the past... a complete break from the colonial, exploitational, and hideous mentality of the European masters who partitioned and destroyed Africa.

It is to be noted that Sarkozy's claim that Africans have not made themselves part of history, without qualifying this as POSITIVE history, leaves open the avenue for negative critics to attack him.

It is true that most of the recent history of Africa has been negative and undesirable - wars, genocides, destruction, under-development, etc. And the West has played a mighty part in this regretable episode!

However, the distant history of Africa (as evidenced by the Egyptian and other civilisations) could be regarded as positive.

Louis_Mbua


After reading Sakozy's "speech", one can come to the conclusion that the man is not only grossly ignorant but badly educated.

He wrote:


"The tragedy of Africa is that the African has not fully entered into history.”

This in contradiction with biblical accounts and ancient historical accounts by Europeans such as Herodotus (African civilisation was already ancient in the time of Herodotus.) That Africa is today in the throes of trouble has nothing to do with Mr. Sakosky's ill-informed statement. On the other hand, Africans were one of the first peoples to manifest themselves in History. From the heart of the Nile Valley to Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt.


He further states:

"The African peasant, who for thousands of years has lived according to the seasons, whose life ideal was to be in harmony with nature, only knew the eternal renewal of time, rhythmic by the endless repetition of the same gestures and the same words."

How does he know for sure? People rise and fall. That Africans have fallen at this point does not mean they never evolved systems or that they never changed or they will remain the same for ever. Besides, which group of Africans is he referring to? North-East, West, South, North or South-East Africans?

What the pathetic President fails to understand is the fact that indigenous Africans cannot be separated. What was done in Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Timbuktu cannot be de-Africanised; nor that all Africans should reach the same level of development at the same time. The Greeks and Romans became civilised at least 1000 years before the Barbarians in Germany and the balkans where Mr Sakozy has his roots and who later populated the France. Only an uneducated man would then jump into the conclusion that Europeans were Barbarians on grounds of Barbarism of the Germanic tribes as opposed to classical Greece who were millenia ahead of Germany and all Europe in terms of making their mark in history. Further, Africans began civilisation at least 2000 years before European and other continental debuts; making his "speech" meaningless and foolish.

Sarkozy's choice in Dakar appears to have racist connotations because Cheikh Anta Diop, a Sengalese and Professor at Dakar University, demolished, while studying in the Sorbonne, this kind of racist theories expounded by the French President today as concerns African civilisation. It seems, therefore, that it is a well-calculated attempt at reversing decades of African renaissance and historical consciousness.

The psychological implications can be drastic. It must be borne in mind that the Europeans draw their inspiration, values, ethics, knowledge and above all their pride from Classical Greco-Roman civilisation. We respect that; and only an arrogant and ill-informed and uneducated person would travel thousands of miles from Africa to Oxford University or any other leading European University, where giants like Newton made their marks, to completely denounce the European past as a result of the two savage World War Horrors of the 20th century.

Unless Africans counter such arrogant and ignorant pronouncements our generation will be fed with ideas from people with unwittingly or wittingly bad intentions.

Africa has a problem of leadership and system which must be resolved before any progress is made in the modern era. However, it is one thing condemning corrupt leaders and making genuine propositions to this effect; it is another matter condemning the entire African race as having no place in History in a frenzy of ignorance and poor scholarship on the part of the French President.

bantoo metoo

We must not make the mistake of thinking that Sarkozy was not doing something deliberate and provocative, or that he was trying to be noble and reasonable, but had a poor choice of words.

This is a person whose personal style is brash, confrontational, rude, unapologetic. This is a person who does not believe in a quiet and dignified style. This is a known racist, with a track record, making a speech in Africa to play up to his right wing constituency in France. He fits the classical personality type that Americans call an "asshole" and for you nice ladies and gentlemen in the UK, asshole is not a dirty word in the US when it describes this kind of character. No excuses ought to be meted to Sarkozy and further appearances in Africa should be met by big protest demonstrations.

CUT HIM NO SLACK

JP

Mbeki Criticised for Praising 'racist' Sarkozy

· SA president congratulates French leader on speech · Senegal address widely condemned by Africans South Africa's president, Thabo Mbeki, has been forced to defend his description of Nicolas Sarkozy as "a citizen of Africa", for a speech by the French president that was widely condemned elsewhere on the continent as racist.

Mr Mbeki wrote to the rightwing French leader praising an address to a university audience in Senegal last month in which Mr Sarkozy said that Africans had turned their back on progress.

....

Parts of the South African president's letter to Mr Sarkozy were leaked to Le Monde last week.

"What you have said in Dakar, Mr President, has indicated to me that we are fortunate to count on you as a citizen of Africa, as a partner in the protracted struggle to achieve the renaissance of Africa within the context of a European renaissance and the rest of the world," Mr Mbeki wrote.

Mr Sarkozy was reported to have written back: "You have been kind enough to highlight the 'courage and truthfulness' of this speech. As you very well know, Africa needs truthful friends in order for her to meet the challenges she is facing."

Mr Mbeki's letter has led to criticism in the media and among African diplomats.

One South African political commentator, Xolela Mangcu, wrote in The Weekender newspaper: "Does Mbeki say one thing in public and a different thing in private correspondence with western leaders? Could that be the reason he is treated by suspicion by some African leaders?

"At the very least I would have expected him to have joined other African leaders and publicly condemn Sarkozy."

Mr Mbeki's spokesman, Mukoni Ratshitanga, told Johannesburg's Business Day: "We concur with some of the elements of Sarkozy's speech in so far as it relates to his commitment to partner the continent in its process of renaissance."

Mr Mbeki also publicly praised the speech in his weekly newsletter, saying it suggested that France was willing to press for a fairer trade deal for Africa.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/france/story/0,,2156809,00.html

bantoo metoo

Mbeki is no stranger to silly controversies. Dare I ennumerate them?

Dr A A Agbormbai

I still maintain that Mr Sarkozy's speech was not intended to offend.

He is desperately trying to woo African nations. He even tried recently to establish special relationships with Algeria, but did not succeed because of the scars of colonialism.

There is therefore no motive for Sarkozy to give a sarcastic, provocative speech. This is simply not the time for it.

Although I don't know him personally I am inclined to agree with those who consider him arrogant.

His speech seems to indicate that he is the arrogant type of European who is desperately trying to change.

In the attempt to say something useful that will bring Africa closer to France, he unintentionally shot himself in the leg by not having his speech analysed by a French African (either one in his gov't or one in a renowned French university).

If I were him I would seek to put matters straight to quieten the critics.

unitedstatesofafrica

Sarkozy has balls is all I can say, he has some balls. He has the audacity to take his racist ass into Africa to insult the people he exploits every single day. Does he think that we don't know about his shady deals with corrupt African leaders? does he think we do not know about how they are exploiting the timber in Cameroon illegally and excessively? does he think that we do not know that France prints the money for all CEMAC countries and control our currency? does he think that we do not know that they intentionally ration our money in a manner that will keep the currency low?
If his stupid ass wants Africa to progress, they should stop exploiting Africa and leave her alone.
As for Thabo Mbeki, if steve Biko was still alive, his Black people's convention would have shot that white-beard monkey. He stands against everything the founding black fathers of Africa stood for. He introduced the excesses of capitalism into Africa and his continuous licks the ass of the West. He sat in Europe and danced to the slave master's tunes while Biko and Mandela were crucified in South Africa. Now, he has seized the throne he didn't work for and continues to destroy the legacy of the people who made South Africa what it is today.
That zulu goat, Mbeki also has the goat balls to call Sarkozy a citizen of Senegal. Who wants that monster to be a citizen of Africa? not us. We can see Tha-stupid Mbeki-goat trying to seek for international favour so that they will give him loans which will go into his French accounts and leave the millions of poor south african masses with nothing.
Sarkozy and mbeki must apologize.

Teko

Mbeki's Business Diplomacy:

South Africa: Mbeki Brokers $60m Benin Deal for MTN






Business Day (Johannesburg)

18 September 2007
Posted to the web 18 September 2007

Lesley Stones
Johannesburg

MTN has agreed to pay a licence fee of $60m to have its network reconnected in Benin in a settlement brokered by President Thabo Mbeki and Benin's President Thomas Boni Yayi.

MTN's network was silenced when the telecoms regulator tried to force all four cellular networks to pay $52m in backdated fees after it retrospectively raised the price of a licence 500%.


MTN refused initially, and its network in the west African country was curtailed on July 12.

At the weekend, the regulator's vice-president, Victor Tokpanou, announced on national television that MTN could resume its service.

"The MTN group has accepted the conditions laid out in the new fees structure," Tokpanou said.

MTN had agreed to pay the new fee for its 10-year licence.

MTN CEO Phuthuma Nhleko previously criticised the authorities for acting "completely outside the licence conditions" and crossing the boundaries of both local and international laws.

"We really don't believe that what they are asking for is appropriate," he said last month.

The network in Benin is trading as Spacetel, and was inherited by MTN through its $5,5bn takeover of Investcom. MTN said yesterday negotiations had been going on with Benin's government since the network was shut down 10 weeks ago.

The agreement will see Spacetel accept a new licensing framework and pay $60m for a new, extended licence. Of that, $30m is payable within 30 days of signing the agreement, with the rest payable in annual instalments of $4,2m over seven years.

In return, the government pledged to issue a new licence to Spacetel for 10 more years, grant it a three-year tax holiday, exempt it from customs duties for five years and reduce various annual licence fees from 6% to 3%.

The government will extend Spacetel's licence for a further five years if it meets developmental targets still to be agreed.

In a further concession, the government promised to try to facilitate an extension of the tax holiday for a period of more than three years. "MTN cannot comment further on the agreement," the company said yesterday.

The deal to pay and stay must mean that MTN believes the growth opportunities in Benin justified the higher fee, although political pressure from Mbeki will also have played a key role in persuading MTN to capitulate.

Mbeki's direct approach to Benin's president has also resulted in a deal far more beneficial for MTN than the company would have been able to negotiate alone. The final settlement shows that there has been flexibility on both sides, with MTN winning the extended time frame as well as some potentially lucrative tax concessions.

The initial ultimatum given by the regulatory authority was for MTN to pay the $52m difference between the old fee and the new fee for the right to continue operating. Yet that came with no extended licence period and no tax concessions.

MTN's network has about 569000 users, or a 39% market share, and for the year to last December it contributed R289m revenue and R150m earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation. As only 19% of Benin's citizens have cellphones, there is good growth potential, although the population stands at only 8-million.

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The dispute had also silenced the network of Atlantique Telecom, controlled by Middle Eastern operator Etisalat. Atlantique Telecom was allowed to switch its network back on again earlier this month after agreeing to pay the fee.

The two other operators, Libercom and Bell Benin, were not disrupted, as they had already accepted the new contracts and the massive hike in fees.

MTN's share price fluctuated between R112 and R109 yesterday with shares worth R433m changing hands.

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Copyright © 2007 Business Day. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections -- or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

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Ma Mary

Dr Agbormbai is back. Welcome. It is as if you were holed up in China, where they block these materials and comments.

I must say that the goodwill of a french president can be tested by only one measure- the folding up of Francafrique oppressive, exploitative structures in Africa. This is not likely to happen because there is too much money to be made by France keeping Africa in chains. His words, whatever their shape are therefore immaterial. I read in them a maintainance of the status quo, an attempt to change the vocabulary of oppression and liberation in order to buy time.

USAfrica, I happen to agree with your analysis of what is going on here. I wonder oftentimes whether Dr Agbormbai's apparent naivete is just the open mind of a scientist. If it is, there is abundant data not to take the French president at face value. I do not think Sarkozy would condescend to talk to Achille Mbembe before making a speech. Perhaps we would talk to an idiot clone of Senghor, who like him speaks of Africans as if they were incorporeal ghosts.

Trying to balance both sides is a trick that sometimes does not work because there are no two sides to certain issues. There are no two sides to France's ongoing exploitation and manipulation of Africa. There is no but or "on the other hand" to Hitler's antics for example. There is no excuse. The Algerians have it right. Hot air from Sarkozy's lungs are not the answer to France's crimes in Algeria or la Republique du Cameroun for that matter, but the people of la republique would take off work, stand on lines at the side of the road' they woul perform "jungle dances", and purchase uniforms emblazoned with the icons of of a youthful Biya and a pompous Sarkozy (purchased with their meager earnings from French-owned CICAM) and squander 1% of their economy if their god honors them with his divine presence. No wonder the little cockerel has the audacity to state that Africans have left no impression on history and have no intention of doing so. He is telling us that we are featureless clay for them to use as they see fit; that we are a blank slate; that we have no will, no objective, and being formless, it is their prerogative to use us, and yet some apparently intelligent Africans, from academics to presidents see some benign purpose.

Alexandre Dumas

Sakorzy's intentions were pure and noble.

How many Western leaders have ever addressed an African University? Let alone, how many African leaders have ever been bold enough to address a Western university?

The idea of seeing every Westerner who stimulates debate on Africa as racist or having ulterior motives quite outdated.

Free speech must reign in Africa, irrespective of its tone.Whether provocative or challenging, speech must remain pure for freedom to reign.

We seem to want to blame the French. What ought to be happening is that, on ocassions like this where a leader chooses to engage young minds on debates, these students ought to put direct questions on French activities in Africa to its leader.

That should be the terms of acceptance of delivery of such speeches. We miss the opportunity to clarify issues by not joining the debate and in such ocassions putting the questions directly to Sarkozy himself.

And how many African leaders have addressed Universities in their own countries themselves? When was the last time Paul Biya visited a University Campus in Cameroon let alone make a speech in one?

We cannot say speech is free, when we choose to want to define how an individual makes his speech.

My take is that African leaders should learn from Sarkozy and present themselves to their Campuses. Perhaps, they may learn the plight of their people.

Louis_Mbua

Mr. Dumas,

Free speech does not mean making comments that may be deemed racist or making dishonest speeches. In some countries, making a comment that appears to be racist or any comment deemed to demean a group of people is a crime. In the UK, such a speech could be investigated by the Police to see if Sarkozy broke the law by saying "Africans have never entered History".

muna

Mbua,
I believe your thread just went to bolster Sarkozy's statements about Africans. We say thesame things he has said everyday, u say it about Cameroon but because a white man has said it, it is racist. Since the Ethopians and Egyptians made significant contributions to mankind thousands of years ago what have we done? The west has made significant strides in every aspect of life, what have we achieved as Africans? It seems to me you're suggesting Africa has retrograded in every respect since these early times. Looks like we discovered fire and said "ok,we've done the alpha and omega, there is nothing more that can be done, this is it".
We need to accept that we haven't taken responsibilities to our African issues, then we can really tackle our problems seriously. Maybe we should start by going back to Africa and stop "begging" from the white man.

Alexandre Dumas

Louis,

if you read the preface to the print out of the speech posted on this site we are commenting on, it clearly states that the portions of the speech we are using is an "unofficial translation" of the speech. And, that portion of the speech you are quoting must not and cannot be read in isolation. It should be taken as a whole.

That tells a lot. I refuse to believe he went to an African University Campus to be racist. If he truely were, he would never have dignified that institution with his presence.

We Africans need to learn to be honest. Here is a French president who has gone to Africa, not to glorify the exploitation of Africans by hanging out in extravagant presidential palaces, but has taken a major step to get into an African lecture hall to join us in debate.
These are the kinds of gestures we need to celebrate and encourage.

What do we do, we demostrate pedestrian thinking by accusing him of racism, instead of participating in the debate.

How many people writing in this forum have ever written and published a critically valid argument about Africa?

Lest we forget, anyone involved in university administration, knows how difficult it is to successfully invite a siting politically elected leader to a campus, let alone for the the purposes of engaging him in a debate.

paulo laurent

dumas. french man is a criminal and guilty, when it comes to any thing african.
how would you believe that. sakozy was involved in the genocide of africans just
recently? what about many many genocide
french presidents had done in africa?
what really pushes you french men to became mental monsters. when it have to do with africa? its not just racist but
contempt for human civization.

Alexandre Dumas

M Laurent,

You have not answered some of the fundamental questions I raised. Have you ever seen an African President address a university audience in Africa? Have you seen any African President address a university audience in their own country? How do African presidents promote debate on campuses?

When has an African president had the balls to address a Western University and engage in Debate?

Its folks like you that give reason to Sarkozy to address Africans the way he does and he is right. Instead of making a rebuttal to remarks he made, you choose to ignore the salient points he raises.

If you want to prove Sarkozy wrong, engage in this debate. Stop hiding behind the cloak of history. History is relevant. The brutality humanity has seen in Africa repeats itself IN PART, because Africans sometimes cling to a victimhood attitude.

Use this opportunity to engage in the debate and promote debate. Prove that you, as an African, are educated and capable. Take out the emotional content, and engage issue for issue.

Note carefully, I am not French, I am a born Abakwa boy. Make small kraze no inter ya head you call me say Frenchman.

Louis_Mbua

Muna et al.

There is a difference between criticisms and demeaning statements. Yes, the Egyptians, Malians, Sudanese and Ethiopians single-handedly dragged the entire world into civilisation. For three thousand years the entire world, including Monsieur Le President de La France’s, knew very little. In fact France was still not as civilised as Ancient Egypt and Nubia when Napoleon arrived in the 18th century, more than 4500 years after civilisation took root in Africa. So, what do you want us to do? Refuse historical facts to placate the statement of a poorly educated French man? I do not care what his intentions are. But he is NOT the right person to preach goodness after genocides in Rwanda and the French Cameroons (1955 – 1971); and the economic exploitation of Africa's resources that he continues to do today. If he is good, why does he not halt this evil? Those of you who support his "goodness" should question yourselves as to why Monsieur Sarkozy has never offered an apology for the crimes of France in Cameroon, Rwanda and the theft of resources and discrimination of African peoples in the colonial era? Have you asked him to pay reparations? Why should we accept a dishonest statement from a supporter of neo-colonialism in Africa?

Talking about me discussing in the same wavelength, as Monsieur Sarkozy, this is an unfounded allegation. Besides, I am African; and thus have the moral capacity to challenge evil against Africans by Africans. Further, I am not guilty of genocide or cheating other peoples. Neither have I tried to lecture Westerners on how to run their countries or continent. Whether Africa is today poor or not is of profound irrelevance in this argument as there are adverse aspects in European governance and moral tolerance as well which one could challenge with strong evidence. Nor have I insulted or deny Westerners their due contribution in human advancement. So, instead of you demanding an apology from Sarkozy, some of you turn around, as typical Africans do, blaming those who challenge evil as opposed to those who perpetuate crimes. One is left with the feeling that Africans appear to enjoy the art of being demeaned for reasons that are certainly unclear at this stage; and that in order that they may be seen as “good boys”, they rather take the easy route of attacking the challenger (a less than noble endeavour) of evil than the cause of evil itself.

I stand by my original statement that the man is ignorant and poorly educated; and possibly a closet racist.

Ma Mary

French aggression on Africa is ongoing. It is real. Philosophie speeches by french presidents mean nothing, if they do not back off. In fact, such speeches are insulting, because they presume that we cannot see what is going on. Then there are those here who cannot see

This is for Alexandre Dumas. The real victim mentality lives in those who would not acknowledge, protest and fight the very real neocolonial french project in Africa. They drink beer and accept the situation as immutable and then blame those who are being exploited.

The Dumas father and son were people of African descent who fought the racism of france by being the best writers that they could be. That is the best that they could do at the time.

Alexandre Dumas

Ma Mary,

I am happy about one point you make:

"The real victim mentality lives in those who would not acknowledge, protest and fight the very real neocolonial french project in Africa. They drink beer and accept the situation as immutable and then blame those who are being exploited".

What better way of protesting than putting questions to France's leader?

In my September 20th post I stated:

"What ought to be happening is that, on ocassions like this where a leader chooses to engage young minds on debates, these students ought to put direct questions on French activities in Africa to its leader.

That should be the terms of acceptance of delivery of such speeches. We miss the opportunity to clarify issues by not joining the debate and in such ocassions putting the questions directly to Sarkozy himself".

We may disagree with the content of the speech in any form. But the first point is to engage in that debate.I choose the name Dumas knowing that they were of African Decent as I am.

I really dont care whether someone agrees or disagrees in that debate. BUT a refusal to engage on the issues based on a myopic reasoning that the comments were in themselves racist will be a mistake.

We may not like Sarkozy as a man or his style. But I cannot deny that his visit to an African lecture hall to begin this debate is commendable.

We need to do some real navel gazing as Africans if we intend to move forward.

A Dumas


Ndonfack

Nicolas Sarkozy's gov't is hypocritic and racist.They say they want a "rupture" with de Gaulle's politics but they continue to support Idriss Deby.The latter just like his masters has accepted to pardon the Zoe's Ark child kidnappers.What a blow to Africa?

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