Film Screening  “Concerning Violence” by Goran Hugo Olson through text from “The Wretched of the Earth” by Frantz Fanon

I was invited for a  Weekly #Thursday  film screening at the Institute of African Studies University of Ibadan, and after good consideration and mostly importantly been drawn in by the title of the film to be screened, I couldn’t but plan my day, in fact my subsequent Thursday evenings 5:00pm for the next few weeks to attend these  film screenings. Today’s turned out to be refreshing on the cruelty Africans had and continues to suffer from the Europeans, how they had successfully with the creation of  class/strata to accrue certain privileges to those who are supposed to be the mouthpiece for the common man’s grievances.

I remember all through the screening while trying to put down some points from the narration and interviews which cuts across  gender dynamics, the inherent counter-violence breed in slighting for solution through violence, the attitude of the colonialist, the near lost hope of winning the battle by the Guerrillas,  the perceived emptiness of the future.
‘We have Suffered!!! 
Africans have Suffered.

  I mean a young lady of about 15-18 years lost her right upper limb while her infant lost his left lower limb in the Mozambique resistance war against the Portuguese. The sight of this alone is disheartening, coupled with the exploration and exploitation of our God given ‘blessings’ turned curse’ ‘Mineral Resources’

I could continue sharing what I felt watching the movie but I think I should share some of my reflection and interpretation of the sequence of events as shown in the film in no particular order as I hurriedly put them into #140 characters to share my experience with folks on twitter.

Violence means the Cleansing force,
Violence  indicates the means to the end
Decolonization never take place unnoticed

So in 1966, William Tubman Liberia’s president was smoking while having interview on a national tv,on the attitude of Native workers @LAMCO

#Mozambique – FRELIMO Guerillas Decolonization
We will not go back
Back to our past
We stand united
To defend our country

We went into the bush voluntarily when we saw the attitude of colonialist
#500 years of #slavery #Mozambique guerrillas

The intention of the colonizer for keeping education at arms length is to breach knowledge of what is happening in the world

Men and women fought alongside, they were both commanders and see themselves as equals on the same level.

Burkina Faso: when asked what  is democracy ? – ‘I believe in the people, as a strength and force….’ Thomas Sankara

In which country has the IMF succeeded, Nowhere! they Set troublesome conditions.

In giving food aid,  provide tractor, plough, fertilizer not wheat,  Millet. – Thomas Sankara

The European games is finally over,
We should help ourselves without competing with Europe #Decolonization

Shake up the heavy darkness in which we are cast
Let us decide not to imitate Europe let us combine our muscles and minds to our uplifting

In trying to live up to it(European Standard), USA became a monster where Taints, sickness and inhumanity of Europe have grown to its appalling dimensions.


Robert Mugabe in his hey days, speaking on how Africans should work together for their emancipation. Who will emancipate Zimbabweans from Mugabe Now!!!

Comrades We must invent, make discoveries for ourselves, for Europe and humanity. #Decolonization

Let your scholarship ignite in you the fire that will liberate you, your society and mankind, let it emancipate you. – Dr Jegede Ethno- Medicine Unit, IAS, Unibadan.

Download  Wretched of  the Earth 

So next weeks Film Screening will be on Gender dynamics/issues, I will be giving you update soon.

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Decolonizing Afrikan Minds through Afrikan Centred Education – Baba Buntu

Decolonizing Afrikan Minds through Afrikan Centred Education, delivered by Baba Buntu on 9th December, 2015 at Drapers Hall, Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan, Nigeria.


Baba Buntu, Prof. O. C. Adesina and Dr Sola olorunyomi both left, and other participants at the lecture on Decolonizing African Mind and Call for Pan-Africanism.

Coloniality of Knowledge;
*the thought that living in the west equates living in the world.
* Cognitive injustice through Geography of Reason.

Coloniality of Being
*Blackness as devoid of ontological Density
* The Objectification of Afrikan-ness

AFRIKOLOGY- study and practice of Afrika in it’s totality.
*African Worldview; (Organic evolving )
*Critique of Eurocentric mystification
* Placing the undiscussed in the centre of discourse

Decolonisation Afrikology:
– Pluriversality
– Transdisciplinary
-Critical Theory
– Revolutionary Action

Highest form of Knowledge
– Self Knowledge
– Know thyself. Only then can you be taken serious.

EDUCATION: (invest for expansion of culture ) * Transmission of values and accumulation of knowledge in society

  • Knowledge of Education: State of knowing /understanding through experience and or study
  • Functions of Education:

  • Provide identity- thoughts that matters to you
  • Legacy of Competence
  • Acquired immunities
  • Shared Vision.

  • Response to Education: An Afrikan response to Eurocentrism must be located. It is believed that being friend with an European make us human.

  • Pillars of Education:
    *Indigenous African Education as epistemology.

  • Validate what ‘the people ‘ know and do community knowledge.

Philosophy of Education:
+ Location – where do you stand
+ Agency – what is your purpose
+ Validation – engaging African students and researchers
+ Enabling – Who do you engage with.

Note: Not all education is good, especially if it doesn’t fit into the context of time.

Role of Education:
* Connect with past
* Liberate from Oppression
* Invest sustainable future.

Familyhood: Delinking, Relinking and innovation

All these are aim at:
Decolonizing – Power
. – Knowledge
– Being.

The Yoruba language is a world of symbolism, knowledge and most importantly it is a poetic Language.

Wake up from your Slumber Africans and see a continent not okay.
This continent is the foundation for life. We need to see ourselves as shape shifters and shape givers.

Baba Buntu retorted that calling the African act, cultural legacy and spiritual practices WITCHCRAFT is OFFENSIVE. If as African you also think along this line, you are greatly uneducated.


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