History and National Development: The Historians and Government


It is essential that in every society that a sense of continuity be kept alive,  so that issues can be seen form a long term perspectives and be better understood.  Keeping alive in society such a sense of the flow of time is one of the most important functions of historians.  This why the proper teaching of history in schools at all levels [sic] is important.  Many other societies find ways to reinforce the teaching in schools,  through visual aids in museum,  national festivals and celebrations,  and various efforts in the mass media.  These forms of support either hardly exist in Nigeria or the notion of history that they project are themselves misleading.  It thus doubly necessary for us in Nigeria to look I again at our programs of historical education. 
Our planners need to abandon the imported model of modernization.  They need to educate themselves in the reality of our society in the present and how it has evolved from the past.  They need a healthy understanding of our history and our traditional culture so that they can be part of the dialogue between the past and the future, and confront the past in our present rather than continuing to waste effort in trying to run away from it. 

An excerpt from ‘Tradition and Development’  J.  F.  Ade-Ajayi. 

Book: Falola, Toyin Ed.  2000. Tradition and Change in Africa: The Essays of J.  F.  Ade-Ajayi.

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
#Violence

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
#wretchedofearth

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.

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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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