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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1920 – League of Nations places Internationall Court of Justice in Hague

1960 – Madagascar gains independence from France

1960 – Somaliland is granted independence by British government

1961 – Iraq announces that Kuwait is a part of Iraq (Kuwait disagrees)

1962 – Inonu government forms in Turkey

1962 – Mozambique Liberation Front (FRELIMO) forms

1964 – Prince A Taylor becomes 1st black methodist bishop (NJ)

1972 – Juan Peron elected president of Argentina

1975 – After a prolonged liberation struggle against Portuguese colonial rulers, Mozambique becomes independent as People Republic of Mozambique.

1976 – The Soweto Uprising in South Africa leaves 174 blacks and two whites dead following 10 days of rioting

1982 – South African President P.W. Botha issues a new Proclamation again placing Ingwavuma under government control

1991 – Slovenia & Croatia declare independence from Yugoslavia

1999 – In his first state of the nation address, South African President Thabo Mbeki promises to tackle rampaging crime; the nation’s murder rate is the third highest in the world and more than 49,000 cases of rape were reported in 1998


1903 – George Orwell, [Eric A Blair], Bihar, British India, British writer (Animal Farm, 1984), (d. 1950)


1961 – Ricky Gervais, Reading England, actor and comedian (The Office)

1963 – George Michael [Panos], London, British rock vocalist (Wham-I Want Your Sex)



1792 – Thomas Peters, Early Sierra Leonean founder (b. 1738)

1876 – George Armstrong Custer, US General, dies at the Battle of Little Bighorn aged 36


1968 – Tony Hancock, actor/writer (Call Me Genius, Rebel), dies at 43


1978 – Hussein al-Ghasjmi, president of North-Yemen, murdered

1976 – Johnny Mercer, US songwriter (That old Black Magic), dies at 66


1997 – Jacques Cousteau, French oceanographer, dies of heart attack at 87


2009 – Michael Jackson, American recording artist, entertainer and King of Pop music (The Jackson 5, Thriller, Dangerous) dies of cardiac arrest at 50


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