Updated: Aug 7, 2019
2019 is unquestionably a milestone in the history of the worldwide black diaspora. Especially for those of our brothers and sisters who were brought to the Americas. A gigantic momentum of a spiritual nature is being built among the black people abroad to move back home as people on the continent are getting ready through multiple initiatives to welcome them.
Among such initiatives are the noticeably significant steps taken by the government of Ghana to facilitate the return of the diaspora through visas accommodations and other right to abode. While such steps are truly commendable and should be duplicated in other African states, serious concerns might however be raised at the symbolic and spiritual levels on whether or not some destinations are appropriate for the intended goal. Given their current situations. To make sense, the process of reunification can only be associated with restoration. How countries in the continent are actually able to offer restoration on the spiritual level, is a question we need to ask ourselves. The journey the black people found themselves on, after being deported outside the continent, was not an ordinary one. It cannot be compared to migration movements we witnessed with other communities over subsequent periods of history. The process of deportation itself was full of symbolism that only supports the idea that a significant spiritual component was clearly involved in the endeavor. As a matter of fact, the situation of slavery they were forced into was not simply the result of a social devising for some economical purposes. The subjugation of a human spirit is unquestionably a spiritual matter.
For that reason, we can't welcome enough the spiritual approach that many brothers and sisters in the diaspora are adopting in their process of reuniting with the motherland. We hope this reflection will be of some importance in our quest for healing and restoration.
On the top of the control system for the enslavement of black people in the Americas, was impeccably seated the royalty. Which enslaved just any group of people and then managed with the Church to have black people subdued by the white serfs to grant them a sense of belonging to a system. For its survival. The domination exerted on the enslaved people in the Americas by the monarchy was without doubt evil.
Today we can rightly be vehemently opposed to the evil power the United States of America have grown into. However, we recognize a major achievement they brought about at their inception. The smash of the tyranny of monarchy.
Though a lot of water has passed over the dam since then, as America turned out to be an armed wing of the most brutal monarchies in the world, traces of the revolutionary spirit of the days of yore are still observable in the current Oath of Allegiance of the United States.
"I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen..."
This is not exactly the kind of declarations African countries are preparing to have our brothers and sisters make in a symbolic process for political restoration. This oath is neither the kind of ideas that African countries expressed for their own citizens upon the creation of their respective states in the sixties. No reappropriation of their cultural integrity was formally sought. A whole bunch of them actually handed over their sovereign power to the Queen of England right after independence...
Though independent on paper, virtually all African countries are now under the thumb of neo-colonialism. A vicious form of subjection without the physical presence of the controller. Yet with even more perverse effects.
Indeed, with a rare accuracy, Africa is still operating according to rules set by the Western occupants. Education is still meant in 2019 to produce clerks, not leaders, for the needs of the mining industry. Political "leaders" persistently seek "guidance" from Western "decision makers", as they envision the coronation of their political career only in some Western city. As refugees. The economy is still oriented toward the exportation of natural resources with little return for the local corruption-crippled economies. Corruption thrives as state is still unconsciously perceived as the instrument of torture for the colonial power that any excuse was good enough to have it seriously sabotaged. The military, which originally was the colonial police, is still involved in beating up peaceful demonstrators while counting on a Western country for rescue in case of an external attack. Instead of freedom advocated by Christ, Church would still preach blind obedience, not to God, but rather to just any authority. According to the teachings of Paul, the apostle to the Gentiles. The one who ritualized servitude among Christians in his epistles. Which epistles were the foundation of the institution of slavery in America, the humiliation of colonialism in Africa, and the abomination of Apartheid in Azania. All of these violations were perpetrated by devout fellow white Christians.
To put things into perspective, we must recall that the epic of the Western Christianity in Africa begins with the papal bull "Romanus Pontifex" of January 8, 1454. That which decrees the perpetual servitude of the conquered nations on the black continent.
Of all the African countries displaying such unhealthy behaviors, there is a group of countries that brought the incongruity to a whole different level. These are the Commonwealth countries which decided to hand over, on a symbolical level though, their sovereign power to the Queen of England after their independence. However, as we all know, in the spiritual realm symbols fully operate. Therefore, on such a spiritual level, the Queen of England is the de facto Sovereign of these so-called Commonwealth countries. As a matter of fact, this queen is not just an ordinary queen. She is an actual spiritual figure in her dominion through the Church of England and its global extension, The Anglican Communion: " the one, holy, catholic and apostolic church". Which regroups a myriad of beliefs and practices including the extensively widespread evangelical movement. With its financial system, Anglicanism is truly the vector of a disguised feudal servitude for the confortation of the empire. Clearly, the saddest thing for a US citizen, a national of revolutionary Haiti or Cuba, or anyone who broke free from the tentacles of monarchy would be to return unwittingly under the disguised dominion of either colonial subjugation, feudal servitude or royal bondage. Be it by association, affiliation, initiation, naturalization, etc. Since restoration is the goal, this is not the kind of reunification we are all looking for. Therefore, we believe caution must be exerted by our brothers and sisters from the diaspora in the steps they take as they plan to reunite with the continent.
Thank God, in this globally deceptive environment with disguised servitude and vassal states, some few exceptions emerge as interesting alternatives. A brief presentation of their history is crucial in order to get the picture of the entire situation.
One such country is Angola. The Angolans are acknowledged for the long revolutionary wars they successfully conducted against Portugal, and later, the US and racist South Africa. Today the idea many believe that Angola is initiating the reverse colonization of Portugal, by overtaking its economy, suggests that this country is less affected by neo-colonialism. However, the country still has to deal with profound issues related to the extensive exposition to colonial presence. Like most Southern countries in the continent that have been dealing with Western occupation for centuries.
Close to Angola is Kongo. The case of Kongo is interesting in many ways.
From a historical point of view, Kongo has the merit of having broken her ties with monarchy in the most explicit and regular way. Thanks mostly to the intervention of Patrice Lumumba through the words he spoke to the monarch in his speech during the "independence" ceremony. He paid the highest price for these words. And even today, Kongo is still paying the same price. Because of the financial powers that were associated with the monarchy in their claims on Kongo. However such claims have proven false because, on one hand, according to the same monarchy, since 1955, Kongo paid off four times any money that was owed to the vested interests which funded King Leopold II's exploitation business around 1885. An extermination campaign with a 15 million death toll. On the other hand, the attempt by the monarchy to recover the territory it previously ceded to the Belgian state in 1908, in an effort to gain a very much lacking credibility, miserably failed as it was opposed by the same vested interests. The financial powers perfectly knew that, without the power of state during the 1885 Berlin negotiations , any claim on Kongo by the Belgian crown had always been baseless. Since her international recognition, Kongo was seen as a free state. Mainly to avoid any confrontation between the big stakeholders. That is the reason why Leopold was designated as a sort of administrator for the free-trade space. It appears that it was only by deceit that the Belgian king later would present himself as a sovereign when, as an individual, he clearly had neither the quality nor the capacity to meet the requirements for the claim of sovereignty on any territory. Effective occupation was one of the criteria that even mighty countries had trouble fulfilling. In reaction to the cutting by the Belgians of the dividends they were receiving unduly, powers of money successfully made the determination to trigger unrest in the country for "independence". Today, one interesting indication of the strategic position of Kongo as an inherently free state is the fact that the European union had to be built not only on its financial legacy but also on its political status. Brussels was chosen as the capital city of the EU, precisely because Belgium emerged as the only country which got out of World War II free of any debt. Thanks to the wealth of Kongo but also its status as a free independent state at its international recognition, the EU was established without any liability. Needless to remind that the Western allies won their war against Nazi Germany thanks to the natural resources of Kongo. For its freedom, the entire Western world is therefore indebted to Kongo. Certainly not the other way round. Though Kongo is an inherently free place by all standards, the country still suffers from the unhealed wounds of an illegal colonial occupation and Western religious indoctrination. Such wounds affect any country that went through the dehumanizing process of vicious colonization. In addition to the trauma of the recent attacks perpetrated by the same financial powers. Which had expected to take advantage of the country at its "independence" but had always failed. The country is in a terrible need for healing and might not be the best place for a diaspora that requires healing itself. Unless it chooses to be part of the process.
One country in the continent emerges as probably the only option for both reunification and restoration. It's Ethiopia.
The ingredients that lead to the adverse situations we observe in the rest of the continent are conveniently nonexistent in Ethiopia. Throughout her history, the country has never experienced any form of a significant domination. Without the scars of colonialism, her people present a different relationship with the state. A sense of ownership of the public good is real. So much so that corruption can naturally be dealt with and a true dynamics for the takeoff of the economy as everyone's concern is easily created. These result in the awesome two-figure GDP growth that was displayed for a long period in the past decade. A respectable airline with an important fleet comprising the most sophisticated planes in the world. A flourishing industry with cutting-edge specializations such as army vehicles and other transportation vehicles manufacturing. The infrastructures are being built at an impressive pace. Agriculture is of course a main focus for the country for food self-sufficiency, etc. All the good stuff that seem to lack in all other embattled countries in the continent with far more natural resources. Last but not least, from a spiritual point of view, the country has grown its own systems of beliefs as a warrant of freedom. As a matter of fact, the only time in history when this country faced a serious threat for its integrity was when Roman Catholicism was briefly introduced as the state religion with the baptism of Susenyos I of the then Aksum kingdom in 1624. Before the restoration of the local Orthodox Church by his successor in 1632 and the expulsion of the Jesuits who infiltrated the whole power structure. It's interesting to observe that Kongo has been in the Roman Catholic realm since May 3rd 1491, with the baptism of king Nzinga Nkuvu...and has progressively shifted since the 1980s to...Anglicanism, through the preponderant Evangelical movement. In Ethiopia, all the major religions seem to have been connected at some point to this country at their very inception. With Egypt, Judaism can genuinely be considered as a product of Ethiopia. Contrary to the false belief that relates the presence of this religion in Ethiopia to the Queen of Sheba, who was actually from neighboring Yemen, the true Jews are probably the Ethiopians. Though in a larger sense beyond present boundaries. According to the book of Numbers 12:10, Moses married an Ethiopian woman after being missioned by God. This woman seems to be of the highest interest for the Most High, given the prompt reaction God manifests against those who dare mock her. God did punish Moses' sister, Myriam, and made her "white like snow" for mocking a black woman... LOL. Interestingly, in the Jewish tradition, it's important to note that Jewishness is granted through maternal lineage. And the people in Israel and Europe are notably known for being patriarchal. Therefore, the genuine Jews appear to be the descendants of the Ethiopian wife of Moses.
Of importance to be equally noted, is the deep-seated belief that the Arch of Covenant is hosted in Ethiopia.
Islam, on its part, at its inception, saw in Ethiopia a safe refuge for all Muslims by a decree of the Prophet himself, peace be upon him.
As for Christianity, the one that is practiced in Ethiopia precedes the one that was instituted in Rome. Ethiopia was Christian prior to Rome and centuries before barbaric Europe. Even though the Ethiopian bible contains the books of Apostle Paul who was instrumental in the edification of slavery in the Western world, the perspective from the Ethiopian Christianity simply cannot be the same as compared to the rest of Africa which received Paul in a colonial framework. Paul was certainly seen in Ethiopia as what he presents himself to be. The apostle to the Gentiles who would not dare to evangelize either Egypt or Ethiopia. Another experience of Christianity is thus present in Ethiopia whereas in the colonized world the doctrine of servitude is most emphasized instead of that of liberation. No wonder Ethiopia has been unquestionably at the forefront of the liberation movement of the continent with its ubiquitous red-yellow-green flags and its headquarters for the African Union in Addis Ababa.
In addition to the absence of any colonial past or any foreign subjection of any form as the backbone of a positive dynamics for an economical emergence, it must also be mentioned that the country has its own calendar. With its own alphabet and time zone, this indisputably places Ethiopia in a different time-space continuum. Sheltered from a Western domination that controls the temporal dimension of a whole world through a calendar of its own making. Ethiopia is arguably the best option for not only restoration and reunification, with the support of Kongo, the country is also the core model for the renaissance of the entire black nation. A renaissance free from any control and any liability.
As of Christ, The Sun of Righteousness, we do not accuse. Neither do we judge, nor condemn. We do not stone. We do not curse. We bless our enemies and persecutors. While we let the dead bury their own dead, as we pick up our Cross, we revive our loved ones from lethal errors.