Sunday, 18 December 2011

Re-invent Africa:( A Sore sight with a cry 4 Chage!!

Making Bold Moves-
rewrite African History!!
The future of Africa is stashed in a dark closet, a some sort of Pandora's Box with twisted tales with schemes fit only for dirty politics and a global iimperialist agenda.In the mean time Africans aka.. common decent people are distracted from the real issues and consumed by euro centric modern day materialistic ideals, that fulfils an instant gratification removed from the responsibility for the cause and effect on the environment. 

African beliefs and traditions are founded on nature based customs and practises in sync with both the environment and the animals or other earth's creatures. The so rich yet so poor paradox of Africa rests on the double blow of #1. a history of bad leadership and #2. Africa's place in the old and new economic order. African governments should stop perpetuating welfare states, with vanity projects passed off as development or humanitarian, when in fact transnational corporations are given Cart Blanche to expand on their business interests.

The time for the reinvention of Africa is now....Africa for the Africans!

'A free and independent state in Africa. We want to be able to govern ourselves in this country of ours without outside interference" - Kwame Nkrumah

Now we have to ask ourselves "What does it mean to be African?", in the global context we can say you don't have to be an Indian or in India to be a Yogi. Yoga is a spiritual connection and practise that is embraced all over the world. It is India's gift to the world....the same goes with Africa. To possess a truly African spirit is a connection that can be explored by any human being with a shared interest.

Let us take stock of our common cultural knowledge!

Stay Tuned:) #Green-effect>> Catch PAYT 2012 Blog webcam updates as we follow a young couple in Mahikeng; NW South Africa,  attempt to get off the grid and create a Prefab compound in a Village, with limited access to electricity and water supply.

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Poetry Africa

The  Poetry Africa international poetry festival takes place in Durban in early October, predominantly featuring poets from South Africa and elsewhere on the African continent. The seven-day programme includes performances, music, book-launches, the Durban SlamJam, seminars, workshops, open mic sessions, and school programmes. Poetry Africa satellite events take place in other cities and countries. Poetry Africa is organised by the Centre for Creative Arts (UKZN).
Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre 17 - 21 October
Bat Centre 22 October

Confirmed Poets for 2011:
Didier Awadi (Senegal), Gabeba Baderoon (South Africa), Joshua Bennett (USA), Jaap Blonk (The Netherlands), TJ Dema (Botswana), Dikson (Zimbabwe), Sandile Dikeni (South Africa), Myesha Jenkins (South Africa), Khadijatou (United Kingdom), Phelelani Makhanya (South Africa), Oswald Mtshali (South Africa), Dashen Naicker (South Africa), Niyi Osundare (Nigeria), Shailja Patel (Kenya), Fernando Rendon (Colombia), Patrice Treuthardt (Reunion), Uzinzo (South Africa), Mphutlane wa Bofelo (South Africa), David wa Maahlamela (South Africa), Raul Zurita (Chile).

Poetry Africa on Tour:
Blantyre (Malawi) 8-9 October
Johannesburg 10-11 October
Harare (Zimbabwe) 12-13 October
Cape Town 14-15 October

Tour participants:
Didier Awadi (Senegal) with Tibass Kangu (DRC), Chiwoniso Maraire (Zimbabwe), Kwame Dawes (Ghana/Jamaica), TJ Dema (Botswana), Khadijatou (United Kingdom), Lebo Mashile (South Africa), Shailja Patel (Kenya).  Chris Abani (Nigeria) joins the tour for Johannesburg, Zimbabwe and Cape Town; Jaap Blonk (Netherlands) for Zimbabwe and Cape Town; South Africans Gabeba Baderoon and Sandile Dikeni for Cape Town. Local poets will also participate in the showcases in the respective centres.

Thursday, 29 September 2011

The regeneration of Africa

"The regeneration of Africa means that a new and unique civilization is soon to be added to the world."

In reference to what has been since termed as the African Renaissance was first capture in a speech by
Pixley Ka Isaka Seme in a speech he gave to Colombia University in the early 1900.

Seme and three colleagues laid a foundation of modern South Africa when they organized the South African Native National Congress in 1912. Renamed the African National Congress in 1923, the group has led the struggle for political, social, and economic rights for black South Africans. 

In reality the regeneration of Africa is a vision that has been related by African leaders with a desire or rather optimism to move past the dark age of colonialism, towards a ounce esteemed consciousness of Africanism. There is a much needed effort to bridge the gap between the fore fathers of the concept of the African Renaissance, a united Africa and today's New World Order.

Given that whites ruled over Africans during the colonial era and believed it was their destiny and responsibility to do so, because Africans were racially inferior, marked the height of European imperial arrogance and racial supremacy. The psychological warfare and the aftermath is still bearing fruit today. The world would much rather view Africans as victims or a charity case.

But perhaps the most resounding fact is young Africans have heathed the call for a rebirth, and have demonstrated their will to be part of this movement. Hence today's youth are more vocal and addement about "being-proudly-African". After all the rebirth is about a self identity, a bolder and self assured psyche that is resillient and progressive.

Even though it is 100 years later since the first speech about the rebirth of Africa, it has certainly planted a seed of inspiration and a set target that over time will become a reality....Rise Africa!

This reminds us of an African icon Thomas Sankara, President of Burkino Faso overthrown and assassinated in a coup d'état led by the French-backed Blaise Compaoré on October 15, 1987. A week before his execution, he declared:
"While revolutionaries as individuals can be murdered, you cannot kill ideas

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Modern Slavry v/s Ancient Slavery

The concept of slavery is one that has existed for centuries, early known ancient slavery was first document in the early 1900. The notion that mankind can have in spirit, the ability to act in an inhumane manner that seeks to dominate and enslave others for social benefits is a devastating past and reality.

 When looking into the history of slavery and linking it all the way to Modern day slavery (the economic hit man), the common thread is the idea of scarcity instead of abundance. Its an illusion that creates debt and forces individuals into servitude - ultimately becoming an accepted livelihood.

In African terms slavery has always been a constant factor, stemmed from tribal battles to colonialism and now globalization. The most significant difference between modern day slavery and Ancient slavery, is that modern day slavery remains to be concealed by a false sense of reality. Words or phrases associated with the maintenance of the status quot of a capitalist ideal: "unemployment, consumer, credit rating etc etc all create scarcity. But perhaps the biggest "crack" to modern day slavery, is the need to belong and need for class - People must be boxed to fit in a society. So for you to belong means you must "make-a-respectable" living....meaning get a job, mortgage & excessive debt that you spend your entire life trapped in trying to pay it off and hence associating a Job with security.

The day that most people realize that they are victims to a very sinister idealism that is doomed for a disaster, is maybe long overdue, and that your biggest asset in life is your time, without a doubt. Spend it wisely. Join PAYT and free yourself from constraits by entering a world of Discovery...

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