My name is Danai Pachedu, Je suis KWEREKWERE.

Steve Biko - Where is today the black consciusness he preached among South Africans towards their fellow Africans?

Steve Biko – Where is today the black consciusness he preached among South Africans towards their fellow Africans?

Kwerekwere: Derogatory term meaning African from outside South Africa. Used mainly around Johannesburg, but more recently around South Africa by Black people.

Kwerekweres are said to be very dark, over-ambitious. We are supposed to be very good at two things: selling things on street-corners and black magic (muti). Our main crime is stealing jobs and women.” Binyawanga Wainaina
My name is Danai Pachedu and I am 11 years old. For the past two weeks my life has changed. I have been scared to go to the shops because people may recognize me. I have stopped speaking Shona in public or too loudly at home because I might be recognized and our house identified. I don’t go to the park to play anymore because I might not come back if someone recognizes me.  I spend most of my time inside our yard or at my private school because I am afraid to go anywhere and be recognized. Continue reading

Boycotting South African products: a Panafrican lesson to Zuma’s country’s Afrophobia

What is Pan-Africanism? It has been a movement against imperialism in all its forms and for the liberation of Black Africans from the evils of Black enslavement, colonialism, and from the racism these produced.

Pan-Africanism has been a movement against imperialism in all its forms and for the liberation of Black Africans from the evils of Black enslavement, colonialism, and from racism these produced. Neo-Liberalism which is a contemporary form of imperialism has made the South African elite behave like its masters of the Apartheid era, by not providing a better life after 1994 to the majority.

Events of recent weeks in South Africa have left me perplex at the inadmissible attitude of some citizens of the country of ZUMA towards their fellow Africans.

Being ashamed of such inhumane behavior should not be enough. Recently I had a conversation with a fellow African on issues that our people face. Having done a well argued discussion of the nature of the problem, there seems however a sense of powerlessness to address it. Continue reading

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By Adebola Shelby

A probable repeat of 1993/94 in Rwanda and Burundi

Melchior Ndadaye - Former President of Burundi

Melchior Ndadaye – Former President of Burundi

At the eve of the upcoming elections in Burundi, it is reported  that Burundians are fleeing their country and some are crossing into Rwanda in steady numbers.

They fear ethnic troubles come next month because the incumbent president Pierre Nkurunziza is not ready to release power despite the fact that he hold the high office since 2005.

According to the Burundian constitution, he is not legally entitled to be candidate at the end of his second term.

Back in 1993, first democratically elected Burundian Hutu president Melchior Ndadaye was killed on October 21st, only three months of him being in office. Continue reading

She recalls April 6th, 1994 when President Habyarimana was assassinated

marie-beatrice-umutesiThe title of the chapter in her book “Surviving the slaughter” is Descent into Hell. Marie Beatrice Umutesi tells in her testimony how she experienced the fatidic day when the former Rwandan president Juvenal Habyarimana was assassinated. 1994 is part of that era of African history that started with the last years of the Cold War and which is far from ending. In the course of the tragic events that came one after another in different countries across Africa, Africans have not been valued as the rest of human beings on the planet. Their slaughter that enfolded then is still continuing because global powers and their local agents full of their egos have their eyes of the continent’s mineral resources and other riches. They will carry on with all imaginable stratagems, including the deceptive use of UN peacekeepers like MONUSCO in the Democratic Republic of Congo, until concerned Africans stand up and defend their right to life.
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