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One very important fact among others emerged today about the August 1963 march and the “I have a Dream
” Speech in Washington that would make you love your country, Cameroon
You must know by now that this day 50 years ago, Dr Martin Luther King delivered the “I Have A Dream’ speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C before half a million people. That became one of the greatest speeches ever delivered by a human being.
What must people did not know is the fact that at that time, the US government struggled to make a sense out of the march. So the Kennedy administration tried hard to spin the march to Washington D.C as how human rights of its citizen were protected, hence they could assembled and protest freely on the streets of the capital.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr during his famous speech, “I Have A Dream” in August 28th, 1963 in the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC.
Well, history tells us that they were marches of solidarity around the world, including in Paris, a week before the official one, lead by James Baldwin the writer, in Sweden, in Amsterdam, in Cairo and in Ghana.
The other piece of history that most people did not know is the fact that the U.S government hired a film maker called James Blue to make a film out the event. He coincidentally titled it the “March” (watch above) and it was completed in 1964. The film’s purpose was to show it around the world to showcase freedom of the people in the US, versus oppression in Communist Soviet Union. To accomplish this government’s agenda, the film displayed mostly blacks and white people assembled together and asking for “freedom” and equality.
In addition to the above facts, and this where it is now interesting, history also has it that, as it was reported by Mary Dudziak a Legal historian and constitutional law teacher at Emory University, when the US officials brought the movie to the Cameroon government for viewing, one of our government officials at the time lead by the then great patriot Ahmadou Ahidjo, only few years in office, had only one question for the US representative.
Well, “don’t you have a film of the church’s dynamiting too”? the official asked, referring to the bombing that took place in Birmingham, Alabama where four girls were killed for no reasons at all other than being Blacks? you must not be surprise that there was no answer to that simple question.
Today, fifty years after the ” I have A Dream” speech, I love Cameroon more than ever before.
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But should my love only be limited to Cameroon? No! I love my continent, the continent of Africa
, as well as the people of Africa
. One of the only places on earth where people are gracious even when they have so little to offer. In fact, people always smile when you expect them to be crying.
I love the landscapes of our continent, from the desert and pyramids of Egypt, to the high plateau of South Africa, from the pick of the Kilimanjaro mountain of Kenya, to the sandy plains of Senegal. Our continent is beautiful.
Another reason I love Africa, is the fact that there is no hates among us, contrary to what it’s been portrayed here and there. As a matter of facts, we love each other. Watch when one of our countries is the lone representative in a world’s competition. Who do we root for? The African country. Watch when we play one African country against another, when our local team is not performing to par, who do we root for? the opposing country. This is true all over the continent, right? Why? Because we recognize that, beyond the media propaganda, we share so many things in common than what non Africans want to make us believe.
My love does not stop there. I love the fact that our continent, the continent of Africa, is the envy of the rest of the world because of the various resources and raw materials found all over. That is exactly what attract so many people to travel over, and more importantly, that is why those sometimes unwanted visitors create conflicts and pin us against each others.
So today, I have a dream. I have a dream that one day, our countries will be able to sell its raw materials to the reel market price, to the benefit of its citizens. No one sees a problem with white south Africans selling diamond, gold and other precious and rare materials to the highest price all over the world. There’s no surprise therefore that there are more wealthy people down south than anywhere else in the continent.
Because of the opportunity given them, South Africa has a strong white middle class. They have the best hospitals, the best doctors, the best schools, they were able to replicate Las Vegas in Sun City, They have the biggest malls in the continent, and so forth. Well, the rest of the continent can do even more.
Yes, I have a dream that the Africans throughout will be able to own mines of raw materials. oil fields, and any other precious resources God has blessed us with, and turn into profits, use the profits to build factories, universities, schools, hospitals, for the benefit of their people.
So, I have a dream that one day, the people of Africa will be able to elect the president in each respective countries that works for the people, not for foreign corporations. A president that is liked (Not the Facebook “like”) in Yaounde, Lagos, Abidjan, Bangui,etc. not someone liked in Paris Washington, London, Moscow, or Beijing.
I have a dream that one day, the people from Central and West Africa will come together to launch their own currency, hence breaking the yoke of the CFA franc that impoverishes them every day that the sun rises, thus creating economic, health, as well as intellectual hardship to the people. Yes, I have a dream.
I have a dream that one day, our people will come together as one and free themselves from the military bases that spring throughout the continent even though we are not at war against anyone.
I have a dream that the people of Niger will be able to sell their iron which , according to most experts studies, could net $140 billion USD for the next twenty five years, making them one of the richest countries on the planet. Hence, not relaying on any foreign aids or IMF monitoring. In spite of all this wealth under the soil, our Nigerien brothers and sisters are among the poorest of the poorest.
I have a dream that one day, our children will travel freely from one country of Africa to another without passport, hence removing all the barriers of colonialism that are hindering our progress today.
I have a dream that one day, Africans will understand that all the wars perpetrated in the continent is to preserve the interest of non Africans. Thus, they should focus on rebuilding their countries to their likings.
Surely, those days will come, and when they do, Africans, Christians and Muslims, Falasha and Animists, will be holding hands from one country to the other to form what will become the longest human chain man has ever made, and share food and drinks according to our traditions that are alike as you go from place to place in the motherland.
I love Cameroon and I love Africa.
Cameroonwebnews | August 28, 2013 |