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Awakening the Sleeping Giants

Reclaiming Africa's Soul from the Chains of Deception

By Rev. Alexander Fenning-SenchereyPublished 9 months ago 4 min read
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Awakening the Sleeping Giants
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In the heart of the African continent, where history's whispers linger amidst ancient ruins and vibrant cultures, lies a narrative buried beneath the weight of exploitation, manipulation, and deceit. This narrative is not just about a land, but a people whose potential has been stifled by a web of lies spun by external forces. The time has come to awaken the sleeping giants – the African nations that have long been shackled by the deception of the Western world. This journey is one of emotional depth, profound inspiration, and unyielding determination. It is a call to rise, to reclaim identity, resources, and dignity, and to rewrite history in the ink of justice, unity, and progress.

The Sleeping Giants: A Metaphor for Suppressed Potential

The term "dry bones" symbolizes more than the arid landscapes of Africa. It represents the once-thriving civilizations that have been relegated to the shadows by centuries of colonization, manipulation, and exploitation. These are the nations whose potential has been stifled, their dreams deferred by systems designed to maintain their subjugation. However, within these dry bones, the spark of resilience still flickers, waiting for the winds of change to fan it into an unstoppable blaze.

The Deceptive Web of Western Influence

For far too long, the African narrative has been written not by its people, but by external forces seeking to exploit its resources and maintain control. The Western culture, often presented as a beacon of progress, has too often masked its intentions with a veneer of benevolence while orchestrating a grand deception. The manipulation of African leaders, the introduction of outdated education systems, and the siphoning of natural resources are threads in this complex web, designed to keep African nations in a state of dependence.

A Cry for Justice: Racial Discrimination and Assassinations

The history of Africa is also marred by the stains of racial discrimination and violence. From the transatlantic slave trade to the assassination of African leaders who dared to dream of self-determination, the African people have endured unspeakable injustices. The blood of those who fought for freedom, like Muammar Gaddafi,Sylvanus Olympio, Felix Moumie, Ruben Um Nyobe, Kwame Nkrumah, Patrice Lumumba and Thomas Sankara, cries out for justice. Their legacies serve as a reminder that the struggle is not just against external exploitation, but against the systemic racism that continues to shape the world.

Shackled Education: Enslaving Minds, Silencing Voices

One of the most insidious forms of exploitation is the manipulation of education. The introduction of education systems that glorify Western ideals while erasing African history and culture perpetuates a cycle of ignorance and self-doubt. This deliberate erasure of identity robs African children of the chance to understand their roots, to appreciate their heritage, and to envision a future free from the chains of deception.

Theft of Resources: Pillaging the Heart of Africa

Africa's vast natural resources have been both a blessing and a curse. Blessed with precious minerals, oil, and fertile land, African nations have also been cursed with resource extraction that benefits foreign powers rather than their own people. The history of colonialism's economic exploitation has left a lasting legacy, where multinational corporations continue to plunder Africa's riches, leaving little behind but environmental devastation and economic dependency.

Rising From the Ashes: A Call to Reclaim Identity

The African Renaissance is not a distant dream; it is a living, breathing movement fueled by the awakening of collective consciousness. It is the cry of a people yearning to reclaim their identity, to honor their history, and to build a future that is defined by their own aspirations. Just as the dry bones of old civilizations have been exhumed from the sands of time, so too can African nations rise from the ashes of deception, armed with the knowledge that their worth is not determined by the narratives imposed upon them.

Unity as the Antidote to Exploitation

The deception of the Western world thrives in division. The African awakening requires unity, a recognition that the struggles faced by one nation are the struggles of all. It is a call to dismantle the artificial borders that were drawn by colonizers and to remember that the strength of a continent lies in its collective resilience. By standing together, African nations can rewrite the narrative of exploitation, replacing it with one of shared prosperity and dignity.

Education: The Key to Liberation

Education is not just about acquiring knowledge; it is a tool of empowerment that can shatter the chains of deception. African nations must prioritize education celebrating their history, languages, and cultural heritage. This education will instill pride, ignite critical thinking, and equip the next generation with the tools to challenge the status quo and shape a future that is truly African.

Reclaiming Resources: A Path to Self-Sufficiency

The theft of Africa's resources has long been a source of outrage, but it can also be a catalyst for change. African nations must assert their sovereignty over their resources, renegotiating terms with international partners and ensuring that the benefits of extraction are directed towards local development. By leveraging their own riches, African countries can break the cycle of dependency and forge a path towards self-sufficiency.

Conclusion: The Dawn of a New Era

The rise of the dry bones of Africa is a symphony of resilience, courage, and determination. It is a story of a people who have been pushed to the brink but refuse to succumb to the weight of deception. The call to awaken is a clarion call that echoes across nations, reminding each citizen of their power, potential, and responsibility to shape their destiny.

As African nations rise, united by a shared history and a collective vision, they shatter the chains of deception that have held them captive for too long. The awakening is not just a moment; it is an ongoing journey of transformation, fueled by the flames of justice and the unquenchable thirst for a future that is truly African. In the end, the dry bones of Africa will rise, not as relics of the past, but as the architects of a new era – an era of liberation, empowerment, and boundless possibility.

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