Now that the FIFA World Cup is over for Africa, or rather; now that the FIFA World Cup has Africa where she belongs as an inconsequential onlooker in the scheme of things, it seems a fine juncture to vent some dissatisfaction. For it is about time that Africa made a choice between accepting her destiny as the perpetual base of mankind and shut up, or rises beyond self-inflicted ridicule. If slavery was some sort of bane to Africans and the colonial successor was no better, what excuse do Africans have today with the acute pro-colonial disposition of practically every African?
“British media personality Piers Morgan…went ghetto on a Nigerian tweeting “Emmanuel, you dey craze”.” The foregoing is an excerpt from one of Nigeria’s most popular blogs, Linda Ikeji’s. One must ask: Is this supposed to constitute news at all however the modus of the blog? The gratitude with which Africans (Nigerians in particular) treat the acknowledgement of their existence is sickening. It is worse than slavery and colonialism combined. During the recent royal wedding, for example, you could hear this excessive gratitude in the sense in which blacks (particularly women) viewed the ‘acceptance’ of “one of their own” into the royal family. There were reports of how it was heartwarming to see Serena Williams and Idris Elba as equal guests at Buckingham palace. Even CNN’s Don Lemon, one of the biggest disservices to African consciousness and pan-Africanism ever to walk the earth in my view, said he felt a sense of belonging/inclusiveness and that the world is moving in the right direction!
And so I ask: Do the foregoing not suppose that the black man is very quick to construe himself to be beneath other races? If NTA’s Cyril Stober, for example, were to speak in cockney or pidgin French, would it make news on UK or French blogs? I disagree with any claim purporting to suggest that the tweet made the news because it was by a famous name. Indeed, there are audiences of Ikeji’s blog who had not heard of Piers Morgan before the ‘report’ and who would embark on a self-education on the man, just because their favorite blogger dropped irrelevancies on them. The role of the media in shaping thought is crucial here for the same report space could have been used as a teachable moment in exposing the inherent falsehood of Mr. Morgan’s attempted familiarity of identification. To confirm that the tendency isn’t about famous names but simply about gratitude to a ‘superior race’, there is a video (I’m sure there are videos) circulating of about a dozen white (or non-black) men singing the Nigerian national anthem, each spotting the national team’s jersey. The men are unknown quantities, yet, Nigerians are exceedingly grateful as evidenced from the video and its viral circulation.
The result of these choices is the condescension with which Nigerians are treated both at home and abroad by non-Nigerians. Indeed, non-Nigerians sometimes imbibe the worst of Nigerians’ traits and use it against Nigeria. To cite a vivid example: Nigeria had a foreign coach for the World Cup in a sexagenarian who imbibed tips from Adegboye Onigbinde on how to extend his job: Onigbinde announced to the world that he was going to the Korea/Japan World Cup in 2002 to build a team! Consequently, today, Nigeria’s heavily paid foreign coach adapts and senses he can keep earning all the way to Qatar 2022 and announces, even just before the final and very consequential group game, that his team is young and would be ready at the next World Cup! Nigeria is so wealthy; we now use World Cups to prepare our teams. And please don’t ask me if our team made the final match of the Germany 2006 World Cup for which the Korea/Japan 2002 World Cup was a preparatory ground. Nigeria didn’t even qualify to be in Germany. What a country. What a people. What a cacophony of jokes.
Similarly, a major reason the Nigerian team lost in Russia is because of the grateful state of mind for being on the same pitch with Diego Maradona’s descendants. Having met some five times previously at the World Cup and lost all five, one expected grins of granite in a team determined to upturn a jinx that has outlived a generation. Instead, what did we see? The players were so overwhelmed by the stage: explaining them-selves all over the place and being unduly friendly to folks who regard them beneath ****. Don’t quote me: we all saw Maradona’s double middle finger at the end of the match. That is the lot reserved for Africans, and it is squarely the fault of Africans. Many Africans come across as more useful in human fossil form, manure for the earth and energy since their existence is a burdensome disservice to their race. That Africa wants more slots at subsequent World Cups – 32 or 48 – is now clearly a ridiculous desire.
For closure, reference is made to the song ‘State of the Nation’ by KWAM I and Olamide wherein the former advises “Naija, e ro nu o”.