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BLACK HISTORY, FINDING MY IDENTITY 400 YEARS LATER WHO AM I?

Updated: Mar 3, 2021


Since the past few weeks, the question of my identity and who I really am has hit me in a way that it never has.

I have faced many racial and ethnic problems since I have been here in the United States.

But why now, why do I feel the bust for black knowledge, why has my search history since the past two weeks been all about Richard Pryor, Nelson Mandela, Ken Saro-Wiwa who fought tirelessly for the Ogoni People in the Niger Delta region from the continuous target of crude oil extraction since the 50s


 

SideBar: The Nigeria Delta region till today faces serious environmental and economic hardship even though over 26% of the total crude produced in Nigeria comes from that region. Niger Delta is one of the poorest states, while the government and shell companies are making millions off the pain and suffering of the locals. Poisoning the water and making the land infertile for crop production.

 

Jackie Robinson, Sojourner Truth

C.J. Walker who contribution was creating a revolutionary hair product to heal Black Women Scalp Infections.

Or the Life of Booker T. Washington who was posed with the unimaginable task of lunching a Black college deep in Alabama amid the embers of the Confederacy. Or Serena


Williams, Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey

John Lewis who paved the way for civil right in the street leading the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee from 1963 to 1966 and in Congress since 1987 till his passing in 2020. Nnamdi Kanu who of recent led millions of people commonly referred to as IPOB (or Indigenous People of Biafra) to take stand for the realization of Biafra land.


here are few things everyone I just mentioned have in common, One they are all great black icons that lives or lived amongst us. Two, they found an issue and they devised a way to fix that issue. While I try to find my identity with all the events happening in the world today. From the killing of my fellow brothers and sisters by my fellow Afro-African government and groups in Nigeria, Congo, Cameroon, Somali, Uganda, or Sudan, to the never ending killings of my fellow Afro-African brothers and sisters here in the United States, Canada, Haiti, Dubai, France, or the United Kingdom.

The issue of identity has been a central focus of my existence. WHO AM I? How and where do I fit into all of this


 

Malcolm X famously said. “If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything.”

And if we the blacks can learn just one thing from the over 400 years of struggling to fight to find our place in this world, both at home and away. Is that, where there are people, there is power.

Power that is sleeping solemnly and waiting to be awakened.

Should that be the case?

Should it be a spark of event that triggers us to contribute to the struggle of the black race?

Should we take the approach of Fred Hampton who fearlessly

violently and non-violently advocate for the freedom and equality of the black race,

Or maybe the Maybe the methods of our great brother Malcolm, how about Mohammad Ali, who broke barriers through his career, Dr. King.? Jordan.? Douglass? Baldwin? Angelou? Obama? Lewis? Rosa Parks?

The point here is that each one of the millions of Afro Africans who have fought for the identity of the black race has taken an action purely us of love, and strong desire to make a change.

Where do I Fit In?

WHERE DO YOU FIT IN?




 

Personal account of my experience as an Afro-African here in the world.

Picture credits: https://theundefeated.com/features/the-undefeated-44-most-influential-black-americans-in-history/

https://www.dw.com/en/hostilities-in-nigerias-niger-delta-blamed-on-government-neglect/a-41270034

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