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Cisi Eze: If You Are Angry At the Slave Trade, You Should Be Angry With Nigerian “Leaders”

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I hope to get you angry after reading this.

You read history books and get livid at white people for the Transatlantic Slave Trade, right? Aww… Soooo bothered about Africa. You’ve probably visited some slavery sites and sadness, laced with anger and hurt, comingled with your blood and now, you’re PROBABLY racist – feeling resentment for white people while trying so hard to imitate them. You PROBABLY think afros are shabby. Eiya! All that cognitive dissonance in one person! With all that vitriol coursing through your veins,  you forget it is “slave trade”. Slave TRADE. Emphasis on “trade”.

People as black as you and I SOLD black people into slavery.

According to Fadipe, “the slave merchants worked on the intelligence of our leaders and enticed them with material wealth. Black slaves were exchanged for whisky, tobacco, rum, cuppino glass, cotton, linen, silk (…) African slave dealers, on their part, raided neighbouring villages and captured their natives and sold them to the middlemen who eventually re-sold them as slaves to European slave merchants waiting for them at the coast.”

The slave merchants worked on the GREED and WICKEDNESS of those leaders, not their intelligence.

Oh! Did you know those slaves worked on sugar plantations? Haha! You already knew. A tour guide at Badagry Heritage Museum, Badagry, told me sugar was refined, brought back to West Africa, and more slaves were exchanged for sugar. IS THIS NOT WHAT WE DO WITH OUR CRUDE OIL?

Since independence, we have been refining crude oil OUTSIDE Nigeria, because… “no refinery”.

In a country that has been producing crude oil for 60 years, people buy fuel at N145/L and kerosene, N400/L.

Let that marinate in your mind.

You see, the only difference between the Slave Trade and what we have now is that people are going to the West, by air, on their own volition.

THE SAME REASON THOSE EVIL LEADERS SOLD OUR PEOPLE IS THE SAME REASON LEADERS OF TODAY ARE GREEDY AND SELFISH.

They are wicked as those leaders that traded our people into slavery. That wickedness makes them “can all they can can” – Nikki Laoye. These people can our national wealth into personal cans and use it for themselves!

WE ARE NOT ANGRY ENOUGH! That is why we vote these meanies into power. “A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims… but accomplices.” – George Orwell.

Government would REFUSE to pay salaries for two months or more. When they pay, they expect us to applaud them. Kpam-kpam-kpam! The palms of people that do not know their rights would meet in applause for irresponsible people that REFUSED to do their jobs! “WHEN YOU DON’T KNOW YOUR RIGHT, PEOPLE WOULD GIVE IT TO YOU AS A PRIVILEGE”.

Ah! We are not angry enough. How can you be angry when you receive “message of hope” every week. Those messages have made us docile, forgiving because of our belief in an UNVERIFIED happily-ever-after. Haha! The person giving you that message rides a fancy jeep, but you are there trekking to your house o! “E go better, e go better”…  since 1970! Hope is irrational! Give it up!  The only thing that would save Nigeria is Nigerians, not any external force.

Here are the problems we have: corruption, poor electricity, a weak legal system, mono-economy, and over-dependence on importation, to mention a few.

The government knows it can harness other forms of energy to provide electricity, thereby boosting production. It knows it should close our borders and improve internal production (autarky – this is what China did).

It knows it should diversify the economy by focusing on agriculture and solid minerals.

It knows there has to be an anti-corruption law in place to curb corruption. But there’ll be none – that would be self-flagellation.

It knows it has to strengthen the legal system.

The government knows all these, but wickedness will not allow them do the right thing.

Nigerians are not angry enough. Instead of us to channel our anger at corrupt politicians that are stealing from our children, we are here channelling our hate and anger at the wrong people.

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

Enough of complaining on buses, queues, and everywhere! Let us DO something.

Step one: Get rid of these thieves (people that take what doesn’t belong to them are thieves) and vote for people with a good past, people that have done good things in their communities one way or the other. They don’t have to be politicians.

Step Two: We should educate those people that would betray us by receiving rice, palm oil, and matches from those thievish political parties in 2019. Those people will probably not read this post. Let’s focus on political parties with a plan and credible candidate.

We MUST not allow thieves into power again, o. It af do, abeg! They have stolen enough! And the new leaders must swear with our local deities, too. Our local deities have no mercy. It should not be business as usual where someone swears with one book and steal our money whilst the deity acts all “forgiving and merciful”.

P.S. I am happy Buhari won the 2015 Presidential Election. That way we would not say, “Buhari was the best president we never had”. (Sips Guinness) I doubt he had plans. All he wanted was to become president.

REFERENCE

Fadipe, A. (2000). Slave Trade and Western Civilisation in Badagry: A Brief History of Human Enslavement in West Africa and the New World. Lagos: Media Ace.

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Cisi Eze is a Lagos-based freelance journalist, writer, comic artist, and graphics designer. She feels strongly about LGBT+ rights, feminism, gender issues, and mental health, and this is expressed through her works on Bella Naija and her blog – Shades of Cisi. Aside these, she has works on Western Post NG, Kalahari Review, Holaafrica, Mounting the Moon, Gender IT, Outcast Magazine, Rustin Times, 14: An Anthology of Queer Art Volume 1 and 2, and Sweet Deluge (Issue 2). Her first book, published by Tamarind Hill Press, UK, is titled “Of Women, Edges, and Parks”. Cisi’s art challenges existing societal norms.

24 Comments

  1. Lol

    January 21, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    Very apt and well written. I’ll vote for you as long as you don’t turncoat once you’ve tasted power and frustration!!!

  2. Fleur

    January 21, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    But Cisi, if we close our borders like China, we will receive retribution from the west and the outcome is no imf or worldbank loans. If that happens how will the important people fill their pockets now that it is their turn to multiply their share of national cake? That is not fair. They deserve their own share of the bounty.

    BTW, well written piece

  3. What an ass

    January 21, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    *slow clap*
    That’s why I laugh at all these people ready to blame whites for everything miserable in their lives, walking about with an ill bred sense of entitlement.
    The day blacks wake up to take responsibility for their own share of that shameful part of our history, then they will truly be ‘woke’.
    Everyday black kids shooting and killing themselves, nobody cares, no awareness is raised. White man shoots black, the whole city is shut down.

    • nnenne

      January 22, 2017 at 2:33 pm

      @ what an ass…
      Love you plenty! !!!

  4. A Real Nigerian

    January 21, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    Hahahahaha!
    Wooooooooooooooooo!!
    Yasssssssssssss!!!
    I love this.
    Stupid black people always moaning and whining about racism.
    Hypocritical, entitled, whiny, bed-wetting crybabies always looking for an excuse to blame the white man for their problems, failing to see that the real problem is in their culture, their society and their horribly rotten and corrupt minds.
    Before you know it, they all gather on BN circlejerking and hurling insults at Trump desperately trying to make themselves feel better about their own atrocious leaders.
    What a hopeless continent of pathetic people.

  5. A Real Nigerian

    January 21, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    PS: I will launch a vicious cyber assault on ANYBODY who dares to say ANYTHING bad about this article and the message it is trying to pass across.

    • mamacita

      January 21, 2017 at 4:56 pm

      LOL I love you

    • A Real Nigerian

      January 21, 2017 at 10:08 pm

      Love you too mami

  6. Awesome ??

    January 21, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    This was exactly what I needed to go with my first cup of coffee ☕️ this morning….very well written.

    Food for thought!!

    • Egusi soup

      January 21, 2017 at 9:03 pm

      Excuse me, but how did that emoji get up there

    • A Real Nigerian

      January 21, 2017 at 10:09 pm

  7. Dami

    January 21, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    Well written article. I’m glad a Nigerian is writing about this because most Africans close their mind to this awful side of their history and become very ignorant of African American history. And even Toke using the word “nigger” in her attempt to be cool instead of “nigga” confirms how stupidly ignorant many Nigerians are of their own history outside of a white man. Stephanie Linus celebrating her husband at Trump’s inauguration. The white superiority complex embedded in the mind of Nigerians.
    Both words need to be banned anyway.
    African/Nigerian leaders messed up big time and there’s no excuse for what they’ve done. They sold their people for cheap. And they are yet to even develop themselves after that. How many years of independence now, and still can’t govern yourselves. Every African Country is undeveloped, poor and I guess waiting for the white man to help out again. I mean it’s time for Africans to look within themselves and see the problem and solution lies within them.

    How in the world do you expect black Americans to be connected to Africa when Africans sold them and never acknowledged their wrongdoing.
    White men just took advantage of the situation which anybody will do. They played on the lack of common sense troubling Nigerians.

    • Author Unknown

      January 21, 2017 at 6:22 pm

      “How in the world do you expect black Americans to be connected to Africa when Africans sold them and never acknowledged their wrongdoing.”

      Africans didn’t sell Black Americans. West African monarchs traded Africans (often captives of war) for profit. The descendants of these Africans ended up being Afro-Americans, Brazilians etc. It was wrong, yes, but I don’t understand why the average African is constantly being emotionally blackmailed by diaspora blacks. We were all Africans at the time they left these shores, and didn’t identify as “family” just because we were the same colour. Diaspora blacks will always be connected to Africa, whether they like it or not, whether we like it or not, and an apology from Africa does not validate this connection any more than it already is valid.

    • Dami

      January 22, 2017 at 12:03 am

      Your tone is condescending and detached. Don’t sugarcoat it, west Africans, Nigerians sold their brothers and sisters whether it was exchange or business it’s the same thing.
      People heal faster when you are brutally honest and acknowledge your responsibility instead of brushing it off like it never happened then try to shift the blame.
      Emotionally blackmailed? Like Africans don’t walk around with a sense of superiority and think they are better than black Americans. It’s both ways.
      Should this generation of whites be bothered or concerned with what their great-grand fathers did. Well, the remnant is still there. Blacks are connected to Africa and it’s not a pleasant connection but one of pain, greed, disloyal, denial, pride and backwardness.
      When whites acknowledge what they did, the truth, full healing will begin to happen between blacks and whites, same applies to Africans and blacks.

  8. Observe much

    January 21, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    Well written! You’ve further shown us the power of words (Not in the Reno Omokri or Femi Fani Kayode kind of way). You laid the foundation with untwisted history, built on it with facts and painted with the way forward.
    I want to ask, realistically what shold we do? Very soon campaigns will start and we’ll see the same crooked and worn out politicians lobbying for our votes ( in Tubaba’s voice, telling another story again). Buhari’s ascension to power was a case of choosing the lesser of 2 evils (with the wrong scale obviously ).
    Our law has set the age limit for presidential candidates at 45 years. I am not sure if independent candidacy is allowed. Nigerians are not entirely gullible but over the years we’ve been presented with rotten choices.
    I cannot run for president and I do not know anyone who can afford to, but if you can afford to and you have the wellbeing of your people at heart, this is your chance !!!!!!
    Let’s recreate our political history!

  9. The Real Oma

    January 21, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    “I am happy Buhari won the 2015 Presidential Election. That way we would not say, “Buhari was the best president we never had”.
    Me too..

    • nnenne

      January 22, 2017 at 2:38 pm

      @The Real Oma. …
      My hope is that you live and work in Nigeria. Enjoy your President and just make sure he vote for him again in 2019!!!!!

  10. Tee

    January 21, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    Justified!!!!! Last year when I commented about blacks in the US and Nigerians blaming the white for everything while the people especially chiefs that sold them are yet to apologise for slave trade. While our politicians continue to treat us like slaves or care about us, Some people on BN attacked me and started writing essays. Hmmmm I dey laff in 3D. I pray God continue to open your eyes like Cizi Eze. Africa, now is the time!!!

  11. Stephen Randy

    January 21, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    Slave trade is a negative stigma on Black people everywhere all because of the selfishness of past priviledge westAfricans,today it has’t changed much. now, the present generational leaders still can find a right formular to make us indepent of white people by simply tapping on our various natural resources and develop them,how long will this negative trend continues??

  12. Anon

    January 21, 2017 at 9:04 pm

    My understand is that slave raiders were criminals. They raided villages with the gun power provided to them by whites and capture people. There are criminals in every race. Let’s not get it twisted. It’s the whites that started the slave trade in Africa by looking for the lowest degenerate people they could find who could lead them in land were they could committee the dastardly act of capturing humans. They came and saw a cold hearted business opportunity and took it. At the centre of the worst atrocities in the history of mankind is always a white devil. Africa is still under the rule of the white master every single leader we have is put there to services them. If you talk to much they back up a coup or just finish the person off like they did Abiola and that aboki. So my dear you can be angry and angry it will not change anything. I am happy trump has won the American election. I hope he is so distracted with Russian interference and the shit storm in his country to have the chance to interfere in Africa. May be we will have a chance to get our house in order white the fat cats fight each other.

  13. Ent

    January 22, 2017 at 12:22 am

    How many Nigerians will get enlighten by this write-up. How many views
    The Nigeria problem is we Nigerians. We need to keep enlighten ourselves, create shift in out thinking and it can be done despite our diversity or other barriers.

  14. Engoz

    January 22, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    Are we willing to have an honest conversation? The average Nigerian is not ready. ‘It’ gets sentimental when the bitter truth is spoken.

  15. Zeeebby

    January 23, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    NIGERIA.
    The people who ruined our today are still making key decisions in this country and sadly, our generation has joined in the rampage. I honestly look forward to a Nigeria led by a Man/Woman of integrity who will surround his/herself with people of integrity, intelligent people who aren’t too proud to seek answers where they do not have them. People are are first Servants to the people, ready and willing to serve the people…. those who will come and never leave because their good deeds and principles will remain in our system not because they refuse to leave the sits of power.

    Our parents have failed but we don’t have to follow in their steps. IT IS OUR TURN TO MAKE NIGERIA GREAT

  16. maria

    January 24, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    But Ghana has officially apologised for the African role in slavery. Go to Elmina Castle in Ghana the door of no return opens back as the door of return and there is an apology written there for the role Africans played in the slave trade even the tour guides reiterate this apology at the end of every tour to the castle

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