I found an amazing video about the Scramble for Africa. As we continue to find solutions for Africa’s social, political and economic problems we must not forget to look at the external forces that plagued the continent. Recently a wonderful exhibition was held in Berlin. I think the concept of Yinka Shonibare’s piece is very powerful.
|Our History to precolonial Africa
|And the waves arrived.
Swimming in like hump-backed divers
With their finds from far-away seas.
Their lustre gave the illusion pearls
As shorewards they shoved up mighty canoes
And looked like the carcass of drifting whales.
And our sight misled us
When the sun’s glint on the spear’s blade
Passed for lightning
And the gun-fire of conquest
The thunderbolt that razed the forest.
So did our days change their garb
From hides of leopard skin
To prints of false lions
That fall in tatters
Like the wings of whipped butterflies.
By: Mbella Sonne Dipoko