In times of peace, prepare for war.

Author:Ankomah, Baffour
Position:Baffour's Beefs - Editorial

The prodigal son is back, after his recent African adventures. Many thanks to all of you who through letters, emails and phone calls, kindly enquired about my whereabouts while Beefs disappeared unceremoniously from your dinner plates. Now I am going to pile it high and sell it cheap (as they say in Britain). Thank God it is still mad-cow free.

In Ghana, our elders say: "If the hunter comes back with mushrooms, you don't ask him how his hunt was." Am I coming back with mushrooms? You bet!

Having made you wait for three months without your regular supply of Beefs, I think you deserve a "buy-one-get-one-free". And this is exactly what you have here.

Now, at last, the African Union is formally launched. As Africans, we are all encouraged to contribute our views and knowhow to the building of the Union. And here is mine. It is something that I have been thinking about for a long, long time. I hope the men and women charged with the everyday affairs of our Union will have the good grace to look at it.

"The partition of Africa," Lord Lugard, Britain's erstwhile arch-imperialist, wrote in his 1965 book, The Dual Mandate in Brithish Tropical Africa, "was...due primarily to the economic necessity of increasing the supplies of raw materials and food to meet the needs of the industrialised nations of Europe. These products lay wasted and ungarnered in Africa because the natives did not know their use and value... Who can deny the right of the hungry people of Europe to utilise the wasted bounties of nature?"

Wonderful admission, this. "The hungry people of Europe". And how nice the kind Lord should see Africa's natural resources as "the wasted bounties of nature" which "the hungry people of Europe" were entitled to scramble for.

In his book, Class Struggle in Africa, Kwame Nkrumah, wrote: "The methods of neo-colonialism are economic control, in the form of aid, loans, trade and banking, the stranglehold of indigenous economies through vast interlocking corporations, ideological expansion through the mass media, and through collective imperialism."

Please remember Nkrumah's last words: "collective imperialism". Because unless, and until, we studied and understood these two words, Africa would go nowhere. For it is "collective imperialism" in its modern forms that is preventing us from reaching our full potential as a richly-endowed continent and people. From my personal study, I have been able to isolate one basic element that drives "collective...

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