Colonial Borders and African Renaissance
In the Berlin conference of 1884/85, European colonisers who had earlier invaded the African continent normalized the arbitrarily carved borders into European colonial territories. In the process, previously independent African nations, kingdoms and peoples were either torn apart or forced to become part of this new European cartography in Africa. These artificially constructed borders which in many cases forced different peoples to live together without any consultation were meant to serve colonial economic and political interests by facilitating the easy exploitation of the continent and its people without limit. Till today, these borders remain the defining political features of the continent. Unfortunately, these borders, along with the system of divide and rule that the colonialists brought with them have also been the source of countless civil wars throughout the continent. However, there is an intensifying consciousness of Africans to overcome these problems by exploring alternatives to these colonial borders and arrangements. What are these alternatives and how do they fit into African Renaissance?
Speakers: Mbolo Yufanyi, Community Organiser (Africa/Black Community, Berlin)
Mazi Gaius Godspower, Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) e.V. Bremen
Moderator: Sunny Omwenyeke (Bremen Empowerment Project)
Mbolo Yufanyi: Colonial Borders and African Renaissance
(english 15 min.) About Re-Memberance, Renaissance, Responsibilities and Revolution…