Scholars and students of African history will not be surprised by the recent reactions of the Western media, particularly the British media that refer to Morocco as an Arab nation in their traditional penchant of attributing every success recorded by Africans to foreign factors. This has been their antics for centuries. Seeing the wonders in Egypt and the Nile region, they could not but attribute these successes to the Hamites. Unfortunately, this Eurocentric hypothesis has long been refuted. They have failed woefully.
Everything good from Africa, to an average European, is rooted in Europe. But unfortunately for them, we have long left this primitive belief.
Players of African descent won the 2018 FIFA World Cup for France, they were silent, Africans contributed greatly to the fight against COVID-19, they refused to praise them but when some African British missed penalties during the Euro 2020 final match, they were abused. Whereas, a Harry Kane can miss an important penalty against France in the 2022 FIFA World Cup without a single backlash.
Geographically, Morocco is located in Africa. Morocco is one of the five countries that represent Africa at the 2022 FIFA World Cup. They are indigenously Berbers. But because of their disbelief in the strengths and abilities of Africans, they have begun their usual antics (their forefathers thrived in) of attributing African success to foreign factors.
When Tobi Amusan won the Women’s 100 Metres Hurdles at the 2022 World Athletics Championships, their hatred for Africans did not allow the same English commentators to wholeheartedly praise the gallantry of the talented Nigerian. But if she was to be a British, an American or a Jamaican, the media space would have been shut down.
The hypocritical `No Room for Racism’ and taking the knee of English football should rather be stopped. They are racists.
If this hypocrisy continues, it will consume them. We will continue to remind them that colonialism destabilised African countries. It altered our pattern of development. It took us backward. It robbed us of the human and material resources that would have been used to develop African countries. It destroyed our rich history. It destroyed our cultures. It costs us everything.
European countries would have gone into extinction if not for the human and material resources that were looted from Africa. There would not have been North and South America if not for Africa. The likes of the British economy would have crumbled if not for the incessant exploitation of African resources.
The West benefits more from Africa than Africa benefits from them. Africa can survive without the West while the West cannot and will never survive without Africa.
The present generation of the West must be properly guided. Never will they continue from where their forefathers stopped. Rather, they will pay for the pains their forefathers caused us.
This is a modern African continent. We will write our own history. We will determine our own fate. And we will never allow any opportunists take our hospitality for weakness again.
Adewale Qudus Lawal wrote from Lagos via