PAN-AFRICAN AWARENESS RISES: WILL IT BITE?
Erle Frayne D. Argonza
Magandang gabi mula sa Perlas ng Silangan! Good evening from the
of the Orient! Pearl
Pan-Africanism seems to be getting sweeter an idea recently, so I chose to delve on the subject for this article. Pan-Africanism as a pathos (group feel & aware) seeks to unify the diverse ethnicities of the continent from southernmost
to the northern Arab-Berber-Hamite territories, to indicate the contours of the
emerging pathos. South Africa
Whether this pathos will gel in order to effectively create synergies among Africans of so heterogenous a composition remains to be seen. As a matter of development imperative, I’d encourage such a colossal effort myself, and I hope that the Africans would truly get together to solve their deep-seated social, political and economic malaise.
As far as I see it, the pathos was there from the time of the early pharaohs through the time of
but declined rapidly during the advent of the Hellenic monarchs of the northeastern
region. When Cleopatra ruled Carthage ,
the fragmentation and decay of that unity was completed. Africa was thereafter subordinated
to empires and potentates to its north ( Egypt
and later empires). Rome
For two thousand years such a pathos slept and lay dormant in the antechambers of the African psyche. Western powers arrived, occupied, and declared
Africa and its peoples as their chattels, and that latter
imperialist act of the West seems to have doomed any effort to revive
pan-Africanism via a renaissance movement.
Thereafter, before and after the colonial periods for each of
regions, each nation waged its own version of nation-building and national
renaissance. Sadly, the post-colonial period saw the nation-building efforts
degenerate, with many African states cascading catastrophically down ‘failed
It seems that the last salvation for the end of the chaos and fragmentation is pan-Africanism itself. Africans are trying to construct a new center—not geographical but cultural-ideational—that could cement the diverse ethnicities of a chaotically decentered continent.
Pan-Africanism will have to compete though with other revivalist movements. Pan-Arabism, as represented by Ba’ath ideology, used to be a strong contender but is now on the rapid decline. Pan-Islamism is on the rise, though it has its own competing discourses—Sunni and Shiite. There is Christian fundamentalism that the Opus Dei, Jesuits, evangelical and Baptist groups are stirring up in a frontal clash with pan-Islamism.
Such revivalist movements tend to secure a region or select African ethnicities, such as the Arab-Berber-Hamite triad for pan-Arabism. They may get some pieces of the African pie with them, but they are narrow and parochial as they divide the continent and its component ethniticies. Pan-Africanism can therefore supersede all of them, though its maturation is a tenuous endeavor.
A very rough political-cultural ocean this pathos is surely confronting. Getting together hundreds of tribal and ethnic groups, with their own inter-ethnic conflicts raging till these days, is enormously enigmatic a goal to hurdle, with so many gourdian knots to cut.
Africans have no better choice but get together. Poverty, ethnic conflicts, bio-warfare ailments (AIDS & others), balkanization, and the looting of its resources by Western moneybags are leading the continent and its peoples to a cul de sac Hades.
Europe had been re-awakening the long dormant Roman pathos, and that “grandeur that was
Rome” is running through the gamut of the
European psyche on both sides of the Atlantic.
Bonapartism is crystallizing rapidly as the state ideology of the emerging New
Rome (EU-USA), its contours now forming though straddling sand dunes. is re-acquiring its
old territories as we’re now witnessing. Rome
The subordination of ancient Africa (Egypt-Nubia leading) to
is again being revived. Such a
revivalism would get expressed as an enchainment of pan-Africa to New Rome’s
agenda of conflagration versus a renascent Rome (Shiite Iran). If the
conflagration will ensue, pan-Africa’s gains will collapse under the roof. Persia
So the question that we ask now is, will pan-Africa yield to the Anglo-European oligarchs and become canon fodders for the latter’s war versus
will pan-Africa truly unite the vast continent’s diverse ethnic communities and
galvanize a sovereign continent that can’t be dragged into the ‘clash of
civilizations’ madness of Western moneybags? Persia
, 30 July 2010] Philippines
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