African Union Day

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Great Exploitation & Oppression in the Twinkling of an Eye

May 25th, is African Union Day, the annual commemorations of Africa’s independence, freedom and liberation struggle from colonial imperialists.  The reinforcement of this liberation was the first union of African countries and the foundation of the regional integration body known as the organisation of the African Unity (OAU) in 1963, which 38 years later, evolved into the African Union (AU).  Today, the continental organisation celebrates years of determined efforts for unity among the African people, and socioeconomic freedom from foreign dominion and exploitation.  Africa by far the wealthiest and the most beautiful continent on this planet is the most abused, battered, exploited and devalued continent in the world.

The dynamics of oppression and exploitation is continuously at play in Africa. The forces which can stimulate growth, and development in the existing system or structure constitute the forces of the suppression in the system We know of the colonial exploitation and misrule of Africa. The slave trade of over 400 years of unprecedented exploitation and wanton raid of Africa and Africans- we know of over 400 years of inequality in different colours and dimension.  We remember the Berlin Conference of over a century years ago when many European powers recklessly explored, divided, conquered and exploited the whole African continent. This was known as “The Scramble for Africa.”

We have since learned how to exploit ourselves, we learned how to hate ourselves, we have learned how to kill ourselves and we continue to be divided.  If we remain divided definitely we cannot move forward and of course the exploitation of the imperialist powers continues, so also the slavery ideology that seeks to make us feel inferior and control our thinking processes to ideologically enslave us to accept the false message of their superior race and status.                                                                                                            Our minds must be free from mental slavery. Our minds must be liberated. There is no human being on this planet that is made superior or different from any other human being. It is all exploitation and a self-assigned unmerited privilege. We must continue to challenge this aberration. We must never allow our life to be defined by others perception of us.We must never lose our identity and dignity.

It is unspeakable that Africa is still a colony, particularly the so called ‘French Africa’ is still gravely enslaved. While there are exploitation and misrule in postcolonial Africa and various explanations for Africa’s precarious social and economic conditions, can we be courageous enough to free ourselves not only from the colonizers and exploiters but also from our so called African leaders who continue to exploit us in continuation of what their colonial masters taught them. They have wiped out generations of Africans at home and others who continue to flee this beautiful continent to unknown land and destiny because of war and poverty. They have destroyed lives and impoverish their countries and citizens. Some of these so called African leaders have sold their country and birthright to some countries and colonialists out of greed, lack of vision and love for this great continent. They are horrendous criminals who should face justice. Instead we continue to honour the criminals and unworthy and despise the noble.

Home to my country Nigeria as an example. Nigeria is really a very tricky country with about half Muslim and half Christian and religious extremists group that create a lot of violence and terrorist activities. There 250 different ethnic groups, speaking 510 different languages, with a British-drawn border around them then,  handed over to the Fulanis by the colonizer in 1960 with a hidden agenda.  The Fulanis are mainly herders, expansionist, land grabbers, mostly uneducated, and not  the choice for leadership role or any role for that matter yet the colonizer handed power over to them and they held firmly to power in Nigeria. They created ideological, structural, institutional, and cultural constraints for others in the process.  It is interesting to note that the Fulani’s ruling ideology of aristocracy, assumption of being a special breed of some sort and the only tribe destined to rule Nigeria is absurd. The use of this notion as an ideology of exploitation and oppression is glaring.  Exploitation, pilfering, and oppression has nothing to do with nobility.  We know the truth and that is what matters.                               This ideologically promoted hegemonic form of oppression is apparent at the level of ruling oligarchs in Nigeria as adopted domination while at the level of the other tribes as adopted subordination,  which of course is the cause for the continuation of the domination. This ruling oligarchy of Fulanis around the Fulani president in Nigeria  do nothing but pilfer from Nigeria and has created the greatest problem for Africa’s largest economy and most populous country.  The Fulanis are colonialists in Nigeria, they have enslaved the Hausas and in fact the entire country. They are mostly responsible for the critical condition Nigeria is facing today. My heart bleeds heavily for my beloved country Nigeria.

Discrimination and oppression has been a primary impediment to democratic practice since the very founding of Nigeria. Nigeria is a very great country with great people who must summon the courage to fight for their rights, justice and liberty from oppression and discrimination in a peaceful manner.  Nigerians must not allow another civil war again, we must not allow genocide- it can only destroy our country completely.  We need a national dialogue based on transparency. The truth- must be told. We must say it as it is. Again without equal rights and justice, we cannot find peace in Nigeria and Africa as a whole for that matter.

A country where half of it’s population are kids 17 and under but with one of the highest rate of out of school children, and graduate unemployment. A country where women are far from being granted their rightful place economically, politically, and socially.                A country where a Fulani man who happen to be president openly disrespects women. We all remember that in October 2016, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari claimed his wife’s place was in the “kitchen, the living room and the other room”. We must ensure statements like that never become commonplace in Africa where women face an arduous task of actualizing themselves, economically, politically and socially. The complete empowerment of women ultimately is the achievement of gender parity. Quality education and the economic empowerment of women is the only way for African women to aspire to gender equality. They must have access to education and ensure their economic inclusion in society.

We must all embrace civic courage in Africa by working to create a continent that works for all, promoting true brotherhood and Ubuntu spirit as authentic Africans, creating positive change in ourselves, our communities, our institutions, and our systems.

This would indeed be the true African Union!
– Ayo Ayoola-Amale

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE, 21 ST SEPTEMBER, 2015.

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE, 21st SEPTEMBER, 2015.

THE DESIRE FOR A FULL LIFE
The General Assembly of the United Nations has declared today 21st of September, 2015 as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. The theme of this year’s commemoration is “Partnerships for Peace – Dignity for All” which focus on the importance of all sectors of society to work together to strive for peace
It is very important to plant the seeds of peace within ourselves as we also pursue eternal world peace.
We should connect with the greatest power that emanates from within- the power of love, to create cultures of peace, justice and harmony. The sacredness of life expressed through the power of love and compassion for humanity can heal the world and bring dignity for all.
Peace, love and justice should shape our lives as human beings. Peacemaking, Peace building and Peace keeping is the work that so many of us have been engaged in for so long. It is a vital work on the pathway to peace. And in the face of so many external threats to life, religion, health, environment, economy, human rights, political stability, and regional and global aggression, it is reasonable that our focus would be drawn to the world around us. Our work should be focused on conceiving of nonviolent instrumental mechanisms of peace-building that engage these issues and create the conditions for peace and human security. This is an essential work, and only accomplished if we come together in one accord without permitting our religious, cultural and national differences to hinder our goal and see our diversity as strength rather than obstacle to our collective action.

On this International Day of Peace, may we be the peace for the advancement of true love and true life in the world.
In peace,
Ayo

MADIBA LIVED. MADIBA LIVES.

WE mourn the death of a global hero- Ex President Nelson Mandela.                                                                                                             A great peacebuilder, an inspirational leader, a force for positive change, for peace and for reconciliation. Madiba lived.  Madiba lives.                                                           A SILENT TIME DRUMS INTO SUNSET,      LOVE ITSELF BREATHE DEEP INSIDE OUR EYES.                                                                                                                                                                                        NIGHT HAS FALLEN!

By Ayo Ayoola-Amale

SPROUT PEACE

SPOUT PEACE, SPROUT PEACE, CELEBRATE PEACE OF MIND.

We all share a universal mental power of speaking, listening, reading, writing, or using a sign language. What is language?  What is a good talk?  A mental maze? A mastery over someone? or A mastery of meaning-making.  A part of our being? Sprouting seeds of peace is becoming human. Communicating peace is celebrating peace of mind.                     It is communicating as human. It is education. It is communicating beyond. We honour humanity by conveying positive and constructive values imbued with universal ideals and inspired by the ideals of dignity, human rights, justice, harmony, peace, equality, tolerance, cooperation, kindness, goodness and mutual understanding.                                          When you communicate for peaceful purposes, you communicate compassionately, you communicate cordially, you communicate caringly, you communicate cooperatively and convergently. You communicate with dignity. You communicate as human.        You spout peace. You sprout peace.                                                                                                                                                   Be committed to sprouting seeds of peace  daily.

MAKING ALL THINGS NEW

The International Day of Peace was established in 1981. The first Peace Day was observed in September 1982. Since then the International Peace Day is observed around the world on 21 September each year. The United Nations General Assembly adopted resolutions in 1981 and 2001 establishing the International Day of Peace and urging all nations and people to commemorate the Day as an opportunity to promote peaceful resolutions of conflicts and to honour a cessation of hostilities during the day.                                                                             This day should be devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. This day of peace provides an opportunity for all of us to honour peace every day not only on a day of peace- Every day should be a day of peace. Individuals, associations, organizations and the nations should create practical acts of peace always. In this century humanity is at a crossroad because there are more anxiety, tribulation, pains, sufferings, chronic hunger and poverty in the world.                                        We must create peace by living together harmoniously. We must create peace through tolerance, respect and love.  We must respect the fact that we are all connected as intrinsic inter-related human beings and the environment. We must stop destroying and killing ourselves. Human life is sacred.                                                                                                         There is absolutely no truth in any ideology, believe or philosophy that require the shedding of human blood. We should appreciate what a great gift life is. I believe that the actualization of world peace depends on an awakening of consciousness of each person to respect the sanctity of human life, human dignity,  and nature. We must speak the universal language of mankind, that is to say we must have compassion, empathy, tolerance and brotherly love for others. Let us become an instrument of positive change. Let us be inspired to give our  love, time, money , effort, and compassion to help others so that they can discover the joy of peace. Everyone must be determined and communicate thoughts and activities on how to achieve peace in the world. The true significance of International Day of Peace lies in the participation of all of us gathering together to think about the meaning of peace and our commitment to its realization.   Peace is COMPULSORY, ESSENTIAL and IMPORTANT to humanity.  Peace is IMPORTANT for humanity. Peace begins first in our hearts and minds. We must PREACH peace. We must LIVE peace. We must GROW in peace. Peace must GROW in us. We must GROW our peace. We must GROW up in peace.   WE MUST GROW INTO PEACE.

By Ayo Ayoola-Amale esq.

“I HAVE A DREAM”

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR:  A GREAT PEACE BUILDER

Martin Luther King spoke out for civil rights and non-violence. On August 28th 1963 Martin Luther King delivered his famous “I Have A Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C.  This is one of the greatest speech of all time. This speech was much more than a good speech. This speech is imbued with timeless values his life taught us – the values of Truth, Peace, Justice, Compassion, Dignity, Service, Humility and Courage.

EXCERPT  From “I Have A Dream” speech-

“Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice.”

“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed.”

With this faith,I dreamt that one day we will rise up and live out the true meaning of HUMANITY.

LET FREEDOM RING!

 

Ayo Ayoola-Amale esq.

LET OUR WORDS BE MOONLIGHT

We each must together nurture and strengthen the bonds of humanity through communication.                                                                                                    We must allow love to flow into our heart to enable us show empathy, compassion and understanding to others through the words we use when communicating.  Love has its language. Love has power.  The love in our hearts should guide our words.The understanding in our voice should be soothing to the person we are communicating with. Our body language should speak calm and console the soul. We are present in what we say. We are present in what we fail to say. We are present in what we do. We are present in what we fail to do.The beauty in our soul could bring healing. The warmth in our heart could bring renewal. The light in our words could bring harmony. We must create harmony within. We must create harmony in the way we think.We must create harmony in the way we communicate. We must create harmony in our attitude towards others.  Let our words be wellsprings of upliftment  and inspiration to others. We must reach for wholeness. Let our words be moonlight.

-Ayo Ayoola-Amale esq.

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CHOOSE YOUR WORDS WISELY

We are called to use the gift of language wisely. Each of us should endeavor not to let ugly, unwholesome words come out of our mouths. When we are a good steward with our words, we guard our words by avoiding careless words. We avoid violent communication. Yes, we should speak the truth even though it may be bitter or offensive. However, it is equally important that we should have self control and communicate in a non-aggressive manner. We should do this kindly, gently, honestly and with a sincere heart.                                                                                                                                                                                             We should as much as possible always communicate in a healthy and graceful manner. Disagreement should’nt become conflict, rather it should lead to a better understanding and mutual respect. We cannot agree all the time, but when we speak with love and mutual respect instead of using hurtful words and insisting in having things our own way, then we could reach a mutual agreement or possibly buy the other party over by our good attitude and wisdom.

 

By: Ayo Ayoola-Amale on Non-violent communication.                                                                                                                                                copyright2013.

Our Universe Called Us.

Yesterday was seed.  Within us our beauty unfold like flower. Peace was everywhere in us.

Within us we gave birth to a future with life and the sound of joy laugh in satisfaction.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yesterday sang oneness in a world that is one sun.

Today is no day. Today blossoms die like mist. Disharmony swallows harmony and fills souls with pain. In this place silent, we knew our nothingness. These days are no days. These generation gave no life to generations.  In a world that is war. A world  that sleeps in darkness and holds our future. A world that is us. A world with deep roots of pain.

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow have grown together as one.

Now peace calls to us in a World of fuller beings. In this place timeless, we grew beyond the skies. In harmony our universe called us. Our universe called us to a place of peace and beauty.

By Ayo Ayoola-Amale

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