Africa Day and The Nehanda Statue

Every year on the 25th of may marks Africa day. It is the annual commemoration of the foundation of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU now AU) on 25 May 1963. It is intended to celebrate and acknowledge the successes of the Organisation of African Unity from its creation on May 25, 1963, in the fight against colonialism and apartheid, as well as the progress that Africa has made while reflecting upon the common challenges that the continent faces in a global environment.

Africa day this year in Zimbabwe was… interesting.

The government of Zimbabwe thought it pertinent to construct a statue of Mbuya Nehanda in the CBD of Harare. Nehanda was an influential spirit medium who assembled people to fight against land seizures by colonialists. In addition to this unveiling, entry into town was barred.

I love my country. It is the individuals that are ‘leading’ I am not particular about. Their decisions on Africa day further illustrate my derision for them. This particular one – in my view – shows a lack of priorities.

In a deteriorating economy, why one would sign off on a statue when citizens do not get adequate healthcare and countless others go to bed hungry is beyond me. Not to mention the rising rate of unemployment in the country.

I have grown up in this country, and have experienced what it is like for the everyday Zimbabwean. I have seen it become a shadow of its former self at the mercy of those in charge.


Mbuya Nehanda played her part – a very integral one. I doubt there is a Zimbabwean who does not know who she is and how important she is to us as a people. For that, she is already commemorated in street names and buildings. This statue was unnecessary – not right now anyway.


I heard a lot of justifications for the statue. A lot of them stating it was a great stride towards tourism for the country. This may be true, but to that I say:

Africa, Zimbabwe has never needed man made monuments to draw tourists in. I don’t think a statue in the capital will aid this is any way.

This is Africa

This is…

Another justification stated it was necessary for its historical relevance. Granted. But riddle me this; how much historical relevance can be garnered from one statue?

This next part is directly to you Mr. President. you said,

“This statue is a bold and unapologetic statement that we are a people who know who we are and where we came from. It is a declaration that we stand proud of our nation and history.”

We know our history; we are very much aware of it – you have made certain of that. We know who we are and are proud of our country. What purpose does this statue serve?


I am however perplexed that they actually can get things done. Having said that, what about the other things that need attention? What of those?

If you have lived in Zimbabwean long enough, you are able to clearly recognise smoke and mirrors…


The entire manner in which this unveiling was handled subverts the entire meaning of Africa Day…


Dante

I Made An Instagram

I have personal Instagram account that I rarely use

I decided that rather using that one to share my posts I would make one dedicated to this site.

Here it is :

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I am still working on getting a following on there. Follow me? 😀 I will follow back

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Thank you


Dante