Recently, the African
National Congress celebrated its
centenary with pomp and gaieties. Last
year, the Communist Party of China also
celebrated its centenary. The fine
thread running through the political
culture of the two parties, is their
adoption of Marxian dialectics as the
philosophical basis for the quest for
mechanisms for socialization of their
Both parties engaged in prolonged wars
of liberation. The history teacher can
tell us the gruesome stories of the
effects of the Nanking Treaty of 1842
and the centuries of apartheid rule in
The African National Congress was led by
intellectual giants. So was China. The
Mao Tse Dong movement established a
Communist state in 1949, while the
freedom of South Africa is nearly two
China’s Communist Party has moved the
state from ravaged colonial status to
the second largest economy in the world.
South Africa benefited from the
infrastructure put in place by the
various apartheid regimes.
Unfortunately, the rural South African
populace have not benefited from the
independence struggle and silent
symphonies of discontent have reached a
Surprisingly, the South African
government has passed strict laws to
water down the spate of embarrassing
revelations of the goings-on in
corporate and governmental circles.
What the people want are social justice
systems that would improve their living
standards. They complain that the
comrades of yester-years seem to have
been enmeshed in the corporate culture
of big corporations, where they enjoy
the perquisites of the bourgeoisie
traits, they once condemned.
The young ANC leaders are opposed to the
neglect of the local townships and the
rate of poverty of the urban poor has
increased. There is urgent need to
tackle these serious lapses in the
social life of the people.
There is a disturbing development among
the young South Africans. They do not
seem to understand the depth of pain
inflicted upon the race by apartheid. As
a result, they do not revere enough the
great liberators of their country.
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission
may have tried to dust up the agonies of
the past, but South Africans may forgive
but should never forget the evils of
apartheid, just like Europeans will
never forget the damage the Hitler
misadventure wrought upon their
grandfathers and mothers, just like
Africans will never forget slavery
It is good to prick the conscience of
the world from time to time, so that
those, who do evil will shudder at past
We applaud the foreign policy stance of
the South African government on the
Libyan matter. Those states, which
engaged in hurried diplomatic eagerness
and gave a flawed diplomatic response,
will live to regret their decision to
aid and abet the destruction of an
African state, now in dire straits of
survival. The cameras have been switched
off, but the grueling agony of ordinary
human being go unnoticed.
South Africa should lead African
integration and is doing well with SADC.
There should be inter-African economic
relations, travels, language and
cultural studies and a re-vamping of the
vibrancy of the African Union, which
should be more active and imaginative.
African nations should contribute funds
and build a big university in TIMBUTU,
as a center for learning and African
youth mobilization, where all African
languages should be taught, so that we
gradually overcome imposed foreign
languages and cultural impositions.
It is very sad that we still need
interpreters at African conferences and
in other fora.We should start processing
our raw materials in order to combat the
inequality in the international division
of labour, whereby our raw materials are
bought at unilaterally fixed prices by
foreign agencies, while their
manufactured goods are sold to us at
their dictated prices.
China successfully turned the table by
processing and manufacturing their raw
materials and so, they were able to
African states should use their Consular
Officers to promote inter-African trade
and minimize the sending of diplomats,
with nicotine-stained teeth, who
vegetate in the capitals of the world,
depleting their nations’ foreign
currencies, attending diplomatic
parties, where the bottle takes effect,
dulling the edge of husbandry.
The ANC must re-kindle its revolutionary
spirit and lead African intellectual and
political growth, as it had done in the
last hundred years.
South Africa and Nigeria, should set up
a think-tank, an African Institute for
social studies of the African condition.
It is on record that Nigeria contributed
immensely towards the liberation
struggles of South Africa, Mozambique,
Angola, and Namibia.
We can get together again, not in the
spirit of negative competition, but
HAPPY CENTENARY CELEBRATIONS!!!
Professor Dr. Emmanuel Omoh Esiemokhai
is the Academic Chancellor, BOSAS
INTERNATIONAL LAW BUREAU, FUGAR/Abuja,