Africa: Why are they so Silent?


Do you know why successful African professionals, intellectuals and officials in high positions never take part or engage in debate regarding Africa liberation from western domination and predatory capitalism?

The answer is simple. Most of them are bounded by something called “duty of reserve”.

As a majority of them work for International organizations like the UN system apparatus (Unicef, Undp, Who, …), EU/USA funded organizations, International NGOs and corporations; they are required to sign contracts which always include a term called “duty of reserve”.

The moment they are signing the contract, most of them are not aware of the real implication of it, but soon after the HR would get them the details of what it means.

The “duty of reserve” means “Shut up, even if it hurts. Shut up even if you have seen bad things. Don’t say anything you are not officially allowed to say.”

The loud silence of so many well trained, well educated, and capable sons of Africa in front of unspeakable injustice and crime ongoing on the continent is the result of the so well crafted “duty of reserve”.

In private these people will express their anger, their frustration, and their despair, but will get up at 7am every morning and dress up to go to work for the same organizations which are undermining or destroying their home country.

Using NGOs, Scholarship, Rotary Clubs, Lions Club, Freemasons lodges, Aid, Awards, and other well known vanity and ego boosting schemes, the West has succeeded to completely domesticate the african elite.

Lions without teeth, Eagles without beak, they crave the approval of the same people who are undermining hope on the continent. If you ask them the hard questions, they mumble and call for “being realistic”.

I’ve worked 9 years for International organizations, and for an African who unconditionally love the continent, those 9 years were very hard, emotionally and physically, but I’ve been privileged with rare opportunities to observe and study the working of those organizations from the inside.

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About Mawuna KOUTONIN

Mawuna Koutonin is a world peace activist who relentlessly works to empower people to express their full potential and pursue their dreams, regardless of their background. He is the Editior of, Founder of, and Social activist for Africa Renaissance. Koutonin’s ultimate dream is to open a world-class human potential development school in Africa in 2017. If you are interested in learning more about this venture or Koutonin’s other projects, you can reach him directly by emailing at

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