Obama Doesn't Understand Africa

obama-kenyanIf America would do for Africans what they did for Jews, Africans would easily overcome their problems by themselves.

Everywhere I’ve traveled in the world, I met and talked with a lot of people, and unmistakably a lot of them hate Jews. Some have never met a Jew. Some have heard about Jews from friends, medias or the Internet. But they all have something in common, they hate Jews just because they are Jews. Nazi exterminated millions of Jews not because they did something bad to Germans, but simply because they were Jews.

Africans or Black people find themselves in the same situation all over the world. Everywhere I go (outside of Africa) the number of people who hate Black people exponentially exceeds the number of people who feel compassionate about Black People. All around the world, people hate black people just because they are black. Millions of black people have been killed and deported by European salve traders simply because they were black.

Today, Jews are safer. You can’t hurt a Jew without Israel coming after you immediately. You can’t threat Israel without the United States immediately coming after you. America guarantee the safety of Jews and Israel.

No human being could become a productive member of a community when his identity is constantly under threat. When anyone can bully him or her without any risk or a fear of retaliation. There is no shame to be a weak person, or a weak nation at a point in history. But being helpless and hopeless about getting any help from a compassionate stronger neighbor is what break people. And that’s what is breaking African people soul and Nations.

What Africans need more than anything else is a homeland like Jews, and an unconditional protection from a strong Nation, a protection like the one America has offered Jews after the second world war.

That was my dream when Barack Obama was elected in 2008.

I was in Paris at the time: November 4th, 2008. On that day, I left office around 7pm and headed to a local shop to buy 2 bottles of Champagne, and then went to a community center near Champs-Elysées where a hopeful African community gathered to witness what was considered the biggest event in Black people history since the first man left Africa.

It was 5:30 am in Paris when Obama got officially elected. I opened my bottles of champagne and served few people, but quickly proceeded to spray everyone in sight with champagne bubble in an uncontrollable joy. My exuberance caught the attention of few journalists, and was featured on few blogs, and appeared the next day in a Radio show dedicated to Obama victory over Mcain.

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This is me with the bottle of Champagne

Today, I’d say Obama has been a missed opportunity for Africa.

He is emotionally distant from the continent, and spent most of his time lecturing Africans. Friends don’t lecture Friends in public. He never lectures or gives lessons to Israel in public. He never Lectures United Kingdom in his public speech. Regardless of his African background he doesn’t seem to be emotionally connected to the continent, but behaves like the old colonial Europeans and IMF folks who come to Africa condescending Africans with top down speech and kids’ lecturing tone.

Africa doesn’t need more lecturing. Africa doesn’t need gifts. Africa needs protection: a powerful nation that guarantee the safety of its leaders committed to serve the interest of their people. Once Africans will feel secure, they will overcome any difficulty by themselves. We could solve our energy problem ourselves.

Even the evil white apartheid regime in South Africa were supported and protected by White Nations, which provided it with nuclear bombs and ballistic missiles to feel secure from Africans which might try to chase them from the country. The apartheid regime was protected not because it was doing something good, but simply because it was a white people regime. (Here, I might say that Obama main intellectual flaw is to think that racism doesn’t exist or is not an important topic to address).

When East European countries got out of the soviet union, George W. Bush went to offer them full NATO protection from Russians. They now feel more secure.

Europeans always protect and support unconditionally all countries and places where their descendants settled, not in exchange of mining contracts and commercials deal, but simply because they are still considered as part of their blood.

Chinese offer protection and support to Chinese where ever the settled. You can’t touch a Chinese without China coming after you. Chinese offer unconditional support to friendly nations to avoid them being harassed by other nations.

Is there any single African country that has the unconditional protection of a major world power?

We often accuse African leaders of corruption and serving western nations interests instead, but there is a clear explanation for that behavior. They behave so because they want/need protection. They want a powerful nation to back them in case of aggression or trouble. Contrary to a friendly nation protection, the western protection is often offered in exchange of these leaders renouncing to serve their own people or nations’ interests.

African leaders would work in the interest of their people if they were not constantly stalked and bullied by colonial countries.

African Americans should act for Africa like the American Jews act for Israel.

What Africa needs from the United States of America is to stand behind Africa authentic leaders with a clear message “Don’t mess up with Africa!”.

That’s what Africans needs the most, but Obama doesn’t understand that, but offer as usual soft candies.

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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 SiliconAfrica.com, Founder of Goodbuzz.net, 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 mk@linkcrafter.com.

17 Responses to “Obama Doesn't Understand Africa”

  1. Sylvester Boyd

    I like this article except for one thing, you stated that African Americans should support Africa as other nations do, are you fast forwarding to Africans that have immigrated to America or are you referring to The Descendants of the American Institution of Slavery. if the latter, then, we’ve always wanted to assist but Africans have always been rather snobbish about and with us, we are some of the best educated people in the world, we could do a lot for the nation of Africa but as you have observed, Africa wants to be coveted by the Europeans and their descendants (white America). Other than that, I am enlighten by your articles but please, don’t claim we don’t want or can’t help, we’ve extended our hands only to have them ignored, again I do like your articles. Much love…

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  2. mm Mawuna Remarque KOUTONIN

    Thanks Sylvester for your comment, and appreciation of my work. I’m doing my best and seeing people like you adding their voice is an encouragement for me.

    First, I want to clarify that I was referring to “The Descendants of the American Institution of Slavery”, but also to later immigration. I know both communities don’t go well together yet, but it’s an imperative that we learn to trust and empower each other.

    I know what you are talking about saying “we’ve extended our hands only to have them ignored… we’ve always wanted to assist but Africans have always been rather snobbish about and with us … Africa wants to be coveted by the Europeans and their descendants”

    It’s a sad behavior that still is persistent. I don’t know how we could deal about it but something has the be done in strategic way to retire the generation of “leaders” who has been demonstrating that behavior.

    Some countries like Rwanda has well understood that, because without USA protection French mercenaries would have already staged a coup there.

    It takes a network to defeat a network, and I think we the people who have the wish and will should work together to think things forward.

    Again, Thanks for your comment and appreciation.

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  3. Ranjan

    “He is emotionally distant from the continent, and spent most of his time lecturing Africans. ” – This is a complaint very often heard here in the US against Obama, but after studying him for years, we realize is a communications strategy. Unfortunately, in our political climate, any overindulgence in emotion on his part would play into negative stereotypes of the “angry black man”. His professorial tone and seemingly distant emotional mannerism is one of the main reasons he was able to be elected.

    Whether this is a political calculation on his part or truly his demeanor, his actions have shown otherwise in terms of building a more just, liberal and accepting society.

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  4. Thierry

    C’est un article très intérressant mais certains points devraient être plus approfondis :

    “Millions of black people have been killed and deported by European salve traders “simply because they were black”” c’était un problème économique.Il fournissaient une main d’oeuvre puissante à peu de frais.

    “You can’t threat Israel without the United States immediately coming after you. America guarantee the safety of Jews and Israel.” Si les Afro Américains representaient une communauté économiquement puissante elle pourrait influer sur Obama. Les juifs eux sont organisés et économiquements puissants de par le monde.Are Afro american economically powerful as jews? Are they as supportive as jews? Do the Afro American care about Africa?I dont think so.

    “The apartheid regime was protected not because it was doing something good, but simply because it was a white people regime”
    “Chinese offer protection and support to Chinese where ever the settled” Pourquoi les africains n’organisent ils pas leur propre sécurité au lieu de quémander à des puissances externes qui elles ne défendent que leurs propres intérêts?Les africains ne peuvent ils pas former une armée?Ce qui s’est passé au Mali devrait nous faire réfléchir.
    Conclusion: Les africains que nous sommes devons d’abord compter sur nous même.Comment? En dépassant nos micronationalismes (opposition anglophones francophones par exemple) et en mettant nos forces en commun.

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  5. Crew Yew

    2. As for AFRICOM it was created under Obama’s orders supposedly to search out and capture Joseph Kony ; a minimal threat that has been missing since 2007.The real reason for establishment of American military bases on African soil is the securitization of their natural resources by corporate and government interests.
    Furthermore U.S. drone bases are multiplying on the African continent: Niger has agreed to host a predator drones headquarters on its soil and a network of drone bases are being built throughout the continent: neighboring Burkina Faso already has one; two new drone facilities are opening in Ethiopia and the Seychelles; and UN "peacekeepers" in Congo want to use U.S. drones. The same drones, which have terrorized Somalia from AFRICOM’s base in Djibouti for the past seven years, that have killed thousands of people through strikes in the Middle East, Central Asia and the Horn of Africa; are now putting all of Africa in the crosshairs and have become the centerpiece of the modern U.S. version of gunboat diplomacy.
    The conquest of sovereign Libya has encouraged Washington, to escalate their armed presence in Africa under “humanitarian” guises, and with the eager participation of native collaborators. Encouraged by the results in Libya, the U.S. has recently sent roughly 100 troops to Uganda. U.S. troops are also being sent to the Congo, the Central African Republic and South Sudan’.
    So as you can see: The targeting of Africa and its vast natural resources by the US is in full swing. In late December 2012, the United States announced a plan to send military missions to as many as 35 countries on the African continent. Heralding the bringing of a new wave of militarism to Africa by the US.

    3. Bill Gates has publicly stated his population control agenda involves decreasing the number of Africans, and has acquired significant shareholder statue with Monsanto. Thanks to the New Alliance for Food and Nutrition Security, he now has a say in what Africans will eat. To add insult to injury, he also uses his considerable influence and connections with The GAVI Alliance (Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization) and Rockefeller foundation to strong arm African governments into allowing him to arbitrarily vaccinate African children, despite public outrage over deaths of thousands of vaccine recipients.
    In conclusion, I would like to say : After all they have done to Africans; Africa cannot afford to trust the food, medicine and vaccinations the West provide it with. They do not have humanitarian or altruistic intentions. At best they seek a market for their inferior /outdated products, and at worst they are using Africans as guinea pigs for their drugs and biological weapons.
    http://www.infowars.com/…/
    http://www.oldthinkernews.com/…/

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  6. Paulus Agolatorian

    LOL…Conspiracy theory..here we goooooooo!!! you see him as a threat to africa? yet you fail to see your own dictators and corruption (the real threat)

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  7. Crew Yew

    Paulus Agolatorian: Our own dictators? Who do you think put them in power? Funded their coups, armed them? Who do you think they serve? Look into how many coups and leader assassinations in Africa were instigated by the CIA.

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  8. Crew Yew

    Paulus Agolatorian US Attempts to overthrow more than 50 foreign governments, most of which had been democratically-elected. (* = successful ouster of a government.)

    Albania 1949-53
    East Germany 1950s
    Iran 1953 *
    Guatemala 1954 *
    Costa Rica mid-1950s
    Syria 1956-7
    Egypt 1957
    Indonesia 1957-8
    British Guiana 1953-64 *
    Iraq 1963 *
    North Vietnam 1945-73
    Cambodia 1955-70 *
    Laos 1958-60 *
    Ecuador 1960-63 *
    Congo 1960 *
    France 1965
    Brazil 1962-64 *
    Dominican Republic 1963 *
    Cuba 1959 to present
    Bolivia 1964 *
    Indonesia 1965 *
    Ghana 1966 *
    Chile 1964-73 *
    Greece 1967 *
    Costa Rica 1970-71
    Bolivia 1971 *
    Australia 1973-75 *
    Angola 1975, 1980s
    Zaire 1975
    Portugal 1974-76 *
    Jamaica 1976-80 *
    Seychelles 1979-81
    Chad 1981-82 *
    Grenada 1983 *
    South Yemen 1982-84
    Suriname 1982-84
    Fiji 1987 *
    Libya 1980s
    Nicaragua 1981-90 *
    Panama 1989 *
    Bulgaria 1990 *
    Albania 1991 *
    Iraq 1991
    Afghanistan 1980s *
    Somalia 1993
    Yugoslavia 1999
    Ecuador 2000 *
    Afghanistan 2001 *
    Venezuela 2002 *
    Iraq 2003 *

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  9. Paulus Agolatorian

    i don't know..have you ever thought about why he talks down on Africa and not Israel as you said? Maybe because the Israeli govt handles their business and is a more secure business partner. Israel is not that old but look what they have accomplished? I agree we need to solve our own problems but you cleverly protect african governments and try to paint them as victims..not saying the west is all clean but come one man. Do you want Obama to not talk about our obvious problem? I know many African americans that want to help but have found out that bribes and complications stop them (as would any logical investor) from investing. We need to clean up our own backyards

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  10. Crew Yew

    Paulus Agolatorian: True, I will grant you that.

    But in return I ask that you research the origins of corruption in Africa. And have the intellectual honesty to hold both the one offering the bribe as responsible as the one accepting it. Taking into account poverty is imposed in people for a reason: That one may be able to control them through a series of rewards and punishments

    http://chikaforafrica.com/2012/08/21/origin-of-corruption-in-africa-and-the-way-forward/

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  11. Crew Yew

    Paulus Agolatorian: No he is not calling the shots. but he is certainly being complicit, and thus can be held accountable.

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  12. Crew Yew

    I hear you, but please understand I am not trying to paint anyone as a victim. I am all for self criticism and taking responsibility. But I am also for truth, and support the exposing of ongoing injustice. This other piece by Mawuna may provide some insight of the scope of the exploitation we are talking about:
    http://www.siliconafrica.com/france-colonial-tax/

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  13. Paulus Agolatorian

    Crew Yew i agree with you on that….that's why i said i don't think the west is clean..but it's almost like knowing the drug dealer will always make the shady sell..YOU have to tell your kids not to buy it

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  14. Nzingha Shabaka

    The west including America, will protect Isreal, because Israel is in a strategic location, to allow them to easily keep an eye on their enemies, and they have provided Israel with all they weapons they need. Bottomline. The white haters of Jews, will not criticize them in public.

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  15. Nzingha Shabaka

    I agree with everything said here. Bill and Melinda Gates, I see them as enemies of African people. African leaders should become totally familiar with Bill and Melinda gates Foundation. Most interesting is their agenda, and that is population control. At a conference back in July 2012, a family planning conference, Bill Gates advocated the reduction of the human population through the use of vaccines, and Eugenics. Critics pointed out the conference was held 100 years after the July 12, 1912 conference on Eugenics, lead by Leonard Darwin, the son of Charles Darwin, Darwin half cousin Francis Galton invented the term, Eugenics, to promote the idea that strategis breeding would improve mankind, and that certain races are genetically superior to other races, had a profound impact on later Nazi theorists. Bill Gates, at a conference in 2010, said "The solution to global warming is to have fewer people". He said "If we do a really good job on new vaccines, healthcare, reproductive health services, we could reduce the world population". So how does vaccines reduce population. Also attending the conference, Margaret Sanger, she hopes to assist the race toward. the elimination of the unfit, and another woman, Marie Stopes who promotes the sterilization of those totally unfit for parenthood, and made compulsory. We know Bill and Melinda Gates supports sterilization. Bill Gates foundation, list the World Health Organization as being one of its key partners, even though they forcibly sterilized thousands of womenin the 90s under the pretence of proviiding vaccination services. See more later.

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