In the book “Africa un-slaved; VolumeI: The Chains of Modern-day African Slavery and The Steps to Our Liberation”, theauthor Teekay Akin (Akinyemi Adeseye) asks the question ― “Why can’t we breakfree from this mentality that has got us down this destructive road”? Economicsystems are defined through various stages of modes of production thatcharacterises a particular epoch of human journey and development, it beingfeudalism, slavery or colonisation. It was mainly during slavery that manyAfricans were abducted from their natural habitat of peaceful Africa and forcefully taken to work in the white owned plantations and factories in Europeand the Americas.
Many Africans have lost their lives atthe hands of slave traders and slave masters. Many were thrown into the roughseas due to ill-health as they were deemed not be valuable commodities. Somewere thrown because they didn’t cooperate with their abductors. Many werelynched as they attempted to escape, whilst many more were thrown to the oceanfloor because they died in transit due to torture and engineered starvation which were used as a control mechanism.
The seabed became a mass grave of proudsons and daughters of the soil. And to date it is littered with their bones,scattered all over the ocean sands. These Africans died longing to one dayreturn to their birth place. Their undefeated,resilient and warrior souls float over oceans, plains and hills of foreign landsas they wander for eternity searching for peaceful rest. Today the state ofAfrican working class, in the context of postfeudalist, slavery and colonialism systems is characterised by the dominance ofcapitalist mode of production which created a unipolar system of politicaleconomy.
Akin poignantly illustrates thepervasive cause for the disenfranchisement and oppression of Africansthroughout the world. This being the reality we continue to face daily. The present African working classremains disenfranchised amid post-colonial African countries’ over reliance onformer colonialists for economic and political survival. The socioeconomicsituation of the African working class remains dire despite several declarationsby world bodies and super powers who continue to promise political and
economicliberation but fail to do so. Many post-colonial African states are
subjugated bytheir former colonial masters who still determine their economic policies andleadership.
As the forum of political elites andcaptains of industries which is called the 27th World Economic Forum on Africa concludesits business in Durban – South Africa, it ironically coincides with the declaredInternational Worker’s Month. But unfortunately, the socioeconomic status ofthe African working class (both the employed and unemployed) continues toworsen.
It is evident that class partitioning between the haves and have-not which is
characterized by abnormal patterns of ownership and access to wealth is such that very few command control overworld’s 90% of means of production and the majority is scrambling forinsignificant 10%.
The tragedy of our times is that as ourforefathers fought against crossing the Atlantic and Mediterranean seas, thecurrent generation is fighting to crossover because their country’s economiesare failing to meet their social aspirations. This is made even worse by poorleadership in some parts of the continent and continuing exploitation ofAfrica’s natural resources by multinational conglomerates.
As Akin proclaims “We have taken allthose chains of our slavery and burdens and tied them firmly around our ownnecks. Therefore, the realism of true freedom can only be actualized throughremoving the mental shackles and creating an insurrection against theproverbially corrupt slave masters in both political and religious arenas”
The current situation requires theworkers movements in the continent to unite and organise the working class tofight a just and protracted political economy war which its conclusion will besocialisation of means of production.