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We are Brainwashed Zombies..

Zombies are people who follow others blindly without questioning where the information comes from.

My teacher gives us daily journals that we write down and then answer. I live in Nigeria, you see, and my teacher is not Nigerian. One day, she asked, “what would have happened if Africa was never colonised.”

Of course a lot of students replied saying, “we wouldn’t have technology,” “we wouldn’t be able to speak English,” “we would still be hunting in the bushes.”

Don’t get me wrong, these suggestions could actually be completely true but I find it kind of horrific that these kids have no higher expectations for Africa. Is this really what these kids think of their continent? Their country? That we are nothing without Europeans?

Ha. Well I find it to be COMPLETE brainwashing. You see, most of the time I keep “quiet” during these journals because my opinions are so different, I don’t think anybody would be able to swallow them down. Sometimes I answer too, don’t get me wrong, but not the original answer I was thinking.

People need to realise that our whole education involves brainwashing– why? Because we will never know if what our history books tell us is true until we become historians and confirm it ourselves. We never know if what our biology books say is true until each person individually dissects the human body themselves and confirms it for him or herself.

What is it that makes us follow blindly? We’ve been brainwashed since day one to do so, that’s why.

We’re so used to believing what they tell us, but things are missing from our history books. The Cradle of Democracy. The Colossi of Memnon. Japanese Internment Camps.

I find it quite disturbing, and I haven’t stopped thinking about it since that day. I am Yoruba and The Yoruba Kingdom of Benin really did prosper before European colonisation.

To be honest, it was actually African oppression that fuelled the Industrial Revolution in other European countries. Without the raw materials and the slaves Europe and the Americas took from Africa, they would never be where they are today.

Have you ever searched up what 18th century England looked like, I dare you to. Go search it up now.

Even until today, Africa is being depicted as a poor nation that can’t sustain itself, meanwhile one-third of Africans are middle class.

The problem still lies at the fact that African leaders are exploiting Africa while European Nations buy the exploited goods, then claim that Africa is poor. There are poor people all over the world, that’s how capitalism works apparently.

Africa, Zombies and Natural Resources

  • Those diamonds you love so much? – Africa.
  • You like gold necklaces? – Africa.
  • You eat chocolate? – Africa.

If you seriously think that Europe or the Americas have any diamonds or gold whatsoever then you are honestly fooling yourself, talk-less of where all the petroleum in the world comes from. Nigeria in itself is a country rich in petroleum.

Do you see the trend? It’s not a mutual relationship but a parasite host one. They tell us we’re bad for exploiting then take our exploited resources.

Yes there are areas where Africa could improve on today but I believe Yoruba people would have eventually industrialised if they had just been left alone.

Pre-colonial Edo State, The Kingdom of Benin was a major power in West Africa before Europeans divided them. Yoruba people are very modern and can be seen all around the world.

Generally, equality in sexes and education is valued very highly; they are one of the very few people who would let a younger sister get married before the older one.

Olfert DapperEdit, a person who witnessed the greatness of the kingdom, said that “The King of Benin can in a single day make 20,000 men ready for war, and, if need be, 180,000, and because of this he has great influence among all the surrounding people. . . .

His authority stretches over many cities, towns and villages. There is no King thereabouts who, in the possession of so many beautiful cities and towns, is his equal”.

Obviously, this kingdom was not lagging behind before the arrival of Europeans and even when Europeans got there, their location at the coast made them to once; negotiate between other Africans inland and Europeans at the shore.

So why is it that these children (zombies) believe that without European interference we would not have gotten anywhere when our ancestors have been dealing with riches and gold for centuries?

Just as Russia was one of the last European nations to industrialize, perhaps The Kingdom of Benin would have industrialised as well.

Oh! That’s right! The downfall of Africa was NEEDED for the UPRISING of the Western world, where else would they get all their raw materials from?

Technically speaking, if Africa had gone through any type of revolution, we wouldn’t have needed the spheres of influence and colonies Europeans needed.

Don’t be a Zombie.

God bless


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Tona Akerele is a 15 year old student that has a passion for writing. She is involved in a lot of clubs such as Basketball, Soccer, and Volleyball. So far, she has traveled for all WAISAL (West African International School's League) trips. She is a member of The Student Council, and is the current president of NJHS (National Junior Honors Society). Tona Akerele enjoys helping others and has been involved in a lot of fundraisers such as the annual AIDS Run-Walk held at her school. Tona has also just recently began a Youtube channel that focuses mainly on natural hair but also involves a wide rang of topics: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClWP1s8tAA2rnDPMbPiVW9Q Tona is a young and aspiring writer that's focused not only on her academics but on the world around her as well.
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