Are you aware that so-called Francophone African countries continue to pay a colonial tax to France? And, this is after independence. This system, according to the recently sacked and outspoken African Union permanent ambassador to the United States Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao, is an abomination destined to keep African countries poor forever.
Dr. Arikana Chihombori
In 1958, Guinea president Sekou Toure opted out of this sham independence, or postcolonial arrangement, more commonly known as neocolonialism. The former colonial masters in Paris became so furious that they ordered the French administrators in Guinea to destroy everything in the country which represented what they called “the benefits from French colonization,” wrote Afrolegends.com. They ransacked the country, destroying any and all institutions that were considered “benefits of colonization.” Schools, administration buildings, nurseries, farming equipment, cars, books and more were destroyed if they could not be shipped back to France, reported afropunk.com.Fast forward to 2019 and we witness the dismissal of Zimbabwe-born AU Ambassador Dr. Chihombori-Quao, reported The Herald, because she refused to “mince her words on neocolonialism” which included “strong views against Western Europe’s interference in the independence and governance of Africa.”
Former Ghanaian president Jerry Rawlings tweeted: “The dismissal of Arikana Chihombori-Quao, AU Ambassador to the United States, raises serious questions about the independence of the AU. For someone who spoke her mind about the detrimental effects of colonialism and the huge cost of French control in several parts of Africa, this is an act that can be described as coming from French-controlled colonized minds. How can this shameful behavior emanate from us? A woman with all that it takes to galvanize our continent is chopped down by French-colonized power mongers good enough to be cleaners or pruning trees at the Elysee Palace. With leaders of this kind, how can this continent ever progress?” Read more…