To colonise people’s minds you must first diminish their culture and traditions…
1. We have tried passing down culture to younger generation through stories or movies or books but the media is now saturated with western content.
2. We have tried preventing the enforcement and blind following of foreign culture but with increasing content it is hard to differentiate what is toxic.
3. We have tried encouraging people to question our culture and try to counter and debate but the education system is limited by brain drain.
Africa is currently experiencing settler colonialism. Many foreigners have migrated in large numbers to occupy and control our political, economic, or religious institutions. Their focus is exploitation where they obtain raw materials for industries.
Obviously, globalisation increased people’s understanding of one another, however, instead of balancing the benefits of integrating into a globalised world, we are letting goof the uniqueness of local culture.
The Wretched of the Earth in preface summary is a 1961 book by Frantz Fanon, in which the author provides a psychiatric and psychologic analysis of the dehumanising effects of colonisation upon the individual and the nation, and discusses the broader social, cultural, and political implications. He talks about Postcolonial theory and Decolonisation.
It is important to preserve our cultural heritage, tradition and race because it keeps our integrity as a people. Our culture and heritage reflect and shape values, beliefs, and aspirations. Tradition reinforces values such as freedom, faith, integrity, a good education, personal responsibility, a strong work ethic, and the value of being selfless. Tradition provides a forum to showcase role models and celebrate the things that really matter in life.
Postcolonial theory is a body of thought primarily concerned with accounting for the political, aesthetic, economic, historical, and social impact of European colonial rule around the world in the 18th through the 20th century. Decolonisation is the undoing of colonialism, the latter being the process whereby a nation establishes and maintains its domination on overseas territories.
How can we as Africans protect and preserve our culture and identity from being affected by today’s Globalisation and Neo-colonisation?
So, why should we preserve our culture and how can we work around Religion, paradox, beliefs, superstition which also stand in our way?