Mon hommage à Mlle Afropolitan. My tribute to Ms Minna we love you!

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“In my head, feminist Africa sounds like this: sultry, transformative, ethereal, revolutionary, unshackled, wild, spiritual, healing and wise.” —MsAfropolitan

I got to know Ms Afropolitan  from a non-feminist  angle that’s the irony of it all. She is one of those women, i actually wish i knew personally . She is whip smart, an erudite,  intriguing and above all, engaging . She forces you to think about femininity and about womanhood and  my only disappointment is, why didn’t i know her before!?

It was after President Obama had visited Africa   one women took it upon herself to do what African publications should have been doing i.e. really assessing   what it is that, African countries  were signing up to  and what  the  real meaning of the trade relations between  Africa  and  the  US would be in the future. I was besotted  by each and every word she wrote in her polemical article ‘When Obama addressed the African Onion’.What was more ironic was, i had just completed a book review on Henry Kissinger’s “World Order” and  in the multiple pages i had gone through, there wasn’t a single mention of an African order.

In World Order, Kissinger discusses the disorder in Middle East and the growing role of China and their impact on international configuration. He does not talk about Africa or Latin America territories that account for a fifth of humanity and are an important missing part in a book on global architecture. Specifically concerning Africa, which will face a rising population and will undoubtedly be the future growth engine in the world economy. The book primarily focuses on conquest and forgets the multiplicity of power and soft ideological and economic power and yet Africans are excluded!

This is how MsAfropolitan summed up Obama’s  visit Visit :

“This is why I call the African Union the African Onion, because the things they do make me weep!

Trade and development partnerships are the modern-day version of England’s indirect rule, a continuation of a painfully dark history of exploitation. To name only a few, there’s the African Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA), which Obama mentioned and which considering that it creates 100,000 jobs in the US ought to be called the “American Growth and Opportunities Act”; the New Alliance Cooperation Framework through which African nations legitimise the theft of natural resources to for profit corporations under the aegis of “private sector investment plans”; the “Pan-African initiative”, or PanAf as it deceptively locally sounds, was set up by the EU to improve trade, observe elections, run governance initiatives, yada yada – it just so happens that African states are forced to tie a large portion of their markets to Europe in exchange. There’s also the rather sinisterly named “Trade Africa“, which boosts intra-African trade, not a bad thing per se, but what does the US get in return? Well, how about a million bucks. “. – MsAfropolitan

It was the beginning of the best  relationship with  Afro-feminism, A new kind of feminism  that is rooted in robust  engagement and a very textured  way of looking at all the questions young African women have. Since then, i  have devoured everything she writes and i love it.

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