Friday, July 21, 2006

Two thousand years from today

It is the year 4095.
The Confederation of Mono-ethnic African States (COMAS) – a confederation of African States whose loose borders are drawn along major ethnic lines is booming. COMAS has been in existence for the past five hundred years according to contemporary African historians. The borders of COMAS stretch from the ancient borders of Senegal, Mali, Ethiopia and Somalia in the north to the Atlantic Ocean in the West and South and the Indian Ocean in the East.
A school of thought believes that the foundations of COMAS were laid in the late 20th century and early 21st century in two organizations called the Organisation of the African Unity and the African Union by African politicians who were schooled in alien forms of governance. Another school of thought vehemently disputes the relevance of these organizations to the COMAS. Apologists of the latter school believe that the OAU and the African Union were fraught with external influences and internal mutual distrust and more importantly, the organizations were constituted by countries whose very existence was rooted in political and economic interests of non-Africans. It is claimed that there had been a time when African borders had been carved according to political and economic interests of a tribe then known as Europeans, who had occupied many parts of Africa until about 2500 years ago. It is also claimed that Africans had been obliged to speak and use the different dialects of the language of this tribe as their official languages.
It is not clear why the leaders of the OAU and the African Union consented to keep the incongruous borders drawn by others, for more than 500 years following their political independence from the occupying forces. This position of ancient African leaders has generated a debate within contemporary African academic circles. One group of Wolof historians, believes that despite the much touted political independence, African states were indeed economically dependent on the former occupying powers and could not have (even if they wanted to) redefined their existence in the face of harsh economic embargos that such adventures would unleash. The Kikuyu school of thought believes that the ancient African leaders had been conditioned by their education to believe that there was no possible African alternative to the alien form of governance which they had inherited from the occupying powers; and had therefore maintained the status quo in order to guarantee the support of the former occupying powers.
This school of thought has used very harsh terms to describe the African leaders of this period and it holds them responsible for various economic and political atrocities of that period in African history.
The Fulani school of thought believes that the ancient leaders of African states made unsuccessful attempts to rectify the injustice perpetrated on the peoples of Africa by the occupying powers. This group cites the attempts of Senegal to unite with the Gambia; and the union of Tanganyika with Zanzibar. It is claimed that such attempts were thwarted by external forces and lack of support from other African leaders.

COMAS is governed by a Council of 1500 Elders. Each ethnic group, no matter how small is represented by its chief in the council. All the elders within the council have equal opinion rights. All deliberations have to be approved by unanimous consensus of all council members; in the absence of a consensus, decisions are adjourned and the cases carefully studied and debated until a consensus is reached.

The COMAS Council sits twice a year to deliberate on important social issues; resolve conflicts which are rare; and elaborate policies which are mainly directed at the preservation of the honour and integrity of the black race and also to regulate relationships between member states.
It is also the responsibility of the Council to study and document historical injustices and betrayals perpetrated on the African peoples; and to take appropriate measures to redress these injustices. COMAS is governed strictly according to the philosophical tenets of Negrism.

Negrism, an ideology said to have been put together by the founding Council of Elders of COMAS about five hundred years ago, puts the sacredness, honour and integrity of all members of the Black Race above all things and demands in unquestionable terms, the unity of all members of the race. It is believed that it has its origins in the Songs of Solomon in the Bible, the holy book of Christians, an ancient religious sect which flourished in some parts of Africa about 2000 years ago. Another group claims that it has its origins in Senghorian Negritude. The ideology forbids any form of betrayal in the strictest terms.
To be continued.............

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