What happened to our own identity?

Africans, why do we love to copy and follow everything Americans do? Imagine the names given to our Entertainment industries in Africa.
Nollywood -Nigeria
Collywood -Cameroon 
Ghollywood -Ghana
Lollywood -Liberia
Sollywood – South Africa
Soon we will change Nigeria to Nigerica, Ghana to Ghanarica and Cameroon to Camerica, etc . What prevents us from choosing our own unique names? Must we copy like that; at least we should try to copy with style. Look at all our so-called celebrities fighting hard to imitate American celebrities.


WHAT HAPPENS TO OUR OWN IDENTITY?


If we want to speak English, we position our mouth to speak like a Briton or an American -arguing that our own language and accents are outdated.


If we want to eat, we try to eat… I don’t know – arguing that our own style of eating is unrefined.


We see our locally made kinds of stuff as inferior; instead, we travel to Dubai, China, London, New York to patronize other economies while we still complain and condemn our government for doing nothing to improve our economy. Have you asked yourself, the quality of those kinds of stuff we get from China, are they really better than ours?


Just like few Intractable, immature or Ex-convicted parsons in the western music industry that displays flashy cars as a sign of wealth; our celebrities now acquire a fleet of expensive cars and houses and post them on Facebook as a mark of wealth. Even when some of them are acquired through dubious means…
We abandon our own local languages and prefers to learn Nepali (Nepal), Pashto, Dari (Afghanistan), even Kurdish, (Iraq) etc.
We bleach to look lighter just to look like them feeling that our own colour makes us less human.


We leave our original and ethnic and cultural musicology to do American style of music; just to make sure we do as they do. Worst of all is that we don’t even copy the good musicians. The trend thing now is even to sing rubbish, saying nonsense and call it songs. What lessons are there in the lyrics of our so-called modern westernized songs?


We even copy their social ills, divorce, Abortion, Drugs, Suicide, prostitution, Religious intolerance, deviance, abuse, manipulation, superiority complex attitudes and see them as trending things


WHAT HAPPENED TO US PEOPLE? WHO DID THIS TO US? PEOPLE LET US RETURN TO ORIGINALITY. LET US RETURN TO THAT, WHICH MAKES US AFRICAN.


NO MATTER HOW WE COPY AN AMERICAN, NO MATTER HOW WE COPY AN EUROPEAN, NO MATTER HOW YOU BLEACH TO LOOK WHITE, NO MATTER HOW YOU TWIST YOUR TONGUE TO SPEAK LIKE QUEEN ELIZABETH, NO MATTER HOW MANY PASSPORT AND CITIZENSHIP YOU HAVE ACQUIRED. YOU CAN NEVER DELETE THE FACT THAT YOU ARE AN AFRICAN AND WILL BE SEEN AS AFRICAN. SO WHY THE IMITATION?


BOKO HARAM CAME, WE WANTED AMERICA TO COME AND SAVE US


CHIBOK ISSUE CAME, WE WANTED AMERICA TO COME AND HELP US


BUILDING OF ROADS, WE INVITED CHINA TO COME AND HELP US


EBOLA ISSUE CAME, WE BEGGED AMERICA TO COME AND HELP US


YET EVERY YEAR, THOUSANDS OF GRADUATES ARE PRODUCED FROM OUR UNIVERSITIES….EVEN TO GET A JOB, YOU HAVE TO PAY MONEY TO THE EMPLOYER TO EMPLOY YOU. WHO DID THIS TO US?
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Please let it be known to you that:
Our languages are wonderful, 
Our colour of the skin is second to none, (Black is beautiful)
Our foods are exotic and delicious, 
Our true African women are beautiful, industrious and lovable
Our locally made goods are fantastic and we can even encourage them to improve on the quality by patronizing them. 
Our styles of music are superb, 
Wealth is not by acquiring the latest 2014 Hummer or Ferrari while your mother, your neighbours, your brothers and your country are wallowing in poverty. Let us rise up and take that that belongs to us.
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