Black History & Nigeria’s Independence Day

Black History Month takes place this October in the UK. To be honest, I’m not a big fan of being designated a specific time to celebrate my culture because it feels as though we are being separated from the rest of society. We’ve been given an appointed month to remember where we’ve come from but I, like a lot of people, have preferred to study and celebrate the many struggles and successes of my race at my own self-appointed time.

But whatever.

It’s Black History Month, anyway.

There are a lot of black people in the world who are either unaware of their history, their origin or even key people who can be looked upon as reasons to be proud. Many African-Americans are so disenfranchised from the past that they don’t even acknowledge the “African” part of their description.

In school in the UK, I was never taught anything beyond the Triangle Trade and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Even then, it was only the bare minimum of either subject. You can’t blame people for being out of touch but there should be a desire to learn more about being black beyond listening to the latest Beyoncé album. Pick up an autobiography, read some poetry by Maya Angelou, maybe take a trip a museum. Do something.

Sorry. It’s not a good time. I’m baking in the living room of my house and I can’t open the windows to let in a breeze because we’ve lost the keys to the locks.

So… it’s the 51st anniversary of Nigeria’s independence from Britain today.

Last year saw a few… disruptions to proceedings. Hopefully this year goes off without any incidents.

Celebrations will be taking place all over the world and it would be great to hear from people who are participating. Please leave a few impressions in the comments. I’m hoping to join family and experience it in the motherland in a few years when my two kids are older. It would be fantastic for them to see the country that their grandparents are from and to see how the happiest people in the world get down.

– Contributed by Elliott Odeh via TheBrotha Blog

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4 thoughts on “Black History & Nigeria’s Independence Day

  1. Hey Afromum!
    Wishing you a beautiful Black History month! I am like you and feel we all should continue to study and work at learning more about the African Diaspora but I do feel Black History Month has an important place. Here in US Black History month has grown over the years and is very widely accepted. Our libraries and many schools have annual programs and displays. Of course there is MUCH more to do but here is the thing that excites me……..I did not know about Black History month UK until last year….what a shame……I am so excited this year to have this whole new area of Black History to study and share with my children!! The extra focus on Black History month UK last October is what caught my attention. Black History month should be a reminder to each of us about our legacy and the ancestors that worked thru so much…and a chance for many of us to remind others of this beautiful history.

    peace and blessings to you and your family……I am sending warm Sankofa wishes to you across the ocean! I look forward to reading more here !!

    Jaelma
    http://www.themochalife.wordpress.com
    http://www.kiarablu.com

    • Thanks for your comment. I’m not sure how my post came across but I wanted to state that this country (UK) is extremely laid back when it comes to recognising black achievement and history. A person has to really go out of their way to find out anything. I wish there was more publicity but it may be due to us being less than 10% of the population.

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  3. Great Post. In my opinion, Black History Month is a ‘Joke’. If it were empowering, and transformative as Black history is, and is suppose to be, there would be no Black History month. Why? because we are not suppose to know ourselves as Black Men and Women and children. The world is built upon two major fallacies. The first fallacy is that of White superiority and the second is the fallacy of Black inferiority. For us to be taught the TRUTH and Real History, not nuggets of Info dipped in white lies and fantasies, would cause for ‘World history’ books to be re-written in Schools, Universities and other centres of learning. Why? because Black History is World History. Black History without the mention Egypt and Nubia, and Blacks in Asia, Spain (Moors), and every other corner of the earth because we are a global people and have made contributions world-wide is a joke. African people are the first people on earth and the original people. The Oldest skeletal remains all around the world of anatomically modern homans are all Afrikan. Even here in England. The oldest found are Afrikan. We were not just taken here during enslavement, We were here decades before enslavement as Afrikans are the ones that enlightened Europe when it was in it’s Dark Ages.

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