opinionBy Henry Harry Makowa
Harare — Without sounding personal, and with due respect, the election of Barack Obama on November 4, 2008 as the 44th president of the USA is a remarkable achievement not only for himself, but the world at large.
But his victory, however, historic, however, glorified, has opened an interesting phenomenon in Africa which I view as a clear and dangerous rise of neo-colonialism packaged in false facts and propaganda.
Firstly, why do even our learned African brothers including members of African liberation movements peddle the ridiculous colonial type mantra that an Obama victory is a victory for Africa?
Which single African in Africa voted for him for him to deserve such a father-head figure for and of Africa?
Since when was a presidency of a separate nation supposed to be a victory for another independent sovereign nation unless that nation is a colony of the country whose presidency is under celebration?
I ask this not out of pan African malaise but a clear ideological position which Africa is heavily failing to grasp as they celebrate the Obama victory which could actually turn out to be the African demise.
To cut it short, Obama was elected by Americans therefore his presidency however historic or not should recognise that Africa did not vote for him and has its own historic presidents of its own sovereign countries voted for into power by its own people to govern them not to become administrators of a fictitious Obama empire being built by reckless commentary and media imperial punditry.
Today they lie blatantly that Obama is black when common biology dictates that mating white and black does not produce either but biracial.
The question is why does America and its allies continue to peddle the biologically and genetically fraudulent assertion that Obama is black when in actual fact he is biracial?
The answer is simply because America wants to create a false international sense of a country which respects all humans regardless of race and is a free heaven for all.
What nonsense. What hogwash. What idiocy.
In other words, since the world has been fooled to believe that America sets the stage for democracy then naturally since all neo-liberal thoughts are traced to America and all world constitutions should be modeled along the American constitution then if America sets the stage of having a 'black' president then it should not be deemed unreasonable for Africa let alone so-called rebellious Zimbabwe to support a white presidency because ostensively America a white populated nation has endorsed a "black" president therefore all else is possible!
Kenya even goes on to declare a Barack Obama day as if he has become a new Kenyan replicate of Jomo Kenyatta who ironically resonates more richly with Kenyan anti-colonial history than the cheap fact that Obama who was not born Kenyan but has a Kenyan dad is president of America!
What raises debate is that the world got erratic and mad crazy when only countries like Malawi and Zimbabwe can name their roads after true African heroes.
Even Obama's election history-in-the making can never match in both historicity and African ideological underpinning the contributions of people like President Mugabe, Kwame Nkrumah and Julius Nyerere.
This article is not meant to compare Obama to President Mugabe for they are all two fine gentlemen but it seeks to expose the neo-colonial agenda surrounding his presidency.
They say Obama, even without presidential experience, is perfect to run America and is made greater by being the first "black" (correct bi-racial) president of white controlled America and yet President Mugabe is not credited for making landless black farmers historic by giving them land which previously was in the hands of a mathematical average of less than 4000 under-productive white redneck farmers.
If America truly celebrates black success why does she not celebrate Zimbabwe's newly resettled black farmers even though they may not be as experienced as they are sure to become?
When it comes to mere farmland America yells about lack of farming experience on the new farmers and yet when it comes to an even mightier and bigger office of US president experience is declared irrelevant and the world is psyched up to just celebrate and see history in everything she does including lies that Iraq has weapons of mass destruction which is false or that Obama is black which is scandalous and untrue, how ironic.
I wish Obama well in his presidency but when he fails like all American leaders are created to do, the corrupt neo-colonial forces packaging him will tell the world that its not him or America that failed but the very fact that he inherited a stinking George Bush regime which presided over the financial crises and its numerous neo-imperial wars.
We will be reminded of Iraq and yet it is the same excuse to failure which America alongside her stooges like the WTO, IMF and World Bank have refused to digest that post colonial Africa including Zimbabwe started off on a false start due to the heavy weight and burden of colonial debts, maladministration, institutionalised white dictatorship and thuggery which it sadly inherited from the ungodly emperor justly overthrown for his unclean outlook.
Imperialism is what post colonial African leadership is not convincingly fighting save for a few exceptions like Presidents Mugabe, Mbeki, Gadaffi to name but a few. Obama's victory must not mean victory for Africa or Asia or even Uncle Sam's western Europe.
It should be what it is electorally, a victory for America and Americans. We can only wish him well and hope him to contain American hegemony not to jubilate his cause as if we are all proudly an American colony or protectorate which looks up to Uncle Sam for peanut butter to embellish our bread crumbs.
Henry Harry Makowa is a Zimbabwean student studying at Fort Hare University in South Africa.