24 April 2014

Gambia: Change of Diet


Colonisation is the establishment of political and economic control over a foreign territory. Most African countries were in one way or the other colonised by a country from the West, who were mainly interested in enriching themselves and imposing their culture and lifestyles on us.

Africans need to be mentally de-colonised and take a firm stance by going back to our culture, which we inherited from our forefathers. It is a matter of fact that we should minimise eating the food that our colonial masters are exporting to us. We have to be mentally strong and refuse some of the food exported to Africa, which may be unhealthy for us. Before the advent of colonialism, Africans were living much healthier and longer lives without suffering from most of the diseases that we are now faced with today.

As Gambians in particular we have a moral obligation, to reflect our minds on the dangers some of these foods might pose to our health. We have to maintain our culture, diets, and traditions to make the West know that we are no longer in the era of colonialism and can now live independently. It is true that we don't know the content of some of the imported food items, which we consume daily without having a second thought about the dangers they pose to our health.

We are not saying that Western food should not be consumed at all, but there is need to reduce their consumption for the betterment of our health. Globalization of Africa should be in the minds of all Africans and all patriotic Africans need to be mentally decolonised for the economic liberalisation of the continent.


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