diasporicroots:

diasporicroots:


Fela Kuti on Thomas Sankara
Fela Kuti (15 October 1938 - 2 August 1997) & Thomas Sankara (December 21, 1949 – October 15, 1987)
Did you know that in 1987 – Fela was devastated by the murder of Captain Thomas Sankara – personal friend, fellow musician, revolutionary leader of Burkina Faso and one of the only heads of state at the time who publicly embraced Fela and his music.
In A interview on February 1988 Fela was asked?
Your friend Thomas Sankara has just been murdered. What did Sankara mean to you and how do you feel about his death?(Long pause)… His departure is a terrible blow to the political life of Africans, because he was the only one talking about African unity, what Africans need, to progress. He was the only one talking. His loss is bad… (Long silence)… but my mind is cool because Sankara’s death must have a meaning for Africa. Now that Sankara has been killed, if the leader of Burkina Fasso, today, is not doing well, you will see it clearly. This means that in future, bad leaders would be very careful in killing good leaders.Source



 Happy birthday Fela Kuti, Rest in peace Thomas Sankara.

diasporicroots:

diasporicroots:

Fela Kuti on Thomas Sankara

Fela Kuti (15 October 1938 - 2 August 1997) & Thomas Sankara (December 21, 1949 – October 15, 1987)

Did you know that in 1987 – Fela was devastated by the murder of Captain Thomas Sankara – personal friend, fellow musician, revolutionary leader of Burkina Faso and one of the only heads of state at the time who publicly embraced Fela and his music.

In A interview on February 1988 Fela was asked?

Your friend Thomas Sankara has just been murdered. What did Sankara mean to you and how do you feel about his death?
(Long pause)… His departure is a terrible blow to the political life of Africans, because he was the only one talking about African unity, what Africans need, to progress. He was the only one talking. His loss is bad… (Long silence)… but my mind is cool because Sankara’s death must have a meaning for Africa. Now that Sankara has been killed, if the leader of Burkina Fasso, today, is not doing well, you will see it clearly. This means that in future, bad leaders would be very careful in killing good leaders.
Source


Happy birthday Fela Kuti, Rest in peace Thomas Sankara.

nigerianostalgia:

Biafran children of the St Anthony school. 1969Vintage Nigeria

i some times wonder, if these children here were alive today, would they recognize themselves in this photo and what would be the exact emotion dredged up by this photo.

nigerianostalgia:

Biafran children of the St Anthony school. 1969
Vintage Nigeria

i some times wonder, if these children here were alive today, would they recognize themselves in this photo and what would be the exact emotion dredged up by this photo.

“Joseph’s brothers sold him into slavery. But he persevered throught the struggle and became somebody great. Now when his brothers came to seek help and wealth in a new land, they couldn’t recognize him, but he could recognize them. He still welcomed them with open arms and a heart of acceptance. But what’s more important is the fact that Joseph’s brothers didn’t call him AKATA!!”

– (via citizins)

Africa Rising (but falling)

How easy it has become for us to “Rise” without giving a thought to our fellow men that can’t rise; not for lack of trying but for lack of a conducive environment.

Talking about it won’t help, no! We’ve done that for years and little’s changed Crying about it? That won’t help either.

But how many are willing to sacrifice, the comforts and joys; the ease of life in diaspora;

not necessarily geographical in nature, but relating to wide chasms between the circumstances surrounding our existence(s), entrenched by persistent disparities in access to opportunities.

Back in the days, some of our fore fathers and mothers sacrificed their lives, most of them literally, to stand up for what they believed in, they refused to back down and settle for a life less than what they deserved.

Today we compromise… we’ll take the flack people give us for leeching off of their safe and economically prosperous countries

Heck we’ll even join the jokes about our motherland and its inhabitants, as long as it keeps us in with this new land and the welcoming embrace of diaspora

Maybe they ripped up the papers that said they own us when they abolished slavery….

Maybe they even opened the rat holes and let us scurry out to apparent freedom and equality

Maybe they packed their bags and left our lands

But what’s there to be said for the fact that we packed our bags too and followed them…

Slavery in the physical morphed into the mental….

……break the shackles on your skull, I dare you.

True prosperity will never come in another man’s land because no matter how much you amass and collate and acquire and accumulate, you will never be one of them!

They will always look at you as different; treat you differently; expect that you lead a life incomprehensible to them

As long as you are over there and all that you do benefits no one but you…

….Nothing you do is for the advancement of a people larger than yourself, your own race?

Your achievements are but dust…at least from where I’m standing….if you can’t look beyond yourself and see a continent, a nation, a city, a neighborhood, a family, just one person that needs your help!

Excerpts: #arewetheturningpointgeneration by Chude Jideonwo

"a nation where role models are few and far between, and where lines of principle and integrity are blurred in a mad dash away from poverty, or towards more money. Yes, it is understandable, but it is still not productive."

The situation at lunch yesterday!photocred @dupsy_babe #latepost #lowermain #obzcafe #instastyle

The situation at lunch yesterday!photocred @dupsy_babe #latepost #lowermain #obzcafe #instastyle

Be Your Man by Dipo

<3

Iyawo Mi by Timi Dakolo

I love this song so much! Just old school enough to get me! And his voice! 

kemetic-dreams:

nowyoukno:

Now You Know more Black History Facts. (Source)

Afrakan history

nigerianostalgia:

Elderly women in Ijebu Igbo dancing. 1979Vintage Nigeria

nigerianostalgia:

Elderly women in Ijebu Igbo dancing. 1979
Vintage Nigeria

cityafrica:

Lagos, Nigeria

cityafrica:

Lagos, Nigeria

“i will return home to five graves
with a foreign accent
i will kneel and greet each of them
waiting for them to bless me
i will return home to five graves
sitting where i was once
just a little girl
i will imagine her dancing to welcome me
offering me roasted yam and peppered palm oil
i will remember their smiles
she will remember me
even with my foreign accent
she will still speak Igbo
but
i will return home to five graves
to ancestors who held me as a baby
telling me who i was once in my former life
but
i will return home to five graves
with a foreign accent
where Obianuju means
she came in abundance
i will return home
as half eaten love poems
never a foreigner
always the daughter of her people.”

Ijeoma Umebinyuo (via theijeoma)

Black is Beautiful! by Flavour Nabania

I have some new found respect for Flavour and his music after this song! Not all the time Nigerian artists must sing about shaking butts and all that!

When the lighting is perfect and the outfit is on point you can&#8217;t but strike a pose #throwbackonasunday #instastyle #teamhappiness #

When the lighting is perfect and the outfit is on point you can’t but strike a pose #throwbackonasunday #instastyle #teamhappiness #