By Olu Omosule
In the match between the United States versus Wales yesterday, Tim Weah, the son of George Opong Weah, the President of Liberia scored for the United States. I guess by that singular incident, he made record as the 1st son of an African President that has played for a foreign nation in a world cup match.
From my perspective, there is however a deeper angle to this unprecedented historical moment & event….should Africa take pride in the son of a sitting president representing a foreign western country, albeit the United States in a World Cup tournament; is there nothing wrong?
The World Cup is an event to showcase the very best of a people. The incidence of our best representing the west simply testifies to the squalor of Africa: it symbolizes the hopelessness in our future; our resignation to fate of nothingness; of no future ambition. Tim Weah the son of the President of Liberia playing for the United States simply epitomizes the abandonment of Liberia to rot in squalor, hopelessness and stagnation by their President; he is bereft of pride in Liberia and sees no rosy future for his nation. The 1st son of an African symbolises the man, his ancestors, his tribe and his nation; he can travel, but must return to inherit and possess the obi, igiogbe, square, idimu of his fathers……it is a deep spiritual connection; but the 1st son of Liberia is an indigene of the United States of America…..he renounced his nation, his heritage, his culture, his people and pride and directed by his father the King!
If we think that some things are not important, just remember that the late Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth had to renounce his Greek heritage and citizenship to marry Queen Elizabeth; the British insisted on that…the black man is the last in the comity of races because we don’t respect who we are.
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It is saddening that almost all the Presidents’ children are citizens of western countries and are now indigenous to Africa by names only. If the children of our “kings” are no longer indigenes of Africa, how do you expect not to be discriminated against by the whites, Asians and even Arabs! When our leaders have abandoned the continent to its backwater rustiness……where is the hope for tomorrow? Why should we be respected?
The Atikus are Americans and Emiratis (Dubai); the Tinubus are citizens of the United States and Britain, just like the Obis….we shall be seeing Atikus, Tinubus and others representing their indigenous nations soon in world events.
I know it is their right to be whoever, but their fathers should not be allowed to rule us; something not just right about it.
How did the office of the President of the Republic of Liberia feel when Tim Weah scored for the United States yesterday?
The black man lacks pride, confidence and the ability of deep cognitive analysis about events, hence we are where we are…we only live for the now…joyous, boisterous and wasteful.
Racism is not ending soon and we are the cause & enablers of it.
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