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Why Didn't Obama Apologise To Africa?

Obama apologised to Europe during his trip to France in April 2009. He sounded apologetic to the Muslim world in his speech in Cairo, Egypt. But during his trip to Ghana he stated that Africa should take responsibility for their multifarious problems.

Obama did not have the courage to admit and take full responsibility for the role of America in the ruination of the continent.

http://elombah.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1127:obama-should-apologise-to-africa&catid=25:politics&Itemid=37

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^^^^

i think u lost me there

all me sayin is let put that energy into buildin our dear naija

after all done remarkably with moderate power supply etc

then we shall finally come hard on the west

if they refuses, the same way the taken charles taylor to hague, we will take their white Bottom there as well

simple logic, the world is spinnin, we cant afford not to spin along

we are laggin meters per sec behind ooo

and u know it

tell me when was the last time a woman die through giving birth in the west but shiit like this has claimed unecessary lives sister

commmmmmme  on

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exactly. Developing Africa and WEST apologising for their EVIL are not mutual exclusive.

Justice delay, is justice denied!

they did not wait for Sierra Leone to develop before same WEST hurdled Taylor to Haque!

They did not wait for JEWS to develop before SAME west seek justice from Nazi Germany.

Why must african wait until it is developed to seek Justice or get acknowledgment that it was wronged?

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Thank you Ikeymann00

that is to me, "setting right our priorities".

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as we are speakin

the last man standin on execution of the jews is being extradite from US to germany to face prosecution

so how many has been done so for slavery

well like i always say, lets develop naija first

then after we shall face the west

simple

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You are mixing up.

Apology is to recognise the wrong done, take responsiblity for it. It has about justice.

It is different from developmental progress of people or nation.

why did JEW seeks apology from Germany even though they have made developmental progress?

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That Falana says a thing does not make it right.

He is a learned fellow as they say.

But that does not make his words final.

That is still his opinion, you know.

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I want to say a big Thanks to YUNO and OYB MEND.

for Edoji and Back2back, i don,t know where the apology lies.

I can,t even apologise to them for my post.

I think the only way forward to africa's development is that apology.

Immediately that is done, afriac will become the greatest in the world.

I will want Obama to Leave that for their next President so that africa can wait longer.

That to me means, Africa will remain a fool almost a century after slave trade abolition untill Obama apologise.

Let us stop fooling ourselves.

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Lawyer and human rights activist, Femi Falana, has berated President Barack Obama over his speech in Ghana, saying it was a huge embarrassment to the African continent and black people.

Fielding questions from newsmen yesterday at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, Falana said Obama was wrong when he said Africans should stop blaming the colonialists for slave trade and subsequent under-development that followed.

.“I watched the Obama stop over in Ghana, sentiments apart; I think it was an embarrassment for Africa that Obama only made a stop in Africa. And even at that, it was a ‘yabbis session.’ And that was not what Africans were expecting from the first black President of United States of America . He talked down on Africans. He also said, ‘you cannot blame the under-development on Africa ; you cannot just dismiss it on the basis of corruption of its leaders.’

“And I reject, in its entirety, the statement credited to Obama that we should no longer blame colonialists for slave trade. Why shouldn’t we? Incidentally, he visited the Cape Coast where you have the slave camp. And Obama almost had nothing to say there.”

Recalling the slave trade, Falana said Europeans traded on Africans for 500 years and wondered who would pay reparation for the exploitation of the continent over these years.

“For 500 years , Africans were illegally seized, they were kidnapped, through terrorist action of the Western countries and shipped to Europe and America to build those countries.

“Who is going to pay reparation for them? I thought Obama was going to talk about reparation. The Italian government has agreed to pay N5billion reparation to Libya for colonialism for 40 years. So who is going to pay us colonialism of 100 years?

“Who is going to pay Ghana And then you come around and say your problem is your problem, that is unfair. You got to solve your own problem. America must be part of the solution to our problem, because they created part of it, ” he said.

[b]Also reacting to part of Obama’s statement where he attributed the decay in the African continent to sit-tight African leaders, Falana also said: “President Obama was in Egypt recently. Is Egypt a democratic country? President Mubarak has been in power since 1981, he was recently in Saudi Arabia , did they hold elections there? So you can’t use lack of democracy or free reign of corruption in Africa to excuse the connivance of the United States government or Western European countries, the connivance of these countries is the destruction of the economy of Africa .”[/b]He also said fighting corruption has to be holistic and not partitioned, as it is currently being done in Nigeria.

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The veracity of the above should be clear to whoever takes the time to read the entire article.

Obama was clearly apologising to Europe when he said, "there have been times where America has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive,  "

He was also apologising to the Muslims when he said "More recently, tension has been fed by colonialism that denied rights and opportunities to many Muslims, and a Cold War in which Muslim—majority countries were too often treated as proxies without regard to their own aspirations, I've come here to Cairo to seek a new beginning"

In Ghana, Obama while saying that "Africa's future is up to Africans,  the world will be what you make of it." should also have admitted that US's own economic interests in Africa have frequently overruled the democratic, good governance agenda which he spelled out on Saturday.

He should have mentioned, for example America's $31bn in subsidies for US farmers which squeeze some African farmers out of the market, and at least admitted the US role in supporting dictators during the Cold War, an apology many Africans would like to hear.

And like he implied to the Muslims and the Europeans, accepting this responsiblity means he is ready to right the wrongs America caused through specific measures.

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Lol

You dey mind Africa? Na so so wetin OTHERS go do for us we go dey look for. Yar adua don go G20, go dey DEMAND say make THEM come do for us. Obama come africa WE don dey DEMAND say make im apologize for us. At the end of the day, we still dey eat poo while the rest of the world we we dey WAIT for dey speed pass us with no look back!!

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Africans deserve apology from their leaders not from the west!!! The west has done nothing wrong least not compared to the untold poverty its leaders has brought to them. Remember how the british left us, with a stronger currency, electricity, good roads. Those are the same infastructure we still have still date that the population has out grown. What did our leaders do with the billions we got from the sale of our natural resources.

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And talking about appologies

I think folks still take what Obama says on surface value.

What Obama does is state the obvious which often is already in the public domain. Its more of a 21st century approach to dealing with issues than an appology. It creates a feel good mentality which creates the impression that the current President is being extra-ordinarily honest when structural he has not acted so dramatically different from his predecessors.

Example.

The issue of torture:  he released CIA memos stating their were policies for waterboarding and folks started jumping transparency. But the issue is that these memos had already been declassified as his administration had determined that it was no longer Government policy. And the policy now had become public knowledge anyway.

But when it came to releasing the same videos which showed terror suspects were actually tortured. He refused.

In Iran he addresses the Nation as the Islamic Republic of Iran, invites its diplomats to come share hotdog at US embassies on arround the world on July 4 (before it was rescinded). While structurally his Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner is busy trying to get more economic sanctions against Iran, he Obama is lobbying Russia seriously in other to have Russia and US on the same page against Iran in the event that he may want to use the UN Security council against Iran.

If anybody want to refuse to look at these real issues and prefer to feel good that Obama acknoledged the 1959 overthrow of Musadek and the role of the CIA thats up to them.

But to call the restatement of a public fact an appology is political naivette in my view.

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What you dont seem to get is that America got Independence from the British just like Nigeria did.

So why is America appoligising for colonialism? Go read a bit of History.

If its Slavery you are talking about about Africans in Africa are as Guilty as the European Slave Owners. (Only decendants of slaves deserve an appology).

If its the failure of Africa, our leaders are more guilty compared to the west because its the responsibility of every Nation to protect her people from exploitation, if a country chooses not to do that I doubt its makes sense to blame those who pounce on the opportunity.

As we speak majority of Africans are funding European Universities through paying high fees while our educational system is in ruins. WHO WILL APPOLOGISE FOR THAT?

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the bit in bold is absolutely correct.

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quote: back2back

Young lady please read a history book. The transatlantic slave trade was only possible on the scale it was because African kingdoms participated and made profit from the sale of other Africans. European whites didnt have the ability to access the interior of tropical west africa on their own during the times when the slave trade was at its strongest (18th century) and it was only by using slaves supplied from Africans or by using African scouts that Europeans were able to get hold of millions of black people to ship into slavery.

If anyone deserves an apology for that it is African Americans, Carribeans and Latin Americans not the descendants of the people who sold their ancestors into slavery.

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apology here, apology there, apology everywhere. . . it does take away the fact that when fertilizer is made available to our farmers for free, some assumes the role of lord and decides to hoard it instead, leading to low quality yield. yet we want apology from someone who subsidized his own farmers to help to make their produce competitive.

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right now the political  looters are standin on the way

and the only bell ringin in their ear na MENd

not nl for sure

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yeah, like the JEWS blame themselves for been killed and not blame Hitler?

if a wrong is commited, the first point is to seek apologies for the wrong.

so why punish armed robbers; you should blame the people that was robbed

why did US go after Bin-laden, they should blame themselves for 9-11.

why have law-court, just blame the victim for being victim!!!

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You are the one missing the point. You are the equivalent of David Mark(senate President) who said Nigerians have nothing to apologise for in respect of 419 yahozee people and blaming it on greedy foreigners.

We should take out foreigners out of the equation and sort out our fraud minded youths and leaders which was the only leesson taught by those leaders to the youth.(even though David mark may have a point)

Whatever the ills of foreigners, let us fix our own home. OBAMA was able to apologise to those other ountries because they are making progress despite US policies etc in those countries. Holocust was not caused by the Americans.

OUR OWN PROBLEM IS HOME MADE. CORRUPTION BY OUR 'LEADERS'. Why should OBAMA apologise for vote rigging by PDP in Nigeria. or OBJ and

YAR A'CLUELESS misrule? my friend, you don't get it.

If OBAMA had apologised, he would have diluted the message

AFRICAN LEADERS need to hear, and you sound like one who wishes the message be diluted for whatever reason.

STOP FINDING AN EXCUSE AND LET US CALL THIEVES OUT FOR WHAT THEY ARE. EVEN THEY THE LEADERS CANNOT COMPLAIN BECAUSE THEY KNEW IT IS THE TRUTH

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My detractors on this trade entirely misses the point. They fails to appreciate that one set of truth does not render another set of truth irrellevant.

That President Obama spoke some home truths to African leaders does not belie the fact that he failed to admit the dubious role America has played that contributed to the ills of the African continent.

Even a white British, Richard Dowden in his article 'Fine words, but will Africa Listen' (here http://www.elombah.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1134:fine-words-but-will-africa-listen-richard-dowden&catid=36:omoba&Itemid=59) said

"There are, on reflection, things that Obama might also have mentioned, for example America's $31bn in subsidies for US farmers which squeeze some African farmers out of the market. And Obama, always careful to say he is American but of African parentage, leapt from colonial times to the present without mention of the US role in supporting dictators during the Cold War, an apology many Africans would like to hear".

He added:

"Obama made no mention of the US's own economic interests in Africa which have frequently overruled the democratic, good governance agenda which he spelled out on Saturday".

I have written other articles that was prescient on Obama's speech last Saturday approvingly here(http://www.elombah.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=517:barack-obama-and-the-corruption-of-african-leaders&catid=25:politics&Itemid=37)

But that does not belie the truthfullness of what I said above.

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When a man falls, and looked back to see what caused his fall

He is probably close to knowing the way forward.

But when he fell and accuse someone else, he will not even bother

to know the obstacle that caused his blatant fall.

The more you accuse others, the less you see the way forward.

The game is a game of "Taking Responsibilty for your life"

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@ Edoji and Back2back,

No one ruin Africa.

Africa ruins herself.

The earlier we take responsibility for our problems

we will only be going farther away from solutions.

If as a young child, i was brutalized by my step mother.

If i became the house boy she uses in keeping her Children.

If in 30years later i am nothing, should i be waiting for apology from her b4

i now start becoming something worthwhile after 40 years of age?

Think it is foolish. If we dont sit at the driving seat of our life by taking a +ve step.

We will suffer for our foolishness when it may be too late.

Obama owe africa nothing. The West does not who us any apology.

We need to only be proactive against many impostors who paraded themselves leaders

draining out the destinies of the black race.

Africa, Arise.

Blame yourself and not others.

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discussion is about american slavery of africans.

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Africa only needs apoligies from the bastard African politicians who have Molested her and left her people in misery, not from an American who is not to blame for the continents suffering,

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the poster is not talking about Nigeria Govt. stay on the issue.

the post was clear:

Obama did not have the courage to admit and take full responsibility for the role of America in the ruination of the continent.

apology means you accept resposiblity and ready to right the wrong you caused whoever you apologise to.

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Just to make the poster a little bit more silly.

OBAMA in his speech said that colonialism is wrong as much as holocust  (he made that comparism to his visit to Bucenwad-in Germany).

So what should he apologies for and what would the apology do for you. It was your forefathers who were selling their own people into slavery in the first place, and those slaves are being treated as second hand citizens.

But the same America has the decency without name recognition or godfatherism elect OBAMA as the first African American president based on his ability.

Your own people(GOVERNMENT) kept you down, Molested you and your resources, throw silly parties all over the place. store your monies in foreign account. Did not use your monies to provide any infrastuctures for you, and you did not ask them for apologies.

DAFTNESS IS ONE THING BEING VERY silly IS ANOTHER MATTER.

 A COMBINATION OF BOTH IS DANGEROUS.

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apologize for the idiots you people allow to rule and loot you. he should also be made to apologise for being black.

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I don't think we Africa needs an apology from Obama or anyone what is our main problem is the feeling of inferiority to the 'whites' whenever we can stop feeling that way we will definiety be at our rightful place - On Top!.

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@ poster,

I'm sorry to front you on this topic o but

If na apology time me day,

Why don't we first ask Ibori to apologize for embezzling $400 million in public funds?

Or Alams to apologize for his siphoning of public funds? How about Odili??

My guy,  Let us know our priorities o.

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Apology for what??

Will the apology eradicate poverty or hunger?

Apologies don't promote good governance. Infact they're useless to the average nigerian!

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@Poster,

We blame everything BUT ourselves for our problems, I won't be surprised if you end up blaming Obama and America for your brother's umemployment.

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This is what I keep saying about Nigerians

You want an appology to the wrongs done to Africans centuries ago when you are busy hoping for the piping out of the Niger-Deltans over their struggle for resource control.

One value for world issues, a totally different one for Nigerian issues.

That is your hope for a group of folks questioning how oil is drilled in their backyard while they live in abject poverty.

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Why is much expected of Obama? He is playing his cards the way he sees fit. He speech to africa was part of the bigger plan, just like the one to Europe and the Muslim world. He owes no one any apology.

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you are missed the point.

It was evil and wrong to enslave africans in that massive ways.

It was a trade that was supported by the WEST and their church for wealth creation!

It was this slave machinery that kicked started the economy.

African deserves apologies for those wrongs: It is to acknowledge the evil and not try to hide or sweep it under the carpet.

But I guess with people like you, it is clear why no progress.

Even JEWS received apologies for the evil of german people to them.

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Go and ask all those money hungry Nigerian Politicians to apologize.Stop looking for apologies in the wrong places.

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Keep waiting for his apologies.

The message he delivered is more important to us than apologies

. . . . "Take full responsibilty of your future. No more excuses"

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