We reported earlier that Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao was given a pink letter by the African Union (AU) on October 6th, 2019. The African diaspora, particularly those in the United States are still asking why, and are prepared more than ever to force transparency, and hold AU accountable for any wrong doing that relates to her without-warning dismissal.

But pink or white letter, this woman stands like a rock, continuing to do what she does: speaking to all Mother Africa children about their need to rise up in developing, protecting and claiming their Motherland. Watch her most recent speech delivered in Harlem yesterday at a Black/Pan African movement event. Whatever you espouses – be it the love for the origin of all humans on earth, economic and racial justice or both, this Chihombori-Quao’s speech would bring chills. Watch:

At the event last night, Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao hardly mention France, and only quickly touched upon what is called The Pact for the Continuation of Colonization. She spoke heavily, however, on the need for a new consciousness.

The waiting crowd, who had already been roused by the news of her termination from office, and by the presence of Paul Sankara, the brother of that larger-than-life African hero, Thomas Sankara, who was assassinated in Burkina Faso on October 15th 1987, hoped that Chihombori-Quao would take them to some nitty-gritty details of how, who, and what around the drama that led to AU taking her job, but she didn’t go there.

Talk is cheap. Someone from the audience is more on the action. His hand went up at the very opportunity to ask question. “So, when do we start? I’m ready, ” said the man.

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His readiness is more on raising fund towards African development initiative preached by Chihombori-Quao, but the truth is, Africa needs more than this. Pool money together and raise billions of dollars all year long, unless the Africans; its 226 million youths, -backed by the black diaspora and African sympathizers worldwide- move to tell France to pack up from the 14 African nations it still currently colonizes, most of the fund raised could ultimately circulate to France treasury.

According to Dr. Y, listed below are the terms and conditions of France on 14 African nations since about 6 decades including the remittance of over $500 billion every year by these nations to France. These terms should be as ridiculous as it is to typical African youths, and as odious as it could be to the French youths.

For a French young man or woman- who grew up socialized to believe that he/she is “superior” to other race – to face that stark reality that these Africans, all along, have been the ones carrying France is a bitter pill to swallow. More so, accepting such burden of guilt could be highly depressive. That his/her family’s wealth, access to jobs, State welfare, and quality of life in France – all are antecedents of none in Chad.

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The thought of his or her parents and/or grand parents’ decisions- that the young child who goes to bed hungry most nights in Mali, that girl who was raped and abused in Gabon due to poverty, and many in Burkina Faso who couldn’t get basic elementary education – should suddenly prompt their questioning of ‘superiority’ as it’s being lopsidedly defined.

Terms and Conditions Contained in the Pact for the Continuation of Colonization

  • “Colonial Debt for the benefits of France colonization
  • Automatic confiscation of national reserves
  • Right of first refusal on any raw or natural resource discovered in the country
  • Priority to French interests and companies in public procurement and public bidding
  • Exclusive right to supply military equipment and Train the country military officers
  • Right for France to pre-deploy troops and intervene military in the country to defend its interests
  • Obligation to make French the official language of the country and the language for education
  • Obligation to send France annual balance and reserve report
  • Obligation to use France colonial money FCFA
  • Renunciation to enter into military alliance with any other country unless authorized by France
  • Obligation to ally with France in situation of war or global crisis” (Dr. Y. Afrolegends.com)

14 African Nations Currently Colonized by France:

  • Benin
  • Burkina Faso Guinea-Bissau
  • Ivory Coast
  • Mali
  • Niger
  • Senegal
  • Togo
  • Cameroon Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Congo-Brazzaville
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Gabon.

Historically, pooling funds together doesn’t win a thing without taking other initial strategic steps. Africans’ language is divided, their money doesn’t look the same, and worse, they are divided culturally within the continent and across the Diaspora. Africans’ thinking, which had been colonized for years, now faces the looming threat of assassination.

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There are good reasons to believe that it isn't a matter of if, but of when, the 14 African nations that are still paying colonization dues will claim full and complete independence from France someday. Click To Tweet

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