18 Feb An African [A Nigerian] Apologises to Black descendants of Slaves for Her Community’s Role in Slavery. Are Her Apologies in Order?
Black panther movie has unleashed a host of emotions, ideologies and principles over the past week. Lots of conversation have happened amongst very diverse groups of people. One of the really new, and exciting conversations is between African and African-Americans, two groups which have so much in common but have very little agency in navigating the dialogues that have reared themselves up in bits of opportunities of the past centuries.
In the midst of the back and forth between Africans and African-Americans about political dynamics in Wakanda, especially around the conditions under which Mr Killmonger, a character who was set up as a Villain but who has also gained notoriety as a hero for some fans, because they felt he expressed some of the angst and frustration that audience members resonated with:
“How do you think your ancestors got these? Do you think they paid a fair price? Or did they take it, like they took everything else?”―Erik Killmonger
“I want the throne. You are all sitting up here comfortable. Must feel good. There’s about two billion people around the world who look like us and their lives are a lot harder. Wakanda has the tools to liberate them all.”
Killmonger’s voice has resonated with most, and has won him even more support, with his quotes and one-liners turned to memes and rap sheets.
Killmonger’s voice didn’t only echo with a lot of people but also created a means for others to be able to express themselves, to let out sentiments they feel they carried for a while, and to also ask genuine questions, some of which received responses on friendly chat boards.
In the midst of difficult questions and sometimes very tough conversations invoked by Black Panther, is a sincere apology worth sharing.
An Apology to descendants of Slaves – All I have to say is this:
On behalf of my people who sold their own for money, I’m sorry. I grew up ignoring much of black history because I swore it didn’t pertain to me. Until the day came that my father taught me how my own tribe, thick in the advancements of trade and business development, was one of the largest and successful spots for slavers….
I found this post has expanded beyond my immediate Facebook reach and some of you have questions about my origin. I am Nigerian (Nigeria is in West Africa) and specifically speaking on behalf of the Aro people of Arochukwu, an Igbo town historically involved in the selling of other west Africans to slave traders during the Atlantic slave trade eras.