The battle lines were once clear: European Have-Everything on one side and African Have-Nothing on the other. Now, in an economic system that depends on over-exploitation of the African Have-Nots, skin colour does not matter. And the middle class is unconscious.
In political, academic and other analyses of Africa, the North is often either removed from the continent or treated as fundamentally different from “black” aka “real” Africa. The separation is not only false, but also damaging to African identity and unity.
Why are we still putting chemicals in our hair? It’s 2014, black people have supposedly shaken off the chains of mental slavery, yet when it comes to black women’s hair we have division. Reaction in Nigeria to my natural hair: ‘Is this your hair? Chineke!’
There are few religions as globally misunderstood as African traditional religions. Whether it is being wrongly labelled voodoo, juju or witchcraft, indigenous African faith systems tend to be associated with darkness, animal and human sacrifices, violence and general backwardness
Despite African and African-inspired attire being all the rage and trending internationally, Africans in America can still be refused entry to nightclubs because of their attire. “Isn’t African dress equal in all respects to European dress?,” asks one writer.