Haitians dance under a sacred ceibo tree called Lisa as they participate in a voodoo ritual on the third day of the annual week-long gathering in the Souvenance community April 1, 2013. Hundreds of Haitians participate in the ceremonies which begin the Saturday before Easter in Souvenance, where descendants of the people of Dahomey, a former kingdom in what is now present-day Benin, show their devotion to their ancestors and various lwa, or spirits, This third day of ceremonies represent their journey back to Africa. Picture taken April 1, 2013. REUTERS/Marie Arago (HAITI - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION) - RTXY9TX

NTOABOMA — Maybe the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) should invite Haiti to join our community. But that is another story for another day. For now, Haiti, must never mind the African Union. It is now defunct. Abysmally defunct.

The Spirit of Haiti can never be broken. Her Africanness can never be wiped away. Her steadfast love for the mother continent, Africa, can never be shackled in chains. Africa’s love for Haiti cannot be captured in prose alone. It is unwavering. It is resolute because Haiti is the Shining City on the Hill for all African peoples and in fact, for all free peoples.

Haiti, and the souls of our ancestors that guide and guard her, is larger and more powerful than the collection of what has become of Kwame Nkrumah’s Dream – a collection of CIA troglodytes that run what is now a defunct organization, the African Union.

Before I relate the state of affairs in the African Union, I must do the honor to Haiti, a country, most loved in Africa and by Africans all around the globe.

In 1791, it was the free men and women of Africa, brought to Haiti through no fault of their own who would revolt, who would establish the first successful slave revolt in history. And in 1804 after defeating the so-called mighty armies of Napoleon, Haiti founded the world’s first true Republic. This was nearly a century before Dahomey and Asante – complicit in the slave trade – would finally fall under French Terrorist influence as well.

It was not Kwame Nkrumah who turned the tide against colonialism and slavery. It was certainly not the Abolitionists of the 1830s. It was not William Lloyd Garrison, or John Brown. Nor was it Frederick Bailey Douglass. It was not Sojourner Truth, not Harriet Tubman. No, it was not Garrett Smith and the many more who came after them. It was Haiti – the indomitable spirit of a nation of African people called to denounce, to defeat and to trample underfoot the barbarism of European terrorists in Africa and the Caribbean.

But the African Union, as it is constituted today, finds reason enough – stooped only in ignorance, stupidity, cowardice and utter primitivism – to denounce the birthright of Haiti as an African nation, especially after what seemed to be a rigmarole procedure.

Since Kwame Nkrumah envisioned it, the Union has never taken off. It has never been realized. The struggle inevitable continues – both for Africans and for Africans in the diaspora. The struggle for the total emancipation of the continent amazingly continues some fifty-three years hence.

So, Haiti, never mind this collection of thieves, bastards, sycophants, percksniffians, Tartuffes who cloak up in sheep skin and steal into the night as Africans. They are not. But, you Haiti, you are. Haiti is more an African nation than South Africa. Haiti is more an African nation than Ghana. Haiti is more an African nation than Nigeria. There is a legitimate argument there. Yet Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia are part of the African Union. And Haiti is not? And Jamaica is not? And Guyana is not?

These are the fatuous facts. So Haiti, don’t bother, these people at the African Union are agents of devils. They can’t even erect their own headquarters without the help of China. Ghana cannot build a feeder road without selling off her gold mines to multinationals. Nigeria cannot defeat Boko Haram without American advice. These are the oppressors we daily live under. They want nothing else but to see Africa recolonized.

Hence, like you, like us, we have lost every iota of hope in that Union. You, like us, pour libation every day that Mawu-Sogboliza reign terror on these harebrained boulevardiers.

For how exactly does the symbolism of Haiti’s application to join the African Union escape the leaders and administrators of the continent? Perhaps, for the same reason that Africa’s resources continue to escape the awareness of the elite for four centuries and counting. How this collection of heads of state at the African Union failed to recognize the sheer imagery of reconciliation and of renaissance that Haiti’s wish to join the African Union clearly imbues beats anyone. Haiti didn’t have to ask the African Union.

So, here it is. For more than four hundred years, we have been beaten, raped, enslaved, arrested, killed, and dragged with impunity into the marshes to work for people far inferior and far inhumane. African peoples have suffered, endured and coped with the worst that a world stooped only in barbarism has thrown at them.

Yet, it was Haiti, a small nation of Africans, forced against their will to a distant land, who refused and stood up to their oppressors. They said, “We cannot be slaves or we die. We will not be slaves or we die.” Haiti showed the way to real freedom, Haiti taught all disenfranchised peoples that freedom comes at a price. That we must be willing to pay that price, oftentimes, in blood.

The fact that the Africa Union refused to accept Haiti into the African community is itself testament to a wider belief across the continent of a Union usurped by European and American powers to continue in their duping and looting of the continent.

For this reason, and several others, this Union has no basis to deny Haiti her Africanness. This rag-thug collection of CIA agents at the African Union cannot deny the link between Haiti and Africa, her soul and our souls, her suffering and our suffering, her trials and our tribulations, her peace and war and our liberty and troubles. The African Union has never been and will never be a real collection of African peoples until it has embraced Haiti, and in that fashion, much of the African diaspora into a collective and diverse African community.

Or, to hell with the Union. We have no need for it.

To the ordinary African who walks the roads of Accra, the streets of Lomé, the highways of Timbuktu and the boulevards of Abomey, one thing remains true, that we have been denied our birthright too, to form a community with our own, to commune with those we choose to converse, to deliberate with whom we choose to consider, and to charter our own future with whom we choose. This is the blow to the conscience, spirit and beliefs of African peoples all over the world.

The fact that African leaders at the Union can unilaterally make such a decision without any respect for the wishes of Africans, without admiration for our history, Haiti’s history, Africa’s history, and without honor, without reverence for our ancestors and where we have come from speaks to one fact alone, that we, as a people, have every right to paint them for who they really are.

The African Union is a rag-thug collection of sorry, pathetic and obdurate sellouts. They deserve nothing but to be arrested, collected, hung, killed, paled, decapitated and paraded through the streets of Kumasi, through the streets of Lagos, through the streets of Nairobi as a reminder of what should happen to anyone who represents powers other than that which is African on this continent.

To hell with the African Union. It has no place in Africa.

Because, since its inception, it has only failed at every step. Since its inception it has only looked like an old dilapidated man without vision, without a heart and without a head. It belongs, and rightly so, to the grave. To hell with the African Union.

So, don’t bother Haiti, the right time will come. But, for now the fight for freedom continues.

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  1. Excellently well written, Amenuti Narmer, from deep down the heartdepths of all the past, present and future Soulchildren of our dearest Mother Afrika! Amandla Haiti! Uhurubuntushindi!

  2. Obviously Narmer Amenuti is pissed. Get out of the way! Please. This is an enjoyable read nonetheless. I fathom the African Union would care less. But, we make them care less. Maybe this is the beginning of a restructuring needed to make sure that if an African Union were to exist at all, it serves the interests of the people it puts under one umbrella – Africans and Africans in the diaspora.

  3. Yea and the very reason is, it will stretch thin the development assistance they get from western donors @ Kwadwo Nyamba. And as usual, the delusional buffoons are stuck in their cages in Adis Ababa waiting for bananas to be thrown at them. Such a nonsense….

  4. AU!!! What is that? Is it the name of a team in the Somalian soccer league? That organization is dysfunctional like Somalia. Any organization that appoints Nkosazana Zuma as its chairperson cannot be useful. Guys, blackness is not equal to African. We have to cross that myth and limitation. Nkosazana is black but non-African. The AU is black but non-African. It is a complete waste of time.

  5. That was factual, compassionate, spiritual, and necessary. Teach the children, we are in the west, but not from the west. When will we learn as a people, when?
    We must work hard on our relationship with each other. There is and always has been an abundance of knowledge shared amongst us, (Bob Marley, Malcolm X, Garvey, Francis Cress-Welsing, John Henrik Clarke, W.E.B DuBois, and countless others, Diop, the list goes on and on) time to truly use it. Each one teach one and in that teaching and sharing show patience and compassion. Only we can solve our problems, which for the most part is white people generally speaking. As well as non-white people who have adopted the Eurocentric perspective. We need to stop trying to fit in the European scheme of things, it is built on negativity, lies, theft, destruction. It is time to build correctly, compassionately, truthfully, and spiritually. Malcolm X said, Blackness is a state of mind, not your skin color. After all look at Clarence Thomas and many of the so-called Black Republicans, conservatives, conserving what? The old status quo??


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