Who Is Africa’s Metha: The More Educated Than His Ancestors?

Many times the question has been asked, “Who is the Metha to whom you refer?” Is he, for instance, an animal, as in a new breed of dog, or is he a type of lizard that is autochthonous to Africa, or is he a newer version of an imported radio cassette-player never before fathomed by earthly angels?  

All along, I thought that I had adequately defined the Metha, this new breed of African intellectual yet idiot, who now parades the corridors of Africa’s high political and public office, but I am stupefied that all along I was mistaken. Here I was, under the impression that I had thoroughly discussed the true meaning in the expression of the Metha, but here I was swinging terribly in all the wrong directions.

Consequently, after receiving several requests about the exact definition of the acronym the Metha, which does not seem to be fully comprehensible in the spelled-out version of the words from which the abbreviation arose, I felt the need to address the problem of definition in a clear and concise manner. This way, no confusion remains about the character and essence of the Metha, which is the newer breed of the European Colonial Clerk, and who is now gallivanting the vast terrains of Africa in the name of independence, nation-building and national sovereignty.

It is all theater. The Metha is the direct product of a new program—not unlike the former colonial clerk—who was unveiled to man the affairs of Africa after the end of the Second European Tribal War, in order to assuage the curiosity of the inhabitants of Colonial Africa about war-making and war-mongering; accordingly Africans were granted the virtual reality of freedom from their European Terrorists, who had terrorized Africa for well over three hundred years. Africans received the Independent States of Colonial Africa (TISOCA) to end the African Resistance against three hundred years of European Terrorism.

It is here that the Metha was born, and he thrives here in TISOCA like a snake of monstrous appetites. He is like a space-shifting lizard that straddles two diametrically opposite worlds. On one hand, the Metha is born of the African Village and he understands the African Village to the extent that he is able to offer his European Masters the reconnaissance they need to exploit it. And then on the other hand, he gives up his Mother, the African Village, in return for a Colonial European Missionary Education.

In other words, the Metha gives up pouring libation, and he gives up dining with his bare hands, from out of the same bowl as his family, and in return for this sacrifice he kneels at the footstool of the European Table of Terrorists, with his hands out-stretched to collect the scraps from under the table where shiny forks and knives made from actual silver are used to dice-up and chop-up African loot and African bodies, to bits, without a single word of genocide ever uttered.

The Metha, by this sacrifice, by all means becomes a product of the Colonial Missionary Educational System setup by European Terrorist Nations to train Colonial Clerks to administer the looting of African Resources and the Metha is the foot soldier who supplies the information necessary for the monstrous genocides unleashed by European nations on African soil. The Metha is the product that combines the appearance of African-ness with the sword of the blood-thirsty Euro-American Empire. The Metha is, like the Helen of Sparta or Helen of Troy in Greek mythology—take your pick, no matter—the indefatigable Trojan Horse of Africa!

Yes, the Metha is the Helen of Europe, imported of sorts into Africa, under the happy jubilation of his unsuspecting African-sibling victims; consequently he is the Helen of Africa. A Trojan Horse. He, sure, is shiny and he slithers at the seams. He glitters, yet he is not gold. His beauty a passing fad—not even adequate for an ephemeral object. He is full of ideas yet without bite. Still, the Metha is adequately more qualified than the rest, on the European books, to become president, minister of state, judge, etc., but he has no interest in public office. He has no interest in serving the African Village from which he has inherited his African body. His sole interest it to serve as Colonial Clerk for his European Terrorist Masters.

In the twenty-first century, the Metha has received an unmistakable, Colonial, European, Missionary, Liberal Education, and he has been so trained from his youth that his African body is now the ready servant of his European terrorist volition, and he does with ease and pleasure all the work of terrorism that, as a mechanism, he is capable of; his intellect is a clear, cold logic machine programed to accomplish only one task—to destroy the Africa Village and build-up what remains in the image of the European terrorists!

Indeed, like all things children do—showing off, lying, disobeying, and killing innocent caterpillars—the Metha shows off his shiny European forks and knives, he lies and loots, he disobeys the voices of his Ancestors, and he kills his innocent siblings, for nothing, but for the sense of power. Childish! Incorrigibly and irredeemably childish! But alas, will he persist, or will the African warrior rise-up to the occasion once more and deliver Mother from the snare of the fowler? 

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  1. We put an end to the metha by re- educating our youth throughout the continent, and the diaspora. now that we have defined the metha, and understand this problem, we must have a resolution to the problem. The resolution is re-education in the pertinent, positive aspects of the “way”, our way, the Afrikan way. Those of us that still know, and practice the way, in Afrika, and the diaspora, must step forward and teach.

    • Correct! A traditional African Educational System with the proper African language as the basic unit is the surest way to building out and away from this terrorism.

  2. Narmer Amenuti, having described the Metha succintly, what remedies do you offer to change them and their conduct in the long run?
    What solutions do you offer to Africa to break the chain of producing more Methas?

    • Once the Metha have been identified, they need to be socially and politically exorcised. But the lasting solution entails the eradication of the system that breeds them: The Colonial Educational System. Don’t modify it. Erase it. Start fresh and build a Traditional Educational System in the character that one imagines Africa in 100 years!

  3. Narmer Amenuti, thank you for the prompt response and useful education.
    As a student of the theory development and dependency, l can see how this Metha concept has played a major role in tithering Africa to the rest of the world as hewers of wood, drawers of water and heapers of our rich resources for their lords.
    I still look at how Ghana lost it’s Obuasi gold mine to foreign interests facilitated by one of these Methas who ended up being knighted.
    Somehow, the few who tried to break free from these chains/clutches in order to move their fragmented segments known as countries ended up tragically being overpowered by Methas sponsored by their lords.
    We in sub sahara Africa need the, interest, willpower and determination to implement your recommendations.

    • Ase! God help us. But, defeat the Metha we must. Consequently, to defeat their hundreds of years of terrorism in Africa we must.

    • Ezina Kodjo Adjoe, a whole vista has been opened to us by Narmer’s description of the Metha, it is up to us intellectually to find solutions to defeat it from the various facets it presents to us. It may come manifestly as presented in the systematic formal education which can be countered relatively easily if we are minded and apply ourself to do so. Others may not be so easily identified, eg. films on television, “Kwasi Broni” has cleverly put onto films which cover culturally every aspect of their lives and that is shown to us every minute of the day subtly influencing our behaviour. Cutting a long story short, can we identify every visible aspect of the Metha and deal with it? I am praying we do.

  4. The METHA is Africa’s miseducated.

    Having been miseducated in the missionary school system, I acknowledge and accept that I am METHA material. It is the acceptance of my miseducation that has helped me to take baby steps towards self-knowledge.

    Please allow me to make a humble suggestion that may help preserve meaning and definition of METHA. The Mis-Educated Than His Ancestors.

    In closing, I am thrilled to have rediscovered Grandmother Africa. Great Stuff!!

    • Thank you for your suggestion. I accept it. It goes to show your humility and willingness to look in the mirror and desire something bigger than yourself. I appreciate your frankness! We all need to do better!


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