Africa: do African leaders care about Afro-Futurism?

Charcoal Ink discusses Afro-Futurism and asks, “are African governments adopting an Afro-futurist model?”


  • david boykin

    i’m a musician in chicago and was looking for more afro futurist “artist” when i came across this discussion and am not well versed in current african political affairs. but i am curious. what exactly do you mean by the term afro futurist? for me as an artist its a visionary pan africanist black nationalist perspective.

  • omolawe

    I have found, just by being a citizen of the world, that if we Africans and decendants of Africa in the west are to achieve all the common goals that afro-centric and afro-futurists seem to share: I am refering to an Africa United; Education of our people; eradication of poverty starvation and disease etc. we need to educate our children about African history: the glory of great Kings and Queens; our superior skills in astronomy, science, architecture, mathematics and philosophy; and our peaceful and rich lives in the motherland before the enslavement of our people. I am only an adolescent and i was blessed enough to be under the influence of adults around me who take pride in our African past. Unfortunately, many of my peers have not been so blessed and are mentally enslaved. If we educate our children, as I intend to educate my own in the future, we may have more of our brothers and sisters moving back to the motherland and they would aid our brothers and sisters suffering there. I intend to move from the west where I am, to where I belong in the east. It is not to study the current political situation in the several countries in Africa today, though it is important, but to study the past and build a philosophy so that we may be sure of this: where are we going to go from here? Mirror our glorious past to ensure a glorious future. then and only then can Marcus Garvey’s dream come true and his sacrifice would not have been in vein. To be fed from the same land as Garvey is an honour to me, as with limited means he moved from Jamaica to America and lead the greatest African revolution since our enslavement and so-called “freedom.”

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