French police evict thousands of migrants living on sidewalks near the reception center for migrants and refugees at porte de la Chapelle, north of Paris CREDIT: PASCAL ROSSIGNOL/REUTERS
French police evict thousands of migrants living on sidewalks near the reception center for migrants and refugees at porte de la Chapelle, north of Paris CREDIT: PASCAL ROSSIGNOL/REUTERS

Mr. Presidents,

I am writing this letter to invite your attention to the most serious issues that is affecting the lives of millions of Africans scattered across the globe.

This year 2019 marks the 400 years of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, which involved the transportation by slave traders of enslaved African people, mainly to the Americas. Although it is estimated that about 12 million Slaves arrived in the Americas, besides the Africans who died on the Middle Passage, many more Africans died during the slave raids in Africa.

It is estimated that more than 4 million Africans lost their lives inside Africa after capture, and many more died at a very young age due to the involuntary servitude they endured.

Today there is no acknowledgements of the African-American struggle within our African history and the history of the Trans-Atlantic Slave trade that affected both Africans and Africans in America.

It heartbreaking and disgraceful to learn that the descendants of Africans, who survived Slavery and fought to overcome numerous challenges to end segregation and to regain their Human Right in North America, are REQUIRED to obtain visas before re-entering into the land of their Ancestors. As a race this is an absurdity and shameful to Our People, to restrict the descendants of Africans from their motherland. These great men and women, who were born into the struggle and hardship at that time,dedicated their entire life to fight and regain our so-called ‘Black Pride’ during the days of racial turmoil.

Many Africans are deeply concerned about the current cause of human crisis in regards to some Africans in diaspora. Thousands of men, women and children are dying in the Mediterranean Sea in the attempt to cross from Libya into Europe; where Africans board on boats from the coast of Libya and Morocco to cross the Mediterranean Sea to the shores of Spain and Italy. Many Africans have lost their loved ones on this journey for the sake of seeking a better life elsewhere from their homeland. This refugee crisis has caused the deaths of many Africans who couldn’t make it and their bodies were left to drown in the sea. Today the African migration crisis is on a constant rise, and the European Commission has declared that there are about 700.000 Africans migrants still waiting to cross from Libya to Europe.

This letter is to remind our “leaders”, that there was never a time in African pre-colonial history where our tribal Kings and Chefs abused and misused their power and treated our people so poorly and inhuman like how Africans are treated under this current system of government. The Africans today are scattered around the world without hope and any sense of direction. Now 60 years after post independence, millions of Africans, with myself included are beginning to question your abilities to govern our people and provide them with the basic human necessities and hope for a brighter future.

I must say that I am deeply saddened about the current African governments who don’t understand the basic principles of Democracy and Governance. After the Colonization of our homeland, we have elected men and women who we taught were fit to rule as leaders, and believed that they understood the constitutional law. But instead the political class, mostly (those who do not occupy a job but simply occupy a wage) see politics as a means to get rich and wealthy; splashing public funds on personal luxurious lifestyle, cars and properties and sending their children and families abroad for better life and education.

As the famous scientist Albert Einstein once said, “Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again and excepting different results”.

It is insanely evident that after 400 years since the Trans-Atlantic Slave trade till this day, millions of Africans from the motherland are still on boats crossing the Mediterranean Sea to go to Europe due to the incompetency of their government.

For the sake of the current and future generations of Africans we need all our leaders to come together with a plan to develop a new system, that can address these issues and to correct the mistakes of the past and to re-build a better home for our people.

I believe that as Africans we still have the heart of compassion despite our past. I hope you find my letter not as criticism but as a means to shine the light on the pains and sufferings of millions of Africans in Diaspora.

Your Respectfully

Efosa Osaro

1 COMMENT

  1. Nice article. However, the one glaring mistake the op-ed made was referring to our current misleaders as leaders. They’re TRAITORS. Period. And so, running to our African traitors to seek solutions to our challenging issues I would consider insane.

    We must build our own pan-african institutions, independent of these corrupt traitors and take over political power. Any other way is – and will be – a complete waste of time and effort.

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