By Uju Anya
Even the name Nigeria is from the British.
They created this fiction of a country by just arbitrarily drawing lines around territories and saying, ‘Okay, this belongs to the British; this is what we’re going to call it,” and joining independent nations who had nothing to do with each other, didn’t speak each other’s language.
And also electing certain groups they favored to be the rulers.
This is the history of the monarchy, and the queen was the head of the monarchy.
Whether she was involved in day-to-day decisions or not, she existed because of those decisions.
She never once opened her mouth to say sorry for the role of her government in the slaughter of three million civilians.
Queen Elizabeth was representative of the cult of white womanhood.
There’s this notion that she was this little-old-lady grandma type with her little hats and her purses and little dogs and everything — as if she inhabited this place or this space in the imaginary, this public image, as someone who didn’t have a hand in the bloodshed of her Crown.
How did she have that Crown? Even the crowns she wears are looted, and plundered from the lands they exploited and extracted from.
The entire treasury is a legacy of thievery that was achieved by murder, by enslavement, and it didn’t stop after independence.
I am very happy over the awareness I’ve created 48 hours ago.
The likes of Jeff Bezos and many others have reacted. Questions are now been asked about the “British Empire”.
Factually, Ojukwu and Gowon had a meeting in Ghana, to avert this sad history.
But because the British empire which is now under the leadership of King Charles lll were paranoia, they influenced Gowon to go ahead simply because they don’t want another Japan in Africa.
The history books are there. “There was a country” by Chinua Achebe is there for facts!. “The Biafra story” by Frederick Forsyth and many others.
Let me also state it once again that my family was a victim. There is no family in Igbo land who did not had a share of this sad history. Till this day, there’s no apology!!.
Again, I only dropped a tweet. The Irish people celebrated it with fireworks. You can check #Irishtwitter hashtag on twitter for emphasis.
We must speak up! The Igbo needs justice!. Africa needs justice!
The 56 commonwealth countries needs justice!”
A journey of a thousand miles starts with a step as rightly put, in the past few days I have being the global topic of discourse not that my assertions were manipulated but because I am a woman of honour, I should shy from the truth.
It’s pertinent to note that I have received backlash, condemnation, criticism and all sort of attacks because I made an attempt to unravel the hidden truth.
I am on the verge of loosing my friends from the West, my colleagues and associates in the field of research.
I have being subsequently condemned and referred to my tweets as unguided utterances from the mischievous scholar but I laugh because they mostly come from a sect that are ignorant of precolonial, colonial and post colonial history of my home country-Nigeria.
I must appreciate your love and support on the fight against injustice as we all dream for a world of equitable justice and fairness.
I am not moved with the pressure and threat coming from mostly my Western associates as “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of convenience and comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy,” Martin Luther King, Jr.
Engage your friends in the discourse, let’s interact together and find a strategy to achieve our dream as African people. Invite more people.
Those who did not know what Africans passed through and what happened in Igbo land 50 years ago will not understand why I made that opinion!.
It’s time to make history a must in all African schools!.
My tweet yesterday was a form of Protest.
In the sense that those who have held us in the past are holding us today, ready to continue in future.
I am happy that my protest has achieved it’s aim.
Again, Every school in Africa must start teaching History!
History will help us to always remember our past experiences, integrate it in our contemporary and prepares us for the future.
The Irish people, Indians, parts of Asia and Africa were all victims to this empire.
@views exclusive rights: Uju Anya, Professor, September 8-11, 2022.