This post is based on my article ‘The Impact of African Philosophy on the Realisation of International Community and the Observance of International Law’. International Community Law Review, vol 18., pp. 3 – 33. I argue that ignoring African particularity reduces the effectiveness of the international community and almost certainly ensures that international law is never obeyed… except in cases of self-interest.
‘Africans must wake up to the fact that you only ever get the kind of leaders you allow yourselves to have. ‘
‘Does education not transcend the institutions you’re mandated to pass through? Finding expression in all men including you?’
There is no ‘African’ story, just stories of Africa by Africans. There is no ‘African’ problem just a diverse set of dilemmas that impinge on the lived experiences of African people. Africa is the most diverse continent on the planet. The top 20 most diverse countries are all in Africa. How can an singular African identity exist? The adjective ‘African’ may be of all adjectives most tortured!
6th of February is the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation. The theme for 6th of February 2016 was “Achieving the new Global Goals through the elimination of Female Genital Mutilation by 2030.” However, current statistics casts doubt on the possibility of achieving this. It is estimated that at least 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone some form of FGM. If current trends continue, 15 million additional girls between ages 15 and 19 will be subjected to FGM by 2030. Therefore it seems that despite the best intentions of global civil society, the international community is still losing the war against FGM.
“To tell me you know my pain is to stab yourself in the leg because you saw me get shot. We have two different wounds, and looking at yours does nothing to heal mine.
You know nothing of silence until someone who cannot know your pain tells you how to fix it.”
‘What this demonstrates, I think, is how impressionable and vulnerable we are in the face of a story, particularly as children. Because all I had read were books in which characters were foreign, I had become convinced that books by their very nature had to have foreigners in them and had to be about things with which I could not personally identify.
Unison: Teachers used to say,
Speaker 1: “Your behavior is just like your last name… “