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Proud to be an African

Erna Oliver, Willem Oliver


The current situation in which Africa finds herself can hardly be described and evaluated positively. The reason is to be found in the past two centuries, when this continent was colonised, enslaved and exploited. The consequences of these atrocities still have a negative effect on most of the inhabitants and governments of Africa. The environment created by these consequences tends to overshadow the illustrious past of Africa. An Akan proverb states: Se wo werefi na wo sankofa a yenkyi.1 In line with this, the authors suggest that the people of Africa should be taught about Africa’s past, in order to empower them and give them new hope for the future and so that Africa can claim back its rightful place in the world.

AJOL African Journals Online