Africa and The Western Politics of Trinkets Giving – On the Nobel Peace Prize for Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, as Yet Another Trinket.

Abiy Ahmed, the Ethiopian Prime Minister, has been, rewarded, I prefer rewarding to winning – the Nobel Peace Prize 2019 by the committee in charge of this appeasement distribution.

Africans, mainly [from] the political elite and those who eat off their hands – who are the immediate beneficiaries of their political largesse, their control of the political power structure that owns and controls the economic structure – seem, although I suspect, act, overjoyed.

I say, act, because I suspect, the significance of the Nobel Peace Prize reward or award -whichever way one looks at it – to Abiy Ahmed, for doing precisely what is essentially his responsibility in his capacity as an elected politician, head of his government, no less, does not bode well for the majority of the african political elite.

It’s more or less a smack in the faces of many of the african political elite but one that is taken quietly, with such feigned high political or rather diplomatic hypocrisy, expressed and evident in the outpouring of congratulatory messages to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

The decision to [re]award the Nobel Peace Prize to Abiy Ahmed is such a humongous challenge, one that is likely to offend their [in]sensitivities to peace, to the idea of talking to and forging a working relationship with their political foes, in the wider interest of peace.

While Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has been rewarded or awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and is being “warmly” congratulated by his african political power counterparts, there are millions of africans to whom peace – the idea of peace – is a distant dream.

In fact, they dare not dream it, for it doesn’t exist in their terribly oppressed minds by the oppressive political power structure instituted by many of the same african politicians congratulating Prme Minister Abiy Ahmed for the reward/award. This is political hypocrisy in full display!

But what is the the Nobel Peace Prize?

Of what significance is it to many Africans torn between the evils of destructive political conflicts and economic destruction, sociopolitical and economic injustice ravaging many African countries whose heads of state and governments are congratulating Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed?

The Nobel Peace Prize is described as “prestigious” by, for instance, the UK independent online, but the same description is echoed by other publications.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/nobel-peace-prize-2019-winner-abiy-ahmed-ethiopia-pm-eritrea-war-announcement-a9151716.html

By which, thus, it’s fair to conclude that, if the Nobel Peace Prize is “prestigious“, it’s likely to be coveted as well. But that raises questions such as: “prestigious” to who, for whom? Coveted by who and for what?

What is the ultimate purpose of a Nobel Peace Prize to an african politician?

Isn’t peace, ensuring that there’s peace – political or otherwise, the primary responsibility of the african political power class, more so, if they are elected politicians and therefore entrusted with the public mandate to ensure peace prevails?

Is the african political class going to be, and/or, therefore, work with the expectation in mind to be rewarded or awarded for delivering on their mandate?

Although, in and of itself, isn’t a bad idea but, if they must be rewarded, who should reward them? Where and from whom should the reward come?

While many africans are jubilant, and whether their emotions are genuine or not, about Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed being rewarded or awarded, the “prestigious” Nobel Peace Prize by The Norwegian Nobel Committee, possibly with no african on the committee, the cynic in me, is highly sceptical.

I see this act and the decision, a bit patronising and a form of “moral” corruption. I regard this as an attempt to corrupt the african political mind to work with the expectation of such rewards, prizes that are no more or less than trinkets- reminiscent of other trinkets with which the western political power establishment has always lured and corrupted the african political elite – instead of working with a internally (african) value determined and based political conviction and purpose.

What I find extremely sceptical and, in some ways, annoying, is that Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has been rewarded or awarded the so-called “prestigious” Nobel Peace Prize for something he already has and/or got a reward [prize], that is, ending the terrible conflict that ravaged lives in both his country, Ethiopia, and Eritrea.

That is the ultimate reward [prize]; he already got a kick out of doing and achieving what his predecessors – for whatever and various reasons – couldn’t accomplish. All other rewards [prizes], the so-called “prestigious” Nobel Peace Prize, no less, are simply, of little consequence.

But if he must be rewarded or awarded anything for his efforts and achievement, it must be by the Ethiopians and the Eritreans and africans in general. It must also be equally recognised, that it isn’t only a personal but collective effort and achievement.

We must also bear in mind that, while and as they praise and award “prestigious” prizes to the african political elite for doing their job, and we or some of us africans get overwhelmed with emotions of gratitude, we should also be prepared and willing to accept and perhaps, express similar gratitude, when they criticise the same african political elite for what these self-appointed praisers [in chief] perceive and/or determine, as its failures in its duties.

When they choose to criticise and perhaps, wield a punishing whip, we mustn’t be outraged and be quick to accuse them of having or pushing a colonial agenda, if we can’t bring ourselves to saying the same thing about this patronising, seemingly benevolent, decision and act by the Norwegian Nobel Committee to award the so-called “prestigious” Nobel Peace Prize to Prime Minister Ahmed. For we have given them the consent, if not surrendered the rights and whatever powers required, to judge our political elite.

 

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