African National Flags – a Symbol of Colonialism: Boycott African National Flags

Colonialism in Perpetuity

African national flags – those rags with blinding shiny bright colours – are a symbol of European colonialism in continuity in Africa, and deserve no RESPECT at all.

To respect these rags, to show respect for these rags, is to pay respect to European colonialism and its evils.

FACT: The national flag concept, at least in the African context, is a European colonial concept, introduced by the European colonialists.

The national flag concept in Africa is a concept with African blood on it, deeply rooted in and imposed by the wanton shedding of African blood. The national flag concept in Africa, symbolises the blood shedding concept to impose one group’s will over a people.

There’s plenty of historic evidence to attest to genocides committed on the African communities [peoples] by the European colonial powers (forces) in Africa. European colonial history is full of evidence.

Flags, signs of conquest

Flags were used as a sign of conquest of the African land and people by the colonialists. The conquest mostly came as a result of and meant the destruction of African lives, in fact, after “genociding” local communities.

There’s no or hardly a peaceful conquest as there’s no or hardly a peaceful revolution. Conquests and revolutions are, by their very nature, destructive because they aim at – and their objective is – destroying and replacing the existing order.

Conquest without complete destruction of the existing order, is not a conquest. It’s a takeover. Likewise, revolution without complete destruction and replacement of the existing order, is not a revolution. It’s a continuation of the same existing order but with different administrators. This is, in fact, what has been the fundamental failures of the many so-called Anti-European Colonial African “revolutionary” movements. They all, without exception, took over the colonial systems – administrative structures, economic structures, and carried on with and ran the same systems that were designed to work against them and their interests. Put simply, they won the victory to board the colonial bus, and the wheels on the colonial bus rolled on, round and round. They are still rolling on!

European colonialism and its barbarism in Africa is celebrated.

Each time any African national flag is raised and African nationals stand to attention, in respect for that piece of rag with shiny bright colours; European colonialism and its barbarism in Africa is celebrated.

Interestingly, Africans – African countries, these colonial constructs still very much under the yoke of European colonialism – with their so-called African “heads of State”, these agents of colonial and western interests, claim to be “independent“. Yet, every African country has one of these so-called national flags – introduced by their respective colonial masters and owners of these African countries. Subsequently, which so-called post-independence African governments inherited from their colonial masters at the dawn of their ceremonial “independence” and have since maintained to date and take such misplaced and uncritical pride in.

It’s a shame to see how African countries, African governments and their officials and some uncritical and indoctrinated Africans, display, wave around these European colonial symbols of evil, of European barbarism in Africa, with such pride. Displaying and/or waving around these rags with blinding shiny bright colours everywhere, as a national symbol, with pride. Even going as far as making it a mandatory requirement to display these rags or paint their shiny bright colours on their facilities, homes, et cetera. It’s European colonialism in Africa, and in the African mind (psyche) in perpetuity.

European national flags are historically a cultural symbol

It’s worth noting that, European national flags are historically a cultural symbol, deeply rooted in and a reflection of and inspired by national culture. This is why they are, rightly so, national symbols, a symbol of national pride.

African national flags are a colonial imposition

Whereas, to the contrary, African national flags are a colonial imposition, an adaption of colonial heritage. Little effort has been made, since so-called “independence“, by many African countries and their successive governments to adapt them to – and have them inspired by and deeply rooted in and thus reflect – national cultures.

Where changes of national flags have taken place in African countries, it has always and largely been motivated by the ambitions of the people in government, usually a few powerful individuals. Such governments or a few powerful individuals who control governments by and through the monopoly of weapons and armed forces, use national flags, pretty much the same way and in the same spirit as the colonialists did – to demonstrate and showcase their own conquests.

Consequently, some African national flags are, in fact, more of government flags – or personal flags, depending on who controls the government- than they are a national symbol. Because, when some governments come to power or some people take over the government, usually the first thing they do is to change the national flag to their liking, to fit and reflect their own power conquest.

It’s for these reasons, I have no respect, don’t even pretend to show respect for these African national rags with shiny bright colours. They mean absolutely nothing to me, they don’t represent me or anything about me. They have no value whatsoever to me, except that they are a painful reminder of colonialism, its devastation in Africa and on the African communities.

They are a symbol of continued repression and colonialism in Africa by Africans in charge, the western (colonial) agents who replaced and represent the colonial chiefs, governors – they call themselves Presidents, ministers and “leaders”. And no, I am not disrespecting African countries, or their governments. I am deeply convinced and thus believe, there are many, far better ways in which we, as Africans, can show our national pride, inspired by, deeply rooted in and reflective of our cultures.

It’s ironic that Africans, African governments and their overfed, overweight, many fat officials bang on about colonialism and brag about how fucking “independent” they are, yet have done nothing at all to decolonise their ways, their thinking and actions. But have done and keep doing everything to maintain, protect, defend, perpetuate colonialism; everything about colonialism what it stood for, its interests and values (value system).

By and large, African countries have almost no national cultures. What many African countries claim as national culture and what their governments (officials) demonstrate in and during national celebrations or to foreign officials, is in fact colonial culture with shades of their long lost cultures. They justify this, otherwise national shame, as “modernity“, as “civilised” – euphemism for “westernisation“- and African ways of doing things.

This explains why nationals from the colonial countries have no trouble finding themselves at home, comfortable in their colonies in Africa; because it’s an extension – the African extension – of their cultures.

African national flags ought be boycotted.