On the one hand, the world is committed to teaching the African out of his/her Africanness – how not to be African; yet, on the other hand, the African is constantly reminded – by the same world – of his/her ‘Africanness’.
So, naturally, the African buffeted by these two extreme forces on both sides, will be pushed to defend himself/herself by demonstrating that he/she has agency over his/her own identity and destiny. Ironically, to do and achieve that, the psychologically battered and defeated African will always, almost unfailingly, turn to the same world that has inflicted that psychological torture on him/her, for what the African has been made to believe are the tools of “empowerment“.
The African will therefore seek, from his/her tormentor, all possible tools of empowerment – mental, physical, socioeconomic and whatever else the African has been made to believe (swallow), by his/her tormentor is what he/she (African) needs to stand up to his/her tormentor. The African runs for protection from his/her abuser.
The African truly believes his/her tormentor is committed to (and can) teach or empower him/her enough to the point that the African can stand shoulder to shoulder with and rival his/her tormentor. Put simply, the African, in his/her glorious naivety, believes the tormentor can and will empower the tormented to torment his/her tormentor.
So, the African will seek his/her tormentor’s education, effectively adopting his/her tormentor’s value system. The African will copy and paste his/her tormentor’s way of life (lifestyle) and socioeconomic development model and the tormentor’s tormenting systems. But more importantly, the African will be extremely concerned with – and highly values – what and how his/her tormentor thinks and perceives of him/her, especially in his/her ambitious attempt to stand up to his/her tormentor, who has been a little generous to empower him/her.
This concern, therefore, creates a certain unpredictable level of anxiety in the mind of the African to the degree that whenever the tormentor raises a slight concern on how the African uses his/her acquired power (tormenting systems); the African will panic with uncontrolled anxiety. Because of that panic and uncontrolled anxiety; and not sure how to deal with his/her tormentor, the African will, again, instead, run to his/her tormentor to seek help.
So, it becomes a cycle of dependency; which, in effect, creates, in the mind of the African, the need and therefore makes the African feel bound to (always) seek for his/her tormentor’s validation on his/her (African’s) actions.
This explains why, when Africans are battered by western forces such as the powerful western media, will still run to western media and other communications ‘experts‘ for help, pay them extortionate amounts, so they can help them out to deal with their own on behalf of Africans.
Pathetic, as Eeyore would say!