WHO is After Afrikans?
I have come to realize that, somehow, most of my learning doesn’t necessarily come from external sources, as it were, but has a lot to do with my inner musings. Information comes to me as insights, which I then do little searches here and there concerning and by that I am able to either confirm what is coming from inside or gain a clearer perspective on what I already have on the inside. So basically I know nothing even though I “know” all things, according to how I am being helped on the inside.
Some of the most important insights about the wisdom for life and living that I have been blessed with are those that I get when doing my morning walks around the neighborhood where I live. It’s very beautiful during such walks to see the sun rise with its beautiful smile on the horizon and how that smile creates a surge of energy on earth that makes men rise from their beds to perform the various agendas they have for the day.
Recently, as I was coming back from my long walk, I was passing through a small market hub along the road, when I saw someone cleaning a shop, preparing to open for the day. My eyes went to the name of the shop on a sign that was hanging on the wall. It read “Head Hunters Barber Shop.”
Head hunters? My mind went into a quick spin to confirm if what I just read was the actual thing that was written. Affirmatively, that was the name of the barbershop. My mind started putting things together to try to understand why a business owner would name his barbershop “Head Hunters”! I don’t personally think I can enter that barbershop not to talk of letting anyone cut my hair there. It’s a capital NO for me, even if they are offering a free haircut.
I know what you are thinking, especially when headhunting also means executive recruiting, that is, an individual or company hired by an employer to recruit talent for an open role.
But I am taking my interpretation from the way the word headhunting has been used in the old days in different parts of the world.
Head taking has been practiced by numerous people throughout the world from ancient times all the way into the 21st century. The term describes the practice of cutting off and preserving the head or skull of another human being, usually a fallen enemy. But why do people take heads? Headhunting may have originally evolved from cannibalism. Many cultures believed that the head represented the core of the personality and to take it was therefore both an act of violence against and an insult to the victim. It was a common belief that the soul was concentrated in the head and that taking an enemy’s head therefore weakened the enemy’s entire community. In many headhunting societies, taking a head was considered a rite of manhood, denoting the transition from childhood to adulthood, and young men were forbidden to marry until they had claimed one. Victorious hunters would collect heads as trophies and display them prominently to enhance their personal reputations and that of the tribe as a whole, with the added bonus of helping to intimidate current and future enemies. Headhunting has a long history as a supremely effective weapon and those that practiced it often enjoyed very fierce reputations as warriors. Given this fascination with headhunting practices, it is hardly surprising that artifacts collected from head taking tribes are particularly desirable to collectors around the world.
Headhunting in a racist and globalist controlled modern day
I clearly did not write this article with the objective of putting a spotlight on the evil called headhunting, which some ancient tribes practiced in several parts of the world for whatever reasons they may have had, but which in real terms, is nothing but the murder of humans.
My real reason for writing this article is to ask this question, “Who is head hunting Afrika and Afrikans while displaying their “skulls” like trophies for racial pride and sports?”
A look at the media space
Speaking as a matter of fact, until one begins to delve into some new spaces or new areas of learning, one does not really have a balanced approach to things and how they work in our modern and not too modern world.
Looking at the media space, both online and on TV or Radio, you instantly begin to see some things that are not adding up as regards the negative narratives that are being pushed about Afrika. Recently, I began to notice that when I want to maybe sign up for something online or want to make a purchase, I get messages like, “this service is not available in your region” or something close to that. Sometimes in my head, I am like, so, my region is good enough for the governments of these foreign companies who say their service is not available in my region, to exploit and steal the resources of?
Afrika has been dealing with both direct human to human racism and systemic racism for a very long time and I think we Afrikans now need to do something critical about it, like yesterday. And some of this systemic headhunting and racism are very subtle. So subtle that you wouldn’t even know you are being racially profiled and set up to fail. For instance, you want to make an online payment through maybe PayPal and let’s say from the US to any Afrikan country and vice versa. Your transactions are systematically delayed for unusual periods and for unreasonable causes, which I think points to the fact that since the transactions involve an Afrikan region, it gives a red flag of potential fraud and then follows the unseen vetting that goes on behind the scenes, to see who the Afrikan recipient of that transaction is. You may call those ‘cybersecurity measures’, but I really don’t think these same measures are applied when thieves who call themselves Afrikan politicians steal money and store them in Swiss banks. Well, maybe it’s time someone tells those Swiss banks that both the thief (Afrikan politician) and the ones who keep the loot to run their own society (the Swiss banks) are thieves and should be hanged for corruption. Show me your thieving friend and I will show you your thieving heart that is also compromised.
Recently, I began to notice that when I want to maybe sign up for something online or want to make a purchase, I get messages like, “this service is not available in your region” or something close to that. Sometimes in my head, I am like, so, my region is good enough for the governments of these foreign companies who say their service is not available in my region, to exploit and steal the resources of?Samuel Phillips
Just recently, a video went viral online about Dr Stella Immanuel, a Cameroonian by birth, Nigerian trained medical doctor who lives in the US. In the video, she was posing strongly that she won’t allow Americans to die of Covid-19, especially when the drug hydroxychloroquine is found to both prevent and cure the disease. The internet went crazy with a whole range of smear campaigns to destroy her character. And one thing that instantly caught my eye is the fact that her credibility as a medical doctor was being faulted. Why? Because she was trained in Afrika.
Here is my point:
Why do we still have France dictating the economic and political agenda in Afrika’s Francophone countries? Why is Afrika still where she was sixty years ago, even with all the resources she possesses? Why are the conflicts in Afrika still raging even with the efforts of the AU to silence the guns?
I think we really need to be asking WHO is headhunting Afrika and Afrikans for personal gain and trophies, both within and outside of Afrika. Well, I also think we know them already, maybe we just need to put faces to them.
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Samuel Phillips is a writer, graphic designer, photographer, songwriter, singer and a lover of God. As an Afrikan content creator, he is passionate about creating a better image and positive narrative about Afrika and Afrikans. He is a true Afrikan who believes that the true potential of Afrika and Afrikans can manifest through God and accurate collaborations between Afrikans. Afrika is the land of kings, emperors, original wisdom, ancient civilizations, great men and women and not some road-side-aid-begging poor third world continent that the world finds joy in undermining.