I am writing firstly in response to the article entitled “Black Racism” (African Echo, Nov. 24 2006).
There is some tension at times between continental Africans and African- Caribbeans. What is needed is a vigorous Pan- African philosophy as enunciated by eminent leaders such as Master Garvey (Jamaica) and Dr Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah (Ghana) etc. so that whether we are continental Africans or African-Caribbeans, we all have a loyalty to ‘Mama Africa’ and a basic commonality of interests. The motto should be ‘Unity in Diversity’.
As someone from Jamaica, I have visited Ghana and found that I was made to feel welcome, sometimes I was asked where I was from and when I said “Jamaica’’ the response was “welcome home” and utterances about Bob Marley and Jimmy Cliff - great cultured African-centric Jamaican reggae singers.
Lastly on page 8 of the African Echo (24.11.06) it stated that Trevor Phillips, Chair of the CRE is an Afro- Caribbean. Mr Phillips is from Guyana in South America and is therefore an African- South American.
Guyana shares borders with Brazil and Venezuela and so if Guyana was in the Caribbean then Brazil would be in the Caribbean and this is patently not the case.
I live in Kenya and I read your online edition of your paper at least once a month.
I am very much impressed with your news. I have never been to England but I am surprised to know there are about 2 million Africans living there.
I very much like your articles that keeps looking at reconnecting africans to our brothers and sisiters from the west indies.
In Kenya we have a lot of white people visiting but I don’t see a lot of Black people coming to enjoy our country.
Whenever I get the opportunity to visit I will visit your office.
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