The Only Superpower Black People Should Aspire to Have

In the Service of our Ancestors and African Love,
Listen Seeker, I come in peace,

“I never understand how Black people whine about having too few Black super heroes but don’t mind not having any Black super powers.” — Onitaset Kumat

Like many African people, when I was younger I was familiarized with white super heroes and was often asked what super power I would want.  This is an allegory detailing that thinking of ‘super powers’ isn’t only a child’s game.  Every Black person, everywhere in the world, should aspire to have this super power!

The Allegory of the Black Super Hero Program or
The Only Superpower Black People Should Aspire to Have
By Onitaset Kumat

When I was fourteen-years-old, I was among a small group of children selected for a pilot program at my school. A fresh out of grad-school white child psychologist had noticed that young Black children were as interested in comic books and cartoons as white children, so he devised a program to assist children in selecting future occupations for themselves. The program was to encourage Black kids to use their imagination by declaring what ‘super powers’ they would want; after sorting out why that power was chosen, the organizers would explain to the child what skills they needed to make that dream a reality.

I sat in a room of fourteen other kids. One-by-one, we were interviewed by the white psychologist and four white teachers. When the first child said “Flight, to travel to school faster,” the teachers recommended a career in aeronautical engineering to craft a jetpack. When another child said “Invisibility, to walk into the girls bathroom and scare them,” the teachers suggested a career in physics to study optics. Another child said, “Superspeed,” and she was informed of a career in physical therapy. Another wanted to heal people and medicine was the obvious recommendation. A few more children went before me and every white person was impressed with the Black imagination–until it was my turn.

“Oni!” the teachers called me in. “What super power would you like?”

I looked at these white people and asked, “Can I have any super power?”

“Absolutely. Suppose you were a superhero and you wanted to save people. What super power would you want?” the lead psychologist asked.

“And I can’t get in trouble?” I said looking at my teacher who stood there with a false grin.

“No, this is a no judgment zone. We just want to help you pick a career.”

“I know what I want to do,” I boasted.

Frustrated, the psychologist demanded, “Well, answer anyway. What super power would you like?”

I had an answer, but I wasn’t sure how it would pan off. I paused momentarily. Glanced at my teacher and said, “Nigeria.” These white people were confused and asked me to repeat myself. I did, “Nigeria.” They figured I didn’t understand what a super power was. They asked if I understood, I assented and repeated “Nigeria.”

“Oni, a super power is flight, super strength, being able to talk to animals!” my teacher snarled.

But I rebutted, “america, russia and soon china are all super powers; I want Nigeria to be a super power.”

The teachers looked at me with anger. The psychologist, however, still wet behind the ear, asked me “Why?”

I told him, “If I want people to be saved or helped, it’s upon me to have a super power that caters to the people I want to save or help. You white people have america and russia. The chinese people have china. If Black people had nigeria, we wouldn’t need super heroes, we’d have a super power.”

The psychologist couldn’t help but ask, “Do you say Nigeria because you are from there?”

I admitted, “I do not know where I am from. But Nigeria is roughly 15% of Africa’s population. It doesn’t take a high school degree to tell why I think Nigeria should be a super power.”

“You may be seated,” the psychologist blankly told me. I didn’t bother to ask what career recommendation the teachers had. I knew that there was no career in america that would develop Nigeria into a super power. And besides from that, the program was discontinued after I took my seat. Too many Black kids heard of the only super power worth having and the teachers lost all faith in the psychologist; to this day he hasn’t found work.

That’s why, I never understand how Black people whine about having too few Black super heroes but don’t mind not having any Black super powers. It takes a power for a people to be heroic; and if Black people want a super power, their only career option is to be Pan-Africanists.

What if Series #1: What if the Black dollar circulated near exclusively among Black people?

In the Service of our Ancestors and African Love,
Listen Seeker, I come in peace,

“An answer brings no illumination unless the question has matured to a point where it gives rise to this answer which thus becomes its fruit. Therefore learn how to put a question.” — African Proverb

As part of the What if Series, I explore the question

What if the Black dollar circulated near exclusively among Black people?
By Onitaset Kumat

Children love treats; lovers too. On a train, I sat across from a european jew whose child begged him for his favorite chocolate. Nearby, a young oriental girl sipped on a strange tea. Farther, a man with an accent from england ate chips. Despite my experience with chocolates, teas and chips, I could not recognize a single brand. Yet, when I saw a white-american child snacking in his corner, I noticed he ate the same as the Black couple on the opposite side of the train. All aboard the train observed the same unassailable fact. Whether treats for children or lovers, the Black man is the only nation which doesn’t provide for his own.

Malcolm X, in a speech entitled “Cooperative Economics” explained it precisely:

The reason that most black business fail, is because they are selling a product that they bought from white man. They themselves have gone to the white man, to purchase something to resale to you. Everything that’s in the Negro store is a resale, and he has to resale it at a price high enough to get his investment back. The black person that’s in business is acting as a salesman for the white wholesaler, and the white producer. The real owner of merchandise that the black business man is selling, is the white man. He robs you when he sells it to you, and you have to turn around and rob your people in order to get your money back, and then you wonder why they won’t come in your store. As black people we have to learn to produce something. We have to be producers as well as consumers, and then we can set the sale price at a low cost. If you produced the product that you sold, then you would be eliminating the middle man, and you could sell to your people at a low cost. Everything that leaves your pocket goes into the pocket of the white man. We are being robbed because we produce nothing of our own. Mr. Muhammad said that we must be producers as well as consumers. I don’t care if you have a million dollars business, if you are not producing anything, then you are just a rich slave. I don’t care how wealthy you are, if you are not producing you are just a slave for your master. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad teaches us that it is better to be independent, than dependent.

To this day, you would be hard pressed to find a contrary business model in the Black community. I am the first man to point out a Black business to invest in; but I’m not foolish enough to think that merely supporting a Black business is exclusively supporting Black people. Not just yet. The Black dollar has a short lifetime, particularly because Black business acumen is want in the Black community.

Many of us have heard of the elusive Black dollar. We’ve read when an NAACP author explained the direness of our situation:

“Currently, a dollar circulates in Asian communities for a month, in Jewish communities approximately 20 days and white communities 17 days. How long does a dollar circulate in the black community? 6 hours!!! African American buying power is at 1.1 Trillion; and yet only 2 cents of every dollar an African American spends in this country goes to black owned businesses.“

But how many of us understand the full gamut of our foppery? BreakingBrown.com reports that while some will debate the reality of the Black dollar’s circulation; others are looking at white-Black wealth disparities and can say conclusively that Africans in america today have less comparative white-Black wealth than Africans in Azania (south Africa) during the height of apartheid! Meaning that we boast of 1.1 Trillion unorganized dollars which go right back into white hands, while white people boast of 16 Trillion organized dollars which have national and international consequences.

Should the Black man ever hope to raise his nation to the top, he must come to understand fundamental economic theories. Namely, he must understand that an economy has at least three aspects to it: production, distribution and consumption. One can go deep into the intricacies. But neither action without theory nor theory without action are reputable pasttimes for an intelligent people. Today, it is common for the Black man to produce nothing, distribute his enemy’s goods, and hope another Black man will consume the foreigner’s product at an exorbitant rate. It’s at best a temporary solution to a terrible predicament; but typically it’s plain stupidity and a horrendous recipe for failure. Instead, the Black man must commit himself to producing for himself, distributing for himself and consuming what he produced. Short of that basis, the Black man will lock his nation into squalor.

But we sometimes are too selfish to comprehend the sacrifices that will need to be made. Some Black men are hopeful for revolution. I as well. But Black people must come to understand that the revolution against our enemies can not precede the revolution we have among ourselves; particularly our ideas. We can not continue to think Black business is reselling the white man’s products. Go to china town if you dare, the chinese man sells “Made in china.” Go to the european jews if you dare, the european jew sells “Made in israel.” Go to the white-american man if you dare, the white man sells “Made in america.” But what does the Black man sell? “Made in Africa?” Only when he sells himself!

“Made in Africa” is not a thing among Black people; not even on our continent. “Made by Africans” is not a thing among Black people; not even on our continent! What pride can a child have when his Mother must go to a white man to give that child a treat? A child turns two and is told to clean himself with toilet paper a white man produced. Why and how could he look at his Father with confidence? Black man you must bring your Brothers to think more intelligently, or you will condemn yourselves in the eyes of your Sons.

When the Black man decides to be the Race’s producers, distributors and consumers, Black problems will be solved overnight. The Black man won’t need to beg his enemy for employment; he will be race-employed. He will be a productive man for his people, not for his enemy. And he can hire his sons to be race-employed, race-proud and race-disciplined. Today, the white man says, “Go hurt your people” and the Black man says “yes” because the Black man does not work for himself! But when the Black man works for himself, the white man can not tell him anything. When the Black man produces his own food, clothing, shelter and consciousness, he does not need to turn to the white man for anything. If the Black man wants something, he can turn to his Brother and get what he needs. But until then, the Black man is a glorified slave.

The white man can shoot a Black man, but the Black man will still swear that the white man is the greatest. The Black man says, “He feeds me.” And his son watches the Black man and says, “I do not want to be like you.” The Black woman watches the Black man and says, “You’re not much of a man.” The Black man’s daughter watches him and says, “My mother was a fool.” And you, Black man, look at yourself in the mirror and say, “Another man feeds me so I shall not fight him.”

When you take control of your economy, you can challenge anyone. So Black man, make it your priority to take control of your economy. Put your thumb in the ground if you must eat. Put your foot on the peddle if you must deliver. Put your mind to work if you must build. But do not sit back and make the white man make a fool of you. You must recognize you are a man. Take lead! And know everyone is behind you. So come, gather your resources, gather your troops, and lead a revolution of the mind among our people. If we fall doing our masculine duties, our Sisters will come to our aid. But if you fail to even attempt your masculine duties, you will have failed your purpose for living! Get up. Rise up. And forever hold dear the immortal wisdom of our Marcus Garvey, “Up, up you mighty Race, you can accomplish what you will!”

Will to control your economy and ACCOMPLISH WHAT YOU WILL!

What if Series Table of Questions

In the Service of our Ancestors and African Love,
Listen Seeker, I come in peace,

“An answer brings no illumination unless the question has matured to a point where it gives rise to this answer which thus becomes its fruit. Therefore learn how to put a question.” — African Proverb

One question which Africans should retrain themselves to ask is “What if?” I intend to ask and answer several “What if” questions hoping that readers and writers can not only join the conversation but also organize these hypotheticals into realities. The following questions are slated to be written and answered, although when they are answered is still left up in the air.

If the reader wants, answering these questions here in the table of questions would be very motivational and possibly may not even require me to write up my own response.

Here are the questions
(expect more to be added [also order expected to change].):
  • What if the Black dollar circulated near exclusively among Black people?
  • What if Umar Johnson was a mainstream celebrity?
  • What if Africans in and out of Africa identified as African first?
  • What if Nigeria was a Super Power?
  • What if Mulattos were seen as more white instead of more Black?
  • What if Black gender norms were rooted in African Masculinity and Femininity?
  • What if Blacks were known internationally for their Math and Science instead of Music and Sports?

Five Facts You May Need to Know to End Police Brutality

In the Service of our Ancestors and African Love,
Listen Seeker, I come in peace,

“What reveals itself to me ceases to be mysterious—for me alone: if I unveil it to anyone else, he hears mere words which betray the living sense: Profanation, but never revelation.” — African Proverb

A lot of Black people do not want to end Police Brutality. They don’t. What it takes to end Police Brutality is likely going to cost the life of those who attempt to end it. white people are not that stupid to make it easier than that. Police Brutality is institutional. The Police train in martial arts–Military arts–Brutal arts. There’s no such thing as “Police Brutality,” it’s only white people policing Black people during a time of war. white people never treated their prisoners well. Go visit the prison today. You won’t find a prisoner being well-treated. Your Black ass is a prisoner of war. You are just in minimum security. But you are still in prison. Your commissary may have vegan options but you are still in prison. It does not take a rocket scientist to tell you what prisoners need to do to solve their problems. I studied rocket science. It’s interesting. It’s very interesting. But I could have passed on studying it and I still could tell you what a prisoner needs to do to solve his problems.

I do not want anyone to misinterpret what the following list is. This list is not a guideline. Only you know what you should be doing. These are five facts that you already knew that you might not have put into perspective on the issue of Police Brutality. Do not confuse what I am writing. Read it in its entirety. Share it if you will. Print it out. Distribute it. Save it on your harddrive (as whites aren’t fond of the distribution of facts). You can even get the T-shirt. But remember it’s not a guideline. These are just,

Five Facts You May Need to Know to End Police Brutality
By Onitaset Kumat

1. It’s not about Police, it’s about Race.

Police brutality is a misnomer that confuses more than it clarifies. It’s akin to the phrase ‘war criminal.’

As African people we should understand the definition of a ‘war criminal.’ Crime is not a matter of ‘deeds’ but a matter of who has Power. For instance, when the germans lost europe’s second european war, many were tried for ‘war crimes,’ and yet the british who did the same or worse, weren’t. Separately, the deeds that the british have done in their 77-nation empire were reprehensible. Yet where were the tribunals for the british in Kenya? In Azania? In Nigeria? cecil rhodes, one of the more despicable europeans, who killed Africans for sport and once even celebrated a 5,000 man afternoon genocide with champagne is considered a war hero; not a war criminal–in fact the “Rhodes Scholarship” is considered the most prestigious in western society. Even Mugabe was considered a war hero up until he turned against white people. The reason being that ‘war crimes’ like ‘police brutality’ are institutional. Invading a nation and raping their women is a matter of policy, as much as tackling a Black man and shooting him on the ground; or during Azania’s apartheid, police shooting student protestors en masse. Individual ‘officers’ do not make these skills up on the fly; they are institutionalized. They are drilled and trained. It’s martial arts with the intended purpose of brutalizing and killing Black people.

It’s not police brutality; it’s a white interpretation of policing. It’s white people as a collective financing/employing a subset of white people to brutalize and kill Black people. The police are the other branch of the military; they deal with intranational warfare on a city level. America’s intranational war is against Black people. It’s not about Police, it’s about Race.

2. whites put their children above even their money.

The white man’s god is his money. But white people would gladly sacrifice their money for their children. Maybe not all of their money; but to white people, their children are worth at least some money. That’s actually why Al Sharpton is a “Black Leader” today. Back in 1989, Al Sharpton, C. Vernon Mason, Moses Stewart and Alton H. Maddox, Jr, held a powerful boycott against white businesses that eventually crippled their economy. The whites called a meeting to negotiate an end of the boycott; but when Alton H. Maddox, Jr, told them to hand over their sons that murdered one of ours, the whites told him plainly, “We do not snitch on our children.” To Alton H. Maddox, Jr, that meant the end of the meeting, but to Al Sharpton, it has meant the beginning of his career. Sharpton got paid and has been selling out ever since.

All said, it’s interesting that white people who aim to make statements to the white community perform school shootings or, in other countries, school/bus/public slashings. To date, Black people don’t. But it’s an interesting fact that white people speak to their community by targeting their most vulnerable.

One white boy who performed a school shooting sparked so much change in the white community it’s almost comical in retrospect. In 1999 some cracker shot up Columbine High School under the pretext of being bullied. It doesn’t matter how many kids committed suicide before that for the same reason, only after that incident did white society take anti-bulllying seriously.

I’m not saying that this white boy is right (just like I wouldn’t say the 1963 bombing of 16th Street Baptist Church in Alabama was right). But it is certainly interesting that anti-bullying is such a prevalent concept today; considering how pro-bullying america was prior to Columbine (literally arguing that bullying builds character)–meanwhile ‘anti-‘ so-called ‘police brutality’ has been a recurring theme in the black discourse but america is as pro-police-brutality as ever.

Granted, there’s, as white people say, ‘more than one way to skin a cat,’ and I wouldn’t advise anyone without a death wish to misinterpret my message as pro-Columbine. I’m really saying,

3. Your placard protests are about as effective on them as their protests are on you.

If you ever looked at a ‘bluelivesmatter’ protest or a ‘alllivesmatter’ protest or a ‘we stand with you george zimmerman,’ you may have felt something or another, but bottom line is it didn’t really impact your convictions and it definitely didn’t incite you into any constructive actions. Why? Because it’s a protest. Protests have been bastardized into an ineffective showcase of signs, poses and calorie burning. The common manifestation isn’t at all what a protest is supposed to be. Just a joke that Black people somehow adopted but never ‘got.’

An effective protest is the fire squad watching your house burn down, the common occurrence of the police breaking into pro-Black activist homes and demanding a cease and desist, or the KKK burning a cross on your lawn. The reasons tie in with the fourth fact on this list:

4. The threat of violence backed with capacity can be as effective as the practice of violence.

Like the KKK burning a cross on your lawn, because you know who the KKK is and that its numbers are vast, even burning a cross can pass a message onto the person whose lawn has been desecrated.

Going back to the second fact on this list, to those who wrongfully find white children as innocent or unrelated to police brutality or war crimes, if a Black Organization even proportionately as dispersed but numbered as the KKK declared that unless certain demands were met, they would attack white schools (not precincts but schools); there would be negotiations and not a single child would need to be harmed. But if a single Black man said it, he’d either be taken for a fool or taken. Even if ten Black people said it, it could be interpreted as a joke. Like, if a child threatens a group of men, not one man flinches.

If Black people are in the business of making ‘threats,’ in order to negotiate, having the capacity to undertake that threat makes all the difference in the world. Because white people would attempt to have intelligence on a significant Black Organization (or BlacK Power) [i.e. infiltrators, informants, espionage], and if they can crunch the numbers and ‘neutralize the threat’ easily, they would and you can’t negotiate squat; but if they can not effectively neutralize without risking disaster, you’re sitting at the table. Which brings us to the final fact,

5. The Black man can’t do it alone; but Black men can.

Despite Rambo, Conan the Barbarian, Call of Duty, or whatever your particular fantasy is, one man can not defeat an army. But Armies can and do defeat Armies. If Black people will understand the Warfare that is being waged against them and white people will not be bluffed, if nothing else Black people need to understand that we have the better troops, pound-for-pound and neuron-for-neuron. We just have less troops and less technology; but organization can fix that. You must study how quickly whites (as police officers) respond to an alleged crime. Notice their patterns of having backup for their backup. And see how they number themselves to the threat (at minumum 3:1 as per KKK policy). Then ask yourself, how quick you can mobilize your people? And how much backup does your backup have?

You have a group organized to kill you and yours. To end Police Brutality, think of your children and who they are targeting. And while I do not promise that the Black man standing beside you may not be an enemy. Why does the white policeman feel so confident about the Black policeman standing beside him? You have so much. There are so many cities. So many opportunities. Black men need to organize and put, not just the police, but the KKK to shame. When we are there. We can go any route–any; and end at the destination we will.

What the Black man needs to understand is to Organize: a leader with an idea and men to execute it will make all the difference for Black people, as long as that idea follows the principles of Pan-African Nationalism which truly gets to the heart of police brutality aka race warfare and solving your prisoner’s problem.

For further reading, please check out:

The white man’s own rules of warfare, which are undoubtedly practiced against Black people, judge for yourself.

And The Pan-African Nationalist’s Motto, the article directly before this one. An instrumental reading for all Africans.

“Organize, Technologize and Strategize against Africa’s Invaders”: The Motto of a Self-Determined African Race

In the Service of our Ancestors and African Love,
Listen Seeker, I come in Peace,

“The only protection against INJUSTICE in man is POWER—Physical, financial and scientific.” — Marcus Garvey

Chess informs us of two fundamental truths: white aggresses and when manhood falls a Race is defeated.  If you are an African Man you must imbibe these truths.  You will be aggressed upon and if you are not careful you will doom your Race.  In all of life’s endeavors, the better organized, technologized and strategized are victorious.  As a Baba, it’s possible that one day my Son will ask, “Baba, when did the invasion of Africa end?”  It’s up to us men whether I can give him a solid date.  As it stands, I can only say, “The invasion hasn’t ended.  The invaders still rule.”

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“Organize, Technologize and Strategize against Africa’s Invaders”: The Motto of a Self-Determined African Race
by Baba Onitaset Kumat

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Eredo, the largest pre-modern man-made work in the world. A rampart to a large city in modern Nigeria. 70 feet high and 100 miles long.

For all of life’s endeavors the better organized, technologized and strategized are victorious. For most of human history, the victors were African. This changed six-thousand years ago, and until the focus of Africans is organization, technology and strategy, this change may be indefinite. It’s a little known fact that non-Africans share one goal: to militarize better than Africans. As Africans, our ancestors have built many wonders of the world. In fact, the largest pre-modern man-made work is deep in Africa’s west (Eredo). Yet as marvelous as that is, the description gives away the flaw of our condition. non-Africans are in a post-modern age while we Africans are not even comparable to our pre-modern age. If, for instance, the Songhay Empire of days passed sought to war with the modern Africans of the Diaspora or the Continent, that Empire equipped with spears, shields and horses would be victorious; yet, for non-Africans, not the best of their past can fare against the worst of their present. non-Africans have said “I can Militarize Better than Africans” and until we deny them that reality, our reality will be pitiable.

non-Africans have lived by one principle, “Might Makes Right.” All of their history is explained in that one principle. Why, for instance, did france and england gain the lion’s share of colonies in Africa? Why did the u.s.s.r. back away from sending missiles to cuba? Why are none of the u.n.’s permanent members of their security council African? Why did america reunite following its civil war? Why did germany murder its own population for over a decade? Why does america murder its own population? In all of their history “Might Makes Right” remains the only truth. Some may attempt to fool us with other notions. They will say people voted, or businesses financed, or this person said or did, but most of those other notions are false, complicated or contradictory. We as a people should keep it simple, non-Africans live by “Might Makes Right.”

Only when we establish this, do we understand where we as a people must be and where we as a Conscious people must lead. As it stands today, many of our people are misleading our people. Many of us advocate solutions which do not add to our Might (Power). We have many brilliant Brothers and Sisters advocating “Knowledge of Self” stripped of might, or education and spiritual systems, stripped of might; and while these ideas look good–as who doesn’t want to understand ‘Odu Ifa’ or ‘The Book of Coming Forth by Day” and who doesn’t want their child to learn in a school by Africans for Africans–reality is, when these are promoted without might (which they usually are), the benefits are minimal; as without Might, our people will be Ruled and our conscious will be Fooled.

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non-Africans are playing chess against us. They are using everything in their power to immobilize and corner the Black man. They won’t stop until we immobilize and corner the white man.

Let’s be clear, non-Africans play chess against us. It’s a war game where they aggress (white goes first) and they use their institutions (rooks), religions (bishop), armies (knights), masses (pawns) and women to corner and immobilize our men and they’ll destroy everything we hold dear to get to our men. It’s a game that doesn’t end until their men are cornered and immobilized and if that takes destroying all they hold dear, so be it–that’s how to be victorious. So you need Might. You need Power. It’s Chess. Plain and simple.

The great irony of it all is that Might is not only easily acquirable for a determined people, but if Africans were truly self-determined, we could easily become the Mightiest people once again. The principles of Might (or Power) are Organization, Technology and Strategy. In the animal Kingdom, humanity possesses the ability to be the supreme organizers, wield the greatest technologies and devise the best strategies; but when it comes to so-called humans, the African holds the highest position in regard to capacity. So though non-Africans have not reached their organizational, technological or strategic limits, their limits are lower than Africans’. Therefore, self-determined, we would once again be the supreme Race. It’s only a matter of us conceding to this pursuit.

So while the non-African will say “Might Makes Right” and limit his determination to Militarizing himself, the truth remains that his path is exclusively destructive and his might is passable. america, a mighty non-African state, has an armed force that is roughly 2 million strong (counting reserves) or 0.6% of its population. china, currently the possessor of the largest armed forces, is roughly 2 million strong as well or 0.18% of its population. Yet with their 2 million each, they and others rule over a global African population of over a billion. Not only will organization, technology and strategy, make a population of over a billion defeat militaries of two-million, but organization, technology and strategy will also make our constructive path that much more livable for us. The benefits of organization, technology and strategy are endless.

In light of the minority rule which we Africans find ourselves under, it goes without saying that our people must focus on Organizing, Technologizing and Strategizing; and all of this must be particularly against Africa’s invaders. Unfortunately, we as a people are not Organizing ourselves, not Technologizing ourselves and not Strategizing ourselves; and worst, when we do Organize, Technologize or Strategize, it isn’t against Africa’s invaders; but for them. If every African could understand only one concept, “Organize, Technologize and Strategize against Africa’s invaders” should be at the core. Our quality of life, our offspring and our continent hang in the balance of whether we wake up to our destiny or stay asleep and let other men decide our destiny for us.

Africans Organize, Technologize and Strategize against Africa’s Invaders and the problems of today will be the problems of yesterday.