Listen Siblings, I come in peace,
“The problem with Europeans and Asians is Europeans and Asians; the solutions for Africans is Africans.” — Onitaset Kumat
Today’s article is an excerpt, designed to remind you of what really is the issue. The excerpt is taken from the Foreword of Nana Akua Kyerewaa Opokuwaa’s book “The Quest For Spiritual Transformation.” This Foreword is written by Kwa David Whitaker, Ph.D., Esq. aka Nana Kwa Kra Kwamina. For the most part, I edited out the praises for and content of the book and the context of the quotation: Namely, the context is exploring what losses African people suffered as a result of our forced immigration. My edit focuses on the focus: the spiritual loss. This has much depth.
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Excerpt of the “Foreword” (of “A Quest for Spiritual Transformation” by Nana Akua Kyerewaa Opokuwaa)
by Kwa David Whitaker, Ph.D., Esq.
aka Nana Kwa Kra Kwamina, Tufohene of Atonkwa, Elmina Ghana
Research reveals that African people, since deep antiquity, structured their existence around a comprehensive set of Spiritual constructs that enabled them to unlock the secrets of the universe, live productive, purposeful lives and leave a legacy of excellence that is without equal int he world today. Egypt’s pyramids, among others, stand as a testament to this legacy.
Africa’s reliance upon sophisticated Spiritual knowledge aligned with sound behavioral standards laid the foundation for civilized human interaction and represents–aside from people themselves–her most profound contribution to the forward progress of humanity.
The contemporary notion of Africans as a ‘Spiritual People’ is a direct result of their documented beliefs, practices and traditions. When viewed vis-a-vis the status of African descendants throughout the Diaspora, and most particularly in North America, our second-class status can be attributed to fact that we are a ‘Spiritual people’ without its true ‘Spiritual identity.’ Instead of engaging in an unrelenting quest for our lost Spiritual systems we have adopted hybrid and bastardized renditions of our own traditions with the naive belief that they will somehow serve as useful tools.
Consequently, we journey from ‘church-to-church’, ‘group-to-group’ and leader-to-leader in a strange ritualized odyssey seeking answers to the age-old questions of Who am I? Where am I going? And. Why am I going there? The questions our Ancestors resolved centuries ago and, moreover, the answers to which have been left for us in their comprehensive set of Spiritual guidelines.
Absent our continuing Maafa (mass destruction) we would already possess this important knowledge and be utilizing the Spiritual practices–<em>still at our disposal</em>–to solve the problems confronting us as a people. Unfortunately, until we integrate true African Spirituality into our personal philosophy and daily practice, we will continue to wander through the confusing morass of religiosity–sampling from a meaningless smorgasbord of religions devoid of Spiritual sustenance.
Without important guidelines this pointless odyssey will continue until our demise. A familiar proverb says ‘when the pupil is ready the teacher will appear’. Nothing could be more apropos to characterize Nana Kyerewaa Opokuwaa’s <strong>Quest for Spiritual Transformation: An Introduction to Traditional Akan Religion, Rituals and Practices.</strong> [ . . . ]
As African descendants living in America we grow increasingly anxious about the future of our people. The more we hear ” . . . things are getting bad and I worry for the children” the more we should be convinced that something is terribly wrong with society. The more our children die young, face long-term incarcerations and live out meaningless existences the more we should know that God could not have intended for this to be our destiny. The more we fail in our desperate search for answers the more we should realize that we are obviously looking in the wrong places!
As ‘New World’ Africans we have spent nearly 400 years employing myriad strategies to achieve the illusive ‘American Dream’. Despite all our efforts we find ourselves on the proverbial square one at the dawn of the millennium. In many respects we are worse-off than our Ancestors who arrived aboard the Good Ship Jesus–at least they knew they were Akan, they knew their language, their Spiritual beliefs, practices, rituals, and important celebrations.
I am reminded of a quote that seems most appropriate to our Spiritual dilemma. It says “one is better off knowing where to go and not knowing how, than being free to go and not knowing where.” Our Ancestors were unwilling immigrants who knew where to go–Africa–but they didn’t know how. As their descendants, we are free to go but, after generations of indoctrination and cultural amnesia, we no longer know where . . ..