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.

13 thoughts on “The Only Superpower Black People Should Aspire to Have

  1. This is probably the best thing I’ll read for the next month. Making that statement at age 14 shows you knew the truth at that point. What I discovered many years ago is that schools aren’t made to teach you how to think, although they should be. Schools are made to teach children how to become pawns in the game. You told them, I want Nigeria to have the same power to control the game as others do; they couldn’t take it! God bless.

    1. Peace,

      Your comment is appreciated. Before you wrote, I was considering deleting this posting. Asante sana.

      I tend to avoid quoting white people, but here’s what one said:

      “The most erroneous assumption is to the effect that the aim of public education is to fill the young of the species with knowledge and awaken their intelligence, and so make them fit to discharge the duties of citizenship in an enlightened and independent manner. Nothing could be further from the truth. The aim of public education is not to spread enlightenment at all; it is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed and train a standardized citizenry, to put down dissent and originality. That is its aim in the United States, whatever the pretensions of politicians, pedagogues and other such mountebanks, and that is its aim everywhere else.” — h.l. mencken

      From the horse’s mouth, their schools are to make pawns.

  2. People will not challenge us. They must treat us with silence… So watch who people quote when it comes to Black scholarship. If they’re quoted forget them… If they are considered the most ‘compelling,’ the most ‘brilliant’ what you see then is someone that does not help us. It is the invisible. It is the ones that we know. The ones that do not receive grants, the ones that are not lauded or called ‘super heroes’ in each others books. Or worst still the ones who are not considered the best by White scholars who stand over our archives like vultures keeping our history hostage and asking as the price of admission that you trade your soul for access to the things that your ancestors inscribed. Those people that write on the backs of books that ‘this is the finest new scholar,’ that is the person that you should never quote. Rather, buy all their books, read them for the sources, get the sources yourself because what they have contributed is not a frame for interpreting but rather they have just given you a roadmap to the things that you need to reclaim.

    1. Peace,

      Good advice. I’m not too sure if these new scholars are even quoting the right books or setting up the sources properly. It’s good to do your own independent study though. Marcus Garvey had said, “Use every spare minute that you have reading. If you are going on a journey that would take you an hour, carry something with you to read for that hour, until you have reached that place. If you are sitting down waiting on someone, have something in your pocket to read until that person comes. Never waste time you should read at least one book a week, and by doing this after 5 years you would have read over 250 books. Then you would be considered a well read man or woman. There will be a great difference between you, and the person that has not read one book. You will be considered intelligent, and the other person will be considered ignorant. Never forget that intelligence rules the world, and ignorance carries the burden.”

      I haven’t read a book a week, but I can appreciate this advice.

  3. hello brother Onitaset, I just want to ask if you know any information describing Azani what it is and mean. it does not have to be much,even references will be well appreciated.

  4. The phrase is actually AZANIYA. thing is that I came across a document which is named THE NAKALA KUMA. Which talks about an African God called ZAH and the eight pillars of Nazame,The document centre’s around the use of number 8 and if fact the sacredness of 8 as the number of Zah the original African God according to the document. It has 8 pages that detail African ancient history from an African perspective and most of the time uses AFRICAN TERMS in naming Ancient African personalities such as the Godess Isis being called Usisi,Osiris is Osirisi and talks of about Makheda.
    the document also makes deals with Africa’s invasion by Assyrians and other western Asians and how they then introduced the worship of Elohim and destroyed the worship of Zah/Nazame.

    it talks about the 42 confessions and African festivals or ceremonies performed to mark or initiate acts.
    in short it a detail script about the life of Azaniya which is Africa’s name at the time and the African people thus being called The AZANI which again according to the script means BELIEVERS.(forgive me for the long text).

    1. Sorry. I never heard of it. The closest I have heard was people in what’s now called “South Africa” referring to the country as Azania. It’s possible you are referencing the people of Azania, particularly those who either influenced or were influenced by ancient Kmt. Further, your mention of Nazame puts into mind the creator in Akan culture, Nyame. Odwirafo at goes over Ancient Kmt and Akan culture in depth. These may be good places to look. But I have no trouble with long texts. I learn new things daily. So thank you for the long text!

    1. Nigeria has roughly 15% of Africa’s population. It would be a springboard to all African countries; but sometimes it’s better to start small and build yourself up. I’d prefer to say ‘all of Africa’ but it’s like what Dr. Clarke would say, if you can’t run a candy shop you can’t run an economy in Africa. I take it to mean, if you can’t get Nigeria as a superpower, what’s the point of saying all of Africa?

      We need to envision what a post-Revolutionary Africa would look like and how it would come about. There’s many, many ways. But we need to be realistic to push forward progress. If we set too high a goal, we run the risk of talking when we should be marching.

      That’s why I wrote Nigeria.

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