itle: CAPITALIST NIGGER; THE ROAD TO SUCCESS

By Author: Chika Onyeani Reviewed By Clemence Tashaya
February 2011
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THIS is another volume by an angry African diplomat, a publisher and an internationally acclaimed journalist, Nigerian author Chika Onyeani.

According to Webster Collegiate dictionary, the word “Nigger” has now come to rank as “perhaps the most offensive and inflammatory racial slur in English…, it is otherwise a word expressive of racial hatred and bigotry”.

Ordinarily, according to the same dictionary, the word itself refers to a black person, having been used by such considered great writers like Joseph Conrad, Mark Twain, African scholars such as Wole Sonyika, Ali Mazrui and William Shakespeare and others.

This word has caused all kinds of invectives between blacks and Caucasians who think by calling blacks (Negro, Blackman, African- Americans and mulatto) “Niggers”; they are putting them down and in their place, something which would anger most blacks.

Blacks on their part have always obliged the Caucasians by doing exactly as they have anticipated.

This internationally acclaimed award winning journalist exposes the endemic frailties that debilitate and dehumanize the black race into dependency complacency perennial low self-esteem and inaction as if these were divinely ordained.

Onyeani’s tirade is angry but affectionate.

It is tongue–lashing book genuinely concerned with the fate of the author’s race. As usual in life, this kind of truth scathes the ear. This book is provocative, daringly acerbic and truthful.

Chika Onyeani’s view of the world race in (economic terms) today is that despite enormous natural resources, black Africans are economic slaves because they lack the “devil-may-care” attitude and the “killer instinct” of the Caucasian as well as the spider web mentality of the Asian.

Capitalist Nigger contends that only as “Economic Warriors”, employing the “Spider Web Economic Doctrine” can the black race escape from their victim mentality. He contends that blacks always blame others for their lack of progress in this world.

He is tired of their whining and victim-mentality, tired of listening to the same complaint day-in-day-out – racism this, racism that, tired of talking to people who have one mind set – talking of who did this and that to them. In this book, the author uses the term “Black” to refer to Africans whether they are from continental Africa, from the Diaspora or from anywhere in the world. He is not even afraid to say the black race has absolutely nothing to offer as compared to others in the world. “Blacks are slaves, economic slaves, and worse even when the Caucasians came to Africa to raid our villages and take our people into slavery,” he writes.

He even believes that in the next 20 to 50 years, the race would descend further into the abyss of the world’s totem economic pole unless they do something about it now.

The author advocates that there is nothing like State of Black Economy. It does not exist in Africa. Neither does it exist in any other part of the world. It is an allusion to think there is such a situation called State of Black Economy. Blacks are economic slaves. The word slave means serfs, chattels, paupers, peons or vassals. There is nothing in Africa that is owned by its people.

Chapter five of this book asserts that blacks are owned stock and barrel by people of European origin, Japanese, Chinese, the Indians and any other people that have decided to become economically viable.

He believes that the only possession in the world that the race could lay ownership to is the free air that they breathe. There is no black entity that is economically independent in any part of the world yet Africa is the second largest continent in the world.

It has been established that it is the cradle of humanity and civilization. Africa possesses the largest percentage of world’s natural resources such as gold, diamonds, silver, uranium, platinum, manganese, coal and oil. But unfortunately, Africa is today economically under occupation.

The author preferred to use the word “militarily” than economically. This is because of the fact that none of the natural resources Africa is blessed with is under African control. Many Africans do not understand the value of natural resources they possesses otherwise we would know how to cultivate them.

According to Onyeani, if Africans did they would also own the avenues through which these products are brought to be utilised in the world.

“Year in and year out, the United Nations has declared Africa as the world’s poorest continent, despite its enormous natural resources. For instance, Africa’s oil in countries like Nigeria, Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Libya, Equatorial Guinea and others has become economic life blood of most African countries. But as Africans they do not have an iota of knowledge of the process of finding the oil and bringing it to use. To discover oil, a Caucasian has to bring in his equipment to survey our land or shores. If there is oil, he estimates the amount of oil located in that area. He brings his own men. Unlike in his own country, whatever environmental damages the drilling does is none of his concerns.”

The black race has a very short attention span. When something happens, we holler and kick, organise demonstrations and rallies. In less than time it takes to say Jack Daniels, we have already forgotten the cause or point of our anger. We are back in bed with our oppressors, he says.

On an interesting note, Onyeani says Africans like to dance. They like to party. They like to sing. They have enriched the world with all kinds of music, all kinds of dance steps. Highlife, jazz, rhumba, kwaito, rock and roll, soul and now there is rap and hip-hop. You name it in the music world, they invented it. Look at black African, the so called Nigger in the USA and other parts of Europe with the way they are topping the world’s music charts shows. Of course, as the author says it all, it is a joke and at the height of stupidity to claim to be independent when you depend on your oppressors for everything. Yet every country in Africa is supposedly independent but all are under the yoke of colonialism.

On religious issue, Onyeani has no kind words for the Caucasians.

“Today’s white master-black slave mentality started when the Caucasians came to Africa with a bible ad a gun and the Arabs came with the Koran. We had our own beliefs in the Supreme Being, the creator of all things. But we were easily convinced that out God was not the right God. We were heathens and we were told. We were unbelievers and our names were not good enough. Today, if you want to be a Christian, you have to answer to an English name. You have to be John, Peter, Paul, Michael, Charles, Anthony or any of the other stupid names,” pg 85.

It’s true because as Africans, I have never seen a Caucasian answer to an African name. In fact, we have been having many Caucasians as Pastors in Africa for decades who spoke our languages perfectly well but never thought it good enough to name their children after any of our perfectly Godly African names like Unomasa—(Herero name for God has power), Anesu—(Shona name for God is with us), Bongani – (Zulu name for Thank God, Tangeni—(Oshiwambo name for Praise) e.t.c.

On education, Onyeani claims that most Africans are not uneducated but are miseducated. This is another contentious subject among the black race and others. But the author forgets that education has been used as the criterion through which intelligence is measured. Of course, the standard of education in the world was imposed by Europeans and even the language used to review this publication is not African.

However, this reviewer agrees with Onyeani on the assertion that the majority races especially the Caucasians and Asians believe that the African race is lower in intelligence than them.

In a continent of over 750 million people and in a race of over 1 billion people, no black person has ever won the Nobel Prize for Science, but for Peace and Literature. In this case, is it true that winning the Nobel Prize is the yardstick for intelligence? This is a reflection of how blacks all over the world have been miseducated. Basically, Africans are not educated in the areas which could help solve the multitudes of crises facing the black race today. This is not to say we are not educated, but we avoid those educational areas which we consider hard and pick the soft areas. For instance, rather than hard core science, we choose social sciences.

Onyeani is a provocative African scholar par excellence. He presents too many perfect ideas and truism in his ideology. Of course, sometimes, his ideas are erratic but hold water to any general reader and other scholars in International Relations. It’s true that Africa, the home of the black colour, is home to the poorest nations in the world. Africa is home to the Aids pandemic – more people are dying of Aids than any other part of the world. Africa is home to more countries at war than any other part of the world. Africa is home to more dictators than any other part of the world. His book is a tongue lashing but genuine concern about the fate of his race.

Capitalist Nigger is a good read book of passionate sense of outrage and collective self reproach. To Onyeani, the beginning of self reform is self criticism although readers of other races will find it difficult to swallow.

█ Chika Onyeani is the publisher and editor in chief of the African Sun Times, the only weekly newspaper distributed nationwide in the America. He has received numerous awards for journalistic excellence. His incisive and explosive editorials and articles have proved prophetic on several occasions. He is an alumnus of several institutions of higher learning both in Africa, England and United States. PF