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"Culture is the heritage of us all. some may be more interested than others in the treasures of the past, but no one can fail to take a pride in his country's participation in the story of mankind, as represented in carvings, sculpture, music, paintings and the other arts. And there is a personal commitment to this, for no man can really say he is alone: we are all joined through our identity, with the cultures which are part of the mainstream of life"
- Simon Kapwepwe, Zambian Independence Freedom Fighter

"Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm" - Winston Churchill

"Try to be the rainbow in someone else's cloud" - Maya Angelou

"Your time is limited so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinion drown out your inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition" - Steve Jobs

Friday, 21 May 2010

Colonialism - Can Both Sides Of The Story Be Told?

An Algerian film premiering tomorrow at the Cannes film festival is already causing quite a stir.  A few French people have started protesting, afraid that their side will not be told favourably.

Colonialism is always a touchy subject.  At school in England it always frustrated me that we learned all about William the Conqueror and 1066 and we learned about World War I and II but colonialism was NEVER mentioned! You can't forget the past, it has forged the future we presently live in. You can't just sweep such an important time in our global history under the rug.  We are still recovering from the change it brought! And I think that it is very important that we tell these stories in order to understand where we came from so we can bridge gaps and move on.

However, I do not think colonialism should be used as a crutch on Africa's part: an excuse to keep on walking around like headless chickens or worse like ostriches with their heads in the sand.  It is time for us to take control of our own destinies :)

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