I am very much looking forward to traveling to Africa within the next 30 days. It won't be my first time. In fact, I've traveled there multiple times. Actually, at this stage in my life, I'm seriously planning an eventual transition to Africa to live out my twilight years. That's maybe farther along than most people who will be reading this, but the one thing that's universal is the need to make that physical trip in order to cement that spiritual and psychological connection. Admittedly, doing that isn't going to be easy. Africa is a very complex place. A place that has been impacted with so much struggle and suffering. All of these things make understanding life there a process. Kwame Ture put it nicely when he talked about the conversation he had with a Chinese diplomat once who made an effort to compare the Chinese and African struggles. The diplomat was complaining about how difficult the Chinese had it in waging their struggle against the Japanese colonialists and the Komintang (Chinese bourgeois class). Kwame's response was "at least you only had two enemies. We have to fight the British, French, Portuguese, Dutch, Germans, Israeli zionists, the Americans and our own bourgeois classes in dozens of countries!" Still, the answers and solutions in Africa far outweigh the problems and certainly outdistance any effort to try and find solutions outside of Africa. The key there is understanding those contradictions. Doing this has never posed a problem for me because I have the work study process of the All African People's Revolutionary Party that has provided a strong foundation to process through the complications in Africa and make sense of them. Doing so makes it much easier to navigate on the continent.
So, the message here is if you are struggling to find direction in the movement and/or purpose and space for your personal life consider making an effort to embark upon a process of understanding mother Africa. Start by taking one geographical area and reading what's going there. Try Ghana. Read at least one article a week about Ghana. As you continue to do that you will learn quickly that African politics are rarely in isolation. Learning about Ghana will expose you to what's happening in neighboring Corte Ivore, Togo, etc. Soon, you will find you have a working knowledge of what's going on. Pick your sources wisely. Try to stick to primary sources. Read what the African Party for the Independence of Guinea Bissau or the Pan-African Congress of Azania, South Africa, have to say about what's going on in those countries. If you want guidance, Google the All African People's Revolutionary Party's Ideological Training Guidelines. On page eight (8) there is a guide for primary source organizations. Stick to that list to get your information and in no time you will know enough healthy information about Africa to probably motivate you to plan a trip there. Decide where you want to go and make an effort to at least learn some words of the local language for that area. Doing so in Ibo, Wolof, Twi, Fulani, Mandinka, will not take you long and will go a long way. Plan your trip with people living in the country you plan to visit. Avoid going over on a commercial tour. Sorry tour guides, but just think of that in terms of how you view people on tour buses driving through your neighborhoods. Right. Connect with real people on the ground and experience the real life there.
There's much more that could be said, but the important thing is we have to start getting our people to think in terms of Africa. Our enemies are fooling us with this talk and developing consciousness of us being a race of people. Being Black people. All this is designed to do is disconnect us from our land - Africa. They want to disconnect us because doing so disconnects us from the resources which produces the power we need to liberate ourselves and our people. That's why connecting with Africa is so important. According to the U.S. Passport Agency, only about 30% of U.S. citizens even possess a passport which probably means only about 10 to 15% of Africans have one. The sad thing is many people will openly brag about not wanting to travel outside the U.S. This is the height of ignorance and exactly the type of stupidity the enemies of Africa wish upon us. There are many areas of Africa that are rolling out the carpet for Africans in the U.S. to travel to Africa. Granted, this is a bourgeois level invitation, but we should use it to make grassroots connections to our mother. The Western Hemisphere is such a small part of who we are and what we can accomplish, but we will never understand that if we don't grow beyond the parameters provided to us by our enemies. So, think about it. I'm tired of people only wanting to talk about traveling to Europe as if that's the pinnacle of cultural development. I'm also sickened to see the connection and consciousness other people have to their homelands only to see Africans having only the context of surviving oppression on the plantation. Edward Blyden, Paul Cuffee, Marcus Garvey, and others sought to awaken us about our motherland, our homeland, over 100 years ago and many have come and gone with the same message. The U.S. is nothing without the exploitation of Africa propping it up so don't think that connecting to the U.S. makes you connect with the winner. That tide is turning and it's turning fast. Take steps to prepare yourself and your family for the next phase. Africa is getting stronger and no force on Earth will stop her! Take the opportunity to introduce yourself to your mother, the sleeping giant of the world. In doing so, you may find that you learn many important elements about yourself that you have been trying to understand for quite some time.