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EMANCIPATION DAY MESSAGE 2017 – Oloye Orawale Oranfe Ife

Oludari Agbaiye of Egbe Onisin Eledumare

Another  year has rolled by.

Africans  worldwide  still continue  to  struggle  for  significant improvement in out lives.

Interference  by  external  forces and  by internal counterproductive forces continue to plague our  struggles.

Wheresoever we  are  we are constantly  engaged in  battle.

Is there hope?

There is hope.

As  we  engage yet another year of U.N. designated International  Decade   for People of African  Descent there seems to be little State response to ensure that Africans  in this country  have  “national cooperation  in relation to the full enjoyment of economic, social, cultural, civil and political rights by people of African descent, and their full and equal participation in all aspects of society.”

The result  and consequence of this  has been  increased  crime and violence in our communities as the dispossessed  and  disadvantaged  citizens of African  descent  seek  to rectify this  situation.

Even  where  citizens utilise  legal options  such  as trade union action to receive their  well earned benefits to wealth that they helped to  create,the State and its relevant  agencies have  frustrated these legitimate efforts in favor of big business,State   and foreign  enterprises.

As  a direct consequence of this oppression is on the rise.

In our region there  are  attempts by capitalist/imperialist interests to plunge the region into political instability and internecine  war and  dispute.

How  can  we  counter  these divisive  and  disruptive tactics of those who do not wish  to see us prosper and enjoy the benefits of our contributions to our societies and world at large.

WE MUST FIGHT BACK.

WE MUST ORGANIZE TOTALLY AND EFFECTIVELY.

WE MUST SUPPORT OUR OWN.

WE MUST  ESTABLISH OUR OWN INSTITUTIONS OF REVOLUTIONARY EDUCATION  AIMED AT FREEDOM  OF OUR MINDS,BODIES, SOULS AND SPIRITS.

WE MUST RETURN  TO OUR ANCIENT WELL TRIED INSTITUTIONS  AND PRACTICES OF COOPERATIVE AND COLLABORATIVE ECONOMICS WITHIN OUR COMMUNITIES.

WE MUST JOIN AND FINANCIALLY SUPPORT ORGANIZATIONS THAT ALREADY EXIST TO SERVE  OUR NEEDS.

WE MUST BUILD NEW ORGANIZATIONS THAT  WILL COMPLIMENT THOSE ALREADY  WORKING  SO THAT  WE  MAY MORE  QUICKLY ACHIEVE OUR OBJECTIVE.

WE MUST ORGANIZE AND STAY ORGANIZE.

WE MUST DEFEND OUR RIGHT TOBE FREE.

There are perhaps  several other legitimate  actions that  can  and should  be taken.

It is time that we stop complaining and start doing something.Where  we are disorganized or not organized WE SHOULD ORGANIZE.

As we enter another year in which our government should begin  to ENSURE that persons of African Descent are equally  given opportunities of building independent  institutions via State funds, we should all demand that this happens.

Any political party existing or not yet existing to receive our support should meet our demands.

As we celebrate let us honour  our Ancestors.

As we celebrate let us keep the image of FREEDOM-Total and unconditional in our minds.

When  we gather this time  next year let us  report to ourselves our accomplishments of this year’s  objectives.

I pray that all of  us celebrating this year will  do so with peace, with  dignity and with the royal comportment with which our Ancestors  carried ourselves.

I pray that there shall be no violence whatsoever manifested on our sacred day  of coming together in UNITY.

May there be no deaths,interruptions of our celebrations or anything untoward whatsoever as we celebrate.

I thank our Ancestors.I thank the Ancestors of the First Nations Peoples.

In conclusion I greet the entire Nation  of Republic Trinidad and Tobago: Let every creed and Race  have its equal place.

 

 

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