The Chino-African Dictators Corporation Headquarter By Belayneh Abate

February 7th, 2012 Print Print Email Email

The news about the new china’s building in Addis Ababa has inundated the African News Media. According to some news reports [1, 2], the current chairman of African tyrants expressed: “this building is the reflection of the new Africa, and the future we want for Africa.” What an embarrassing statement! In my opinion this man who talked representing his beggar friends should have said the building is the reflection of the current African dictators and the future these dictators want. Although these shameless tyrants relentlessly solicit money in the name of African people, begging should not be the Africans’ reflection or future will.

I am just wondering! When will these disgraceful rulers stop begging? They beg for food, water, medicine, clothes, plates, forks, spoons, dishes, and now for offices in the name of the people they firmly force to live in starvation and unhealthy conditions. Furthermore, they supplicate money to construct roads, bridges, dams, which in fact, break apart before they start providing services. It appears these tyrants carry begging- DNA chains that encode their daily soliciting activities. They spend ample time not in producing ideas or goods but following the tails of wealthy-nations’ leaders as scavengers follow the stench of carcasses. The donor nations’ leaders have given diplomatic fancy names for the baloney they throw to the relentless beggars who drool looking at their dinner tables. Yep! They call it assistance, AID, Gift, donation, economical cooperation and blah…blah. How on earth could a continent or a country develop an inch using begging business as a prime tool? One should not have to take psychology courses or conduct scientific researches to demonstrate the harmful effect of begging on self-confidence, innovation and productivity. The mother of human race- Africa does not still possess strong neck that holds her head upright. When she tries to sit up, she still falls backwards because her beggar-despotic children have dreadfully weakened her stamina and self-confidence.

As a child, I used to know a life- time beggar woman. Although her standard of living was better than most of the community members, she never felt she was self- sufficient. In addition, she used to believe that she would lose her fingers and toes if she stopped begging. Could that be the case with African dictators? Why they continued begging although they amass African wealth and western donations not just in millions but in billions? May they lose their hands, feet, noses, penises, testicles or any other body parts if they discontinue begging? Could not each of these despots be able to build a two- hundred thousand dollars building? Do not donor nations hurt Africans when they continue entertaining such sorts of life-time beggar despots (or hypos as George Ayittey calls them)? Should starved Africans remain as spectators when the hippos use the robbed money to buy fashionable -American ties, stylish- British outfits, and modish- Italian shoes for themselves; and lipsticks, bras and nail polishes for their extravagant wives and mistresses? Should citizens keep silent when the self-acclaimed rulers write internationally humiliating history for the current and future African generations just like the traitors did during the colonial era?

An Ethiopian adage goes “The bride’s weeping during her wedding is an expected tradition”. The beggars tried to blend their begged product with a historical- legacy by erecting the emblem of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah. Was this visionary African really waiting for this day? Was he praying day and night for the Chinese government to establish the African Union Headquarter in the 21st century? Did he tenaciously campaign to unite Africans or brutal dictators? Whether the Chinese Engineers encrypt their finger prints on the building or not, this 100- meter tall construction signifies the magnanimity of the Chinese empire not the strength of the African Unity. Its erection on African soil does not make it African Product or insignia of African Unity. Each story-tower and flight of stairs heralds the tallness and ascension of China while it reveals the unfortunate dwarfism and the sinking of Africa. Furthermore, it clearly demonstrates that Africa is ruled by shameful oppressors who do not hesitate to trade the dignity of their people. It looks the African dictators were waiting for the second coming of Economic Messiah (the first coming was the colonization era). As one can read from the picture, it seems the giant donor stands tall with broadened – shoulder and inflated -heart. On the other hand, it appears his beggars stand on either side and behind him with thankful mood as well-fed puppies stand with their owners to express their gratitude. In my view, no matter from which angle we look at it, this unfortunate donor-beggar relationship has left a degrading historical scar for Africans.

In summary, building corporate offices with supplicated money will never transform these disgraceful rulers to African leaders or improve the lives of Africans. The only way Africa could develop, unite and establish its own headquarters is when its peoples’ minds, sense organs and hands are free from interwoven dictatorial chains. These God given human traits could be free only when these ruthless despots are replaced with conscientious citizens who fully understand the significance of free thought and speech that fosters innovation, flow of ideas, interaction and unification. Otherwise, the current African Union is nothing but the dreadful African dictators’ mutual long finger- nail which they use to scratch each- others’ back whenever they are caught stealing elections and massacring their own tax payers. Despite the voracious ambition to unite, Africans are still falling apart as result of ethnic conflicts ignited by the very malicious individuals who are standing with the “charitable” Chinese man. In reality what we see is not united Africans but African rivers draining human blood and African vultures devouring human fleshes whose souls have been taken away by the dictators’ bullets, starvation or preventable communicable diseases. Therefore, neither African Union nor its headquarters are established. What the Chinese government built in the African Capital City is the Chino-African Dictators Corporation Headquarter.

Thank you!

End notes
1. All Africa. Com : New African Union Head quarter inaugurated
2. AU new Headquarters opened.

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  1. Dawi
    | #1

    [[..Despite the voracious ambition to unite, Africans are still falling apart as result of ethnic conflicts ignited by the very malicious individuals who are standing with the “charitable” Chinese man. ...the Chinese government built in the African Capital City is the Chino-African Dictators Corporation Headquarter...]]

    The extent of the anger you show seems to reflect what Tutu discribed a while ago. And you write in the language of our Northern Neighbor’s distaste to anything Afica who btw, is the brain child of ethnic conflicts himself.

    Desmond Tutu once said apartheid had left South Africans suffering from “self-hate” which is partly to blame for the country’s vicious crime rate and ethnic tensions etc.

    Colonialism and neo-colonialism has a lot to do with Africa’s predicament. You can’t blame all that to just African Dictators. China has faced same issues. So can Africa get help from fellow developing nation? Sure it can and should learn for the help.

    China is Africa’s “poor friend” and fellow developing nation; a huge country, 2nd largest economy but still her per capita GDP is less than US $4000.

    You may not know that but, there are 12 African countriies who have higher per capita than China. So what is wrong with accepting or getting help from another developing nation?

    They are sharing what they have as a friend even though they can use the resources to better their own people as we speak. That in my book is true freindship.

    When UN passed Resolution 2758 in 1972, among the 76 countries that voted for China, 26 were from Africa. Mao said then “we were carried into the UN by African friends”. Since they have pride in ONE China that meant a lot to them then. They try to give back what they can as friends. Tanzam railway was one big gift they gave to Africa at that time.

    UNITY is a long process. Looking at EU we can see how hard it is even to use one currency let alone full unification. Can we all be a little bit practical?

  2. Dawi
    | #2

    [[..Could not each of these despots be able to build a two- hundred thousand dollars building?..]]

    Sure they can build a “large Shack” for that kind of money. :-)

    But, you will then complain why they didn’t use the money to feed the starving African people? Won’t you?

    I say use/take all help they can muster particularly, material/technical knowledge transfer of the Chinese types that eventually help us be able to fish.

  3. deriba gothcu
    | #3

    Sad that this building will be rememberd as the prominence of China in the naturally rich African content.
    This is a clear contrast to its intended purpose of signifying the friendhsip of the continenet with China. The right way to mark the later would have been for the Africans to build an African Unity house by using their own resources. At this stage our History, we all should be confident to believe we have enough skilled people and companies with the know how to build this symbol of our unity. Then if we wish we can declare it as monument to the Chinese-African friendship but yet can remain largely as a symbol for African unity. But now, I am afraid, it has very little of an African Heart and Mind in it-No African SOUL in it. What was a mere 200 million dollars among 40 odd countries, less than 5 million dollars of contibution each-it could also be less of a financial burden on the poorer members if the wealthier states commit to chip in a bit more, too.
    I am particularly sadened tthat Emperor Haile Selasie’s statue wasn’t considered to be put up. Aside from ones political view I can’t think of any leader with longevity of his rule who played such a shining role during the the African de-colonization period. A lot of Africans indeed others around the world still remember him with great fondness.
    Many of us from the older generation remeber that He was the first leader (first sitting Monarch) in the world to visit Communist China. This was the begining for China of an offical contact with the outside world-thus ending a self-imposed isolation. That followed by flurry of diplomatic engagements with the USA and other countries. The Chinese saw that visit as a very significant development in Cino-African relationship, now they see the fruits of it. We all were wow when they followed it with an immediate offere to get engaged with some significant development activity in Ethiopia. We all remeber the most significant of their engagement was the road project in Northern Ethiopia. It is still mystifying why the Emperor was the First the Chinese chose to meet over one of the more left-leaning leaders of the newly independent African countries which China was known to support materially and politically. I could only say, whatever our views of Him individually are at home, that He was well regrded abroad. To me I couldn’t think of a more fitting personality than Emperor Haile Seilassie both as gracing African Unity and also Cino-African relations.
    -It was wrong, as Africans we did not show a small commitment to initiate and erect the building through our effort which was well within our capability.
    -It was wrong that we failed to remember Emperor Haile Silassie who played valuable roles in the African De-colonization and building African Unity. In both these counts, if not downright shameful the AU has shown failure and lack of courage. Sad.

  4. Dawi
    | #4

    The following is an interesting comment by By Okello Oculi.

    Isn’t it ironic non Ethiopians are the only ones who seem to get what Meles went through to keep African Union in Addis?

    “Prime Minister (he is not president) Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia was pushed into turning to China by Muamar Gaddafi’s plan to build the AU headquarters in Sitre, his hometown. It is worth noting that the late President Omar Bongo and Angola’s oil-rich leaders failed to offer that small amount from their oil earnings in billions of dollars. The current anger by non-governmental organisations that are ‘running dogs’ of Euro-American-Japanese multinational corporations are angry that Angola is flirting too cosily with Chinese capital have quoted the huge figure of $32 billion in that country as lost to corruption. That is a sum that would have built AU headquarters in many African capitals, not to talk of trans-African railway lines. The curses being hurled at Zenawi should also be usefully directed at those 85 Euro-American multinational corporations which have looted vital minerals (including coltran, diamond and gold) from eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, and hindered that country’s ability to give the paltry $124 million to Zenawi for building the AU headquarters.”

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