WHAT IS AFRIKACENTRIC TOURISM AND NEOCOLO TOURISM ? or DISCOVER THE POWER AND BENEFITS OF OUR AFRIKACENTRIC CONTINENTAL AFRIKATOURISM FOR ALL CONT/DIASPORA AFRIKANS TO PRACTISE, By (2011) Prof Afrikadzata Deku, Docteur d'Etat, PhD; *Doctorat d'Etat (Ph.D.) * D.E.S.S. (M. Phil) * Diplome De L' I.I.A.P.(Post-Grad. Dipl.) * M.Sc. * BA. Double Majors *; Emails: [email protected] ;
These days, the word "Tourism" is gaining more and more currency in the consciousness of our elite in Ghana and the rest of Continental AfrikaWorld.
In their tragically chronic need and desperate search for Foreign money at all cost and any how, colonially-created and neo-colonially controlled state prisons or invisible Foreign Plantations in our today's neo-colonial Continental AfrikaWorld see in Tourism a kind of a sky-based savior they can only dream and pray for but never touch or have in reality no matter how hard they try.
That is why, not a day will pass by these days without someone in authority telling us on television, or over the radio or in our dailies, the urgent need for Ghana or Afrika to develop and promote vigorously Tourism as essential Foreign exchange earner for the country.
All over the Continent, states desperately fight each other to death for FOREIGN EXCHANGE CRUMBS FROM THE WESTERN DOMINATED AND CONTROLLED TRILLION DOLLAR TOURISM BUSINESS .
But before we go further, we need to remind ourselves or refresh our memories of some basic Afrikacentric Continental AfrikaTruth about Tourism in Ghana in particular and Afrika as a whole.
First of all, when we say or talk of developing or promoting Tourism in Ghana or Continental Afrika, what or which tourism do we mean or have in mind?
For the non-initiated or Westernized Afrikan, Tourism is tourism. It does not need to be qualified as "Ghanaian" or "Afrikan" for it to be.
And to others, to say or talk of Tourism in Ghana automatically or naturally means "Ghanaian" Tourism. And as such, it needs no qualification and it is self-evident .
But to the mentally awakened and liberated Afrikacentric Continental AfrikaMind , there is Afrikacentric Concept, Definition and Practice of the word Tourism which must be differentiated from the neo-colonial concept, definition and practice of tourism .
This means, neo-colonial tourism is meant to promote not Afrikan but Foreign cultures , values and ways of doing things in Ghana and Afrika.
Afrikan-Centric Tourism, on the other hand, is Ancient/Traditional Continental Afrikaland and People-created, based-and-oriented Tourism that exists not to promote neo-colonial but Afrikacentric Continental AfrikaCulture and Values in Ghana and Afrika.
Neo-colonial tourism therefore, consists of displaying with pride and boasting of and marketing to the outside world not Afrikan but Western/Arab or Foreign made or built "castles, forts", five star "hotels, mighty cathedrals, mosques, synagogues, bars, discos, shopping centers, dams, highways", etc. which we exhibit as our own in our Self-ignorance.
This Foreign "treasure-based-and-oriented" Tourism we are now programmed to call , promote and boast of as our own or as "Ghanaian" or "Afrikan" is not Afrikan but neo-colonial tourism and can never help us in any way no matter what their well fed expert promoters tell us.
All because, to neo-colonial tourism, anything from the Western/Arab worlds to us can only be good and must be marketed or displayed to the outside world as our "treasure", "progress", "civilization", "development", "modernization" or "heritages" which is not even true in the first place.
This means, to neo-colonial tourism, everything Foreign is good for Afrika and as such must be adored, praised and displayed for all to see and be proud of while things Authentically Ancient/Traditional Continental Afrikan are most of the time dismissed, hidden, or neglected or rejected as "barbaric", "archaic", "obsolete", or "anti-change" or irrelevant to our present day needs .
IN NEOCOLONIALISM TOURISM, TOP GOVT OFFICIALS AND LEADERS ARE PROGRAMMED TO BEG AND FIGHT FOR CRUMBS MONEY FROM THEIR FOREIGN CREATORS TO USE TO PAINT, RENOVATE, MARKET AND PROMOTE WHAT I CALL SLAVE DUNGEONS IN WHICH OUR AFRIKABROTHERS AND SISTERS WERE RAPED, BEATEN, TORTURED AND KILLED WHICH THEY SHAMELESSLY PRESENT AND SHOW-CASE TO THE WORLD AS THEIR “NATIONAL TOURIST ATTRACTION” IN THEIR SELF-IGNORANCE .
IN GHANA, ONE OF THESE SLAVE DUNGEONS IS PROUDLY BEING USED AS THE SEAT OF THE GHANA GOVERNMENT WITHOUT THEIR LEAST KNOWLEDGE OF THE DISHONOR THEY ARE DOING EVERYDAY BY TURNING SLAVE DUNGEON OR CEMETERY OF OUR DEAD AFRIKAANCESTORS WHO SUFFERED AND DIED IN THE HANDS OF THE ARAB AND WESTERN SLAVE TRADERS INTO A “CASTLE” TO BE CELEBRATED, HONORED AND BRAGGED ABOUT TO THEIR CITIZENS AND THE WORLD .
AFRIKACENTRIC TOURISM , on the other hand, is authentic Continental AfrikaCulture created, based, oriented and controlled.
Afrikacentric Tourism therefore accepts, loves, respects, adores, promotes and projects WITH GREAT PRIDE AND DIGNITY and at all time, all the positive, authentic, unique, original and uncontaminated Aspects of who and what we are as Continental Afrikans.
It promotes and projects not neo-colonial but our Afrikacentric Continental Culture, Values, Customs, Traditions, Festivals, Ceremonies, Democracy, Nation-state, Government, Leadership, Development, Education, Religions, Philosophy, Ideology, Science and Technology, Architecture, Medicine, Law, Security System, Spiritology and Arts and Crafts in their Glorious State and Forms for us to enjoy with the world .
Through the daily practice and promotion of our Afrikacentric Tourism, we recover and affirm our right not to neo-colonial but Afrikacentric Continental Political, Economic and Social World Order, Way of Life and Being.
This means, Afrikacentric Tourism is not about the exhibition of Foreign/slave/colonial/neo-colonial-based things or SLAVE DUNGEONS AS OUR CASTLES OR FORTS but Continental Afrikan People or Culture based and oriented .
It is therefore, not Material but Spirit-based and oriented Way of life and being to which outsiders are naturally and automatically invited or drawn to honor and benefit from with or without our invitation or begging them to do so.
All because, as long as we learn to recover, accept, love, respect, appreciate and live constantly in tune to the Heaven, Pride, Dignity and Security of our Afrikacentric Continental AfrikaCulture, Values, Worth and Wealth that others elsewhere desperately lack and envy us for and seriously need from us to be whole and human again, the whole world will ceaselessly flock to us for the Life or Humanity they have lost in their today's Hell of I-ME-MYSELF .
But we shall continue to have little or nobody from outside flocking to us here as long as we prefer selling to the outside world not Afrikacentric Made-in-Continental-Afrika Tourism but neo-colonial or Western/Foreign made and controlled Tourism or way of life which they are tired of and want to escape from with something they do not have
In other words, neo-colonial Tourism does us more harm than good. By promoting not authentic Continental Afrikan but Western/Arab or Foreign made and controlled world orders, capitals, cities, towns, buildings, cultures and values we are programmed to call our own, neo-colonial Tourism is promoted by outside forces and their paid agents in Ghana and Afrika to systematically kill or relegate to the back-seat of our life, our Afrikacentric Tourism that alone is destined to serve our Afrikacentric Continental AfrikaNeeds.
Simply because, all the Foreign style buildings we desperately beg Foreigners to come and see and admire as "our castles, forts, hotels, national theatre, conference centre, restaurants", and so on can never serve as Tourist Baits or Magnets with which to hook and capture Foreign tourists to our shores as we hope and pray for.
Since, Foreign tourists or visitors are not and cannot be attracted to Ghana or Afrika with photocopies or caricatures of Foreign cultures, values, and material things they already have in limitless quantity and are sick and tired of but only by presenting them with unique, original, different, rich, authentic Continental AfrikaCulture, Values and Wealth they lack and desperately need from us as true Continental Afrikans and not as their photocopies or agents.
That is why, neo-colonial tourism, in spite of all the Foreign money being pumped into it years after years to promote and satisfy Foreign needs in Afrika can only satisfy not Afrikan but Foreign tourist needs in Ghana or Afrika no matter how many polished lies its beneficiaries tell us.
This is so, because, Afrikacentric Tourism, unlike neo-colonial tourism, concentrates its energy and resources on conferring on us, the Afrikacentric Continental AfrikaPower, Pride and Benefits of living and projecting ourselves as Afrikacentric Continental Afrikans and no more as Westernized or Arabanized or Foreignized Afrikans or pro-Foreign Afrikans and Anti-Afrikan Afrikans .
Through our recovery and daily practice of our Afrikacentric Tourism, our hither- to- neglected or forgotten authentic, rich, unique, original, fresh, virgin, un-bought, unsold and uncontaminated Continental AfrikaWorld Order, People, Culture and Values, throughout the Continent are resurrected and brought to the limelight for our daily enjoyment and that of others.
While neo-colonial tourism sees and limits AfrikaCulture to drumming and dancing or occasional durbars, festivals and ceremonies of our chiefs and people, Afrikacentric tourism sees AfrikaCulture as a unique, original and positive Continental AfrikaWay of life and being worth accepting, honoring and sharing with the outside world.
Thanks therefore to Afrikacentric Tourism, our Continental AfrikaCulture or Way of Life will be Scientifically studied, researched into, diffused, taught, learned, practiced, systematized, organized, institutionalized and packaged as Authentic Continental Afrikan cultural, educational, spiritual, religious, moral and social Bait or Magnet with which to attract and guarantee us a ceaseless flow of positive Foreigners into Ghana or Afrika.
This is true because it is a scientifically acknowledged truth or fact that those we call "developed and rich" countries are tragically "underdeveloped and poor and bankrupt spiritually, morally, religiously and socially.
And as such, will pay anything to flock to us in Ghana or Afrika in their millions for our limitless reservoir and supply of social, spiritual, moral and religious wealth, Power and Riches we know little or nothing of and which others envy us for and desperately need from us to be HUMAN AND WHOLE AGAIN AND FREE FROM THE CURSE OF LIVING FOR THINGS RATHER THAN LIVING FOR LIFE .
In the same way, millions of our present two hundred million Westernized Diaspora Afrikans currently suffocating and dying for the truth about themselves as Continental Afrikans, will also pay anything to flock to us not for neo-colonial tourism and its Western materialism MIRAGE or ILLUSION which they have enough of and as such desperately seek refuge and salvation from by flocking back to RECONNET, AFRIKANIZE AND EMPOWER themselves wit us their Glorious Continental Afrikan Source, Root , Heritage, History, Culture, Power, Pride, Dignity and Security in AfrikaCentricity.
They will come back to us naturally and automatically as the dry river bed flows back with water to its source after rain, once we guarantee them their forgotten Continental AfrikaTruth and Way of life which they have been starved of for the past five hundred years.
And which we can only guarantee them through our urgent recovery and daily practice of Afrikacentric Continental AfrikaTourism and way of life which our present neo-colonial tourism can never offer us and others no matter its promises
To reap the above untold miracles, benefits or blessings of our Afrikacentric Tourism is to avoid or break away from the dangers of our present neo-colonial tourism.
By COPYRIGHT (2011) Prof Afrikadzata Deku, Docteur d'Etat, PhD; *Doctorat d'Etat (Ph.D.) * D.E.S.S. (M. Phil) * Diplome De L' I.I.A.P.(Post-Grad. Dipl.) * M.Sc. * BA. Double Majors *
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