I have always been fascinated by Ousmane Sembene, who was originally a writer but he decided to become a filmmaker because he realised most people in Senegal were not literate and couldn’t read his stories but everyone could understand a film. He is now often seen to be the father of African cinema, a very inspiring figure whose films even now are made primarily for the communities in the parts of Africa that he is concerned about.
Why are we so afraid to reclaim our African identity?
Growing up within a black community the topic of whether Caribbean people originated from Africa was quite common amongst my primary school peers.
I can still hear the dramatic outcries of the Caribbean students protesting against what they felt to be an absolute insult because after all Africans were just “a charity case of uncivilised poor black people.” This was a racially negative stereotype that was constantly being portrayed within the media. It’s quite to safe to say our knowledge of Africa was extremely limited and we were in fact ignorant on the topic of African history and culture which I believe many black people still are today.