Africa is being recolonized today, not with armies or arbitrary borders, but through Western governments and humanitarian outfits imposing population control ideology, sexual liberation, and abortion, says Obianuju Ekeocha. This new form of colonization is rooted in a master-slave mindset, Nigerian born Ekeocha stresses in her book, Target Africa: Ideological Neo-colonialism in the Twenty-First Century, which documents the funding and political schemes behind this injustice. Africa has undoubtedly struggled since the end of colonization with all kinds of socio-economic issues and political dysfunction and rich donors from the West have exploited this and have assumed the role of saviour and deliverer, offering “solutions” contrary to the values of most African people, she explains in the book.
A pro-life advocate, Ekeocha began her investigation into this subject back in 2012 when Melinda Gates raised $5 billion to fund contraception in Africa. Ekeocha was outraged and wrote to Gates explaining that as a Nigerian Catholic, she neither needed nor wanted what she was offering. What Africans need is a good health care system, food programs for young children, and better education, she says. “If you hold the purse-strings, you are the more powerful one in the relationship,” Ekeocha said. Much of the thinking stems from a belief that African demographics portend disaster given climate change and a less stable food supply.
Some believe that the answer to those threats is fewer people and, therefore a reduction in the size of the population. And the solutions Western entities provide “rely heavily on a strategy of reducing the source of the population growth in Africa, female fertility,” Ekeocha says. “Thus, Western nations, organizations, and foundations wage war against the bodies of African women,” she continues. While she always understood that Western nations were giving more money for condoms and contraception, she didn’t want to entertain conspiracy theories, and sifted through mounds of data and statistics in the United Nations’ archives where the money is closely tracked.
Ekeocha explains that a key year in all of this is 1994 when at a conference in Cairo, Egypt, Western governments were told that if they gave money to African nations it can qualify as aid even if it’s for contraceptives. From 1993 to 2012 such aid increased by 1,930%.
“When I tracked all the money going into the world for population programs it ranged between about $600 million dollars to $12 billion per year,” Ekeocha said. Anyone who gives you that amount of money within such a space of time means business, she said. Ekeocha said, even small organizations like the U.K.-based Population Matters markets a sense of self-righteousness to donors.
For every child born in Africa they ask their donors to give a certain amount of money based on their CO2 emissions. She explains that Population Matters launched an online initiative in 2009 just days after a climate summit in Denmark. The website was called PopOffsets which “enabled individuals and organizations to offset their carbon emissions by making online donations for contraception and sterilization in Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, and other developing countries.” “Go ahead, commandeer the world’s resource and live self-indulgently, Population Matters seems to be suggesting, so long as you prevent a poor African from being born,” she writes.
Ekeocha, a biomedical scientist, founded Culture of Life Africa in 2013 to highlight the toxic connection between the abortion and family planning industries and foreign aid. Her profile has continued to grow ever since; she’s also active on Twitter where she has a following of nearly 43,000. In 2016, when speaking at the United Nations on best practices for maternal health in Africa, a video showing a portion of her remarks went viral. A Danish representative was provoked that she would refer to the humanitarian efforts promoting abortion as “colonization” and argued that the Africans ought to regard this as a positive development, and let Africans make their own choices.
Ekeocha replied that if she tried to translate into local language what it means for a woman to “choose what to do with her body” and that abortion is a good thing, she could not do it, as there is no way of even phrasing such an idea in her tribal tongue. “Most African communities believe, by their tradition and cultural standards, that abortion is a direct attack on human life,” she said. “So for anybody to convince a woman in Africa that abortion is a good thing, you must first tell her what her parents, grandparents and ancestors taught her was actually wrong. You’re going to have to tell her that they have always been wrong in their thinking, and that is colonization.”
African countries have been put into a position where they’re being forced to take aid money that is destructive and addictive, Ekeocha said. The final chapter of Target Africa outlines how she believes the continent needs to be decolonized from certain Western influences and the superiority complexes many groups carry when they come bearing “gifts”. Ekeocha noted that African nations are frequently told they are “independent” countries, because while they are not under colonial rule as in the past, they remain beholden to outside Western donor groups. She hopes her book will provide a diagnostic snapshot of the proverbial wounds and infection in this system.
Ekeocha said that the continent’s many problems will not be solved by having fewer people, and Westerners, Christians included, have a lot to learn from African people. In a region known for some of the worst poverty on the planet, she explains, Africans know in the core of their being that God is their only hope. “When you don’t have governments stepping in now and again, and all of the programs that we find here in Europe and America, entitlements and all those things, we don’t have them. In a way, it’s a good thing, because that means people get to understand who really is their Provider and Protector and that their sustenance comes from God,” she said.
Ekeocha thought that she would be accustomed to life in the West when she moved to the U.K., having read many Western novels and watched movies, but she was surprised. Prior to relocated to Europe she had never met more than five atheists in her whole life. “We don’t have big atheist communities in Africa because people understand you cannot be in a place where you do not have a safety net and not recognize that God is your safety net. Even wealthy Nigerians still cling to God. We cling to God because we know our protection and sustenance comes from God. Africans are not ashamed to hold on to that child-like faith. We are unashamedly dependent on Him.”
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