I have been tossing and turning all night…trying to figure out what Angelina Jolie was doing at the African Union?
Since when is she pan Africanist? Is she Pan Africanist because she adopts black babies? Why is she being put on a pedestal for doing what MANY parents have done- adopt children? There are many African women in our communities who have opened up their homes to children with no parents….MANY!! So what is it that makes adoption so special when Angelina Jolie does it? Or is this yet another display of the white superiority complex?
To my understanding, the African Union is a structure which prioritises Africans and the African agenda….what exactly did some white actress from America add to this agenda? Her well rehearsed speech about protecting women is nothing we have not heard before.
We as African women are aware that we need to be prioritised Angie, it is our experience…..thanks!
Why did the AU feel that Angelina Jolie should be invited?
When there are so many African women who can speak for us, why did we need some American actress to do this? Are we so star struck by celebrity that even when it’s time to discuss conscious issues as Africans, we think we need validation from white people?
We are living in a time where we need to identify our own powerful voices. We are living in a time where Africa is grooming her new leaders. Establishments and structures such as the AU are platforms for these new voices. These new AFRICAN voices are the one which have our solutions. African solutions will not come from Hollywood.
I suppose they were trying to justify her presences when they kept mentioning her ‘refugee work’ with the UN.
Pardon my shock but I don’t even know HOW, the word, ‘refugees’ is part of the AFRICAN UNION vocabulary. If my memory serves me correctly, the borders of Africa were created at the Berlin Conference (Scramble for Africa)……so it’s a bit of a shock for me when Africans call EACH OTHER refugees. *_*
Basically, the African Union brought us a white saviour who adopts our refugee children? Wow. As the AFRICAN UNION??? Double wow!
Can we also not lose sight of the fact that social entrepreneurship is a global phenomenon and we have watched Angelina’s PR team position her brand, this is a smart woman.
Which brings me to my final question…Who is the African Union funded by?
If we find out that the African Union is a white capital construct…..then ma Afrika….surely the joke is on us.
The African Union has brought Lara Croft from tomb raider to address issues affecting AFRICAN women! Dankie!