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Black Man of the Year 2004.
The “skinny man with a funny name” that is how Baraka Obama qualifies himself. And people wrongly or willingly
called him “Alabama
or Yo Mama.”
Nonetheless this half-Kenyan Columbia and Harvard Law School graduate
ended up being elected this year as the only black and first black man US Senator after wowing the Democrats with a
charismatic conference speech and flocking conservative republicans from
Illinois to the polls.
Born in Hawaii,
from a Kenyan student and a Kansas
teacher, his life is itself quite a history. Too much has been written about
is what we wrote back on September 1, 2004 in our article titled: Baraka Obama,
from goat shepherd to US Congress: “ I will make you
the shepherd of man”.
I just came from Africa.
I mean: the HEART of Africa, from where the
human exodus, that led to the conquest of the World as we know it today,
started. In fact, according to the latest archaeological and biological
discoveries, the human race today comes from one woman: A black woman, who once
lived in African savannas. Brief, we are all black men and women. That is what
Science tells us today.
Science also tells us that the woman, also known as
Africa Eve, lived in Eastern Africa, somewhere in the region today know as
Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Sudan, and Ethiopia. Maybe she
was a Masai, or a Bantu, or both, before the history
did them apart. When I was in Darfur, I wondered
whether the African Eve and her companions were Fur fleeing the Janjaweed militia to be able to cross the Yemen strait
without boats. I mean, the Zaghawa, Masalit, and Fur
people looked to me as very peaceful
true black people minding their own quiet life in the very beautiful plateaus
and mountains of Jebel Marra.
If one can truly believe in Science, people cannot
imagine how little, despite wars, western influence, schools, industries, cell
phones, computers, etc. has changed. The way I found the people there pretty
much resembles the image I made of them looking at the pictures from PBS and
BBC relating the exodus. If you want to see by yourself, then visit the Massai in Kenya
and the people on the foot of Mount Kilimandaro in Tanzania, and the fishermen on Lake
Tanganyika. Travel North West to
the shores of Lake Victoria. Rwandans I met in
Kampala told me
the lake is actually known as (I only remember the translation) “the Locusts
Killer”. According to a tale or reality (who can tell apart facts and fictions in Africa), colonies of locusts
periodically swarming across Eastern Africa devastating fields of crops, reach
the shores of the lake to end up drowning in the lake. The lake has actually
become the protector of crops from locusts. That is the way in Africa: Men and women protecting Nature and Mother Nature
returning the favor!
Visit the region and you will be taken away by the
simplicity of life there. I met women carrying pots on their head by some
magical law of equilibrium. I met farmers, herders, city dwellers, and people
in between, pretending to be Western. In Nairobi,
I met Jay-Z, Puff Diddy, Beyonce,
and Usher wannabes. I met a prince of pop looking like a Michael Jackson’s twin
and, believe me, with veils, umbrellas, glove, entourage, and all. In Zanzibar, I was almost ran over by a donkey.
What is the point? You may ask. The point is I found
that almost all Africans from the rural areas are goat herdspersons or
herdspersons of something. And that brings me back to the title of the article:
the fact that in
the US people say it is a
miracle that Obama, a descendent of an African goat
herdsman, rose to become one of the most influential Blacks in America
is an oxymoron. Most Africans, including the brightest and the dictators, the
warlord, and the corrupt bureaucrats, these American University professors or
Banking executives, the Harvard and Princeton educated elites or Harlem braids
women are descendent of goat, or cow, or
sheep, or donkey herdsmen.
I found that some herdsmen are more adventurous, or
smarter, or luckier, or all of the above than others. It is like everywhere really! Obama’s father was one of these goat herdsmen who rule Africa.
He came to the US with education seeking more
education and opportunity. He conquered both the education and the heart,
literarily, of the Americans. And the result is Baraka Obama.
This does not remove the fact that Baraka Obama is a very successful story. He is the epitome of the
arduous roads many successful blacks take in America. It is said that behind
every successful man there is a woman. Well, besides a woman, behind every
successful Black Man in America
there is also a secret untold story. I
contend the untold story behind Obama’s success
coming from a father being a goat herdsman, than overcoming adversity that came
from being a Black Man in America
and embracing the positive things that came out of it. After all we all are descendants of herdsmen.
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