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A most compelling and elucidating address on the theme of courage, hope, justice, and redress. With the most unassuming non-threatening composure, to an audience that primarily is comprised of and resembles the perpetrators of the very wrongs committed against society, and in this case, about the stolen relics, artwork, and spiritual artifacts of African nations, that sit in museums of those who colonized in the most barbaric of circumstances, Germany, France, England, the eloquence and poised delivery of a stinging reprimand is presented with coaxing command.
When she describes how the stories of missionaries were conferred to the Africans with regard to their cultural and religious artifacts as magic, she paints the magic of Catholic Christianity beliefs that a man could be believed to have died and become the symbolic bread of life. “The point is that belief systems vary, and as long as they feed the spiritual needs of a people they are valid”
“Just as we can’t be dismissive of a history, because we are uncomfortable with it”
The many aspects of storytelling interwoven with the harsh truths of history as she intones “It is not that Europe has denied its colonial history, that will be too crude.. it is instead that Europe has developed a way of telling the story of its colonial history that ultimately seeks to erase that history”
For is this not the what, the why, the present of social unrest in the intellectual conversations in the USA that are rousing controversy and opposing contradictions on critical race theory?
With demure vocal prowess, she harpoons the pillagers of cultural travesties against the Africas, to raise the level of human conscience, amend the wrongs wrought, and rightfully return the stolen museum-encased treasures to whom they rightfully belong.
A voice of Courage and Hope Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie addresses The Humboldt Forum
“Courage and hope are intertwined. Courage is an act of hope. And hope is born of courage. Acts of courage create hope. And there is nothing more essential to the human spirit than hope So Here’s to courage Thank You”