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Baba Buntu is an Activist Scholar and Founding Director of eBukhosini Solutions; a community-based company in Johannesburg, specializing in Afrikan-Centered Education. As a Pan-Afrikan educator, writer, mentor and practitioner, Baba Buntu has more than 30 years of experience in conceptualizing and contributing to programs on social development, innovative entrepreneurship and cultural empowerment. He has founded a number of community interventions based on practical approaches to Black Consciousness and decolonial methods. With experience from working engagements in Afrika, the Caribbean and Europe, Buntu’s passion lies within people-centred development for practical empowerment of Afrikan youth, families and communities. He holds a Doctoral and a Master Degree in Philosophy of Education from UNISA.

On the conspiracy of Afrikan Existence

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Conspiracy theories have a numbing effect on Afrikan people. Mostly because they are masked as “consciousness” while actually breeding fear, non-activism, complacency and procrastination. Just check the many intelligent prophets in our community who can spend hours breaking down the matrix of hidden reality – but have NO strategies to operate within it, fight it, or destroy it.

Oh yes, I believe in conspiracy theories; That there are stronger powers behind the visible ones, that real politics do not take place in houses of governance, that there are ‘life designers’ operating to attack and modify us through food, education and health programmes, that White Supremacy is a fundamental global reality, that AIDS is a programmed disease, that secret societies set world agendas, that Black communities are intentionally destroyed etc. Fine. These are mechanisms I can be aware of, guard against, raise consciousness about and navigate between as I continue the combat on the Battlefield of Afrikan Resistance.

But, I can’t DO much with “information” of creatures from other planets, reptilian agendas, doom-day prophecies, human-animal hybrids and Armageddon countdowns. I have enough DIRECT oppression to fight to find time for strategising against the imaginary and probable. I accept that this means I might come up short on responses the day we are infiltrated by green aliens from Mars. So be it. I believe there are conspiracy theories being fabricated just to keep Black people fearful and paralysed. When we live in fear, we become suspicious of each other, we buy into extreme selfishness, we are OK to see other Afrikans suffer and we do not feel obligated to rebuild Afrikan communities, nations or the continent. See a familiar picture?

I refuse to allow theories of conspiracy to be anything else than stark reminders of the many layers of reality I must make sense of, respond to and overpower. My life is a stubborn commitment to the definite possibility of Black Power. If I should completely buy into conspiracy theories, I would have to live in a cave and I would DEFINATLY not have set up my life to fight oppression and injustice; why bother if we are under absolute Illuminati control anyway? In fact, why live at all?

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