- Opinions from Africa -


Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, is a small city compared to the mega cities we have here on the African continent. I was born in Copenhagen, it has a cosy atmosphere and is not really cosmopolitan. Maybe it’s too laid back?
But the city once housed a very famous author. And he must have been inspired by Copenhagen to write his eternal and worldwide appealing fairy tales. So the city must have something to offer I guess. (don’t get offended in Copenhagen, please, I love my birth place)

Hans Christian Andersen is his name. Long time gone from this earth, but his stories lives on and keep on reminding us about the many aspects of life. It’s stories for kids but in reality they are written for us grown ups to look into our souls. One of the famous ones is called ”The Emperor’s new clothes”.
That’s the one where a boy shout out "But he isn't wearing anything at all!"

Some scholars says it was H.C. Andersen's way to expose the hypocrisy and snobbery he found among the Danish bourgeoisie.

Here you have a true story, though, from another Dane.

Deep in the dark jungles of Central Africa a child is being prepared to be given to the witchdoctor who controls this small kingdom. For years nobody has been able to visit the place – they are cannibals and who wants to be eaten?

But thanks to a brave photojournalist these gruesome rituals has now been documented.

The party heats up, the natives are now high on a poisonous plant which they find in the rainforest. They dance themselves into a frenzy.

The witchdoctor laughs her evil soul out in the darkness of the King’s palace.

While the King looks on the spectacle surrounded by his advisers. The primitive paintings decorating the walls shows the small country’s fight against the white man. Some of them show people being eaten.

The small baby is suffocated. She will fall into a coma, to wake up later as a zombie. She will be kept as a mindless sex-slave for the King.

In the corner a young boy, an apprentice of the witchdoctor, follows the rituals with his evil eyes.

These boys are obvious scared – who’s next?

The witchdoctor demands one of them to join her.

Unfortunately the photojournalist was eaten at this point. His pictures will remain and stand as a testament to his integrity and artful work.

Well, all this because I read this quote on a website yesterday.

”In a world that is becoming smaller and societies that are becoming multicultural, it may be time for western culture to examine itself critically in terms of its view of other cultures. For how much of western culture is made up of prejudices about other cultures, how much of western identity is constructed upon negative identity of others? Past fears and antagonisms are encoded in images and symbols, in sayings and rationalizations, which set self and other apart, in ways which may no longer be part of our mentality but which do form part of our ambience and cultural baggage. It is not time, then, for a spring cleaning of cultural images, of alienating images between cultures and ”races” which have long since outlived their usefulness?...The legacy of several hundred years of western expansion and hegemony, manifested in racism and exoticism, continues to be recycled in western cultures in the form of stereotypical images of non-western cultures.”

Jan Nederveen Pieterse is a Dutch professor. That’s all I know. He’s the man behind these thoughts. He has a point.

PS: If you want to see the real pictures with the real captions check them