The Cross River State Governorship aspirant of the Social Democratic Party (SDP ) yesterday Friday 26th, August spoke as a keynote speaker at the 2018 Black History Month at the Palce of Westminster, United Kingdom.
Making his presentation with the topic, Ekpo revealed that the history of the existence of blacks as humans cannot be complete without “acknowledging the fact that this species originated from Africa, the distinct geographic and geological enclave native to “black men”. It is also a well known, time worn truism corroborated with archeological evidence that the Fertile Crescent, that is, the regions between Mesopotamia (today’s Iraq) and Ancient Egypt (in Africa) is one of the earliest cradles of civilization.”
Ekpo added that that blacks and indeed the continent at some point led advancement in science and the arts, and it was the success the continent at that time that led people like “. King Antera Duke, to name one of our ancient monarchs who is famous for his desire of uniting the Efik and English thrones that he even sent a love letter in 1895 to Queen Victoria [of the House of Hanover] asking for her hand in marriage and for the commencement of trade and information exchange between both kingdom”
To return to those glory days, Ekpo added that Blacks should put “a conscious effort at self-reawakening, impacting the individual self and then our group consciousness as a race. We have a local proverb back home in Nigeria, “you are not what you are called, you are what you answer to”. It is high time, we as “blacks” decide on what we choose to answer to.
Individually we are achieving excellence in various fields of endeavor; but as a people, we are yet to deliberately make a mark save for that which we have already made in ages past, and this affects how we are seen and how we are called. Sadly, a lot of our people demonstrate these false perceptions, i.e., “what we are called”, as we can observe in the typical social tendencies that too many of my people back home in Africa demonstrate (gangster mentality, prison culture, poor state of infrastructure in almost all of our African States, leadership crises across these countries, to mention a few).”
Ekpo believes “The solution lies in what we do individually from this moment on. We cannot ignore the threat of systemic failure staring us in the face as a people. We must reach out and work towards enhancing our black nations to achieve a level of respectability globally (self-sufficiency, eradication of basic challenges that still plague third world countries, etc.).
This annual event is organized by Tony Tokunbo Fernandez and is in its sixth year.