I’ve just finished reading this extremely depressing very deep book called Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Adichie.
In it, a character called Odenigbo aka Olana’s Revolutionary Lover, makes an interesting statement. He says that tribe is the only true identity for an African. He feels that nationality is a colonist concept, and that before we were Kenyan, Nigerian or even Diasporan, we were X-tribe.
While I can see where he’s coming from, I disagree completely. Granted we had tribes back when England had Kings [i.e. before feminism built Beatrix, Elizabeth and Victoria], but tribe then is not tribe now. Back then, tribe meant culture, togetherness, community. Socialism worked [as did polygamy, not that I would advocate it now…] Tribe kept people strong, sane … together. It wasn’t a weapon of political mass destruction.