So, time is recounting itself as another glorious year has begun. And for your information, this article is a harbinger of something massive that is about to hit the shores of Ghana and Africa in 2020. Okay, so I will go straight to the point. The year 2018 was a remarkable year by all standards. Breath-taking and waist wriggling deeds were done. And notable among all these was the BLACK PANTHER movie.
So, the son finally becomes the king after Avenger: Civil War. King T’Challa hopes to be a good king like his father T’Chaka, but he gets to know that will not be possible due to an evil deed committed by his later father. Tension is let lose on what Wakanda really stands for, to the people of the outside world. Flash forward, the King lived, and Wakanda was opened up to the world after man years of shielding themselves in plain sight.
So we all watched the movie. We loved it. I personally loved it. I was the most ecstatic creature in the Universe after watching Black Panther. Black Panther to me was a revolution. It was a confirmation of what I have been preaching. Science Fiction and Fantasy in Africa is possible. So I was not surprised when I heard the word Afrofuturism – a word that stems from Science Fiction and Fantasy in Africa. The revolution has started. It will be inundating the whole of Africa soon. And then what will become of Ghana, my beloved motherland?
As an academic and a creative, my synopsis of Black Panther can is — it is possible to have an Africa where we can harness our own resources with the expertise and clairvoyance of our scholars to develop our continent. It is possible for Africa to stand out autonomous from the outside world. It is possible for Africa to give aid to other continents when need be. Yes it is possible. And that is what Black Panther seeked to herald. And we all know, Wakanda stands out as a unique model of an African continent because, of the possession to their natural and industrious Vibranium.
And to make an analogy, many African countries have many natural resources that is akin to Vibranium in it incomplete form like; Gold, Natural gas, Oil, Manganese, Bauxite, Alumina and so we have no excuse for the stunted development, poverty, corruption, unemployment, low standards of living and finally being addressed as a third world country while we have more resources to ascend economically. I know this roar or notion of African taking it rightful place in the world is not novelty. It’s an old cry. It’s far cry. The old normal and we keep on repeating the past, with no visible results or outcome. So this is what I like to propose. Guess it?
Just to add, going down a little down memory lane, what we call history. In the early years of America, there was a regime were black people were oppressed so much, that a movement was formed with the aim of fighting the black oppression in America. And this movement was called the Black Panther Party. The Black Panther Party (BPP), originally the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense, was a political organization founded by Bobby Seale and Huey Newton in October 1966. The party was active in the United States from 1966 until 1982, with international chapters operating in the United Kingdom in the early 1970s, and in Algeria from 1969 until 1972. At its inception on October 15, 1966, core practice was its armed citizens’ patrols to monitor the behavior of officers of the Oakland Police Department and challenge police brutality in Oakland, California.
The Black Panther Party was what inspired comic book creators Stan Lee of blessed memory and Jack Kirby to create one of the formidable and opulent characters in Marvel comics– Black Panther, with the sole objective of inciting Africans to work hard to achieve a model Wakanda. Solidifying the notion that, it is possible for Africa to be a Wakanda.
I also believe that is unquestionably a great feat. And to add to that, a lot of Africans are rising to the consciousness, that it is possible for Africa to become a Wakanda. So in all this, the question I have been asking myself is, what is my contribution to this revolution? What am I doing to add to this wind of change. as an academic and a creative?
And my little contribution to that is what I have just started working on. I call it Agents of C.H.A.N.G.E
Agents of C.H.A.N.G.E:
So just like the name suggests, we want to change something right? As the name goes, agents meaning representative or ambassadors of CHANGE. And fascinatingly, CHANGE is an acronym and it stands for Consolidated Homebase for Advanced Nomadic and the Genetically Enhanced – CHANGE. Agents of C.H.A.N.G.E, is actually a scifi and fantasy story I have started working on and it will be a part of the unveiling of sci-fi and fantasy in Ghana in 2020. But spoiler alert, I cannot talk much about the story until it comes out in 2020. So, do watch out for it. The least I can actually say is that, in the story, I expound on all that I believe we can do to help in the transformation and the current torrential Sci-fi and fantasy that is about to deluge the shores of Ghana soon.
Agents of C.H.A.N.G.E is my contribution to this scientific revolution. I believe change can be effective if it is psychological. And with the psychology that change is possible, it will be can be done. But the question I have been asking my self is, how do you effect the change psychologically or mentally. And my answer to that is through literature – arts. The books we read and the movies we watch, have a mentally programming on what we believe is possible and what is not. And that is my argument. As a student growing up all the literature I have read and was made to read through elementary school to the High school were all non-scientific. They were great pieces but they lacked the creative and innovative factor. The lacked the temerity to make student imagine the unimaginable and think outside the box. And that has formed the way we perceive situations in our country. Our reasoning and thinking is bigotry in it valiant form and does not have the proclivity to incite innovative and feasible ideas to solve basic problems.
And I wish to change that. If not completely, I wish to incite a revolution and a generation who will have a different way of thinking. A generation of people that believe everything to be possible. And I wish to do this through these sci-fi and fantasy novels that will be coming up. I just feel it about time, the literary scene evolve in it was of storytelling. And that is all I seek to do with Agents of CHANGE. So at this juncture, whether you agree with me or not. This is my opinion on an issue. I am not saying that is the ultimate solution to the issue. I believe everyone is entitled to his own ideas. And this is mine.
In conclusion, I am calling on all creatives, academics, literary enthusiasts, designers, STEM fellows,animators, book lovers to help support this movement. All I can say is, this is a legacy for posterity. A legacy we are entrenching for our children. A conscious effort we are making to see the next generation evolve for the betterment of our society. A contribution to making Ghana, Africa and the world at large a better place.
Jacob A. Osae