Over the past several weeks, North America has been graced by the unrelenting book tour of Obianuju “Uju” Ekeocha. The Nigerian-native, London-based scientist and filmmaker recently saw her book, Target Africa: Ideological Neocolonialism in the Twenty-First Century, published by Ignatius Press. The book raises some pressing questions about enculturation, national autonomy, and the moral identity of a people.
There is a downward spiral of doing something with a people, to doing something for a people, to doing something to a people. In the end, the people are mere recipients of someone else’s worldview and moral identity. Its own richness and perspective have been stripped and laid bare.
Does this mean that no new ideas can be introduced into a culture?
Of course not. Ekeocha gives due praise to the Christian evangelization of Africa. But what’s the difference? Isn’t this a double standard?