Black History Month started some days ago, and we have had a few reminders on our history, our heroes past, and our many victories since the fight for black equality and all other issues started. Basically, Black History Month, is a celebration of the myriad of achievements by black Americans and reputable Blacks. Initially known as “Negro History Week”, it was curated by Harvard-trained historian, Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, where they announced the second week of February to be the “Negro History Week. However, it changed from week to month when the leaders of the Black United Students at Kent State University in February 1969, propelled for it to be changed.

Since then, even while the month has sparked a level of criticism for being dedicated to one race, it is wonderful having an opportunity to force the consciousness of our history at a specific period. For this reason, over the course of what’s left of this month, we would be using our page on discovering Africa to talk about some of the historical happenings that shaped our today, the people that were actively involved in giving us the freedom we enjoy, and all the other possible ways we can learn more about our history. Since the celebration of Black History Month started from the US, we would be sticking to February as the official month, as oppose the United Kingdom that adopted October for it. While it may seem that Africa does not directly have much of a stance with black history month, we cannot deceive ourselves by neglecting the impact it has had on us as well.

From the end of the menace of slavery that shipped our forefathers to the farms of white westerners, to the end of the syndrome that placed us at the back of busses or made us third class humans, and all the hell we would have otherwise still been going through if ever we left our indigenous countries to cohabit or ‘relax’ with the whites. All the economic freedom we enjoy today, and the wit we have garnered to compete for domination on a global scale, stem from the successes we had and the fights that were won on racial equality. For these and more, the celebration of black history month is as important to Africans, as it is to African Americans themselves. Even while there are still challenges and more battles that need to be won, we can still raise our glasses and be thankful for past victories.

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Lawretta Egba is a professional writer, ghostwriter, editor, and poet. She is the founder of Cyno Group, a boutique content creation/content marketing firm meeting the varying content needs of individuals and businesses towards effective storytelling, problem-solving and economic growth. The company offers in-house ghostwriting, editing, and content writing services for large corporations, businesspeople and economic leaders. Lawretta’s articles have been featured on a plethora of platforms within Nigeria and the diaspora. Some of these include the Premier Pan-African media group reporting on African affairs – Face2Face Africa, Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global, Exquisite Magazine, YNaija, and a host of others. She runs two blogs: lawrettawrites.com, where she reviews books, writes on mythology, peeks into transformational African topics, and analyzes matters of the human psyche; and newcommas.com, a brainchild created towards documenting everyday African stories. For info and inquiries, contact via: lawretta@cynogroup.com

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