Africa, you are a great continent, sometimes drawn from great empires of the past. Love the rest of the world as your brothers and sisters, even as your Mum-and-Dad! But, lest you forget, remind yourself to be your own protector. It is worth the effort!
In the years to come, if they are to survive, African monarchs (and their subjects) will have to learn one crucial thing: You cannot be, and shouldn’t be, inside a modern state, country, nation, thus much bigger and more important than your “kingdom”, without having to learn where you properly fit in.
In race, which is where we all emanate, it is absolutely essential for human equality that all can meet at the mountain top. My search on relationships between Black Africans and Black Americans, on which I embarked all but half a century ago, was, as it happened, the start of self-knowledge.
Many might consider it too early to put the terrible end of Muammar Al Gathafi into meaningful context, including what it means for Africa. But that isn’t what I think, not by a long chalk!
Nagenda is a leading columnist in East Africa, an honorary member of the National Institute of Journalists of Uganda and a Senior Media Advisor to President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni of Uganda.
He is also a former cricketer who played in the 1975 World Cup for East Africa, as well as appearing in one first-class cricket match in England in 1975.