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Is Africa Cursed?

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Ever wondered what is wrong with being Black. Matthew Ashimolowo wrote a book with this title, that is quite enlightening. Even if you are not a Christian the evidence is quite compelling. I followed him as he wrote the book and talked about the research that he had been doing. It was obviously from a spiritual, Christian perspective because Matthew Ashimolowo is the pastor of Britain’s largest black church. I eventually read that book this year, years after its release.

In my post about African inventions one can see that Africa had so much going for it at one time that is quite shocking to see its condition at the present moment. Why is this so? The ancient Egyptian fathers will turn in their graves if they saw the state of their land. While reading Deuteronomy in the bible I was struck by chapter 28 which talks about blessings and curses. As I read through the curses, I couldn’t help but notice that this all sounded like Africa. People plant and reap nothing, sons and daughters are given away to other people as slaves, you do not enjoy the fruit of your labour, your produce, minerals, riches are taken to other countries and there is no reward for Africa.

Here are sections of this really long chapter for you to look at.

  • And you shall grope at noonday, as the blind gropes in darkness, and you shall not prosper in your ways: and you shall be only oppressed and spoiled evermore, and no man shall save you.
  • You shall betroth a wife, and another man shall lie with her: you shall build a house, and you shall not dwell therein: you shall plant a vineyard, and shall not gather the grapes thereof.
  • Your ox shall be slain before your eyes, and you shall not eat of it: your ass shall be violently taken away from before your face, and shall not be restored to you: your sheep shall be given to your enemies, and you shall have none to rescue them.
  • Your sons and your daughters shall be given to another people, and your eyes shall look, and fail with longing for them all the daylong: and there shall be no might in your hand.
  • The fruit of your land, and all your labors, shall a nation which you know not eat up; and you shall be only oppressed and crushed always:
  • So that you shall be mad for the sight of your eyes which you shall see.
  • And you shall grope at noonday, as the blind gropes in darkness, and you shall not prosper in your ways: and you shall be only oppressed and spoiled evermore, and no man shall save you.
  • You shall betroth a wife, and another man shall lie with her: you shall build a house, and you shall not dwell therein: you shall plant a vineyard, and shall not gather the grapes thereof.
  • Your ox shall be slain before your eyes, and you shall not eat of it: your ass shall be violently taken away from before your face, and shall not be restored to you: your sheep shall be given to your enemies, and you shall have none to rescue them.
  • Your sons and your daughters shall be given to another people, and your eyes shall look, and fail with longing for them all the daylong: and there shall be no might in your hand.
  • The fruit of your land, and all your labors, shall a nation which you know not eat up; and you shall be only oppressed and crushed always:
  • So that you shall be mad for the sight of your eyes which you shall see.
  • The LORD shall smite you in the knees, and in the legs, with a sore botch that cannot be healed, from the sole of your foot to the top of your head.
  • The LORD shall bring you, and your king which you shall set over you, to a nation which neither you nor your fathers have known; and there shall you serve other gods, wood and stone.
  • And you shall become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword, among all nations whither the LORD shall lead you.
  • You shall carry much seed out into the field, and shall gather but little in; for the locust shall consume it.
  • You shall plant vineyards, and dress them, but shall neither drink of the wine, nor gather the grapes; for the worms shall eat them.
  • You shall have olive trees throughout all your coasts, but you shall not anoint yourself with the oil; for your olive shall cast his fruit.
  • You shall have sons and daughters, but you shall not enjoy them; for they shall go into captivity.
  • And you shall become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword, among all nations whither the LORD shall lead you.
  • You shall carry much seed out into the field, and shall gather but little in; for the locust shall consume it.
  • You shall plant vineyards, and dress them, but shall not drink of the wine, or gather the grapes; for the worms shall eat them.
  • You shall have olive trees throughout all your coasts, but you shall not anoint yourself with the oil; for your olive shall cast his fruit.
  • You shall have sons and daughters, but you shall not enjoy them; for they shall go into captivity.
  • All your trees and fruit of your land shall the locust consume.
  • The stranger that is within you shall get up above you very high; and you shall come down very low.
  • He shall lend to you, and you shall not lend to him: he shall be the head, and you shall be the tail.
  • Moreover all these curses shall come upon you, and shall pursue you, and overtake you, till you are destroyed; because you did not hear the voice of the LORD your God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which he commanded you:
  • And they shall be upon you for a sign and for a wonder, and upon your seed for ever.
  • Because you served not the LORD your God with joyfulness, and with gladness of heart, for the abundance of all things;
  • Therefore shall you serve your enemies which the LORD shall send against you, in hunger, and in thirst, and in nakedness, and in want of all things: and he shall put a yoke of iron upon your neck, until he has destroyed you.
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  3. Martinx
    December 27, 2011 at 11:07 am

    This is a good subject matter and I strongly believe the curse will be uplifted someday or rather is already been uplifted. Slavery has gone by already.

    • December 30, 2011 at 3:44 pm

      Thank you for the comment @Martinx.Africa is moving up. I think as African’s it is important to understand what we are dealing with and the hisdory of where we came from and why we face some of the challenges we face. Fortunately, we are no longer under the curse of sin because of Jesus Christ. As we celebrate christmas, lets rejoice because we know that we are free indeed!

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