African Opportunities Presented by Covid-19

African Opportunities Presented by Covid-19
Mocholoko (Dr), Zulumathabo Zulu © 2020


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The thought provoking article The Pandemic Can Be a Catalyst for Decolonisation in Africa by David Mwambari of Aljazeera TV inspired me to reflect deeply about how the Covid-19 could be a disguised backdoor opportunity for the gutsy; risk taking and enterprising sons and daughters of the African Motherland who must retake their inalienable role as the unbought and unsold architects of destiny to dutifully seize the opportunity to deal a coup de grace to the vestigial chains of colonial conquest so that they can vibrate as they were intended to vibrate in accordance with the sacrosanct vibration of the erudite African ancestors who have gone before us.


A rendered image of enveloped SARS Cov2 (a corona virus that engenders a respiratory condition that causes Covid-19 disease). Picture Credit: SPQR10, Binte altaf, Wikipedia.

If we fail to seize this moment, the future generations shall infer an inescapable conclusion that we sold them out when we were presented with a once in a lifetime opportunity to change the course of history forever for the survival benefit of those coming after us. Thus, we must cultivate an enterprising spirit that allows the Melanin to be unboxed and to transcend the adverse conditions like the great African desert flower Mponeng as described in my book The Sacred Knowledge of the Desert: African Philosophical Transcendence. The African desert flower possesses this esoteric form of cellular intelligence that makes her to shake off the funks of the harsh environment and to refuse to be defined by the adverse conditions of the killer desert conditions. In a literary piece The Desert Corolla, the book venerates the African desert Mponeng thus:

“Despite a low rainfall
Despite a dehydrated ground
Despite sun rays that kill
She rises from the waterless
Unimpeded by soil eroded
The brilliant petals uncorroded”

What Are These Opportunities?

Since the outbreak of the SARS Cov2 (the corona virus that causes the respiratory disease of Covid-19) in December 2019 in China, the epicentre of the pandemic has moved from China to Europe. At this juncture, the vortex of the pandemic has hit the shores of the United States. Our hearts go out to the people of China, Europe and America and many families out there who are dealt a bad hand by the killer disease. We are thankful to a swift and prudent Azanian son of the African soil President Cyril Ramaphosa who has acted strongly with the help of the military and police lockdown to clamp down on the killer disease.

Notwithstanding, the serendipitous opportunity is knocking on our door. While the Suzerain colonizing powers are tied down, we should be thinking about shaking off and breaking the vestigial chains of colonisation to chart an independent path that allows us to vibrate as we were intended to vibrate.

As a start, we should open factories that manufacture our own masks, sanitizers and other health supplies to assist our health institutions. We know that these goods are in short supply because the colonizer is currently knotted by the new shock waves of Covid-19. We should not allow the resulting vacuum space to pass unimproved.

Our townships and villages are full of people with superior skills in textile designs; fashion and fabrication. We can utilize our African geometric designs to come up with innovative masks that are not only beautiful to put on but are also made from high quality materials as is the case with Basotho women design of Thethane that is made from the plant of Tsikitlane. Tsikitlane is an impressive plant that can also be used to make cloth. Moreover, Tsikitlane is also a medicine plant that heals many illnesses and boosts the immune system at the same. It is also used as a gyenocological medicine for women. Look at the power of indigenous knowledge! We should be inspired by the intellectual achievements of the African ancestors who have gone before us.

An Erudite Page From The African Ancients of The African Motherland boasts an impressive array of sophisticated knowledge systems which predate the
European civilisation by thousands of years as confirmed by the engineering of the pyramids of Kemet (present day Egypt). Long before the advent of Greek Civilisation; Roman Empire and the mighty Assyrians, there were sophisticated pyramids that stood proudly and majestically on the banks of the World’s longest Nile river that traces its genesis to the great lakes countries of Africa like Uganda and Rwanda, among others, as the White Nile and Ethiopia as the Blue Nile. What is also aweinspiring about the Nile is that it moves against gravity by flowing North teaching us to defy gravity. A pyramid is the most complex and sophisticated engineering project that has ever been designed. Africans used superior skills in the knowledge domains of  engineering; materials science; chemistry; physics; metaphysics; cosmology; mathematics; project management; design and more. The African engineering technologists were the most advanced since there is no engineering project that matches the sophistication of the African pyramid today.

To give you a sense of this incredible knowledge, the UN Heritage site of Notre Dame Cathedral of France is celebrated as among the most impressive architectural, historical and spiritual achievement of the French Gothic architecture to an extent that World class universities like the University of Notre Dame of Canada and the University of Notre Dame of America are named for the Notre Dame Cathedral of France. It took almost 200 years to complete the construction which included an international class of architects. The African engineering technologists completed the pyramid of Giza in less than 20 years as a result of the use of metascience (the strategic and cosmologic knowledge of science). Notre Dame Cathedral is not even close to the iota of the pyramid.

Africans also command a higher science in medicine. When you Google the antibiotic Tetracycline, you find that the pharmaceutical giant Pfitzer successfully registered a patent for Tetracycline in 1952. As a holder of intellectual property certificates issued to me by the Government of Canada for technological innovations in therapeutics, I know the international rules of intellectual property. According to the priority rules of patents, Pfitzer should not have been issued with a patent on Tetracycline because Tetracycline was invented by the Africans of Nubia (present day Sudan) more than a thousand years before. As a matter of fact, the American Association for the Advancement of Science confirms (Basset et al, 1980) in a scientific paper Tetracycline-Labeled Human Bone from Ancient Sudanese Nubia (325 AD) published in the Science Journal that the African Tetracycline predates modern medical Tetracycline by more than 1,400 years.

As the African descendants who have been subjected and continue to be subjected to the daily aggressions of the ideology of White Supremacy, we should rise like the Egyptian Phoenix from the ashes to shake off the residual shackles of coloniality and the funks of Covid-19 to retake our position as the unbought and unsold architects of destiny. We must cultivate an indefatigable spirit of the desert flower Mponeng and the tenacity of an African leopard Nkwe who recovers from setback after being bullied and tackled to the ground of the grasslands by the killing machines of the mighty lions. The great and unconquerable Nkwe rises audaciously, flawlessly and concurrently to his educated feet forcing the mighty lions to back away for the exit of the legend of the great Nkwe.

Mocholoko (Dr), Zulumathabo Zulu is a doctoral practitioner, engineer, technological inventor and published author of more than 10 books. Zulu is a Research Scientist and Director of a private research institute Madisebo University College based in Sandton. Some of his books include Sesotho Dictionary of Mathematics, African Origin of Mathematics, Kgolabolo: African Roots of Cosmic genesis and more. You can read more about Mocholoko at http://www.zulumathabo.com on the web.


Basset et al (1980). Tetracycline-Labeled Human Bone from Ancient Sudanese Nubia (325 AD). 1980 September 26;209(4464):1532-4.

Zulu, Z (2014). The Sacred Knowledge of the Desert: African Philosophical Transcendence. Madisebo University College Press: Johannesburg.

2 thoughts on “African Opportunities Presented by Covid-19

  1. Thokoza Mkhulu! Siyabonga ngalomyalezo. Indeed We Are Blessed With Infinite Wisdom, Skills and Opportunities to make this Continent the Greatest. You found words to articulate what many of us can only dream or meditate about saying.
    May your Words Be True and Find Their Hearers and Let Us Rise to the Occasion.
    Maa Kheru!
    Ankh Hutuapo!


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