Africans across the continent took on Twitter to declare that they do not mourn the Queen following the brutal British colonial atrocities on Africans.
A few days after the passing of Queen of England Elizabeth II, Africans marched on Twitter condemning the ‘Mourning of the Queen’ saying the death of the Queen reminds them of the atrocities conducted on their ancestors by the British during the reign of Queen Elizabeth.
The complicated legacy of the African continent about Queen Elizabeth II, starts with a fairy tale stating that Elizabeth came to Kenya a Princess and climbed tree tops, but came down a Queen after learning his father’s death.
Elizabeth was crowned the Queen of England in 1952 and eight years later the British colonial government cracked down brutally on the Mau Mau rebellion movement who were against the colonial administration.
The British colonialists confined more than a million people in concentration camps where they were tortured and dehumanized.
This history has invoked bitter sentiments among people from across the African continent who took on ‘Black Twitter’ saying they will not mourn the passing of her majesty the Queen, for the atrocities their ancestors went through at the hands of the colonialist.
The Black twitter has been buzzing with ungovernable takes that don’t follow the official state religion, like the South African Opposition Party the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) stated.
“We do not mourn the death of Elizabeth because to us her death is a reminder of the most tragic time in this country and Africa’s history. During her 70-year reign as Queen, she never acknowledged the atrocities that her family inflicted on native people that Britain invaded across the world. If there is life and justice after death, may Elizabeth and her ancestors get what they deserve?”
However, there are people on social media who have called out on these statements, saying this is not the right time for this, instead they should honor the dead, but the critics are asking when is the right time to confront the legacy of colonialism and the numerous after effects it caused the victims of colonialism.
Even so, there are still some African leaders who join the Royal family and the British in mourning the queen, like Presidents of Nigeria Buhari and Kenya’s president Elect William Ruto.
“My family and the more than 200 million Nigerians, have learned with immense sadness of the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, and the end of her unique and wonderful 70-year reign. She was the only British sovereign known to 90 percent of our populations.”
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President Buhari’s statement stirred criticism among people who claimed he is ignoring the impact of British colonialism in Nigeria.