London Olympics 2012: The Olympics start a conversation about what makes one African
One of the biggest debates that continues to make the rounds in African circles is the question about what makes one an African. The Kenyan team had Jason Dunford carrying the flag and it created a firestorm of debate.
So Jamati readers, what makes an African an African. As we watch the Olympics, we see several people representing European countries–some are even represented by Africans who have taken on the citizenship of those countries. Do they become less African?
And what of the Africans of Caucasian and Asian descent? Are they less African because their ancestry is not originally from Africa? At what point does one qualify to be considered a native of the place they are born and raised? One generation later? Two?
There are many Africans of a ‘different’ persuasion (read ‘not black African’), that are proud to call themselves African and represent their different countries. At the end of the day, our strength will always be in our diversity. Thoughts?
While you are thinking, you can visit Jason Dunford’s website and learn more about who he is.