March 6, 2021

When Africans Embrace Tokenism

By Alagie Saidy-Barrow 

To see Africans get so excited by the appointment/selection of an African to the WTO is telling! That we know what tokenism is, yet wholeheartedly embrace it, is baffling. The WTO is, and will continue to be, an institution that stands for the benefit of the Global South. African interest features very little, if at all.

Until we demand real power, we will continue to receive token power! That the US is able to disrupt the appointment of WTO judges and is torpedoing the appointment of Ngozi as its head should tell you where the real power lies! Until Africans dismantle the foundations we subsist on, we will continue to play second fiddle to the rest of the world while dancing and cheering at the tokens they throw at us!

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