Let’s cut to the chase. Breaking the structure of the imperialists’ takeover of the African continent, particularly of its French-speaking part. Breaking the imaginaries and the preparatory speeches to the friendly pat on the shoulder… the one which console, ever since, the rape of a people.
We carry the OIAO in our baptismal font to support the outbursts of anger and indignation, the snubs and rebellions, increasingly uncontrollable, which, from our diasporas confined to the dark quarters of the former colonial metropolises to the cities and fields of our forsaken nation-states, allow us to hear the current coming directly to the old world and its ancient achievements. Our aim is unambiguous. To provide this formidable momentum with a scientific and theoretical tool that will break down, once and for all, the hegemonic morality of the imposture of the old and new imperialisms in Africa, under their various and fallacious pretexts. In the present historical moment, this implies, to a great extent, a task of critical nourishment of the current and future mobilizations, which preserves them from the childishness of conspiratorial discourses, characterized by trapping our efforts to divert them better. The OIAO wants to provide this nourishing framework, through a rough inventory of figures and dates, conventions and frameworks, stakeholders and relations, weapons and crimes, conferences and betrayals, from summit to summit, from 1884 to today. The OIAO wants to be this crucible of political, critical and organizational rearmament of the new struggles for liberation that are being carried out in the continent, and that are so vigorously manifested through the brutal rejection of the gatekeepers: intellectuals, politicians, socio-religious leaders, businessmen, intermediaries committed to the shameful chain of command that keeps the continent on its knees. But not for much longer.