Royal Apologies And Reparations: Will King Charles III Give Africa A Royal Check?

Written By BlabberBuzz | Wednesday, 06 December 2023 16:20
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Ndileka Mandela, the granddaughter of the late Nelson Mandela, has called on the British government to pay reparations to Africa for its colonial past.

In a recent interview with the BBC, she expressed her belief that reparations from the British monarchy could be a starting point for healing.

Mandela stated, "If there can be an acknowledgment of what was done to countries to colonize because we are still suffering a great deal from colonization, in as far as our culture as Black people is concerned." She further emphasized the need for an admission of the displacement of African people as a prerequisite for discussions on reparations.

During his state visit to Kenya last month, King Charles III addressed the issue of British colonization and exploitation of African communities. He expressed deep regret for the past wrongdoings, describing them as "abhorrent, unjustifiable acts of violence committed against Kenyans, as they waged a painful struggle for independence and sovereignty."

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The visit to Kenya by Charles and his wife Camilla was the first state visit to a Commonwealth country since Charles ascended to the throne in September 2022, following the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth.

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Mandela further elaborated on the concept of reparations, stating, "If you are arguing with the next person, and you come to a tiff, when you sit around the table and admit your part — both parties admit their part in the disillusion of whatever it is that happened — it is then that healing begins." She expressed optimism that such an acknowledgment from the royal family would initiate the healing process.

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In a related development, King Charles III recently addressed the COP28 United Nations climate summit in Dubai. He called for international cooperation to fund climate change solutions, suggesting an annual budget of $5 trillion.

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Charles warned that the world is "hurdling into dangerous, uncharted territory," and expressed his hope for "transformational action" to emerge from the summit. He posed a question to the audience, which included former Vice President Al Gore and Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres, asking, "How can we bring together our public, private, philanthropic and NGO [non-governmental organization] sectors ever more effectively, so that they all play their part in delivering climate action?"

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