I’ve just given a very successful presentation to faculty and students on Negritude, and now I must make myself look “presentable” and head off to a celebratory “banquet.” Academia can be very performative at times.
But before I dash off, here is an article that caught my eye.
Congolese President Joseph Kabila says he is disappointed Switzerland will not return at least $1bn deposited in banks by late dictator Mobutu Sese Seko. Swiss Confederation President Micheline Calmy-Rey said her government is holding just $6.6m frozen in accounts.
The Swiss authorities say they will return the money held since 1997 when President Mobutu was ousted.
Even this $6.6m, who is going to get it? Whose money did Mobutu steal? The answer that we will all be quick to give is “the people.” Who are the people? What face will they have, which palms will be upturned waiting to receive the amount that the Swiss Bank has deigned to return? I wonder.