Interview with Chika Onyeani author of Capitalist Nigger

Capitalist Nigger: A Spiderweb Doctrine by Chika OnyeaniI do not know if Credo Mutwa knows about this particular book because his health has been deteriorating since 2005 when Capitalist Nigger was first published. Whether he agrees with the views expressed in the book Capitalist Nigger I publish this interview so that you can make up your own mind. As a concerned South African I believe this book holds a wake up call for all those who are open to it, and will annoy the rest who are conformist or politically correct.

Here’s an interview originally published in Mail & Guardian newspaper from October 2005 when Dr Chika Onyeani visited South Africa:

M&G – What is the difference between what you are preaching and what other Africans on the continent and in the diaspora have said about the need for economic self-reliance?

Chika – My message is different in that they were always blaming colonialists or slavery for the black persons problems. I am not saying we should not recognise the impact of colonialism. But we should say that it has been 45 years since Africa was decolonised. It is time we said that what happens in Africa today, we are responsible for it. We cannot continue to blame the colonialist. Who said to [Nigerian military strongman Sani] Abacha and [Congo dictator] Mobutu [Sese Seko] take the money and go and put it in a bank in Europe.

M&G – So what do you see as a solution?

Chika – We need to learn to take care of ourselves. Indians wear saris made in India, they drive cars made in India, and [the] Chinese are not afraid to use products made in their country. We must do the same.

M&G – What is stopping blacks from doing what they need to do?

Chika – Inferiority complex. I met a man who says he is from a village somewhere here. He told me that the people in his village have lost all their stores to the Pakistanis. Why is that? It is because we are not willing to put in the same amount of time. It is because the Pakistanis are willing to work hard; they are prepared to work 25 hours a day and eight days a week. Blacks are not willing to work hard. They think that once you have a shop, you have arrived.

M&G – What about the possibility that the Pakistani, like the Chinese, have access to cheaper raw materials and commodities because of the lower cost of doing business in their countries?

Chika – People in Africa should not demand such high wages. The Indians dont mind working for peanuts, as long as it is for the good of their communities.

M&G – But there are wealth-gap issues in both India and China.

Chika – Why must we concentrate on the negative? In India, the larger part of the population is still poor. So what? India is leading in a lot of ways. If you make a call to credit card company, chances are it would be answered in India. Just because of the way they have been able to do the things. The reason we have so many people going to Europe looking for work is because we have not been able to provide jobs for our people.

What would you say to comments that you are playing into the hands of racists by depicting black people as lazy and inefficient?

Chika – I dont care about what white people are thinking. It is what we think about ourselves. If we talk about it, perhaps we will stop doing it.

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If you liked this interview I also recommend you watch the video of distinguished economist George Ayittey at TEDGlobal conference in Tanzania in 2007.

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  • I think his views are mostly racist but there is an element of truth in that we as African we have inferiority complex, we do not believe in ourselves, maybe our history has played in a part in how we view ourselves.

     
  • It’s always funny when a black man is called racist. And now you are calling another black man racist. This is a paradigm we learnt from our Colonialists. Wow! They still have power after all these years over Africa.

     
  • Stop using the word nigger… it is derogatory and foolish, it is what the people up the top want you to do to subconsciously imprison you. Repetition is the most basic form of mind control. _

     
  • PS: Love and Peace. ^_^

     
  • Just finished reading Chika Onyeani’s book Capitalist Nigger this evening. Much as it is difficult to ‘swallow’ a bitter pill, I feel he ‘tells it as it is’, it is about time we (blacks) took control and responsibilty for our life and shape our destiny rather than dwell on labelling.

     
  • nahtino

    Go, spread the word , this book must b on every black amilies living room and all our librarys , be a school reader in schools … this is a very powerfull book …

    Spread the word

     
  • Elijah

    If you are scared of thruth, you’ll hate this book. If you wan’t to be freed from negativity and self doubt…carry on reading this book.Africans need to know that the world will not bow to them willingly,they(Africans) need to force it to bow. I’m black and proud…Good book.

     
  • Eric-Cameroon

    This is a wonderful peace and every member of my immediate family intends reading it. The spider web approach is the only good one and it is the missing link for africans. we don’t like raising people up we like pulling them down the problem is what mechanism can be put in place to reverse this situation? My wife is a writer and she just did something on migration this time using africa as the final destination and expressing the advantages of migrating to africa. Can ONYEANYI(DR.) create time to help us through with this
    book and give us possibilities of its publication as an example of helping us raise each other and networking and we settle his bills upon negotiations?

     
  • Chumile

    It is a wake up call period!! A call that all of us must heed to get up and do something for ourselves.

     
  • Thokozani

    I’ve just completed the book, and I find Dr Onyeani talking about how we should stop consuming from the Caucasians and Japaneses, and should create our own products.

    On certain aspects I don’t agree with him. I think we should look for other means to improve our communities. Blacks are not only intellects but intelligent too who fortunately do not compromise on quality, and should not compare ourselves to the Caucasians and Japanese, no race is the same.

    Why should we live the lifestyle they live, do the things they do. To me it sounds as if we are not good enough because we are not doing what other races are doing and that is how we ended up losing our culture in the 1st place, and I think this inferior complexity issue is irrelevant (actually non existent).

    Most blacks prefer to enjoy life more than be focused on capital independence, and that is no crime. I’m black and every afternoon when I go home after work, I’m surrounded by happy people who always have something to smile about (The gift of life), and who is to say that it’s not good enough.

     
  • Tshepo

    WOW, I bielive in hardwork, to me nothing can relace it, if you want to be successfull hardwork is the onlyway. Chika’s book is full of truth, even though we think it’s negative. I pesonally love the book its a wake up call.Just look at what happend recently in SA,the Xenophobia thing. If we had read chika’s book long ago, we would have seen it coming.My dream oi to see my self driving a car made in africa and I will call it UHURU….and wearing only stone cherry and loxion culture clothing. Only then I will walk tall and say I am pruodly african.

     
  • Godfrey

    Am reading the book as we speak and so far every word rings true. when you look around in SA Black people would rather patronize the Caucasians than their own brothers and sisters. They would rather kill their own african brothers and sisters from across the boarder, with whom they share the same continent, and embrace whole heartedly the caucasians from another continent far far away!. The only truly blackman’s business, the Taxis, is riddled with all sorts of problems including killing each other to gain access to certain routes, what of their appalling customer service. When a black man climbs the corporate ladder in SA, he looks down with contempt at his fellow brother and sisters that he left down there! alternatively his fellow brothers and sisters are the first ones to call for his head whenever he trips instead of supporting him so that he doesn’t fall.
    Africa! wake up and smell the coffee! we need to turn the tide!.
    Chika, I’m proud of you man!

     
  • Jesse Kimani Gitau

    There is one thing that Chika needs to know. What you see, what you hear, nothing is what it seems. On the surface, the african is to blame for his problems. At the background is the West always creating problem for Africa.

    It is true that Chika has a heart for Africa but it is obvious he does not how the problem he sites are created. Chika research further! Soon you will realise that African problems aren’t really African.

     
  • KeabetswekJm

    Who cares what the author says, it is his opinions and if he choose to insult us as blacks , please let him be. Its about time the truth got out, if only it happened sooner and yes he said it! I mean others have said worst things about blacks live, so what if one of our own writes and makes a living while slashing and educating us!? Is he that bad?. I wish to live and ride this whole black thing and see where our “inferior race” will end, hopefully we as south africans are rising and soon enough we will reach that 100% product and service proudly SA. Peace

     
  • The mere fact that there’s so much talk about the book – CAPITALIST NIGGER, and the author thereof goes to show that it is indeed an excellent book. This book managed to not only evoke thought in all of the readers but it also started a whole new argument altogether. These arguments are the first steps towards us changing our perceptions and focussing on self-empowerment, from some of the comments, I pick up futile bitterness towards another African brother for having done something one of you wished to do perhaps, but beat you to it, or maybe some of us just can’t stand the TRUTH, especially if it is about us. I say we should embrace the truth and work 8 days a week and 25 hours a day… AND STOP WAITING FOR DR. ONYEANI TO PUBLISH HIS NEXT BOOK… If we think we are so better than him, WHY NOT PUBLISH OUR OWN BOOKS? COULD IT BE THAT WE ARE WAITING FOR WHITE MAN TO HOLD OUR HAND? Ask yourself this question… Whose criticism is more acceptable… Your brother’s, or your worst enemy’s?… Dr. Chika Onyeani I reckon you should pat yourself on the shoulder for your offering and I am honoured to live in your time. You’re a living legend!

     
  • Arlindo A. Duarte

    I am honoured to have read this book. At first, it seemded a provocative, but, as read the book I began to understand the writers intention, which is not to offend but to wake us, Blacks, Niggers, African-Americans, you called it, it doesnt make a diference to me.The fact that we still depend on Caucasians even to eat, it is patetic. Been a Black – Mozambican, somethimes feel ashamed that we import and consume rice from europe rather than consuming our local that has the same quality or even better, just because of the label made in Europe,now tell me if we not stupid and retarded. PS – Excuse my English and language.

     
  • Danisa

    It is not what you call me that matters it is what I answer to. so yeah nigger is derogatory but so what look at the bigger picture. Every African needs to hear this! the future of our continent depends on it thats how vital it is!

     
  • Tatenda Matonga

    Man this is one the best books i read by a real nigga.thums up Dr Chika.iam one of those people who believe 1000%,that black people are lazy begers who think that everything good should come from West”waste” and East respectively.That includes myself and you Chika.If i may ask you Chika where were you educated,where are you staying now and where are your kids studing right now?we are all culprits sorry culprit is not the right word but victims of this colonialism cospiracy.The fact that you and me are we are now ready to blame ourselves is a step forwad.here is another question where is your bank account.why the Waste and not Afrika?We need to cleans ourselves as Africans so that we can have a new start because we are still miles away from attaining our indepence.we might think that we have attained the political freedom that we need but economic wise we are still slaves of the ‘Waste’and East as well as slaves of our own making.Mental wise we are still DOM.

     
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  • adeola oyebade

    This is one of those books that makes you think about the future of the Black race. Sometimes I just wonder;what is wrong with the black man? Why are we so anti-development in thinking? Why do we destroy wealth on luxuries even when we are just starting out in business? Why do you need a seven bedroomed house when you are only a family of four? Why Can’t we beleive in ourselves? Why do you need several degrees including PhD only to end up working for a bunch of high school drop-out caucasians? I have given this a thought many times without arriving at any reasonable conclusion. Chika Onyeani’s book is excellent.Capitalist Nigger and Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich should be recommended to all high schooll leaners in Africa.

     
  • Chef Nephew

    All I have ever wanted in my life was to be a great man. Not with the strength of ten men but with the wisdom of ten man. Then would I be a great man. But the question was, “how I’m going to find this kind of wisdom”?

    I only realize now that I found it in the wrong place. Speaking the “WHITE MANS” language so rhetorically, and knowing all the idoms and proverbs of the english language dose not make me wise. Maybe intelligent, but not wise.

    So where I’m I to find my wisdom? Thanx to this book(Capitalist Nigger) I believe my african roots will guide me in my Quest. Kealeboa.

     
  • Mbali Mabuza

    A powerfull book that has awoken a challenge for me to change my lifestyle and work for the Development of Africa.I think the best place to start would be to educate our kids about Economics and Financial independance, meaning use every opportunity available to teach the value of Economic freedom and Financial planning to the young.Let us use those white instituions to work for us(use every form of media to push african patriotism) and at the same time advocate a long term view of returning wealth to the black community by promoting black owned products.I think South Africa can be a forerunner in this regard because we already have a large percentage of South African products that are manufactured by blacks and our country is promoting BEE.

     
  • Mighty

    Nice book, keep it up Tatana Onyeani.

     
  • Mr M.E. Nkadi. Komane

    Hi chika.

    I’ve just finished read (study)this book of capitalist nigger, it is a compass in my life,every where i go I use it, as you have said that we must not let your generation to unload thiere baggage on us and if we allow them it will suicidal, yes it will defenatly be sucidal to us. young people if we want something we must go out and find.This world is the survival of the fittest.I encourage young people to get this book, to raed it, use it,and follow its saying.

    THANX Dr Chika for your good work, may God Almighty continue to bless you in everything you do.

     
  • Msimelelo Hokwana

    Helo, Sir Ive recently read the book and finished it with in a week (7 days). Wow, it is a very good book for debate and motivational purposes. but hey let be honest it really brings mental oppression, confusion. because right now i found myself traped on the spiderweb, it really got me. all it says is the thruth. it has opened my mind, empowered me and sharpen my tools of analysis. i just became so afrocentric but denial to sum extent, it took me couple of days to recover. i suggest that people who read the book must be clear, because the solution does not lie in the book but within oneself and further on with the network, one makes whether its socially, academically or spiritually. lastly, it will take sometime (centuries) for african (black) people to be producers. curently where i grew up, the indians, chinese, etc. are opening busineses. i just wish that the compartment they are using, they have rented it ’cause if they have bought it,- its an easy go for them. but hey the book is a good, i support the person who had recommended it for secondary school, sylabus. to empower them for the future, now that the sylabus is likely tobe on the evolution. thank you

     
  • R Monye

    Most of what he says in the book is true. Black people have an inferiority complex and thats why we would rather purchase goods made elsewhere and designer clothing, even when it doesnt suit us, even when some of these designers are open racists. This inferiority complex also causes alot of black people to have an attitude problem (never taking responsibility, never willing to work hard and never wanting to corporate with fellow balcks who do.) As he mentions in the interview the Pakistanis are willing to work 24/7, and so do the Chinese and Indians.
    Whilst the book got tiring in some parts, it is an eye opener and should not be seen as racist but as one amongst many possibilities to reclaim our pride as black people and change our entire mindset.

     
  • the book itself its the truth.its just that some people dont want to admit it.

     
  • Ntandazo Manci

    While the progress is being made politically. The timing for publishing this book is proper. As the book properly emphasises action from indiduals, also resource support from governments of the Continent may play a pivotal role through incentives for partnerships with the established businesses.
    As it is true that slavery and colonisation are over, the the Capital(means of production) remain in the hands of the few. The book does not provide much suggestion on access of said resources,that will create enabling environment for the prospective Capitalist Nigger.

     
  • Yvette Raphael

    Read the Book Loved it and i think we needed a book Like that and funny how still just Playing with your mind gives the Oppressor so much Power over US. I

     
  • eveanna

    Why do you people keep on preaching on an on about blacks feeling inferior, is it something most of you believe in and convince about that you’re most so fast to pronounce the word in connection with your race.
    I’m black and I certainly never felt inferior to any race. Another thing , is us pronouncing the colonialist as “colonial master”, its rather a colonialist and no master word to it. After all, no master will colonize his people, but rather take care of them. How on earth do you refer to someone who puts you through tyranny as your “master”. Most probably it was those that made you believe they are your masters that started the combination, yet we follow respecting the connection. It was those who made you believe you’re inferior that made you believe black people have an inferiority complex, yet you keep on repeating their saying . Go to the villages in Africa, talk to people, you will find out the do not posses this so called “black people inferiority complex“ .

     
  • Mashoto Makgaila

    THE BOOK TELLS IT LIKE IT IS AND I THINK BLACK PEOPLE ARE TOO SCARED TO FACE THE TRUTH ABOUT THEMSELVES.IF WE ARE NOT KILLING EACH OTHER IN THE STREETS, WE ARE MOVING INTO WHITE NEIGHBOURHOODS,CALLING OURSELVES BETTER PEOPLE.THAT IS INFERIORITY COMPLEX WELL-HIDDEN.IT IS BY NO DOUBT THAT EVERY BLACK FAMILY SHOULD BUY A COPY.

     
  • Malehlokwe

    what an awakening. Thank you!Realeboga!!! I honestly believe that every black person should read and keep this book in their cupboards for their children to read one day. Now it’s upto us to change our future.

     
  • Papo’s

    Nothing but truth in my language we say ” O bua puo phaa” Thanks Dr Chika Onyeani……….even thou some don’t want to admit it they say the truth hurts………

     
  • Elsa (South Africa)

    I started reading this book out of curiousity and have not been able to put it down. This book should be embraced by ALL people who believe anybody owes them a life. Blacks seem to believe they should work less hours for more money be given cheap electricity, houses, public transport as they are dervant – due to historical incidences. Move on and forget about the history (there is enough holidays to remember them) Since the black government we have received more holidays costing the country millions and millions while more “basic needs” are provided for free. The fact that the leaders fail to see the stupidity in what they do, and how they solve African problems proves they are not deservant of their positions. After 14 years of democracy the blacks have proven that no amount of money, positions with authority, jobs, access to schools and learning opportunities, scholarships and bursaries (even the implementation of affirmative action) has made any differnece in uplifting them as a nation. They are still a nation of destruction, consumption and demands for handouts. They do not understanding of the meaning of the word EARN. No-body no matter what race or colour deserves anything that they did not earn.

     
  • Zolile Ntsabo

    Ayoba Chika, go on and on with this naked truth. Africans need to free themselves from mental slavery, even white people need to get this book and read it and also bring their side of understanding.

     
  • Edwin Potsiwa

    Good reading ! I also recommend folks to read Rich Dad Poor Dad , Cashflow Quadrant and Consipiracy of the Rich by Robert Kiosaki . A lot of financial freedom wisdom than man Africans lake

     
  • Tugumisirize Bwondera James

    Dear Chika,
    The capitalist Nigger is awake up call fo all blacks world wide.
    It has made me see the truth.
    I also recommend my dear brothers and sisters to read “the Japanese Bible”, THINK AND GROW RICH,by Napoleon Hill.
    Greetings from Uganda.

     
  • Sechaba

    Dr Onyeani , you have beautifully combined what the bible and the koran has been trying to teach mankind is one straight forward prose . Lets those who have ears hear you . Lets those with understanding emulate you . And let those who are lost continue in their path of self delusion .

     
  • Zamalanga

    I have not finished reading the book yet but what I have read is very interesting and I must say it is a mind blowing discovery.We are a long way from being economically sef reliant however I believe what we do now will go a long way into improving the lives of future Africans.Lets get rid of the old way of thinking and start a new era.I am proud to live in South African and to be living at the present age of possiblities.

     
  • Choene Mooka

    “This is a naked truth “If the capitalist nigga want something and has to move the mountain, he will move the mountain without berging for it”

    Good one Chika

     
  • Maboshadi

    I just heard about this book on Ukhozi Fm and by just reading all the above comments i am looking forward to reading it.It sound liberating.

     
  • Bongani

    I got the copy, It is really challenging blacks on the one side (positively), and continues to create racial divisions on the other. This ERA is not about a black man, white man, red man, blue man, or pink man. But its about a “NEW” man. A man that does not pay attention to color, but exploiting all given talents towards creating a wealthy new world with one color. (Great book though).

     
  • nontuthuko Zondi form South africa

    i am in the middle of this book, it is really frighting i mean we , I think through the years we as black race become more civilised in a manner that we become more western, and in that note one would think that we as the youth of africa we strive to be the best that we can be but we still needs jobs to be created for us, we still think that we are owed by the world especially in south africa because we think that we are better than africa as a whole——–this book has really opened my eyes sa proud as i am to be young black south african i now know that i need to do something for my country for my continent and more importantly for my self

     
  • Thabile Sikhosana

    I dont understand how a race that has a very large number of people could yet again allow to be controlled and spoon feed by their worst enemies. Most african children want to be teachers, doctors, business owners but u barely hear a child sayin they wantto create sumthing. i think we shoul put that influence in our children, how to be the creaters and make people eat on their palms. I personaly think the book is a wake up call and gave me a lot of ideas abt thing i didnt even know

     
  • The author is very much artistic in such a way that he has found a correct channel into ringing a loud bell to everyone that blacks need to stop being reliant economically. It’s nice book worthy to read. But this is not a new theme to most of us, there is BEE issue that tries all the time to raise similar awareness as to say it’s time for blacks to stand up and do things for themselves, not to emitate so and so from this and that country. And think that’s what SA is currently working on such theme. I like the book.

     
  • Virgy

    This is the time for blacks to stand up and reverse our mind set….this is an excellent read especially for black people to wake up and smell the coffee….

     
    • Hi Virgy I agree with you. There is much more than we can do ourselves instead of waiting for hand outs from the government. I also push young entrepreneurs towards SEDA and <a href="http://www.nyda.gov.za"NYDA, both have streamlined their processes for assisting people in starting a new business.

       
  • Khehla Dladla

    Nothing but the naked truth. God help us to help ourselves to change from what we have been told we are only capable of & realise the potential we have & stop what we are doing in order to do what we are not doing…

     
  • Lucky Mvula

    I am reading the book and I am getting the whole brains out of it. What Dr Onyeani is unveiling is nothing but the truth. If we Africans keep on complaining, blaming etc when shall we rise and claim our strength as Africans. God created us equal we don’t have to regard ourselves inferior, NEVER. Blacks yes Africans have all the potential. We need more incites like these.

     
  • Da Taurus SOUTH AFRICA

    Black man you are on your own, we all have to have that in our mind.

     
  • Karlina Marksiva

    Yes, it is true that on one hand an awakening of solidarity and self-confidence is needed – which is the cause of the blaming and victim-mentality like he says.

    But to follow an animalistic capitalism and join the West, India, China and East Asia in it’s pursuit of power on the anguish of others?!

    Wake up you fools! This Capitalist clap trap will only force power into the hands of marginally more people, while enslaving more innocent people to only a more aggressive primitive life!

    Being enslaved ‘for the good of the communities’, huh? What a fat lie! Capitalism does brings clean roads, working trucks and trains. But it turns people into either wolves or hamsters. Either you devour the weak and the helpless of the quench of your belly, or you’re enslaved upon the spinning wheel, and degraded to confined freedom, in all aspects, and confined space.

    It dries society of the soul, and in their lusts of for more money become untrusting of others, everything becomes about agenda, and a society that was once bonded on soul, spirituality and culture is now a soul-less machine world.

    In a sense Dr Stella Nkomo view of him asking for ‘Black People’ to ‘aspire to be White’, is sort of true.

    The man makes no reference for the need to show out their own culture and language, but refers to them as Black – people of only skin and no cultural identity or dignity.

    An Alter-globalist socialist campaign needs to be implemented, one of love, equality, preservation and solidarity, not a one of wolves and hamsters!

     
  • Thobani (Azania a.k.a South Africa)

    Honestly speaking the book is what all Africans must read in order for us as africans 2 “Buy African and behave African”. Most Africans (especialy in south africa) will disagree with the book where else they will Totaly agree with a Bible which was created by a caucasian person. Dr Onyeani I read your book till the last and the trueth is “if we start to stop buying things made by other race group we will realise that living is not only about money because money is not from OUR CONTINENT (AFRICA) so why cnt the caucasians, indians, chinees go back 2 their original countries and live us with our great continent” africa knows nothng abt Technology, money, bible, even education. What an African man knows is to hunt, getting everythng dat Our African creator gave us for free. If u cud feel wat I feel u’d undrstand, coz m nt gud in dis English as it is a foreign language in my great continent. LET US LIVE N BEHAVE AFRICAN MAQABANE(COMRADES) PEACE. Luv u all my african brothers n sisters

     
  • lizo chacha

    Thobani you are a fool, you don’t know what you are talking about, saying that black people know nothing about education.
    All you are doing is giving south africans a bad name you should have just kept your mouth shut.

     
  • Rebaone

    @Lizo honestly and respectfully, you did not need to say the man is a “fool”.

     
  • I read the book Capitalist Nigger and i fully support tbe sentiments of the author. I am a black South African, laziest of all nations, but my perceptions changed afetr reading this book. I am striving daily to make it on my own despite my ‘Pull Him Down Syndromed’ brothers. But one day is one day.

     
  • The spider work concept is good but we are too busy pulling one another down. How i wish the BEE’s who buy cars for white ladies and leaving their own blackies stranded can just have a glance on some lines in this book. Is change amongst selves certain? I doubt.

     
  • So True……!