African leader: Trudeau treats us like ‘neo-colonial master’ with aid that’s destroying our people

Obianuju Ekeocha said that the Canadian government under Justin Trudeau is using feminist-based foreign aid programs to undermine African values and culture and to ultimately control the African people.

The Canadian government under Justin Trudeau is no better than a “neo-colonial master” to the people of Africa when it uses its aid money to push ideologically-driven programs that are contrary to African values and culture, an African life-and-family leader said in a new documentary about Canada’s foreign affairs’ policy in Africa.

Author, filmmaker, and human rights activist Obianuju Ekeocha, who was born in Nigeria, told former Canadian Ambassador to China David Mulroney in the documentary that African people need aid, but not the kind of aid offered by Trudeau that goes against what it means to be an African.

Africans have their own “views and values on the family, their own views and values on motherhood, for example, their own views and values on women in society,” said Ekeocha in Obsessed: Canada's Coercive Diplomacy, which was produced by Canadian pro-life organization Campaign Life Coalition in partnership with Dunn Media and released online on Jan. 17. Mulroney, one of the country’s leading experts on foreign affairs, helps unpack with Ekeocha in the 90-minute documentary exactly how the Canadian government engages in “coercive diplomacy” in Africa.

“We have our way of life, we have how our society flows. There are gaps, of course, as far as finance is concerned, as far as poverty is widespread, but it doesn't mean that we don't know what it means to respect motherhood. It doesn't mean that we don't have our own thoughts as to how women are supposed to be the real heart of the home within society,” Ekeocha said.

“The Africans already have their thoughts and their views and values on these issues,” she added.

Ekeocha noted with sadness how the Canadian government under Trudeau brought aid to Africa that was not based on the real-world needs of the people but was based on Western ideas of what’s good for the African people.

“The Canadian government comes around with the force of money, and they are coming with their ideologies all already made up,” she said. Trudeau and his government “doesn't care about what the receiver or the recipient is thinking, or how their way of life is, they're just coming to impose upon us something that they have already preconceived in Ottawa and in Toronto.”

Western donors, like the Canadian government, come with “an entire set of ideological views, ideological values on so many issues,” Ekeocha related. “Not only are they not listening to us, but they are really trying to create another region in their own image and likeness. So, someone comes with their ideology, (they) see the Africans, and they consider us like a cultural vacuum.”