Onesimus: The West African slave who introduced vaccines to America in 1721 – By Omoniyi Ibietan

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Yea! Soyinka is out with a new book, Obama too, but you must also read, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontent, by Isabel Wilkerson.
Wilkerson narrated the phenomenology of castes, and unravels once again, Africa’s immense contribution to the evolution of human civilizations and humanity, with the story of the West African slave, Onesimus, who taught Bostonians, in Massachusetts, how to inoculate, against Smallpox, based on the West African model. That’s the beginning of vaccination in the United States. Unfortunately, Onesimus was never rewarded. The breakthrough did not even earn him his freedom.
Why? ‘The hierarchy of caste is not about feelings or morality. It is about power – which groups have it and which do not.’ From America to Germany, to India and the rest of the world, our humanity has come to be defined by ‘rigid, arbitrary hierarchies’ that are still the source of divisions today.
Wilkerson, journalist, Pulitzer Award-winner and recipient of National Humanities Medal, who has taught in at least 200 colleges and universities in the US, Europe and Asia, including Emory, Boston and Princeton, presents with uncommon intellection, in this 496-page book, how the world is being destroyed by the Satanism of divisions embedded in variants of castes, and urged the world to embrace and promote our common humanity. “…it’s an urgent call for a freer, fairer world.”
Even the reviews I read are gripping enough. I can’t wait for my copy, coming with Soyinka’s and Obama’s.
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