Is our colonial history significant

I am a “bornfree” and always feel unqualified to comment on our colonial history. I hope i will not sound ignorant and forgive me if i offend anyone with my opinions.
I went a school which in Rhodesia was a white school only. It was named after one of the significant people in the occupation of our country. When i leant there it was now multi racial, though as black people we constituted about 95% of the enrolled students. The government then decided to rename the schools and the move was unpopular to us. Up to date we still call it by its Rhodesian name. We loved the original name of the school because the school’s pride, traditions and cultures were built around it. We had grown to fondly love our school and guard it jealously.The idea of changing the name for us translated to assuming a new identity. The original name had no colonial significance or connotations to us because we were born knowing the school by this name. Our school pride was not a reflection of holding on to the school’s colonial heritage but the pride and reputation the school had made for itself in our era.
Our colonial history triggers emotions something we take for granted as the “born frees”. But is it significant? Should we just erase everything that reminds us of this phase and completely close that chapter? Was it just another significant history like the tribal war stories we proudly talk about and hold on to as our African heritage?
The colonial phase was a significant history in African politics. This is not meant to justify anything buttrigger people to think about the relevance of history in our contemporary world. Some people take parts of history which benefit and propel them further and leave out the rest. Others hold on to elements that prevent them from progressing and continue living in denial? Should history not be told as an undistorted factual story? Should infrastracture built in the colonial era remain with its colonial identity and new infrastructure honor and show our post-colonial achievements?


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