While millions of Africans live in poverty, fight for water and are subject to global exploitation, in South Africa Petra Diamonds is busy unearthing 29.6-carat blue diamonds.
In January the company which “owns” the Cullinan mine near Pretoria announced that it has uncovered one of the rarest and most coveted diamonds in the world, with a possible price tag of tens of millions of dollars. How does this make you feel Africans?
According to the firm the “exceptional” acorn-sized diamond is small enough to fit into the palm of a hand. Perhaps that is what should have happened for one of the miners actually working in these inhumane conditions and building generational wealth for the people who continue to raid the native homeland of Blacks around the globe.
It seems European colonialism has never ended, but instead taken on a new bling-bling, flossy style in 2014. Perhaps one of the USA’s rappers will buy the diamond and put it on a chain for an upcoming music video. We do like to shine and be seen.
But this is not the first multi-million dollar diamond raped out of the Cullinan mines. In 2013 a 25.5 carat Cullinan blue diamond was found and sold for $16.9 million. And in 2008, a diamond that was named the Star of Josephine was sold for $9.49 million.
The stones in the last year or so are selling well above $2 million per carat. That’s not my quote, that’s updates in the market,” Petra Diamond CEO Johan Dippenaar told Reuters.
Africa is on the rise and those in the global African Diaspora would do well to look homeward if they ever want to attempt to regain economic parity on the global scale. The clock is ticking.