Africa's potential

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Discover your potential by using your gifts and talents.

In my childhood I had a dream. I wanted to play soccer just as the teens I watched play on the other side of the fence; an idea that my mother, a typical African mother, copiously discarded. Finding a compelling answer to her objection was one strange mystery I profoundly struggled with for years. However, after patiently waiting for with humility and respect, I ultimately found myself on the pitch living the dream. The game transformed my life, my family, greatly impacted many families and individuals through me.

This is the kind of dilemma most African kids find themselves in; not only in football but also figuring out their life purpose. The comparable circumstances have been persistently fashioned parents to force their children emulate specific people in the society; living a life that isn’t true to them. This intention eventually leads our young ones into a tremendous void. Brokenness, hopelessness and desperation set in at this state.

We are living in a world where there is plenty flow of information. This information creates an ocean in which we are drowning daily.  A lot is directed to us through visual, audio, and feel; the surrounding, internet and social media. But how well are we receiving the same. To our realization, we are indeed starving for wisdom. A lot of the information directed to us creates philosophical conflicts between what we believe and what the world around us believes is true.

All our counter-productive beliefs and choices are the result of the years of accumulating wrong information. We have simply been around the wrong sources and gathered up the wrong data. The decisions we are making are not wrong based on the information we have; it is the information we have that is causing us to make wrong decisions. Unfortunately, these wrong decisions are leading us further away from rather than closer toward the achievement of our goals and living our dreams.

The foundation of our creation is to make a difference by living our life purpose. God did not create anyone for fun; however, we have intentionally transformed the purpose to making an impression and entertainment thus disregarding the understanding of who we are.

We are frequently finding ourselves in junctions of many worlds which. These Worlds are inexorably hauling us to their preferred directions. Typically, some of them come with the objective of deflecting our interests. The choices we make at this state in life, depends on how well we have equipped ourselves, physiologically, emotionally and psychologically.

The Continent of Africa has been deserted in the darkness due to the fact that we, Africans, have run into the forest full of alien trees which have utterly blinded us. We have immersed ourselves in too much information which is not essentially destined to be of assistance as opposed to putting us off the tract. Consequently, we have completely forgotten the dreams that our forefathers had for us. Our generations have masked all the virtues that were securely kept and practiced back in time losing our identity as Africans.

Nelson Mandela once said that no one truly knows the Nation until they spend time in its prison. In my personal understanding, this grand adage deeply looks at the challenges faced by the people born, raised and lives in the Africa. Having spent lived in this continent, perchance, in abject poverty, one should be in a good position to critically think and figure out what could be done differently for the raising and development of the continent.

To be able to subsist this reality, the people of Africa must explore, pick up the long lost culture; a culture which has been taken away by the frequent flow of information that gets diluted during transmission, giving a divergent meaning to the projected parties. Therefore, the outcome is certainly what we all suffer.

How can we project into the future when we have abandoned the power of unity and love that used to exist during the colonial era? It was made possible when our leaders joined hands in love to structure the hope that we have over-enjoyed and overturned into fun. Our generation has formed an impressionistic society that does not add value to our form of life. We have learnt to ponder the pain of others from a distance contrary to our traditions. In order to celebrate our future, we must be ready to be informed by the past.

In 1906, Pixley Kaisaka Seme composed this beautiful poem, a message of hope to the future Africa in his speech.  

Oh Africa!

Like the some great century plant that shall bloom

In ages hence, we watch thee; in our dream

See in thy swamps, the Prospero of our stream;

Thy doors unlocked, where knowledge in her tomb

Hath lain innumerable years in gloom

Then shalt though, walking with that morning gleam,

Shine as thy sister lands with equal beam


Let us take a moment to deliberate on these words. Seme would be spending days in tears if he lived among this generation.

David Dacor of central Africa republic reckoned that Africa should move in one direction. Evidently, in Africa, every Nation is diversely pulling away from each other.

Mwalimu Julius Kambarage Nyerere of Tanzania once said “without unity Africa cannot realize its potential”  

In 1963, Kwame Mkuruma understood that Africa should unite immediately, before leaders become the trappings of power. This prophetic consciousness has been fulfilled against Kwame’s yearning for a united continent.

There is great need to recall the eloquent doctrine of the second president of Kenya, the late Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi, “Harambee” and the people of Kenya responded, “Nyayo” for twenty four years. Harambee means putting our efforts together or joining hands to solve a problem. And Nyayo means following the footsteps.

We have indeed lost the footsteps of our founding fathers. The love that our leaders envisioned and fought for has been turned into jealousy, conflicts, bloodshed, corruption, tribal differences and countless vices ardently and persistently separating us from living the spirit of harambee.

A grand lesson I have learnt and lived is that when you make sure someone is okay; God will also make sure you are fine too.

Africa will only realize her potential, if we all discover and use our gifts, talents and abilities to make a difference. And this begins with the renewal of our minds; learning to trust in our personal philosophy by reminding ourselves constantly of who we are.

This is a moment to sit back, recollect and reflect on how we should use our creativity strength to come up with proper strategies and procedures for our own development, embracing the virtue of charity. Only if we borrow the ideologies visualized by our forefathers Africa will become a lost continent.

Let us also train our children to be critical thinkers, not getting concerned on putting the food on the table; survival mode, but creating a new Africa as envisioned by our first leaders. An Africa the late Maya Angelou would echo…I shall arise. An Africa that is respected despite our past story as Patrice Lumumba of Congo would add that however bad that story is, it is still our story, our continent.

Are you in a position to answer this simple question; if I was to die tomorrow, will I be able to do what I was created to do? If the answer is candidly, yes! Then you have hope, if you have hope, you have life and if you have a life, surely, you have everything. Everyone has a purpose, everyone has dreams, however how small your dream maybe, it is very important to you, it will make an impact in Africa.

Submitted: May 11, 2020

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Habari gani Bwana Rix? I spent seven years in Tanzania carrying out environmental work and was there when Mwalimu Nyerere died. Maybe I should say rural Tanzania because there's a big difference. From the point of view of a Mzungu - I'm not sure a united Africa is the answer. Even tribes within Tanzania don't always get along. You are a proud Kenyan but no doubt also proud of your tribe - there's nothing wrong with that, An alliance like the East African one is helpful. I worked with schools and have no doubts about abilities and potential of African people. Lacking are resources and the population's own ability to invest. It's the African way to endow great respect to leaders, too many of whom don't deserve it. Nowadays, there are bright, well-educated young people who are able to take on the mantle of leaders, but if they have to battle political intrigue, they are more likely find a better work environment overseas. You need to kind ways of keeping your brightest - because they are indeed bright. Usianguke

Wed, May 13th, 2020 7:59am

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