READ SEUN FAKOREDE’S OPENING ARTICLE FOR HOME ADVANTAGE AFRICA’s INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE THEMED AFRICA BY AFRICANS
As I thought of the opening statement for this article, thousands of thoughts and captions raced through my pained heart. I had mixed feelings of pride and sorrow at the same time. I wanted to open the paragraph with a phrase such as “Africa remains the richest continent in World in terms of natural resources” but I quickly refrained myself not because the statement is not true but because we have been raped of such resources and we only eat the crumbs from lumps of our own resources.
I would not be exaggerating if I opened the article with a phrase such as “Africa is the most blessed continent in the World”, but I would be careful because we are truly blessed but how has the blessing impacted our lives positively?. I make bold to say that a world without the continent of Africa is an incomplete world.
This article will not be one of those that recounts our failures, sorrows, policy summersaults, fraudulent democracies and one legged leadership but rather, it will iterate our beauty, strength, potentials and capacities as Africans. We are the most raped continent of the world because of our beauty and elegance. We have been taken advantaged of and every vested interest is upon us to milk us dry. The funniest thing is that, the more they milk us, the more we find ways of blossoming again, against all odds. Many actually believe that something is wrong with a black man. Many also believe that Africans are the most gullible people that ever greeted this planet earth.
You can choose what to believe about Africa. You can also join others who think nothing good can come out of Africa. It’s a game of the mind and you can continue playing. Now, these are my questions?
Why will others who were not part of our clime tell our stories for us?
Why should the sons of the butcher eat with bones while the children of his neighbors eat with the fattest choice of meat?
Why should Africans buy with sweat, what was naturally stolen from her fatherland?
Why are we still in mental and intellectual colonialism even when the colonial masters are long gone, physically?
These, reason why this conference is timely and many other questions will be answered in subsequent articles. A new generation of Africans is rising, well-meaning men and women who will write and tell our own story the way it ought to be. Men and women who will be proud again to tell our stories of scars and victory with the same vigor and pride of conscience.
We are Africa, we own our story, and the responsibility to tell it the way it is as true sons/daughters of the land lies within us.
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