An African rebuke Femi Fani-Kayode and Vladimir Putin: “Africa is not doomed”. As he made reference to Ngozi Adichie, Achenyo Idachaba, Olufunmilola Adenowo, and Usman Dalhatu.
My name is Egharevba Osagie and these are my thoughts.
Days have gone by, yet the journey seems endless. It’s another night of hopes and anticipation, as I watch Mrs. Akudo and the children in the neighborhood playing in the coolest of the evening, as she teaches them Tumaini (A song and dance of Hope). I watch them chanting as they continue to sing with so much excitement.
“We believe in Mother Africa and we are sure of a better future, although it may not seem it now. But we believe.” so they chant as they sing along dancing around the fire in the center of the compound happily. What a pleasant sight to behold.
This captivated my heart and my thoughts journey deep into the depth of Africa and it’s uniqueness.
Then I remember lifelike Femi Fani-Kayode (a Nigerian politician, essayist, poet, and lawyer) who recently published an article about Africa, giving a narrative of Arabs who hunted Africa down like animals and kept Africans in bondage for 1300 years, and went on to Americans, Europeans, and Asians.
“Oh, Africa, who has bewitched thee, Oh Mother Africa who shall deliver thee?” The black man is his own enemy, the greatest weakness of African is his inability to demand good quality leaders, his ignorance, his cowardice, his envy, and his poverty” The African always loves his slave-master more than he does his liberator. Worse still he resists the notion of a good education and he barely reads”
He went on and on as he expresses frustration and disappointment for Africa leaders, but forgotten we all are guilty in the sin by omission. our duty to protect Mother Africa starts with us.
Then I remember lifelike Vladimir Putin (President of Russia) who recently published an article about Africa.
“Africa will never be independent because they believe in Europeans, Americans, and Chinese more than themselves” so he wrote, just to mention but few. As the list of similar articles varies from different individuals.
Still on my journey of imagination… then I remember a great African storyteller Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie who told a personal story called “The danger of a single story”.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
Achenyo Idachaba an American-born Nigerian who left a job that earns over $140,000 (One hundred and forty thousand United States Dollars) came back home to Africa and started a business of weaving wasted weeds into functional products.
Olajumoke Olufunmilola Adenowo an Africa’s Starchitect who tells great stories with architecture. Just to mention but few. As the list of Africans Impacting the world goes on and on.
Olajumoke Olufunmilola Adenowo.
At this point in my imagination, I stopped for a while and asked a few questions.
Did Femi Fani-Kayode forget “Sumonu Oladele Giwa” who fought and died for the good and betterment of his country? Or Usman Dalhatu a 200 level mechanical engineering student of the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) who recently created an automatic ventilator to help in the fight against the pandemic (COVID19 outbreak) affecting his country and people.
I wished Femi Fani-Kayode knowns Mrs. Akudo who is so grateful, hopeful and believes the light that is to come in Africa is greater, and the world will marvel.
Then I imagined, What if Vladimir Putin knew about Africa’s history and stories before the invasion and colonization of the western world? perhaps he would have known better.
This is not to say Femi and Putin’s perspective is totally wrong, but it is not a complete narrative of Africa and Africans. So I have decided to write the story from a different perceptive (The African Perceptive) of faith, hope, and Love.
There is no continent more blessed with striking beauty and diversity than the African Motherland. It is a decision to either be part of Africa’s success or sit doing nothing but blame the western world for our failure.
As we continue in this journey of survival, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap the harvest if we do not give up”. (Galatians 6:9).
“Be not weary and faint-hearted, crying out for a solution when ye should have the upper hand for Allah is with you” (Quran 47:35).
The battle may seem big, but the victory is bigger. This is an opportunity to recreate the Africa we’ve all dreamed of. Now is the time to perform our duty in protecting Mother Africa.
Let me share with you my favorite quote. “The darker the night the brighter the stars”. Let’s focus on the morning and blessing it brings. Let us not forget we are in a war with an unknown enemy that threatens humanity, and we are all affected. Now is the time for Love and unity. The destiny of our land and the future of our children depends on our decision today.
“Leadership is about using your gift to create an impact, Leadership is a problem solving “
Mother Africa will blossom again if we believe, let’s work to achieve it . while we pray let’s not forget to protect ourselves and keep our loved ones safe.
God Bless Africa.
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