Africa Day sets forth a lucky chance for Africans and the African diaspora men and women, youthful and aged, united in multitude and from all walks of life to reconnect and recommit themselves in developing a better Africa. It acknowledges the achievements that we, as Africans, have built while reflecting upon the common challenges we face and the lessons we experience in a global environment. As Africa prepares to celebrate on 25th of May, the day when African Union (AU), formerly the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) was formed in 1963, it is an important event in the shared memory to express our deep appreciation to all generations of pan-Africanists for having bequeathed an Africa we see today at the expense of intelligence, sweat and blood. At least there has not been a world war in almost seventy years but more than her counterparts, hunger, armed conflicts, poverty, terrorist attacks, xenophobia, inter-tribal and inter-religious wars etc still exist in Africa. There is hope for the level of problems in Africa to go down only if we understand the roots and source of all these, it is possible that human nature itself contributes to the version of tensions between opposites visible throughout the continent. If this is true, it is also possible that some problems can be prevented. At this very outset, the question of paramount significance is; What should we all do now to bring Africa where it is supposed to be?, and these are the basics which Mwl. Julius Nyerere and his contemporaries such as Jomo Kenyatta of Kenya pinpointed so keenly but we have so unashamedly taken no notice of. It is worth noting that in a few decades Africa will have more young people than any other continent and such a youthful population could grease its wheels for Africa to become a pole of global growth, decent jobs and economic opportunities for all. So, once we interiorly accept who we are and what role we were incarnated to play in Africa we will be able to positively impact change on our outside communities in terms of spurring Africa’s economic, social and cultural advancement. By embracing our identity, it will renew African minds to further encourage a common goal we had of fighting against and free ourselves from foreign domination and exploitation. With one sincere voice Africans must say no to raw material exports, in that way our indigenous industries and made in Africa products will be celebrated throughout the diaspora. Then, the sense of Ioyalty and belongingness to Africa should be re-awakened as countless able-bodied Africans fall into a deadly game of “Get free or die trying” to reach Europe in the promise of good life. As I write to honor this day, I think the same sense should be rekindled within Africans in the diaspora for them to consider returning back home to deal with our social, economic and political problems at home before seeking economic shelter elsewhere. In that way the people of Africa will have a full determination to claim Africa’s place at the top of the world. My latest appeal is to the new breed of African leaders who never tasted the struggle against colonialism to be mindful not to sell our heritage for foreign aid but more importantly to adhere to the ethics of good governance, democracy and leadership for African youth to see the footprints left where they have walked and not just more potholes on the road. I wish to shout to the world that Africa is the future and the future is shining.
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