Am I Angry Enough As An African Youth? – A Case Of My Experience At The AU Agenda 2063 Youth Summit – Kwesi Nimo Jnr
Have you ever attended any paid event after which you wished you had paid twice the cost? Have you ever attended a forum that got speakers spewing that sort of knowledge that angers your thought process?; Not in disagreement but that anger that needs channeling elsewhere to create a huge positive impact?
Finally, have you attended an Africanism-oriented event that got you feeling like you have the passion, but you’re not passionate enough about Africa and everything African? If No, then you missed this event. If Yes, I doubt your narrative is accurate.
Before I advance, my name is Kwasi Nimo Jnr. My first name is Kwasi. I don’t have an English name cos I’m not English. From where I come your first name is automatically generated from your day of birth. Since I was born near midnight when the Monday fraternity was anticipating my inception to join them, my first identity has always been Kwasi. Guess what happened? So the next time you ask for my identity, your follow up question should not be whether I have no English/Christian name.
Being the African that proudly am, I pride myself with everything about me; African! No matter how crusty the image of my beloved continent is to the disrespectful exploiter who went further to shame and name me uncivilized, undeveloped and barbaric, I still pride myself as such, with the strong belief in being what I wish to be, not what others wish me to be.
I proudly share in the very possible African Emancipation, Independence and Renaissance like my fathers did after the unfortunate eras of slave ‘raiding’ and colonization. I humbly pass each day hoping and praying, paying my dime and quota to the realization of that all-important vision. You’ll see it in good time.
I also share in the common passion and zeal of fellow African Youth who in their own small corner are paying that very pertinent quota and dues to the Africa we need and the Africa we deserve.
At this juncture, I doff my hat for the Initiator and Brain behind that African Union Sitting that led to the formation of the all-important agenda 2063. I gratify the 50th Anniversary Solemn Declaration which got Heads of States of Africa to rededicate themselves to the Continent’s accelerated development and technological progress by creating the Agenda 2063 Strategy.
In whichever small cottage, nook and cranny you find yourself in, believe it or not, this Agenda will be realized. [I sincerely respect your contrary view regardless].
The 7 aspirations listed as foresight targeted at having “an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the global arena.” These aspirations seeks to have a continent that is;
- Prosperous, Inclusive and built on sustainable development practices.
- United and integrated.
- Respectful of democratic principles, human rights and justice.
- Secured and at peace with itself.
- Imbued with strong cultural identity, values and ethnics.
- Focused on people-driven development processes, including maximizing the potential offered by its Youth and Women.
- An influential global player and partner.
These Visions will be realized and I’m just elated and more empowered each day waking up to the little chirpy thoughts of my goodwill bird that one day, Africa will be united, emancipated, independent and reborn.
[I don’t need to be alive to see it to believe it. I already believe in its possibility and I’m already in the business of contributing my ideas, brawn and brains to this all important cause.]
Dear Reader, I was honored to sit in a summit dubbed the AU AGENDA 2063 Youth Summit organised by an Emancipated Africa -oriented movement geared up for the Renaissance of our beloved continent; Youth for African Star – YAS.
After the program, I caught my mind querying itself where else it would have wished to be all day if not there. I subtly confessed to the Lady to my right that ‘I am full; full of knowledge for the moment. Truly I was. I would speak to the accumulated messages I generated while at the Summit, but one Speaker achieved his purpose on me, which was to get us angry, because per his thoughts, the African Youth is not angry enough for our Emancipation and Liberation.
He bluntly said he wasn’t there to give a presentation for a standing ovation, but to speak to our conscience to question everything happening around us to get desired answers, because we seem very comfortable with everything happening around us, bad leadership being instrumental among these.
The Nigerian Lawyer, Oguchwuku Nweke, who is also the Vice President of Synergies University, began by saying he came to cause trouble, which was to get us angry. He added that he is a Trouble maker. He further urged us to be troublemakers; that kind of Trouble making that is not recalcitrant, but that kind of trouble making that is radical and alters the status quo for the better.
“You might not be able to do everything, but you can challenge the Status quo”, he said. The more you run and roll with whatever the western forces propose and engineer, the more you vanish or disappear as an African, and the more you disappoint mother Africa.
We keep embracing Automation and ICT without thinking of how many people are losing their jobs. We are brawn-oriented, ‘hardworking pays’ and ‘do good to your fellow brother’ nature of people.
‘They’ succeeded in introducing all what we raged today as development; and guess what? We jump on them all, and we keep being puppets on their show and players in their game; key contributors to their Grand scheme of milking
Africa off its very essence, Excellence and Originality. You’ve been made to believe that something on you is not attractive, so you feel inferior having them. [Your natural hair for example.] It is time to use your voice to propagate what you feel is wrong and what exactly you want.
Are we asking the right questions or just being manipulated for or against our will, to or not to our benefit? Are we questioning authorities for the right answers or we are paying attention to the trivial issues and going with the flow?
I asked myself, Politics is not an occupation but an opportunity to serve; why then do politicians in our part of the world have so much but do virtually nothing? A miracle is an event.
What’s the event leading to the miracles we see in our churches? Leadership is about service and if you’re not prepared to serve you cannot lead. What is leadership today? If you cannot be accountable, you can’t be a leader, but what do we see?
The Church generates more money in a year than the country needs in a 4-year term to create transformation. [Put your Emotions regards religion and association away; Do the math and come back for a gentleman’s discussion.]
Do you know what the money you pay at church is used for? At least I know whatever money I pay in my church is channeled into producing mouthwatering, jaw dropping and transformational technological advancements to put Ghana and Africa on the map, but do you? Have you when bothered to ask? Why then are pastors in our churches wealthy and members wallowing in poverty? [Add yours, reader…]
Today the phenomenon is borrowing money to look good, and owning a handset costing over GHc1,000 is flashy and worth it, yet you can’t locate even GHc500 to start a sizable reasonable business. Promotion in our part of the world is by virtue of years of service.
Not productivity, positive attitude towards work, ability to work in a team, punctuality, positive attitude towards work or experience; but years of service. No recourse to financial discipline in working, but just years of service.
We know only to sit in the comfort of our rickety cars, homes, workplaces and eating places and order our leaders around to the hearing of ‘nobodies’, always forgetting that questioning nobody breeds no answers. You only end up infuriated at nothing and no one but yourself. Ever wondered why?
We are talking, yes, but not discussing issues that have the tendency to effect change and challenge the status quo. We are asking questions, yes, but they are not challenging enough to drive us towards development and progress. We are demanding accountability, yes, but at wrong places by wrong means and from the wrong people. We need to know when, where and how to demand accountability.
Not asking questions is how society gets corrupt, so when the word corruption pops up, we are all equal defaulters and guilty as much charge others.
To my Generational Youth and supposed Future Leader, you can’t keep making the same mistakes that your ancestors made and expect your future to be different.
“Stop repeating the mistakes you see other people do. Just stop it! If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got. Change is not going to happen if you keep doing the old things. You’ll just be wish-thinking.” – Dr. Carnita Groves.
Revolutionary African consciousness must among other things draw from the African Family-hood and proactively include African philosophies.
The generations before mine do not regard mine because we are too focused on pettiness and just like them, concerned about enriching ourselves. Are we any better? I don’t blame the generation before mine for disrespecting me and belittling my every effort.
Not forgetting the suppression, and ‘I’m right because I’m older’ syndrome they constantly impose on me. Regardless how sour-tasted these experiences accumulate to be, we have no excuse to get angry at them. They are exercising their generational rights.
We only need to do the needful so as not to find ourselves worse than they are in development, attitude and character, but better.
Ask yourself, is the African Youth you see today Ready for the African Renaissance? Is the Youth Properly Equipped to deal with the issues of Agenda 2063?
Let your obvious answers to these questions anger you enough to hop off your comfort zone and seek the comfort of the bigger force, Africa. If we don’t address the ill issues of Africa today, we’re going to be like the Africa today by 2063, if not worse.
There’s a revolution going on in our system but how many of us are involved? People are exercising commitment to the realization of the Africa we want and the Africa we need, how involved are you?
It is not too late to MOVE, ACT and CHANGE. I believe in my generation and I beseech my generation to do our possible best to change the narrative. We must chew the bitter pill and accept the bitter truth that we are likely to disappoint ourselves and our ancestors with the attitudes we’re exhibiting today.
Nonetheless, Agenda 2063 is 45 years away. 45 years of a new opportunity to make Africa proud and give her the befitting seat at the table of Greatness. Of course, We Can
An African Youth that thinks critically is a one that asks questions. Questions whose answers lead to actions.
Actions geared towards the Nkrumah Dream of the total Liberation of the African Continent.
Peace be with you!
I remain your Brother,
The Original Kwasi Nimo Jnr