Long before some of us had eyes open enough to see what the world was all about, all we could feel is joy, laughter and often, our feeble cries were meant to be signs of trivial but fundamental aspects of our life. Because of hunger, pain or so.But life has changed. We always grow, and once you realize that all this childish actions must fade away to open room for the next generation of feelings in you, we begin to shiver. Realizing that your cries will matter no more, and the only person willing to listen to your cries is you.
Africa as it is now is shaky. We are constantly trying to fit into a society that was never for us. We are getting carried away and selling out our prestigious customs, ethics and believes in return for praises that add no value to our daily actions. We’ve all heard about the calls for globalization to drive the collective world order. The order of a “New” human being. Calls to discard what has been termed as archaic and traditional believes.
I can’t entirely banish all this calls but the one thing that we have to agree is that whatever is being offered as an alternative to this isn’t entirely right! One thing for sure is that, we are trading our beautiful culture and ethics so cheaply that we lose our self-esteem by the day. We have driven ourselves to the defenceless side of reality, where all you here are chants against your existence.
We have continuously agreed to be called the poor by ignorantly receiving aid and help. Not knowing that at no point shall the neck be above the head. I believe that the moment we agree to be subordinate in everything, and disown our problems, calling for foreign help continuously, we decided to forever remain in the comfort zone, under the wings of our godfathers.
Development of any nation can be likened to a baby’s development. As a child, you are vulnerable, you know no one to help sort out even your most basic problem. You have to perfect your cry as a form of persuasion to seek assistance in defenceless situations. That has been the state of Africa and her nations.
But it reaches a time in the life of every child that your cry no longer has impact to your guardian’s ears! When you have to rise up to the reality and learn to address your issues. We need to rise to this reality. We need to accept that it’s time we learned to sort our issues amicably and ensure we learn the best way to facilitate our liberation. We are no longer babies. We have all it takes as a continent and country to move on. We will not and shall not compromise our ethics to beg for help!
I have to make it clear that Our African culture has the strongest morals, perhaps on earth. So why try to fit in? Why must we acknowledge gay marriages when even the perpetrators know it’s wrong? Very disgusting!
Why must we erode our moral standards only to be moulded into ugly beings desperately seeking recognition, when the entire world knows we are better!
An intimidated person will do everything to curtail the development of the possible threat. Africa is rising. We run the world economy. We offer them the resources to brag with. We have the sharpest minds ever, so why can’t we move out of the cocoon of low self-esteem and allow our might to explode?
We are above international standards. The reason we never develop is because we spend so much time stretching our arms down to reach for what has been set.
Africa had the best civilization ever, mutual respect and tranquillity made us flourish with happiness, even with the little we had, until a time when Democracy and capitalism were bought. The floor was opened to turn the attention of every passer-by from moving on. People were taught how to senselessly utter words to spark conversation rather than action. We lost our bearing.
Keep in mind that politics, gossip and propaganda forms 80% of Africa’s headlines, when shall we embrace constructive conversations and accept criticism in a diplomatic way? Until we decide to go back the fundamentals, the basic principles that are integrated in our African ideals, we never have the power to grow and set new standards for the rest of the world.
An article of concern By Brian Bosire Onyi.