“In confidence we lay our cause before the whole world. Whether we win or whether we die, freedom will rise in Africa like the sun from the morning clouds.” – Paul Kruger
At every point of history, there arise a continent with courage and steadfastness to stand above all odds. At every pose of questions, there spring a group of people with boldness and bravery to answer what nature asks them. At every point of challenge, there awaken the souls who are ready to face the test of time. For these people hold the believe that whatever they have been through, light will still be seen at the end of the tunnel.
Across the continents of the world, there is one identity – black – that represents what lives in the people it identifies. That identity has been tagged weakness, inferiority and incapability by the colonialists. But in the blood of Africans; in our veins, what is flowing is the strength, dignity and pride we carry as one of the race that has written the history of the world we inhere. Till eternity, we will be regarded as the cradle of civilization, as the shapers of new order.
Because of the changes we have impacted on the planet earth, we have gained the spotlight.
Those changes have attracted both doom and prosperity to our land. On the side of doom, our land has become the center of play among the power players. Everything we are blessed with have become a curse to us because the perceived superiors are holding us down from progressing. They are perpetrating doom because they know that when Africa get it right, we will become the center of attraction again.
On the side of prosperity, some Africans who have discovered that everything about us symbolises asset rather than liability. They have been leveraging what they have to change the narratives of what bedevils us. They have known that armed robbers don’t attacked a wretched man and no miner will dig a drain land. If perpetrators plan to propagate poverty on our land, we redesigned their plans to prosper on our land. “In all disorder,” says Carl Jung, “there is a secret order.”
In every corners of the world, Africans are making the wave. No scientific invention, no scholastic breakthrough is ever achieved without the contributions of Africans. We have started taking responsibility for how our story will be written. We are now making use of one of our proverbs that says “Until the lion learn how to write, the story of the hunt will always be left to be narrated by the hunter.”
From Rwanda – who suffered Genocide and now rising above challenges – to South Africa – who battled Apartheid and now raving – to Egypt – who conquered the defeats of the Ancient times and waxes stronger – to Nigeria – who rose above Civil War and upholding its unity, no African nation has ever uphold both her internal and external integration without oppression and repression of one sort or the other.
Dale Carnegie noted that “One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.” We have learned how to enjoy our days; every roses that bloom, every rain that drops and every air that blows are now being used to renew the hope of Africans.
The black colour of ours is not a tag of depression, not a label of inferiority and not an identity of poverty. Our black stands for hope, courage, pride and energy. It is the total reflection of what we are made of. Kwame Nkrumah, one of the African patriots unravel his African intimacy when he says, “I am not African because I was born in Africa, but because Africa was born in me.”
To all people living in the continent of Africa, to all people living as Africans in other continents and to everyone who believes, regards and respects the cultures and values of Africans, we are proud of our colour, our pride, our dignity. No matter what we are facing, our circumstances never sap our energy. It nourishes it. Let me charge you by paraphrasing the words of Nelson Mandela “We are not extraordinary because we are indigents of Africa; we become extraordinary because we went through extraordinary circumstances.”
Sulyman, Sodeeq Abdulakeem is a writer who co-authored the book “Responsible Living: Live to Fulfill Your Potential.”