Africa unite

2016-05-20 06:00

THERE is a well-known phrase “Africa my beginning, Africa my ending”. Deep in my thoughts the sentiments that are echoing are “Not yet uhuru”.

These sentiments are harboured by the concept of African Renaissance which dictates that “African people and nations shall overcome the current challenges confronting the continent and achieve cultural, scientific and economic renewal”.
We therefore have a responsibility as a collective to break down the barriers of division in order to actualise the African Renaissance. The need to change the world is a requirement of reason.

Oliver Tambo once envisioned a society in which black and white live and work together as equals in conditions of peace and prosperity. The questions that should remain is how far are we from fulfilling that vision. Our memories have been romanticised and there is a need for a radical decolonisation of the mind.

Our thoughts have to be alive to new impulses. The previously marginalised black nation should not feel unfortunate, but take the stand and be an example in the struggle for their redemption. We need to get rid of an unhappy consciousness that suggest that we are a potentiality of something because we are wholly who we are.

It is not yet uhuru that black people form a margin in economic participation. It is not yet uhuru that black graduates find it difficult to get stable jobs than their white counterparts. To break away from these bondages we need the unification of our continent and the unity of all races and colour because they are the basic guarantees of a sure triumph for our cause.

The time for economic emancipation is here and one hero will emerge victorious - the people. We all have to make our own history. History is not made under self-selected circumstances, but under existing circumstances, given and transmitted from the past.

Let me conclude with the words of Henry Frederic Amiel: “Destiny has two ways of crushing us. It is either by refusing our wishes or by fulfilling them.”

How do we decide our destiny?

Buya Africa sikulindile.

Zolani Siqwayi

Kokstad

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