When black men dream

2015-10-16 07:00

Allow me to borrow wise words of our former president, the late Dr Nelson Mandela who once said "It always seems impossible until its done." Many times we undermine people's dreams until they come to pass, and then we want to sing praises.

The past few months, a South African Hip Hop artist by the name of Refiloe Maele Phoolo famously known as Cassper Nyovest shared his big dream with millions of us. His dream is to fill up one of the biggest venues used by most international musicians called The Dome. The venue takes about 20 000 people to be filled up.

Firstly, I have to admit that I am not a fan of Hip Hop, be it South African or international. I however am a number one fan of faith and dreams. His dream to #FillUpTheDome is moving and inspirational. Cassper's leap of faith is not something we should ridicule as Africans. It is bigger and very possible if we all believe.

In 2012, I had a dream of writing a book that will touch lives in schools. The dream never died and on the 27th of June 2015, my dream came through. We launched the book titled Beyond Inspiration. With the help of people and organisations that believed in us and our dreams, the book will now be read by hundreds and thousands of learners across South Africa to inspire them to start reading and writing. It all started with having a dream just like Cassper's dream.

For a very long time, the black African child has been conditioned to think and act less than who he is. The black African child has been mentally oppressed and made to believe that dreams are just a bunch of fairy tales and he should "snap out of it". This has been going on for centuries and we have allowed ourselves to believe in that myth. This month, the world is about to witness one of the greatest moments in the history of African music.

Realise that Cassper's dreams not his alone. This is an African dream. It is my dream, your dream and all our dream. We have been singing about having an African dream for too long, it is our time to experience it LIVE at the dome on the 31st of October 2015.

I also believe that this is our opportunity as South Africans to live this inspiring dream. Let us make 2015 a year of great exploits. Let us show the world that it is possible for us to support our very own. I have pledged my support through my platforms and resources to make Cassper's dream a reality. I'm happy to see hundreds of my fans and friends going to fill up the dome. When one man succeeds, let it be a joyous celebration for all of us.

If you've ever doubted your dreams just because of your background, then you need to stop now. If you've ever thought it is impossible to do that which you could, then you need to change your mindset. Success is not going to wait for you to moan, complain and belittle yourself. You need to go out there be BOLD. Be courageous. Be tenacious. Be daring. Be aggressive. Be authentic and take ownership.

Out of the many reasons I could mention for supporting Cassper's dream, I know  and believe that through it, hundreds of black South African parents will be employed. When black men dream, the dignity of the black race will be restored. Millions of black boys and girls will be inspired. A black child will have hope. He will say, "if Cassper can do it, I can do it as well." He will know that "impossible is just a myth."

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