Embracing Our African Identity

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In the heart of Awka, amidst the bustling streets and vibrant marketplaces, lies a profound truth that resonates with every African soul: we are Africans before anything else. This truth, draped in the rich shades of our diverse cultures, should be emblazoned in our hearts and homes, a constant reminder of our shared heritage and resilience.

As we navigate the complexities of our modern world, we are confronted with challenges that seek to undermine our progress and unity. External forces, driven by their own agendas, often exploit our resources and sow seeds of discord among us. They paint a picture of Africa rife with conflict and chaos, ignoring the strides we have made and the potential that lies within our grasp.

One cannot ignore the scars left by the exploitation of our mineral resources. From the blood diamonds of Sierra Leone to the gold mines of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), conflicts fueled by greed have torn through our lands, leaving devastation in their wake. Coltan, cobalt, oil, uranium, and timber have all been sources of strife, highlighting the need for responsible stewardship of our natural wealth.

Yet, amidst these challenges, there is hope. The spirit of Thomas Sankara, champion of a free and self-reliant Africa, lives on in our hearts. We must embrace a growth ideology that empowers us to take ownership of our destiny. It is our duty to support our leaders, hold them accountable, and work towards a shared vision of prosperity and peace.

As the moon sets over Awka this evening on the last Friday of April, casting its fine glow upon the little big city, let us remember that our strength lies in our unity, our diversity, and our unwavering commitment to progress. Let us forge ahead, guided by the spirit of our ancestors, towards a future where Africa stands tall and proud, a beacon of hope and inspiration for the world.

BlaccTheddi’s “Get it Right” project embodies this spirit of empowerment and change. Through this initiative, we are called to action, to volunteer our time and talents for the betterment of our communities. By doing so, we not only help our leaders lead but also cultivate a sense of ownership and patriotism that will propel us towards a brighter future.

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