No greater feeling to a course is there; than noticing how grand your visions & causes are revered by other beings, who are devoted to the movement most dear to one’s soul. Africa is that which I speak of!
The past week was a breathe of fresh cosmic content! Imagine how new form sparked after the big bang! That’s the analogy I seek to depict when the YALF & HOJA: – EAST AFRICA YOUTH SUMMIT commenced. In respect to candidness, I didn’t anticipate the impact this collection of deeply in tuned youths would radiate on the occasion. I was in awe with everyone who were in attendance, from the participants, to the organizers; to the guests.
In the same spirit of honesty, I am still nursing a soul “hangover”. That was intense, the entire franchise. The talks, the people, the passion, the commitments, the visions, the devotion, to the tenacity to serve our continent. I had never gone to such an event. The “WOKEN-NESS” would be a disbelief to many. A revolution is on course and I can’t wait for it’s full ascension into the center stage of the sons & daughters of the motherland: wherever they were dispersed to! The fire burning within me to proceed and bring the dawn of these dreams can’t be put off now! Not after what I experienced at the summit!
Themes: let’s dissect them to the bone that reigned supreme on that de day. One, the integration of the entire continent: the Afro-Arab Council seems to dwell on the unification; if not, just the sheer appreciation – for the distinct cultures of regions thought of as separate, but in history were wholesome.
Two, the theme on entrepreneurship: – which took a great deal of wills. I mean to say, how it was spoken for in depth, to elucidate potential trillion Afro(currency of measure in the continent to come in the future) markets! The Afro, the equivalent of what Gaddafi deemed as a Dinar, would be the unit of value across Africa. One people, one currency.
The third theme, leadership: – that was also a storm blazer! The expectations are so high for any one person who seeks to lead the Africans into it’s healing future. Passion doesn’t cut it alone anymore, a deep understanding to the plate tectonics of the world’s innuendoes to place Africa at the bottom is a key attribute to look for to those who seek to liberate us from our current standing at the world stage. Then, comes the grandest quality one should possess: – wisdom! We can’t afford to make the same mistakes we did in the past! That ushers the next premise of thematic sequence.
Education! Listen, we get this one right, we topple the world over on their assumptions of our lands and therein its folks. The wheel on this one needs to be reinvented so badly that I’ll leave it at that for now, since my company will dwell eons to bring things to natural order.
Let us focus on the people who came to the event. I for one, was among the privileged speakers who graced the panel to shade light on our initiatives for Africa. Leonard Ondigo, an author and biomedical engineer. Reinhard Atela a serial entrepreneur, investor, author and Pan-Africanist. Simon a tech founder for a ride-sharing cab company. Wambui Natalia, an NGO director, I AM AFRICA. With representatives from government as Mr. Ibrahim from Uganda. The panelists were from a number of diverse sectors of the economy, which brought a full representation from different spheres of abstractions and also unique versions of thought processes. I could go on about them, yet that won’t do them proper justice as to the nature of talents and acumen they singularly flaunt!
All in all, I will draw inspiration from this summit moments long after its conclusion. It was an eye opener to most attendees . The hope is the emergence of actions: and not just ideas to propel us further into the future we seek as Africans. I shall write more on books: what was my take away from the summit, as illustrations on how to bring our African dream to fruition.