So there’s been something that has been on my mind for a while now and i would really like to know what all of your opinions are about this so hit me up in the comments section 🙂 Anyway, here it goes.
So I recently joined an initiative that is centered on amplifying the voices of Africans and letting the rest of the world know about the true complex nature of the African identity and voice. Something that has been on my mind this whole year is the fact that we all say stuff like “Its important to tell your story” or ” Its important for you to play your part as an African to diversify the African narrative.” And of course this is true, but which Africans do you refer to when you say this ? Is it Africans who go to private schools and have never had to worry about school fees or food, or where they will sleep that night or is it Africans who live on one meal day or work two jobs while they study to pay off their fees ? Beacause if you are referring to the African who still lives the African reality of high unemployment, food shortage and unbearable debt due to the economic decline of their country, then why do you create organisations for “Africans” to voice their opinions when those platforms require skype meetings and regular internet connection and so on. Can the regular African access all of this ?
Now I’m not saying I live off $2 a day and have nowhere to live, but it does not mean that I don’t often have to think of what I’m going to eat or wonder how many jobs I’m going to have to get to contribute to my university fees. Considering all of this it has become increasingly frustrating that I am expected to have regular WiFi/ Data connection. To a lot of people this post may seem pointless, but this is a crisis. People keep dictating to people how they should tell their story, that if it isn’t on a major platform, it isn’t legitimate. I have obviously fallen victim to this trap, considering I’m typing this on this platform, while I use my cousins WiFi lol.
My point is, if you are an African and you do not fall into the bracket of the current generation that creates platforms for certain types of Africans, platforms that you and I will probably not be able to efficiently utilize. If you live the African reality, or at times have to endure it. If the African struggle isn’t just a mental reality but a constant tangible struggle, you are not alone. But, DO NOT LET THAT STOP YOU. Find a way to get your message out there, to tell your story.
For goodness sake, SCREAM if you have to.