Friday, 16 December 2016

We as Africans must engage ourselves in mind reprogramming trades

From grass-root Africa to elite Africa, the children need to be cleansed from every iota of inferiority. They are not inferior to children of any other country or continent in the world and they must not view or believe themselves as lesser than all. Poverty eradication helps in this reorientation but how about the millions in Africa who are wholesome and have never tasted hunger or poverty? Can we sincerely say every one of them has an equality mindset or do they feel less than the average human being? These feeling of being less than human is mostly an effect of the daily poverty they see around themselves and the consumption of non-African negative programming. 

Our black girls do their birthdays and their cakes have Princess Elsa's picture on it, she's blonde! But that's their model, tell me how will these black girls see their kinky-haired self as the image of beauty! That is where it starts, it is subtle.

Where are my African scriptwriters? We as Africans need to engage ourselves more to create representation for the next African generation. Our school curriculum must build confidence into the kids, and by this, I do not infer only the elite, outrageously unaffordable private schools. 

All sectors must train Africans to emancipate themselves from mental slavery. How? We need to promote quality media content from Africans to Africans and especially to our next-generation Africa to see. Our African books should be comprehensive enough to be used in our school curriculum, African technology, African fashion, African music, African movies, yes Nollywood, African dream{what is it by the way?}, all these must be encouraged, sponsored, standardized, showcased, and reinforced.

We as Africans need to look within, own it, and live from within. We must own where we have been and also, more importantly, we must own where we want to be. We must own how we want our continent to be placed in the nearest future.

By Jumoke Odepe
Tenerife Island

Article updated on August 5, 2020

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