“Here’s the thing, nobody wants to face the fact that we focus on everything BUT what we need to focus on. For a long time Africa has been seen through everybody else’s eyes but our own, such that now, we find ourselves at a point where those who tell our truth, and are of our Land, are either revered or shunned. Case in point, Chimamanda Adichie. As celebrated as she may be worldwide now due to the spotlight being shown on her after her feature on Beyonce, a lot of the people back home view her as a stubborn woman, a sell out, one who doesn’t know her place and basically, a problem.
We need to see ourselves as we are in order to start going where we should be.
Let’s be honest with ourselves.
Africa has a long history of feeling like the ugly step sister. Whether due to our spirit of Ubuntu that saw us sharing ourselves with those who had unsavory intentions or the aftermath of aforementioned intentions being carried out being the root cause of it, we’ve come to believe we’re weak and insignificant. We seem to be worthless to only ourselves, however, with the entire Western and Eastern world clamoring to get SOMETHING out of us, you’d think by now, we’d realize our worth.
Africa is like the pretty girl with the abusive boyfriend she keeps around because she knows no better and he says she’s worthless. She believes everything she’s told, and disregards what she herself sees; That she is worthy, capable and deserving.”
Something I wrote for AHHB.