Until we Africans change our self-perception, we will continue to confirm by our conduct and actions the stereotypes and insults others heep on us. Too often we validate by action the stereotype of an African as less than capable, lazy or failure by design by doing exactly the things we actually are not.
Africans who arrive after the set time confirm that they subscribe to the inferior Bantu time; black companies that neglect to complete tender projects confirm the idea of Africans as inferior in business; the public servant that has a callous attitude make stereotypes of lazy blacks seem true.
I made a decision to live with honour, work with diligence and think highly of my abilities so that the stereotypes and insults find me ready to defy them. “It’s not what you call me that matters,” says an African proverb, “but what I answer to.”
We do not control what others think of us and cannot stop them from thinking low about us, but we control how this affects us and how we live thereafter.
We do often walk around with mental chains that limit our potential around our proverbial necks.
The battle against distortion of our mind about ourselves is a long and tortous road to freedom.
Africa is fragmented continent, broken into small territories that not really viable as countries. The pursuit of unity has as a result be fruitless.
Africa is considered a dark continent though no one ever vocalize that anymore. It is treated like skunk though the culprits call. It great, call friend and partner, call it indispensable and say it is rising. It is being sold a dummy daily…
Its leaders fall in the trap of participating in this shaming of my continent. Cursed to have leaders who either think about their own circumstances or lack wisdom to think creatively about the future Africa needs.
Its people daily live up the myths and curses imposed on Africa. It has been called a wilderness and its people behave like animals in the wild stock in enclosures though the gates of freedom have been open for long. They beg from those who depend on Africa, instead of demanding their rights. Cursed to wretchedness of the mind.