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Africa Needs Its Own Heroes.

In American movies and novels, something evil is always about to destroy the world and an American hero saves the world by stopping it. Such events never happen in Africa. We never see African heroes save the world. We must change this narrative.

I grew up reading African writers series. While I was being taught our traditions, the average American child was taught to think global, was taught to dominate and save the world. Not one protagonist in the African novels I read saved his city, talk less the world.

Read the novels of contemporary African writers and watch our movies, how many African heroes save the world? None. We raised a generation that never saw its heroes saving the world and we wonder why Africa is always being rescued by other nations. We don’t have global heroes.

America programmed us with their movies and books to wait to be rescued by Americans or by James Bond. Where is the African hero who rescues America and Europe from destruction? Is Africa so impoverished that it cannot conceptualize its own heroes who will save the world?

I was in my 30’s when I started thinking global and by then it was already too late. Bill Gates, Mark Zukerberg, Steve Jobs, were thinking global in their teens. They created products to save the world. No wonder their products are global.

America will not create African heroes for us. They prefer we beg them for help, for deliverance, for life itself. We must break free of this curse. We must create our own heroes, in our novels and movies, heroes from Africa who will save the world.


Praise George, May 1, 2020.

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An Illusion Of Change

 

It was Edmund Burke who said that all it takes for evil to thrive is for good men to do nothing. To keep silent while our nation is led down a dangerous path of destruction will be irresponsible. To think that our leaders know what they are doing is naïve. History will condemn us all if we refuse to speak up now at this critical time of transition in the history of our great nation.

On the 31st of March 2015, the world watched with bated breath the completion of the electoral process and the emergence of Nigeria’s President elect. The election was a plus for every Nigerian because the process was quite peaceful contrary to the expectations of our detractors. But what was troubling, what was of grave concern to me is that in a country of over 180 million people, the best person we could find to represent our wishes, hopes and aspirations, the best person we could vote for to be our leader for the next four years of our democratic journey is a retired, 72 year old man. What we must ask ourselves is: does this represent true change for our nation? Continue reading

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