Before I jump in and state what my grandiose vision is for life and the world. I find myself drawn to the wisdom of children. I love seeing children, completely unknown to each other, meet for the first time.
It all starts off with the usual 10 second ‘who are you’ stare. Then they will either take each others' hands or just run after each other to the play pen or field. It is amazing seeing the purity in their intention. They just want to play! They want to have fun! They don’t care about the race, name, and background of the other child. They don’t care whether the child has tattered shoes, is bare foot or is wearing Nike trainers.
The purity of childhood is what I dream for. Because it is from that pure heart that selflessness and kindness is born. And that governs our intentions. The plight of the poor, ailing and uneducated would be none existent. Exploitation, corruption, war, starvation would be history.
Some may call this naïve thinking but the innocence that is corrupted with age and experience, is why the world is where it is today; where my country, Kenya, is today.
I envision an Africa that is an equal partner in the international community. This will be a continent whose people are proud to state who they are; and where they come from. I envision the diverse culture of Africa celebrated and recognized by all. I envision a day when being African or dark skinned will not be justification for mistreatment or seen as a charity case.
These will be the days when African nations will be known each by their name not as a cluster of impoverished, war torn, starved and corrupted states. I envision states that will care for their populace, feed them, clothe them and pool their rich and natural resources together to better the world we all live in.
This will be a time when war, poverty, corruption, refugees, cartels and famine will be taught as history. And will no longer be a part of our future. And African states will be seen as lucrative trade partners in the international market. And I believe this will happen. I may not see it in my life time, but by God, I want to part of the propellers of this change. I will not sleep, falter or allow myself to join the nay-sayers and despair.
I am a journalist and it is my job to inform, educate and entertain. But what I strive to do is to educate, empower and propel change with each and every story that I write. Every article I write, every audio story or multimedia piece I produce won’t be gloom and doom. It is what I would like to call solution-oriented journalism.
For every problem there is a solution. I am not the solution for everything but I can seek it out and share it with the world and instill a sense of worth, purpose and hope in Africans. And I intend to do that through every word I write; every word I utter and every image that I capture.
I love Voices of our Future. First of all for its name, because in all I do, I intend to be the voice of the future. A future for Kenya. A future for Africa. A future of hope, reconciliation, relevant education, great health, ingenuity, technological advancement, people driven governance and justice. That is the voice of our future.
And through this World Pulse initiative I believe that it provides a platform to effectively express the weight of the issues on the ground. And articulately and objectively provide solutions to the plight of Africans from an African in Africa.
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