How I live my life;As an African in the 21st century

Adeyemoopeyemi
Posted July 1, 2020 from Nigeria

 

Africa my Africa. The second largest continent with 54 countries and a population of about 1.3 billion people. A vast land rich in culture, history and resources with diverse tribes and languages but unified by common experiences that include colonialism and slavery that seems to have stripped us of our original identity.  

It seems our past continues to haunt us and we struggle to find ourselves in the midst of bad leadership and poverty that has denied us the growth and development we deserve. Despite the natural wealth of several nations, basic infrastructure like pipe-borne water, electricity, good roads, schools and hospitals are lacking and beyond the reach of the average African who lives on less than one dollar a day.  

Our rich history is filled with stories of great empires like Mali, Benin and Ghana that spread across the land with mighty warriors who defended, protected and expanded trade. Mineral resources such as oil in Nigeria, gold in Benin, diamonds in the Democratic Republic of Congo, titanium in Gambia and cash crops like cocoa, cotton, groundnuts in Cote d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso and Nigeria respectively are available in abundance but due to greed, exploitation and tribal wars the people of the continent have not experienced the benefits of these resources.

My life as an African, a Nigeria, has been filled with a lot of hardship. I live in a community where resources are limited and basic infrastructure also does not exist.  My mother who works hard as a hairdresser struggles to feed us and we live under difficult circumstances.  However, I believe in the power of an education which is the one thing that keeps me going.  I hope that with an education I can change my family’s story by being independent and successful. This is the story and dream of many African youths.

As a 21st Century African I believe the story of Africa can change too if we have future leaders who care about their citizens and have the best interest of their nations at heart. With an education we learn and we can empower ourselves, our families and our communities.  I also know an education makes us understand how to use what we have to make our lives better. With technology we are able to learn, share and organize. We can improve and return to agriculture and use move advanced equipment for farming and mining our natural resources to benefit and develop our industries and countries. We can also make our countries more globally attractive for tourism with the natural beauty of the land, rivers and coastlines.

I still have hope for the 21st Century Africa, with all its challenges.  I dream of a day when I can say like the poem by David Diop:

“That is your Africa springing up anew springing up patiently, obstinately Whose fruit bit by bit acquires The bitter taste of liberty”

I believe in the future of a new Africa rising to shine.

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Busayo Obisakin
Jul 01
Jul 01

Dear Opeyemi
Hummm! You have said it all. If only we can have leaders that cares. I appreciate you so much for the fact that you still have hope for our dear country and mother Africa. I am joining my hope with yours my Sister and praying seriously that god will have mercy on Africa and raise for us leaders that cares for the masses. Thank your wonderful story
Love
Busayo

Adeyemoopeyemi
Jul 07
Jul 07

OK ma
Thanks

Chi8629
Jul 03
Jul 03

Thank you for sharing.

Hello, Adeyemo,

Welcome to World Pulse! What a joy to know a new voice from Nigeria is rising up!

I read your bio and learn that our late sister Aramide was instrumental in helping you. Nice to meet you, dear.

Keep that vision in your heart for Africa. Let it consume you so you can begin to think of ways on how to be part of solutions for Africa.

Please keep writing your stories! We love to know more about you, what you do, and what you deeply care about.

Welcome again to our growing sisterhood!

Adeyemoopeyemi
Jul 07
Jul 07

Nice meeting you ma
Thanks

You're welcome!

Millynairi
Jul 03
Jul 03

Hi Adeyemo,
What a great write up about an African in the 21st century. Thanks for sharing.

Millicent

Veronica Ngum Ndi
Jul 06
Jul 06

Hi Opeyemi
It is with much pleasure that I read your write-up.My heart is so happy to see that there are people like you who hold up the African continent with such high esteem.
Thanks for sharing
God Bless you
Love
Veronica Ngum
Cameroon

Adeyemoopeyemi
Jul 07
Jul 07

Thanks ma

Shameela Yoosuf Ali
Jul 07
Jul 07

From the deepest pain, the strongest voice comes.
Speak up, girl!