By: Eugene Ewusi-Annan
Africa is in grave turmoil. Journeying through a dehumanizing age of slavery and era of colonization, to today’s contemporaneous setbacks. As we cannot claim the agonizing struggles of Africa’s past era for ourselves, we can truly attest, with dismay, at present, to being sufferers of the oppressions rolled in to tear down our people. A generation has been born. This generation refuses to shut their snooping eyes to the disheartening happenings shadowing the continent. They boldly cry out, “enough is enough!”. They are Africa’s youth!
Africa’s youth has long aspired for a better Africa. They’ve been taught of the greatness ignited by the past heroes of Africa. Nonetheless, Africa has still endured phases of trials and undesirable development throughout many decades. The people of Africa has had a history of hopelessly hanging on to the ever-promising words of their sought-after leaders. However, there is a new rise; wanting to change this narrative. They walk the road to embody their true power and take their places for the new Africa they passionately fight for. They will build and toil for this better Africa themselves. They emerge rather fierce and willful, unshaken by the repercussions or threats of containments, shockingly, from their own leaders.
Not even the disruptive Corona pandemic has stopped them from daringly walking the very streets, their tormentors reside, to make their exuberating voices heard. They infiltrate and expose the ‘system’, that has failed them. The youth of Africa have not come to the fore for a dialogue, being that, they attempted that beforehand and it unexpectedly shamed them. Clearly, their disciplined outrage and endless cries have gotten them nowhere. They seek an Africa where their children and future generations will prosper and peacefully thrive. And so, they will forgo their own comfort and peace now, in the bid to save this Africa from its misfortunes. The strive comes with its own ramifications to bear, as innocent young lives have been lost on the futuristic quest to Africa’s salvation.
Today’s evolution will be Africa’s legacy tomorrow. And so, the African youth must play their cards well and triumph over any severe obstacles that may unfold on their paths. The so alluring blueprint we’ve envisioned Africa to epitomize in the future is being threatened now, and at the dreadful edge of permanently staying just an ambitious dream.
Thus, there’s a heightening all-embracing call for all young people of Africa to headstrong take charge of their destinies.
Africa is my home and I intend to stay. I aspire to be just as valiant enough like my brothers and sisters in Nigeria, to fight the good but torturous fight for a better Africa.
I conclude with this letter to all Nigeria’s youth and protestors, to the next heroes of Africa, and to all who desperately yearn and attend this zeal with a fight for a better Nigeria, for a better Congo, for a better Liberia, for a better Namibia, for a better South Africa, for a better Cameroon, and for a Ghana.
Dear Heroes of Africa,
The famous excuse, “it’s diplomatic protocols”. Yet, they jump into bewitching trade deals, and over the precious lives of their poor citizens. The trade deals they’ll fabricate for the betterment of these same lives they’ve gambled on? Oh, it is transparent it is not these lives they desire to flourish. However, these deals will only blossom their own gluttonous pockets. A true exemplar for the extortionists, so-called Police. Where are the true African leaders who claim a pledge of solidarity to other African nations and its people when they’re desperately needed?
Black people walked the white streets in terror, a daily struggle just to steer clear of abusive Police discrimination; a “Great” agenda to frustrate the colored away from their “Great Nation”. However, the Nigerian Police don’t have an agenda against their own race. They are senselessly brutish just the way they are, because they simply succumb to orders from a higher authority. Their Commander-in-Chief has charged them with purposeless and enormous muscle to embody barbarism.
The leaders; they’ve bitterly dubbed, the Bad Boys, are tyrants dressed in charming gowns, through whom, the subordinating followers whom they misguidedly use for their dirty jobs; the wild dogs, channel their source of oppressive potency. Oh, and who thought Freedom was a lost cause in Nigeria? No, they’re wrong. The corrupt have Freedom to be corrupt, and the oppressors have Freedom to abuse and murder. Criminal audacity and luxury now dominate. The Commander-in-Chief has had the Freedom to preside over a calculated projection of substantiated unjustness.
SARS in not Police. SARS does not detect and prevent crime. SARS is the crime. SARS has not protected civilians. SARS assaults citizens and ends innocent lives. SARS has not maintained the Law. SARS has defiled the Law. SARS was modeled to ambush the people’s liberation and nation’s harmony. SARS is a plague manifested by a bunch of toxic and savage ruffians. The reinstated SWAT might just be another manipulative scam. A bunch of Bad Boys who came to steal, kill, and…will they succeed in destroying Nigeria?
The poison effect of Police brutality is different for different nations. In Nigeria, it’s regrettably, a convenient tool for the dishonorable superior to steadily demolish the foundations of democracy the past heroes of Africa earnestly toiled for. Heartless, is the word you may be looking for now. SARS was given a directive; to instill fear in the people. Truth be told, they handled ‘the job’ pretty well.
What still stays untold, just think? Which other African leaders coalited in that conspiracy? He certainly didn’t work alone! What did they dreadfully scheme in their conference meetings, fortified with shameful dishonor? They betrayed you. A scornful betrayal. To what end, until they’ve achieved their dream of a broken nation? Where all are but helpless; falling at the mercy of slowly but surely forged tyrants. The era of African heroes has long expired.
Who will save Nigeria now? Who will weave back the fortified fabric of restoration framing a better Nigeria? Not one, they. I see them. I see you. You are coming! Fierce and resilient. Untamed. The lives painfully lost would not be forgotten; may their souls rest in glorious peace. You are here to conquer! Aim for ‘the system’. You know the system; the corrupt system, it has leaders. The system, accommodating mass injustice, brutality, abuse, discrimination and, all forms of violence has a leader. Break the cycle and dismantle your shackles. To shut down this system, cut off the heads!
Together, we will fight and not stop until every young African voice is heard.
With hope and love,
A child of Africa.
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