My first visit to the homeland happened when I was too young to understand the implications of things like power cuts and water shortages. It wasn’t until my second visit, that I saw that there was something wrong. At that time, I was about 15 years of age. When I came back to England something in me had changed. I couldn’t go back to living a life of blissful ignorance, I knew I had to do something. A flame had been ignited, and it still burns brightly to this day.
While trying to figure out what I was going to do to help, and how exactly I was going to do it, I finished high school, completed college, went on to study a degree in chemical engineering, and am now a graduate. Months after graduating, I revisited my homeland. There were superficial improvements, but what I noticed was that the problems I had once observed ran deeper than I thought. Like fuel to the fire, my passion for the cause burnt brighter. And with this new-found illumination, came clarity. I had been so confused trying to figure out what I was doing with my life, and how everything I had done up until that point fitted together. The answer was right in front of me. Without meaning to, I had gone down the exact path that would enable me to one day fulfill my dream of empowering my homeland.
I hope to use this blog as a platform to shed light on matters that – in all honestly – I myself don’t yet know the truth about, and also as a platform to share ideas, and connect the people with those ideas.
My dream is that one day, we will be able to say “we did this”. Some of what I may say may come across as the words of an idealistic dreamer. Maybe I am an idealistic dreamer, but I am equally realistic in my efforts to realize my dreams. I also know that my dreams of saving Africa – not so much from governments or dictators but – from socio-economic poverty is one shared by millions.
I’m sure there are many blogs like my own, but – and excuse me if this is just my ignorance – I have not seen them yet realise their potential. Blogs that offer insight into world matters are just a small perk of our modern age. Where information is and should always be available. But the true “mark” of this age is the power it has given to the ordinary people, the citizen of our world, to really make the difference. We are far beyond the times when we would solely rely on governments and officials to make all our decisions and to implement change in our lives. We are now in the age of true freedom. Some may try to silence us. Some may try to make us out to be renegade groups, looking for uprisings, but we are not. We are free individuals. Free to think and chose for ourselves. And we are here, to free Africa.