‘Each generation must discover its mission, fulfil it or betray it, in relative opacity.’ -Frantz Fanon
We are born in a generation that has failed to recognise its objective in an ever changing and dynamic society. However, these words, uttered by a sick and tired Frantz Fannon as Africa clambered for independence remind us every day that we are fighting the same battles. The battle is to identify the battle ground. The battle ground then was in the field of active colonisation. The price, was the land. However, in this soliloquy, we read into the fact that the battle ground is an ever changing phenomenon. We are not actively fighting to get our land back anymore but we are embattled in bitter tensions to win our minds back. In the book The Wretched of the Earth, though seeming like an overview on the effects of colonisation on the African people, Frantz Fanon analyses the psychiatric and psychologic dehumanising effects of colonisation upon the individual man and woman, and the nation.
I am not about to start analysing the effects of colonisation, but I do feel like the youth in this generation have the task of liberating themselves from the claws of dependency that have held generations upon generations of Africans captive. This would be our battle field, the price, is African development. This is a journey that I undertake; to involve scores of us to debate real issues. Issues on law, issues on diplomacy and Pan-Africanism, issues of food and food security, issues on economic empowerment, issues on education, issues of technology, issues on government and politics.. issues that need to be discussed, to find solutions that are to be implemented. To uplift Africa, we need not undermine or discredit the rest. However, we need to learn to stand on our own two feet and find solutions to the problems that encircle us. This is such an avenue. Bound to communicate, I reiterate the words…
“Everything can be explained to the people, on the single condition that you really want them to understand.”