The future of Africa is in the hands of African millennials leaders

Dr.Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream for his country. About half a century later, his dream came to life, thanks to the support of his countrymates. In many African countries, a lot of changes are taking place. Even though the international community's support is important in the process, the future of the continent is the hands of the African millennials leaders.

The future is in the hands of African millenials leaders. (Photo: African Daughters)

This letter is addressed to my fellow millennials African leaders. Before going further, I would like to define the term 'Millennials' for those who are unfamiliar with it. Mashable describe Millennials also known as the Millennial Generation or the Generation Y as the demographic cohort following the Generation X. There are no precise dates so most commentators limit the birth dates from the early 1980s to the early 2000s (decade).

In the United States, experts and the media are carefully scrutinizing their Millennial Generation. As a result, the behaviors of American millennials and their possible impact on the American society . The Pew Research Center has defined theAmerican millennials as “confident, connected and open to change.” Millenials lead in the use of social media and internet.

Forbes contributor Denise Restauri said that American millennials may be portrayed as “unemployed narcissists who are addicted to their cell phones, piercings and tattoos" but  the Millennial Generation actually wants to make the world a better place. 

For The Atlantic, American millennials may be fiercely committed to community service but they downplay the power of politics or their government as a way to improve their communities, their country, or the world. The best and the brightest are rejecting public service as a career path.

Which legacy are we leaving the next 50 years? (Photo: Unity in Diversity)
Reading these different articles on American millennials has inspired me. They have encouraged me to look for ways that will move my country and my continent forward. Commenting on the wrongdoings without bringing anything new on the table will only maintain the status quo.

Dwelling endlessly on anger or resentment over the mistakes made by the previous generations will not take us far. Instead, let us acknowledge social ills such as tribalism, corruption that are often at the roots of the malfunction of our societies and the causes of our civil wars, then propose realistic projects to curb them. May the past  make us better not bitter African leaders.

If your actions inspire others to dream more, do more and become more, then you are a leader, John Quincy Adams said. Whether one has a college degree or none, whether one comes from a low-income family or a wealthy one, whether we are born with disabilities or not, whether we were born on the African continent or not, every African millennial has the power to make a positive difference on the continent at the local, regional, national or international level. The key is to put the continent first.

On this blog, there are numerous positive stories of millennials who took advantage of their talents, skills or those who use their passion as means to make the African continent a better place. Emily Kirwan, an American millennial, left her country to volunteer for Amani Ya Juu, a nonprofit organization that helps a business as a mean to support African women. Vanessa Onguti, a Kenyan millennial, went to Thailand. Tariye Orianzi, a Nigerian millennial, left her country to realize her dream of becoming a pilot in South Africa

Dr.Martin Luther King (Photo: Unity in Diversity
Rachel Mwanza, a Congolese millennial, gained worldwide attention for her performance in the movie “War Witch.” Nina Gibson, a native from Zimbabwe who moved to Zambia, founded Lovetree, an income-generating project for women using recycled fabric from clothes she purchased from DAPP. Ayodeji Osowobi, a millennial from Nigeria, is the founder of a nonprofit called 'Stand To End Rape' that provides support victims of rape. LaMin SaWaneh, a millennial from Sierra Leone and The Gambia, created the Facebook page Howiviewafrica that showcases beautiful pictures of the African continent and its people.

For various reasons, many experts have agreed that 'Africa is rising.' As a generation that has an increasing easy access to the internet and the world, African millennials can create the positive changes they want to see in our respective communities. The time to build the Africa we want is now.

The millennials of Africa are the ones who will truly bring the peace and prosperity on the continent, whether they live on the continent or not. The best part part is that if we pull our forces together, the chance to make the African continent a better place will be certain. 

The time to build the Africa we want is now. (Photo: African Perspectives)
In the process, we need to keep a positive attitude. While the betterment of the continent should be our primary interest, it is a good idea to welcome non-Africans in our projects. Let us not alienate non-Africans who are genuinely willing to offer their support. Like Rachel Armstrong, President of Timbuk Fitness, there is a good number of non-African young entrepreneurs who invest their time and money in projects that could positively impact the lives of many on the African continent. The Project Ubuntu, that raised money for South African children, was led by American millenials. In the U.S. or elsewhere, other millennials may be looking for trustworthy African millennials with whom they can develop and establish their successful projects or businesses. Will you be up to the challenge?

And while we are reaching for the stars, let us maintain a spirit of camaraderie by supporting each other at the local, regional, national or international level. It is very rewarding to be recognized, followed on Twitter or liked on Facebook but the most important question we should keep in mind is 'which legacy are we really leaving for the next 50 years'?  

In Congo, Republic of Central Africa, Nigeria, South Sudan, and other African countries, we are mourning the lost lives of our sisters and brothers. In spite of this state of sorrow, my Christian faith allows me to remain positive and to believe that women and Africa are moving forward.

My hope is that this positive platform will inspire African and non-African millennials leaders. The platform will make them realize that achievements and issues of women and Africans are our concern as a human race. And if you not sure where to start, please read these 10 tips on how to reach out and use the power that lies within you. I am not sure what you will decide to do with your GOD-given talents but as for me, I intend to use my writing for a change.

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