REWRITING THE AFRICAN NARRATIVE IS THE AFRICAN MAN’S CONCERN.
The African narrative has long awaited an embrace from Africans; however this assumed waiting isn’t long anymore. Africans are beginning to rewrite the African narrative and display to the world the beautiful sides of the continent.
Africans love Africa. The believe that “if the past cannot be rewritten, then the future can” is a song on the lips of very passionate Africans who desire to cause positive changes and development in the continent.
Clearly, Nigerians are tailoring their focus on achieving some of the SDG goals. These goals which include addressing health, education, poverty, environment, etc are the core of societal challenges. Social entrepreneurs, Non- governmental organizations, private companies and a host of many other individuals and set ups are on the drive to cause a change and rewrite the African narrative. This can only be done by addressing the issues in the great continent, Africa.
The community called Makoko in Lagos seem to be a hub where Nigerians are interested in making an impact. It’s a local community where most of the residents are uneducated. The birth of “Slum2School Africa” by Otto Orondaam is an evidence of the drive for the betterment of Africa. Slum2School is an organization providing education to children living in slums and remote communities across Africa. A large number of children are able to receive good education because of this impact. Just recently, the United States Ambassador to Nigeria became a Slum2School ambassador.
Also, other initiative like “Kindle Africa” is rewriting the African narrative. It’s a social development organization aimed at eradicating poverty in Africa by improving access to education for vulnerable women and children in urban slums and other underserved communities.
Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola is a Nigerian entrepreneur and innovator, and founder and CEO of WeCyclers. This Lagos-based company is focused on giving low-income communities in developing countries a chance to capture value from waste and clean up their neighborhoods through an incentive-based recycling program. Her initiative is genuinely changing lives for the better and empowering a new generation of young micro-entrepreneurs in the process.
Just recently, a new project by Idia Aisien, the award winning TV host just shows how passionate Africans are concerned about the African narrative. The project called the “International Development in Africa” is aimed at creating stories that will change Africa’s narrative and influence peace in the continent.
There’s a trend in the development space of Africa. The African continent will experience passionate people who are extremely driven to serve and make an impact. These services and impacts will better develop the continent thereby promoting a great narrative.
Volunteering is also a great cause Africans are pursuing in order to assist those who have started already. It’s never a one man’s ability.
In realizing the current number of Africans who are interested in the continent and offering solutions for further development, there are still many more coming. We’re rewriting the African narrative.