By Bernard Wainaina
In a continent where the youth are the majority and mass unemployment defines who we are,where crime statistics are the benchmark of being young, where opportunities are in plenty, but are accessed through a tribal VISA
card that is issued through political patronage banks, youth are a resource that is endangered.
Politicians have mastered the art of taking advantage of youth’s problems and turning them into remote control devices that end up
I would like to share with you the Wisdom of King Solomon in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, NIV:-
“There is a time for everything, and a
season for every activity under
heaven: a time to be born and a time
to die, a time to plant and a time to
uproot, a time to kill and a time to
heal, a time to tear down and a time
to build, a time to weep and a time to
laugh, a time to mourn and a time to
dance, a time to scatter stones and a
time to gather them, a time to
embrace and a time to refrain, a time
to search and a time to give up, a
time to keep and a time to throw
away, a time to tear and a time to
mend, a time to be silent and a time
to speak, a time to love and a time to
hate, a time for war and a time for
Kurt Vonnegut in his book, ‘Palm Sunday: An Autobiographical Collage’, asked, “What should young people do with their lives today?”
And he went ahead and answered himself. “Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the
terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.”
Kurt Vonnegut believed that loneliness plagues the youth the most. I agree. With all the issues they are going through, they fell they are all alone.
I am big fan of cartoons.
One show, ‘Phineas and Ferb’, has key lessons for youth.
These two teens solve problems on their own without depending or expecting anyone to chip in.
They have a clear vision of how achieve their objectives.
Their sister Candice is the true epitome of African politics, and naysayers who have no faith and believe in the young generation and how they deal with her is amazing.
They don’t give her the airtime to distract them.
She either joins them in their adventure or she stays aside.
This is what I would urge the youth to focus on.
For them to be respected, for them to be invited to the table of men and women, they must define the space they operate in.
They must show that they have the
character to achieve what must be done to lift our continent to greater heights.
We all,both young and old, cannot ignore politics as it affects the very
essence of our lives, but we can define how it affects us.
Politicians have mastered the game
of youth manipulation.
It’s time to unfasten them,and to realise they don’t care about us.
It’s my prayer that we look beyond tribe and our desperation to focus on a better tomorrow.
We cannot support wrong style of politics and violence just because we benefit from it at the expense of everyone else.
It’s time that our ethnic diversity was our strength and we came together to demand fair, equitable and proportional representation from our leaders.
Ultimately, we need to truly understand what democracy means as far as our internal Country politics are concerned.
Despite our political difference, we pay the same bills, go to the
same schools, work in the same offices, lie sick in the same hospitals, worship in the same churches, club in the same entertainment spots, and use the same public transport
Youth are the greatest resource that this continent has.
I urge all of us to keep the faith, not to give up.
Let not the jobs that we seek and the
dreams that we chase be watered down by the broken political system.
Let us stand up for what is right and just.
Let us speak up, and let the politicians know our youth are no longer naive.
Let reason guide our engagement with one another.
Let us respect the views and political
opinions of others.
Most important, let us be our brothers’ keeper.
In today’s world of increasing insecurity, let us keep each other safe.
No matter how tough it gets, let crime not ever be a solution,or a career that our African choose in a moment of desparation.
I hope and pray that this very personalised post gets to you,
that you get to read it and share it.
That you get to reflect and let your voice of reason and logic be heard.
Youth leadership in Africa must start by leading away our aging politicians from political violence and brinkmanship,by refusing to participate in destructive politics.
Our youth of African can let our political leaders know that they are not some worthless piece in the game that is politics to be used for political violence;they are ready to lead from the front.
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