| I opened my eyes very early in the morning on the 1st of January, 2012, then all of a sudden...I was scared to get out of my bed. You see, dear leader, I am a youth with so much energy, a graduate, an optimist and a dreamer. However, looking at the present circumstances surrounding the youths in Africa...I was scared of getting out of my bed simply because I don't know what this year has in store for us.
African youths are the most neglected group in Africa. Their pleas and interests are the least considered by our leaders. Unemployment, negligence to entrepreneur skills needed to empower them are but a few among the many problems that we African youths are facing. How can you even face each day when you know very well that you have no employment and your future is blur? We wake up knowing that will just be languishing in people's offices looking for jobs and selling plastic bags in the streets.
Yet we are graduates with degrees, full of ideas and will power. We are neglected by our very own leaders. We cry day and night for help, yet our cries just falls on deaf eyes. There's little we can do to influence our policies because we are not engaged whatsoever on decision making platforms.
High officers are occupied by recycled politicians of the 1940s, who know very little if any about our state of affairs. They pretend to listen during their campaigns for elections but when they go to Plot one, they start moving in Posh cars and eating well-balanced diets everyday...they forget about us, they forget the we are the future leaders...we cry for help everyday...but we are not heard.
We wake up and resort to drinking cheap beer and abusing drugs, simply because we are having nothing to do. Given a chance we know we will build new towns and cities that we dream about. Given a chance, we will be more active and stop engaging in illicit sex, given a chance we will be productive and contribute the our nation's growth but we are condemned and forced to do things we don't like, all out of frustrations.
We are not justifying our wrongdoings but simply asking you our leaders and well wishers in this year 2012 to think of us even as you drive those porch cars and drink from those expensive hotels. We are here, please think of us in your policies..we are not asking for money nor food but help us to be productive in 2012...we want help, we know we can help..we know we are powerful beyond measure...we can can dreams and realities come true for many but that can only be achieved if you engage us....
In 2012, I pray that you hear us, I pray you stop neglecting us...I pray I wont be afraid to open my eyes every morning when I wake up.....
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Name; Anthony Lukwesa,
Ghatta A.Bah Ghatta A.Bah
| May 10th, 2012
its been said that none but our self's can free our minds from this mental slaveries bro.n d best way we can do that is to stop blamimg our leaders and the west for our problems we are facing today,yes it might be true that they created that environmnet for us,but right now what we need is remedy the suituation by finding solutions and not blaming who course the problem.
Africa's problem can only be tacle by African's alone,and the most potential people to fit in this job is we the young people.so we all have a role to play as we own our dear continent or motherland Africa a great deal of commitment and responsibilty to remedy the problems and sutuations been created by our own people.
Youth Power Anthony Lukwesa
| Apr 10th, 2012
Youths can do more than we think...all we need are instruments of power...will power..energy and empowerment...
Things will get better Kathryn Sabo
| Apr 13th, 2012
Things will get better! when more youth get involved change can happen for the better!
Hope Farhad Miriany
| Mar 30th, 2012
Anthony. Your article expresses the views of youth almost everywhere in our planet. I myself am a 60 year old, managing few companies and not able to creat jobs as much as I would and as much as it is demended by the youth.You are running a firm yourself and I am sure you know how hard it is. A very big problem facing all the planet is that it seems neither the authourities nor their critics have easy handled solutions to the problems. Anthony, almost everywhere we are wasting and losing the soil which is for all sorts of cultivation. We need to have stability in our populations and consumptions. Our populations shall include reasonable numbers of men and women of all ages but the reasonable mixtures are not seen anywhere.Consumption habits are another big problem. Anthony, places like tig are suitable to find and supply solutions. You and your firm might be able to suggest ways to creat jobs in your country. There might be a big difference between the jobs that a nation needs and the jobe that satisfies the youth. For example, in our country, we need the youth to be working far from towns in farming and mining but the youth are mostly interested to work in the luxary offices.
Anthony, I am not defending your leaders. You know them better but let us first see what are the best solutions because it seems most of the the world authorities do not know what to do.
Solidarity Adanna Chigbo
| Apr 5th, 2012
I am African by birth and African in my veins. To say, I understand your plight is easy; to say I know the solution is hard. I think it is more than just the government policies that hinder us. I think it is worse than that, it is the general mindset of some of the people of Africa. Till we can rid ourselves of that mindset, I fear we shall continue to wake up wondering what we are waking up for. Have faith. Be strong. That is what the leaders at heart - which you and I can be- will have to do. Be strong.
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