For as long as many of us can remember, circumstances have led many people across the globe to view Africa in very different ways. Not all are aware that this great and blessed continent holds enormous deposits of the world’s finest resources; or that Africans, generally, are a happy and hospitable people. Africa is not a poor continent, it is an impoverished one. Colonization and its aftermath, coupled with socio-political unrest and other forms of unmerited abuses set the stage for concatenations of unpleasant and detrimental developments. These have contributed incalculably to putting parts of this great, rich continent and their people in a sorry state.
The dismantling of apartheid ushered Africa into a new era, creating new awareness and opportunities both within, and outside, the continent. Africans and people of African descent both far and near are now coming together as never before. The increasing awareness of their ancestors’ magnificent achievements and invaluable contributions to the world, which spanned several centuries compared to the few centuries of deplorable developments and their despicable consequences in the interlude, urges them on to restore, improve and build on the treasures which were either strayed, stolen or distorted.
From the Americas to Africa and from Europe to Asia, concerned Africans and people of African descent are unveiling the true value
of this coveted continent and the true, undistorted, magnificent past achievements of their great ancestors through historical facts, the arts, literature, drama and other forms.
Africans need to do more to make the world understand the importance of Africa to the world, to make the world respect and deal with Africa as an equal partner and to no more see Africa as simply a development project and laboratory. Africa’s situation is not indelible, inerasable script written by providence and beyond the powers of man.
The future of the African communities and how they want it to be, to a greater extent, depends on Africans themselves. History, therefore, beckons all concerned people of Africa and African descent to rise to the challenge and grasp the opportunities to create prosperity in this vanguard land of enormous resources and boundless opportunities.
This would be achieved through a more dynamic, trans-barrier,
all-encompassing and transformative think-tank, aiming at the continuous liberation and progress of the people culturally, economically, politically, ideologically, socially and beyond.
This perpetual base serves as a guide, providing a continuous pragmatic direction (or redirection where applicable) for our society – from the remotest village to the urban-most city, from the least educated to the highly intellectual class – for all Africans north, south, east, west and those in the diaspora.
The ultimate goal – BUILD A BETTER, UNITED AFRICA together with other concerned institutions and individuals.
I invite you to join us in improving the standards of Africans and in building a vibrant better Africa – an Africa full of hope, inspiration and perpetual progress - for Africans particularly and humankind in general.