Nelson Mandela, the late South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, political leader, and philanthropist, who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999 once said “I dream of an Africa which is in peace with itself.” That, too, is the Africa of my dreams.
What’s more, I dream of an Africa that is known around the world for her greatness: the brilliance and creativity of her people, the vastness and variety of her beauty, and the abundance of her divine gifts. The Africa of my dreams stretches her hands throughout the world, sharing her greatness for the benefit of all. It is the Africa of yesterday, today and tomorrow.
The great thing about a dream is that it can be a reality, and it can be aspirational at the same time. That’s a perspective that can be applied to the greatness of Africa, the most interesting and diverse continent on the Earth. Africa is the home of a wide range of people and cultures. Scientists, anthropologists, and historians tell us that Africa is where human beings first walked the earth and that it is the home of the world’s first great civilization dating back to 3300 BC.
We also know that with approximately one billion people speaking more than one thousand languages, the African continent, with 54 independent countries, has the second largest population in the world. It is a rich mixture of cultures, history, and economies, all of which point to her greatness now and over time… the real-life manifestation of the Africa of my dreams.
The Africa of my dreams that is yet to be realized is that the world will know, acknowledge, and appreciate the greatness of Africa… that Africa’s “peace with itself” is a model for nations on other continents… that her resources are not plundered but preserved… that her people are not appeased but applauded. The greatness of Africa already exists. We just need to tell the world.
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Yes, Africa is setting the pace and leading the way. Together let’s make Africa even greater.