On April 29, 1992, I was in
I am walking down memory lane to show all of us how History can change depending on who is telling the story and why?
Sorius Samura, a Sierra Leonean documentary filmmaker said once:
"It is my belief that unless we Africans can tell our own story within context and show an Africa that has not been seen before, the West will continue to throw their hands up in despair believing that our continent is full of a bunch of confused savages that is now beyond salvation and redemption. The only way the West can understand and treat us seriously is to hear the African story first hand from the African perspective rather than the usual whitie version – so why not take the risk if that can help turn things around for our Continent"
I come to you today as an African son who wants to tell you the truth about our beautiful land, envied by so many.
Cobalt, Coltan, Copper, Niobium, Tantalum, Petroleum, Diamonds, Gold, Silver, Zinc, Manganese, Tin, Uranium, Coal, Hydropower, Natural gas and so many more are just one of the minerals we have in that land.
Did you know that besides oil and diamonds,
Somehow, after we were separated through slavery, we lost communication. The System here in the was built in such a way that Africans here in the would not be able to know the truth about their root in
An African-American student here at
Sankofa is the only way we can all come together. Sankofa is an Akan word that means "We must go back and reclaim our past so we can move forward; so we understand why and how we came to be who we are today."
We have spoken extensively about coming together, we have had marches and protests, we have done the Black Power movement, but we still have not unified the black community. We should now try a different venue.
I challenge every single one of you today, to love thy brother and sister, to make sure thy neighbor is well, to help the needy. I challenge you today to invest in the black community.
My brothers and sisters, our future rests in our hands. And that should fill us with hope and confidence. Africa has as much potential, creativity, passion and hope. The best way to make it so powerful is to invest in
I have so much to tell you about Africa, but I want you to realize that
There is an old African proverb: "When a mountain is in your path, do not sit at its foot and cry. Get up and climb it." We happen to be the generation on whom this opportunity is offered. To achieve the Black Unity, we do indeed have a mountain to climb, and we will be with you at every step of the way.
We have been waiting for you, at home for so long. Can you hear the chants, can you feel the joy we have of knowing time is ticking until we see you again?
Brothers and Sisters, it’s time to come Home. Let’s Go Home.
Kambale G. Musavuli
President of AAS- NC A&T University ( USA