Editorial: Dream Big

Editor’s Picks This week’s featured videos are: Malibongwe and Ryan Shupe & the RubberBand- Dream Big

 

Tawiah Aboagye’s poem Bona Fide Beggars leaves us with the sense of where we are as African Nations. Do we truly have our freedom to express, develop and grow, or are just Bona Fide Beggars? This poem should serve as a reminder to  Ghanaian youth to  go out in their numbers to Register for the 2012 elections lest we remain bona fide beggars. Siphokazi Jonas’ poem is titled  Dream Free. Do you remember the Hansa Search for a Band Competition we featured a few weeks ago? Mo and the Dark Knight was on a quest to become one of the bands opening for the  Usher Raymond concert in Soweto South Africa. Mo and the Dark Knights realized their dreams they were one of five bands opening for the American Singer Usher Raymond. This week the band members share their thoughts on this unique experience. Kweku Koranteng  encourages us to hold us to our dreams, and at the same time having realistic goals in our journey towards those dreams. His article is titled Dream Big, Start Small My Brother. Joel Maine shares an article titled A Continent in despair-Have we Lost Hope? Ofori Danso encourages the youth of Ghana to go out and register to vote in Ghana’s 2012 elections. It doesn’t matter which political party you’re associated with, Register to Vote in Ghana’s 2012 elections. BE THE CHANGE! Share your views on this weeks articles, we love to hear from you. Email us at Kate@feintandmargin.com and we’ll feature your response in next weeks edition. We have even more great articles for you to read. This week Thabo Mbeki urged young africans to rebel against old leaders. “The youth of the African continent should prepare themselves for a rebellion against their older generation and claim their leadership role, former president Thabo Mbeki said Sunday.”GrantAppiah a member of This is Ghana for You (a Facebook group) response was very balanced  He said, “It is about time someone said what Mbeki is saying…  we the youth cannot take the power from the older generation as we have to learn from them. What they should also recognize is that we the youth have the energy, the know-how, the never-say-die attitude, the ability to take on task and complete them and are always willing to accept criticism from each other. On the other side of the debate, we the youth should also stop being lazy and always having greedy intentions when we are given responsibilities. We must also understand that “with power comes great responsibility”. We cannot take over from the older generation if we emulate how they conduct themselves. We need a better approach and a better agenda to develop the continent as whole. Until then we will always be ignored and branded the “lazy youth” something we are not.” We have all witness the outcome of the Arab spring and the destruction it has brought to thousands of citizens living in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya etc. The youth in these countries demanded democracy and the sort of freedom they witnessed in other democratic countries in the west. At what price did they pay for their freedom? These Arab countries have been destroyed through the rumblings of civil unrest and some have even been close to civil war. The question I keep asking is, was it all worth it? Is there an alternative way for Africa’s  youth to express their dissatisfaction? Do we really need to rebel against our old leaders? What are we as young people doing to make it a reality? Our ability as young africans to dream is the key to unlocking our success, development and growth. Kweku Koranteng made some very powerful statements in his article about dreaming big but starting small. I’ll leave you with a question. Do you have a dream and a vision for your life? Do you have one for your family, community and country? Dream Big as big as the ocean blue Just like Ryan Shupe and the Rubberband sing in their song with the same title. This is the start of our transformation as a continent. Let the youth of our continent start to dream big. Let us however heed Kweku Koranteng’s call to start small and build.   Kate Nkansa-Dwamena Editor-in-Chief, Feint & Margin       Kate Nkansa-Dwamena Editor-in-Chief, Feint & Margin
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Kate Tutu

Social Entrepreneur,Business Consultant, Editor of Feint & Margin, a young woman who's passionate about Africa's people and development.