Good evening and how are you all today?
This is a short speech that I will like to pass as a message as you progress in your everyday life into the future and as we work towards lightening up the Dark Continent according to the theme of the summit called Lightening up Africa which is focused on discovering yourself and activities that are around you. We need to first understand that Africa is blessed with a lot of resources and goals — towards building the continent that we desire for ourselves as we go into the future — but not able to produce the right leaders who will be able to develop the entire continent. And we as youths, our mindset has lost a lot of things towards developing the continent and ourselves.
“Always remember that great people are built from what they do and how they react to things within themselves and around them.“
We can only lighten up our continent when we understand ourselves first as human beings and understand what kind of Africa we desire for the future. I will like to advise all youths and the next generation of African leaders thus: take time to ask yourself who you are. What is my goal in life? What is my passion for the African continent and what kind of Africa am I looking forward to seeing as we proceed into the future? I believe by this, we will go a long way in discovering our growth and passion for the continent. Many Africans have lost hope when it comes to building the continent at several points in life. But today, I am using this message to pass to you not to lose hope no matter the challenges that you might be passing through, as a person who is progressing towards the next stage in life.
Secondly as an African, please ask yourself: what kind of leaders are we looking to elect in office to rule us in our respective countries during elections? How well are we following the electoral procedures and guidelines of the respective countries? And what are we expected to achieve from them, as these are the people who are representing our countries across the continent and the international community?
Thirdly, Africans think about these: do you have goals that you desire to achieve in life as a person? And what plans are you making towards achieving those goals in life as I will like you all to remember that your actions on a daily are part of the plans that will help towards lightening the African continent from the darkness that we call Africa to be today.
Fourthly, we need to understand the fact that we will always have enemies around us, especially those who might be having the mindset of working towards enlightening the Africa we want to see in the future. As we proceed on our journey every single day, we need to understand the kind of friends that are around us, the attitude and the kind of things that they say to us every single day as we proceed on our journey. Finally, let’s all remember that if we are going to lighten up Africa, we need to understand that as a person you can only lighten Africa up when you can enlighten yourself through what you do every single day of your life, and what you do to the people who are around you as an inspiration to make Africa lighten up as we proceed into the future
Always remember that great people are built from what they do and how they react to things within themselves and around them. Strong people are those who can follow their passions and heart by doing what they love doing best and not following other people’s decisions because of who they are. The move towards lightening up Africa we want to see in the future depends on our mindset and our systematic approach towards the activities that are taking place around us always.
I wish you all the best as you pursue your dreams towards the future but in summary, we can only lighten up the continent that we desire in the future when we can understand who exactly we are and what our goals and passion for Africa that we want to see, are.
One quote you must remember as you proceed into the future is that “the courage of hope and determination will help great legends to build the journey that they desire into a brighter future”
Thank you all for reading.
Abdulaleem Anjolaoluwa Ademola-Osinuga (An Award Winner of different categories in the last 6 years) is the Executive Director of Future Nigeria and The International Ambassador of Global Youth Representatives of Nigeria. He is also the Founder/CEO of Inspired Leadership Group (An organization consisting of Inspired Leadership Entrepreneurs, Inspired Leadership Xcelerator, Next Generation of High Impact Leaders Africa and Leadership Group Assets). http://www.ilgroup.org