On Feb 11th Cameroonians across the globe will be celebrating Cameroon’s National youth day. As the day approaches I can’t help but ponder over my life.
As a youth, what am I doing to effect change?
I constantly think of possible strategies to bring about change in our society.
As a young Cameroonian who moved to Canada over 8 years ago, I still struggle daily with the notion of change, as well as my impact in today’s beautiful (but not so beautiful anymore due to war) world of ours. By looking at myself as a victor not a victim, I have decided to encourage myself and everyone else around me to make the most out of every situation. Although I currently reside in Canada, my heart constantly yearns to partake in Africa’s (Cameroon in particular) wave of change. We, the youths often console ourselves by saying “we are the hope / leaders of tomorrow”, forgetting that we are living in today’s world. How do we aim to be leaders of tomorrow without willing to be different today? That’s where the problem lies.
As a friend of mine named Ricky recently posted on Facebook: that “Africa is the present and not the future”. I loved and memorized his phrase, mainly because we live in the present and we have to work towards being the change we would love to see (now). Change must start from within. Hence by living in the present we should be working hard to make a difference.
As a result, I am appealing and calling all youths and young adults to change their mindsets and lifestyles, with the goal of working towards the change we will love to see. The change we fight for today will be very much beneficial to us, our children and all future generations.
Till next week!