Con­ti­nent needs sound val­ues, peace to thrive

The Star Early Edition - - INSIDE - BUTI JOHANNES MAKGALE

WE WERE at some point full of joy and hap­pi­ness. Our joy and hap­pi­ness came from the com­mu­nity we had, a com­mu­nity with­out bar­ri­ers, a com­mu­nity full of love and joy, a com­mu­nity that had self-re­spect, a com­mu­nity that recog­nised all the African lan­guages.

Our com­mu­nity had a rich cul­ture, cus­toms and roots that were wa­tered daily.

To­day the African com­mu­nity seems to be a com­mu­nity that loses its morals ev­ery sun­rise. The African chil­dren are scat­ter­ing, and our African com­mu­nity is tear­ing it­self apart.

For the fact that we were once colonised and we all had a long walk to our free­dom, we should ap­pre­ci­ate ev­ery sun­rise.

The African bound­aries that are man­made have torn the fab­ric of the African com­mu­nity, and it has mounted an­i­mos­ity in African chil­dren to­wards each other.

The com­pet­i­tive mar­kets that we Africans have en­tered has made us do away with our African cul­ture, and our com­mu­ni­ties are con­cerned about eco­nomic power, which is re­garded as a tool that will bet­ter the lives of Africans.

We have found joy in the gold and sil­ver coins that we value so much and we em­brace the dif­fer­ent cur­ren­cies scat­tered in our African com­mu­nity, yet we have forgotten our morals and roots.

We re­spect the African com­mu­ni­ties that com­pete bet­ter in the in­ter­na­tional mar­ket, we re­spect those African com­mu­ni­ties that have pow­er­ful cur­ren­cies and we look down on those African com­mu­ni­ties that do not have eco­nomic power.

The man-made bound­aries have made us hate each other and the in­tro­duc­tion of sil­ver and gold coins and notes have made us self­ish and im­moral and go to war over re­sources.

Hu­man­ity has died in us and our com­mu­ni­ties are rife with ego­tism. The shar­ing of re­sources is per­ceived as ad­ver­sar­ial, be­cause we were taught to keep for our­selves by the sys­tem we were left with af­ter de­coloni­sa­tion – the sys­tem that made us de­pen­dent and made us sell our souls for eco­nomic em­pow­er­ment.

An African man is a slave of an­other African man. The bound­aries in Africa did not only divide Africa, they also di­vided the hu­man­ity of Africans.

An African man who has lost his cul­ture has also lost his morals.

We need to do in­tro­spec­tion and re­gain our val­ues. The man-made bound­aries should not make us en­e­mies, rather they should make us seek bet­ter re­la­tions with each other and be com­pet­i­tive as Africa, not as sin­gle com­mu­ni­ties in Africa. I am an African child who has been to Al­ge­ria, An­gola, Benin, Botswana, Burk­ina Faso, Bu­rundi, Cape Verde, Cameroon, Cen­tral African Repub­lic, Chad, Co­moros, Demo­cratic Repub­lic of the Congo, Repub­lic of the Congo, Ivory Coast, Dji­bouti, Egypt, Equa­to­rial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gam­bia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bis­sau, Kenya, Le­sotho, Liberia, Libya, Mada­gas­car, Malawi, Mali, Mau­ri­ta­nia, Mau­ri­tius, Morocco, Mozam­bique, Namibia, Niger, Nige­ria, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, Sene­gal, Sey­chelles, Sierra Leone, So­ma­lia, South Su­dan, Su­dan, Swazi­land, Tan­za­nia, Togo, Tu­nisia, Uganda, Zam­bia and Zim­babwe with my vi­sions and my soul…

I am an African child who was born in the com­mu­nity once led by an in­ter­na­tional icon, Nel­son Man­dela, who was suc­ceeded by an African leader, Thabo Mbeki, who said: “I owe my be­ing to the hills and the val­leys, the moun­tains and the glades, the rivers, the deserts, the trees, the flow­ers, the seas and the ev­er­chang­ing sea­sons that de­fine the face of our na­tive land.”

I am an African child who pos­sesses no­ble skills in­flu­enced by the great minds of Ellen John­son-Sir­leaf, Samora Machel, Jomo Keny­atta,Thomas Sankara, Pa­trice Lu­mumba, Haile Se­lassie, Al­pha Ou­mar Konaré and Kwame Nkrumah.

I owe my be­ing to the small moun­tains of Pho­keng vil­lage and the Ko­toko River. I owe my be­ing to Ta­ble Moun­tain in Cape Town, and to the hot sun of Lim­popo and Mahikeng.

I owe my be­ing to all the nine prov­inces in South Africa and the towns in Africa.

I am an African child who is not ap­palled by my African brother from an­other African com­mu­nity which is out­side my man-made bor­der.

I am an African child who ac­knowl­edges all the African lan­guages, dishes and cul­tures.

I am an African child who was part of all the strug­gles that African states went through, and I am an African child who un­der­stands the ab­ject poverty ex­pe­ri­enced by my African com­mu­nity.

I be­long to all the states in Africa, there­fore I do not dis­crim­i­nate against my African broth­ers.

Peace be in Africa

Man-made bor­ders should not erode our com­mu­nity

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