Shifting Africa from the Back Seat to the Front Seat

Part 1 – Perception Change

Sarah Goroh

Africa is a continent made up of diverse people, languages, cultures and tribes. For a long time, our continent has been placed at the back seat. We desire to be top decision makers, to have a voice and be great influencers of development within the global community.

Industrialization has been a topic of discussion for many years as we look for lasting solutions for the African nations.

The African soil has a wealth of resources that can preserve the livelihood of generations. We are one continent and one people, however for too long, the nations of Africa have run independently of each other and have relied on the Western World for assistance. It is time that we begin to create a culture of inter-dependency and unity amongst our nations. Should we continue to sit at the back seat and be viewed as the begging continent? It’s time to change this perception!

1. Perception Change:

Perception is defined as the way in which something or someone is regarded, understood or interpreted. In order for us to experience change and advancement in the nations of Africa, we must change our perception as a continent. Why have we allowed ourselves to believe that we do not have what it takes to sit at the front seat? And why do we see ourselves as less or less privileged? It’s time to change the narrative!

Our perception creates our reality. Where we are today as a continent and as African nations is a product of our perception. Perception change is not automatic. In order to change how one perceives, it must be done deliberately, and this normally happens in stages. Society tends to take notice of people’s physical disabilities, but overlooks the mental disabilities and challenges which are present and have crippled the minds of many.

If we dwell in our thoughts and allow our fears, greed and our past experiences to a take hold of us, we will become crippled as a continent. Who is the one that sets the standard? We must be willing to take new risks for survival. Mentality is everything.

Yes we want to see substantial changes, but complaining does not make much of a difference. In order for us to see true and lasting change, the change must begin within. Every individual must be the change in his or her own way. We need to do away with the culture of competition and focus on finding ways to complement one another.

Once we change our perception, we can begin to grow and transform from the mindset that always expects to receive to a mindset that is always ready to give. In literal terms, the hand of the one who gives is always on top, while the hand of the one who always receives is at the bottom. If we shift towards the giving end, we can establish more inventions and developments in our communities.

However, if we remain at the receiving end, this will cause us to be unsatisfied with what we have, leaving us dependent on the Western World whereas we are independent nations. The type of dependency we need in Africa is inter-dependency amongst our nations.

As nations of Africa, we need to hold our hands together to fight against poverty, crime, violence, tribalism, racism, inequality and corruption. And we need to pursue development, education, unity, love, equality, integrity and economic freedom. Before we acknowledge our heritage and citizenship as diverse nations, we must first acknowledge ourselves as Africans and the heritage of our continent as a whole.

About The Author
Sarah Goroh is a multi-gifted inspirational writer, speaker, content creator, blogger, poet, author, certified life coach & NLP practitioner, administrator and ordained minister.

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