Happy New Year! I am aware of the difficulties that many of us faced in 2022, and I hope that this year brings improved circumstances and opportunities for all of us.
As members of Africa’s young generation, we are all too familiar with the challenges and obstacles that we face on a daily basis. Despite these challenges, most of us remain optimistic about the future and believe that we have the potential to make a real difference in our communities and on the continent as a whole.
However, it is important to note that the number of those feeling positive about the future has decreased significantly in recent years. This is a trend that we must work to reverse, as the future of Africa depends on the strength and determination of its young people. We have the potential to be a powerful force for change and to create a better future for ourselves and for those around us.
One way that we can make a difference is by becoming more involved in the planning and delivery of services that impact our lives. By having a say in the decisions that shape our communities, we can have a greater influence on the world around us and work to create positive change. But it’s not just about having a say in the decisions that affect us – it’s also about taking action and being proactive in creating the future that we want to see.
We are not a problem to be solved, but rather the conduits of creativity and catalysts for change. Neither are we a risk but a great resource. As young people, we are ambitious, creative, and capable of rethinking the world and solving tomorrow’s problems today. As we say often at TGLC, we are co-creators of the world and not bystanders. We have the ability to bring an entrepreneurial spirit to the world of work and to lead social action with a good conscience, building a better future in the process.
It is essential that we, as young people, are recognized for our value and potential and are given the support and opportunities we need to thrive. However, as youth, we need to shift our mindset and approach to problem-solving. This means moving beyond traditional ways of thinking and being open to new ideas and perspectives. It means being proactive and taking charge of our future. It means being collaborative and working hard everyday to make our dreams a reality. It means taking the opportunities that come our way and making the best out of them to help ourselves, our families and our communities.
By doing these, we can create a brighter future for ourselves, Africa and the world. It will not be an easy task, and there will certainly be setbacks and obstacles along the way. But with determination, perseverance, and a willingness to adapt and learn, we can achieve great things and make a lasting impact.
Yours in Service,
N.K. Emmanuel (Chief Servant, TGLC)