Queenie Kessie the founder of Better Africa Today wrote a poem that will leave you speechless.
We are one people
We are one people,
at least that’s what they say..,
Yet today they are (still) killing people every single day..
Just because they don't look the same way,
dress the same way,
eat the same way,
love the same way,
pray the same way ,
and so on and so on, trust me i can go on all day.
So tell me, are WE really ONE ?
Hmmm, If only our ancestors were to be alive to see what the world has become...
I am sure they would be so disappointed and regret all the sweat, blood & lives they lost just for us so we could even “think” of becoming one.
There was a time where blacks & whites had everything separated,
now we may do everything together but there is still one thing separating us and that’s hate.
The funny thing is that we are all expecting the leaders to fix the problem,
but I believe it's our task to solve it & not them.
We are the ones destroying the system.
If every individual would find a way to finally love their neighbour as themselves,
then I really believe that most of our problems will fix itself !
There would be no more fighting for black people’s rights, gay rights, Muslims right,..
As humans the only rights we will ever need is the “Human rights” = All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.
Speaking about black people’s rights,
there would be no such thing as black lives matter in the first place,
if we were wise enough to know that ALL lives matter, no matter the colour and the race!
We blacks want white people to treat us with respect,
but the funny thing is that when we blacks come together,
we mostly don’t even respect one another.
One always wants to show that he is better than the other.
Humbleness and unity,
is what’s really missing in our African community.
Apart from our pride ,
it's also important to put our ego aside.
Jealousy is black men’s poison,
because of jealousy, we kill & destroy people’s hopes and dreams.
Hopes and dreams that we can’t even achieve
but just because we didn’t dream it ,
doesn't mean that our brother or sister can't accomplish it.
When will we accept that one person can’t do everything
and even if we could, we wouldn’t be good at everything.
Why don't we concentrate on our own talents and gifts
and let other individuals do their own thing?
We are always competing with one another,
we do not want to see our brother or sister do better.
We may be happy when they do good at times,
but that’s only if their good isn’t better than ours, right ?
We want to be seen equally as the white people,
but let’s be honest, are we really the same ?
Look at the difference between their country and ours.
Yes, I know what you will say, they destroyed ours,
but how long have we had our so called independency?
Osagyefo Dr.Kwame Nkrumah would bemoan to see,
the Africa he fought and lost his life for is not the Africa he hoped it would be.
Complaining about what the whites did so many years ago
won’t solve the problems we are facing today.
Please, let yesterday be yesterday,
we need to find solutions for a brighter tomorrow
so we can finally bring an end to our sorrows.
We always talk about the white cops killing the blacks abroad,
but what about us killing ourselves in our own homes, or does it not count?
We murder our brothers and sisters from neighbouring countries
All because they’re not from our mainland!
This is really getting out of hand.
Africa has a lot to do as a continent,
but it all starts with education.
The key to world peace is education!
It is also the only key for the development
of our continent.
The training of our minds is the only cure for poverty.
I know we can do this, for no one can stop us from our destiny,
Not even the leaders no matter how corrupt they may be.
With our great minds and one heart all the bad things will be nothing but history.
And together we shall create new beautiful memories.
O’ My fellow Africans please let us fix ourselves, our country & our continent.
If we can do this, our forefathers will be so proud & content!
Last Friday the very first edition of Miss Obaasima 2017 took place in Antwerp. This beauty pageant representing all women born and raised in Ghana, but living in Belgium shows everyone that you can achieve your dreams. Even more! Obaasima means strong in Ghanaian. Ama Wusuwaah is the one who came with the idea to create something different through our society. It all started with her passion and love for the fashion industry which inspired her to give something back to young Ghanaian girls who might not be confident enough to pursue their dreams. Besides the powerful meaning behind this beauty pageant there was a lot of fun, happiness and most important Wusuwaah received wonderful support from her friends, family and team.
After a joyful entrance of the male host Charles and the female host Sister Deborah the show was ready to start. The six finalists came one by one showing different aspects of their regions in Ghana. All of them showed their unique personality. Those girls were so proud to tell the audience who they were. Some of them even revealed their hidden talents. A beautiful way to tell young people that you don’t have to live in a box. You can do It all!
Great artist such as Cool Joe, Fokn Bois and sister Deborah herself came to perform during the show and DJ Brooke was the one who kept the audience in motion all night. She was able to fill the room with an unforgettable atmosphere.
After three hours of a show. It was time to reveal the winner!
The twenty-year-old Meredith Sarpongmaa Agyin was crowned Miss Obasimaa 2017. She sees a dream come true. Not only is she able to pursue her dream, but she will also serve as a role model for many other young African girls looking to achieve something in their life.
Article: ©Christelle Zitu
Pictures: ©Christelle Zitu & ©Miss Obaasima
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