The Ex-President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo has tasked the youth of Africa to not forget the dark history of the African in their quest of creating a better tomorrow for citizens of the continent.
Obasanjo said it is only when the youth remember what once was that they can forge a brighter possibility for tomorrow.
While speaking at the ongoing African Youth and Governance Convergence (AYGC) being held in Accra, Ghana, where he was inducted as an eminent fellow of the AYGC, Obasanjo said forgetting the past of the African is liking waking up one day with no recollection of what has happened in the past.
Referencing 400 years since the first recorded slave ship arrived in the United States of America, the former President said “if 400 years ago were weak, uneducated, divided and in-between that we were colonized, in-between that we were neo colonized” then it’s time to change that narrative.
According to him, to be able to do this “every little bit matter, every little bit should be brought together… we need the critical mass to come together, we need the critical mass in whatever we do” moving forward.
Acknowledging the fact that with the African continent divided into 54 national borders representing countries, he said it should be the dream of each of the countries to be “wholesome, united, strong, dynamic and successful.”
Achieving this, to him, would mean building Africa and positioning it to become a strong player on the global stage.
The 11th edition of the African Youth and Governance Convergence is under the theme “Partnerships for Youth Development: Key to Building Africa beyond Aid.”
More than 100 young people from 25 African countries and 20 from the diaspora are participating in this year’s event.