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Book of Faces - the African Case

You may legitimately ask why should you join Africa Heritage Society. In life, we often take for granted the true purpose of life and the experiences the journey brings to the living.

However, a life that is not examined and lived in the context of many is not worth living.

We are all concerned about the condition of Africa and the seemingly ease with which persons born outside the continent are able to take advantage of the promise of Africa than the people who call Africa their own domain.

Immigrants have been able to convert their minority status into a platform for economic power. Ultimately, the purpose of life is to advance one’s interests for a better standard of living. No rational person would leave their place of birth for a place where the standard of living is guaranteed to be lower.

If this is the case, we know that the weakness of Africa must be located in our inability to connect to one another.

Imagine you create a book of faces and then end up with blank faces because people have chosen that they want to be private but when they need a job or even are looking for clients they want the burden to be assumed by another person forgetting that the more exposure one invests in the better the brand is digested and sought for.

It is easy to blame the lack of economic and social progress of African on political players. However, it must be of concern to any complainant who chooses to point a finger at another person without any reflection of one’s own inaction.

We know that many have invested in the many social networks that are available. However, we must agree that we need to create our own sub-networks like myafriface so that we can better interrogate the kind of face that we can all agree represents Africa.

Should white persons, for example, be excluded in as much as Chinese persons? The answer is to be found in documents like the Freedom Charter. The framers of the Freedom Charter were acutely aware of the danger of an ethnic definition of citizenship and they opted to make the statement that ”South Africa belongs to all who live in it.”

They could have said it better by stating that: ”South Africa like Africa belongs to all who choose to live in it.”

There are many Africans in the diaspora who should not be left out. We know what a Chinese looks like, for example, and the same law of gravity applies to what an African looks like.

The majority of Africans share the same heritage. Equally persons of African descent have more that unites them than divide them. If this is the case, we will no doubt that the book of faces that we seek to create will be skewed in favor of the black race as a defining locator.

What we do need is that people who sign on the website should attempt to put their photographs and tell us more about who they are. The more we know the better we will be able to assist.

The face is important like any image. It is, therefore, unacceptable that we will chose to sign in on the website and take the option to deny other people the privilege of knowing what you look like.

In human civilization, images take their own significance. I have no doubt that you will agree that even a President will only appoint the people who are revealed to him. He cannot be expected to know what is denied to him and yet we expect that corruption and nepotism must be eradicated.

Human beings are generally corrupt and, if given a chance, people will always be biased in favor of people they know. We make subjective choices based on what we know and see.

What value can this platform provide? Many will ask this question as an excuse of doing nothing. If you take for example any nation state and ask the question: ”What benefit will I derive from emigrant to country A or B?” you will find that the country itself will not confer benefits rather it is what you can do for yourself using the geography as a theater.

If our chosen theater to make a difference in Africa is this continent then we ought to make it easier to know each other. There is no reason why we cannot, for example, convert AHS into a bank, insurance, telephone etc platform.

All we need is to make sure that our circle of friends adopt the address as theirs. This means that we have an obligation to call my myafriface my own face.

I have taken the first step to remind you that it is not what organisation can do for you but what you can do for yourself using the platform.

We need your input on how best we can impact on the key question that confronts us i.e. the legacy and identity of Africa. Whose faces should we know? Your face is an important as anyone else. Your story is our story.

So let us share knowledge because our destiny is a common and shared one.

I look forward to your active participation so that working together we can accomplish extraordinary outcomes.

Some will foolishly call the same ”the Mawere site” forgetting that it is their active participation that will reduce the Mawere input. Instead of looking to me it is important to look laterally and vertically at your own pyramid of hope.

Who do you look up to? We all look up to others. Let us convert this platform as a home of hope and a source of inspiration.

Ultimately, we are each other’s keeper. Please tell us your story. The first part of the story is not to withhold your face. You never know what benefits may accrue to you and your circle of friends and family by you taking the first step to register.

The future is only as secure as we want it to be. The more you believe that another individual no matter how politically and economically powerful has the answer to your challenges the less you will enrich our African story.

You are a driver and builder of Africa. In your chosen field of endeavor, you play a part in shaping and defining the character of Africa.

After all, Africa is just a geographical mass that God created so that no man can say it belongs to him/her just because of birth but through actions Africa will be generous in telling the story of the difference you make or will have played a part in making for future generations to be pround.