Building African Bloggers And Innovators In 2017

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“What should we be doing going forward?” Africans can save Africa: Arnold Ekpe at TEDxEuston

There are millions of potential brother and sister bloggers in Africa, diverse people of color and culture, yearning to tell their stories, developing and waiting to share their brands and expand their opportunities to collaborate in education, business, commerce, finance and global entrepreneurship.

This writing is a contribution of knowledge to share and hopefully motivate and inspire Africans desiring to blog, microblog, videoblog, podcast and create dynamic content
within their communities. Their (African) voices and stories are important and should be shared on a global platform of respect and collaboration on dynamic Social Media platforms.

To represent the African diaspora and historical significance of the art of storytelling.

What better way than to share with the world, to create unique content that is just as diverse as the most culturally rich continent in the world, Africa. I encourage Africans of all ages to write their stories, to use their creativity to share innovative ideas and create content that bridges generations and cultures.

The ability to create unique and transformative content that can connect and unify their continent.

Following the literary talents of Chinua Achebe, Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Wole Soyinka, Ben Okri, Buchi Emecheta, Ama Ata Aidoo, Dinaw Mengestu, Africans are historic creators of stories’, poets, and diverse content creators. African children are learning that through education
they can contribute to the world in ways not available decades ago.

Colonialism attempted to silence the voices of Africans, it failed because the voices of Africans can be heard whispered on the flowing waters and in the air currents, stories that travel through the trees, and the paths both dirt and paved across the continent.

Social Media platforms and tools are allowing African boys and girls to share their stories with the global community, bringing attention to their lives right from their mouths and to the ears of billions globally.

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As an educator and parent, I want to encourage African children, teens, youth and young adults to share their stories through the diverse tools that blogging has to offer and enhance their language abilities, “language is the way to memory.”

Do not allow others to tell your stories as was done during the centuries of slavery, oppression and colonization.

In the spirit of Chinua Achebe share your stories and let the world hear you. Chinua Achebe the “Father of African Literature” has stated many times that the minds of the people were influenced by the colonization of Europeans. That African writers need to be activist in their
writing, to challenge the thinking of Africans, to encourage intellectualism and activism even still today.

The thinking and the writing of Africans are challenging the “emperors” way of thinking,
“because the storyteller has a different agenda” than the emperor, “Conversation with
Chinua Achebe 2012.”

shutterstock_128237849-620x350In many ways, Africans have a responsibility to share their stories and share their voices, what better way to tell truth to life what Europeans have tried to deny for decades. There was a denial of building of thought leaders and intellectuals in Africa during colonial rule. The independence of

The independence of Ghana in 1957 and subsequently other African countries allowed for the potential of building new intellectuals that, in turn, will teach others. Sharing the value of their voices just as Achebe, Soyinka and others have done, storytelling is a powerful
tool to build cultural pride and dignity.

The 20th and 21st century have opened new ways for Africans to soar, to embrace the winds of change that allow for the chains of colonialism to dissipate. Achebe shares that Africans have the right to share their expressions. No matter the medium, the tools, or the platform. The encouragement of children is important because as Achebe says that “children can fly,” and should be encouraged to.

Achebe states that he writes because he likes to write, I feel the same passion. To share not just stories, but information to encourage people to think, contemplate, dream, consider the possibilities to grow beyond the limited imaginations of those that do not respect the diversity and the heritage of African nations or the diaspora.

Africans must tell their stories, share their voices and build a new dynamic identity for the 21st century.

Africans are more than a people to be colonized and ruled. They are a people that have passions, expectations, and dreams, this should be shared with the world. African voices can influence geopolitical decisions that will take Africa into the 22nd century and beyond.
Africans as a collective can influence the gaps in education, in commerce, in the innovation of technology and the opportunities to achieve more to the benefits of Africa and African people, not just people from other countries.

54 countries united to solve their own problems can achieve great things if they unite and speak united. Africa united as a strong united force to make positive, and transformative change.

These powerful words from stated that, “no foreigners have ever developed a country, the nationals have developed their own country.”

Resources:

Bridging the Diaspora Divide – Teresa H. Clarke at TEDxEuston: https://youtu.be/sg6F-M6v1iM

South African Bloggers: http://weblogforlove.com/

Africans can save Africa: Arnold Ekpe at TEDxEuston: https://youtu.be/D70ZybuB-rE

African on the Blog: http://www.africaontheblog.com

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William Jackson
William Jackson is a graduate of South Carolina State University 1985 Earning a Bachelors Degree in Education, currently a proud educators of 32 years. Earned a Masters Degree from Webster University Masters in Educational Technology, Social Media and STEAM. William is a national and international blogger, speaker, and community activist involved in WordCamp conferences nationally and internationally. Employed with Duval County Public Schools and past professor with Edward Waters College from 2004 to 2017. A Content Creator, Digital Innovator, Blogger, Educator and Influencer, he has over 10,000 digital impressions a week through his social media platforms and his Brand - My Quest To Teach Recognized and respected as a published blogger and international traveler.