A lot of us have seen the many happenings around us and then we have seen quiet greatly a good amount of things we want to change. Sometimes, we just easily resign when we begin to look at ourselves and feel incapable of doing those things like ensuring water runs in all taps, by ensuring there is constant power supply, by ensuring that education is really free, ensuring our roads are great, ensuring that government officials work more efficiently without corruption amongst many others.
There are a lot of things we all want to change in this environment, especially ones that create more comfort for us or those ones that border on our immediate needs.
But we at One African Child believe greatly that each of us can bring that much needed change to the society. We believe that young men and women like you and us should be willing to lead one another to greatness, no matter how little any individual is.
So in achieving these dreams, education is greatly important; because education is what provides us the knowledge to do great stuffs. You might be hugely talented to do one thing or the other but without education many of us remain as crude as coal waiting to be polished into diamonds. So, we must begin to take into more importance the value of education in our lives.
Many of us, I know, face a lot of challenges as students that hinder us from doing great. Many of us have one problem or the other from home that we try to tackle every morning that we wake up. Many of us do not even know what we might eat tomorrow, what we might wear the coming week and some of us are even having an hard time having a place to sleep or time to sufficiently read our books. Many of us have great problems that want to weigh us down from doing great. But it is a choice that we have to make today whether we want to float or sink. It is our choice whether we want to fall or survive!
So if you believe in yourself and think you can make it, Say I WILL SURVIVE!!
But it is not enough to just survive. Though it is the first step! At One African Child, we believe that that change that each and every one of us want in the society can only be created by each of us, not any other person. We believe that you can be anything you want to be and can create answers to the numerous problems that we face today. We believe that right from now, you can determine how great the future would be and decide if you want the next generation to complain of the same problems or we want them to enjoy more benefits and be happy that they are born Nigerians.
We need to stop complaining. Ask yourself, when a bucket begins to leak, do you sit at a corner complaining about the leaking bucket or should you stand up to mend it? When you clothe gets torn, is it going to repair itself when you sit somewhere and complain about it? No! You have to do something. If you want to be the cloth, you must be ready to change it for good by either sewing it yourself or taking it to the tailor.
The fact is, the government of tomorrow is sitting amidst you here, and if all through your growth, all you do is do nothing, how do you hope to make the change when you finally get the power.
We must believe in the change that we can make. We must be ready to stand up from our adversities. We must begin to act more than we talk. We must believe that the future is in our hands and we can determine how good we want it to look, God-willing.
So if you believe that you can lead Nigeria to its greatness, say YES I CAN!!!!!
Say A GREAT NIGERIA IS UP TO ME! A BETTER AFRICA IS UP TO ME!!!!
But we cannot achieve this alone by just saying it. There are a lot of stuffs that we need as tools to help us change the face of Africa for good. These include studying well in secondary school, coming early to school, taking your assignments very seriously, and reading a lot of things, both the books required in school and those outside it. We can only create change by first empowering ourselves so we can empower others. We must begin now to train ourselves, to motivate ourselves, to work hard, to listen to our teachers, to spend more time doing productive things, things that help build us and not things that destroy us.
So right now, you have to stop thinking about the present and concentrate on how best you can create a great future. You have to understand that the challenges you’re facing now are not enough to hinder you to do great things to become great people. Because it is not about where you started from, it is about where you are heading for and how much you want to get there. It is for you to decide how great you want your future to become. Do you want to be remembered as someone who worked hard in school and became a great achiever in a particular field or you want to be forgotten as one of those who barely had anything to add to life.
We thus have to understand that our future starts now and the consequences of the decisions you make today are going to define the picture of your tomorrow. The things that you do today are what will shape your tomorrow. And top of that priority is having a good education and remaining focused to succeed.
Because the future of Africa can only be made better by the African Child!
So say: I AM ONE AFRICAN CHILD, AND I CAN DO GREAT THINGS!
I AM ONE AFRICAN CHILD, AND I WILL DO GREAT THINGS!
I AM ONE AFRICAN CHILD, AND I MUST DO GREAT THINGS!!
By Habeeb Kolade
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