Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Congratulation President Barack Obama for the Audicity to Hope

This blog would like to congratulate President Barack Obama for his inauguration as the 44th President of the United States of America. At the same time it reflects on the lessons his achievement teaches us.

Today history is in the making for the millions of black people all over the world. Your presidency in the most powerful country in the world uplifts many people of the trodden race. You have made what many thought was impossible achievable. This has a number of lessons for the black people.

The first lesson goes to the African leaders. True leadership is about uniting the people not dividing them. The evils bedevilling Africa from poverty, disease, ignorance, illiteracy, war, hatred, bigotry, corruption, you name it is a result of false leadership. Obama has demonstrated that true leadership does not thrive on the misery of its people but on the hope and inspiration it brings to the people. On the other hand, African leaders have used all tactics in their possession to divide the people on ethnic, religion, and regional lines in order to get and remain in power. If Obama had listened to bigotry he would not have won the presidency. Through his actions and words he proved that the presidency was not about African-American turn but about the best candidate. How many times have we heard African leaders shout themselves hoarse “it our turn now”. By projecting himself as the best candidate, Obama won the hearts and minds of the people. True leadership is about winning the hearts and minds of the people and not preaching divisive hatred and fear.

President Obama has demonstrated that it is only through the cooperation of a people that their greatness can be attained. For him a great America is not black, white, Asian or latino. A great America is black, white, Asian and latino. It is a poor and rich, young and old America. You cannot exclude any one race or class and then claim greatness. On the other hand, African leaders are masters of exclusiveness. Their greatness comes from their race or ethnic group in exclusion of all the others.

President Obama has also proved that a great leader does not ally himself with bad and tainted leaders or persons. When Reverend Jeremiah Wright preached bigotry he denounced and rejected his prejudices. Obama said, "I categorically denounce any statement that disparages our great country or serves to divide us from our allies . . . I reject outright the statements by Reverend Wright." A leader could have a big constituency of votes but that is not what matters to Obama. Integrity comes first. Our African leaders embrace even murderers.

The second challenge is to the African, black and all trodden people – complain about the wrongs done to you but do not embrace a victim attitude. Do not let anger and bitterness overtake you. Abhor the injustice suffered but do what you must do to uplift yourself. In Obama’s words, “never succumb to despair or cynicism; you must always believe that you can write your own destiny.” If Obama had emphasised his disadvantages, he would not have had the capacity to dream big and go for presidency. He would have consoled himself by saying “no African-American can ever win the presidency”. But he dreamt and his dream came true.


Anonymous said...

Hi guys! This Conference sounds to be great! They have very interesting panels on identity and a featured panel on Barak Obama and you can also make a real African Safari…
The Institute of Identity Research (IDmap) announces an international conference
on Identity Politics on the Internet to be held in Kenya on the 27th to 29th of
August 2009. The aim of the Conference is to create discourse in the area of
Identity politics on the Internet and other related topics.
The Conference will be graced by several leading scholars who have written and
researched extensively on issues of Identity. We hope that this conference will
result in solutions and better understanding of the problems facing issues of
identity in the contemporary context.
August 27-29, 2009
Organized by Institute of Identity Research (IDmap)
Will be held in Amboseli Wildlife National Park, Kenya
Featured panel: Barack Obama' Election and Kenyan politics of Identity:
Will he identify himself with the World or with his People?

• The Dead line for submission of the Abstracts is 01.05.2009 (200-500 words)
in Word or PDF formats
• The Dead line for submission of full-text papers is 01.07.2009
Preliminary program of the Conference includes the following panels:
• Kenyan 2007 Presidential elections and the Internet
• Traditions and Identity in Kenyan politics: Barak Obama as a Luo
representative of Kenyan identity politics
• Facebook and Identity: do old ethnicity definitions still matter?
• World Identity politics: Case-studies and Comparative Analysis
• Parties and recruitment in the digital world
• Gender, ethnicity and empowerment: what is better to be a white man or a
black woman?
• When religion comes to the Internet: the new ways to build and reinforce
religious identity
• Government on the Internet: new ways to preserve Nation-state and its
identity on the Net
• New English and E-Linguistic: jargon and vocabulary of Internet campaigns
Participants are welcomed to join the following working groups:
• Computers and identity
• Culture and identity
• Mathematical expressions of identity
• Internet and Politics
• Internet Vocabulary
Best Identity MA/PhD Thesis work award:
During the conference the Institute will award the best MA/PhD work submitted
for the evaluation. The work should reveal an original and innovative approach
in the field of Identity with its expression on the Internet. Information
regarding submission procedure can be found on our site or through direct
contact of our Administrators.


Simba said...

The rich are getting richer, and the poor are getting poorer... Yes, Nairobi is finally developing a middle class, but this is developing far to slowly. All the politicians who run for government and 'apparently' represent us as Kenyan's are selfish and corrupt. The rich-poor divide is huge, with Kenya's politicians being paid more than most European/Western politicians!!!!
Kibera is the largest slum in Africa; yet a stonesthrow away is the beautifully tended Nairobi Polo Club. This is not fair. The small amount of opportunity for the poor to escape poverty is provided by NGO's and not the Government. The government do not care about the poor; they do not intend to improve Kenyan's human rights.... I hereby call upon my fellow Kenyan's.... We are the Revolution... The Revolution is now!... Do not let our various tribal backgrounds make barriers between us... As under-class and working-class Kenyan's we must unite and begin a Prolatarian Revolution. We must make our own goverment run by the peoples people... We must not suffer in silence; but suffer together in the fight for our freedom, so that our children and our childrens children do not have to live with these constrictions... So that we can abolish the rich/poor divide and create a world built on equality and opportunity for all!!!