For centuries we were taught that anger is bad. That we need to control our anger.
Today I want to challenge that premise. Why can we not channel our anger to yield positive results? Why not use anger to challenge the inhumanity of this world?
Following the recent Xenophobic attacks in SA, at least seven lives were lost and thousands displaced.To take a life, to deny one their fundamental human right is a sin. Making sense of violent acts against humanity is very difficult to do. It behooves us as young African leaders to transcend differences, celebrate our diversity and leverage our common humanity. Must we have more violence and unrest before someone decides this has gone on long enough?
What I hope to achieve from interacting with some of Africa´s best minds is a way forward, and the opportunities to trade thoughts, to learn from the experiences of others and generate ideas that can be implemented not only in South Africa but in our countries. We seek a way forward to ensure that history does not repeat itself in South Africa or any African country. I hope to see activists, entrepreneurs and public advocates come together through leadership and diplomacy with solutions from their personal experiences.
Martin Luther King Jr. in his 1963 speech stated “In the end we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends”. Fellows, let us not be silent. I challenge each one of us to speak out against Xenophobia, Afrophobia, and violence. But that should only be the beginning. We should speak out then take action by harnessing and transforming our anger into positive action.