Black Affairs, Africa and Development

Africans, let us unite!

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It is a well-known fact that when people are united in a common goal, they are much more likely to succeed at realising that goal.

There is indeed strength in unity. But much more can be found in unity. When a common vision is shared, everyone in the group is encouraged to give their best; they are fired up to participate, to contribute, to make a difference, to share ideas, to support and lift each other up. Those people share together a burning desire to reach the desired goal.

The other side of unity does not look so appealing, sadly. Division amongst people has been the source of much suffering and failure throughout history. To fail to recognise a common denominator in one another is immediately setting us apart from others, thereby already cutting off a potential ally, a source of possible help, support or inspiration.

Such division can be expressed to the extreme, and can manifest as calamities like the events of 1994 in Rwanda, and the conflict in Northern Uganda that engendered so much suffering and loss of life.

But division amongst people can have a much more subtle effect as well, one that is not readily recognisable.  Stealing ideas, high-jacking projects, diverting support or funds, wilfully sullying someone’s name and reputation to name of few, all stem from people not feeling at one with one another, and who therefore become unconscionable in what they do to another.

We all want success in our own right. There is nothing wrong with wanting to do well in life.  But we should never want it so badly that we are willing to harm others in the process. And thereby even undermine our own chances to make it.

When we steal someone’s idea and want to make it our own, we have already paved our own way to failure, as our foundation is a dishonest one. If we are so taken by someone’s idea, why not propose to the rightful author of that idea to join them in a partnership that could benefit both in the long run. Let us not believe we can ever own someone else’s idea, or dream because that is not true. But we can certainly support someone else’s vision and do well along the way.  This requires however humility in recognising we are not the original idea maker, but we still enjoy the journey and the vision of a goal realised, in unity with someone else. This type of partnership happens in all successful businesses across the world. In fact, the most successful ventures have at their very core a small number of people who all share one common vision and who all work together to bring it into life, even if the original idea stems from just one mind.

We do need each other to succeed in life. No one has ever made it on their own. We need each other’s support, thoughts, input, coaching, belief in success ect.  And all these wonderful qualities can be given to us only in unity, not in division.

In unity, we are more likely to succeed, to become richer in knowledge and insights, more resilient, more courageous, stronger, wiser.

So, dear Africans, let us unite now!   And let us reap the benefits of being really together. Of being One!

Isabelle Gravenstein
Editor of the Promota Africa magazine  –  Read your  free copy here   www.thepromota.co.uk

 

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