A couple of weeks ago my friend Tessy told me about an idea brought forward by a friend of hers, an idea to form a panafrican society, a society through which we could learn about each other’s country, struggles, economy, social and human development; a place to inspire each other, to understand what bring us together, despite our differences. I jumped on board, I really didn’t know what to expect. So last week my friend Sabrina, Tessy and I went to the first meeting. We were sat on the couches at our student union, waiting for others to come along. Minutes later we were all sat in a round circle: Black men and women ready to learn what we all had to offer to our Continent. I didn’t know what to expect, but what I knew on my way back to my flat was more than what I could have expected.
I saw young Black men and women, with a vision for a new Africa, a vision that spoke wisdom, love and care. I fell in love with them: the ideas, the beauty of their soul, the depth of their thoughts, their sense of purpose and responsibility, their vision, their focus. Being there, in that very moment I felt it. It was a declaration of intent followed by a willingness to act actually, and not potentially. I saw visions that are socially challenging and emotionally surprising. No saggy pants or twisted slangs, but motivational facts.
I saw the gathering of people, ideas and visions: together, right there, in that very moment, we were more than just the sum of our purpose.
The New Africa Network is born.