My interview on Heart Of Africa: Sick & Tired Of Stereotyping: ‘African Youths Are Drivers Of Their Own Future’

Posted: July 29, 2013 in Active youth citizenship, Anti-stereotyping/racism/xenophobia, Citizen journalism, Gender and Women's Rights, Pan-Africanism, Youth Issues
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Heart of Africa… reviving the African dream…Heart of Africa is a radio programme dedicated to examining matters affecting Africa from a Pan-African Christian perspective, as Africa and her friends envisage the revival of the African dream. Click on picture to go to their website.

A couple of weeks ago, I had the honor of being part of the Heart of Africa radio program where I discussed the issues that are close to my heart, the issues that I write about in this blog. I felt quite nervous about giving the interview knowing how easily people have misinterpreted my words in the past, but this interview was different. On that note, I would like to thank the host, my sister, Kudakwashe, for her professional and humble conduct.  Everything she mentions in the About page of the Heart of Africa is absolutely true. Kudakwashe indeed aims to resound the voice that calls for righteousness, justice, prosperity, peace, unity, liberty, restoration and life – for the land of Africa, her people, natural resources and wildlife. Kudakwashe indeed believes that, it is the turn for this generation to carry the mantle for the radical transformation of Africa, with her people – who are capable leaders – being the masters of their own destiny. Heart of Africa is indeed the right learning environment for young Africans!

Below is the full article written in correlation with the radio interview. Here is also the radio interview:

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Sick & Tired Of Stereotyping: ‘African Youths Are Drivers Of Their Own Future’ With Rahel Weldeab

This week on Heart of Africa Kudakwashe hosts Eritrean Pan-African Activist and Prolific Writer, Rahel Weldeab in a discussion fundamentally on Eritrea, as well as the issues she examines and advocates for emerging from this Horn Of Africa country.

Her work has led her to become Rahel is the head of the Foreign Affairs Department of the National Union of Eritrean Youth and Students (NUEYS), as well as a member of the NUEYS Central Council, the Vice-President of the Pan African Youth Union (PYU) for the East Africa/Indian Ocean region, and  a member of the International Steering Group of theUnited Network of Young Peacebuilders..

Rahel’s work is mainly targeted for the youth. She emphasises that she is “sick and tired of the stereotyping and the never-ending campaigns to make African youth think they cannot be the leaders of today and tomorrow”.

This week’s discussion begins by exploring the history of Eritrea, and its significant role in the Horn of Africa, and in Africa as a whole. Eritrea is a nation with an extended rich history, dating back to the biblical era. It has the most expansive coastline on the Red Sea, that is directly across Saudi Arabia and Yemen.

Rahel reveals unique facts about Eritrea, like how Eritrea fought its liberation struggle with no Western or Eastern allies; and how its economy has grown independently despite the sanctions against the nation from the West. Eritrea has made significant economic strides, resulting in significant benefits to her people, for example, free education.

Rahel also highlights that unlike other African nations, Eritreans have their own land in their hands – they have not had to undergo any land reforms in an effort to take back their land from colonisers.

Eritriea’s “independent” economic progress has already been revealed on this show by T West in the discussion on Africa’s Emerging Economies. In that discussion he crucially pointed out that Eritrea, like Zimbabwe has “demonised” by the West, hence its independent economic progress is hardly reported.

Rahel confirms T West’s reports, and explains how the global media has been used to brand a negative image of Eritrea, even in a way that has altered the mindsets of the Eritrean and African people as a whole to believe these narratives.

Rahel challenges Eritreans and Africans at large, to move away from these narratives, instead of being sucked into the. She empowers Africans in the motherland and Diaspora, to become dedicated to telling the world their own story accurately, as they work towards the restoration of Africa across the continent.

Rahel fundamentally argues that Africans are drivers of their own future whose prosperity does not need IMF or World Bank structural adjustment programmes, or the so called “foreign investment” through foreign corporations.

The discussion moves on to examine specific issues that Rahel passionately advocates for. The tagline on her blog is “sick and tired of the stereotyping”. She give an in depth reflection on how African youths are being ‘brain washed’ by the rhetoric in the world-wide media, specifically demonstrating how they are told that they cannot be leaders of today or tomorrow.

The discussion delves into other thought provoking issues like Human Rights and Human Trafficking – with an expanded discourse targeted at the experiences of African women; Active Youth Citizenship; Global Citizenship; The Risk Of Being A Good Example; and a variety of youth issues. Rahel encourages Africans to think globally, while acting locally.

Giving applicable examples, Rahel empowers the youth to use the internet more effectively on how to drive social change. She emphasises that social change is not only about tweets and facebook posts but real work on the ground – its not about “talking the talk without walking the walk”. It is also not a “quick-fix”, but a well strategised process that will effectively benefit Africans tangibly from generation to generation. For more on Rahel’s work, please visit https://therealrahel.wordpress.com/.

Kudakwashe concludes the programme with relevant biblical perspectives targeted at African youths. She motivates youths to become dedicated to become founded on Godly principles that enable them to be progressive in what they do applying guidance and wisdom from God.

Heart of Africa is broadcasted live every Wednesday night at 2000 hours Central Africa Time (1900hours British Summer Time), on www.morelightradio.com. It is dedicated to examining matters that affect Africa from a Pan-African Christian perspective, as we envisage the revival of the African dream. Comments and questions welcome here or via twitter @HeartOfAfrica55. All rights reserved.

Also see:

Human Trafficking And The Human Rights Agenda Against Eritrea By Rahel Weldeab

Encouraging Diaspora Youth To Contribute To National Development: The Eritrean Case By Rahel Weldeab

What Came First? The Internet Or The Social Change? By Rahel Weldeab

Nothing Kills Peace More Than Stereotyping By Rahel Weldeab

PODCAST: Africa’s Emerging Economies with T West

PODCAST: Impact of PM Zenawi’s Death in Ethiopia & Beyond with Abayomi Azikiwe

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Comments
  1. heartofafrica55 says:

    Thank you Rahel. It was a privilege to have you on the programme.
    Kudakwashe

  2. Rahwa Tesfai Ghermai says:

    As usual Rahel, I’ve only good things to say but this interview was particularly enlightening as well as empowering perhaps because Kudakwashe’s style of interview is so intent and calming, you seemed to complement eachother somehow. I recently read a horrific letter written by King Leopold of Belgium and his scheme of Christianising Africans as a colonial means of subduing the fighting AFRICAN spirit (just a little interesting and infuriating food for thought…) In Shona KUDAKWASHE means HOUSE OF LOVE and KUDA means LOVE so i know that we can’t go wrong. Special thanks to the both of you for keeping us on the straight and narrow 🙂 FORWARD BLACK AZANIA!

  3. Yrey Iyu Amlak says:

    Dear Ms Bloger: –
    I am glad to have u as a brave sister, and wishes u victory in your efforts and May His (GOD’S) Grace and Peace be up on u.Amen.
    I am also happy that our voice is in consistent with our Fathers (Spiritual), that one should not interfare in others affairs, hence the west claim is by no means profitable for African people.

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