My site : The Musings Of A Rural Social Entrepreneur- stem from my advocacy work as a development worker , mentor , artist ,theologian ,writer and villager entrenched in rural life. lt is quite absurd for me that sixty percent of Zimbabweans live in rural areas yet are one of the most underrepresented populations with a limited voice in national discourse. It always seems decisions are made on behalf of this lot without genuine consultation with them.
The aim of my site is to muse and ruminate on the issues that rural folk in Africa face especially the issues surrounding women and girls such as water , sanitation and hygiene issues. Access to equitable education in comparison to counterparts in towns and cities, gender equity ,access to information and resources and the myriad challenges around drought ,climate change and sustainability. My desire is to present the situations and challenges in a Afro-centric manner and offer solutions steeped in homegrown solutions that offer discourse towards sustainability and not mere rhetorical approaches steeped in other cultures responses to issues they face. Mind you , l am not saying that the solutions offered by others are not valid but rather that they need to be afro-centric in approach,working with local people and local ideas ,supporting working systems and integrating new ideas.
If my musings can result in the questioning and start conversations around issues that villagers face l will have done my job. It literally startles me when policy makers in Africa most of them in their sixties and seventies sit down to make decisions for an African population with 60 % of its population under 25. We need to bring the issues of these young people to the forefront of debates especially because the bulk of these young people are in rural areas. Our older African generations must not be afraid to pass the baton stick to us -they need to understand that they have cultivated enough of Ubuntu in us and that we will not sell our birthright in our pursuit for justice and equality. When we write it is thus our assertions that we must be trusted, that we have it altogether-we write because it is an avenue to speak and be heard and hopefully not to be silenced. Our writings become our voice for all youth and women and all underrepresented populations.
When we question systems and practices through our writings it is not that we do not respect those who are ahead of us it is only that we seek to grow and be sustainable as a continent. We cannot continue to rely on the benevolence of others yet we hold vast tracts of resources and wealth. We are the go-to continent of the future. When we do not speak up and stand up those who will come to us in the future will not come with balanced scales but with better bargaining power tipping our continent once again into the abyss of poverty and dependence. When we write we give credence to the culture of reading that needs to be engrained in our young ones. It is not possible to be writing when one is not reading.How else can we grow as a continent when we do not incalculate the culture of reading. As we write it is to also illicit the drive and need to push those of our own to read and write-up, inspire while being inspired. Young people in Africa have a voice that cries to be heard and through our musings we shall be heard and brought to the tables of decision making.