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TikTok, YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, reality television, bloggers – the
influencers – are informally and many times strategically shaping global norms. We
these so-called “new norms” from the global public square which is mostly driven by
The older generation is seen in many ways as “old school”, too conservative and
understand the new social dynamics. There is certainly a generational gap and vacuum
our great continent.
Consequently, our own cultures, ethics and societal norms are crumbling before our own eyes. In our rush to “fit in” and contemporise, we are losing our way. As we exchange our values for postmodernism, we risk becoming a valueless, morally decaying society. Hence the emerging crisis of identity for average African.
Africa is a young continent as 70% or more of the population is under the age of 35. With high levels of youth unemployment (figures), a limited stake of young men and women in the economy and society, we have a risk of building an aggrieved majority that is not anchored in our value system, with unprecedented consequences.
Laments thinker and philosopher Chinua Achebe “The Centre cannot hold”.
While we becry the challenges of digitalization, we need to embrace the opportunities presented by technology and digital platforms and leverage them to propagate and preserve Africa’s cultural heritage, instil a sense of identity and offer guidance that aligns with the continent’s unique historical context and values.
The wise King Solomon wrote: “Without wise leadership, a nation falls; there is safety in having
To address the generational gap and vacuum of guidance, we propose a renaissance of thinking, a return to ageless wisdom. As we work towards a united, peaceful and prosperous continent, we must equip our young, fast-growing population with the wisdom to utilize the knowledge they have, to withstand adversity while advancing into significance and prosperity. It is time for us to amplify our own African voices above those from the West which is clearly undergoing a cataclysmic identity crisis of its own. We need to re-create the proverbial fireplace to write the next chapter of our own story as Africans.
The Wisdom Summit to craft an Afrocentric perspective to restore values, a clear
identity and safe sense of direction for the next chapter of Africa’s story.
The summit will promote an intergenerational approach to creating and propagating a new value system and mindset that will move our continent to Her God-given destiny of Significance, in a globalized and digitalized era we live in today.
ParticipantsThe AWS is for leaders who want to shape the destiny of Africa and renew its story in today’s world: