Destiny Man  :: Editor's Letter
November 2014
   Destiny Man

There is an inherent responsibility to being an African. It is carved into our skins and embossed on our souls, whether we acknowledge it or not. I truly believe this. In the words of Ghana’s first President, Kwame Nkrumah, “I am not African because I was born in Africa, but because Africa was born in me.” I’ve always understood this to mean that, beyond a geographic location, to be African is to live by certain values, ideals and a responsibility not just to ourselves, but to our fellow human beings.

We often bandy around words like Ubuntu without engaging with what it truly means. Motho ke motho ka batho is not restricted to SA. It is part of what being African, and human, is. The late president of Burkina Faso, Thomas Sankara, said: “I want people to remember me as someone whose life has been helpful to humanity.” That is humanness.



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