When on February 2013, I assumed office as Youth Lead at the United States Mission to the African Union, I realized the actual world in which I landed: from grassroots worker to policy-minded person. The challenge was so huge cause I had to change my way of thinking, forgetting about immediate result-oriented project that may affect thousands of lives into a learner that have now to focus on broadened and strategic planning that will result to durable and inclusive livelihoods uplift to millions of souls. The paradigm shift was requested from me in a short period of time.
In the learning process, I uncovered how ignorant I was about all those policies that the leaders we elected, the one we were paying salaries to were making on our behalf in Addis, unknown policies by activists willing to change the world with words or in 5 min through magic means. The gap was obvious.
Therefore as a Christian, I decided to be the “light” amid my generation, to be a canal through which many can be inspired and take lead on subjects that matters. I thought of sharing knowledge, to populating documents and spreading decisions that have been taken by the African Union Assembly and others organs that affects African lives day by day. It just unacceptable that we have some rights, are entrusted some obligations that we don’t know and which at the same time prejudice to our well-being. There comes this blog. For me, Africa affairs matters and Youth lives matter as well.
This is a blog on and about Africa. A virtual and open book where every single youth can learn something in his/her process of discovering what lies in policies that could improve our lives and make us happier. This is also a blog to bring opportunities to African Youth for their personal development and growth! It’s clear, this bog doesn’t claim to cover everything for issues are sometimes so vast, so deep and need more thinking and writings to get through, but I found fundamental that youth related issues that touch education and employment and need to have a governance perspective in it, can be a good start.
I want this blog to be a platform for learner-ship opportunity sharing to young people in Africa as well as the sparkling light into someone life to be engaged on African policies and involved in policy-making process if possible. On this blog, most articles are mine but I will seek to publish or re-blog some others that feed into the big picture of life-changing African policies.
My wish is to see each of you engaging with me through your comments, sharing with others folks and sourcing the most out of this writings. I look forwards to knowing that you like this blog and enjoy it.
At Your Service,
Octavio Hermeland Diogo.