What We Can Do About The Chaos And Injustice In The World

Has the world ever been more restless?! The Arab Spring, ISIS and ISIL, Israel and Palestine conflict. Protests in Hong Kong. Displacements in Sudan, which not many news agencies cover. Ukraine and Russia. Ebola in West Africa. Despite our limitaions we must explore what we can do about the chaos and injustice in the world.

Unfortunately I don’t have the space and time to delve into detail the things I’ve just mentioned. Some of the tensions, war and death is caused by people. Humanity somehow seems to constantly fight against itself. Are we self-destructing?

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Headlines Post Mandela Memorial And A Lesson

Mixed reactions to the happenings at Nelson Mandela’s memorial yesterday.

From, “Why Zuma Was Booed” to “Obama Wows Crowd”.

I guess we also see things based on what we look for and what is important to us.

Often the significance of events etc is not in the events or the communication in them but how they’re interpreted.

Many accounts of the same event. One event, many perspectives.

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South Africa Mourns

South Africa mourns the death of Nelson Mandela. At age 95. Mandela got out of prison on his 70s but still achieved much.

His legacy defined the world. A testament to individuals being able to “change the world”.

Mandela was a global patriot.

Related:

The Anatomy Of A Great Legacy – Lessons From Nelson Mandela

Why I’m Not Afraid Of Dying And What I Fear The Most

 

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Humbled

 

Humbled is how I feel, right now. Today I spent the day with emerging leaders that have been, are and will be influencing the African continent through film…

 

They are the gatekeepers of culture. They have a say on what becomes culture through the music videos, television productions, documentaries and movies they have made and are going to continue making. They represented a number of countries and I’m privileged to be allowed to speak to them on being leaders.

 

I’m humbled to have spent time with them engaging on the kind of leaders Africa needs. We also talked about areas we need to grow in as individuals leaders in order to make a lasting and significant impact.

 

Change, in Africa is not going to come about through looking only to political leaders. Change can also be influenced through media. Our focus has been too much on the political leaders, who have been, in general, mostly a let down. Perhaps we have expected too much of politicians.

 

Culture gatekeepers such as the leaders I met today need to be included in defining a greater future for our continent. To every person I met today:

 

I am humbled to have the privilege to serve you. I am also excited to see the work you continue to do. Be great stewards of the influence you have.

 

While it will take people passionate about Africa to make a difference, passion is not enough. Passion is only a part of the equation. It will take influencers such as the ones I’ve met to have great passion, character and courage.

 

The task ahead is not going to be an easy one. Turning around a continent will take combined effort from everyone acting in their areas of speciality and passion. Everyone has something to give.

 

After being int he presence of the calibre of African leaders I met today, I’m hopeful. Expectant. Excited.

 

Viva la revolución! A luta continua! (The struggle continues)

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Rihanna Has No Demands – Page 1 | Students’ Violence – Page 17

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The Saturday Star (12 October 2013) covered a number of incidents where students assaulted teachers.

While I applaud the Saturday Star for covering these stories, could the fact that it was put on page 17 be a reflection of how seriously we’re taking this as a country? On the front page, instead, is that Rihanna, who was due to have a show in Johannesburg the following day, was not making a “diva demands”.

While “RiRi’s news” for not making news is pertinent to some, “the news” has nothing on the future of South Africa, in the form of young people in the education system. Should it not bother us that violence on teachers, by their students deserves our attention more than a rockstar not making certain demands?

I like some of Rihanna’s music. And I am impressed that she wasn’t a pain for the concert organisers but I’m not convinced this was front-page material. I’ve got nothing against Rihanna, just questions about what should be priority and deserves more attention.

Perhaps I’m working off my journalism and publishing rules… In my mind (maybe that’s where the problem is) the stories about the violence in schools should be front page and Rihanna page 17.

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Oh, I have nothing against the Saturday Star, I’m just wondering if what they did is reflective of what we deem as important in South Africa. We could say, it was a Saturday publication and needed some entertainment in it. Should entertainment be priority when there’s a crisis to highlight?

Well, alongside Rihanna’s story is that residents take on the Guptas for flouting building regulations. It is right that the residents pursue what is right and fair as far as the law is concerned, but what is more important?

Then again, who is custodian of these priority standards I’m going on about? The custodian of priorities in terms of what gets priority in publications such as the Saturday Star must be the future of South Africa and her children’s future.

I’m no editor and know nothing about determining what should appear where and what story deserves which spot, I’m just trying to make sense of things…

Objective journalism is important for healthy nations. It is necessary in securing the future of nations, by being a conscience, a mirror to the nation. If the mirror is broken we don’t see ourselves as clearly as we should. This means we will value and act in ways that are irrelevant.

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Interventions are only as effective as understanding and acknowledging reality. Does burying a story about violence in schools under a rock star’s lack of demand suggest that we are burying things in favour of entertainment as a form of denial of the obvious reality?

I applaud the Saturday Star for covering what I found as disturbing in some of our schools. Without them and others, bringing this up we might not know.

I am a little bothered by this… My questions and reasoning may not be coherent but that is not what I’m after… This is how I process things and I’d love to have you as a part of a conversation I’ve had with others and myself.

Are our priorities amiss?