Africans have so many abilities that are usually overlooked. It is difficult for an African child to truly show the world what they are capable of. This is mainly because the world views us as people with no power or abilities to seek or acquire amenities for everyday living.

Being an African-raised girl myself , I have faced a lot discrimination because of my dark chocolate skin. This is experienced by most African people, especially young ones, and in turn, lowers their self-esteem.

It is sad to see how people , especially the youth , are forgetting and losing their “Africaness” because they don’t feel appreciated enough in their own continent. This makes them value other cultures more , i.e the American culture.

They are moving away from their own cultures to other cultures which are more “advanced” or seem fancier. This is happening because most of the things, if not everything – food, fashion, entertainment, done in Africa, comes from, or is based on the cultures abroad.

How many people today actually watch television series, movies or shows from Africa? Very few.

The youth of today are determined to change that narrative.

An African person can bring so much positive change to the world. It’s time to voice and value our opinions. It is time to have our own ideas and our own leaders, who will rule our own continent and make us proud of it. It’s time to prove the world wrong.

We can be our own role models because we have plenty to offer to the world. We can fulfill our dreams and imaginations, and make it happen in real life because Africa is not just a continent, it is a country with united people.

It starts with us, the youth, as we are the African leaders of the next generation. One thing I have learned as an African child is to never let anyone or anything stop you from achieving your dreams. No matter how little or big they are, your dreams as an African child are valid.

So, I urge you, to get out of your shell and make things happen! Because we, as African people, have so many unique capabilities and there is absolutely no need to be ashamed of it.

Written by Yolanda Muchemwa, a 20-year-old public relations student who aspires to be part of the media industry. She is passionate about motivating fellow young girls and women like herself. Her blog entry on “The Underestimated Capabilities of an African Child” is her debut piece.

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