FEATURE ARTICLE

Wednesday, June 26, 2019
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Arizona, USA
APOLLO 11 EXPLORATION AND AFRICAN CONUNDRUMS!

recently watched the first men in a stunning moon-Apollo 11 documentary. "On July 20, 1969, American astronauts Neil Armstrong (1930-2012) and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin (1930-) became the first humans ever to land on the moon. ... The Apollo 11 mission occurred eight years after President John F. Kennedy (1917-63) announced a national goal of landing a man on the moon by the end of the 1960s." As I stay glued to my TV tonight for the revival of history, my heart is warmed and blesses America for progression and the giant strides of history. Sadly, my heart also aches and bleeds for Africa for retrogression and medieval thoughts. Nigeria is a bad example for Africa.

We are constantly swimming in the ocean of collective deceit and stark ignorance. At approximately 50 years ago, America planted her men and exceptional flag on the moon. The rest of the American expedition to a celestial (the moon) place is now history for mankind. The American sense of self-consciousness has never been undue consciousness of self! American exceptionalism is derived from her sense of imagination for possibilities.

The United States of America has this unique sense of unison, patriotism for the collective good of America and mankind. America’s bond is her sacred pronouncement for the progress of America. Nothing has been impossible for America to achieve. America explores the seemingly impossible ventures to achieve unexpected possibilities! Meanwhile, what moral lessons can African countries learn from the revival of American craftsmanship and selfless service to mankind? I hope the answers of readers of this passionate essay are as good as mine.

America is undoubtedly more than 200 years apart from Africa’s current crude civilization. In this 21st century development, Africa is still grappling with the basics and necessities of life! Power, good roads, drinkable water, simple ambulatory system i.e., transportation, the security of life and sense of self-esteem are a luxury in Africa. The basic things that an average American takes for granted are sacred or mundane to an average African.

African countries are in a perilous state of despair; a state of dystopia that continues to defy every proffered solution. Because I am an incurable optimist, hope is not lost for Nigeria, nay Africa. Hope is a powerful tool to leverage the expected gains of the future! Martin Luther King Jr.'s quote below always inspires and lubricates my daily optimism in the face of hopelessness in Africa. “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.” We must continue to believe in the untapped greatness of Africa.

The Promised Land or a state of utopia is possible! Americans are human beings, Africans are human beings. If the humanism in America’s spirit could explore their sense of imagination for possibilities and her greatness, it is not impossible for Africa to jettison pessimistic and irresponsible behavior to unleash her potential to be at par with the United States of America. A Moon landing can be possible in Africa too if the continent explores her potential and sense of imagination for possibilities!

Hope is alive!

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