“It would be the symbol of this new Africa, far from this bad perception that you have not failed to mention at the Oslo tribune; far, far from this image of an Africa that crawls into poverty, begging and pessimism. An appeal to the president of Benin, Patrice Talon.
By Ludovic Hermann WANDA (Writer) and Sérilo LOOKY, Alliance Diaspora Director at AGYP
Your Excellency, Dear President,
Dear Father …
If men are made by history, great men are made for history. And for good reason, they make history. The big one; the one with a big H!
Alas, this truth, many young people tend, if not to ignore it, at least to neglect it. Hostages of a Hollywood imagery that overflows with testosterone, they are won by the conviction that it is with weapons in the fist that these great men make history.
Now, to look at it, nothing is more inaccurate. Indeed, it is less with weapons than with a vision that great men do, shape, and build history: that which drives the force-constructor, and not the violence-destructive; the one that inspires future generations!
– Is not it with his visionary “I Have a dream” that Mr. L. King participated in the construction of American History?
– Is not it with his visionary independence speech that Lumumba participated in the construction of the history of Congo?
– And is it not with your speech from Oslo that you found your place in the pantheon of Pan-Africanism?
It is with this in mind that we thought it useful to submit this idea:
To revive the pan-African airline from the ashes; AIR AFRICA!
It would be the symbol of this new Africa, far from this bad perception that you have not failed to mention at the Oslo tribune; far, far from this image of an Africa that crawls into poverty, begging and pessimism.
A perception that unfortunately conditions a number of behaviors not too contemptuous; and by extension with regard to the Africans that we are.
Like, for example, the one displayed by Air France management towards some of your ministers and fellow citizens. And who, in addition to having legitimately raised your ire, motivated your decision to indicate to it, the way out, in perfect agreement with this word “the tiger does not shout his tigritude, he leaps”!
The rebirth of this company would be a powerful symbol that will show, both to Africans (which, as you know, psychologically more than necessary) that the rest of the world, this new Africa.
Knowing that you are also one of the eleven signatory States to the initial commitment of the African Union proposal for the creation of a single market for air transport; we are more than confident of the result you will bring to this. A new Africa that knows how to take flight, who sees high, who has the sense of the height and who, consequently, does not let himself take any higher …
Clearly, the one that, to use your expression, “reveals itself differently to itself”, by reconnecting with its ancestral nobility!
Living, for the time being, outside the continent, although this one is in our hearts and in our minds, we felt that it was our duty to address these words to you.
We are therefore at your disposal to build this renaissance, in many areas …
To the attention of one of their noble fathers-builders.