There is mounting pressure on Africa to find and implement solutions to reverse the negative impacts of colonization while improving the socio-economic status of its people.
Over the years, much policy geared at eradicating poverty has been been created, yet the same demons keep plaguing leadership even where plenty resources have been allocated.
Before now, African traditional systems of thought have often been disregarded formulating solutions for Africa. Many African problems and even basic African questions such as that of Blackness have often been considered within the confines of Western epistemology and its sensibilities.
Let us focus strictly on the concept of Blackness for a moment. Blackness as popularized by Stephen Bantu Biko and Malcolm X. Blackness as something that isn't flawed or "other" because of it's oppression filled history.
Blackness in its most pure form, as the center of where we discover the identity of Black people, and what "Black" is in relation to those of African descent.
The consideration of Blackness as a factor is necessary because Black communities continue to rank below other races socio-economically.
I believe knowledge of self is a large factor in discovering our way towards a socio-economic freedom that transcends the locales of our financial and commercial districts.
Beginning to answer questions like these can ultimately lead up to us gaining the ability to find African tailored solutions to the plight of Black men in the America's and the suffering of Black Women and Children within Africa herself.
We can not persist to turn a blind eye to the knowledge which continues to inform how multitudes of communities function across the continent. Neglecting to note and learn from our own because of the preconceived idea that Black thought is backwards unless it can be substantiated by Western standards has failed us. We cannot continue to consider Africa and Africans within systems that were not created with the African in mind nor for the African to strive within.
What we know about Blackness universally is that it strives for and achieves excellence in both primitive and contemporary societies.
Another thing we know universally about Blackness is that it never claims to know what it cannot prove to be true. So in my quest to define Blackness through African epistemology I find myself becoming a scholar of Blackness rather than a well-informed individual who can attempt to define it on my own. So I won't.
But what I definitely will do is notify you that African knowledge has ceased to be invisible for many within Africa's rising leadership and is a rich resource worthy of consideration when creating more frameworks and policy.
Therefore, in short, This Generations Revolution Will Not Be Westernized.