Wednesday, 9 November 2016

"Getting on a plane to Paris, New York or Dubai is not an accomplishment, I am sorry" - Founder of Build Our Women Cameroon writes open letter to Cameroonian youths


Founder and CEO of Build Our Women Cameroon, Djemi Njiki Michele has penned an open letter to Africans/Cameroonian youths urging them to actively take part in building their own country rather than chasing "greener pastures" in the western world. In the letter posted on her Facebook page, she stated that "getting on a plane to Paris, New York or Dubai is not an accomplishment." Read the full letter below...
Dear #African / #Cameroonian Youth,

#DidYouKnow?
Every single country that is prosperous right now enjoys that status because an entire generation of them sacrificed themselves for it. Cut down foreign expenses, focused on productivity, local consumption, civic responsibilities. You might think that citizens of a country tend to be patriotic because they have a prosperous country but it is the opposite, their patriotism is what made their country prosperous.

Do not ever, even for a split second think that you can contribute in a more efficient way to advancing your country/communities by leaving it permanently. #YouSendMoneyBackHome? Many theories of the useful science 'Economics' have proven that money that is not earned is spent, not invested. Your family does not earn the money you send. Do the Math. All of it.

The reward for every community work done, activism, advocacy and entrepreneurship should be the pride of having fulfilled your responsibilities as a citizen, contributing to making things better in your own little way. The bonus is the opportunity to do more with the help of a scholarship, a funding opportunity, a fellowship and learning from a different society and culture to upgrade your own. #GoodnessGracious It is clear you are still to reverse that process. Getting on a plane to Paris, New York or Dubai is not an accomplishment, I am sorry, it should not be a primary goal. It is an experience. #Reverse it quickly. You are not fulfilling your responsibilities for an air ticket. It is miserable, I am sorry to say... #WakeUp really fast.

Still in awe at what little esteem we have of ourselves, to exile, to rush at green cards and other opportunities to pick up nationalities, we give an impression of ourselves to the rest of the world... and are surprised at the image painted back at us. It is near impossible to gain anyone's respect if you continuously loose yourself in them, mimick them and consider yourself inferior to them. You have to consider yourself equal to them, learn from them, edify them on your own opinions, work hard like them, and then even harder to rightfully gain that respect. #Mutual. Highly ranked officials of a country with dual citizenship is evidence of the #InferiorityComplex.

Always sore at edited topics of greener pastures, there is no greener pasture than the one you are responsible for. As you sit in someone else's own, always note when your stay is overdue. It is so impolite to impose yourself in someone's home. History has proven that. And you will always be you and never anyone else, no matter how hard you try.
Make you Rock.

24 comments:

  1. First pen a letter to the government and tell them to stop poisoning our youths with alcohol

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  2. She should have sent an open letter to the government asking them why they are over taxing the private sector, why small and medium sized enterprises are not encouraged in the country. Why is the president pushing everyone towards agriculture and not other sectors of the economy. Why are all public sector posts held by unqualified persons in most cases, just because they know someone high up. Why must we pay to work in the public sector. People avoid working for the public sector in most countries because private sector employees make more money, but our government has shut down our private sector with taxes. What do you expect these people flying to Paris, Dubai and New York do. Some of them travel on scholarships our country does not provide. Why do you think our president's family studies abroad? It is because they have stuffed the educational sector with unqualified teachers. Half of our government is comprised of unqualified staffs who bought their way to the top. Do not judge people for their choices. You have a right to an opinion, but do not judge people on their decisions.

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  3. Encouraging small medium size businesses is the key to prosperity of any country because it is where employment opportunities comes from. Most African countries are being governed by coup regimes who know nothing social entrepreneurship and high corruption rate and no freedom of speech.In conclusion our governments are the ones responsible not the Youth she should direct her criticism to them.Pointing to the innocent patriotic Youth is not right.

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  4. Wow. This is so inspirational. #LovingHeartsProject# every Cameroonian could just reason like this we would be far better. Entrepreneurship and Social Entrepreneurship are the two catalyst to step out and make us better. The world does not need peace but the World need Love to be peaceful and the earlier the society sees this the better for us. #LovingHeartsProject#

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  5. All of you praising tte author of the above letter are far from knowing todays Africa/ Cameroon in particular, a country where the yyouth voices are never heard , corruption and abuse of human rights to name a few . My advice to any youth is to move if you see your future there rather than wasting time thinking better days are coming!

    The author of the above post must have it really good but dont get me wrong, She makes sens but she failed to understand the problems faced by our youths for decades now !

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  6. Fuck de writer y don u direct the letter to those in power, the government by the way wats your own contribution to help de country. Na so black dem dey are u in your own country enemy of progress

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  7. Nonesence. The writer is just trying to prove her stupidity to the world. Who told you that if you decide to live wheresoever in the world it is problem. Don't ever think that because you attach CEO to your name it means you know all. Your first letter was suppose to go to Yaounde. Have you really done your homework to know why pple leave? This type of letter is nerve racking. I would have been complementing you for being a CEO. I now see that you are not worthy of my complement because you know nothing. Do your homework well

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  8. Sincerely speaking this open letter is misdirected. No one likes living out of his or her country for too long but the sysem in place is intended to keep them out for ever. Those who have left the country see things differently and respond to them as such. That is the very reason why a government that is determined to maintain the status quo will rather have them stay out. the reason CODE and the rest makes Biya's stay in in Europe hellish is because they are given the freedom to express themselves can that happen in Cameroon? Check the lawyers strike currently going on madam author for your answer.

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  9. Rubbish!!!! she is talking about building their own country rather than chasing "greener pastures" in the western world. Do they build a country empty handed? Or does the writer think all youths that travel abroad love to stay away from family and loved ones? The writer has just manifested their immaturity in handling their office. Understand a situation from both ends before concluding and writing an article.

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  10. If you ask many youths who are calling the author names if they have ever tried creating a small business in Cameroon they will tell u no but that it is difficult. And when you ask them how they know it is difficult; they will respond: everybody knows.
    Cameroon isn't the way we including me like it but how do we build it from outside?

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  11. Dear Madam writer, am not sure u know what it feels like to have a Bachelor Degree in nursing and earn salary of 30.000frs Cfa to pay rents, feed your younger ones pay transport to work especially as a young and intelligent lady, After all the human and financial investment, no am not sure you have been there, wrote all the possible competitive and recruitment exams i could lay my hands on. no you hav'nt been there! may be born with a silver spoon is not for everyone.

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  12. Motherfucker,bitch,shithead rotten ass pussy

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  13. I had to say something but needed to at least know something on the mind behind the write up. According to fb, she studied at St Bede's high school and Master's in Public Health at Université Catholique d'Afrique Centrale (UCAC). my brothers and sisters stay calm. The mystery behind her write up is solved.

    If na lycée she for go then do master's for same UB then we for fit talk.

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  14. I had to say something but needed to at least know something on the mind behind the write up. According to fb, she studied at St Bede's high school and Master's in Public Health at Université Catholique d'Afrique Centrale (UCAC). my brothers and sisters stay calm. The mystery behind her write up is solved.

    If na lycée she for go then do master's for same UB then we for fit talk.

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    1. Smartly written, girl! I see lot's of people reacting emotionally without stating key points like you did! You are on top of the game, girl

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  15. She is writing yhis letter with her nasty ass out of Cameroon. Abi who you want set up?

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  16. From the comments I see here, it is clear that some people just want others to develop the country and then they come back to the country. If the government is not good, who should stand against them? Go and be a stranger in another man's land seeking a greener pasture. But just try to have a look at their history and see if their pastures just got green. The problems we face in Cameroon is small thing compared to what the French people, the Germans and the American faced before their own revolutions. But for us, we just prefer to complain and escape our realities. Go away, and later start begging for dual nationality.

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  17. Lets chill people. She just shared her opinion. No need for the hateful comments. If you don't share her opinion, disagree politely. All this insults don't help anyone.

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  18. We offen blame the government for everything. The capacity to change what we don't want is in our hands. But rather than to fight for what we want, we choose to run to what we want. If the others had done what we are doing today, you wouldn't have had what you are calling green pasture today. Remember that the situation of France was once worst that ours so that of the United statess; South-africa and others. But they didn't run away they faced the challeges and today their country has advanced in so many ways. So we should stop complaining and start acting.

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  19. Anyone has the right to live where he/she desires and feels happy. For the record, not just Africans travel. Check out the number of US Citizens who have emigrated to Canada.

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  20. Well my dear, u ve said your own. I may not totally agree with you but truth be told, it takes balls to stay in this country and not envy the people jetting off. After a while they eventually become better off while u stay here running from one volunteer position to another with no pay amd your mates who have parents at the top travel out to study and return for holidays, then at the end of the studies they come back to 6 figured salaries waiting for them.
    This country is not for some people.
    There's the country to think about yes, but there's also yourself to take care of, and you have to live your life.

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  21. I wrote all concours in cameroon and failed, when i travelled out, i was top of my class. There is just one thing i have to say, cameroonian youths are very intelligent, just look for a means and get a student visa and you will know your capabilites. If you are dreaming of change in cameroon, i pity you. And as for the writer, you havent gone through anything Thats why youre talking. Good luck to all hustling to leave cameroon, greener pastures awaits all of you.

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  22. The negativity expressed here is just a reflection of how screwed up Cameroonian youth are. It is sad, just plain depressing. God help us. No where in that letter was it stipulated that Cameroon is easy. But who go change am? Do we expect Americans/Europeans to come and change our country? Or do we expect the change to just happen magically?

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