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,
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.