MENTORS INSPIRE ZIMBABWEAN MOREHOUSE STUDENTS TO START GLOBAL MENTORING ORGANIZATION

 04 APR 2014   POSTED BY ADD SEYMOUR JR.

 

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Photo: Taku Masirori and Prince Abudu

 

 

By ADD SEYMOUR JR. – Taku Machirori had just failed his high school in Zimbabwe.  Two Ds and an E (the grading scale in Zimbabwe includes an E as a failing grade, as well as an F).

 

“That’s when I realized I really needed someone who can guide me and advise me on what I could do with that situation, the Morehouse senior said.  “I didn’t know what to do.”

 

His mother’s friend in Oakland offered to take him in for two years while he attended a community college and serve as his mentor.  He graduated as class valedictorian and then earned a scholarship to attend Morehouse.

 

“I was like, ‘Wow!  I went from two Ds and an E to a scholarship at Morehouse, all because I was able to talk to someone who told me there are still options and opportunities,’” he said.

 

Machirori turned that thought turned into a full-fledged mentorship program, Emergination Africa. As the organization’s founder, he pulled in other students, including Prince Abudu, a sophomore computer science who is also from Zimbabwe.

 

Abudu, who is the operations manager, is one of 10 inaugural Ambassador Andrew Young International Scholars, a group of students from Zimbabwe and Burundi who lost one or both parents, but were among the top students in their nations.

 

Emergination Africa’s goal is to find American mentors, at colleges around the country, who will work with Zimbabwean high school students to guide them through developing career goals and getting into college.  Following a successful pilot program last year, 40 new Emergination Fellows join the program in June and will use social media and web-based applications such as Skype to talk frequently with mentors who share the same career and academic interests.

 

“We have basically come up with a curriculum to mentor the students,” said Abundu.

 

In March, Abudu and Machirori were invited to Arizona to participate in the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), which brings college students together to share their social ventures, such as teaching or mentoring.

 

Emergination Africa was such a hit that it was one of 11 teams out of 300 chosen by CGI’s Resolution Project Social Venture for funding.  The program received $4,000 and will be assigned social entrepreneur mentors, potential partners and help from the Resolution Project.

 

“This opportunity was definitely an eye-opening experience for us into the world of non-profits and social entrepreneurship, as well as to how to pitch an idea,” Machiori said.

 

That will help the group to build on what they’ve started in Zimbabwe to include students across the African continent, he said.   Abudu and Machirori both see it as reaching back to help others.

 

“Now that I am empowered, I can empower somebody,” Abudu said.  “It just makes me feel like I’m accomplishing something and I’m part of a greater movement that’s much bigger than me.”

 

Machirori agreed.

 

“It feels really good,” he said.  “Just seeing the students we worked with during the pilot who are now applying to universities, with some of them volunteering now to become coordinators, I just feel like I’m doing something by using the skills and talents that I’ve learned to make a positive impact.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"I'm just trying to make a way out of no way, for my people" -Modejeska Monteith Simpkins

 

AFRICAN AMERICA IS AT WAR

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON AFRICAN AMERICA

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON AFRICAN AMERICANS

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON BLACK PEOPLE IN AMERICA

AMERICA'S RACISTS HAVE INFILTRATED AMERICAN POLICE FORCES TO WAGE A RACE WAR AGAINST BLACK PEOPLE IN AMERICA

THE BLACK RACE IS AT WAR

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Sunnibian, anyone, what future do you see Africa or certain African nations in the next 20 years? I ask this because Africa have so many resources and intelligent people yet they are still being systematically exploited by Europeans. 

The birthplace of Coffee and Chocolate are just 2 obvious products they get little in return but billions are being made by transnational corporations such as Sara Lee, Nestle, Star Bucks, Kraft (the Patriots owner), Proctor and Gamble, 

 

For example in Ethiopia they are getting 8 cents a kilo for coffee yet a cup a coffee is sold for 2 to 4 bucks a cup and you get 80 cups of coffee from one kilo of beans. New York and London set the prices of all commodities. 

 

Perhaps efforts like the mentoring program some these young people will find a way to break from the exploitation the whole continent receives from Europeans as all other so called 3rd world countries. 

Originally Posted by Momentum:

Sunnibian, anyone, what future do you see Africa or certain African nations in the next 20 years? I ask this because Africa have so many resources and intelligent people yet they are still being systematically exploited by Europeans. 

The birthplace of Coffee and Chocolate are just 2 obvious products they get little in return but billions are being made by transnational corporations such as Sara Lee, Nestle, Star Bucks, Kraft (the Patriots owner), Proctor and Gamble, 

 

For example in Ethiopia they are getting 8 cents a kilo for coffee yet a cup a coffee is sold for 2 to 4 bucks a cup and you get 80 cups of coffee from one kilo of beans. New York and London set the prices of all commodities. 

 

Perhaps efforts like the mentoring program some these young people will find a way to break from the exploitation the whole continent receives from Europeans as all other so called 3rd world countries. 

http://www.theguardian.com/wor...na-investment-summit

 

I listened to President Obama’s remarks to African leaders. He said, “We don’t look to Africa simply for its natural resources. We recognize Africa for its greatest resource which is its people and its talents and its potential,” he told the largest gathering of African leaders ever held in Washington. “We don’t simply want to extract minerals from the ground for our growth. We want to build partnerships that create jobs and opportunity for all our peoples, that unleash the next era of African growth,….” Big maybe.  But at least there;s focus  on Africa although POTUs did not invite leaders on the bad list.  This will take years to evaluate.

 

What’s missing, what’s always been missing is action talk about technology transfer which would put foundational know-how in the hands of neo-colonized Africa.  Autonomy is not in the interests of the big eaters, EU, China, and USA. It’s also true that all nations naturally put their own interests first. That’s a given.

 

Charlie Rose interviewed five African Presidents on the meeting. Maybe they do not think long term, only $hort term.. I don’t know. It will be on YouTube soon.

Originally Posted by Momentum:

Sunnibian, anyone, what future do you see Africa or certain African nations in the next 20 years? I ask this because Africa have so many resources and intelligent people yet they are still being systematically exploited by Europeans. 

The birthplace of Coffee and Chocolate are just 2 obvious products they get little in return but billions are being made by transnational corporations such as Sara Lee, Nestle, Star Bucks, Kraft (the Patriots owner), Proctor and Gamble, 

 

For example in Ethiopia they are getting 8 cents a kilo for coffee yet a cup a coffee is sold for 2 to 4 bucks a cup and you get 80 cups of coffee from one kilo of beans. New York and London set the prices of all commodities. 

 

Perhaps efforts like the mentoring program some these young people will find a way to break from the exploitation the whole continent receives from Europeans as all other so called 3rd world countries. 

 

That's all going to be up to the African people, and their desire and willingness to unite as ONE people and ONE RACE, FIRST, over nationality, tribe, religion, and cultural differences.  As long as Africans do not see themselves as one race of people first, they stand divided against themselves and their own interest.  

 

As long as the Black race, whether in Africa or anywhere throughout the Black diaspora stands divided, those divisions can be and will continue to be easily exploited by those who see Africa and the Black race nothing but something to be used and exploited for their own use, and discarded like trash once they no longer have any use for it.  

 

The economic exploitation of Africa and African resources are a direct result of a mindset that has been compartmentalized by foreign and Western influence and powers into manageable divisions, really going back centuries. It is no coincidence that Africa has been in so much turmoil, poverty, and lack of development until recently.  

 

Africa is still emerging from centuries of physical colonization, however, the African mind is still colonized, and the colonized mind only desires to be like or please or appease Europeans/the West.  Allowing this desire to trump what is best for Africa as a whole makes a sacrificial lamb of Africa's natural resources and the socio-economic development of it's people.  That, and the overwhelming willingness of Africans themselves to sellout their people, country, continent, race, to personally enrich themselves and their own families.  

 

We saw this phenomenon in South Africa when the ANC/African leaders sold-out the future, socio-economic development and legacy of African people by not nationalizing South Africa's natural resources in order to finance the socio-economic development, progress and future of Africans, in exchange for the appearance of "equality", "justice" and "tolerance" by Whites/Europeans/the West.      

 

Basically, the same thing is happening all over Africa, where Africans themselves are selling out their country's natural resources for pennies on the dollar in exchange for their own personal enrichment and/or the personal enrichment of a chosen few, over long-range economic security and stability of All the people, and the entire country as whole.

 

As it stands now, Africa, with the help of Africans willing to sell out and exploit their own nation and their own people, Africa's economic development, strength and future is being tied to the whims, desires and mercy of Europeans/the West, just as it was during colonization.  

 

Where Africa will be 20 years from now depends far too heavily on the desires and whims of the West [and now, the East] and the political climate at the time.  

 

With no socio-economic back-up/Plan B in place for Africa to survive and thrive absent dependence on Western [and Eastern] powers, economies and favorable influence and propaganda, and the fact that lack of unity keeps Africa/Africans vulnerable to Western interference and instigation, where Africa will be 20 years from now is still a crap shoot.         

Originally Posted by DennisKalita:
Originally Posted by Momentum:

Sunnibian, anyone, what future do you see Africa or certain African nations in the next 20 years? I ask this because Africa have so many resources and intelligent people yet they are still being systematically exploited by Europeans. 

The birthplace of Coffee and Chocolate are just 2 obvious products they get little in return but billions are being made by transnational corporations such as Sara Lee, Nestle, Star Bucks, Kraft (the Patriots owner), Proctor and Gamble, 

 

For example in Ethiopia they are getting 8 cents a kilo for coffee yet a cup a coffee is sold for 2 to 4 bucks a cup and you get 80 cups of coffee from one kilo of beans. New York and London set the prices of all commodities. 

 

Perhaps efforts like the mentoring program some these young people will find a way to break from the exploitation the whole continent receives from Europeans as all other so called 3rd world countries. 

http://www.theguardian.com/wor...na-investment-summit

 

I listened to President Obama’s remarks to African leaders. He said, “We don’t look to Africa simply for its natural resources. We recognize Africa for its greatest resource which is its people and its talents and its potential,” he told the largest gathering of African leaders ever held in Washington. “We don’t simply want to extract minerals from the ground for our growth. We want to build partnerships that create jobs and opportunity for all our peoples, that unleash the next era of African growth,….” Big maybe.  But at least there;s focus  on Africa although POTUs did not invite leaders on the bad list.  This will take years to evaluate.

 

What’s missing, what’s always been missing is action talk about technology transfer which would put foundational know-how in the hands of neo-colonized Africa.  Autonomy is not in the interests of the big eaters, EU, China, and USA. It’s also true that all nations naturally put their own interests first. That’s a given.

 

Charlie Rose interviewed five African Presidents on the meeting. Maybe they do not think long term, only $hort term.. I don’t know. It will be on YouTube soon.

 

As it stands now, Africa is merely being re-colonized by the West, and now also by the East where China is concerned, because if you really look at it, the exact same thing that was happening under colonization is still happening now, and that is Europeans/the West are merely using Africa's natural resources and it's people to further enrich themselves.  

 

What's the difference, the lack of chains, apartheid, European military?

 

Centuries of conditioning replaces physical chains and barriers with psychological ones, like false a sense of equality and acceptance and the mistaken belief that there is no longer any need for unification.  

 

There is a saying, "like a bull with a ring in it's nose".  The pain the bull experienced from having it's nose pierced with the ring makes to bull submit to the direction of the one pulling on the rope attached to the ring in it's nose out of fear of feeling that pain again.  After a time, bull's nose physically heals, and the bull will no longer feel pain when the ring in it's nosed is pulled on, however, the bull is so psychologically scared from the experience that it can still be literally lead around by person tugging on the rope tied to the ring in it's nose.  

 

Africa Is A Bull With A Ring In It's Nose.

Originally Posted by sunnubian:
Originally Posted by DennisKalita:
Originally Posted by Momentum:

Sunnibian, anyone, what future do you see Africa or certain African nations in the next 20 years? I ask this because Africa have so many resources and intelligent people yet they are still being systematically exploited by Europeans. 

The birthplace of Coffee and Chocolate are just 2 obvious products they get little in return but billions are being made by transnational corporations such as Sara Lee, Nestle, Star Bucks, Kraft (the Patriots owner), Proctor and Gamble, 

 

For example in Ethiopia they are getting 8 cents a kilo for coffee yet a cup a coffee is sold for 2 to 4 bucks a cup and you get 80 cups of coffee from one kilo of beans. New York and London set the prices of all commodities. 

 

Perhaps efforts like the mentoring program some these young people will find a way to break from the exploitation the whole continent receives from Europeans as all other so called 3rd world countries. 

http://www.theguardian.com/wor...na-investment-summit

 

I listened to President Obama’s remarks to African leaders. He said, “We don’t look to Africa simply for its natural resources. We recognize Africa for its greatest resource which is its people and its talents and its potential,” he told the largest gathering of African leaders ever held in Washington. “We don’t simply want to extract minerals from the ground for our growth. We want to build partnerships that create jobs and opportunity for all our peoples, that unleash the next era of African growth,….” Big maybe.  But at least there;s focus  on Africa although POTUs did not invite leaders on the bad list.  This will take years to evaluate.

 

What’s missing, what’s always been missing is action talk about technology transfer which would put foundational know-how in the hands of neo-colonized Africa.  Autonomy is not in the interests of the big eaters, EU, China, and USA. It’s also true that all nations naturally put their own interests first. That’s a given.

 

Charlie Rose interviewed five African Presidents on the meeting. Maybe they do not think long term, only $hort term.. I don’t know. It will be on YouTube soon.

 

As it stands now, Africa is merely being re-colonized by the West, and now also by the East where China is concerned, because if you really look at it, the exact same thing that was happening under colonization is still happening now, and that is Europeans/the West are merely using Africa's natural resources and it's people to further enrich themselves.  

 

What's the difference, the lack of chains, apartheid, European military?

 

Centuries of conditioning replaces physical chains and barriers with psychological ones, like false a sense of equality and acceptance and the mistaken belief that there is no longer any need for unification.  

 

There is a saying, "like a bull with a ring in it's nose".  The pain the bull experienced from having it's nose pierced with the ring makes to bull submit to the direction of the one pulling on the rope attached to the ring in it's nose out of fear of feeling that pain again.  After a time, bull's nose physically heals, and the bull will no longer feel pain when the ring in it's nosed is pulled on, however, the bull is so psychologically scared from the experience that it can still be literally lead around by person tugging on the rope tied to the ring in it's nose.  

 

Africa Is A Bull With A Ring In It's Nose.

You make some excellent points, That Bull illustration was on point, I'm going to use that. Africans adore white people I hate to say. I'm sure it is plenty who don't but the ones I run into here in the states love white folks and back stab African Americans when they are in the company of white people. But once you get to know them on a personal level there are some nice people. A lady who stayed around the corner from us was someone we could trust with our kids and she was very attractive I have to say, Fioauyne! My wife would catch me checking her out on the sly. Her husband went back to Nigeria but never came back and she tried to maintain her home babysitting I guess it was not enough and she manage to sell the house. But she would give us an inside look what Africans think and say most of us do not hear. She only had church friends but some matters she only trusted us to help because her church friends gossip too much. 

 

I'm hoping Africans will wake up and seize their destiny. So many of the problems can be easily solved it seems. I never been on the continent and its on my bucket list but I would like to have a deeper understanding of the continent I know investments are opening all over the continent but I bet these investments are made good via exploitation in various ways with Africans getting little in return. 

Originally Posted by DennisKalita:
Originally Posted by Momentum:

Sunnibian, anyone, what future do you see Africa or certain African nations in the next 20 years? I ask this because Africa have so many resources and intelligent people yet they are still being systematically exploited by Europeans. 

The birthplace of Coffee and Chocolate are just 2 obvious products they get little in return but billions are being made by transnational corporations such as Sara Lee, Nestle, Star Bucks, Kraft (the Patriots owner), Proctor and Gamble, 

 

For example in Ethiopia they are getting 8 cents a kilo for coffee yet a cup a coffee is sold for 2 to 4 bucks a cup and you get 80 cups of coffee from one kilo of beans. New York and London set the prices of all commodities. 

 

Perhaps efforts like the mentoring program some these young people will find a way to break from the exploitation the whole continent receives from Europeans as all other so called 3rd world countries. 

http://www.theguardian.com/wor...na-investment-summit

 

I listened to President Obama’s remarks to African leaders. He said, “We don’t look to Africa simply for its natural resources. We recognize Africa for its greatest resource which is its people and its talents and its potential,” he told the largest gathering of African leaders ever held in Washington. “We don’t simply want to extract minerals from the ground for our growth. We want to build partnerships that create jobs and opportunity for all our peoples, that unleash the next era of African growth,….” Big maybe.  But at least there;s focus  on Africa although POTUs did not invite leaders on the bad list.  This will take years to evaluate.

 

What’s missing, what’s always been missing is action talk about technology transfer which would put foundational know-how in the hands of neo-colonized Africa.  Autonomy is not in the interests of the big eaters, EU, China, and USA. It’s also true that all nations naturally put their own interests first. That’s a given.

 

Charlie Rose interviewed five African Presidents on the meeting. Maybe they do not think long term, only $hort term.. I don’t know. It will be on YouTube soon.

Well I saw a documentary about the Chinese presence and trade in Africa and most of the Africans they interviewed did not have good things to say about the Chinese because they don't hire the locals or train them to do some of the more involved jobs just clean up and gofer stuff. The Chinese bring workers from China to do all the work. Also they pay very poorly to African workers but there is one thing the Chinese men are doing, marrying African women and making babies with them little rice appendages. 

 

So perhaps if the US competed more for trade in Africa perhaps they may get a better deal. I wish I had a better feel but I don't. President Obama can talk all he wants but Congress will stop anything he tries to do unless it involves spying and blowing things up. 

Originally Posted by Momentum:
 

You make some excellent points, That Bull illustration was on point, I'm going to use that. Africans adore white people I hate to say. I'm sure it is plenty who don't but the ones I run into here in the states love white folks and back stab African Americans when they are in the company of white people. But once you get to know them on a personal level there are some nice people. A lady who stayed around the corner from us was someone we could trust with our kids and she was very attractive I have to say, Fioauyne! My wife would catch me checking her out on the sly. Her husband went back to Nigeria but never came back and she tried to maintain her home babysitting I guess it was not enough and she manage to sell the house. But she would give us an inside look what Africans think and say most of us do not hear. She only had church friends but some matters she only trusted us to help because her church friends gossip too much. 

 

I'm hoping Africans will wake up and seize their destiny. So many of the problems can be easily solved it seems. I never been on the continent and its on my bucket list but I would like to have a deeper understanding of the continent I know investments are opening all over the continent but I bet these investments are made good via exploitation in various ways with Africans getting little in return. 

 

Oh, don't think we don't know how Africans idolize White people, because we do.  And, don't think we don't know that many of them seem to come here with some sense of competition with African Americans, which most African Americans have no idea what that's all about.

 

Yeah, I was so disappointed many years ago to realized how much Africans worshiped White people, and want so desperately for White people to see them as "better" than African Americans.  But, on the flip-side, many Africans used to come to this country and encounter the most ignorant African Americans, that had their own plantation induced preconceived notions about Africans.  

 

But, now you see why I say that the future Africa and the entire Black race, for that matter, is a damn crap-shoot, because Black people stand divided against themselves no matter where they are on this planet, instead of standing unified against their collective oppression and exploitation.  

 

In America, we have Black people in gangs, destroying African America and killing each other and hating on and undermining each other, and so it is with Black people in Africa and throughout the entire Black diaspora.  Add that to the number of Africans in Africa and everywhere else in the world that practice idol-worship to White people and/or any other non-Black race of people, and add to that the number of Black people throughout the Black diaspora that ignorant of or ashamed of or even go as far as to deny any African heritage, and you have a race of people that have been/are divided into so many splinters that the entire race is easy picking for anyone looking to oppress, exploit, brutalize, socially condition and brainwash.  

 

As I said, the future of the entire Black race is no more than a crap-shoot at this point in history, and the odds are not in our favor.  

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