By Morkporkpor Anku – ACCRA(Ghana) – Professor Kofi Asare Opoku, Vice President for Institutional Advancement at African University College of Communications (AUCC) has challenged the African youth to inquire more into information that would help them know the truth about the Africa continent.
Prof. Asare Opoku also encouraged them to get closer to the elders in order to maintain and continue the legacy of their ancestors. He asked the participants two nagging questions by saying “African youth, an elephant cannot give birth to a dwarf” and “African youth, you can only be taller if you stand on the shoulders of those that stood there”. Prof Asare Opoku was speaking at the 42nd Generation African youth conference on the theme “Discovering the African” held in Accra, Ghana on Saturday.
The conference brought together participants from African countries including Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Liberia, Congo and the Diaspora. Professor. Absalom Mutere, Dean of Journalism and Communication Studies Department of AUCC, charged the participants to prepare for a 2011 that would contain decisions made based on the truth they now know about Africa, and not based on the lies of the Western world.“The African youth must find a way to convert the efforts of their ancestors into energy that would be of assistance in building a society that reflects the dynamism of the African situation and the aspirations of the African people”, he re-iterated.
Mrs. Christle Jackson, Director of Publishing Units of AUCC also encouraged the participants to search for and project the African perspective to the world, especially in the area of marriage and fashion.“The world needs to know about Africa, and only the African can tell the world the truth about Africa”, She said.
The conference brought together people and groups from the academic environment who were passionate about Africa and the role the African youth should play in setting it on the right page. These included African University College of Communications, Methodist University College, Institute of Professional Studies, Ashesi University and the University of Legon.