Words by Moh’d Bauss
So today I attended the #YouthAndLeadership forum hosted by #fatumasvoice and its been and interesting subject although the number of the people attending weren’t as many as the previous forums. There seems to be a lack of interest in some topics which are as important as any other issue we face in this country.
If we really want to see change we should change the way people think of youth in general. We should start by changing the way we think and starting being responsible for our actions as youth. Don’t blame it on unemployment, poor education, money or drugs. As they say “THROUGH CREATIVITY AND PAIN COMES THE HUNGER FOR CHANGE”. if you are sick of the way things are going it’s not enough to just sit at home and complain about it. Come together with your family, friends, community and speak about finding a solution. The way I see it, a leader isn’t about having a lot of wealth or having a big position in the government. A leader is a person who is willing to bring people together whether they are from different race, tribe or religious backgrounds and finding a solution for the problems they are facing.
So does social media play a part in It?
For sure social media can be playing a big part in youth and leadership. It’s just that we as the youth haven’t woken up and realized what is important for us as a community and the future generations to come. Millions of people spend there time on social media. In fact in 2014 they did a survey which says in just ONE minute Facebook users share nearly 2.5 million pieces of content. Twitter users tweet nearly 300,000 times. Instagram users post nearly 220,000 new photos. So it’s an amazing platform to spread your concern, visions and solutions.
At the end of the day I believe that it doesn’t matter whether you are rich, poor, young, old, man or woman. We all are the same and we all have the ability and drive to lead and change the way things are. It just takes courage and patience. Just because you didn’t succeed the first time, never give up and believe in the work you are trying to achieve.
“A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent.”
Here are some of the images. For the full album see: Youth and Leadership #FatumasVoiceMombasa