Rwandan youth need to beat distractions


RE: “Who will inherit the clarity of purpose?” (The New Times, January 8). A nice and quite clear development!

And as a complement, in my opinion, ‘preservation of the dignity of a people’ is implemented far beyond ‘through a mere idea’.

Yes, there is now clearly established a “clarity of purpose, around who we are as a Rwandan people”. There is, however, need to devise concrete effective means to maintain unclouded such achieved clarity: substantiation of this throughout daily factual comportment.

I think, admittedly though the lens of my professional bias, the hope for us Rwandans to ever ‘find clarity around who we are as a people’, will arise first from what we eat, what we close ourselves with, what we use as shelter, what we use as means of transport, means of tilling the land, means of carrying our babies on our back, means of talking to each other, talking and relating to foreigners, etc. etc. Everything inside and around us must reflect ‘who we are as a distinct people’!

Thus, how to establish, live, and reflect out the Rwandan distinctiveness, that, to me, is the core task bequeathed to the young generation., Provided, however, our youth learn first how to detect and fend off constant and ubiquitous systematic distraction from those who seek to enslave us, and exploit us forever.

For instance, one urgent move among many, as admonished a few days ago by Peter Ndahiro, our youth should ‘quit social media before they can’t’. There is an urgent need to learn to be obsessively critical of anything presented to us from abroad. Little of it may suit ‘our purpose’, now that it has been clarified enough.

Francois-X. Nziyonsenga.