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Monday, 9 December 2013
"UGLY" DUCKLING - LE CANETON "LAID"
Some time ago I was watching a Tom and Jerry cartoon episode where Jerry was trying to make an “ugly” duckling believe she was beautiful. He tried everything he could, make-up and stuff but each time the duckling saw herself in the mirror she kept saying “it’s no use, it’s no use” At first view it was quite funny but, as I ponder on that story from time to time, it just illustrates perfectly how the human mind works. Once a mind is made up, it takes a lot of education and persuasion to change its perspective. This is typical of how a lot of Africans see themselves wherever they are situated in the planet “it’s no use, it’s no use” We believe we are from the dark and cursed continent and there is nothing good that can come out of the continent or out of us. With this kind of mindset even when an opportunity to break new grounds presents itself, “it’s no use, it’s no use” Consequently, when anyone tries to make us reason along those lines; “it’s no use , it’s no use” I wish we could just bring ourselves to a point where we are not comparing ourselves with what others have achieved and make up our minds to excel in whatever we are doing, the story will be different. Unfortunately, a huge percentage of us have lost hope and settled for third or fourth best but, there are still a few who believe they can make a difference and they are giving it a go. History has proven that success is not the exclusive preserve of any group of people but the right of those who work to earn it.