By Abraham John Onoja
The world currently holds the largest generation of youth in history. Young people represent hope for the future. However, they are more than just that.
August 12 marks the annual celebration of International Youth Day. It is an international day of awareness, recognizing youth across the globe and empowering the world’s youth to make positive contributions to their communities and nations.
Today, as I write this in celebration of International Youth Day, I reflect on the youth that have done the same thing. Today as I write this, I am proud to say that I am among a group of young people whose desire and passion for change is undying. Young people who saw a mountain and didn’t see failure but saw possibility and opportunity. Young people who saw the efforts of those that came before them, and instead of letting them diminish, we’ve made it our responsibility to carry their legacy, and with that, we have made our own.
We have made our place in this world clear. When the world is stuck in the dark, our empathy and longing to better ourselves and those around us has shaken the tables and turned them to face the light. My generation has broken the status quo that all this time has been defined by greed and inequality and has shaped it to be one filled with generosity and equality.
We are taking up space, and let me tell you, this is just the beginning. The youth are leading, and we are just getting started.
Happy International Youth Day. I hope you too are as proud of us as I am! We’ve done so much for ourselves and the world, and never before has the world seen a group of people that are so selfless and courageous. We’ve led protests, we’re innovators, artists, writers, activists, policy makers. What can’t we do? I am inspired everyday by my fellow youth. Here’s to the generation that knows what they deserve. A generation that takes what they deserve, and finally, a generation whose dreams don’t just stop as dreams, but whose dreams become the very reason they get up in the morning. Because we dream too big to let them go unaccomplished
In the words of Richard Branson, ‘’ Young people want to see change. They want a better world.’’ A new paradigm is being sought after by young Nigerians who have decided to take the bull by the horn in the scheme of things in our beloved country and with the massive, vibrant, intelligent and resourceful youth population, is deserving of one.