“I’ve been involved in community service for almost all my life,” Beroro Efekoro said. “I got elected as my senior class president just one year after I arrived in the U.S. I got involved in the Democratic process even before I became a citizen. I was making calls to Congress and calls to people to support the Affordable Care Act, to go out and vote for President (Barack) Obama.”
Burna Boy: “The only way Africa can become the powerhouse that it should be is to get rid of all the African leaders that are here right now, because they have done us no good. The only way that can happen is if you all come back and do what you have to do.” I ask the first, perhaps naive, question that pops into my head: the African diaspora is so vast, how would everyone fit? “Where you are now, you think there’s room for you?” Literally and figuratively, maybe he has a point. “Your ancestors are calling you right now. This is the time.”
Turning and turning in the widening gyre. The Falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere, The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction, while the worst, Are full of passionate intensity, Surely some revelation is at hand… – W.B. Yeats, The Second Coming (1919).