You may be one of the many writers who periodically feel your work is a waste of time, or you are probably a reader who feels another writer’s work is same. Maybe you have programmed yourself to automatically overlook a post that bears more than a 120 words or you hate reading so much that Facebook becomes Instagram for you. This goes to you.
I was once like that, but thinking changes with time. First of all, your overall aim in the writing field shouldn’t be for support, if that was the aim, I would’ve stopped writing before my birth. Real writers write to inform. The fact is, people from my side don’t read hence many realities hidden to them. “In Sub-Saharan Africa, More than 1 in 3 adults cannot read.  182 million adults are unable to read and write.  48 million youths (ages 15-24) are illiterate.  22% of primary aged children are not in school.  That makes 30 million primary aged children who are not in school.  Of the 11 countries with the lowest recorded adult literacy rates, ten are in Africa” according to the African Library Project. This information goes beyond the point of understanding Africa’s problem with literacy. To also speak against the naming and shaming through the blaming line is rather unfortunate. It is better for me to create an awareness than sit and smile in mediocrity to issues even if there is nothing I can do with reference to means/money to help solve a problem. Hehehe.
Awareness helps. Let’s try this.
Imagine a world without global media. What would have happened if ebola struck Africa around the pre-colonial era? It’s basically scary for me to imagine that in truth because, not only will there not be a global media to inform and re-inform the natives about the disease, its protective and preventive measures and etc, but humanity based on ignorance will more probably attribute ebola to the divine, that which cannot help solve the problem in the first place. Families with ebola infected members would more probably be attributed to the same discrimination those with leprosy, epilepsy faced (no one will marry from families who once had a history of any of those diseases) just because of an inadequate and unreal understanding.
I’ll rather speak on issues than shut up and do nothing. Even if a post on an unsponsored non-celeb page is 0.1% of the work of national/global media, it matters. Through this you get to meet the person who will not log on to Citi Fm Online or BBC and it helps. The ultimate goal is to Walk the Talk, but when you don’t have the means to do so, your silence may not be golden. You may not know the worldviews you may have shaken with your posts. You may not know the level at which certain activities against the civil society thrive just because of the absence of awareness. Write something on your Wall, forget about the likes or shares. To do so is to satisfy the reason behind social media’s creation.
“When I made Facebook two years ago my goal was to help people understand what was going on in their world a little better. I wanted to create an environment where people could share whatever information they wanted, but also have control over whom they shared that information with. I think a lot of the success we’ve seen is because of these basic principles.” – Mark Zuckerberg (An Open Letter from Mark Zuckerberg September 8, 2006)
All that matters is for 2 or 3 to read. All that matters is for a message to be seen and that’s why I write incessantly. So, to those who find certain infos to be extricated from their needs and wants, there are privacy and unfollowing tools to seive out info. We cannot kill the promulgation of information, whether false or fact but we can seive information out to meet our personal needs and wants. An awareness of the other side far from our immediate environments are needed to make a global life possible. Read and read.
Achaab Daniel Abalansa