Rise Africa is proud to present our newest team member: Michael Annor.
We asked him to answer a few questions; essentially who he is and what he is about. Check out what he had to say.
Who are you, where are you from, and what do you do?
I’m Michael Annor, a nineteen year old Ghanaian and I just completed the IB Diploma programme at SOS Hermann Gmeiner International College. Presently, I’m waiting to enter the university. I’ve just graduated from a very Pan-African school, I’ve had classmates from all across the continent and I often found myself in African-related discussions especially being an active member of the Pan-African club at the school. Aside my educational life, I’m a blogger. Find my blog at kobby.tumblr.com. There, I like to write about various African issues. I’m Christian, and truly African at heart.
What interested you in joining our organization?
I’m a strong advocate for Africans getting their voices out there (especially on the Internet) and Rise Africa encourages that. The organization aims at getting Africans both resident and in the diaspora to get involved and to respond to stimulating discussions. In effect, using their knowledge in the service of their continent. I have always wanted to help champion this cause and joining Rise Africa gives me a chance to do just that.
What role will you be playing in our team?
I’m joining the team as a film maker so I’ll be making short videos that present the African messages the organisation promotes to its audience. These will include feature videos that will capture the blog’s theme for the month and country profiles to increase our awareness of our beloved continent. I will also be producing desktop wallpapers that contain messages from the African continent to serve as a constant reminder of our duty to the continent; to be the generation that makes the difference.
What would you like our readers to know about you?
I enjoy Youtubeing (and making random verbs from nouns). I could spend hours watching the most random Youtube videos, and there’s always something interesting to discover. It’s strange because most times when I try to watch a movie, no matter how good, I fall asleep within the first 5 minutes, but I am able to stay on Youtube for as long as I wish. Similarly, I love TED talks. There’s always something new to learn; things you’ll probably not find in a book or in a classroom.
What does “Africa is Done Suffering” mean to you?
There’s a wave of activism on the continent amongst the younger generation. Not necessarily the violent kind we witnessed in places like Libya in the past year. I’m talking of the individuals who stand out, knowing and understanding that their efforts would give the continent a more positive outlook on the global stage. Those who don’t just sit back and watch for the magic wands of governments to provide jobs, fix the educational systems and combat HIV/AIDS; but rather, actively play a role in achieving these. It’s people like these; people like Ory Okolloh, William Kamkwamba and Fred Swaniker who make the phrase “Africa is Done Suffering” more meaningful. When I read it I see an about turn, away from the corruption, the over-dependence on aid and the devastating effect of AIDS. I see the continent on a road towards political and financial independence and remarkable governance. The phrase forms the acronym aids, which to me, proves that the help we need is present. We are the aids, and with our efforts, Africa will truly be done suffering.