The future is always an interesting space to talk about. The uncertainty of what’s ahead can either leave us full of promise or sometimes rather discouraged. Think about how much has changed about Africa in the last 30 or 40 years. At some point long ago there was colonization, which changed the face of everything. And then came globalization, which is leaving us in a different world from what we’re familiar with. Aren’t you curious to know what the next something-isation will be? Or at least curious to know what the Africa of the future will look like?

We have such an expansive history and sometimes it becomes the focal point of our thoughts. So much that we tend to dwell too much on the past- on our mistakes or accomplishments. But the past is like the rearview mirror of a car. Very useful but if you spend too much time concentrating on what’s behind you’re bound to crash.

This month we explore the unknown through the theme “The Africa of the Future.” We’re familiar with the present but who knows what tomorrow’s got up it’s sleeves. We can’t know for sure, but our actions will determine what kind of world we live in in the next decade and beyond. We’ll dedicate the month of October to conversations on culture, policy, art, tech and everything we care about in Africa. And at the end we’ll know we’ve taken a step towards a responsible future.

Our goal is to build a community of Africans who have the confidence to speak their voice and the awareness to engage in productive conversation with one another about the shared and unique lives we live as Africans and members of the African diaspora. The Millennium Development Goals are due in 2 years, the internet and social media are constantly redefining how governments operate and we have to deal with senseless terrorist activities. How we respond to these will define the Africa of the future.

As always, we value your participation. Share your thoughts with the Rise Africa community. If you or someone you know would be interested in participating in this theme, we encourage you to contribute. Just e-mail us at for more information. Click to access all articles under our October 2013 theme.

We’re in a quickly changing space, and the future will be here before you know it. In the words of John Legend, if you’ve read this message, wherever you stand, we’re the generation and we can’t afford to wait. The future started yesterday and we’re already late.

  • obi

    this looks like it’s going to be a good month. i’m excited!