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ON ACTIVISM: WE WERE BORN ACTIVISTS
Activism is fast becoming as popular as the word coca-cola, not because it is a new word but because people are drastically beginning to recognize their role and their power of their voice and believe in something higher than themselves.
According to Wikipedia, there are about five types of activism,
1.Judicial and citizen activism,
3. Internet activism
Merriam Webster says an activist as a noun is “one who advocates or practices activism : a person who uses or supports strong actions (such as public protests) in support of or opposition to one side of a controversial issue.
Activism has been around for years and we have heard and read of activists who fought and struggled for some of the benefits we are enjoying today, some of them are, Rosa Parks,Nelson Mandela, Steve Biko, Harriet Tubman, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. Chimamanda Ngozi-Adichie, Malala Yousafzai, Ken Saro-Wiwa, Isaac Adaka Boro, Itodo Samuel Anthony, etc.
All of these humans who names appear above and the so many others in the world, in your environment and in your circle were not born with a specific DNA called “the activism DNA”, (or maybe they were, I’d like to know) the truth is, they are humans just like you and me, but the difference alludes to the simple fact that they took bolder, louder and more daring steps to do something about the societal ills, the frustrations they felt and the it-could-be-better believe they had deep in their spirits.
I strongly believe we are all wired to frown, scowl and cringe at some anomalies and it is left to us to take conscious steps towards seeing what we can do to cause a change. While some people stumbled upon activism, some others had a deep knowing they would end up as one so they took calculated steps and corresponding actions.
Venturing into activism, what does it take to be an activist?
- Frustration towards an anomaly.
- Passion towards the cause.
- Believe that something can be done.
- Decision to be the one who will cause the change.
- Courage to speak up.
- Grit to stick through the cause till it
- People skills
- Resources to facilitate your actions
You have a voice, use it.
You have a unique experience, it’s your message.
Social media is a tool, use it.