How Africans Should Define Success

As far as I’m concerned, possessions and personal gains should not be factors to determine who is and who is not successful. Success is when one is satisfied with that they own; a successful person shares their gifts freely, comfortably with no expectations of receiving anything in return because in doing so you give back to that blessing which enables you to be the special being that you are. The successful are those who leave a mark behind everywhere they ever stepped foot, and they for sure shall never be forgotten. Up to today, on our lips their names are spoken. Someone somewhere always will talk about them not for their belongings but rather how they touched lives in their times of service.

Now, one would ask me where my car is, but I’m not looking out for transport. Ask me where my house is at, but I ain’t looking out for shelter. My healthy status is just fine, and I believe that the one first step to every successful man is learning to stay alive.

Am I successful? Yes I am, ever since the day I discovered that I was meant to be of service in the best way I enjoy myself. When we began to do community and hip-hop some years ago, a few youths had the guts to actually hang in the community and startup something with fellow ghetto folk. Before this, the ghetto didn’t seem like a source of opportunity, but as I speak now, many communities have a cypher booming in some hide out somewhere. This is something we began without a proper plan alongside a lot of criticisms of how we were influenced by ganja and all sorts of drugs. Sometimes we felt like hiding away, but we always came back. Something inside always told us we were not doing it for us, but for the future.

As I speak now, the recognition, however big or small, that I posses in the hip-hop culture in my country Uganda is not because of a hit song or an album, but because of the work we do as devoted hip-hop and roots practitioners in unifying and bringing together youths of different communities. As a result, many artists have arose from our collective and are now hitting airwaves. To me, this is what I call success–something from nothing. Success is a story. What’s yours?

The fact that I survive on something I believed in and served is success to me. Success should not come from peer pressure and the desire to please others. Success is where you feel free and contented. It is a continuous joy, not a timely happiness. It is setup on a strong foundation, something which grows and blows from generations to generations for generations.

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