Key to high performance (William Nonge)

Imagine you are shown a group picture where you’re part of (say with friends, colleagues, etc.). Who should you first look at? Most certainly the answer will be “you” as you will spend more time on your appearance than on anybody else’s. You’ll be wondering how well you looked in the picture. You would seek to improve if necessary your profile next time. Wouldn’t you? Why is that you tend to look at yourself first? It is simply natural to focus on you first.

Please note that self-gratification isn’t a sign of selfishness. Self-appreciation or self-praise is a form of untapped source for personal motivation. It increases self-esteem and therefore boosts people’s confidence. People who don’t praise themselves will have difficulty to positively accept compliments from their colleagues, friends or family members.

When you allow praising yourself regularly, you will naturally appreciate others very well. Self-praise isn’t a sign of seeking attention on oneself.

When looking to meet the organisation’s objectives, you should be able (if applicable) to identify areas for personal development too. Alternatively, defining clearly your long term career or professional development aspirations could also enable you to identify a development opportunity that could link to the overall organisation’s objectives. Your professional development need could be completed through training, shadowing, mentoring, reading, etc.

The key question to ask yourself when completing any of the above learning activities is “what kind of person you will become after completing such or such objective?” Please note that you can also learn or gain skills by working on the objective itself. In other words, you learn by experience for carrying out certain activities towards a defined objective too. Even on this occasion, it’s important to ask yourself the following question: “How valuable you have become?” Or “what skills you have gained?”

Most people will focus on achieving an objective or performing very well at work without paying particular attention on themselves. But with reference to the above example of the group picture, a close attention on oneself first will produce a greater achievement. Remember that purpose is stronger than the objective. The more you develop yourself, the higher your performance will be. This attitude will eventually result in a win-win situation.

Finally, for your own record remember to regularly document your high achievements. This exercise will be useful to celebrate your successes and boost your confidence. Eventually you won’t lack of finding right examples when applying for jobs.

 

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What is your top priority at work?

“Investing in yourself is the best investment you will ever make. It will not only improve your life, it will improve the lives of all those around you.” ―Robin Sharma

Anyone trained as first-aider will most certainly remember the acronym “DR ABC”. Far from detailing the basics on rescuing a casualty, I am rather interested in the first component of the acronym which means danger. As a first-aid trainee, I learned that you should first and foremost keep yourself safe before considering rescuing the casualty. When I first heard about this, I was shocked as it sounded selfish to look after you first while someone’s life was in danger. But I soon learned that by not properly assessing such risk, it could bear serious consequences of you ending up as another casualty. Imagine that you were the only person at the scene. Who would rescue who?

The point we want to make is for people to look at one of the key or even the most untapped source of self-motivation at work. This motivator alone not only contributes to the overall organisational success but importantly helps staff to raise their self-leadership profile. Your annual appraisal is right where you find your source of motivation. The question one wonders is ‘how to turn your appraisal objectives into your self-advantage?’

Before answering to the above question, you will first need to ask yourself the following fundamental questions: Who am I as a person? What is my purpose in this organisation? What is my contribution to the organisation? What am I gaining from this organisation beside money? Remember, of all candidates who applied for your position, you were the specific person they considered hiring. You would have impressed your employer surely enough to particularly consider your application. You should therefore identify the real value you are adding to the organisation through your specific potentials translated in your skills, experience and knowledge. You should always ask yourself: “What is My Unique Selling Point?”

Once you have been able to answer to these fundamental questions, you can then achieve your assigned organisation’s objectives with clarity. When you are clear with the above key questions on your purpose, you will be able to not only focus on the objectives, but achieve them with great satisfaction. Whatever good we do in life, there must be something linking to our main purpose. Whatever we do enables us to develop the right skills that take us closer to our destiny. That is why the main focus should be on you rather than on the objectives assigned to you. Remember, your purpose is stronger than the objectives. No obstacle can resist to a purpose-driven person.

“Income seldom exceeds personal development.” ―Jim Rohn

You can discover or match your life goal by working on your appraisal objectives. Here is the main question you should ask yourself: “What kind of person shall I become upon achieving my appraisal objectives?”
Focusing on YOU makes a whole difference. Focusing on YOU brings another dimension to the way you perceive your objectives at your workplace. These objectives become meaningful to you because of the personal advantage you draw from achieving them. The personal benefits can be immense when you work smartly on these objectives. Remember that the personal benefits from focusing on your personal development will motivate you above any financial reward attached to your work performance.

I know some will disagree with this view on the financial reward we get from any job we undertake. In fact, many are constantly after a better salary switching from one job to another, sometimes caught up in the so called ‘rat race’ and yet remaining insatiable. To help you feel at ease about the financial reward equation, here is a question you can ask yourself: “How much worth or valuable will I become upon achieving my objectives?” You have no monetary price to tag on YOU. You’re worth more than what you think you are. YOU are priceless. Since you will be in pursuit of a priceless goal that is YOU, you will be more excited and motivated to work harder in order to achieve that goal. Focusing on how valuable you become, will eventually push you to excitingly achieve your objectives with added value to both you and the organisation or company you work for.

The majority of people are eager to learn. According to a study from the City & Guilds Group as quoted by The Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) that 76% of the workforce believe in the importance of continuously upgrading their workplace skills. Even though less than half (46%) according to the same study are getting the appropriate support from their employers to develop their skills. These people recognise personal development as a non-financial benefit. These same people are ready to invest time and energy to achieve their goals.

To tap into such source of self-motivation, you will need to look into your annual appraisal objectives. Rather than being a burdensome task, you should carefully read your job description first, review your previous objectives and identify areas for improvement. Before attending your annual objective setting meeting, please ensure you prepare yourself by writing down how creatively you should achieve such or such objective. Here is a question to consider: “How should I make such objective more exciting?” “What extra things that will stretch me enough to achieve this objective?” In other words, you should consider either doing things different things or doing things differently.

Remember that the objective setting session – as any other one-to-one meeting like supervision or appraisal – should be considered as YOUR moment with YOUR agenda. Your line manager should only facilitate it. In other words, you should co-produce with your line manager. You should have a say on your objectives rather than being a passive receptacle. Proactively preparing for your objectives gives you ownership and enables you to identify what matters for you the most: ‘Personal Development Plan’ (PDP).

When setting your PDP, you should strategically and carefully think of any learning opportunity that will not only help you meet your objectives but more importantly add value on YOU as a person. At this point, ask yourself: What is my long term aspiration? How do I see myself in 3, 5 or even 10 years? Here is the secret: the more you become a person of value, the more you become a sought after person. The more attractive you become, the rare you are. The rare you are the more respectable you will be. There is always a high price attached to a beautifully shaped rare diamond. Isn’t it? Remember, there is no price tagged on a very precious gem that YOU are. YOU are priceless.

Once you discover and learn the benefit of turning the focus on YOU rather than on the objectives, you won’t need an alarm clock to wake you up every morning. Neither will you need a push from your line manager to achieve your objectives. And once it’s time for you to move on eventually, you will leave a lasting impression at your workplace. And your team will be a better place than when you joined it. This is what is expected from every leader.

Turning your PDP to your self-advantage should be your priority. There is nothing wrong about it. Think of looking at a group picture where you are in. Whether it’s a family, friends’ or a team photo… who should you pay the most of your attention at? You will certainly spend almost 99.5% of your time looking at YOU. Won’t you? It’s quite humanly natural to concentrate on you first. There is no sense of selfishness here. Even the most senior staff in your organisation like the CEO has something beneficially personal they want to achieve and that motivates them to come to work.

By focusing on you, your self-actualisation needs will certainly be met. The more you concentrate on your self-actualisation, the lesser will your priority be put on the lower segments of Maslow’s Pyramid. The more you become a person of value the more other physiological and safety needs will eventually be met. This investment on oneself is a key factor contributing to immense gratification – however delayed – to meeting other essential needs such as the financial ones. With your self-motivation you can be the only person in your team or organisation they can entrust with an important project or even select for a promotion.

Here are other questions to talk you through the process:
• How do I customize or personalise my appraisal objectives in relation with my PDP?
• What learning opportunity will I consider while achieving these objectives?
• Would it be a formal or informal learning activity? A training course, coaching, mentoring, shadowing, secondment, reading, conference, webinar, any extra-professional activity? Think of anything however little, that can shape you and sharpen your skills.

Developing yourself isn’t a burden task per se. it’s rather a big motivator when taking it seriously right. There is a lot of benefit staff should concentrate on their PDP in order to impact both on their performance, wellbeing and future career. Your self-development is the only investment that will transform and make you become a person of value. You are priceless. Of course, you are a gem.

Reference
ILM, What Must Leaders Do To Bridge The UK Skills Chasm, https://www.institutelm.com/resourceLibrary/what-must-leaders-do-to-bridge-the-uk-s-skills-chasm.html

I am not black – I am a human being By William Nonge

It is incumbent on me to act on a social and historical issue well rooted from centuries concerning the description of people from sub-Sahara African origins, known as “black people”.

Though we would not be able to trace down the exact time and the real motives that led to such classification or labelling, it is however necessary for us to rethink about such misconception. Being a person of Sub-Saharan region and identifying myself as a Muntu coming from Bantu ethnic group, I am compelled with such a mission to awaken people I share the same characteristic trait with to question such labelling that we had naively accepted for several centuries.

In the coming lines we will try to address questions related to historical context in which this categorisation was made (approximate time, people who made it known); the legitimacy of this labelling; detrimental effects of names and labelling; breaking paradigms, stigma and prejudice by defining our true identity and creating a positive image

Before going any further I would like to disclaim that this paper is not of any political or racist motivation. It doesn’t intend whatsoever to put blame on anyone from any other ethno-social group about what happened over centuries ago. However, while a brief historical overview will be necessary to contextualise facts, our focal aim is to promote a self-analysis of people from sub-Sahara African descent with regard to the harmful consequences they have suffered over time. In view of the past legacy, we want to rethink about our own status in order to promote our self-esteem and dignity.

According to written record, the term “Black People” can be traced as early as 6th Century AD mainly used by Arab and Persian traders who made contact with people living in East Africa. Arabs used the term “Zanj” for instance in reference to the “Land of the Blacks”, particularly as territories inhabited by Bantu people they then encountered alongside the Southeast coast of Africa. We will notice that this term was at the origin of a place called Zanzibar which is a combination of two words meaning “Coast of the Black People”. Also the Swahili term “Shenzi” derived from the same above stem referring to anything related to rural native or uncivilized. Let’s note that Arabs, Persians and Indians traded for centuries with Bantu people in the eastern coast of Africa where eventually, Arab traders would start shipping African slaves to Middle Eastern countries such as modern Iraq. Other slaves will then be taken to the Far East in China too.

On the other side of the African continent, the term “Negro” was first applied by Portuguese and Spanish around 1442 to describe bantu people they encountered in the Western Coast of Africa while trying to discover the sea route to India. The term Negro stems from the Latin word “niger” meaning black. Around mid-18th Century, an African map was produced and designated parts of West Africa as “Negroland”. There too the latinization of a river called by locals and Berbers as “Gher n gheren” (meaning River of rivers) would be transliterated to Niger River. This river would eventually lead to country names such as Niger and Nigeria. We can remember of the slave trade which flourished and spanned for a period between 15th and 19th Century and followed by the colonisation of the African continent for more than eighty years.

On both coasts of the African continent, inaccurate description of Bantu people living these areas led to certain negative views such as the following extract from Kitab al-Bad wah-tarikh written by Al-Muqaddasi: “As for the Zanj, they are people of black colour, flat noses, kinky hair, and little intelligence or understanding”[1]. Whatever had happened in previous centuries cannot and will not always determine the essence of people with these distinct characteristics. We need to redefine our own identity with no reference to what other people chose to describe or to call us but by claiming who we really are without mentioning any colouring categorisation. It is now time to really question what has been formalised and normalised throughout the time with the purpose of restoring our dignity. Times change so does the significance of certain words too.

From the above historical context, it emerged that the terms “Black”, “Negro” and Zanj were first and commonly used by explorers and traders from Europe and Asia for about fourteen centuries. When making contact with people in Sub Saharan Africa for various motives including the slave trade and colonisation, they were incontestably referred not only as black or zanj because of their characteristic traits but were simply called “Blacks”, “Negroes” or “Zanj”. In the late nineteenth century, physical and forensic anthropologists would use the term “Negroid” literally meaning “black resemblance” as part of their classification of the three main human races alongside the Caucasoid and Mongoloid groups. This scientific classification was an effort to categorise groups of people sharing certain morphological and skeletal traits. Let’s note that Negroid was also known as “Congoid”, since many scientists wanted to distance themselves from the use of the former term because of its racist connotation.

It is clear that successive civilisations of the past from around the world made judgements upon people inhabiting sub-Saharan Africa with racially labelling them as “Black People”. Should the judgement of the past be dogmatically carried over millennia without being questioned? History tells us that be it in science, in religion or in politics there had been moments when a theory, a truth or a system would be deemed questionable at a point of making it obsolete or overturned. To bring home the point, in 2016 a bill was passed into law under president Obama’s administration making the term “negro” obsolete and offensive when referring it to African-American people.

Without any shadow of doubt, it is clear that our ancestors were labelled as “blacks” because of the colour of their skins. Except of any evolutionary transformation affecting our pigmentation to slightly become lighter over the last two millennia (subject to clear evidence of such evolution happening), can we admit that the colour of our skins is really black?  Except of any colour blindness, the colour of our skin rather varies between dark brown and light brown.

All things being equal, and in case the above affirmation was true that our ancestors’ skin pigmentation was “black”, should we accept to be called “Black People”? Should we not think of a more dignifying way of defining ourselves? It is said that nobody can control another one unless that person allows them. Through the means of oppressive slavery and colonisation, we know that the use of the terms “black” or “negro” were commonly accepted both by the masters and the slaves. Should we, people of such distinctive characteristics, still carry the sombre legacy of the past which in my view let us perpetrate implicitly and explicitly unnecessary prejudice upon ourselves?

Unlike other major racial groups such as Mongoloid and Caucasoid, unlike other major ethnic groups such as Indians, Chinese, Arabs, why should we accept to be referred as “Blacks”?  Why should we not call ourselves majestically “Bantu People” for instance? In fact, Bantu means “Men”, “People”, or “Human being” in most African languages. What concerns me is that in our recent history, certain civil rights movements challenged the use of the term “negro” by substituting it with “black” though both have semantically the same meaning. In fact, while the former term takes its origin from Latin “niger”, the latter is from Germanic root which transliterated from Old English “blæc”.

In my opinion, the use of either term by people of Sub-Sahara African origins is an act of self-insult not as symbol of pride. Admitting to call ourselves “black people” means that we are casting a cheap insult upon ourselves with serious consequence of perpetrating the slave mentality for generations. If in one part of the world they now consider the term “negro” as offensive, why shouldn’t we discard the term “black” too, since they both semantically mean the same? I have learned that it is not what other people say about you that matters but it is what you say about you that bears consequences on your own destiny. We therefore should not expect anybody else to legitimise our identity but ourselves. Yet, both terms have negative connotation as we will learn about meaning of colours.

Throughout the human history, we know how detrimental certain names, colours or labelling can be to the point of affecting consciously or subconsciously concerned individuals.

I agree with Jesse Jackson who recognised in the 1980s as John McWhorter pointed out that even the term “black” should be overhauled in the same way as “negro” or “coloured” terms were considered inappropriately offensive by certain civil rights leaders in the 60s and 70s. According to Reverend Jackson, the term “black” had a negative connotation of evil and impurity.

Let us note that throughout time, in many civilisations, religions and cultures, the use of colours encodes different meanings and interpretations. But where these societies will mostly concord unquestionably is their interpretation of black colour.  For many black means darkness, death, sin, humiliation, ignorance, chaos, calamity, mourning, evil, mystery, etc.

Returning back to periods when the terms “black people”, “Negro”, “Zanj” were first referred to people inhabiting the African continent, we must recognise how superstitious or religious were those Europeans, Arabs, Persians and Indians people who first encountered Bantu people and other ethnic groups of Sub-Saharan Africa. Overall, calling them “black people” would not have been an act of compliment at all by these explorers and traders but a misjudgement based on their appearance. Through their global consciousness, both Europeans and Asians of that epoch, called African people as “blacks” because they looked different to them and with various meanings associated with the black colour, they then justified slave trade at its phenomenal scale over several hundred years as a way of dehumanising mainly Bantu people with reducing them to objects as natural slaves.

When writing this paper, our intention was not of putting blame on any group of people of different era for their misjudgement on a particular group with oppressive means which history reminds our collective memory. But as persons of African origins, we need to turn that dark page with a collective conscious deliberate effort to look forward in order to redefine our destiny and restore our own dignity. What matters in life is not you continuously complain about a particular situation but more essentially what you do about it. Knowledge is power it is said. But the knowledge of oneself is first and foremost the unstoppable power that one can possess. It is written, you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free. Knowing the truth about ourselves should be our priority toward our spiritual, moral, mental and intellectual freedom.

The worst slavery that ever exists is the ignorance of oneself. Because of the ignorance of ourselves, over two thousand years on, we still accept such evil epithet of “black” which symbolises darkness, ignorance, evil, poverty. We are where we are because what we had admitted as a ‘reality’ in our collective mind. The good news is that we can change our status by changing what goes into our collective mind. Frankly, African people from Sub-Sahara do not lack of more dignifying ways of calling themselves. Why don’t we call ourselves distinctively according to our major ethnic origins as Bantu, Mande, Hausa, Songhai, etc.? Why not adopting a general classification such as African instead of “Blacks” or “Black People”?

Once we come to self realisation of who we really are, we also should consider forgiving collectively oppressors of our ancestors for haemorrhaging the continent of its dignified people through slavery at a phenomenal global scale. Let us forgive Europeans who through colonisation have used coercive methods to subjugate African people who were just recovering from the suffering of slave trade for about fourteen centuries. And above all, in order to free ourselves from the slave mentality of self-ignorance, we should forgive the ignorance of those who made this monumental misjudgement of describing our ancestors as “Negroes”, “Blacks”, “Zanj”, etc.

While we should let no one consider us as sub-humans with a humiliating epithet, we should neither wait for anybody else to rectify this error of description upon our appearance and our identity. We should boldly and proudly use an endonym approach by describing ourselves as “African People”. Depending whether people can easily trace their ethnic roots, a more specific description for people to identify themselves as Mande, Hausa, Bantu, Khoisan, Nilotic, Songhai, etc. is more dignifying.

Individually, I am proud of calling myself Muntu which literally means “human being” a singular term for Bantu. No one can deny us any right of being “human beings” equally created as everybody else though presenting with different characteristic traits. We cannot be described from a certain categorisation based upon a misconceived colour coding which dehumanised a whole race with damaging prejudice to date. We are Africans, we are people and we are simply human beings.

 

 

Taylor, Karen T. (2010). Forensic Art and Illustration. CRC Press p. 62

Henry M. Stanley, The Origin of the Negro Race, The North American Review, Vol. 170, No. 522 (May, 1900), pp. 656-665 https://www.jstor.org/stable/25104999?seq=8#page_scan_tab_contents

Jacob Olesen, https://www.color-meanings.com/biblical-meaning-colors/

Wulf D. Hund, University of Hamburg and Charles W Mills, Northwestern University,

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/the-conversation-africa/comparing-black-people-to_b_9345322.html

John McWhorter Aug 23 2016 https://edition.cnn.com/2016/08/22/opinions/colored-people-and-abc-anchors-apology-mcwhorter/index.html

 

 

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zanj#cite_note-24

Les 5 stratégies pour aider votre enfant au succès scolaire ou académique

  1. Créer un environnement favorable à l’apprentissage pour les enfants – ne pas crier sur les enfants inutilement, éviter de taper sur ou de gifler les enfants, au contraire s’assoir avec l’enfant et lui demander ce qui l’aurait poussé de faire tel ou tel acte, conséquence de l’acte et que ferait-il mieux pour ne pas commettre tel acte dans l’avenir ? Faire de la maison un lieu de sécurité pour les enfants

 

  1. Fournir une bonne structure à la maison – Avoir des routines pour aider les enfants à se créer des disciplines et par conséquent les aider à être responsables de leurs propres affaires. Cela leur permettra de devenir indépendants. Par exemple : demander aux enfants « que voulez-vous faire dans la soirée après l’école ? » A l’aide de la liste des activités qui intéressent les enfants, dresser un horaire et coller au mur ou sur le frigo. Parmi les activités : écrire, lire, dessiner, créer des objets, les travaux de domiciles, tels que la vaisselle. Veuillez éviter d’exposer les enfants à regarder la télé ou jouer à la tablette ou les exposer aux media sociaux. Créer un environnement calme. Les enfants à l’âge de l’école primaire doivent dormir plus ou moins 10-12 heures la nuit. Pour les enfants au niveau secondaire, le minimum de sommeil est de 8 heures. Saviez-vous que l’usage des écrans de téléphones tactiles (smart phones) crée le même effet d’intoxication que celui d’un drogué ?

 

  1. Aider les enfants à comprendre l’importance de l’éducation – Amener à faire comprendre à l’enfant où il aboutira grâce à l’éducation. Aider l’enfant à créer une image mentale de ce qu’il veut devenir à l’avenir. Demander l’enfant à dessiner un tableau de vision. Découvrir ce qu’il faut pour devenir un chirurgien, quel est le niveau de salaire. Demander à l’enfant quel genre de voiture il ou elle rêve conduire, quel type de maison il veut habiter, dans quel genre de quartier habiter, quelle destination de vacances l’enfant aime aller, quel style de vie l’enfant rêve avoir dans l’avenir? Créer un désire chez l’enfant. Aller avec l’enfant dans des quartiers des riches et lui faire montrer que s’il étudie bien et atteint son objectif en devenant tel ou tel, il peut aussi habiter dans des pareils quartiers.

 

  1. Définir des objectifs éducatifs avec l’enfant – Aider l’enfant à se fixer d’obtenir les points ou les niveaux élevés tels que A* dans tous les cours. Sois patient avec l’enfant et ne pas lui demander de faire un bond par exemple de D à A*. Le succès vient par le travail dur.

 

  1. Suivre la progression de votre enfant:
  • Demander à l’enfant : « comment ça été à l’école aujourd’hui? » Découvrez les sujets ou leçons difficiles. Essayez d’aider l’enfant à s’en sortir. Ne pas le laisser à son propre sort. Enseigner à l’enfant comment réviser les matières.
  • Encourager l’enfant à lire tous les jours
  • Assurer la liaison avec le professeur de classe si vous voulez connaitre l’évolution de votre enfant. Demander au professeur comment vous aider à travailler avec l’enfant à la maison.
  • Motiver et inspirer l’enfant, être intéressé à ce que l’enfant accomplit. Louange et apprécier l’enfant quand il a bien travaillé. Ne pas comparer ton enfant avec un autre enfant, ni même avec son frère ou sa sœur. Il y a des enfants qui apprennent si vite et d’autres qui apprennent lentement. Développer l’idée de lui acheter un cadeau quand l’enfant a bien travaillé.
  • Découvrir ce qui intéresse ton enfant dans la vie, l’aider à développer des compétences dans ce domaine. Par exemple la musique, la danse, le sport, l’art.
  • Développer des relations personnelles avec votre enfant. Cuisiner ensemble, parler ensemble. Nous sommes les grands perdants en tant que parents si on ne parle pas avec nos enfants. Jouez avec les enfants. Développer de consacrer un temps seul-à-seul avec l’enfant. Apprécier leurs opinions quoique différentes de vôtre.

 

Le génie congolais

Dans toute l’expression de mon être, je crois fermement au génie congolais.

Pensez-vous que ce Dieu qui a doté ce géant pays d’énormes ressources aux dimensions scandaleuses, ait été aussi irresponsable d’y placer un peuple moins intelligent ? Loin de là. Au contraire, Lui qui est incontestablement Omniscient et qui fait tout à merveilles, nous a doté certes d’un savoir-faire aux dimensions illimitées et plus que proportionnelles pour l’essor et le développement de ce géant d’Afrique.

Oui, nous sommes des génies et des géants.

Il est temps que nous changions de paradigme de pensée. Soyons donc transformés par le renouvellement de notre intelligence.

Que chacun de nous se lève avec les capacités qu’il ou qu’elle possède pour changer et transformer les choses.

Pour devoir historique et épris d’un élan patriotique, laissez-moi vous rassurer qu’il n’est pas encore tard de mettre en valeur nos capacités et talents au service du Congo. Que tu sois artiste ou architecte, penseur ou pasteur, philosophe ou sociologue, médecin ou évangéliste, fabricant des chaussures ou coiffeur, musicien ou mécanicien, jardinier ou charpentier, mettons tous ensemble en valeur notre savoir faire pour redorer notre blason longtemps terni. Il est encore possible de restaurer  les couleurs de notre identité bafouée pour relever la fierté de notre patrie.

Levons-nous tous pour un avenir glorieux de notre cher et beau pays, le Congo. Car nous sommes tous des génies et des géants!

William Nonge

Là où se trouve ton trésor (par William Nonge)

«Pourquoi vois-tu la paille qui est dans l’œil de ton frère, et n’aperçois-tu pas la poutre qui est dans ton œil? Ou comment peux-tu dire à ton frère: Laisse-moi ôter une paille de ton œil, toi qui as une poutre dans le tien? Hypocrite, ôte premièrement la poutre de ton œil, et alors tu verras comment ôter la paille de l’œil de ton frère. » Matthieu 7: 3-5

La surveillance de voisinage et la culture du blâme?

Nombreux sont ceux qui passent une bonne partie de leur vie à s’interroger sur ce que font leurs voisins, mais ne portent aucune attention sur leurs propres vies. Ils sont très occupés à observer, critiquer, surveiller et même à contrôler la vie des autres, mais ont difficile à voir ou reconnaître leurs propres erreurs.

Ce comportement est tellement médiatisé actuellement qu’il est devenu l’opium ou l’obsession pour certains à lire sans relâche des magazines potins ou à regarder des programmes de télé liés à la vie des célébrités. La culture voire même le culte des célébrités est si religieusement observé que certaines figures de marque sont adorées comme des idoles. Du fait que ces soi-disant célébrités sont tout simplement des êtres humains fragiles et mortels, leur vie privée n’est plus privée et donc exposée au public pour la critique, le blâme et la moquerie. Ironie du sort, pendant que ces personnalités célèbres continuent à exceller avec succès dans leurs domaines, leurs “observateurs” par contre passent oisivement du temps à les critiquer dans leurs moindres et vains détails.

La culture du blâme est tellement ancrée dans notre société que certaines personnes, à travers les soi-disant «reality TV shows », exposent leurs affaires familiales dans le domaine public.
Derrière les rideaux charmants de la vie des célébrités et hors de leurs spots, nous sommes entourés – dans nos milieux familiaux et amicaux- de deux catégories de personnes que j’appelle des «conseillers de répliques» et «prophètes superflus ».

Les conseillers de répliques sont ceux qui viennent vous conseiller de ce que vous devriez faire, pouviez faire ou que auriez fait, après que vous ayez déjà passé à une épreuve qui vous a conduit soit à une chute ou à une douleur. Au lieu de compatir avec vous, ils préfèrent vous blesser avec tel ou tel avis négatif. Une chose que ces conseillers inopportuns ne savent pas est que la personne qui a vécu une certaine expérience est mieux placée à réfléchir sur la situation et y tirer de leçon constructive. James Allen éloquemment fait remarquer: « En tant qu’un être progressif et évolutif, l’homme est là où il se trouve pour apprendre et se développer; et comme il apprend la leçon spirituelle que contient toute circonstance, celle-ci s’en va et donne lieu à d’autres circonstances. »
Cette catégorie de personnes cause plus de tort que de bien à ceux qui traversent de dure expérience de la vie.

Les prophètes superflus sont des gens qui ayant aperçu ce qui devrait vous arriver, mais qui ont consciemment ou inconsciemment gardé le silence jusqu’à ce que vous ayez subi votre sort. Plutôt que de garder silence pour de bon ou plutôt que de se sentir coupable de ne vous avoir pas averti aussi tôt pour éviter l’incident, ils se vantent de ce qu’ils sont perspicaces. Même sans vergogne disant que Dieu leur avait vraisemblablement montré dans un rêve de ce qui vous est arrivé.

Loin de perdre notre temps à regarder et à critiquer d’autres personnes, Jésus dans le contexte des versets ci-dessus, nous enseigne où notre priorité devrait être axée. Notons que nous avons à l’origine hérité de cette culture du blâme d’Adam qui, au lieu d’assumer l’entière responsabilité d’avoir mangé du fruit défendu, a déclaré: « La femme que tu as mise auprès de moi m’a donné du fruit de l’arbre, et j’en ai mangé » Genèse 3:12. Jésus, le second Adam, est venu rétablir l’ordre initial en recentrant principalement notre attention sur notre développement personnel. Plutôt que de chercher à changer le comportement des autres, nous devons mettre toute notre énergie à nous transformer nous-mêmes.

Priorité Indispensable

L’accent est que chacun devrait faire de son développement personnel une priorité dans sa vie plutôt que d’essayer de développer d’autres personnes. Une fois auto-transformé, on peut alors et seulement aider les autres à se développer aussi. A voir de près, le développement de-soi même en vue de devenir ce que Dieu nous a destiné à l’origine nous prend tout le temps de notre vie qu’on soit incapable de s’occuper des autres. En fait, nous devrions comme l’on dit communément « nous occuper de nos propres affaires ».

Le moment où l’homme se mettra à travailler sur lui-même et non à critiquer d’autres personnes, c’est ce moment que l’ordre correct – que Dieu a destiné à l’origine – sera restauré dans le monde. L’homme a beaucoup à faire pour lui-même qu’il n’ait pas de temps à perdre critiquer les autres. Le moment que l’homme découvrira la grande richesse « du coffre d’or » qu’il possède en lui-même, il vendra tout de suite tout ce qu’il possède et consacrera toute sa vie à creuser et extraire de sa propre cour le trésor caché que Dieu avait enterré pour lui afin de le livrer à l’humanité entière. Une fois que l’homme parvient à l’autoréalisation des richesses cachées qu’il possède, il devra de tout cœur investir dans lui-même et ensuite servir son riche trésor à l’humanité. Car là où est ton trésor, là aussi sera ton cœur.

L’homme n’a jamais été désigné par Dieu pour juger les autres, mais pour se cultiver lui-même en premier lieu, de sorte qu’une fois transformé, il puisse influencer les autres par la manifestation de son caractère. Ceux qui se sont bâti un caractère peuvent influencer les autres, même sans dire un seul mot de critique, de blâme ou de jugement. Nancy Kline écrit: « Je pense que notre premier devoir de l’un à l’autre en tant qu’êtres humains est de nous entraider remplir notre nature. Et sûrement la partie la plus typiquement humaine de la nature humaine est de penser pour nous-mêmes. Nos esprits ont été conçus avec plus de précision à couper le souffle pour faire exactement cela. » Il est manifestement claire que l’homme a donc violé l’ordre originellement établi par Dieu qui était pour l’homme de penser sur sa propre vie en vue de son développement personnel pour le bonheur de tous.

La manifestation évidente du caractère de l’homme conduirait inévitablement d’autres personnes à leur propre transformation. L’homme a en fait une capacité innée d’auto-transformation. C’est pourquoi l’homme naturellement n’aime pas être critiqué ou jugé par les autres. Il peut par contre s’améliorer grâce à l’influence des caractères d’autres personnes. La vraie libération d’un homme ne provient ni de toute forme de critique, de blâme, ou jugement, ni de mouvements insurrectionnels ou de révolte, mais l’homme est libéré par la vérité. La vérité qu’il découvre de l’intérieur de soi. C’est cette vérité qui renouvèle constamment son intelligence afin qu’il se transforme de l’intérieur.
James Allen souligne: «Un homme ne commence à être un homme que quand il cesse de se lamenter et d’insulter, qu’il commence à rechercher la justice cachée qui régit sa vie. Et dès qu’il adapte son intelligence à ce facteur de régulation, il cesse d’accuser les autres comme la cause de son état, et s’accumule en lui-même des pensées fortes et nobles; cesse de regimber contre les circonstances, mais commence à les utiliser comme aides à son progrès plus rapide, et comme un moyen de découvrir les pouvoirs cachés et les possibilités en son sein. »

« L’Éternel Dieu prit l’homme et le plaça dans le jardin d’Eden pour le cultiver et le garder. » Genèse 2:15
Nous avons tous le mandat divin de travailler et de prendre soin de quelque chose. En hébreu le verbe “travailler” signifie aussi cultiver ou servir. Notons ici que le verbe cultiver n’est pas un concept exclusivement liée à l’agriculture. Cultiver veut aussi dire former, domestiquer, naturaliser, apprivoiser, éduquer, civiliser, scolariser. L’on ne peut servir que ce qu’on a travaillé dessus. En d’autres termes, vous devez travailler sur quelque chose en premier lieu et le servir plus tard comme produit fini aux gens. Par exemple, vous devez cuire les aliments avant de les servir comme un repas à d’autres.

Adam a reçu le mandat de travailler sur quelque chose avant qu’il ne puisse le servir au monde. Il y a ici deux domaines où l’homme doit se concentrer à travailler dessus: l’environnement interne et externe. Le contexte biblique de la «terre» représente à la fois l’environnement extérieur qui nous entoure et l’environnement intérieur et caché contenu en nous. Et l’homme ne peut pas œuvrer sans avoir certaines aptitudes, compétences et capacités lui permettant d’effectuer des tâches spécifiques. L’homme doit en premier lieu travailler sur lui-même. L’homme doit se former, s’éduquer et se cultiver premièrement en vue de développer ses compétences. Dès que ses compétences sont développées, l’homme pourra grâce à ses dons transformer et influencer l’environnement extérieur. C’est en travaillant sur son domaine spécifique des dons que l’homme servira ensuite ses fruits à l’humanité. Avant que l’homme travaille sur quelque chose, il doit se découvrir et identifier quel type de dons, talents ou capacités il possède. L’homme doit travailler tout d’abord, sur lui-même avant qu’il cultive l’environnement qui lui a été donné en charge. Il s’agit pour l’homme de redécouvrir son identité, son but sur la terre et ses potentialités ; l’homme doit ensuite affiner ses dons et ses compétences et il s’agit enfin pour l’homme de se former et de s’éduquer en vue de développer un tel état d’esprit qui lui permettra de prospérer dans le cadre de son don. C’est un processus de longue haleine qui nécessite une attention pleine et constante sur soi-même. Cela nécessite un leadership fort sur l’auto-éducation.

L’ère de l’auto-éducation?

« Mais voici l’alliance que je ferai avec la maison d’Israël, Après ces jours-là, dit l’Éternel: Je mettrai ma loi au dedans d’eux, Je l’écrirai dans leur cœur; Et je serai leur Dieu, Et ils seront mon peuple. Celui-ci n’enseignera plus son prochain, Ni celui-là son frère, en disant: Connaissez l’Éternel! Car tous me connaîtront, Depuis le plus petit jusqu’au plus grand, dit l’Éternel; Car je pardonnerai leur iniquité, Et je ne me souviendrai plus de leur péché. » Jérémie 31:33-34

Éduquer est synonyme de civiliser, cultiver, scolariser, former, préparer, développer, modifier et améliorer. Le verbe «éduquer» provient de deux mots latins: “ex” qui signifie hors et “ducere” qui veut dire diriger et conduire. Il s’agit ici d’une transformation dynamique qui exige de l’homme de passer de la condition ou de la situation d’où il se trouve vers sa destination prévue. Ceci implique aussi une action dynamique de conduire quelque chose hors de soi.

Dieu a caché dans l’homme son propre destin qui exige de l’homme qu’il s’instruise afin de manifester ce trésor caché pour le bénéfice de tous. Ce que l’homme est destiné à devenir dans le futur est enfermé en lui-même. Le destin de l’homme n’est jamais devant lui, mais en lui. En d’autres termes, ce que l’homme est censé devenir, sa version parfaite et finale est placée en fait en lui-même sous forme d’une semence qui doit être cultivée. Ceci constitue le trésor que l’homme seul doit découvrir en lui-même et le livrer à l’humanité. Il faut qu’il y ait la conscience de soi, l’auto-développement, l’auto-éducation, l’auto-transformation de la personne qu’un homme est censé devenir. Le produit fini et parfait de l’homme qui est à l’image de Dieu est caché en lui-même. Ceci exige de l’homme lui-même de mener à bien ce travail d’auto-éducation.

Dieu avait déjà construit dans chaque individu la capacité de se découvrir et donc découvrir Dieu. La nature elle-même, ne nous enseigne-t-elle pas qu’avec l’avancement de la technologie, nous tendons vers une société de libre-service? Prenons l’exemple de caisses libre-service dans des grandes surfaces ou supermarchés. C’est un système de passage en caisse très rapide pour satisfaire les clients qui sont à la hâte et ne veulent pas rester debout pour une longue file d’attente. Quand en réalité il s’agit d’utiliser ce genre de caisse, pensez-vous que ces clients y compris moi l’utiliseraient avec la même vitesse que d’un personnel de caisse formé? Je ne pense pas du tout. Mais le point que je voudrais faire, c’est que les gens aiment eux-mêmes faire le self-checking. Ils ont adopté ce système comme un moyen responsable d’effectuer des achats personnels. Les gens veulent faire des choses pour eux-mêmes, par eux-mêmes et à leur propre rythme. Ceci suggère que lorsqu’on veut savoir quelque chose sur soi-même et d’y travailler dessus, on ne luttera pas à trouver la réponse aussi longtemps qu’on le fait soi-même. De cette manière l’on apprend plus rapidement et plus facilement.

En vue de croître rapidement, l’homme doit fournir l’effort personnel. Nous ne nions pas l’importance d’apprendre des autres à travers des livres, des séminaires, des cours et autres milieux éducatifs. Au contraire tous ces outils contribuent à l’édification des individus pour leur propre développement personnel. Ces moyens ci-haut cités enflamment ce que Dieu avait déjà placé en nous et nous inspirent à éclairer les autres. Après que Miriam et moi aient offert des tablettes comme cadeaux de Noël à nos deux enfants de 8 et 7 ans, j’envisageai installer les applications de la Bible dans leurs dispositifs. Quand je demandai à ma fille de sept ans Elsa, de m’apporter sa tablette, je fus surpris qu’elle ait déjà réussi à télécharger cette application d’elle-même. Inutile pour moi de demander à son grand frère Michael. Ils sont même parvenu à régler des alarmes sur leurs appareils pour les réveiller chaque matin pour l’école, avec l’avantage qu’ils ne se plaignent plus ni de fatigue ou ni de malaise comme auparavant. Quel avantage pour nous parents de prolonger quelques minutes de sommeil! Ils le font à présent de manière responsable, spontanée et joyeuse. Cet exemple me fait croire que nous sommes déjà entrés dans l’âge de l’auto-éducation. C’est à nos portes. Admettons-le et adoptons-le de manière responsable.

Le temps est venu pour nous de cesser d’essayer «d’enseigner» aux autres quoi faire alors que nous avons tant de choses à apprendre de nous-mêmes. Parce que tout ce dont nous avons besoin pour la vie et pour la piété est bel et bien caché en nous. Concentrons notre attention à trouver le trésor caché dans nos cœurs afin de l’affiner et de le livrer à d’autres pour l’amélioration de l’humanité. Car là où est ton trésor, là aussi sera ton cœur.

Where Your Treasure Is (By William Nonge)

“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye”. (Matthew 7:3-5)

“Neighbourhood Watch” – Blame culture?

Many are those spending a good portion of their lives and wondering about “what”, “why” and “how” their neighbours are doing, but not paying attention on their own lives. They are very busy watching, criticising, monitoring and even controlling other people’s lives but they would barely see or acknowledge mistakes of their own. This behaviour is now so mediatised that it has become opium or obsession for some to relentlessly read gossip magazines or watch related TV programmes about celebrities’ lives. The culture and even the cult of celebrities are so religiously observed that some figures are worshiped as idols. Since these so called celebrities are simply frail and mortal human beings, their private lives are no longer private and thus exposed to the public for criticism, blame and mockery. Ironically, these famous personalities keep on successfully achieving in their area of gifting while their “watchers” spend idly time with searching about their futile lives details.

The blame culture is so embedded in our society that certain people, through the so called “TV reality shows”, expose their family matters to the public domain. Behind the glamorous curtains of celebrities’ lives and out of their spotlights, we all are surrounded – in our inner and outer circles – with two categories of people I call “aftershock advisers” and “redundant prophets”.

The aftershock advisers are those who come to advise you of what you should, could and would have done, after you have already gone an ordeal which has led you to a fall or a pain. Instead of empathising with you, they would rather hurt you with such negative advice. One thing that these inopportune advisers do not know is that the person who has gone through some experience is the best one to reflecting on the situation and the best one to constructively learn from it. James Allen eloquently remarked: “As the progressive and evolving being, man is where he is that he may learn that he may grow; and as he learns the spiritual lesson which any circumstance contains for him, it passes away and gives place to other circumstances.” This category of people cause more harm than good to those going through harsh experience of life.

The redundant prophets are people who have noticeably had some insights of what was going to happen to you but consciously or unconsciously kept it silent till late when fate has taken its toll. Rather than keeping it silent for good and rather than remorsefully feeling guilty of not advising you earlier enough to avert the incident, they would boast of how insightful they are. Even shamelessly saying that God had showed them in a dream of what was going to happen.
Far from wasting our time in watching and criticising other people, Jesus in the context of the above verses, teaches us where our priority should be focused on. Let us remark that we have originally inherited this blame culture from Adam who, instead of assuming full responsibility of eating the forbidden fruit, said: “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.” (Genesis 3:12) Jesus, the second Adam, came to restore the original order by refocusing primarily our full attention on our personal development. Rather than looking to change others’ behaviour we should put our full energy in transforming ourselves.

Indispensable Priority

The emphasis is that an individual should make his personal development a priority in his life rather than trying to develop others. It’s only then that we will be able to help develop others. The truth is that it takes us a lifetime to perpetually develop ourselves to become what God had intended us to originally be. In fact, we should ‘mind our own businesses’ first.

The moment man focuses on working on himself and not criticising other people, the moment the right order – as God originally intended will be restored in the world. Man has a lot to do for himself that he does not have time to waste on criticising others. The moment man discovers the vast rich gold chest he possesses within himself, he will then sell everything else he has and dedicate his whole life digging and extracting from his own backyard the hidden treasure God had buried for him to deliver to the whole humanity. Once man comes to self-realisation of the hidden riches he possesses, he will wholeheartedly invest in himself in order to serve his rich treasure to the mankind. For where your treasure is, there will also be your heart. Man was never appointed by God to judge others but to cultivate himself first, so that once transformed, he could influence others through the manifestation of his character. Those who have built up a character can influence others even without saying a single word of criticism, blame or judgement. Nancy Kline says: “I think that our first duty to each other as human beings is to help each other fulfil our nature. And surely the most quintessentially human part of human nature is to think for ourselves. Our minds were designed with the most breathtaking accuracy to exactly do that.”

The obvious manifestation of man’s character would inevitably lead other people to their own self-transformation. Man has in fact an innate built-in capacity to self-transformation. That is why men naturally do not want to be criticised or judged by others. He has instead room for betterment through the influence of other people’s character. The true liberation of a man does not come from any form of criticism, blame, judgement, protest, campaign or revolt, but man is set free by the truth he discovers himself from within. This truth will constantly renew his mind so that he will be transformed from the inside out.
James Allen points out: “A man only begins to be a man when he ceases to whine and revile, and commences to search for the hidden justice which regulates his life. And as he adapts his mind to that regulating factor, he ceases to accuse others as the cause of his condition, and builds himself up in strong and noble thoughts; ceases to kick against circumstances, but begins to use them as aids to his more rapid progress, and as a means of discovering the hidden powers and possibilities within himself.”

“The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” (Genesis 2:15) We all have the divine mandate to work and to take care of something. The Hebrew word “work” also means to cultivate or serve. To cultivate means to train, domesticate, naturalise, tame, educate, civilise, school. Let’s notice here that the word cultivate does not mean exclusively farming. You can only serve what you have worked on. In other words you need to work on something first and deliver it later as a finished product to people. For example, you need to cook food first before you serve it as a meal to others.
Adam was given the mandate to work on something before he could serve it to the world. There are here two areas where man needs to concentrate on working first: the internal and external environments. The biblical “earth” context represents both the outer environment that surrounds us and the inner and hidden environment contained in ourselves. And man cannot work without having certain abilities, skills and aptitudes to carry out required and specific tasks of his work. Man needs to work on himself first. Man has to train, educate, and cultivate himself first in order to developing his skills. Then this will enable him through the use of his developed skills or the area of his gifts to transform and influence the outer environment. By working on his specific gifted area he will then serve his fruit to the humanity. Before man works on something, he must discover himself and identify what kind of gifts, talents or abilities he possesses. Man has to work first of all, on himself before he cultivates the environment he was given charge of. This involves rediscovering his identity, his purpose on earth and his abilities, refining his gifts and skills, training and educating himself to develop such a mindset that will help him prosper in the area of his gift. This is a lifetime process that requires full and constant attention on oneself. This requires a strong leadership in self-education.

Self-education era?

“This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel after that time,” declares the LORD. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. No longer will they teach their neighbour, or say to one another, ‘Know the LORD,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the LORD”. Jeremiah 31:33

Educating means civilise, cultivate, school, train, prepare, develop, meliorate, improve, better, amend and ameliorate. The word “educate” originates from the two Latin words: “ex” which means out and “ducere” meaning to lead, conduct and drive. There is a dynamic transformation that requires man to move from the condition and situation he finds himself in and get him to his expected destination.

God has hidden in man his own destiny which means that man has to educate himself in order to lead the hidden treasure out for the benefit of all. In the man is trapped what he is meant to become in the future. Man’s destiny is never ahead of him but within him. What a man is supposed to become, his perfect and final version is actually placed in himself in the form of a seed that needs to be cultivated. This constitutes the treasure he alone must discover within himself and deliver it to the humanity. There is a need of self-awareness, self-development, self-education, self-transformation to the person a man is supposed to become. The finished and perfect product of a man that is in God’s image is hidden in himself. It only takes man himself to carry out this work of self-education.

God had already built in each individual the capacity to discover oneself and therefore discover God. Does not the nature teach us how with the advancement of technology we are moving towards a self-service society? Let’s take one example of fast lane checkout tills in larger superstores. I think they simply call it fast lane to satisfy the customers who are on the move and don’t want stand for a long queue. But when actually it comes to using the till, do you think these customers including me would use it with the same speed as a trained checkout staff would? I don’t think so. But the point I would like to make is that people like checking out themselves and they enjoy it. They have adopted it as a personal responsible way of shopping. People want to do things for themselves, by themselves and at their own pace. This suggests that when you want to know something about yourself and work on it, you won’t struggle to find it out if you do it yourself. You will learn it faster and easier.

In order to grow fast, you need to do it yourself. We are not denying the importance of learning from others through books, seminars, classes and other educational settings. Instead all these tools contribute to helping individuals towards their own personal development. They ignite what God had already placed in us and inspire us to enlighten others. After Miriam and I offered tablets as Christmas presents to our two children of 8 and 7, I envisaged installing Bible Apps in their devices. When I asked my seven years old daughter Elsa, to bring me her tablet, I was surprised that she’d already managed to download it by herself. Needless was for me to ask her brother Michael. They even set alarms on their devices to wake them up every morning for school, with the advantage that they no longer complain to us how tired or unwell they feel. What a benefit! They just do it responsibly, spontaneously and happily. This example makes me say that we have already entered the age of self-education. It is at our doorsteps. Let’s responsibly admit and adopt it.

Time has come for us to stop trying to “teach” others what to do while we have so much to self-teach and learn from ourselves. Because everything we need for life and godliness is hidden within us. Let’s focus our attention in finding the treasure which is hidden in our hearts and let’s refine and deliver it to others for the betterment of the humanity.

L’épopée d’un géant, le Congo

L’on dit de toi avoir une échine courbée,
A cause des supplices subis au cours des âges,
Etant dans cette position, l’on n’a pas cessé de te torturer
L’on n’a pas cessé de te soumettre à la bastonnade
En même temps tes tortionnaires n’ont pas cessé de te ravir de tous tes biens
Quoique tu les auras toujours.
Pillez, pillez, pillez et il en restera toujours.
Tes mains liées au dos, ta tête courbée et tes blessures béantes a l’odeur puante.
Quoi donc? Ne pensez-vous pas qu’il y a un temps pour tout?
Temps pour pleurer et un temps pour rire?
Temps de se courber et temps de se redresser?
Maintenant, lève-toi et prend courage.
Tu es un peuple remarquable aux allures virtuelles.
Tu es un peuple remarquable au courage héroïque.
Tu es un peuple remarquable aux allures mythiques.
Tu as la capacité de renaissance comme celle d’un phénix.
L’on t’a cru mort et sans force quoique vivant.
Mais l’on ignore que tu es un géant courbé.
Tu es un géant d’une beauté éclatante qui fait de toi l’objet de toute convoitise.
Tu es grand et puissant! Lève-toi et tu redresseras toute l’Afrique éhontée.
Marche et tu relèveras toute l’Afrique émaciée.
Tes fils et tes filles sont des géants.
Tu es celui qui fait l’objet de toute admiration!
Reconnais en toi que tu es géant!
Tu as un grand cœur et personne ne s’en doutera.
Ton hospitalité de tout temps est remarquable.
Il est encore possible de te relever et de rebâtir.
Sur d’anciennes ruines tu rebâtiras.
Sur la cendre et la poussière tu te reformeras,
Sur tes plaies et tes cicatrices tu pardonneras.
Tu as cette capacité de reconquérir !
Et tu reconquerras tôt ou tard ta dimension de géant.
Car tu l’es et tu le seras!

R D Congo, une nation à l’identité perdue

Un drame périlleux

C’est une histoire qui dépeint le drame silencieux et périlleux d’un peuple qui, au fil du temps put perdre son identité au profit de celle lui imposée par ses bourreaux sans qu’il ne la comprenne, et moins encore ne la maitrise. C’est une histoire qui me rappelle la chute de l’homme au Jardin d’Eden à cause de la ruse du serpent. Car au profit d’un seul homme la destiné et la richesse de toute une nation fut marchandée et compromise. Un homme qui utilisa la ruse d’un discours philanthropique pour des fins égoïstes, sut convaincre ses pairs afin d’amorcer l’amoncellement de tout un continent et qui put obtenir tout compte fait, le plus gros morceau du gâteau.
Ce qui se déroula au fin fond de la jungle ne put en rien refléter cette vision trompeuse d’apporter la “civilisation aux nègres” mais au contraire, lui infligea une cruauté et une terreur sans nom et dont les stigmates se font remarquer jusqu’à présent.
Il faut l’admettre que ce peuple pacifique situé au cœur de l’Afrique eut connu contre son gré un traitement déshonorant et humiliant qui l’eut réduit au silence et dont l’écho de ses cris et de ses pleurs se réverbère jusqu’à nos jours. Un peuple qui fut extorqué de son territoire par un soi-disant “contrat de cession” tout à fait illégal, du fait de son ignorance de la lettre et de l’écriture. Ce soi-disant contrat laisse toujours à penser aux bourreaux d’autre fois qu’ils ont toujours ce droit de propriété jusqu’à date.

Une histoire répétée?

L’histoire se répète dit-on, et ces bourreaux se cachant sous l’étiquette de sociétés multinationales utilisent toujours la machine à tuer comme autrefois, mais avec des tactiques et des techniques adaptées aux temps modernes. Tant que l’intention première demeure celle d’étendre sa colonie, celle d’une exploitation à outrance et sans précédent de ses ressources humaines et naturelles pour des fins économico-égoïstes au lieu des intentions pacifiques et altruistes. Les mêmes causes produisant les mêmes effets, dit-on. Autrefois ce fut la cueillette démesurée de l’hévéa pour apaiser la faim de la machine industrielle du 19ème siècle pour la production de caoutchouc. Aujourd’hui c’est plutôt l’exploitation du coltan qui fait encore courber l’échine de toute une nation au nom du développement technologique et dont la soif du sang n’est guère étanchée.

Sans identité et sans destiné

Nous avons donc affaire avec un peuple dont la mentalité est prise en otage à cause de ses propres richesses et que son identité est troquée.
Tout se passe donc au changement de mentalité d’un peuple en vue de prendre en main sa destinée. Plutôt que de continuer de dépeindre un drame rappelant des souvenirs amers d’un système tortionnaire et anonyme sous couvert de “multinationales”, je me permettrais au contraire décrire l’épopée de ce peuple résiliant au fil du temps. Un peuple capable de donner des leçons à l’humanité tout entière du fait de son courage héroïque, de sa résistance stoïque et de sa capacité de renaissance semblable à celle d’un phénix.
William Nonge

Who is the most powerful person on earth?

I most certainly believe that many are those who will be naming some of the high-profile figures portrayed by the media and making world headlines. I guess some will suggest political head of states while others will name celebrities in the showbiz or sports arena. Many will of course associate their answers with the financial assets these so-called “powerful people” posses; others will also base their answers on some sort of influence these powerful men exert on others to get their opinions accepted or their interests guaranteed.
You don’t need to be a head of state of the most powerful country on the planet nor an oligarch with billions of dollars to be the most influential person in the world. Have you ever realised that the most powerful and influential person in the world is nobody else but yourself?
As soon as one discovers, realises and maximizes their potentials they become the most influential person in their kind. In actual facts most of these “most powerful” people are those who really fall in this category of men and women who have delivered out their greatness in the form of using their talents and gifts with excellence.

In fact each and everyone were born with a seed of greatness to make a difference in this world in order to make it a better place than they found it. All you need is that kind of self-awareness accompanied with the boldness to stand out from the crowd and do things differently no matter what the opposition could be. Imagine you are specialised in stone carving business. When lined up with other people in the same trade, each one will show their uniqueness which will make them so special. You need to believe in yourself. Believe in your ability that you too are able to do great things. It doesn’t matter the scale, the amount, the size of what you deliver, as long as you are doing your best to the best of your ability.

The beauty and the richness of the point I am making lies in the interdependence of each other. Because we all are good at something that makes us special and unique, we depend from each other in everything. Even a head of state for instance will need a best cook to get them nice meal on the table. That cook is so special to the head of state that he or she will do everything to keep him or her and provide them with special care. Isn’t it wonderful to see how powerful this cook is? He or she is so special though they are not the attention of everybody.
We are far from recognising that interdependence. Instead, we live in a world where the establishment sets certain standards conforming people to view things in a way acceptable to everyone. This type of conformity already nominates who should be considered as powerful in the society and casts out the remainder. Time has come that we should think laterally and provocatively outside the box.