Dr. Jewel Howard-Taylor, Vice President of Liberia, on Saturday asserted that Africans have been led astray by teachings that portray God as a magician who can perform any task for them without requiring any effort.
Howard-Taylor argued that a significant psychological problem among Africans is a lack of self-awareness.
The Liberian Vice President, who spoke while delivering the convocation lecture of the Elizade University, Ilara Mokin in Ondo State, expressed dismay on how people who spent all day in the church expect to feed their children.
In her convocation lecture entitled, “Africa Renaissance: Key for New Global Leadership Paradigm,” she claimed that Africans must continue to act as the continent’s gatekeepers.
Howard-Taylor encouraged African parents to teach their children morals and values rooted in African traditions in order to intentionally and persistently shift the mindset of the next generation.
“They must be deliberate and intentional about changing the mindset of those new leaders in order to plant positive seeds and erase or diminish negative bias.
“Africa must have visionary leaders, Aspirational leaders, exemplary leaders, agile leaders, compassionate leaders, leaders with just leaders, selfless leaders, accountable leaders, and inspirational leaders to achieve the African Renaissance.
“It is possible to have all the leadership traits in one leader, like President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, former South African President Nelson Mandela, and former Ghana President Kwame Nkrumah, amongst others.”
She also instituted a N1 million prize for the best female student in honour of the Alara of Ilara-Mokin, Oba Abiodun Aderemi Adefehinti. Source: dailypost.ng