South Sudan has got talent: ‘MIRACLE SUDDANCERS’ Coming Soon!
WEAKLEAK: In South Sudan are so many volcanoes, waiting, waiting to erupt any time. But if their vent (seismic lit) is closed with a big boulder, none will ever see the magma; it will only be internal combustion that ends up and down to the grave. Now, who is killing talent in South Sudan?
To this, pointing fingers are very numerous. I asked this question in one artists conference and one shot up with a finger, Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports. Others said, it is the youth themselves who are indulged in wearing big coats like our oldies. I agree. When a young man or lady appears in a necktie and a suit, s/he changes his/her walking and working style, and you see the steps of ‘beny’, ‘beny’, ‘beny’…. This means boss in Dinka. So the danger is in our mental perception. Nothing is more wasting than a youth who has tied their heart with a necktie and weighed it down with a suit.
How do we dig up the hibernating wealth in the health of our today’s generation, whose veneration is in luxuries, bling bling life gained from uncles’ underground contracts? In my anthology of poetry, “The Black Christs of Africa”, I have laboured to give my one-sided but the only underlying answer I could unearth about the mystery of talent. Poem 153 tells it all in its title:
TALENT IS LATENT:
Talent is a slippery sleeper.
Unless you wake him up,
He’ll less wake you up.
You’re thereby to ignore,
He is there but to snore.
Like your unfertilized son,
He is your one fossilized sun;
He can forever in you slumber.
To best discover your talent,
First uncover what’s latent.
Reap thus your talent apple:
The industry is simple but ample;
By interchanging L with T in LaTent,
You end up harvesting T and L in TaLent.
In my future proposal of talent development under USTASS (Unite Scribes, Teachers & Artists of South Sudan), this poem is our talent anthem. Talent being latent (actively dormant), we have started and have to start many projects with ability and agility to wake them up (See www.ustassgroup.wordpress.com). One of the projects is doing the round now in the 10 states of South Sudan. It is one harvesting tool called “Miracle Suddancers” from our literary ‘Demo-creative Rap Public of South Suddance’. Under Gemtel Telecom’s sponsorship, the recruitment drive is going on throughout the 10 states. The ‘New Suddance’ project will be
launched as soon as ready.
However, experience during the talent scouting trips to other states in the South have shown us that there is a very wide gap between the talents and the opportunities in this budding nation. To be specific, we, the youthfully useful talents of this virgin country, are suffering from a mismatch of the financial resources and the human resources. Actually, it needs a genius generation of a government to match the two extremes with a very suitable economic ‘spark plug’, to ignite our economic development. Failure to identify, acknowledge and apply the right formula, we will not, as a young nation, pick up from our past ashes.
So, unless we shift our attitudes into different altitudes on our socio-economic ladder, we will not make it up to this new nation. Why can’t we borrow a leaf from this comedian of the 70s and 80s?
A Message by George Carlin:
The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider Freeways , but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness. We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.
We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom.
We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life. We’ve added years to life not life to years. We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer space but not inner space. We’ve done larger things, but not better things.
Remember; spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever.
Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side.
Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it does not cost a cent.
Remember, to say, ‘I love you’ to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you.
Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again.
Give time to love, give time to speak! And give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.
AND ALWAYS REMEMBER:
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.
If you don’t send this to at least 8 people….Who cares?
…talent is like electricity. We don’t understand electricity. We use it.
Maya Angelou (1928 – )