I am writing this book, looking all around me – to the past and the far-off future, influenced by my current circumstances, memories and yet unrealized plans for tomorrow. As I type this, I have no idea what kind of boy – or man – I am writing to. I don’t know who you, my son, will be by the time you turn the first page of this heavy-laden adventure. But, an important part of this exercise is to give you little pieces of me that may help you become a better man. So, I pause after the contradiction between the written word and the warrior to tell you the importance of cultivating knowledge and skills that you too can wield against the injustice I know you will, unfortunately, encounter at some points in your life. God willing, the adversity you face looks more like unfair bosses; rebellious peers and small bouts of bad luck – rather than the seemingly insurmountable barriers of poverty, prejudice and the other life-compromising offshoots of losing the proverbial geopolitical lottery.
Published by Gabriel Ndayishimiye
Gabriel Ndayishimiye lives in London, Ontario. He is a writer with a passion to contribute to Black history and literature; and the author of “Run Elvin” (forthcoming), a memoir written for youth from marginalized backgrounds. This book tells Gabriel’s academic/life experiences from refugee camps in East and Southern Africa and now from the metropolis of the western world. The story aims to inspire and motivate such demographic of youth to take up given opportunities to be creative, achieve success, and develop resilience to fight the challenges of life. View more posts