I gave this speech on Barack Obama’s election day:
We have many colours: yellow, red, brown green, purple, white and black. You can testify that the most stereotyped of these colours is black; the previous conceptions that black is dark, black is failure and black is obscurity has made people who bear it as the colour of their skin to be victimized in form of slavery. It is too early for us to forget our travails, our sufferings and the strives of our forefathers who were taken away from their peaceful abode in chains and shackles from the shores of Weedah and Badagri and taken to the West-Indies, Europe and the Americas. It is too early to forget the songs of emancipation when we tried to escape to the shores of Canada; it is too early to forget the humiliation of Rosa Parks and Hitler’s reaction to Jesse Owen’s victory and the sufferings of George Washington Carver.
Many years ago, Martin Luther King Jnr. stated in his “I have a dream” speech that,
“ I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character.”
Today, we would know if Barack Hussein Obama would be judged by the colour of his skin or by the content of his character.
We may want to ask, why is today important? Today is important because the desires of Martin Luther King Jnr. has a chance of coming to pass, today would end the political vendetta between Senator John McCain and Senator Barack Obama.
If we check it, many great mortals are blacks: Collin Powell, Nelson Mandela, Usain Bolt and Bishop David Oyedepo, many other great preachers in the world today are blacks, Matthew Ashimolowo and the rest of them. These men were able to distinguish themselves in the midst of solitude.
Now, who is Barack Hussein Obama? One may seem sceptical because ‘Barack’ sounds like ‘Iraq’, ‘Hussein’ like one of Saddam’s names and ‘Obama’ like ‘Osama’. Barack Hussein Obama is a civil rights lawyer, an Illinois senator, a graduate of Columbia University, born in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1961 with a lengthy childhood story. He is a visionary, strong and passionate young man with his roots from the Lou tribe in Kenya, he is believed to be the fulfilment of the American dream. Barack Obama has the distinct characteristics of determination, love for people which earned him his charisma, intellect, passion and vision, strong moral character and wisdom, he possesses all the core values of Covenant University.
It is there to learn from Obama courage, he did what no black man had done before in the history of America, it is there to learn from him the benefits of loving people and also sacrifice which he displayed ever since his days in primary school when he shared his meals with his hungry classmates in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Today’s election marks the end of an historic moment with the beginning of another.
God Bless Us All!