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Stefanie-Lahya Aukongo – The time has come

Or: powerlessness become authority, with 

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“The time has come. Before they removed our chains, they brainwashed us. Brainwashed us with their dirty ideologies. They wanted us to walk like them. Talk like them. Think like them. And what did we do? We walked like them. Talked like them. Thought like them.

Stefanie-Lahya AukongoOur legacy spoke not. It was biding its time. Our legacy is in us. Now it can grow. Now it can show itself. Brothers! Sisters! The time has come. We are here. We are here. We are wanted. My African pride. My African story. My African life. I sense the power of my ancestors. I know of the strength of my nation.

Stefanie-Lahya Aukongo 3In an endless landscape of humiliation, we are rising up. This is our time. A time where powerlessness becomes authority. Authority becomes love. Love becomes understanding. And understanding becomes humanity. Is it just a dream? Are we still shackled in those chains of old? Or shall we today begin to build tomorrow?”

Stefanie-Lahya Aukongo 4These are the words of Stefanie-Lahya Aukongo, my latest guest on Talking Germany. She brings with her all the hopes, the fears, the joys and despair of her fascinating life. A life in three “nations”: the former East Germany, black Africa, and present-day reunified Germany. And she brings with her the hopes, and the fears, of Germany’s large and flourishing Afro-German community.


October 13, 2014