‘Beyond Aspiration’, JFK and notes on founding of USAfrica.
By Chido Nwangwu
One of the remarkable, transformative leaders of the 20th century whose vision and mission moved mankind ‘beyond aspiration’ is John F. Kennedy (JFK), ex president of United States. Hear him: “We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.” [Address at Rice University, September 12 1962]
I know that ‘beyond aspiration’ JFK took man to the moon!
First, I believe that at the center of achieving and operating ‘beyond aspiration’ is a summary of vision.
Second, you must have what I call that creative impetus and soaring courage to propel your determination to succeed and transform your environment — no matter the odds.
Third, beyond the mortal arrogations and the flawed genius of men and women, we must seek the extraordinary grace of God,
On my part, I left Nigeria for the US in August 1990 with media aspiration, faith in God’s kindness and U.S$150 in my wallet as I arrived JFK airport in New York. After clearing the immigration and customs, I had my ‘Welcome to America’ hustle. The taxi driver who took me to nearby LaGuardia airport dealt me through my first ‘The more you look the less you see experience’ in America. He charged me $100 for the short trip and I was left with $50 only. Without any fanciful description, the taxi driver made me a ‘mugu’ — the Nigerian slang for the person who’s conned.
In 1992, I established USAfrica, with headquarters in Houston, Texas. Beyond my vision [aspiration], I have since almost 24 years walked and worked with a formidable team and the support of our international communities to establish the authoritative, pioneering, respected and foremost multimedia company for Africans and Americans that I named USAfrica. That is, Aspiration Beyond $50! •Dr. Chido Nwangwu, moderator of the Achebe Colloquium (GOVERNANCE
specialist and founder of USAfricaonline.com, the first African-owned U.S-based newspaper published on the INTERNET, in his first book; he writes movingly from his 1998 reporting from South Africa on Mandela. http://www.mandelaachebechido.com/