Amidst the on-going enslaving and discrimination of Blacks by whites in Us and across other nations of the world, former African union Ambassador H. E Chihombori-Quao has call on Africans in the Diaspora to remain calm and united.
During her tenure as Permanent Representative to the African Union Mission in Washington DC, H.E Dr. Chihombori-Quao worked tirelessly towards fulfilling her mission which was to develop and maintain positive relationships between the African Union and the of United States Executive and Legislative branches of Government. She furthermore, devises her way to connect with the diaspora at every level across the country.
“My mandate is to promote the longstanding and historical, cultural and economic relations between Africa and the US. More importantly, to mobilize the African diaspora, which we define as ‘people of African descent living outside of Africa’.” she states.
Her departure from the African Union emboldened her to create the African Union Diaspora Development Institute to unite the African descendants in the diaspora, in order to facilitate economic development in Africa. She shared her view on the wake-up call to end the enslavement of Africans in the Diaspora, by saying
“It is really disheartening that Africans are subjected to this high level of discrimination among our white brothers.”
In my recently published book, “The Wake-Up Call”, I highlighted the struggle, discrimination, and violence Africans and their descendants have endured. From the consequences of the Transatlantic Slave Trade to the current need for the BlackLivesMatter movement. As a continent, Africa deserves fair treatment and can thrive like other continents of the world and we will not relent until this is achieved”. She concluded.
Adding her voice to that, one of the advisors to H.E Dr. Chihombori-Quao, Olorogun Dr. Bernice Onome Dema who doubles as National Executive Board member and the Chairperson of the Tri-State ADDI working with National Executive Board member and Secretary Tri – State ADDI Mrs. Busie Matsiko-Andan commended ADDI Steering Committee (SC) members for their wealth of knowledge, passion and grassroots mobilization to actualize the ADDI dream of building the Africa we want.To quote a member of the SC and National Executive Board member, a well known grassroots mobilizer in New York State, Ms. Ramatu Ahmed, ” A united Africa built by Africans for Africans, the time is NOW!” she said.
To add to her accolades, H. E. Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao has earned many prestigious honors and awards. Two of her most cherished ones are an achievement award received in 1996 from the incumbent President at the time, H.E. the late President Nelson Mandela of the Republic of South Africa and the African Woman of Excellence Award in July 2015 during the AU Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa.
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