The reunification of Africans as a people

Friday July 6th, in London, I attended a conference themed ‘Ensuring the democratic participation of UK Africans in the African Union.

The guest speaker was Professor Gus John, who is also Chair Equality, Diversity and Social Mobility Group for Legal Education and Training Review [LETR].

Participants learned about the Global African Diaspora Summit in South Africain May 2012 and the five legacy projects: 1) skills database; 2) creation of a Volunteer Corps; 3) the African Diaspora Investment Fund; 4) the establishment of a Development Market place; 4) development of the African Remittances Institute.

Professor Gus John went on briefly explaining the work which has been done so far and or is still ongoing at different levels to reunify globally all Africans as a people.

As a member of the African Union’s Technical Committee of Experts working on the modalities for reunifyingAfricaand its global diaspora, he also requested from members of the African diaspora to get on the bandwagon and support the initiative.

The specific objective of the London conference was to start of a democratic consultation that will enable the creation of a UK Chapter for the Global African Diaspora Initiative, with the ultimate aim of being effectively represented at the African Union level.

Since the African Union has been usually geographically divided into 5 regions, having recognised the importance of the continent global diaspora in its development, it was decided in 2004 to recognise the African diaspora as its 6th region.

The most important thing I retained from the conference, as an African concerned by the future of my mother continent, is that there is a gradual consciousness among African people around the world, which is gaining momentum and needs support from every son and daughter of Africa or African descent wherever history has given them their new home.

In January 2011, I was in Tripoli attending a conference on a similar theme of which the focus then was on how the African Diaspora from all the corners of the planet could live a decent life in their host countries and also contribute effectively to the development ofAfrica.

As recommended by this week conference, of spreading the word and verb around, this note is about informing and inviting Africans wherever they live to take part into these different actions of significant importance for the African Diaspora and particularly all Africans as a people around the globe.

Contact details in order to get involved can be found on the website of Professor Gus John.


5 responses to “The reunification of Africans as a people

  1. Pingback: Haiti becomes member of the African Union | The Rising Continent

  2. I think I may be coming back to this Journal quite often. Thanks for posting this site in FaceBook.


  3. I definitely agree with you on the fact that, there is gradual consciousness among the younger African generations. We are coming to the realization that we can’t keep running away from home, but we truly have to make our home, our home. I want to hear more from you definitely.


  4. Reblogged this on Nii-Teiko and commented:
    sometime ago (possibly 2010), I attended the conference that was the pre-cursor to the Tripoli conference briefly mentioned in this read. that conference was funded or put on by the office of Colonel Qadaffi

    we all know about his negative side but I respect any efforts to unify and consolidate the various elements of the African diaspora. Professor Gus John seems to be on the same path and may the Ancestors guide him on this journey – perilous and fraught it is but never NEVER impossible

    read more from Brother Ambrose as he attends a conference proposing a Uk chapter of the Global African Diaspora Initiative as discussed in Azania (South Africa) in May 2012

    The Almighty’s Blessings


  5. Wonderful to see Africa embracing the power and potential of her Diaspora. See and download the Diaspora Strategies Toolkit. We all have a lot to learn from each other.

    Kingsley Aikins


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