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Today I want to send my readers over to the pages and work of my friend Chika Onyeani of the Africa Sun Times.

See the report below:

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Saturday, December 31, 2011 – A major thrust was undertaken today, in an impromptu parley, by the African Union Commission’s Director of its Citizens and Diaspora Directorate, Dr. Jinmi Adisa, when he met with the President of the National Conference of Black Mayors, the Hon. Mayor Robert Bowser of East Orange, in a more determined effort to enlarge the reach of the African Union in ensuring a faster process in achieving the goals and objectives of the Union in recognizing the African Diaspora as the 6th Region of the continent. The meeting took place at the home of Dr. Chika and Mrs. Loretta Onyeani of East Orange. Onyeani is the publisher and editor in chief of the award-winning African Sun Times and Chair of the Celebrate Africa Foundation, whose goals are the positive promotion of Africa and rewards African countries with good governance with the “Best Country of the Year Award.”

The parley was a result of a thorough briefing on Friday, December 30, between Onyeani and Dr. Adisa and his three-person team on issues affecting the African Diaspora and the upcoming Global Diaspora Summit, taking place on May 25, 2012 in South Africa. After their discussions, Onyeani then briefed Dr. Adisa on his recent visit to Senegal with the National Conference of Black Mayors to the World Summit of Mayors Leadership Conference, organized by Dr. Djibril Diallo, Coordinator, U.S. African Renaissance and Diaspora Network, and Senior Advisor to the Executive Director UNAIDS New York.

During the course of the briefing, Onyeani expressed how he was impressed with the work that the National Conference of Black Mayors had accomplished, and how the Conference could be a faster conduit through which the African Union would be able to achieve its goals of the African Diaspora as the 6th Region of the African continent. The Mayors are better situated in reaching out and bringing together a wider amalgam of the African Diaspora, especially in the U.S., where they are really the first tier of black leadership. Dr. Adisa became thoroughly excited by the prospect and expressed a desire to meet with Mayor Bowser, President of the National Conference of Mayors.

After Dr. Adisa’s request, Onyeani sprang into action, contacted Mayor Bowser and arranged today’s 12 noon 3-hour meeting. Both Dr. Adisa and Mayor Bowser expressed genuine excitement at meeting. Accompanying Dr. Adisa from the African Uncion Commission were Ms. Nadia Roguiai, Expert, ECOSOC; Mr. Wuyi Omitoogun, Expert, Diaspora Relations; and Mr. Ahmed al-Bashir, Head Diaspora Division. Dr. Adisa informed the Mayor of his belief that the NCBM could play and should be playing a major role with the African Union. He would welcome a meeting between the NCBM and the highest level of the African Union Commission in the nearest future, and foresaw the role for the NCBM in the AUC’s roadmap towards the Global Diaspora Summit, especially the attendance of their leadership at the Summit.

On his part, Mayor Bowser welcomed the idea of his Conference playing a significantly wider continental role. He spoke about how the Conference has benefited from their experience at the recently concluded World Summit of Mayors Leadership Conference in Senegal and praised President Abdoulaye Wade for making it possible for his group and other well-known African Diaspora leaders to participate in the Summit. He spoke of the programs they intend to start with their Senegalese counter-parts, and how these could be expanded on a continental-wide basis. He had no doubt that his Conference leadership, through its Executive Director Ms. Vanessa Williams, would be very happy to participate in the Global Diaspora Summit.

Onyeani will be coordinating the activities between the African Union and the Diaspora Mayors and legislators. His newspaper, the African Sun Times, will be producing a special edition of the newspaper in a magazine format for the Global Diaspora Summit. A website, is being constructed.

About Chika Onyeani:

Chika A. Onyeani is acclaimed author of the internationally-acclaimed No.1 bestselling book, “Capitalist N—–: The Road to Success – A Spider Web Doctrine,” the blockbuster novel, “The Broederbond Conspiracy” (aka The Black James Bond), and the first in a series of African Folk Tales for children, “ODUM: The Lion.” He is the Publisher/Editor in Chief of the award-winning African Sun Times, acclaimed by the African Union as champion of the African agenda in America. He is well known consultant on African issues and has traveled to many African countries on paid speaking engagements on the economic empowerment of black people.

Celebrate Africa Foundation (CAF) is the continental-and Diaspora-wide organization with a dual mission. First is that of celebrating Africa and to promoting a positive image of the African continent and its people by highlighting the best practices in good governance, sound management of public funds, respect for human rights and the rule of law. Secondly, Celebrate Africa Foundation believes that Africa must celebrate its achievements in order to upgrade its image throughout the world; and that it is incumbent upon all of us who love Africa to do our best in promoting this great continent.

First Url: Story on African Sun Times Official Website


Second Url: African Sun Times Home Page



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