Saturday, June 2, 2012


AU Chairperson President Boni Yayi, South African President Jacob Zuma and AUC Chairperson Dr. Jean Ping with other leaders at the Global African Diaspora Summit


  "For some of us, the Global African Diaspora Summit is yet to register its significance as the first official embrace between  parents who lost their children 500 years ago, and though both have known where the other exists, the Summit made it the first time they decided to come together and finally acknowledge their collective existence. The enthusiasm on both the parents and children was palpable, and you could see the pride of belonging on the part of every participant.  After 500 years, the children of the martyred Africans who had been forcibly abducted in chains and taken to … [Read More...]

Ambassador Erieka Bennett Presents Appreciation Plaque to Ambassador Rakwena
Sandton, Johannesburg, Friday May 25  -  During the just concluded Global African Diaspora Summit, Ambassador Dr. Erieka Bennett of the African Diaspora Forum, joined by other "Eminent Persons" at the Southern Sun hotel who attended the Summit, presented a plaque of appreciation to Ambassador Mbulelo Rakwena, the individual in charge of the South African part of organizing the Summit on behalf of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO).  Another plaque for Dr. Jinmi Adisa, Director of the Citizens and Diaspora Directorate (CIDO) of the African Union Commission is yet to be presented ... [Read More...]

Above photo, l-r: Rabbi Kohain Halevi, Ghana; retired judge Mrs. Victoria Okobi; Dr. Chika Onyeani, Pubisher/Editor in Chief, African Sun Times; Prof. Leonard Jeffries, formerly of City University of New York (CUNY) and now President of WADU; Mrs. Cecile Thompson, wife of late icon and legend Pan-Africanist Ambassador Dudley Thompson; Ms. Margaret Gadding of Sweden; Ambassador Mbulelo Rakwena of the South African Department of International Relations (DIRCO) receiving the award; Ambassador Dr. Erieka Bennett, who initiated and produced the plaque; Dr. Julius Garvey, orthopedic surgeon and son of Pan-African icon Dr. Marcus Garvey; Ambassador Vincent Okobi of Nigeria; and Mrs. Loretta Onyeani, Associate Editor, African Sun Times (Click on picture for better view)

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