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This forum is in three parts. Each part is scheduled for one hour. The first part will address the challenges faced by the African Press in doing our work domestically and internationally. Part two, will validate the challenges as legitimate problems because some of our colleagues are often just ranting or confused and in some cases prosecuted for publishing false or defamatory information. Part three will provide us with opportunity to offer our views and ideas on ways and means of strengthening the status of the African press in domestically and around the world.
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In an effort to build consensus across the Global African Diaspora around strategies for cooperating and coordinating, CFA collaborates with African Views to facilitate a conference call of Diaspora leaders in the Western Hemisphere, as part of the 2014 Ronald H. Brown African Affairs Series. While time, distance and travel resources have proven to be significant obstacles in the coordination of Diaspora in support of Africa, this effort can bridge the gap, by holding the first of several conference calls of Diaspora leaders around the globe to open and strengthen dialogue.
Synopsis of intent:
To formalize the platform where experts and professionals in Africa and Diaspora can collaborate with their immense intellect, expertise, skills, ideas and other resources necessary to develop and design the optimal solutions for bridging and amplifying the economic and scientific gaps between Africa and the rest of the world.
To form alliance of strength and interest between the Diaspora and Africa, as well as to cultivate a collaborative global communication platform for reliable and well guided intelligence committees that will liaise directly with institutional partners, essential state holders and sovereign authorities on African development issues.
Constituency For Africa (CFA): http://www.cfa-events.org
African Views (AV): http://www.africanviews.org
As requested: here is a list of immediate social and development challenges facing Africa and African Diaspora: http://bit.ly/africanproblems
The Ebola outbreak, which began 9 months ago, has killed nearly 1300 lives in 4 African countries, affected up to 2000 people, shut down borders, and is becoming a threat to local if not national economies. Though ‘The Economists’ reports patchy precautions following Presidency declared state of emergency in these countries, personal testimonies are disclosing their satisfaction at their government’s serious efforts in protecting their citizens.
Special Guest From Liberia Madam Miatta Fahnbulleh
Combining a passion for performance with an acute social consciousness, Miatta Fahnbulleh is helping Liberia’s next generation move out of the shadow of war.
Special Guest From Nigeria
Dr. Katch Ononuju is man of many interests. He is the Managing Director/ Chief Economist at iordinance, which is into economic consultancy, large scale military hardware supply and security consultancy. He is also a Public Affairs Analyst with a doctorate degree from the prestigious London School of Economics and Political Science. Interestingly, he is also a politician and chieftain of the ruling PDP.
See detail here: http://bit.ly/AV-WEN-Ebola
Host: World Ebony Network, Dr. Ezi Mecha, Founder & CEO
Co-Producer/Director: African Views – http://www.africanviews.org/
On March 6th, 2014, Part III will examine the current situation and question if the actions of Boko Haram are getting better or worse and if Nigerian has been successfully dealing with Boko Haram.
The panel will examine the failures on success following Dr. Katch's recount of Boko Haram's history and the current situation on ground. Some of the failures include: Training of young child soldiers and Suicide bombing while some of the successes include the recapturing of Baga where Boko Haram destroyed and killed so many people, coordination of activities between Chad, Cameroon, and Niger with American support, and confidence and morale-boosting visit of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Kenneth Minimah.
There is an overarching stereotype about the absence of African men in family and community development. Some claim that African "Black" males have failed to protect their communities while some say African leaders are the ones failing to protect their societies. Is there some validity is this stereotype?
However, history portrays Africa as an organized society where males prided themselves in protecting their communities. This character trait dates as far back as pre-colonial days were men were more socio-politically visible than women and in some societies; even though they deferred some of the sociopolitical roles to women. In those societies, women were allowed to make decisions pertaining to women affairs, but in general, men played various roles as councilmen, elders, and as a matter of fact, as those responsible for guarding the living from the forces of evil.
How do character traits of today's men differ from those of our ancestors? What have we forgotten to remember? Is it good to remember and continue to observe the cultural legacy and behavioral commitments of the ancestors? Is it possible to combine the Afrocentric governance with those of our ancestors? From the look of things, corrupt governments, killings, etc., it appears black leaders have moved too far from the good traditional practices of their ancestors. If this is the case, then who protects black communities? Should those good traditional protective roles be abandoned? Will electoral processes work in black communities, particularly, in Africa? Where do we go from here?
. The program is co-directed and co-produced by African Views.
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