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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
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.
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
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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An Angel Goes Home
Old age is such a blessing. But what good is it exactly? Methuselah, they say had lived for thousand years. But what for? Many people around the world shares a sense of loss about the recent passing of Maya Angelou. She had been a significant influence for good in world and shall always remain a pride of the African communities worldwide. Weeks before Dr. Maya Angelou's passing, Dr Ezi Mecha was planning to record a video message about her work relationship with Chinua Achebe. Something she had agreed to do. She had a strong sense of belief in her roots as a guide to the present and the future, and what it means to live a purposeful life.
Pharrell Williams, a brilliant and successful African American music entertainer said in his twitter feed that he is saddened by the news of Maya Angelou's passing: A brilliant woman who contributed so much to the world.” Looking at Dr. Maya's what about her life and her contribution to Africa can we emulate?
A collaborative effort to celebrate Maya Angelou’s life and influence has been arranged to take place at 11a.m. to 1:00p.m on Saturday on the AV Teleforum. We invite all who wish to give tributes and engage in a dialogue about the influence of Maya Angelou – to join this week’s discussion live by phone or Skype as we connect local individuals to the global communities.
Intelligent discussions are no longer taking place in silos. If you have anything to say, here is the power to say it. The world is listening.
Coproduced by African Views and World Ebony Network
Primary dial-in numbers: (760) 283-0850, press 1 to get to the program director
To join by Skype — add: Africanviews (mute your microphone when you call during the show to avoid on air echo, background noises or statics)
Host: Dr. Ezi Mecha
What ISIS is to Iraq AND Syria, and Al-Qaida is to Afghanistan, that is what Boko Haram is to Nigeria. This diffuse Salafist sect has attacked Nigeria's police and military, politicians, schools, religious buildings, public institutions, market places, and civilians consistently in Northern Nigeria, but they have since gained confidence and now encroaching Southern parts of Nigeria. They have abducted several hundreds of children, women and girls to the world’s disgusts and destroyed townships, while they put terror in the hearts of Nigerian law enforcement institutions. Up until few days ago, the Nigerian Government had denied the obvious advancement and atrocities caused by Boko Haram perhaps as political strategy amidst the very heated and looming presidential election coming up in few weeks.
Experts argue that the group existence is due to the fundamental Salafist incubation that social development neglect of the region brewed. Others view the group as an armed revolt against government corruption, abusive security forces, and widening regional economic disparity. Most agree that the Federal Government of Nigeria could have and should have done more to address the strife.
The goal – Able to tell the world that violent has been a norm in Northern Nigeria since 1945 – Every kingdom established through the shedding of blood will almost require the shedding of more blood to keep the kingdom going. The only problem is that the government has never been able to bring those who have been doing the killing into persecution and that Nigeria nurtured the violence, and is now to paying the price. However, for the very first time, Nigerians has been able to stand up to those responsible.
Explain that mass killing is been a norm
1. Culture of Mass Killing in Northern Nigeria
2. Similarities Between ISIL and Boko Haram – Every violence in Northern Nigeria
3. Reason for the government not being able to bring them to prosecution
a. Lack of Army
a. Introduction of education
b. Mass literature/?poverty
Dr. Katch Ononuju
Dr. Chris Okoye
Dr. Chris Okafor
Host: Dr. Ezi Mecha
The alarmist nature of the American tabloids and cable news is causing anxiety and spreading fear and misinformation about the EVD. Health-?care costs and illness from the effects of the disease contribute relatively little to its economic impact, according to a World Bank report. Rather, eighty to ninety per cent of the economic effects are due to the “fear factor,” which shuts down transportation systems, including ports and airports, and keeps people away from their jobs.
Fear factor about the possible spread of Ebola Virus Diseases within America copulated with the exponential increment in official reported numbers of fatalities in Africa is causing great shift in public perception and law makers’ different responses to the situation across the board
Read more: www.bit.ly/Ebolaassessment
Zambia holds a special place in Africa largely because of the leadership of Kenneth Kaunda, the Lion of Zambia, one of the most respected political leaders in Africa. Kaunda’s legacy includes belief that Zambia could establish a democracy where both Africans and European settlers could live in peace. As such Zambia managed to avoid the racially divisive power struggles that plagued its neighbors, Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and South Africa. He has also brokered efforts to resolve disputes within and between African nations and was particularly active in the long campaign that led to Zimbabwean independence in 1980. Today Zambia is one of the few African countries that have been multi-racially inclusive of persons of European Origin it is highest Office. Guy Scott was sworn in as Vice President of the Republic of Zambia on 29 September 2011.
Nonetheless, after 3 years in Office, Zambians are becoming frustrated about the administration of Michael Chilufya Sata, the current Zambian president and Patriotic Front party leader. Sata defeated the incumbent Rupiah Bwezani Banda in the 2011 elections with pre-election pledge to deliver a people driven constitution in 100 days after taking office. The recent announcement by the president in defense of his delay on the issue, saying Zambia has a constitution and the country is not in crisis sparked a protest which led to the arrest of More than 40 youth activists for wearing T-shirts saying: "New constitution a must. Release it now!"
Activista and other Zambian youth movement will get a chance to tell the world what a people driven Constitution for Zambia mean and why New constitution a must. Release it now on African Views. Read more
Domestic violence is a term used to characterize a pattern of obvious and subtle hash and brash behaviors resulting into physical and psychological abuses between partners in any types of intimate relationships or other members in a household. Domestic violence can be in a cumulative form of physical, emotional, verbal, economic and sexual abuse or any other type of control mechanism to coerce another individual perpetually. Consequences of domestic violence vary from anxiety, dismay, social disconnect, fragile mental state, tension, breakdown mental and unpredictable consequences such as illness, homicide or permanent disfigurement.
In 1994, the US Congress passed the Violence Against Women Act ("VAWA"). This Act, and the 1996 additions to the Act, recognizes that domestic violence is a national crime and that federal laws can help an overburdened state and local criminal justice system. Available practical information in the US federal domestic violence laws and penalties and the rights of federal victims can be found here: Federal Domestic Violence Laws http://www.justice.gov/usao/gan/documents/federallaws.pdf
How to report domestic violence crime?
What are the federal crimes and penalties?
What qualifies as domestic violence misdemeanor?
What is a a protection order?
Who is an intimate partner?
Can concerns be heard in federal court?
What are Victim’s rights?
Where and how to find help?
Speakers include Chief Police Inspector Katarina Paulsson from Åmål Police in Sweden, and Police Investigator Karpla Karney from Pleebo Police in Liberia and NYPD representative from Domestic Violence Unit. We could sufficiently capture the framework for protection against domestic violence by spanning law enforcement policies across three continents, namely Africa, Europe, and America.
Focus on MDG 4: Reduce child mortality
MDG5: Improve Maternal Health by 2015
Special Guest: Ms. Marion Subah, MSN, CNM, RNC, PNP, FWACN
Ms. Marion Subah, is a fellow of the West Africa College of Nursing (WACN), a Liberian certified nurse midwife, A Maryland state RN, a certified Maternal Child Health Registered Nurse and public health professional with nearly 30 years of experience in health program management, training, and service delivery with focus in maternal, neonatal child health (MNCH) and reproductive health (RH). She has worked for a number of international NGOs, as well as the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW), and is also as a clinician providing direct patient services with last full time service delivery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in the Perinatal Services Department where she received a “Shining Star” Award for establishing the Dimensional Activities Program for Antenatal Patients and trained staff to implement the program. Ms. Subah is currently Jhpiego/Liberia’s country representative, providing management and technical oversight for Jhpiego/Liberia’s portfolio. She concurrently serves as Program Director & Education and Training Advisor on the Rebuilding Basic Health Services (RBHS) project, a USAID funded Project of the MOHSW, led by JSI and she manages the MNCH, mental health, and RH / family planning (FP) components. Read more
The diversity of African people is defined by their uniqueness, which is one of their most important characteristics as a people. In the US, Black or African American is one category. Together they comprise approximately 14% of the population in the United States. One would expect synergy from the various groups that constitute the Black society in America. This includes Black immigrants from Africa, South America, Australia, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, and African Americans. Current reality as revealed by pundits and mere public observation show that relating to one another in their respective communities is a common challenge.
The existing conflicts are both recent and antiquity based myths such as claims that African Americans don't like Black immigrants because they are reaping the benefit of their struggles for freedom with disregard for the experience of slavery while Black immigrants are said to think that African Americans are aloof of the opportunity of their circumstances. Other myths include the Willie Lynch’s effect and conspiracy theory of who might have been responsible for slave trade.
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