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.