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Honoris Board Director, Professor Yusuf Karodia, named African Education Person of the Year
March 4, 2020 | 0 Comments

Prof. Karodia, the founder of MANCOSA and of REGENT Business School, is recognized as an African impact leader in education

Left to right: Dr Ken Giami, Founder and CEO of African Leadership Magazine; Professor Karodia, the founder of distance learning institutions MANCOSA and REGENT Business School – member institutions of Honoris United Universities; Dr Akinwumi Adesina, President African Development Bank Group and David Mabuza, Deputy President, Republic of South Africa

Johannesburg, 3rd March 2020: Professor Yusuf Karodia, founder of two member institutions of Honoris United Universities, Africa’s first and largest private higher education network, has been named African Person of the Year 2019 by African Leadership Magazine, in the category Development of Education.

Professor Karodia, Founder of MANCOSA and of REGENT Business School, received the award for his contribution to the advancement of education and the transmission of knowledge in Africa. During the ceremony, held on 29 February in Sandton, Johannesburg, he was named ‘The Greatest Visionary in Africa for the Development of Higher Education’, underscoring his commitment to developing education in Africa over the past four decades.

In an emotional speech, he said, “I would like to salute the students, staff and graduates of the Honoris United Universities network and the outstanding work of all teachers and actors who are helping to train future African leaders”. He also spoke of the impact of the fourth industrial revolution, which he said makes traditional approaches to higher education less and less relevant.

“The fourth industrial revolution will render a large part of the current system obsolete in the coming decades. Artificial intelligence will be the driving force behind the fourth industrial revolution, and it will eradicate from the labour market many tasks that are currently performed by humans. The fusion of man and machine will require a rethink of education to meet the challenges of the future.” 

He also spoke of the importance of lifelong learning and the ability to quickly acquire new skills, comments mirrored by the CEO of Honoris United Universities, Luis Lopez“I am very proud to have Prof. Karodia as a director of Honoris United Universities. His knowledge and foresight are invaluable to our pan-African vision of Education for Impact. This recognition is the culmination of more than four decades of commitment to the development of quality and accessible private higher education. A pioneer and visionary, he has made MANCOSA and REGENT Business School leading academic institutions. His core belief of supporting world-class African human capital, encapsulated by Honoris, is an inspiration to us and to those who know him.”

Honoris United Universities, the first pan-African private higher education network, stretches from Casablanca to Cape Town and from Tunis to Johannesburg. The network brings together a community of 11 institutions in 10 countries and 32 cities, on-campus, remote and online. Its institutions provide degrees in the fields of health sciences, engineering, computer science, commerce, law, architecture, arts and design, media, education and political science.

About Professor Karodia

Professor Karodia began his career in 1973 as a school teacher. In 1988, after obtaining a master’s degree in Education at the University of South Africa, he taught education management and comparative education at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN). He later received his Ph.D. from the University of Pretoria. His talents and abilities have been recognized by various awards during his career. These include the British Council, Fulbright and Educational Opportunities Council scholarships. He has published many books.

As a young teacher in a difficult socio-economic context, Professor Karodia quickly realized that promising black students were denied access to university education under apartheid. The injustices he witnessed and experienced led him to work for change. With time and a massive act of faith, he created two private higher education institutions that would widen access to quality education, especially those previously denied access. He has also worked to make a significant impact in the implementation of quality distance education.

Also a philanthropist and passionate in his belief that reading is an essential ingredient in improving children’s literacy levels, he launched, through the Yusuf Karodia Foundation, the Million Books Project, aimed at providing more than one million books to school children in underprivileged areas of South Africa through mobile libraries.

He has forged numerous links and networks with educational institutions, both locally and internationally, and has helped define the purpose and role of management education through his work with the Association of Business Schools, the Association of African Business Schools and the Association of BUSINESS Schools BRICS, whose headquarters are located within REGENT Business School.

About Honoris United Universities

Honoris United Universities is the first private pan-African higher education network committed to preparing and educating the next generation of African leaders and professionals able to impact regionally in a globalized world.  Collaborative intelligence, cultural agility and mobile mindsets and skills are at the heart of Honoris’ vision of higher education. Honoris United Universities joins the expertise of its member institutions to prepare pan-regional profile graduates that are competitive in today’s fast-paced and demanding labour markets.

Honoris United Universities gathers a community of 45,000 students on 60 campuses, learning centres and via on-line, in 10 countries and 32 cities across Africa. The network counts 11 institutions: multidisciplinary universities, specialized schools, technical and vocational institutes, contact distance and online institutions. Students have an opportunity to experience exclusive partnerships and exchange programs in more than 60 universities across Europe, Asia and the United States. Over 280 degrees are offered in Health Science, Engineering, IT, Business, Law, Architecture, Arts and Design, Media, Education and Political Science.

Honoris United Universities. Education for ImpactÒ. www.honoris.net 

Prof Karodia at the African Leadership Awards

About MANCOSA

Founded in 1995 as a post-apartheid empowerment institution in South Africa, MANCOSA has grown to become one of the largest and leading private higher education institutions in South Africa. As a provider of high-quality distance learning, MANCOSA offers accredited, accessible and affordable education. A distinguished portfolio of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes is delivered through MANCOSA’s Graduate School of Business, School of Education, School of Public Administration and School of Economics and Finance.  www.mancosa.co.za 

About REGENT Business School

REGENT Business School is a premium management education institution established in 1998 to shape leaders for business and society in South Africa. This dynamic institution offers globally recognised affordable and accessible business and management education programmes. These programmes cover the areas of business administration, commerce, management and leadership, finance, entrepreneurship, local government, educational management and range from Higher Certificates to Postgraduate Degrees.

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Gambia’s Truth Commission Secretary Resigns from U.S University Job
February 7, 2020 | 0 Comments

By Bakary Ceesay

Dr. Baba Galleh Jallow, Executive Secretary TRRC

Dr. Baba Galleh Jallow,  Executive Secretary of the Truth Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC)  last week resigned from his teaching job at La Salle University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Until his resignation, Dr. Jallow was an assistant professor of African and World history at La Salle.

Prior to joining the La Salle faculty in 2015, Dr. Jallow taught African history and was director of the African Studies Program at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.

Upon his invitation to come home and serve as Executive Secretary of the TRRC back in the fall of 2017, Dr. Jallow sought and was granted a two-year leave of absence by La Salle University to enable him to take up the position.

However, in a recent communication, the University explained that it would not be able to extend Dr. Jallow’s leave of absence beyond fall (September) 2020 when it expires.

Part of Dr. Jallow’s letter of resignation to La Salle University’s Dean of Arts and Sciences reads: “As per the terms of my leave of absence, I was supposed to return to La Salle University in fall 2020.

However, due to the fact that my work here requires at least an additional year of service to The Gambia’s Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission, I will not be in a position to do so. For that reason, and because you have indicated in a recent email that my leave will not be extended . . . please allow me to tender my resignation from my teaching position at La Salle University’s Department of History and the School of Arts and Sciences with immediate effect.  . . . Please also allow me to extend my very sincere gratitude to La Salle University and in particular my colleagues at the Department of History for all the kind support they have rendered me during my period at the University.”

Dr. Jallow says while he will miss La Salle University, he has no regrets at all over his resignation.

“In the absence of an extension of my leave, there really is no other option for me. I can’t leave the TRRC to resume my teaching at La Salle at this point. I also perfectly understand that the university needs to move on with hiring another full time African history professor. And so I am happy to resign and concentrate on completing the national assignment entrusted to me to the best of my ability. No regrets at all.”

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Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala named the next Angelopoulos Global Public Leaders Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School
February 4, 2020 | 0 Comments
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

CAMBRIDGE, MA—Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, a former finance minister of Nigeria and former managing director of the World Bank, has been named the next Angelopoulos Global Public Leaders Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School. The announcement was made today by Harvard Kennedy School Dean Douglas Elmendorf. Okonjo-Iweala begins her fellowship this month.

“Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala will bring to the Kennedy School a wealth of practical experience and insights into the development challenges and achievements in Africa and across the developing world,” Elmendorf said. “As the longest-serving finance minister in Nigeria and a leader at the World Bank for more than two decades, she engineered successful new approaches to fostering sustained and inclusive growth in developing countries. She will enrich our campus conversation on the public policy choices needed for effective governance that serves societies.”

In October 2019, Okonjo-Iweala delivered the Robert S. McNamara Lecture on War and Peacein the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum at the Kennedy School. “I am honored to be able to return to the Kennedy School as the Angelopoulos Fellow, and to work with students and faculty who are wrestling every day with the world’s most complex development problems,” she said.

Okonjo-Iweala was the longest-serving finance minister in her native Nigeria and the first woman to hold that position. She was also the first female foreign minister. Okonjo-Iweala drove systemic financial reforms and strengthened fiscal transparency to fight corruption, tripling the country’s growth rate. She also negotiated a $30 billion reduction in Nigeria’s external debt. In her 25-year career at the World Bank, she rose to the No. 2 position of managing director of operations and oversaw the development portfolio for South Asia, Africa, Europe, and Central Asia.

A magna cum laude graduate of Harvard University (1976), Okonjo-Iweala earned her doctorate from MIT and has been awarded 15 honorary degrees. She was recognized as one of the 100 most powerful women in the world by Forbes magazine for four years in a row, and by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. She was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2019. Currently, Okonjo-Iweala is chair of the Board of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, which has immunized 760 million children in the developing world against infectious diseases. She is also co-chair of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate.

The Angelopoulos Global Public Leaders Program was established with support from Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki, president of the Athens 2004 Olympics, former ambassador of Greece, lawyer, and recently appointed committee chair of “Greece 2021.” The program provides opportunities for high-profile public leaders who are transitioning from office or other leadership roles to spend time in residence at Harvard Kennedy School reflecting, teaching, learning, and conducting research. During her time at the Kennedy School, Okonjo-Iweala will meet with students and scholars as well as lecture, write, and participate in public discussions and forums.

Okonjo-Iweala becomes the fifth Angelopoulos Global Public Leaders Fellow since the program’s inception in 2011. Previous fellows are Juan Manuel Santos, former president of Colombia; Ban Ki-moon, former secretary-general of the United Nations; Tarja Halonen, former president of Finland; and Felipe Calderon, former president of Mexico.

*Source Harvard Kennedy School

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Memphis surgeon’s partnerships create better health, better doctors
January 29, 2020 | 0 Comments

By Jane Roberts*

Dr. Denis Foretia, assistant professor of general surgery at UTHSC, stands outside of his Midtown office Jan. 23, 2020. Foretia will soon head to Africa to build connections between the university’s Global Surgery Institute and West African College of Surgeons. (Patrick Lantrip/Daily Memphian)

Between his teaching and surgery schedule at Methodist University Hospital, Dr. Denis Foretia has carved out a week in February for the kind of work that feeds his soul.

He’s headed to Abuja, the capital of Nigeria, to work out formal agreements with the University of Nigeria Medical Centre and a host of hospitals in the region interested in partnering with the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s 2-year-old Global Surgery Institute.

He is its assistant director.

In many respects, Foretia, who grew up in Cameroon and is executive chairman of the Nkafu Policy Institute, a leading think tank there, is going home. In major ways, he is always there.

As much as he planned to be a cardiothoracic surgeon after he finished medical school at Vanderbilt University, he couldn’t stop thinking about the crushing weight of the medical needs he saw all around him as a child.

“I realized that I could not be really happy in life if I didn’t take surgery abroad, outside the U.S., where we could strengthen assistance to deliver surgical care at a higher level,” Foretia said.

When he returns to Memphis, he hopes to have the beginning of a memorandum of understanding between UTHSC and the University of Nigeria Medical Centre, including ties to the West African College of Surgeons.

“It creates an opportunity for students to travel internationally and see how health care is being practiced in areas outside Memphis,” he said, ticking off the benefits, not the least of which is learning to practice medicine in the absence of sophisticated diagnostic equipment or even electricity.

“We have lost a little bit of our physical examination and history-taking skills because we can easily get a CAT scan, and we don’t need to really examine the patient,” he said. “But when our students are there, it sharpens their physical exam skills for them to become just great clinicians, where they need to sit and talk with their patients and really figure out what is happening and be able to diagnose before even getting a CAT scan.”

UTHSC has working agreements with hospitals in the Philippines and Honduras. Foretia has another in the works with Levy Mwanawasa Hospital in Zambia, a university teaching hospital in Lusaka, the capital.

The sites offer a network of placements abroad for medical students who want international experience.

Surveys of incoming freshmen medical students at UTHSC show more than 70% do. More than 50% of current students say international experience would help them.

UTHSC has nearly 3,000 students in Memphis, Knoxville, Chattanooga and Nashville, plus 1,200 medical residents and fellows in training.

Nathan Manley, now a fourth-year surgery resident, started medical school at UTHSC in Memphis after several years of public health work in Zambia and Zimbabwe. He also served in the Peace Corps in Botswana.

Stepping into surgical suites in the Philippines last fall renewed what he calls the “idealism” of medicine and the reason why he chose it in the first place.

“Working in international health, it’s all about adapting to your environment. We have a lot of resources here. There, things aren’t available,” Manley said. “You have to learn how to apply the same standards we have here but in more creative ways.

“I don’t mean that to sound funny. Really, an older technology will do the same thing.”

The time he spent in the Philippines put him in touch with the kind of training that physicians whom he admires received a generation or two ago when there were fewer “gadgets” in the operating room.

The 10 days he worked in operating rooms there changed him in ways he struggles a little to explain.

“I hadn’t been out of U.S. since 2011. It rekindled a lot of feelings of idealism that tend to get knocked out of you in life,” he said. “My thing is service, especially international service. That’s why I joined the Peace Corps. I didn’t get into medicine to make money. I love serving people where they are, and I am doing this because I enjoy it.”

Dr. Denise Wong also worked in the Philippines through UTHSC, which she says describes as an “eye-opening experience” that changed her as a physician.

“It definitely makes me very grateful for the resources we do have and that we are able to share with others,” she said. “But it also makes me more conscientious about resource management. We are not as careful as we could be.”

Wong spent a week in the Philippines; Manley nearly two.

Foretia says even a short time is enough to change a doctor’s perspective. Under the agreements he’s working on, students would spend a month in a foreign placement in their senior year of medical school.

For Dr. James Netterville, Mark C. Smith Professor of Head & Neck Oncology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, it is a “joy” to see so many young medical students with that glimmer in their eyes. 

“Thank goodness for this generation coming now and their passion and heart for making a difference in the world,” said Netterville, a UTHSC-trained physician who is a member of Vanderbilt’s global surgery center.

Because the most talented can go to any medical school in the country, universities, he said, are responding with programs that appeal to their idealism. 

In earlier generations of medical outreach, Netterville said, “well-meaning surgeons would go and spend time treating a few patients and come home knowing they had done a little good.

“But no one knows what the outcomes were,” he said. “No one followed up on the patients, and no one was really educated in the process.”

The new goal, Netterville said, is to identify gaps in care, find the people who are the medical educators in that country and work out a joint plan to serve. 

“We plan with them so we can bring the right kind of physicians and the right kind of equipment. Our medical students don’t go to operate; they go to teach. It’s far better to go over and teach their doctors and let their doctors do the surgeries.”

UTHSC’s Global Surgery Institute started in 2017 as a way to capture and formalize the dozens of medical mission trips UT professors and physicians were already leading.

“The year we surveyed them, they had spent a total of 58 weeks abroad — doing health care abroad — which is amazingly high,” said Foretia, who has made seven trips in 30 months to sub-Saharan Africa for the university.

The hospitals in West Africa offer rich experience, perhaps counter-intuitively, for forcing doctors to see the level of medical waste in the United States, where about 20% of the federal budget goes to health care and the average American spends $8,000 to $9,000 a year on care.

The next highest spender is Germany at $4,000

“In Nigeria, it’s about $300,” said Foretia.

To illustrate the weight of the imbalance, he uses the example of the simple operating room stapler, indispensable for cordoning off sections of tissue in surgery. One costs $500.

Reviews of surgeries show surgeons may use four in one procedure, he said.

Surgeons in less developed countries use ties at a fraction of the price.

“Because the we have the staplers available, we just call for the next one,” Foretia says.

What makes university global partnerships possible is that many of their projects touch on key research projects and are funded by the U.S. government’s National Institutes of Health, “one of the most generous philanthropic organizations in the world,” said Netterville, who has made 24 trips to Africa and a similar number to Central America as a Vanderbilt physician.

Without it, countrywide and continentwide medical efforts couldn’t happen, he said.

The amount of grant money universities receive helps determine their national ranking. UTHSC, which is working toward being in the top 25% of medical schools in the country, needs $150 million in annual grants to meet a critical benchmark.  In 2019, it achieved $100 million for the first time after five years of concerted work.

Besides opportunities to help nations improve medical capacity, its global ties offer UTHSC a natural interface to community groups, including faith groups, doing their own mission work overseas.

Foretia is collecting supplies for a surgeon who does skin grafts on burn patients in Zambia, including equipment that is inexpensive in the U.S., but cost prohibitive there, for making grafts. He is interested in hearing from groups with other supplies. 

He is also organizing the institute’s first multicultural/global health symposium, a chance for UTHSC faculty, staff and students here and from clinical partner teaching hospitals in Chattanooga, Knoxville and Nashville to discuss their international work and goals.

“UTHSC is offering a lot to the world and transferring a lot back,” he said.

“Our endeavors around the world are providing real knowledge in the places we are going and also helping us become really good doctors, knowing how to better deal with our patients, especially in areas where we don’t necessarily have access.”

*Source Daily Memphian. Longtime journalist Jane Roberts is a Minnesotan by birth and a Memphian by choice. She’s lived and reported in the city more than two decades.


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Cameroon:Barrister Ajong Stanislaus Appointed Chairman/ Country Co-ordinator of the African Bar Association
January 3, 2020 | 0 Comments

By Boris Esono Nwenfor

Barrister Ajong has been tasked with co-ordinating all the activities of the African Bar Association in Cameroon, mobilize and recruit members of the Afba and effectively bring information to, and from the association

Renowned Human Rights Lawyer Barrister Ajong Stanislaus, who has over twenty years of experience in the law profession, has been appointed as the Chairman/country Co-ordinator of the prestigious African Bar Association.

His appointment is contained in a document signed by the President of the African Bar Association, Hannibal Uwaifo on December 27, 2019.

Holder of an LL.M in Human Rights Law from the University of Aberdeen- Scotland, Stanislaus Ajong is a Chevening Scholar and an International Human Rights Lawyer with wide experience in Cameroon, and Africa. Called to the Cameroon Bar in 1999, he founded and is presently Managing Partner of Security Law Firm situated in Tiko, South West Region of Cameroon.

According to the letter , a copy of which was seen by Pan African Visions, Barrister Ajong has been tasked with co-coordinating all the activities of the African Bar Association in Cameroon, mobilize and recruit members of the Afba and effectively bring information to, and from the association. He is equally called upon to represent Cameroon in the Governing and Executive Councils, and to solicit for funding support and resource persons for Afba.

Ajong Stanislaus has handled a number of Communications before the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights against the Republic of Cameroon and the Federal Republic of Nigeria on behalf of the people of Southern Cameroons in their quest for the respect of the right to self-determination.

A Lecturer of Human Rights and Development at graduate and undergraduate level in the Pan African Institute for Development in Africa – PAID-WA between 2010 -2013, he equally facilitated two legal clinics in Kenya on the right to Education and Employment in Africa.

He previously took the University of Buea to court to challenge the admission procedures which he considered unfavorable to Anglophone applicants.

He was President of the Fako Lawyers Association (FAKLA) — the Umbrella organization for Lawyers of the Cameroon Bar Association resident in Fako Division from 2010-2015. The Association partnered with other bodies during this time to fight for the respect of the rights of vulnerable persons, particularly, instituting proceedings on behalf of persons detained indefinitely awaiting trial and also for the decriminalization of journalistic offenses.

“I attended BGS Buea and I went through a bilingual system, and I know the strong points of the Anglophone system of education and know some in the Fancophone system of education and when I saw the admission procedures where Anglophones were denied the right to gain admission to the University of Buea because of lack of O-Level English and the fact that Francophones were given the opportunity to have an intensive English class for six weeks, and have direct admission to Buea, I cried foul; And at the time, admissions were not uniform,” He said in an interview with The Sun Newspaper in 2015. 

“… My action was dismissed but today the University of Buea has undergone some reformation. I have been in this for quite some time, and I was happy because it was no longer an individual fight but a collective one. We can count over 95% of Anglophone lawyers following this course and we think the plight of the English-speaking Cameroonian will no longer be the same again after May, 9, 2015.”

The renowned human rights lawyer who is equally an author had his secondary education in the Bilingual Grammar School, Molyko -Buea before proceeding to the University of Yaounde where he obtained the First Degree in Law. The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) awarded him the highly prestigious Chevening Scholarship in 2015.

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Rwandan named UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for 2021 Food Systems Summit
December 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Maniraguha Ferdinand

Agnes Kalibata

United Nations Secretary General António Guterres has appointed Agnes Kalibata of Rwanda as his Special Envoy for the 2021 Food Systems Summit.

In 2021, the Secretary-General will host a Food Systems Summit with the aim of maximizing the co-benefits of a food systems approach across the entire 2030 Agenda and meet the challenges of climate change.

As a key contribution to the Decade of Action to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals, the objectives of the Food Systems Summit are to generate momentum, expand the knowledge and share experience and approaches worldwide to help countries and stakeholders unleash the benefits of food systems for all people.

The Summit will also offer a catalytic moment for global public mobilization and actionable commitments to invest in diverse ways to make food systems inclusive, climate adapted and resilient, and support sustainable peace.

The Special Envoy, working with the United Nations system and key partners, will provide leadership, guidance and strategic direction towards the Summit.

According to the UN announcement,  Ms. Kalibata will be responsible for outreach and cooperation with key leaders, including governments, and other strategic stakeholder groups, to galvanize action and leadership for the Summit. She will also support the various global and regional consultative events focused on food system transformation, planned during 2020 and 2021.

Currently  Kalibata is the President of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) since 2014. She leads the organization’s efforts with public and private partners to ensure a food secure and prosperous Africa through rapid, inclusive, sustainable agricultural growth, improving the productivity and livelihoods of millions of smallholder farmers in Africa.

Prior to joining AGRA, Ms. Kalibata was Rwanda’s Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources from 2008 to 2014, where she drove programs that moved her country to food security, helping to lift more than a million Rwandans out of poverty.

She has records of accomplishments as an agricultural scientist, policy maker and thought leader, awarded the Yara Prize, now the Africa Food Prize, in 2012. She was the 2019 recipient of the National Academy of Sciences prestigious Public Welfare Medal for her work to drive Africa’s agricultural transformation through modern sciences and effective policy, thereby improving livelihoods of stallholder farmers.

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At Pre-Launch Of African Diaspora Development Institute In Maryland-USA, Ambassador Arikana Receives Award For Promoting Pan-Africanism
December 15, 2019 | 0 Comments
Ambassador Arikana receives award for promoting Pan-Africanism (photo: Amos Fofung for Pan African Visions)
Ambassador Arikana receives award for promoting Pan-Africanism (photo: Amos Fofung for Pan African Visions)

Ambassador Arikana Chihombori-Quao former African Union Ambassador to the United States of America has been honored with an award for her firm stand on promoting the Pan-African spirit and driving socio-economic development to the African continent.

She received recognition from Prince Adekoye, Chief Executive Officer of Africa400years.org, a New Jersey-based organization that commemorates and celebrates Africa and Africans in remembrance of 400 years of slavery.  

Ambassador Arikana served as the AU ambassador to the US from 2017 right up to October 2019 when she got terminated purportedly due to her strong stance on France occupation hold over its former African colonies, which she shared publicly.

Speaking as she receives the recognition which she dedicated to Pan-African legends before her, the medical doctor and activist reputed for her grasp of public speaking, thanked the African diaspora who turned out for the pre-launch of the African Diaspora Development Institute, ADDI, a body which she added will henceforth be the go-to place for development initiatives in Africa.

Addressing attendees at the soft launch of ADDI a brainchild of hers, the renowned public speaker and educationist cum entrepreneur urged the diaspora to come together and invest in building #TheAfricaWeWant or sit back and watch foreigners do so while ripping millions off their continent.

And to build this Africa, she said it was important they do so via the ADDI, an umbrella African diaspora organization where all Africans in the diaspora ought to convene to build #TheAfricaWeWant by driving healthcare, education and socio-economic development to the continent.

Registered and based in the United States, the institute African office will be situated in South Africa and will also include the putting in place of an African diaspora center of excellence and a Pan-African fund to raise money and invest in the African continent.

“I will not rest unless all Africans raise up to drive our development – the continental agenda of Africa must be driven by children of the continent,” she said categorically as she enjoined all to turn out in February 2020 for the official launching of the continental institute.

Ambassador Arikana dedicated the award to Pan-African legends (photo: Amos Fofung for Pan African Visions)
Ambassador Arikana dedicated the award to Pan-African legends (photo: Amos Fofung for Pan African Visions)

Prior to her appointment, Ambassador Arikana Chihombori-Quao was a renowned family medicine doctor in Murfreesboro, Tennessee where she has been practicing medicine for the last 25 years. Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao is known internationally for her diligent efforts to improve healthcare systems, particularly in countries in Africa, and to promote women’s rights around the globe.

Addressing attendees at the pre-launch (photo: Amos Fofung for Pan African Visions)
Addressing attendees at the pre-launch (photo: Amos Fofung for Pan African Visions)

Nearly 20 years ago, at a conference organized by then-Africa Resources, Presidents Nelson Mandela and Robert Mugabe presented the noted philanthropist with an Achievement Award. This was her first major distinction.

Since 2012, she was the Chair of the African Union-African Diaspora Health Initiative (AU-ADHI) where she was involved in mobilizing the African Diaspora health professionals to assist in addressing the healthcare crisis on the continent of Africa.

In 2015 at the 25th AU Summit held in Johannesburg, South Africa, Dr. Chihombori-Quao was one of the fifteen women who received the “Women of Excellence Award” alongside President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, Mrs. Joyce Banda, former President of Malawi, and Mrs. Winnie Mandela, the former first lady of South Africa, as well as several other prominent and remarkable African women.

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Nj Ayuk Makes Top 100 Most Influential Africans List
December 5, 2019 | 0 Comments
Described as an “energy broker”, the listing highlights Nj Ayuk’s voice in offering remedies for the continents’ resource curse and praises his best-seller on Amazon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, December 5, 2019/ — Nj Ayuk, Executive Chairman of the African Energy Chamber (https://EnergyChamber.org/) and CEO of the Centurion Law Group, has been named as one of the top 100 most influential Africans in 2019 by NewAfrican Magazine.

Providing a rapid review of some of the major events and developments across Africa, the Most Influential Africans (MIA) listing highlights key achievements of African individuals across geographies and industries this year.

The listing notably includes personalities and executives from sports such as Siya Kolisi, key politicians such as President Nana Akufo-Addo or Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, and movers and shakers of the business world such as Aliko Dangote and Ibukun Awosika.

Described as an “energy broker”, the listing highlights Nj Ayuk’s voice in offering remedies for the continents’ resource curse and praises his best-seller on Amazon, Billions At Play: The African Energy and Doing Deals (https://amzn.to/33T0gWx), for offering a comprehensive road map for Africa to do a better job at using its vast natural resources to fuel economic growth and improve the lives of millions of Africans.

“It is humbling, to be honored but in my heart, I know you did not buy into our message just for me, you did because you believe in what Africa and Africans can be. We should never apologise for being Pan African and Pro Africa,” declared NJ Ayuk. “This is proof that the message of the African Energy Chamber and Billions At Play: The African Energy and Doing Deals that energy must work better for Africans is being heard,” he added.


Others featured on the list include Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank; Marcia Ashong, Founder and CEO of The Boardroom Africa; Trevor Noah, Comedian and Political Commentator; Mark Bristow, CEO of Randgold Resources; Strive Masiyiwa, Businessman and Philanthropist and Tonye Cole, co-founder and former Group Executive Director of Sahara Group; Benedict Oramah, President of Afrieximbank to name a few.

Learn more about NJ Ayuk, Billions at Play: The Future of African Energy and Doing Deals and the African Energy Chamber here:

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Awarding Wining Gambia’s Afro-Pop singer Makes History For Highest sold out Concert
November 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Bakary Ceesay

Jizzle, multiple awarding wining Gambia’s afro-pop artiste has makes history as he filled the stadium of 30,000 capacities during his Finally album concert on 23rd  November, 2019 at Independence stadium.

 The Finally concert dubbed as ‘#Fessal #Estade’ meaning fill up the stadium has featured Gambia’s finest artistes and Senegalese finest artistes.

Finally, is Jizzle debut album was released on 9th August, 2019 comprised of of twelve tracks representing the sounds of Afro pop, Afrobeat, and Afro-fuzion with elements of Hip Hop.

In September, 2019 has embarked on a three-week European tour in Sweden, Italy, and Germany to promote finally album.  All of his shows display his dynamic stage presence and performance.

The album features a number of West African Artists, Dip Doundou Guiss, Samba, Peuzzi, Bm Jaay, and Hakill from Senegal.  Shaydee represents Nigeria and Gee from The Gambia. 

  It was the most surreal moment for the Gambian music industry, no concert at the stadium from Davido to Chronixx to Movado to even Youssou Ndour has received the type of crowd that Jizzle received on Saturday, November 23rd.

As happiness exuded from him, an emotional Jizzle told the crowd, “This is not my show; this show is for the Gambian music industry. All of us as artists.  When one shines, we all shine. There is no competition and we must have love and support for each other. When one of us wins, we all win.”

Jizzle called on Gambians to believe in Gambian music by supporting the local artists to stardom.
He commended his fans for their huge turnout at the stadium. “This is Gambia. We have abundant talent; let’s support them”.

Jizzle also commended his sponsors and the international artists who came all the way from Senegal and Europe to grace the show.

A number of singles have been released from the album accompanied by video like Finally, Joanna, Just In Case.  However, it was Turn By Turn that became number one on Apple Top 100 Gambia for five weeks.  The album was also number 1 on Apple Music Gambia.

Jizzle has worked very hard and has proven that his craft is ready to compete and shine on the world stage.  His entrance on the stage at the Finally Concert was one in a million. Covered in a white cashmere robe, he was dressed in white with a silver face mask; the crowd went into frenzy. 

Finally, the album was released three months ago on all digital platforms.  Since its release, it has definitely proven to be the hottest album on the streets of the Gambia. There is no car, shop, or community that you go into that is not blasting Jizzle’s album.  The country has uplifted him to the highest level and everyone is proud of him.

One of Jizzle’s wonders is that he sings in three major West African languages – Fula, Mandingo and Wolof – and an international language, English, making him a marketable brand, both at home and abroad.  His stage presence, energy, and delivery are impeccable. 

He has received the highest accolades in the Gambian music industry for his singles and videos. He also did his first European tour over the summer starting with the Selam Festival in Sweden then to other European countries. He will continue to do international shows in December and throughout 2020.

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Centurion Senior Associate Zion Adeoye Wins ESQ 40 Under 40 Award
November 20, 2019 | 0 Comments
Zion Adeoye
Zion Adeoye
Zion oversees a growing team of African lawyers working on the most complex energy transactions shaping Africa’s modern energy industry
LAGOS, Nigeria, November 20, 2019/ — Centurion’s Senior Associate Zion Adeoye has been recognized as an ESQ 40 under 40 Lawyer at the Nigerian Rising Stars Award last week. The ESQ 40 under 40 award recognizes distinguished Nigerian lawyers under the age of 40, who will shape the future of the legal profession in Nigeria and on the continent.

Since joining Centurion (https://CenturionLG.com/), Zion has earned himself a strong reputation among its peers and the firm’s leading clients from across the continent. In his role as Senior Associate, Zion oversees a growing team of African lawyers working on the most complex energy transactions shaping Africa’s modern energy industry.

“I am truly honored for this recognition and thank Centurion for providing me with the right environment to grow as a lawyer and as a person,” declared Zion Adeoye. “This is a demonstration of what young Nigerian legal talent can achieve when given the opportunity to work and contribute to the growth of Africa.”

“At Centurion we believe in young African talent and pride ourselves in hiring and training the next generation of African lawyers and energy leaders,” said Nj Ayuk, CEO of Centurion Law Group. “We are delighted that Zion’s work is getting such esteemed recognition, which is only the reflection of how hard he works and the level of dedication he gives to the firm and its clients.”
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Halima Aliko Dangote Takes charge of Dangote Group Commercial Operations
November 11, 2019 | 0 Comments
Halima Aliko Dangote
Halima Aliko Dangote
Dangote Industries Appoints Halima Aliko Dangote as GED Commercial Operations
LAGOS, Nigeria, November 11, 2019/ — Halima Aliko Dangote has been appointed as the Group Executive Director, Commercial Operations of Dangote Industries Limited (DIL) (www.Dangote.com), one of Africa’s largest and most diversified business conglomerates.

According to a release by the company, Halima Aliko Dangote is returning to the Group after serving on secondment in several capacities across two of its Business Units over the last five years. She is also a Trustee of the Aliko Dangote Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the conglomerate. 

In her most recent role, Halima served as Executive Director of Dangote Flour Mills. Remarkably, she led the turnaround of the business from loss in turnover to a profitable status; a feat derived from consistent high performance over time.

Previously, she served as Executive Director of NASCON, a manufacturer of salt, seasonings and related consumer products, which are enjoying huge patronage among consumers. She continues to serve as a Non-Executive Director of NASCON.

Halima is the president of the Board of The Africa Center in New York, a uniquely focused center providing a forward-looking gateway for engagement with Africa, while encompassing policy, business and culture. She is a Board member of Endeavour Nigeria, and is also a member of the Women Corporate Directors (WCD).

She has over 12 years of professional experience and has held several executive management roles. In her new role, Halima will be responsible for leading the development and implementation of the Dangote Group’s customer strategy to drive customer growth, improve customer relationship management, enhance customer experience and increase long term customer value, according to the release.

She will also be responsible for the implementation of the Group’s shared services strategy with specific oversight for the following functions; Commercial, Strategic procurement, Administration and Branding & Communications.

Halima, who has a strong passion for women empowerment, holds a Bachelors’ Degree in Marketing from the American Intercontinental University, London, United Kingdom and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Webster Business School, United Kingdom.

She has attended a number of high profile leadership development programmes including: the Programme for Leadership Development (PLD) at Harvard Business School; Executive Development Programme at Kellogg School of Management; Finance and Accounting for Non-Financial Executives at Columbia Business School.

The Dangote Group, which recently emerged as the Most Admired African Brand and the Most Valuable Brand in Nigeria for the second consecutive year (2018 – 2019) is actively involved in manufacturing cement, sugar, salt, flour, poly-products as well as logistics, oil & gas and real estate.
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Patrick Njoroge wins Africa’s best Central Bank Governor Award
October 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Samuel Ouma |@journalist_27

Central Bank Governor Dr Patrick Njoroge. Photo credit Standard Media

Kenya’s Central Bank Governor Patrick Njoroge has won the 2019 Global Markets Award recognizing him the as best governor in Sub-Saharan Africa.

He was feted for successfully leading the demonetization of the old 1000 notes without affecting the country’s economy. The process of doing away with the old notes began in June and ended on October 1 in a bid to tame illicit financial flow, terrorism financing and money laundering. The event was held on the sidelines of World Bank/IMF meetings in Washington DC.

In his acceptance speech, Dr. Njoroge dedicated the award to the African youths whom he said need opportunities to grow.

“I would, therefore, want to dedicate this award to the youth of Africa who obviously need a lot more opportunities and which our actions collectively will provide for their benefits,” said Njoroge.

The award ceremony was preceded by the Global Capital meetings where the applicants were given forum to present the achievements of their companies in the last one year and the editorial panel settled on Governor Njoroge.

“Some 120 pitches were heard in total and all contained stories of excellence. An editorial panel then decided the winners of the awards. As ever, we were looking for the stories of innovation, going the extra mile for clients and industry advocacy that have powered the improvement of the global derivatives markets,” stated the Global Markets statement.

The Kenya’s governor won the award for the first time in 2016 for controlling inflation and cleaning up Kenya’s banking sector whereas the 2018 award was scooped by Nigeria’s Central Governor Godwin Emefiele for promoting economic stability, boosting investors’ confidence, promoting inward capital inflow and inventing long term solutions to curb inflation.

He took the office in 2015 and his tenure was to end three months ago before Kenya’s president Uhuru Kenyatta extended his term for four years.

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