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Prophet Dr. Shepherd Bushiri (Major 1), First Black to Receive the Prestigious “Honorary US Citizenship” Given to Only 8 People of Exceptional Merit Since 1776

While testifying on February 25, 2018 at the Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) Church, the biggest church in Africa also ranked as the world’s #1 fastest growing church, Prophet Dr. Shepherd Bushiri (Major 1), informed his millions of followers that, he has been nominated to receive the Honorary US Citizenship Award and very soon, a ceremony will be held for that purpose.

For any well-informed person who is Black or who is a friend of the people of African descent, this historic award deserves celebration. Indeed, the United States of America has 2 main paths to citizenship:

  • birthright citizenship, in which any person born in the USA, or born abroad to a US citizen, is declared a citizen, and
  • naturalization, in which an immigrant is granted citizenship after applying for it and meeting certain requirements (e.g. biometric screenings, interviews, tests, and oaths).


The honorary citizenship of the United States is a highest award granted usually to a “non-United States citizen of exceptional merit, by an Act of Congress or by a proclamation issued by the President of the United States, pursuant to authorization granted by Congress”.

Unlike native citizens and naturalized citizens of the US which have certain rights, duties and benefits, honorary citizenship is not attached to any known unclassified rights, privileges and duties. It does not require an oath. For instance, Honorary US citizens are ineligible for US official or diplomatic passports. However, according to the US Government, “honorary citizenship is and should remain an extraordinary honor not lightly conferred nor frequently granted”.


Since its independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain on July 4, 1776 until 2017, the United States of America has granted the Honorary US Citizenship to only 8 people. Six of these honorees received the award posthumously, some of them more than 200 years after their death, and two received it during their lifetime:


Each of these honorees has significantly impacted the US and / or the world:

  • Sir Winston Churchill (30 November 1874 – 24 January 1965), the first person to receive such an honor, was a prime minister of the United Kingdom and a loyal American ally during World War II.


  • Raoul Wallenberg (4 August 1912, death date unknown), a businessman, Swedish diplomat, who rescued tens of thousands of Jews from the Holocaust during which six million European Jews were systematically murdered during World War II. Raoul Wallenberg himself was arrested and imprisoned by the Soviets in 1945, but until today, what happened to him and how he died is still unknown although the Soviets claimed that he died in 1947.


  • William Penn (14 October 1644 – 30 July 1718) and his second wife Hannah Callowhill Penn (11 February 1671 – 20 December 1726) were respectively the founder and administrator of the Province of Pennsylvania, the state where the United States Declaration of Independence was adopted. The State of Pennsylvania was named after their last name, Penn.


  • Mother Teresa (26 August 1910 – 5 September 1997), an Albanian-Indian, Roman Catholic nun and missionary, was known for her charitable works with the poor in Calcutta (India) and across the globe.


  • Marquis de Lafayette (6 September 1757 – 20 May 1834), was a French general who served as an officer in the American Revolutionary War (1775 – 1783) also known as the American War of Independence. He significantly caused France to help the US’ colonies against Great Britain. He was a great ally of Thomas Jefferson (2 or 13 April 1743 – July 4, 1826), an American Founding Father and the principal author of the Declaration of Independence and the third President of the US from 1801 to 1809.


  • Casimir Pulaski (4 or 6 March 1745 – October 11, 1779) was a notable Polish politician and military officer who fought and died for the US against the British during the American Revolutionary War in a way that he was nicknamed “The Father of the American Cavalry”.


  • Bernardo de Gálvez (25 July 1746 – 30 November 1786), a Spaniard general, governor of Louisiana, who risked his life to free the Americans by providing supplies, intelligence, and military support during the American Revolutionary War to the point that George Washington (22 February, 1732 – December 14, 1799), the first President of the United States (from 1789 to 1797) and one of the Founding Fathers of the US, considered him as “a deciding factor in the outcome of the Revolutionary War,”


Considering the status and impact of the people who were granted the honorary citizenship of the United States, it is obvious that this impressive honor is a proof of the historic impact that Prophet Dr. Shepherd Bushiri (https://www.facebook.com/shepherdbushiriministries) is having in the world. Details of the services he provided for the US to deserve this prestigious honor at his young age may be classified and never revealed. However, some public records exist about his success in business and in ministry.


His success in business has been applauded throughout the world. He has invested a lot in the US and many other countries. In February 2018 alone, he invested $450 US million in the US economy. As of 2017, his business, Shepherd Bushiri Investments (SBI), which employs more than 10,000 people, has several entities (e.g. SB Hotels, SB Mining, SB Telecommunications, SB Beverages and SB Airways), has an asset worth more than $1.2 US billion, and has been strangely surging and growing at a very fast rate that defied projections. In February 2018, he received a Business Excellence Award (Person of the Year 2017) and was inducted in “Africa’s CEOS Hall of Fame” by the prestigious African Leadership Magazine.

Prophet Dr. Shepherd Bushiri (Major 1) - CEO Hall of Fame Induction 2018 and Person of the Year 2017
Prophet Dr. Shepherd Bushiri (Major 1) – Africa’s CEOS Hall of Fame Induction 2018 and Person of the Year 2017

His family, The Bushiri Family, has been ranked one of the 10 Africa’s most affluent families (https://www.africa.com/most-affluent-families). He is the only Malawian in the Dubai Top Ten of doing business well from Africa. Major 1 is the youngest man in the world owning four private jets, 27 gold mines, two diamond mines and other treasures that space and time do not allow to detail here. Since he relocated to South Africa three years ago, he is the only person who has been consistently filling up above its capacity the FNB Stadium, Africa’s largest stadium, since its opening in 1989. In 2016, he was featured in a book that honored the “Most Influential Contemporary African Diaspora Leadershttp://AfricanDiasporaLeaders.com/shepherdbushiri.

Certificate of Honor - Prophet Shepherd Bushiri-The Most Influential Contemporary African Diaspora Leaders
Certificate of Honor – Prophet Shepherd Bushiri – The Most Influential Contemporary African Diaspora Leaders

He authored several books and is a personal council to numerous Presidents and leaders around the world. He is also known for his massive charitable activities.


His impact goes beyond the Christian communities where he is known as the founder of the Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) Church, the number one mega church in Africa. In his third year in South Africa, his church in that country alone has over 2000 home cells and over 400 branches, with more than 5000 branches worldwide. He also has many church branches and home cells in several states in the US (http://www.ecgministries.org). In 2017 alone, his church recorded over 800,000 people that gave their lives to Jesus through his ministries (http://www.psbministries.international). The greatest prophet of all time preaches more than three times per week to hundreds of thousands of people who attend his mega church at Pretoria Showgrounds. His TV channel, Prophetic Channel TV  (https://www.youtube.com/user/propheticchannelTv) broadcasts to more than 40 million viewers across the world in English, French and Spanish.

It should not be surprising that he is called:

  • Major 1
  • The Most Influential Contemporary Prophet in the World,
  • The Most Anointed Prophet Since Adam and Eve,
  • The Richest Minister in the Whole World,
  • The Prophet of the Prophets,
  • The World’s #1 Major Prophet of the Major Problems,
  • The Prophet Who Speaks With God Face to Face Like Moses,
  • The Fearless General,
  • The Sharpest Prophet in the World,
  • The Man of God Who Can Kill Any Demon,


Prophet Dr. Shepherd Bushiri is happily married to Prophetess Mary Bushiri (https://www.facebook.com/prophetess.mary.bushiri) and they have two daughters, Raphaella and Israella.

Prophet Dr. Shepherd Bushiri (Major 1) and his wife Prophetess Mary Bushiri in 2017
Prophet Dr. Shepherd Bushiri (Major 1) and his wife, Prophetess Mary Bushiri in 2017

Major One always says that his achievements are “not because he is intelligent or clever, but because of the Grace of God”. As the leader of the contemporary prophetic movement, spoken by prophets thousands of years ago, is receiving one of the highest honors in the world at a very young age and at a time that all well-informed analyses point to an imminent end of the world, it is important that the reader of this article ponders on his stand with God and really ensure he or she is ready to meet the Creator of all things if the world ends now. Are you ready? Do you believe in the God of Major 1? If not, you better get ready for God, Almighty God, Alpha and Omega, Author and Perfecter of Our Faith, Bread of Life, Chief Cornerstone, Deliverer, Emmanuel, Everlasting Father, Faithful and True, God of Israel, Good Shepherd, Great High Priest, Head of the Church, I Am, King of Kings, King of the Jews, Lamb of God, Light of the World, Lion of the Tribe of Judah, Lord, Lord of All, Mediator, Messiah, Mighty God, One Who Sets Free, Prince of Peace, Redeemer, Resurrection and the Life, Risen Lord, Rock of Ages, Sacrifice for Our Sins, Savior, Son of David, Son of Man, Son of the Most High, Supreme Creator Over All, The Door, The Life, The Truth, The Way, The Word, Victorious One, Wonderful Counselor, …, The God of Archbishop Nicholas Duncan-Williams, The God of Prophet Victor Kusi Boateng, The God of Prophet Uebert Angel, and the God of Prophet Shepherd Bushiri – Major 1, … is coming back very soon.



Prophet Brave Mkandawire: One of the Young African Prophets Shaking the Nations

For centuries, western missionaries travelled to Africa to share the Word of God with the Africans. However, in recent years, because of the prophetic movement that is shaking Africa under the leadership of God’s Major Generals such as Prophet Shepherd Bushiri also known as Major 1 (from Malawi but based in South Africa), Prophet Uebert Angel (from Zimbabwe but living in the UK), Prophet Jeremiah Omoto Fufeyin (from Nigeria), etc., countless people across the globe have been traveling to Africa, just to visit and receive prayers from true great prophets. Besides the major prophets mentioned above, several other young prophets are emerging in Africa and are shaking the world like never seen before since the creation of the world. This article presents Prophet Brave Chiswamtawa Mkandawire (https://www.facebook.com/brave.cmkandawire), one of these young African prophets doing wonders.

Prophet Brave Mkandawire
Prophet Brave Mkandawire

Brave Mkandawire was born in Mzuzu, the hometown of Major 1, in Malawi. He did not believe in God until he was 14. Indeed, thirteen years ago (in 2005), while he was smoking coming out of a restaurant in his hometown, he met a certain man of God by the name of Prophet Bernard Silungwe, who told him that he should stop what he was doing because God has called him as a Prophet. He accepted the call, gave his life to the Lord Jesus Christ that same day, and started preaching that same year. To help him grow in the Lord, Prophet Bernard Silungwe connected him immediately to Apostle Joseph Binala Lusale (https://www.facebook.com/binala.lusale), who then became his spiritual father / mentor. Apostle Joseph Binala Lusale is the Founder of the “Glory of God International Ministries” in Malawi. According to the testimony of Prophet Brave Mkandawire, “Apostle Lusale is a great man of God whom God has entrusted into raising ministers. In Malawi, a lot of men and women of God have been highly impacted with his teaching ministry”. Apostle Lusale is a friend of Prophet Shepherd Bushiri (https://www.facebook.com/shepherdbushiriministries) and one of the first men of God who believed very early in the prophetic ministry of Major 1. Apostle Lusale even ministered many times during live services at Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) Church in Pretoria, where hundreds of thousands of Christians meet every week to listen to the words of Major 1, the richest and sharpest prophet of all time.

Two weeks after being born again, Brave Mkandawire started prophesying. The anointing upon him was so strong that about three years later (in 2008), he founded his own ministry: “Fountain Of Peace Ministries International”. Those days, he was studying at Luwinga Secondary School, where he managed to turn almost the whole school to Jesus. He was the main Christian reader at the campus and was well known by the teachers and students in Mzuzu. While still serving the Lord, he managed to graduate from that high school (Class of 2009). In 2014, he followed the divine instruction to relocate to Windhoek, the capital and largest city of the Republic of Namibia.

So far, Prophet Brave has managed to open two branches in Malawi (one in Mzuzu City and another one in Lilongwe City), two ministerial branches in Namibia (in Rundu Town and in Windhoek City), one branch in Cape Town, South Africa. His ministries have impacted lives beyond the borders of Africa and he has preached in several countries including:

  • Botswana
  • Malawi
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • South Africa
  • Swaziland
  • Tanzania
  • USA
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe
  • etc.

Several signs and wonders have been following his ministries:

  • the lame have walked
  • the eyes have opened for the blind
  • chronic diseases (e.g. HIV / AIDS, Tuberculosis, Cancer) were healed
  • miracle money and miracle debt cancellation occur very often
  • people have gotten instant promotions
  • possessed people were delivered from witchcraft, demons and curses
  • bareness has been destroyed and many women have conceived
  • instant marital breakthroughs have taken place many times
  • instant business breakthroughs were received
  • drunks and smokers were delivered and converted into men and women of God
  • prostitutes were delivered and turned into worshippers
  • less privileged (e.g. orphans, widows and the fatherless) received assistance
  • dead people were raised to life
  • etc.

His real concern about the ongoing prophetic movement is that, “some people have turned its gear from setting people free from bondages, revealing Jesus Christ to the Nations of the World, rebuking sin and pointing people to salvation and righteousness to entertainment, which is never the will of God”. He believes that “God has entrusted his ministry and calling to contribute in putting order in the prophetic movement”. He hopes to open branches everywhere across the globe. In 2018, he has scheduled crusades in a lot of African countries like Angola, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, etc. Prophet Brave Mkandawire is happily married to Selma Mkandawire and, so far, they have a daughter, Princess Mkandawire. To contact Prophet Brave Mkandawire, please visit his Facebook at  https://www.facebook.com/brave.cmkandawire.

As we are learning more about the contemporary prophetic revolution, let’s not forget that, about 900-800 years before Jesus Christ, Prophet Joel prophesied that: “In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams…” (Acts 2:17 / Joel 2: 28). For a long time, prophecy has not been the specialty of young men, but of old people. Most of the major prophets in the Bible (e.g. Elijah, Moses, Isaiah, Ezekiel, etc.) did not prophecy in their young age, but in their old age. For instance, Moses was 80 years before starting his prophetic journey that delivered the Israelites from their bondage in Egypt. Therefore, the emergence of the prophetic revolution in Africa (e.g. https://www.youtube.com/user/propheticchannelTv/videos) under the leadership of young prophets is a warning and confirmation sign that, we are really living in the last days foretold thousands of years ago. Are you ready to meet your Maker / Creator, the Savior of the World, Jesus Christ? Otherwise, you better believe and give your life to Him today before it becomes too late.

Prophet Brave Mkandawire ministering in 2017
Prophet Brave Mkandawire ministering in 2017
Prophet Brave Mkandawire ministering to students in Namibia
Prophet Brave Mkandawire ministering to students in Namibia
Prophet Brave Mkandawire ministering in Cape Town, South Africa
Prophet Brave Mkandawire ministering in Cape Town, South Africa
Prophet Brave Mkandawire and Apostle Felixosis Huios Nabi Navira (a son of Major 1) of ECG
Prophet Brave Mkandawire and Apostle Felixosis Huios Nabi Navira (a son of Major 1) of ECG




Prophet Brave Mkandawire and his spiritual parents
Prophet Brave Mkandawire and his spiritual parents
Apostle Binala Lusale ministering at ECG Pretoria
Apostle Binala Lusale ministering at ECG Pretoria
Prophet Brave Mkandawire and his wife during their wedding day
Prophet Brave Mkandawire and his wife during their wedding day




Pourquoi l’Afrique Pleure et S’enfonce? Les Vraies Causes et Solutions de la Misère Africaine

Du constat général, le développement économique des pays africains est à la traîne après des décennies d’indépendance et d’essai. Pourtant, on a appliqué des modèles et idéologies de développement. La question est de savoir si la situation que vit l’Afrique est un problème d’inadaptation de ces modèles et idéologies au contexte propre du continent ou si c’est plutôt ailleurs qu’il faut chercher les vraies raisons des échecs. La réponse à cette problématique du développement de l’Afrique n’est pas aisée compte tenu de la complexité du processus de développement. L’importance de bien cerner la source de la misère africaine est alors très bienvenue dans l’approche de la vraie solution.

Ce livre fait une analyse systémique et approfondie des vrais maux qui minent l’essor des pays africains. Apres une revue de littérature sur le développement de l’Afrique et les dérapages professionnels des cadres africains, l’importance de la ressource humaine et du savoir dans le processus de développement de l’Afrique a été démontrée. L’analyse approfondie a porté sur les carences des systèmes éducatifs, le manque de réflexion, les problèmes d’intelligence et de créativité, la recherche scientifique, le négativisme, le bûching, la corruption, la gestion des ressources naturelles africaines, la procréation, la sorcellerie, la politique, le syndicalisme, l’ignorance, la mentalité africaine, la responsabilisation et la conscientisation des africains, les intoxications des puissances étrangères, la fuite des cerveaux, etc. Des exemples d’élites dont l’Afrique a besoin ont été dressés.

En effet, l’Afrique souffre d’une crise intellectuelle, démographique et spirituelle. L’Afrique sombre non seulement à cause de la mauvaise gestion et gouvernance de ces intellectuels, mais aussi à cause des actions diaboliques sur ce continent. Depuis la famille jusqu’au sommet de l’état, l’Africain a encore de grands défis à relever. Beaucoup d’Africains ont peur de réfléchir ou ne veulent pas réfléchir; beaucoup ont peur de parler ou ne veulent ou ne peuvent parler ; beaucoup ont peur d’agir ou ne veulent pas agir; beaucoup de dirigeants sont des tarés et/ou ne veulent pas apprendre; beaucoup ont la connaissance mais ne veulent ou ne peuvent pas appliquer leur savoir; beaucoup de religieux sont tellement accrochés à des visions étriquées qu’ils ont oublié la gestion de la cité, la politique. Au-delà de tous, plusieurs intellectuels sont « bloqués ». Quand on sent que quelqu’un veut devenir quelque chose, on l’Elimine ou on le Rejette. Beaucoup de compétences sont bafouées; les cerveaux sont peu promus et peu écoutés. Pendant que plusieurs politiciens sont peu techniques, maints techniciens avérés ne veulent pas se mêler à la politique.

Quand les dictateurs vont au pouvoir, ils font ce qu’ils veulent ; quand les politiciens sont au pouvoir ils écoutent peu les techniciens ; quand les techniciens prennent le pouvoir, ils agissent tout comme si tout était technique. De plus, il y a un syndicalisme radical et une opposition politique qui tue l’Afrique. Beaucoup ne veulent contribuer au succès des actions n’allant qu’à leur crédit. Pire, il y a une mentalité africaine erronée qui a cloué l’Afrique et qui ne peut jamais permettre l’essor et le décollage de ce continent. Pendant que les compétents bras valides pouvant faire différence chôment à la maison, les fainéants sont promus par leurs proches à des postes très importants et sensibles. Au même moment, les frais de mission des « Grands » ont dévalisé l’Afrique du peu disponible, au détriment des pauvres « innocents » paysans qui meurent sous la soleil du midi. De connivence avec les puissances étrangères et les politiciens, les cadres Africains ont mis l’Afrique à terre.

En outre, dans beaucoup de systèmes éducatifs, les diplômes ne sont toujours pas le symbole d’une dose de connaissance pouvant enclencher des actions positives en matière de développement. Les Africains distribuent ou ramassent beaucoup de diplômes muets. Maints diplômés prétextent et protestent avoir la connaissance alors qu’ils sont des ressources falsifiées. L’Afrique forme trop de savants, trop de perroquets ayant la tête remplie de gros mots ou grosses théories qu’on n’applique jamais, mais malheureusement peu productifs et incapables d’agir sur les matières premières pour leur ajouter de valeur. Ceux qui font exception à la règle sont peu. Pendant ce temps, la procréation anarchique multiplie la misère et les autres problèmes de sous-développement à des vitesses qui dépassent les efforts de résolution de ceux déjà existants. Non seulement la polygamie et la gestion du sexe paraissent une cause du sous-développement de l’Afrique, mais aussi elles constituent une vraie culture de la misère africaine.

En outre, l’intellectuel africain est sous l’influence de beaucoup de facteurs spirituels qui biaisent le résultat de ces efforts vers le développement. Malheureusement, les débats classiques sur le sous-développement de l’Afrique ont toujours ignoré la vraie dimension spirituelle du problème. Sans doute, les pays développés ont eu des atouts qui les avaient lancés. Ces pays ont eu leur siècle des lumières. De grands savants avaient pensé et contribué à mettre ces nations sur le bon chemin. Aujourd’hui, en Afrique, les cerveaux pensants ont même peur d’y rester. Il se pose en Afrique un vrai problème de coordination, de conscientisation, de responsabilisation, d’application intelligible et rationnelle des stratégies de développement par rapport aux besoins, atouts et contraintes des nations africaines.

Et pour trouver la solution durable à cette misère africaine, Roland Holou a suggéré dans son livre des reformes pertinentes et pratiques qui méritent d’être faites en vue de lancer l’Afrique dans la prospérité. Ainsi, ce livre fournit à toute personne préoccupée par le développement de l’Afrique, un outil d’information, de réflexion et de travail. Les idées avancées dans ce livre peuvent être appliquées aux autres continents, car les mêmes maux se rencontrent aussi en dehors de l’Afrique.

Dr Roland HOLOU a un doctorat en science végétales, entomologie et microbiologie. Il est un Ingénieur Agronome, Spécialiste en Aménagement et Gestion de l’Environnement (Ressources Naturelles, Génie Rural, Eaux et Forêts, Pêche et Faune). Il détient le Diplôme de Contrôleur du Développement Rural. Il est l’auteur de plusieurs livres devoués à l’Afrique. Il vit aux Etats Unis d’Amérique. Pour en savoir plus, visiter www.RolandHolou.com or email rholou@yahoo.com ou rholou@diasporaengager.com

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300 Next-Generation African Leaders and Entrepreneurs get $6.2m – University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin Republic


University of Abomey-Calavi Under Prof Brice Sinsin Becomes First Francophone West African University to Join Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program

Cotonou, Benin, November 9, 2017 – The University of Abomey-Calavi’s commitment to educating next-generation African leaders received a boost today with a seven-year, USD$6.2 million commitment from the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program. The new partnership, which for the first time expands the Scholars Program to Francophone West Africa, will benefit 300 bright young Africa leaders and entrepreneurs with a high-quality education, creating pathways to careers in science and technology, as well as business and entrepreneurship for youth whose academic talent and promise exceed their financial resources.

Prof Sinsin lors du lancement

“The University of Abomey-Calavi is proud to collaborate with the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program, a partnership which has energized our commitment to youth leadership and entrepreneurship education,” explained Professor Brice Sinsin, President of the University of Abomey-Calavi. “We envision leading change in our community by putting students and researchers at the heart of local development, and fostering greater involvement of graduates through social action campaigns and community development projects.”

“Young Francophone Africans deserve every chance to study and thrive,” says Peter Materu, Director of Education and Learning and Youth Livelihoods, the Mastercard Foundation. “Strengthening higher education in Francophone West Africa is critical to ensuring that the region can meet the needs of growing markets. By working with the University of Abomey-Calavi, the Foundation hopes to foster stronger academic relationships and partnerships with other Francophone universities, improving higher education enrollment rates across the region.”

The Scholars Program at the University of Abomey-Calavi will have two components: the first will emphasize access to quality education for 200 Scholars in the fields of agronomic sciences, engineering sciences, computer sciences, and renewable energy. These students will also be admitted into the university’s pre-employment service, a workforce made up of graduates of the University of Abomey-Calavi focused on social entrepreneurship and will enable Scholars to share values and gain valuable work experience.

The second component of the partnership will focus on providing technical expertise for the development of ‘Startups Valley’, a business incubator program created by the University of Abomey-Calavi. Startups Valley will provide 100 Scholars with an opportunity to sharpen their entrepreneurial skills and mindsets, setting them on the path to successful entrepreneurship and enabling them to launch their own businesses, employ other students, and contribute to their economy.

The University of Abomey-Calavi joins a global network of 29 universities and non-governmental organizations committed to over 35,000 bright young leaders with a deep personal commitment to changing the world around them and improving the lives of others. The Scholars Program provides holistic student support, including comprehensive scholarships, leadership development, pre-employment, and industry-driven career services – developing highly skilled, transformative leaders to catalyze inclusive prosperity in Africa.



About Mastercard Foundation

The Mastercard Foundation works with visionary organizations to provide greater access to education, skills training and financial services for people living in poverty, primarily in Africa. As one of the largest private foundations, its work is guided by its mission to advance learning and promote financial inclusion to create an inclusive and equitable world. Based in Toronto, its independence was established by Mastercard when the Foundation was created in 2006. For more information, please visit www.mastercardfdn.org. Follow the Foundation at @MastercardFdn on Twitter.

About the University of Abomey-Calavi

Crée en 1970, l’Université d’Abomey-Calavi est la plus ancienne et la plus grande université publique du Bénin. Avec une population estudiantine estimée à 85.000 inscrits pour l’année universitaire 2016-2017, l’Université est un véritable lieu du savoir ayant formé la majorité des élites de la nation béninoise. L’Université d’Abomey-Calavi est un établissement d’enseignement et de recherche du supérieur offrant une grande variété de formation couvrant les domaines des sciences de la santé, sciences et technologies, sciences agronomiques, sciences juridiques et politiques, sciences économiques et de gestion, sciences humaines et sociales, lettres, arts et langages, et les sciences de l’éducation. L’Université d’Abomey-Calavi entretient des relations de coopération avec une multitude d’institutions d’enseignement supérieur dans le monde afin de renforcer la qualité de ses propres programmes de formation et de recherche. L’Université d’Abomey-Calavi est également récipiendaire de prix internationaux qui célèbrent la qualité de sa gouvernance académique et administrative. Pour en savoir plus, consulter www.uac.bj.

Source: http://www.mastercardfdn.org/university-of-abomey-calavi-joins-scholars-program




300 Next-Generation African Leaders and Entrepreneurs get $6.2m – University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin Republic

The University of Abomey-Calavi’s commitment to educating next-generation African leaders received a boost  with a seven-year, USD$6.2 million commitment from the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program.

The new partnership, which for the first time expands the Scholars Program to Francophone West Africa, will benefit 300 bright young Africa leaders and entrepreneurs with a high-quality education, creating pathways to careers in science and technology, as well as business and entrepreneurship for youth whose academic talent and promise exceed their financial resources.

“The University of Abomey-Calavi is proud to collaborate with the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program, a partnership which has energized our commitment to youth leadership and entrepreneurship education,” explained Professor Brice Sinsin, President of the University of Abomey-Calavi. “We envision leading change in our community by putting students and researchers at the heart of local development, and fostering greater involvement of graduates through social action campaigns and community development projects.”

“Young Francophone Africans deserve every chance to study and thrive,” says Peter Materu, Director of Education and Learning and Youth Livelihoods, the Mastercard Foundation. “Strengthening higher education in Francophone West Africa is critical to ensuring that the region can meet the needs of growing markets. By working with the University of Abomey-Calavi, the Foundation hopes to foster stronger academic relationships and partnerships with other Francophone universities, improving higher education enrollment rates across the region.”

The Scholars Program at the University of Abomey-Calavi will have two components: the first will emphasize access to quality education for 200 Scholars in the fields of agronomic sciences, engineering sciences, computer sciences, and renewable energy. These students will also be admitted into the university’s pre-employment service, a workforce made up of graduates of the University of Abomey-Calavi focused on social entrepreneurship and will enable Scholars to share values and gain valuable work experience.

The second component of the partnership will focus on providing technical expertise for the development of ‘Startups Valley’, a business incubator program created by the University of Abomey-Calavi. Startups Valley will provide 100 Scholars with an opportunity to sharpen their entrepreneurial skills and mindsets, setting them on the path to successful entrepreneurship and enabling them to launch their own businesses, employ other students, and contribute to their economy.


The University of Abomey-Calavi joins a global network of 29 universities and non-governmental organizations committed to over 35,000 bright young leaders with a deep personal commitment to changing the world around them and improving the lives of others. The Scholars Program provides holistic student support, including comprehensive scholarships, leadership development, pre-employment, and industry-driven career services – developing highly skilled, transformative leaders to catalyze inclusive prosperity in Africa.

By EABW REPORTER, Thursday, November 09th, 2017

Source: http://www.busiweek.com/index1.php?Ctp=2&pI=6042&pLv=3&srI=107&spI=6035&cI=10

Prof Sinsin et des laureatsProf Sinsin et groupes d'etudiantsProf Sinsin remet un paquet

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Prof Sinsin during launch mastercard

Prophet Shepherd Bushiri is Launching ECG America during a Prophetic Conference on 29-30 August 2017 in Washington D.C.

Prophet Shepherd Bushiri is Launching ECG America during a Prophetic Conference on 29-30 August 2017 in Washington D.C.
Prophet Shepherd Bushiri is Launching ECG America in Washington D.C.

The renowned South Africa based minister Prophet Shepherd Bushiri, Ph.D.  (www.psbministries.international) commonly known as Major 1, will be visiting the USA to inaugurate the Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) Ministries in America during a conference at the Hilton Hotel, 1919 Connecticut Ave NW Washington DC 20009, on Aug 29 – Aug 30, 2017 (3 pm -12 midnight each day).


ECG Church is known as the world’s #1 arena where crazy prophecies (www.youtube.com/user/propheticchannelTv), prophetic deliverance, healings, miracles, wonders, teachings, happen every day in a way that thousands of visitors travel across the world just to visit the church headquarter in Pretoria, South Africa, to be prayed for by Major 1, the sharpest prophet of all time. Prophet Shepherd Bushiri Ministries (www.facebook.com/shepherdbushiriministries) has affected and continues to affect lives worldwide. Several people from all corners of the globe have been testifying about how God, today known as the God of Major 1, has been changing their lives through the man of God.


As of 2017, ECG Church is the fastest growing church in the world and one of the world’s largest churches by membership. Indeed, since its foundation about five years ago in Malawi, the home country of the prophet, ECG Church has branches in all the continents. In South Africa alone, the church membership grew from about a dozen people at its beginning in 2015 to over 350,000 members in less than 3 years. Major 1 has thousands of followers in America (www.facebook.com/ecgwashingtondc) and even before the official launch of ECG in the United States, branches and cells are already operational in many states such as:


  • California (e.g. Los Angeles)
  • Connecticut
  • Florida (soon)
  • Georgia (e.g. Atlanta)
  • Illinois (e.g. Chicago)
  • Indiana (e.g. Indianapolis) soon
  • Maine (Portland)
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Rhode Islands,
  • Texas (e.g. Dallas)
  • Virginia
  • Washington D.C., etc.


Prior to the official launch of ECG America (www.ecgministries.com), headquartered in Washington DC, Prophet Shepherd Bushiri already held services in the US including the historic New York Prophetic Night (17 August 2016), the Prophetic Dinner in Dallas TX (4 July 2017), etc.


Concomitantly to his prophetic ministry, Prophet Shepherd Bushiri is also a very successful businessman that received many awards across the globe including “The Most Influential Contemporary African Diaspora Leaders” (http://africandiasporaleaders.com/ShepherdBushiri). He is the world’s youngest multi-billionaire (US dollars of course), the world’s richest minister, and the most acclaimed and sought-after man of God in the world today. As of 2017, this philanthropist is the richest person in Africa, owning businesses in all continents and venturing in many industries (www.shepherdbushiriinvestments.com) such as:


  • Travel and Aviation for VIP’s and Presidents
  • Agriculture, Minerals and Oil
  • Financial Services
  • Hospitality Services
  • Manufacturing
  • Educational and Research Services
  • Real Estate
  • Mobile Telecommunications Services
  • etc.


With the presence of Prophet Shepherd Bushiri Ministries in America, this continent is surely going to be positively impacted like never seen before. Praise be to God who has remembered our generation with a great prophet like Major 1, PhD. Prophet Shepherd Bushiri is happily married to Prophetess Mary Bushiri.


Prophet Shepherd Bushiri - Major 1 - Major 1 praying on his knees
Prophet Shepherd Bushiri – Major 1 – praying on his knees at ECG Church Pretoria, South Africa.

‘First 100 Days’: Trump declares ‘ObamaCare is dead,’ predicts replacement deal soon

Fox News

The president gave himself high marks as he reflected on the unofficial end of that honeymoon period in office. While calling the ‘100 days’ measure “artificial,” he touted progress in courting China to counter the North Korean threat, confirming a Supreme Court justice and making headway on his big-ticket agenda items – like health care.

The president acknowledged in the interview with “The First 100 Days” that he’s “disappointed” with how congressional Republicans handled legislation like the ObamaCare replacement, an initial version of which was pulled from the House floor last month amid flagging support.

“I was disappointed that they didn’t have more in line by the time I walked in,” Trump said.

But he said he understands the challenge for lawmakers trying to navigate what he called a “very tough system,” running up against Democratic “obstructionists.”

He noted ObamaCare itself took “17 months of brutality” to get approved and, further, suggested Congress may not have a choice about approving a replacement.

“ObamaCare is exploding. ObamaCare is dead — essentially, ObamaCare is dead, it’s not going to make it,” he said, citing states like Tennessee where insurance companies are fleeing the exchange programs set up under ObamaCare.

Since the March meltdown on the initial bill, House Republicans have come back to the table with a new version that has garnered support from the conservative Freedom Caucus. They were unable to bring it to a vote before the end of Trump’s first 100 days on Saturday, with the necessary votes still being sought, but Trump said,” I believe they’re going to get it done.”

He added, “I think maybe next week sometime. They’re really coming together.”

Trump said House Speaker Paul Ryan is “trying very, very hard,” and he has confidence in the various factions of the party coming together.

He also voiced confidence about moving forward with his newly unveiled blueprint for tax reform. “We’re going to lower taxes,” he said, “and the biggest beneficiaries are the small companies, and the biggest of all beneficiaries are middle-income people who have really been hurt.”

He also said he wants to get GDP growth to 4 percent or higher.

As for his presidency to date, Trump said he’s “created great foundations in terms of relationships with China and with Japan and with many, many other countries” – and praised China specifically for “putting a lot of pressure on North Korea.”

Shortly after the interview, it was confirmed that North Korea test-launched another ballistic missile. Fox News is told it “broke up in flight” over the Korean Peninsula and has been deemed a failure. One White House official told Fox News they were not surprised by the test, or that it failed.

Trump said he can’t say whether Chinese President Xi Jinping will be able to “pull it off” in pressuring North Korea to change its behavior.

“We’ll see what happens,” he said.

Trump pointed as well to the confirmation of Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court as a highlight, saying, “I think he’ll be a great one.”

“I could have others and we’ll see what happens, but getting Justice Gorsuch was, to me, a very big thing. And it will be a very big thing in the future,” he said.

The appointment of Gorsuch had conservatives cheering, though other recent policy stances – like backing off his criticism of NATO, declining to label China a currency manipulator and even launching missile strikes on a Syrian government airbase in response to a chemical weapons attack – have left observers guessing as to what the Trump doctrine truly is.

Trump told MacCallum he’s “not really an ideologue.” He described himself as “a person of common sense,” noting he used to be a Democrat.

“I get things done. I’ve always been a closer,” Trump said.

He griped about “archaic” rules in the Senate, like those pertaining to the filibuster. Republicans effectively eliminated the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees in order to push through Gorsuch, but for now senators can still filibuster legislation – meaning they demand a 60-vote threshold.

“Maybe at some point we’re going to have to take those rules on,” Trump said, before naming the filibuster as a problem.

Congressional Democrats put the blame squarely on Trump for shortcomings in the first 100 days. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., recently described it as a “disastrous parade of broken promises to working people.”

Trump has not yet notched any major legislative victories since taking office – but he pushed back on such critiques in the Fox News interview.

“That’s really wrong. First of all, we had 28 bills,” he said.

Trump also reacted to the developing controversy behind his fired national security adviser Michael Flynn, whom House lawmakers say may have violated policies against taking foreign money without permission after he left the Obama administration. Trump suggested it was the Obama administration, not his transition team, that erred in vetting him.

“I do feel badly for [Flynn]. He served the country. He was a general. But just remember, he was approved by the Obama administration at the highest level,” Trump said. “And when they say we didn’t vet, well Obama I guess didn’t vet, because he was approved at the highest level of security by the Obama administration. So when he came into our administration, for a short period of time, he came in, he was already approved by the Obama administration.”

As for his personal and family life, Trump acknowledged he’s now “in a cocoon” protected by the Secret Service at all times, lamenting that he can’t drive anymore.

But he said he plans to visit New York again, something he hasn’t done yet since taking the oath of office, and is glad his wife Melania and son Barron are joining him in Washington.

Asked whether one term might be enough for him, Trump said he’ll see.

“Maybe it takes a little bit longer, but I think we’re doing tremendously well. I don’t think anybody has ever done this much in a hundred days,” he said. “But I’ve always said it’s going to be eight years, not four years.”


Source: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/04/28/first-100-days-trump-declares-obamacare-is-dead-predicts-replacement-deal-soon.html

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Prophet Shepherd Bushiri’s Son Walking in the Shoes of his Father at a Prophetic Conference in Utah (USA)

Apostle Felixosis Huios Nabi Navira, the leader of ECG Church in America.
Apostle Felixosis, the leader of ECG Church in America.

For several decades, Africa was the continent that received European and American missionaries. However, it is just recently that Africa started sending missionaries abroad. In a rare prophetic move, the renowned Prophet Shepherd Bushiri, Major 1, founder of the Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) Church, sent his son, the Malawian Apostle Felixosis Huios Nabi Navira, to lead ECG Church in America. Although based in Portland, Maine, this Apostle has been reaching out to other states in the US to share the Gospel. On March 31st and April 1st, 2017, Apostle Felixosis Huios (https://www.facebook.com/huios.felixosis) held a powerful prophetic conference in Utah (USA).


During this two day conference, the crowd was astounded by the prophecies and the miracles that the God of Major 1 did through the Apostle. For instance, after a prayer by this minister, some people who were deaf began to hear immediately. Other people attending the conference received miracle money right after prayer during the live service. One lady received $1,000 and another $520 as a sign of what is to come. Two women had one leg shorter than the other, but after the prayer of the man of God, their legs became even. Attending the event was a nine year old boy who was born normal, but who lost his vision and became blind at the age of three. Right after Apostle Felixosis Huios prayed for this boy, he recovered his sight as his eyes opened instantly. Several attendees of the conference were astonished by the miracles because they had never seen anything like that before.


Those who have been following the prophetic revolutionary revival that is shaking South Africa under the leadership of Prophet Shepherd Bushiri, Ph.D., know that the God of Major One is showcasing His power and is speaking today in an unusual way as never seen before (https://www.youtube.com/user/propheticchannelTv). It is a well-established fact and truth that Prophet Shepherd Bushiri (Major 1, PhD) is being mightily used by God in the prophetic, miracles, healings, business, and many other types of wonders. Dr. Major 1 has several sons and daughters across the globe. So far, the last born son of Major 1 (Apostle Felixosis Huios Nabi Navira) has been growing the ECG Church in Portland, Maine, and its members at a high speed that is testifying that he is really a son of the undeniable Major Prophet who has been breaking records including his performances in business (http://shepherdbushiriinvestments.com), teaching, prophecy, philanthropy, networking, mentoring, prosperity, wealth production and accumulation across the globe, etc. For instance, in less than three years, ECG Pretoria, South Africa, which was founded by Major 1, Ph.D., in 2015, grew from just a few members to more than 100 thousand members without counting the millions of followers who watch his services on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/shepherdbushiriministries), YouTube, phone application (e.g. Bushiri Buzz https://www.facebook.com/bushiribuzz) and his TV (Prophetic Channel TV), etc. Major1, the world’s richest minister, is also one of the youngest billionaires in the world. He was honored as one of the “Most Influential Contemporary African Diaspora Leaders” (http://africandiasporaleaders.com/shepherdbushiri). Seeing the miracles and the steps that Apostle Felixosis is taking, under the anointing and mentoring of his father Major1, it will not be surprising that very soon, ECG America will make the national news.


As one of the “Christian nations” on earth, the US is blessed to finally have an Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) Church branch. The time has come for Africa to send more missionaries like Apostle Felixosis Huios Nabi Navira to the western nations, where Christianity is sometimes attacked and threatened because of the growing number of worldly philosophies that tend to raise human knowledge and theories above the Word of God, which will never disappear although heaven and earth will pass away very soon. As ECG America grows and is better known by more people in US, more Americans will certainly partake in the grace that is working for the Major Prophet Dr. Shepherd Bushiri. Seeing how ECG is shaking Africa, its continent of birth, there is no doubt that, under the leadership of Major1, ECG America is going to positively shake the US very soon and bring forth the revival that many ministers have been praying for. As the Americans are awaiting this prophetic revival and financial revolution in their land, where great men of God like Evangelist Billy Graham, Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke, Bishop T. D. Jakes, Pastor John Kilpatrick, Evangelist Morris Nathan, etc., have faithfully preached the Good News, it is worth thanking God and noticing that Apostle Felixosis Huios Nabi Navira and the partners of ECG America are off to a great start. ECG Church in Portland Maine, is located at: 1844 Forest Avenue, Portland, Maine, 04103 (USA).


The Global Volunteering Platform That Involves The International Diaspora

Volunteering has become an interesting part of people’s lives. While some volunteering  jobs may be for humanitarian purposes, others have a business potential. It is delightful for someone to volunteer at a place of his or her interest. When people volunteer, not only do they bless themselves, but they also solve other’s problems that may stay unsolved otherwise.

Unfortunately, countless people would like to volunteer but don’t know where they can find an opening in a town or country of their interest. At the same time, many organizations have volunteer openings, but they don’t know how and who to contact to get those jobs done. Particularly, many people travel for diverse reasons (missions, vacation, etc.) to other countries and would like to volunteer for a specific need, but they don’t know who to contact or how to provide that service. There is a gap of information and collaboration between people willing to volunteer and the persons or institutions that will receive those services.

Join DiasporaEngager Today to Find Volunteering Opportunities Locally or Worldwide!

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In addition to advocating for their country, the global diaspora can play a crucial role in solving this problem. The diasporas have the chance to live and experience life abroad. They know a lot of new things that the people in their home country do not know. Consequently, the potential of the diaspora needs to be harvested to empower the development of their nations. In other words, volunteering should play a big part in diaspora engagement efforts. Up to today, a very few platforms openly provide that kind of service worldwide in a win-win framework. Consequently, many opportunities of volunteering are missed because they are hidden from the public or they are tagged with complex financial strategies or interests. This situation is contributing to the poverty of many people and nations. A solution was needed!

DiasporaEngager is an global online site where anyone or any organization that wants, needs, or has a volunteer opening will register, search, find, and be able to contact volunteers and vice versa with opportunities in any areas of interest worldwide. DiasporaEngager is dedicated to improving the volunteering industry by allowing people to better use their talents to help themselves and those in need.

DiasporaEngager’s volunteering services are tailored to:

Do you have a volunteering need or offer? Sign up at www.DiasporaEngager.com/miniRegister to find the answer!

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  • Free volunteering
  • Charity volunteering
  • Volunteering job or paid volunteering
  • Volunteering program or project
  • Volunteering company or organization
  • Virtual or online volunteering
  • Local, International, Worldwide, or Global volunteering
  • Medical or Hospital volunteering
  • Mission Trip
  • Corporate volunteering
  • Student volunteering
  • Animal volunteering
  • Etc.


What can you do to start using DiasporaEngager’s platform to address your volunteering needs and/or offers right now?

All it takes to start using this platform is to register a free account. If you haven’t yet, please click here to register today: https://diasporaengager.com/miniRegister. It is free! Or if you want to see what you need to do to start benefiting from our services, please go to the next paragraph.

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14 Secrets That You May Not Fully Know or Understand About The Global Diaspora! – Part 1

Greetings from DiasporaEngager, www.DiasporaEngager.com, the world’s #1 and largest international diaspora engagement network platform!

Today, we would like to share with you some of the secrets that many individuals and nations do not know or understand about the global diaspora that they dearly want to give back to their home country! Before we start diving into strategies and ways to finally engage the international diaspora with the development of their nations, we feel like it is very important that we  shed light on some of top secrets regarding this issue! The french people will say “secret de  polichinelle”. Here it is:

Based on a massive data collection and painful diagnostics, here are the dilemmas that most diasporas, their home countries, and their country of residence find themselves in:

  1. For many reasons, most people leave their country of origin to go into adventure hoping for a better life that, unfortunately, they don’t usually find as originally planned.


  1. For most people living in the diaspora, getting better opportunities to solve their problems and achieve their adventure dream is their main priority.


  1. People and organizations in the country of origin of the diasporas (particularly developing countries) address most of their needs for assistance to their relatives in the diaspora, thinking that all of those relatives are really having a better life abroad.


  1. Some people in the country of origin of the diaspora are mostly interested in receiving free gifts back from the international diaspora regardless of their success or not.


  1. At the same time, nothing is that free for the diaspora in the foreign countries they find themselves in. Most of the free things the diasporas get abroad are not enough to really help them find a sustainable way of success. Therefore, to really succeed abroad, most diasporas have to pay a high price.


  1. Usually, at their turn, most people living in the diaspora (at least the newcomers/migrants and those who are struggling to succeed) tend to ask the people in their host country to help them.


  1. Not only are native individuals, organizations, and businesses in the diaspora country of residence overloaded with requests for free help, but also, they would prefer the diaspora members (who are living by them) to buy their professional services and products rather than just ask for free help.


  1. Usually, most diasporas are not well understood for instance because of the language and cultural barriers, but also because of a lack of integration into their new environment where sometimes, the autochthonous are barely making it in this global economy in decadence!


  1. As the diasporas have their problems that they cannot solve, so the people and organizations in the diasporas’ host country have their own that they cannot or they do not want to solve free of charge those of the diaspora.


  1. Meanwhile, certain organizations and governmental institutions strategically take advantage of this situation that many people and nations do not and/or can not fully understand or share.


  1. Because of the problems mentioned above, it generally takes too long for most diaspora members to achieve their goals and succeed. Nevertheless, many diaspora members behave like if  life abroad is a paradise or the “Eldorado”. Therefore, instead of telling the truth to their people so brain drain and immigration can be slightly reduced at the profit of many nations which are sinking, many people lie and/or prefer to believe in lies!


  1. The diaspora members who succeed, or who we think succeed, do not usually reach their full potential, and if they do, it takes too long to get there.


  1. By the time they succeed, most diaspora members incur a lot of debt, frustrations, and other problems that cause them to focus on themselves rather than really thinking about helping those in their country of origin as the latter wish in their claim of “diaspora give back”.


  1. Some of those who succeed and who want to give back do not know where the real needs are and how they can engage themselves and others. Unfortunately, when some give back, many corruptible systems poison their good will! And a whole lot more!!!


To solve these problems, DiasporaEngager was invented. DiasporaEngager aims at being the premier provider of liaisons and strategies between all Diasporas, people and organizations in their home country as well as in their host countries, to set the developmental and global environment to detect, harvest, and transfer resources, services, and opportunities between people, organizations, and nations in a win-win framework, and much more.

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Stay tuned! We have a lot more to say. It is very important we understand the complexity of the problem related with immigration, diaspora international problems/opportunities, etc., before we start talking about ways to engage with the global diaspora!

Seeking a job or wanting to recruit talented local and international applicants?

In our previous article, we tried to explain the unemployment problems of the diaspora and immigrants. We also explored what DiasporaEngager (the International Diaspora Engagement Platform) is doing to help solve those problems. Today, we will give more insights into other strategies the unemployed people and their countries can use to alleviate unemployment and put more people to work!

After someone gets a job, it is also important to keep it and perform it without much labor issues. Sometimes, diaspora members encounter discrimination problems related to age, race, gender, disability, religion, politics, … , for which they need professional assistance (e.g. legal services or counseling). DiasporaEngager connects people with legal professionals that can provide labor services.

Helping some qualified immigrants who want to return to their country of origin can help solve the unemployment problem. Unfortunately, it is difficult for the migrants or the diaspora to go back to their home countries which, usually, at their turn, are not taping into the huge potential of their own professionals living abroad!


Every country needs to start involving their diaspora in key sectors such as education, research, development. Those who have an education in science and technology can also use their knowledge to find and engage with opportunities in their current countries and also in their country of origin where those skills are oftentimes more needed. At the same time, volunteering must to be encouraged so, that even without pay, people can utilize their strength and talents to help others. For instance, the diaspora can volunteer their potential to advance their countries which they can also represent at strategic places abroad.

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The joblessness problem can be alleviated if the diaspora can also provide their skills to their home countries in consulting and partnership. The sad observation is that many countries are not investing in their diaspora and worse, they are not taking advantage of the huge consulting potential of their international professionals living abroad!  Similarly, the international pundits and their home countries must design ways so that the diaspora can be strategically used to advocate for the development of their native nation. By doing so, the unemployment rate among the native and the immigrants can be significantly reduced, while knowledge more valued.


Last but not least, those who are living abroad need to be honest with their relatives who are still in their home country. Sometimes, many people move abroad seeking a better life that they never find because a relative or a friend abroad has given them false advice or information about career opportunities overseas. It is dangerous for the global diaspora to keep their own people in the darkness of the reality abroad. At the same time, it is very important for the diaspora and the immigrants to help each other in a way that those who have succeeded assist the new arrivals!

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Those who have succeeded can share their stories and strategies they used so that others who are trying to follow their path can reach their dreams without many struggles. These are some of the strategies DiasporaEngager is using to help people and their nations to find and engage in a way that can develop them.

If you would like to join us in this effort and/or use DiasporaEngager’s platform to solve a problem, please register a free account at www.DiasporaEngager.com/miniRegister. For any questions and or suggestions, please email contact@DiasporaEngager.com.

Why does Africa Weep and Deteriorate? Real Causes and Solutions to African Impoverishment

After decades of independence, economic development in African countries continues to lag behind. However, several models and ideologies of development have been applied. Are these ideologies and models inadequate in Africa’s specific case or are the real causes of Africa’s failures due to different factors? Considering the complex process of development, the answer to this question is not simple. In trying to find the real solution to the problem, the importance of identifying the source of poverty in Africa is very relevant.


In one of my books (A continent in tears: The origin of Africa’s collapse and how to reverse it), Dr Roland Holou thoroughly analyzed the real evils that undermine development in African countries. After reviewing the literature on Africa’s development and the misconduct of African officials, the importance of human resource and knowledge in the process of Africa’s development has been revealed. The in-depth analysis focused on the failures of the education systems, lack of thought, problems with intelligence and creativity, scientific research, negativity, rote learning(mechanically memorizing information without truly learning how to apply it), corruption, the mismanagement of Africa’s natural resources, reproduction, witchcraft, politics, trade unionism, ignorance, the African mentality, accountability, the awareness of Africans, corruption of foreign powers, the brain drain, and so on. Examples of elites that Africa needs are included as well.


Why does Africa Weep and Deteriorate?

Why does Africa Weep and Deteriorate?

Indeed, Africa suffers from an intellectual, demographic, and spiritual crisis. The decline of Africa is due not only to its poor management and governance, but also to the acts of evil inflicted upon the continent. From households to the very top of the state, Africans are faced with major challenges. Many Africans are afraid to think or do not want to think; many are afraid to speak, do not want to speak, or cannot speak; many are afraid to act or do not want to act; many leaders are corrupt and/or do not want to learn; many have knowledge but do not want to or cannot apply their knowledge; many religious figures are so attached to narrow visions that they have disregarded the management of cities and politics. Above all else, intellectuals are often spurned by those in charge. When certain individuals want to contribute to society or become something, they are suppressed and rejected. Many skills are scorned; great minds are rarely encouraged or heard. Though several politicians do have some skilled knowledge, recognized experts and skilled workers generally do not want to get involved in politics.

When dictators come to power, they do as they please; when politicians have power, they hardly listen to skilled workers; when skilled workers take power, they act as if everything is technical. Moreover, radical trade unionism and political opposition are destroying Africa. Many do not want to contribute to successful initiatives, preferring instead to advance their own interests. What’s worse is the erroneous African mentality that makes development and progress impossible. While skilled, able workers who could make a difference are out of work, lazy and unqualified individuals are promoted to important positions by their relatives in power. Meanwhile, the expenses of the “great” have robbed Africa of the little that is available, all to the detriment of the poor, “innocent” farmers who are dying under the afternoon sun. With the help of foreign powers and politicians, African officials have effectively beaten Africa down.


Moreover, in many education systems, diplomas are not always symbols of knowledge that will lead to positive action toward development. Indeed, Africans distribute and collect many useless degrees. Many graduates claim to be educated when in reality their credentials are a sham. Africa trains too many scholars—parrots whose heads are filled with useless theories and words—who are unproductive and ultimately do not contribute anything of value to society. There are very few exceptions to this rule. Meanwhile, uncontrolled reproduction is enhancing poverty and other problems pertaining to underdevelopment at a faster rate than preexisting problems can be solved. Indeed, polygamy and certain sexual perversions not only contribute to underdevelopment in Africa, but also to the culture of African destitution.


Additionally, African intellectuals are under the influence of spiritual factions that often impede efforts toward development. Unfortunately, the classic debates surrounding underdevelopment in Africa have always ignored the spiritual dimension of the problem. Undoubtedly, developed countries had advantages and other assets that aided them in their growth. These countries have had their Enlightenment period; great minds have worked to put these nations on the right path. Today, Africa’s best minds are afraid to even remain on the continent. Due to this massive brain drain, there are real problems pertaining to coordination, awareness, accountability, and intelligent, rational application of development strategies in African nations.


Real Causes and Solutions to African Impoverishment

Real Causes and Solutions to African Impoverishment

In an attempt to find a lasting solution to the impoverishment of Africa and to put the continent on the path to prosperity, Dr. Roland Holou (www.RolandHolou.com) has suggested pertinent and practical reforms in his book that should be initiated. This book provides anyone who is concerned with development in Africa valuable information and instruction on how to take action. The ideas proposed in this book could be applied to other continents as well, as these same issues occur outside of Africa.


Dual citizen of the USA and Benin Republic, Dr. Roland Holou has a doctorate in plant sciences, entomology, and microbiology. He is an agricultural engineer and a specialist in environmental development and management. He also holds a diploma in Rural Development and is the Founder and CEO of DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com), the world’s #1 diaspora engagement platform. To learn more about Dr Roland Holou and his books, or to contact him, please write to: rholou@yahoo.com and rholou@diasporaengager.com

How to Engage the Global Diaspora in Consulting Opportunities with their Country of Origin and Country of Residence

With the development of technologies and business opportunities, the increase of service to customers, the amount of information to analyze, and the increasing need to make the right decisions based on a variety of data, consulting is becoming a very important component in the workplace. Unfortunately, access to affordable and trustworthy consultants at the right time is not always easy. Similarly, many talented people would like to offer consulting services, but they don’t know where, how, and whom to contact.

Although in the case of countries affected by brain drain the need of native consultants is more appealing, it is very hard for people living in the diaspora to offer such a service to their home countries. At the same time, many organizations have consulting openings, but they don’t know how or who to contact to get those jobs done. Sometimes, because of a lack of the right fit, many consultations are done by less qualified people.

While the experts living in the diaspora are rarely used by their home countries for consulting, several foreign consultants are hired for the cause of those very countries. Unfortunately, those foreign consultants often lack the local knowledge which is required to appropriately elaborate certain policies, and they are often less qualified and more expensive than the diasporas. If the global diasporas can be better organized, they can be a very powerful instrument for consulting and development of the government, schools, businesses, and organizations in their home country as well as in their host country.


To fill the gap of information and collaboration between people willing to be consulted and the persons or institutions that will receive such services, DiasporaEngager aims at creating a free global consulting platform by using social media to bring together consulting customers and clients for collaboration, networking, business, entrepreneurship, and much more,  to develop people and nations.

With this platform, the world’s diasporas can be easily reached and used for consulting needs. This international platform significantly annuls the consulting fee and allows nations to find and use people that they can trust. If anyone needs a consultant for anything, he or she will just go online and search worldwide.

The global consulting platform (http://bit.ly/1rAX9cN) brings together consultants and clients for collaboration, networking, business, and entrepreneurship to develop people and nations. On this diaspora engagement site, people, businesses, organizations, institutions, and nations can create their profile and put online their expertise, profession, years of experience, location, and the cost of their service. If anyone needs a consultant for anything, he or she will just go to this platform online and search locally or internationally. The consultants can be contacted for specific needs pertaining to their region, expertise, and availability.


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How to Help Immigrants and Diaspora to Return Back Home

In our previous article (Why Immigrants and Diasporas Cannot Easily Return Back Home), we discussed how difficult it is for immigrants and diaspora members to return back home. Today, we will explore some of the strategies DiasporaEngager is taking to help the diaspora and their people to return back home if needed.


DiasporaEngager aims at facilitating dialog and negotiations between the international diasporas and their countries. DiasporaEngager encourages governments affected by brain drain to create new programs to assist their diaspora to return home. Because the diaspora studied in a higher and more advanced system, a kind of positive discrimination (giving them special favors and benefits) needs to be created to distinguish them from their peers who stayed home. DiasporaEngager encourages the creation of a new type of non-profit (Non-Governmental Organization) to facilitate that type of investment. Expatriating immigrants,  closing borders, or granting work permits to the so called illegal immigrants cannot solve this migratory grand challenge.


DiasporaEngager provides an avenue to locate the parties interested in such opportunities and helps them to start the communication or partnership required to define the conditions and context of the return of qualified Diaspora members to their original country. People interested in returning back to their home country as well as the nations and organizations that would like to encourage that move should register an account on www.DiasporaEngager.com. The institutions or organizations in the home country should define the opportunities that they can provide so that the Diaspora can search and match their expectations with what is available in their home country. DiasporaEngager provides the environment to facilitate that dialog and works together with local and international agencies involved in migration, traveling, or development to harness any opportunities that can assist anyone in this transition.

The first platform that really help immigrants and diaspora to find opportunities to stay abroad or return back home.

DiasporaEngager:  The world’s #1 platform that really helps immigrants and diasporas to find opportunities to stay abroad or to return back home.

DiasporaEngager works with local business to hire diaspora members and to help them return to their home country to work for them. Companies in the diaspora’s host country can hire diaspora members and send them to work for them in their home country. After knowing the diaspora member’s work ethic, businesses in the host country of the diaspora can better trust not just the qualifications they hold, but also the confidence that can be put in them for the best interest of the business. Sometimes, many multinational companies would like to hire or subcontract with other international businesses, but because of a lack of knowing the culture and competency of other organizations abroad, it is more difficult. If the diasporas returning back home can be involved in this kind of international transaction they can be the bridge between the gap.


In the context of DiasporaEngager, the word Diaspora refers to anyone who, for any reasons, is living in a country or town that is not his or her place of origin or ancestry or the place s/he calls home. Some people may call them an immigrant, a stranger, or an alien. Some may argue that, most individuals can be remotely linked to a country of origin different from their current country of residence, and therefore, most of us are an alien, immigrant, or a Diaspora of somewhere. In the US for instance, except the native Indians, everyone else can be considered an alien or immigrant. Even in that case, the Indians themselves have had to migrate from somewhere before reaching the US.


The longer the duration of the stay of someone in a foreign land, the higher the likelihood that his or her descendants think that they (the descendants) are native of that place that their ancestry moved to long ago. That’s why, because they are not first, second, or third generation immigrants, many people easily forget that they are a stranger of what they call “our land”, and unfortunately treat the new immigrants like the “bad people” or like “those who are taking our lands or our country”, or like “those who don’t even speak our language well”, or like “those who don’t behave like us”. In reality, those new immigrants (new arrivals) are usually just trying to go through the obligatory survival and integration steps that the ancestors of those who are calling them “strangers” and who think they are native, did long ago.


DiasporaEngager is not a political organization which is trying to advocate for any particular immigration agenda. To make a long story short, regardless of where we are from and where we are living, let’s try to help each other to succeed in this life on this earth. We never know what bad weather will come tomorrow or what may cause us to move in the future. We don’t know what is awaiting our descendants which may choose to move out from where we are today to another place. We don’t even fully understand where we are coming from and what brought our ancestors to where we are today. If you want to join us in our efforts to help diaspora members globally, please register an account on www.DiasporaEngager.com


Address by Sir Hilary Beckles, chair of the CARICOM Reparations Commission to the NAARC’s Reparations Town Hall in Atlanta

Delivered by Don Rojas on behalf of Sir Hilary on June 11, 2016

Dr. Ron Daniels, President of the Institute of the Black World and Convenor of the National African American Reparations Commission (NAARC),

Cong. John Conyers,

Members of the Local Organizing Committee,

Members of the National African American Reparations Commission,

Sisters & Brothers,

Friends and Comrades.

Most historians, scholars and activists agree that the Trans-Atlantic slave trade and the institution of chattel slavery in the Americas in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries were without doubt the most heinous crimes against humanity in modern history.

These crimes have gone unpunished up to this day and justice for the millions of native people and the millions more of enslaved Africans who perished during these dark days has yet to be rendered.

The social, economic and psychological wounds of slavery have been passed on down through the generations; open wounds that remain raw and continue to fester.

Between the 16thand 19th centuries some 15 million captured Africans were shipped to the Caribbean, Latin America and North America on 36,000 slaving voyages. Millions more perished on the long and tortuous boat trips from Africa to the Americas.

The vast majority of the enslaved Africans were transported from major slave ports up and down the Western coast of Africa, from a vast region that today encompasses the countries of Senegal, the Gambia, the Republic of Guinea, Ghana, Benin, Nigeria and others.

Today, the realization is emerging that only a process of reparations can begin to fully heal these wounds. Repair, restitution and recompense for historical crimes is a profound moral obligation both on the parts of the perpetrators and the victims of these crimes and a revived movement for reparative justice is taking shape in the Caribbean and around the world where African people live and continue to struggle for their inalienable human rights and basic dignity.

Reparation is not just an issue of repaying the enormous debts owed to the descendants of enslaved Africans. Reparation is part and parcel of the global movements for racial justice, for social justice and for economic justice. It occupies a crucial space in the movement against growing income and wealth inequalities around the world, what President Barack Obama has described as “the defining issue of our time.”

This newly energized reparations movement is yet another manifestation of that spirit of resistance and willingness to fight for freedom that expressed itself in the numerous slave rebellions in the Caribbean and the USA during the times of slavery, from Sam Sharpe in Jamaica, to General Bussa in Barbados to Cuffy in Guyana to Nat Turner and Denmark Vescey in the USA.

The greatest and ultimately most successful of these slave rebellions in the Caribbean culminated in Haiti in 1804 with the victory by enslaved Africans who rose up and defeated the mighty armies of France, Spain and Britain and declared Haiti the first independent Black country in the Americas.

Echoes of a reparations movement could be found in different forms of Black struggle and resistance throughout the Americas in the 19th and 20th Centuries.

From the rise of the Garvey movement all across the African diaspora, to the Rastafarians and their relentless demand for reparations and repatriation back to their African motherland, to the struggle for independence in the Caribbean in the 1940s, 50s and 60s, to the civil rights and Black Liberation movements in North America and Europe, through Pan-African movement of the 20thCentury led by such luminaries as George Padmore, CLR James, Dr. Eric Williams, WEB DuBois, Paul Robeson, Queen Mother Moore, James Foreman to the civil and human rights struggles of Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X , Nelson Mandela, Patrice Lumumba, Tomas Sankara, Frantz Fanon, Bob Marley, Walter Rodney, Maurice Bishop etc, and now in the post-independence period of nation-building to cleaning up the royal mess left behind by our former slave masters.

Contrary to what we’re being told by some European leaders like Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron, ignoring history won’t make it go away. Getting over slavery and moving on is not an option for people of good will in the Caribbean, Europe and around the world.

The present is a living continuation of our historical past. Our history lives and breathes in our day-to-day lives and the legacies of our slave history are evident for all to see—persistent poverty, economic underdevelopment, high unemployment, public health crises, low self-esteem, alienation of youth etc. We must reclaim our history. We must own our history and the lessons from our history must guide us as we navigate our futures.

To understand our present-day realities in all their complexity we must learn to connect the dots in our collective history, dots that link the continents of Europe, Africa and the Americas.

The trans-Atlantic slave trade was the first huge economic globalization project in modern history and the enormous profits yielded from this global enterprise were invested in the industrialization and modernization of Western Europe and North America and in the enrichment of thousands of families in Britain and other European countries, Prime Minister David Cameron’s family being one of them. Chattel slavery and the Trans-Atlantic trade in captive Africans was a global economic enterprise, one of the first examples of globalization but at its core and in its essence it was also a profoundly criminal enterprise.

Over the past three decades or so, there have been a number of organizations, associations, countries, regions, and conferences on reparations for African slavery in the Americas. However, for the most part, the call for reparations was uncoordinated and fragmented among the aforementioned institutions and agencies.

Not until the UN conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia, and Related Intolerance in Durban, South Africa in 2001 that a sound platform for reparations became a serious issue.

Government officials, delegates, activists, representatives as well as academicians from the world over, including Africa, the Caribbean, North America, Latin America and Europe, attended this conference. Various positions for and against reparations were discussed and debated.

The Caribbean representation at the Durban conference included a number of prominent Pan-Africanists and reparations activists like Hilary Beckles and David Commission of Barbados and Dudley Thompson of Jamaica.

The payment of reparations by the former slave holding powers was perhaps the most contentious issue debated during the Durban conference. While the European nations and the United States were forced to concede that the Trans-Atlantic slave trade and chattel slavery were, indeed crimes against humanity, they argued erroneously that it would be unrealistic to discuss compensation for the victims of these historical crimes.

The Europeans lobbied furiously behind the scenes for support. It was closed, backroom politics in place of open historical and intellectual discourse. Truth was buried in the silence. The Caribbean delegates vigorously objected and led the opposition to this European negativity. They declared that the historical evidence showed that slave trading and slavery were understood as crimes then, as they are now, and as such are subject to reparatory justice.

What is sad and disappointing when reading the conversations for and against reparation is that the delegates who represented and spoke on behalf of former slave regimes (the United States and Britain) were of African descent. For example, Colin Powell, the US secretary of state, and Condolezza Rice, a national security advisor in the George Bush Administration, spoke out stridently against reparations.

But, in spite of the setbacks, the UN’s conference in Durban, SA did inject considerable new energy and excitement into the reparations movement across the globe and especially in the Caribbean and the United States.

However, this new energy evaporated quite swiftly in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center towers in New York which ushered in the so-called War on Terrorism in the US and around the world, followed by the invasion and occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan. This war on terrorism cast a chilling and intimidating atmosphere on reparations activism around the world. The reparations movement was lulled into a period of dormancy.

In July, 2013 at the CARICOM heads of government summit in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad all the region’s prime ministers and presidents passed a unanimous resolution to establish a CARICOM Reparations Commission under the chairmanship of Prof. Beckles and to set up national reparations commissions and committees in each of the CARICOM member states.

Two months later in September, 2013, the first regional reparations conference since the establishment of the Commission was held in St. Vincent and hosted by Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, himself a long-time reparations advocate.

Over the next several months the momentum sparked by the historic resolution adopted at the Trinidad summit, followed by the successful St. Vincent conference picked up pace when St. Vincent’s PM Gonsalves delivered the keynote address at a Symposium on Democracy and Development in Africa and the Caribbean organized by the Institute of the Black World 21stCentury in October, 2013 in Washington, DC.

In October, 2013, the 2nd Regional Reparations Conference was held in Antigua and in April, 2014 a major reparations conference organized by the Institute of the Black World was organized at the Chicago State University.

On July 16th, 2014, I addressed the British Parliament in which I said, “the government of Great Britain, and other European states that are beneficiaries of enrichment from the enslavement of African people, the genocide of indigenous communities and the deceptive breach of contract and trust in respect of Indians and other Asians brought to the plantations under indenture have a case to answer in respect to reparatory justice.”

In September, 2014, SVG’s foreign minister Camillo Gonsalves, celebrated author and journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates and I addressed a packed reparations forum hosted by Cong. John Conyers, dean of the Congressional Black Caucus and author of HR40, the Reparations Study bill.

In April, 2015 the Caribbean Reparations Commission along with reparations and Pan African activists from across the region traveled to New York to participate in an International Reparations Conference organized by the US-based Institute of the Black World 21st Century.

This historic gathering brought together delegations from 22 countries in Europe, Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America and from 19 states across the US for three days of dialogue, information exchange and collective strategizing on how to re-energize and expand the global movement for reparatory justice in the 21st Century.

At this international conference, it was announced that a National African American Reparations Commission had been recently formed modeled on the CARICOM Reparations Commission and that a European Reparations Commission and similar formations in Britain and Canada were being organized.

In March, 2016, Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, who is the chair of the CARICOM Primeministerial Sub Committee on Reparations, sent a letter to the leaders of Great Britain and other former slave-holding European nations on behalf of his fellow CARICOM leaders calling on London and other European capitals to formally acknowledge the crimes of native genocide and African enslavement in the Caribbean and urging them to come to the negotiating table to hammer out a reparatory justice agreement. To date, CARICOM still waits for a formal response from the European powers.

In February, 2016, the Working Group of experts for the UN’s Decade for People of African Descent led by Mereille Fanon-France, daughter of the Martiniquan-born pshchiatrist and freedom fighter, Frantz Fanon, issued a report on their investigation into the human rights conditions in several African-American communities across the US.

The group of experts said it was “extremely concerned about the human rights situation of African Americans,” and it urged the US government to address the legacy of slavery with “reparatory justice,” a national human rights commission, and ongoing criminal justice reform.

“The colonial history, the legacy of enslavement, racial subordination and segregation, racial terrorism, and racial inequality in the US remains a serious challenge as there has been no real commitment to reparations and to truth and reconciliation for people of African descent,” it said at the conclusion of a 10-day trip to the United States.

On May 20th in a stirring speech on the occasion of Guyana’s 50th Anniversary of independence from British colonial rule, President David Granger said:

 “The Caribbean is not begging for hand-outs or aid. The Caribbean is not soliciting sympathy. The Caribbean is not seeking favors. The Caribbean is demanding ‘reparative justiice’ for the greatest crime against humanity in the history of the world—the trans-Atlantic trade in captive Africans. The Caribbean’s case for reparative justice is righteous. The struggle for reparative justice will be long but every just cause is worth fighting for.”

Sisters and Brothers, the notion of reparatory or reparative justice as a viable and legitimate strategy for sustainable development is being embraced more and more by Caribbean governments and by a wide range of civil society organizations and public intellectuals throughout the region.

Our ancestors are calling on us to make this struggle for reparatory justice an imperative of our time.  When we demand “reparations now” we are discharging our moral responsibility to demand restitution and recompense for the unspeakable injustices inflicted on our ancestors by the brutal and inhuman system of chattel slave labour.

When we talk about reparations, we are speaking about repairing the horrendous damages to our people wrought by the crimes of chattel slavery and later by the crimes of colonialism and imperialism. Those who say to us that slavery was a thing of the past, that we should put it behind us and move on, are, in essence, asking us to devalue the sacrifices of our ancestors.

Our collective history does matter. Black and brown lives have always and continue to matter in the Caribbean, in the USA and across Latin America.

We in the Caribbean quite rightly concern ourselves with the challenges that freedom and independence are posing.  We are pre-occupied with the pressing problems of budget deficits and burdensome national debts, in some cases at levels larger than our gross domestic products, but in our search for solutions to these problems we must also recognize, analyze and understand these challenges within the broader historical context of the enormous social and economic deficits that we inherited from centuries of slavery and colonialism.

50 plus years ago, our former colonial masters left us a legacy in the Caribbean that can only be described as a “royal mess.” After sucking out the wealth that our enslaved and colonized forefathers and mothers created with their blood, sweat and tears, the colonialists left our countries with little or nothing upon which to build and develop prosperous and vibrant economies.

Having thus left us with this mess, we are now saying to the former European colonial powers that they have a moral responsibility as supposedly civilized and highly developed nations to come to the table and negotiate a partnership with us, one that will help us clean up the mess that they left behind.

These European powers have a case to answer in the courts of international public opinion and as countries that pride themselves as embodiments of integrity, democracy and respect for fundamental human rights, they must take seriously and respond adequately to the CARICOM demands as articulated in its 10-Point Reparations Program, a program that today enjoys the unanimous support of all the member states of CELAC (The Community of Latin American and Caribbean States) and ALBA (The Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas).

Today, CARICOM awaits a positive response to the letters sent earlier this year to the heads of government in Britain, France, Spain, the Netherlands, Portugal and Sweden requesting that they meet with the heads of government in CARICOM to begin negotiations around the 10-Point reparations program.

The legacies of white supremacy and racism, both of which are vestiges of slavery and colonialism are still prevalent throughout our region and they continue to be serious impediments to the full realization and practice of democracy, racial equality and access to economic opportunity in our respective nation states and these vestiges must be confronted and expunged from our societies as we forge ahead with implementing reparatory justice.

Most African countries have followed the position of Caribbean countries but some have rejected the idea on the basis that there are pressing issues to be dealt with in Africa. Some African countries have taken a neutral position on reparation.

The United States and former slave regimes of Europe and the European Union have rejected reparation. They stated that they will not apologise or pay reparations for African slavery in the Americas because slavery was a legal institution, and therefore they should not be held accountable for a situation that occurred a long time ago. They argued also that slavery was too remote for any recuperative strategy.

The United States condemned African slavery but refused to accept one nation holding another financially liable for a historical situation that happened a long time ago. Britain has offered a statement of regret and deep sorrow but still refuses to apologise or pay reparation for African slavery in the Americas.

In a recent speech at the Harvard University School of Law, I said that I envision a day in the future when President Barack Obama, himself a graduate of Harvard Law, will join with CARICOM in its fight for reparations and will help to shape the 21st Century around the principles of reparatory justice.

The call for reparation is the newest common thread that binds Africa and the African Diaspora. Later this year the government of The Gambia, a country in Africa from whence countless numbers of enslaved Africans were shipped to the Americas, will host a reparations conference on its soil.

Indeed, the call for reparations will persist and will grow in the months and years ahead, and perhaps someday it will be decided in the international court of justice and the victimized peoples and nations who suffered from these crimes against humanity will be justly compensated.

What the Caricom Reparations Commission has done over the past three years is to help grow a regional initiative into the revival of a global movement for reparatory justice, one that will become the greatest political movement of the 21st Century.

The building of this global reparations movement will continue this weekend here in Atlanta and in the months ahead, the reparations conversation will move to other cities across the USA and in the Caribbean the reparations relay will continue to carry the torch of reparatory justice from country to country in the region.

In the months ahead, all of us working together must build a mighty international army of reparations advocates and activists. We must strengthen the inter-connections and inter-relations between the component parts of this emerging global reparations movement. We must learn from each other, influence each other, encourage each other and inspire each other. We will prevail and no matter how long it takes victory will be ours because our cause is a just and righteous cause and reparations is an idea whose time has come.

Forward Ever, Backward Never!!

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This article was first published on the Institute of the Black World at http://ibw21.org/featured/address-by-sir-hilary-beckles-chair-of-the-caricom-reparations-commission-to-the-naarcs-reparations-town-hall-in-atlanta/

Why Immigrants and Diasporas Cannot Easily Return Back Home

Human migration is a universal problem that is here to stay. Human beings, and even wild animals, move because they are usually trying to solve a problem. For instance, when the weather is getting bad, many animal species know how to migrate to avoid exposing themselves to environmental conditions that can threaten their existence. Certain animals that cannot migrate, hibernate to avoid the bad weather like winter! Wild animals which are unable to migrate nor fully hibernate, usually suffer during the rough season, and some even die!


When human beings move, they also have in mind the notion of finding a better life. I do not think many people move to a new place just to willingly expose themselves to detrimental conditions that will hurt or kill them, unless they are terrorists, which is a bad thing. However, because of political limitations, human beings do not have the freedom to migrate to wherever they would like. In most cases, people are restrained to their native countries and unable to move abroad because they lack finances, government approval, connections, vision, and support from family or friends. Usually, when human beings manage to leave their home country for another country, they do not easily return back, unless something threatens their dream abroad, or some better opportunities open up in their home country, or they are repatriated from their residence country back to their native country. Even so, those who are repatriated want to return back to the country they just came from!


When it comes to the diaspora of the developing countries, if stinginess, unforgiveness, and selfishness can be added to the already-complicated equations among the diaspora and those residing in the same country, most of the immigrants allow pride to get in their way and would prefer dying abroad than returning back to their native country. It is in this critical condition that most countries are begging their diasporas to give back or to invest in their development.

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Nevertheless, a handful of educated people living in the Diaspora would like to return to their country of origin or country of residence, but in most cases, a very few organized structures exist to facilitate that type of movement. Some people don’t even know who to talk to or where to start in order to return to their home country. This is because many developed countries do not have a clear plan to integrate or incorporate their diaspora and returning immigrants into the development of their own country. Many immigrants have returned or have been returned to their home country, but have failed due to a lack of programs to help them integrate into their new environment. Numerous traveling agencies and businesses assist people in planning their travels, but very few specialize in helping diaspora members return to their home country even if it is for a short stay to contribute to their nation’s development. After arriving to a new country and being surprised by the many hurdles they have to overcome, once realizing all the obstacles, certain immigrants oftentimes want to return home but lack the funding to do so.


The problem is more complex for the educated people living abroad. Indeed, some diaspora members studied at a very high cost; some may have even acquired debts (e.g. student loan, cost of living abroad), and after graduation, they would like to return back to their home country, but unfortunately, they can’t afford it, because the salary they will make in their home country cannot allow them to pay their debt and have a decent life. Furthermore, if they return, they will likely not find the tools and resources to practice what they have learned. However, if someone (e.g. government, nonprofit) can assist them in paying off that debt and having a decent job, some diaspora members would love to return home. A solution must be found for this global problem.

In our next post, we will discuss what DiasporaEngager is doing to solve this complex problem. Please stay tuned! Meanwhile, you can join our efforts by registering a free account at: https://diasporaengager.com/miniRegister

Why and How the Global Diaspora Should Advocate for the Development of their Nations

To advocate for something is to plead or argue in favor of that thing. People and organizations usually advocate for causes they care for. For instance, to push their agendas forward, several nations, institutions, and organizations hire professionals that advocate on their behalf for things critical to their well-being (e.g. security, economy, politics, and development). Why does diaspora advocacy  for development matter?


While almost every country has an interest in others, millions of people are moving every year to new countries or places without being really engaged in the development of their home country as it should. At the same time, the potential of the diaspora is usually ignored even in their new country of residence. With the globalization of the world’s economy and the increasing human migration, the potential of the global diaspora is needed more than ever.


Usually, because they know more about their country of residence than their fellow citizens living in their home country, the global Diaspora can better advocate for their people at key institutions or places in their country of residence. By doing so, advocacy service providers will have a channel to reach the customers that were unknown to them, whereas the Diasporas and their people will finally know who to talk to and how to solve their advocacy problems based on their respective realities.


Each country should have advocacy centers where they should be training and educating their diaspora in helping them carry their developmental agendas. Governmental agencies (e.g. consulates and embassies) should be highly involved in this kind of advocacy initiatives. Unfortunately, the consulates and embassies of many developing countries are mostly known for delivering visas and passports or for negotiating deals that can be better won if their diaspora can be tactically more involved! Several intellectuals living in the diaspora have complained that they never receive a letter or a newsletter from the embassy or the consulate of their country trying to engage them in development conversations. Therefore, the potential of these diaspora pundits is ignored by their own nations that nominate unqualified diplomats to negotiate very complex issues that they (the diplomats) were not trained for. At the same time, the international diaspora neglect to make the first move by approaching their country to start discussions that can develop them.


Normally, in every country, there should be advocacy institutes at least at university levels to help harvest the potential of the professionals in the diaspora as a positive force that can enlighten people and unleash development. By doing so, more advocacy for development jobs can be created in each country and also among the diaspora. The educated people living in the diaspora must be motivated to know that their country of origin needs them no less than their current country of residence where they are sometimes strategically forced to pay a lot for their education and integration before starting to pay a high interest for their loans without forgetting their taxes!


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This is part of the noble mission DiasporaEngager is carrying: brings together the advocacy industry and the Diasporas as well as their home country to cooperate and resolve their problems. In addition, DiasporaEngager can assist you if you are interested in opportunities related to:

  • Advocacy campaign
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  • Advocacy mediation
  • Advocacy networking
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  • Advocacy support and training
  • Consumer advocacy
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  • Educational advocacy
  • Human rights advocacy
  • Immigrant advocacy
  • Etc.

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ABCs of a Realistic African Diaspora Engagement

Almost every African country is trying to engage with its diaspora. However, in general, when it comes to how to convince the African diaspora to work with their country of origin, most of the methods used are not working. One of the first things that comes to the mind of most Africans living in Africa is to ask the diaspora to help them, forgetting that no one is helping the diaspora for free. In contrast, the first thing that enters the mind of most diasporas is not how to help Africa, but whether Africa knows why they have left the continent and what they are doing/facing abroad!


Do I need to underline that many African immigrants have left the Black Continent because they were chased away by some leaders and sorcerers who, today, are begging them to invest back home? What can’t I say about the massive and forced migration of Africans to America during one of the darkest and wicked ages of human history a few centuries ago? I even wonder how many people realize that the largest African diaspora population is in Brazil! Most Africans leaders are not trying to better know and understand their diaspora before asking them to come invest their money in Africa. Sometimes, I even wonder how many African Professionals in the Diaspora are richer than the African leaders who are begging them for money. Worst, some African leaders act as if their diaspora have forgotten the wounds they have suffered in Africa before finding a way to flee the continent of Kwame Nkrumah. Undoubtedly, a lot of basic first steps needs to be addressed in order to start aligning the mentality of Africa with that of its diaspora. Otherwise, the synergistic coalition needed for African Diaspora Engagement  (www.DiasporaEngager.com/Africa) will continue lacking!


The migration of the diasporas from their home country to their new country of residence is a kind of “divorce or break up” with their roots. Some Africans have had some bad experiences with their own people that they do not even want to reverse their “divorce” with the continent of Nelson Mandela and of Prof Brice Sinsin. Other immigrants have been highly afflicted by the people in their home country that they do not want to hear any request coming from them. No intelligible man dates a woman by starting to ask about anything that is supposed to be last. Moreover, no reasonable man can win back his ex-wife or ex-girlfriend, and vice versa, by starting the conversation with a list of requests or a list of things that the ex must do. Sadly, certain political leaders who orchestrated the migration of their own people cling to power and then, ask their diaspora that they and their ancestors have hunted to come and invest in their country. These types of diaspora engagement cannot work, particularly in the African context where people seem to pull each other toward the bottom of the misery pit. At the same time, many foreign countries are taking advantage of the divergences among the Africans!

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African Diaspora Engagement Must be like a Love Story. Why? Check out www.DiasporaEngager.com/Africa


The involvement of the diaspora in the development of their home country must follow certain basic rules of courtesy. I believe that Africa and its diaspora need to start “dating” each other in a format similar to that of a man trying to win back his ex-wife or ex-girlfriend, and vice versa. However, while some people that have broken up can easily find new loves, it is not easy for most diaspora to quickly forget their roots and embrace the culture of their new country. This implies that many opportunities still exist to start engaging the African Diasporas in a dialogue with their homeland which dearly needs them. For this dialog to succeed, it must not begin with begging the diaspora to come back to Africa or to invest in Africa. Similarly, the diaspora should not inaugurate this dialog by requesting that the African political leaders change overnight. The African Diasporas need to know that, though their new life abroad has changed the way they used to think, many of their brothers and sisters in Africa still act as if they have no brain or if they cannot get rid of the legacy of the colonial ignorance and slavery. Therefore, the African Diaspora must be tolerant with their own people who need to be willing to realign and renew their mentality so that synergistic coalitions can be fostered in a win-win framework for the advancement of our dear Africa rather than allowing the so-called super powers to continue poaching their rich lands and mines like the cake of their grandmother or like their heritage or like the field of their slaves that they are still trying to enslave with diverse model of modern technology, negotiation, aids, partnership, and legislation!!!


Please, don’t get me wrong. I am not saying that every African diaspora engagement effort has failed. Indeed, several people and organizations have successfully engaged with Africa and its diaspora in a positive way. Many Africans living in Africa and in the diaspora have also contributed to the development of their homeland. We take advantage of this opportunity to thank those Africans, African diasporas, their friends, partners and stakeholders who have made a positive difference in Africa.

However, after spending years working on the African problems and writing books on African Development, I can conclude that, when it comes to engaging the African diaspora in the development of Africa, ten questions need to be asked first:

  1. Who are the African Diaspora?
  2. Who is who among the African Diaspora?
  3. Where are they living?
  4. What are they doing?
  5. What problems are they facing?
  6. Why did they leave Africa?
  7. How can Africa help them to heal some of their wounds?
  8. What can we do to forgive each other and embrace a new journey of partnership?
  9. How can we partner rather than how can they help us?
  10. How can we initiate this partnership without bringing up money as the first issue?


And these questions must be answered without forgetting the millions of African-Americans, (descendants of the slaves or African Descent individuals of descendants of former slaves), whom some stupid and/or naive Leaders think are not worthy to be called African Diaspora! It is after these questions are sincerely addressed that Africa and its Diaspora can start talking about who can do what for who? Without following these simple strategic steps, the African diaspora will just keep creating thousands of African Diaspora Associations, while the African Political Leaders will keep creating more Political Parties in Africa, yet, sinking Africa, remaining at odds and, therefore, unable to work together to create positive change. If you like this article, you will be also interested in joining the Global Diaspora Engagement Platform and the African Diaspora Platform at http://DiasporaEngager.com/miniRegister. Anyway, I, Dr Roland Holou www.RolandHolou.com would like to hear from you.

God bless Africa and its People!!!


How to Engage the African Diaspora in the Development of Africa?

How to Engage the African Diaspora in the Development of Africa?

Involving the International Diaspora in Education, Research, and the Development of their Countries

Nations develop themselves because of the research, innovation, invention, and creativity of their people. Consequently, the poverty of certain nations can be linked to the education of their citizens. For instance, the gap of knowledge and development between universities in developed countries and those in developing countries is very huge because of the quality of their research, the environment, and the lack of resources. Even within any country, significant differences are found between the services provided at different educational institutions.


If the developing countries must invest in their research institutions to reach the level of the research being done in certain developed countries, they must allocate a significant amount of their national budget. Unfortunately, due to their economy, most developing countries cannot afford that kind of spending. To resolve some of the challenging problems affecting education today, collaborative efforts must be strategically made. For instance, many governmental and private institutions are increasingly requiring universities to collaborate regionally or worldwide before winning certain grants and fellowships. While the under-developed educational institutions have several collaboration opportunities, they lack the information to find the right collaborators. Similarly, numerous institutions in developed countries can provide their expertise to others, but the connection is missing. When brain drain is added to the equation, the solution is more difficult for the countries that are negatively affected.


Involving students, staff, and faculty in diaspora engagement.

Helping students, staff, and faculty to easily find peers and schools that have opportunities for them.

Because they better know the context of their home countries than the foreigners, the global diaspora must play a key role in helping their country of origin to alleviate some of their educational problems.Without a doubt, the potential of many educated people of most developing countries is not being well used abroad, while their native countries are neither crafting strategies to harvest that potential for their benefit. As an example, someone who obtained a doctorate in the USA or in the UK, is likely to have some advanced technological knowledge and tools than someone who got the same degree in Africa or in other third world countries. Usually, most of the top scientists from the developing countries that are trained abroad do not want to return back to their native countries to use their skills and knowledge to advance their people and their nations. While many developing countries are begging their brains to return home to build their nations, several developed countries where those brains live are also forging much more powerful strategies to encourage brain drain. Knowing that it is very difficult, even sometimes impossible, to force people to move to a new place, including going abroad or returning back home, a new type of strategy is very much needed to solve the educational problems of the global diaspora in a sustainable way. Many institutions are trying to tackle this issue, but most of them appear to be advancing agendas that conflict with the real solution! Global and unselfish efforts that are not solely based on monetary transactions are much needed to fully help the international immigrants to properly develop themselves and in return help their country of origin to improve their scholastic services.


DiasporaEngager is addressing this complex challenge related to the international diaspora engagement in education, research, development and much more. To overcome this international challenge, DiasporaEngager does not focus only of higher education, but on many levels of education (post graduate, graduate, undergraduate, high school, place of apprenticeship, vocational education, etc.) where knowledge is dispensed. DiasporaEngager is a global network platform that links educational and research institutions to educational needs and opportunities related to: collaboration, consultation or consulting, economic development, employment, endowment, extension, grant, library services, outreach, philanthropy, research partnership, pen pal, study abroad, student exchange, teaching, tourism, and partnership, etc.


DiasporaEngager helps establish and strengthen collaboration between laboratories and research centers in developing and developed countries in order to solve professional needs. DiasporaEngager facilitates networking between universities across the globe so that they use advanced technologies to innovate, create, and invent while addressing the crucial research and development problems. This global platform allows students, staff, and faculty to easily find peers and schools that have opportunities matching their educational interests or needs and vice versa. DiasporaEngager is a global channel through which people and resources can be transferred between educational institutions according to the institutions developmental gap.


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The international diaspora and the people and organizations in their country of origin and in their country of residence can use this platform to quickly inform each other about the path and means to get a better education to improve lives and develop nations. By doing so, DiasporaEngager acts as a liaison between the global diaspora and their home countries to transfer resources required to develop or reform their educational system and a whole lot more.


All it takes so start using that global platform is to create a free account at www.DiasporaEngager.com/miniRegister. The registration and the use of the platform are free. If you are already a user of DiasporaEngager, please log into your account today and post your needs/offers related to education or anything else so that others can find and respond to them. As of today, people and organizations from more than 80 countries are already using that platform. Why not register today and see what is awaiting you!  Together with their diasporas, each country can better handle their educational and developmental problems while fully engaging with the complex problems of their international diaspora associations and people.

Diaspora Engagement in Science and Technology

Scientists and researchers are needed everywhere to innovate and create new things that can help solve the world’s growing problems. In most developing countries, several top intellectuals tend to migrate to developed countries, seeking better professional opportunities.

With the massive migration of the educated people from their home country to other countries (brain drain), diaspora engagement in science, technology, and research is needed more than ever.  Unfortunately, it is not easy for the professionals living in the diaspora to network with their home country and with their country of residence to offer their professional skills to address scientific and technological problems. Sometimes, the diaspora members are less paid in their country of residence, whereas their home country does not know how to tap into the potential of their educated expatriates?

Diaspora engagement in science and technology should not be only about granting work visas to the best international scientists so that they stay abroad after their graduation. Diaspora implication in science and engineering should not be only about asking the diaspora to return to their country of ancestry! Engaging the international diaspora in the development of their countries should be more than the partisan political debates regarding the migration of the intellectuals from developing countries to America or Europe.

To sustainably involve the world’s diasporas in the advancement of their nations, efforts must be made so that the diasporas serve as a bridge between their country of origin and their current country of residence in a win-win framework. For instance, the diasporas should be informing their home country about scientific opportunities in their country of residence and vice versa. Meanwhile, scientific institutions (e.g. schools, universities, ministers/departments of education) in each country need to keep their diasporas up to date about scientific and educational news, needs, and opportunities. As the professional diaspora members living in developed countries are likely to be more alerted about scientific advancements in their areas of expertise, it would be more advantageous for every country to create a national pipeline between their intellectuals and their diaspora accordingly. Although certain countries are trying to create a department specialized in diaspora affairs, their local efforts cannot have a significant impact if each diaspora keeps working alone.

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  • Are you trying to find good scientific collaborators?
  • Are you looking for diaspora members with whom you can collaborate?
  • Are you looking for grants,fellowships, or scholarship opportunities?
  • Are you a businessman or businesswoman trying to invest in science and research?
  • Are you a science or research policy maker?
  • Are you a trying to learn more about science?
  • Do you have any scientific problems or needs?
  • Do you have anything to offer to scientists or researchers?
  • Do you have any scientific ideas or information to share with others?
  • Do you have any concerns or suggestions about how science is done today in any country or in any field?

If you said yes to any of the questions above, DiasporaEngager (the global diaspora engagement platform – www.DiasporaEngager.com can help you. DiasporaEngager is the premier global diaspora network platform where scientists/intellectuals and their diasporas can list their expertise and skills so that they can find and work with each other on issues related to science, technology, research, education, and much more. Indeed, DiasporaEngager is committed to helping the scientists, researchers, innovators, companies, businesses, nonprofit organizations,international institutions, and nations to work together to find a solution to local and international problems that can be addressed by science and research.

To reach that goal, DiasporaEngager helps the global diaspora and their countries to find each other and engage in conversations related to:

  • Research collaboration
  • Scientific breakthrough/revolution
  • Research companies
  • Research fellowships
  • Scientific conferences/meetings
  • Scientific business
  • Scientific discovery/news
  • Funding opportunities
  • Scientific instruments/equipment
  • Scientific literature
  • Teaching and mentoring
  • Scientific methodology
  • Research jobs/positions
  • Scientific publication
  • Scientific supplies
  • Research markets/marketing
  • Research scholarships
  • Scientific technology

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