After witnessing the peaceful transfer of Power in the United States of America between President Barack Obama and President Donald J. Trump, one is left to ponder on the beauties of democracy and the promises this system of electoral governing holds. The POWER of one-man-one-vote cannot and must not be underrated. The idea that "we" decide the future of our nations is a concept that must be nurtured, taught and preserved in the minds and hearts of the 21st Century Pan-African Youth. The Freedom of our democracy and the pursuit for peace, socioeconomic growth and solidarity should always come first before partisanship. With that said, the Neo-Afrikan Voices reached out to Ambassador A.Y. Adams; the African Youth Ambassador and Founder of the Confederation of All African Youths Worldwide - CAAYW with regards to the current political climate in the Republic of Gambia. This was what the Pan-African life-coach and Youth mentor had to say;
Outgoing U.S. President Barack Obama gave a very emotional speech for the last time as 'leader of the free world' on January 10th 2017 from his hometown in Chicago. His remarks on his legacy and commitment to his Family during these past 8-years in office was a warm reminder of how much this great leader will be missed and remembered. If you missed this passionate speech (for some odd reason), you can watch it in now it's entirely here.
President-elect Donald J. Trump on December 3rd, 2016 appointed Nigerian-born 63-year old Adebayo Ogunlesi as part of a 16-man economic advisory team. Mr. Adebayo Ogunlesi is the chairman of Global Infrastructure Partners, a private equity firm and one of America's famous 'Fortune 500 companies'. Serving as the only African on President’s Strategic and Policy Forum, Mr. Adebayo Ogunlesi is one of America's most respected and successful business leaders.
Waking up to news of the death of Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz, commonly known as Fidel Castro, the Cuban politician and revolutionary who governed the Republic of Cuba as Prime Minister from 1959 to 1976 and then as President from 1976 to 2008 was met with mixed emotions and sentiments for this young Pan-African writer. It was surprising to see how Africans sincerely mourned the death of this great icon. His relationship with African leaders, activists and the Pan-African-Movement as a whole was special. Young African leaders and countless others appreciate Fidel Castro's contribution in helping Africans get liberty and Independence while at the same time, helping us resist the overwhelming oppression and extortion from foreign governments in the Western world. And while many people may choose to see and believe the bad in late Fidel Castro, we as Africans choose to see a man who stood by our side when others didn't.
Italian female journalist, filmmaker and Friend of Music Unites Africa, Vanessa Crocini captures a revolutionary moment in human history in this captivating short video of the Los Angeles Protest against President-elect Donald J. Trump on November 12th, 2016. Follow Vanessa Crocini on her website www.vanessacrocini.com to see more of her award-winning films/documentaries and exclusive footage.
When American Billionaire Donald J. Trump was declared the winner of the U.S. elections over the Democratic nominee Hillary R. Clinton, all hell seemed to break lose. Fear was the order of the day and even as this writer writes this disturbing article, protesters are still marching the streets of American cities protesting against President-elect Donald Trump and his recent appointment of Stephen K. Bannon, a right-wing media provocateur as senior counselor and chief West Wing strategist of the White House. Many see Bannon's appointment as Trump's embrace of the fringe ideology long advanced by Mr. Bannon. But maybe...just maybe President-elect Trump isn't such a bad thing as compared to "life in the free world" under Hillary Clinton. The chilling/alarming video below is a short clip about Hillary Clinton's role model; a woman she strongly admires and looks up to, Margaret Sanger.
On the 4th edition of YALI Voices Podcast, host Macon Phillips (Coordinator, International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State) speaks with Cyrus Kawalya from Uganda who was once nicknamed “Cyrus the Virus,” known for songs like "A Menace to Society” but who is now known as the man behind the #IPledgePeaceUg campaign, which many credit with playing a part in the decreased violence around Uganda’s elections in February 2015. Macon Phillips' conversation with Cyrus is all about sharing the experiences, best practices, and inspiration of young African leaders who are making a difference. And the best part of these conversations is that we get to hear details of their journey and the creative ways they are making change in their communities.
Fatu Ogwuche is an elections and technology consultant in Nigeria and a 2015 Mandela Washington Fellow who is dedicating her career to support open, free and fair elections across Africa. Her innovative approach towards reporting election irregularities in real time to electoral commissions through her mobile app and social media ingenuity is an inspiring tale of a young Pan-African woman leader eager to reshape her country and her continent positively. Speaking with Macon Phillips - Coordinator, International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State on the 3rd episode of #YALIVoices, Fatu talks about her humble journey in discovering her passion to help facilitate free and fair electoral processes in Nigeria and across Africa. Fatu is an inspiring young African leader and we hope her story motivates and encourages you to become the change you so desire for your communities and countries.
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There's been so much global outrage following the killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile by police officers in the space of 2-days. We recently published Jay Z's first single in 3-years titled Spiritual which addressed police brutality on African Americans. It doesn't stop there! 7 Axle (also known as Ryan Allan); the Scottish producer who masterfully produced one of Africa's greatest songs in 2016 and of all time ("Familiar Stranger" by P-HYPHA) releases this emotionally riveting song titled "To Protect And To Serve" in the wake of the waves of violence currently happening in the United States.
The African Union (AU) is prepared to launch the electronic passport (e-Passport) at the next AU Summit tabled to take place in Kigali, Rwanda, in July 2016. This flagship project, first agreed upon in 2014, falls squarely within the framework of Africa’s Agenda 2063 and has the specific aim of facilitating free movement of persons, goods and services around the continent - in order to foster intra-Africa trade, integration and socio-economic development.
American billionaire and presumptuous republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump may not necessarily have the convincing support-base from the black communities in America and around the world but he is certainly a force to be reckoned with in the forthcoming general elections in the United States against former First Lady and former Secretary of State, Senator Hillary Clinton. His thought provoking rhetoric and uncontrolled outbursts have captured headlines worldwide drawing strong criticisms from opposition members and even members of his own political party, the RNC. For those of us living here in Africa, what effect does this whole "telemundo-like" saga of an election have on us and what do we as Africans and as Africa stand to gain if either candidates reach the White House come November 2016?
I assumed it another wonderful opportunity and privilege to reach out to you and the entire world, most especially my fellow young Pan-African leaders and the entire global Pan-African family of Music Unites Africa. On behalf of the Confederation of All African Youths Worldwide, I humbly welcome you to our year of YOUTH EMPOWERMENT AND DEMOCRATIC EDUCATION IN AFRICA. This article examines the concepts of democracy and highlights the fundamentals of good governance and it’s affinities in our society. As a Pan-African Political Analyst, I consider this medium of existence as my personal and professional contribution to the democratic enlightenment of my fellow Africans and the entire global family of mankind. The concepts of democracy and the fundamentals of good governance must be fully understood and practically exhibited in order to build and rebuild a continent of rapid socioeconomic development and advancement that will ensure highly positive achievements in Africa.