07 Jan The African Diaspora
The African Union defines the African Diaspora as “people of native African origin living outside the continent, irrespective of their citizenship and nationality and who are willing to contribute to the development of the continent and the building of the African Union”. This is a basic understanding that should be taught in all schools on the continent of Africa and outside it. The African Union recognizes the African Union as ‘the 6th Region’ of Africa, aside of North, West, East, South, Central. The African Diaspora consists of some 400million people in Brazil, North, Central & South America, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia. These should NOT be considered as foreigners. In asking those who have not made it to COME or RETURN home, it is important that our language is carefully selected and appropriate. We need to TEACH ourselves and retune our mindsets to welcome them home, in any part of the continent, as kith and kin. Any preparations Beyond the Year of Return should factor in the necessary ‘change of mindsets’ in all our dealings with them. Africa, with a population of 1.2billion, has everything to gain by seeing these additional 400million as part of a huge powerhouse the world has to respect and deal with. ‘Africa Must Unite’ is a slogan beyond our noses and narrow boundaries ?