Diaspora News Story #1
“Long Live the King”
Ryan Coolger had a $900,000 budget for Fruitvale Station it made $16million. He had a $40 million-dollar budget for Creed, it made $173million dollars. Then Marvel gave him a $200+million budget for Black Panther (most ever given to a Black director) it’s already over $387million dollars worldwide. He is Young, Gifted, and Black.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ryan_Coogler
Diaspora News Story #2
Good News from Ghana
A Vision for Ghana and Africa
Nana Akufo-Addo is one of Ghana’s foremost statesmen, whose political career has spanned over four decades. During this time, Mr. Akufo-Addo has served Ghana as Attorney General and Minister for Justice as well as Foreign Minister. He has been a staunch advocate of democracy, the rule of law, and the promotion of human rights in Ghana. He is passionate about his country’s ongoing economic transformation and believes that it has the requisite natural and human resources to accelerate its economic development through the adoption of free market policies.
GHANA PRESIDENT’S FEARLESS SPEECH THAT HAS LEFT THE WEST SCRATCHING THEIR HEADS
Africa Doesn’t Need Your Charity Shocking Speech by Ghanaian President
President Akufo Addo address at UN General Assembly in U.S
Diaspora News Story #3
News from Addia Ababa (Ethiopia)
African Union (AU) Headquarters Building
The AU has been allegedly bugged for its State Secrets
CEO at JIC Holdings
University of Westminster
China “gifted” the African Union a headquarters building and then allegedly bugged it for state secrets:China’s Government has denied reports that it spied on the servers at the African Union’s Chinese-built headquarters for more than five years, gaining access to confidential information. In an investigation published by French Newspaper LeMonde, China, which also paid and built the computer network at the Au, allegedly inserted a backdoor (in French) that allowed it to transfer data. The hack wasn’t detected until Jan. 2017 when technicians noticed that between midnight and 2 am every night, there was a peak in data usage even though the building was empty. After investigating, it was found that the continental organization’s confidential data was being copied on to servers in Shanghai. China’s ambassador to the AU dismissed the reports as “absurd” and “preposterous.” KuangWeilin told reporters in Ethiopia that it was “very difficult to understand” Le Monde’s claims and that the story was certain to “create problems for China-Africa relations.” January 31, 2018
Mar-Anthony Johnson, CEO
January 31, 2018
The government of China built a fine headquarters in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) for the African Union for free, in 2012. The cost was $200 million. But it now seems that might have been a James Bond kind of act: “… for five years, between midnight and 2 a.m., computer servers were reaching a peak in data transfer activity. A computer scientist noticed the oddity of the situation. The organization’s technical staff later discovered that the AU servers were all connected to servers located in Shanghai.” Interestingly, the AU changed all the servers but as that was going on, China offered to help it configure them: “After the Chinese effort was exposed, the AU acquired its own servers and declined China’s offer to configure them”. Certainly, no one from Africa could configure servers, they had thought. This is not new. China got caught; they would surely try harder next time. That is the world we live now, unfortunately.
The government of China built a fine headquarters in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) for the African Union for free, in 2012. The cost was $200 million. But it now seems that might have been a James Bond kind of act:
… for five years, between midnight and 2 a.m., computer servers were reaching a peak in data transfer activity. A computer scientist noticed the oddity of the situation. The organization’s technical staff later discovered that the AU servers were all connected to servers located in Shanghai. Every night, the secrets of the AU were being stored more than 8,000 km away by what was thought to be a diplomatic ally of Africa.
Interestingly, the AU changed all the servers but as that was going on, China offered to help it configure them: “After the Chinese effort was exposed, the AU acquired its own servers and declined China’s offer to configure them”. Certainly, no one from Africa could configure servers, they had thought.
This is not new. Recall the time Kofi Annan was complaining that everyone was bugging his phone at the UN. One former FBI offered free help to him, explaining that it would be extremely atypical if no one was actually doing so. In other words, Mr. Annan should have expected that everything he said in the building was recorded by some pens, exercise books, flowers or even the paint. China got caught; they would surely try harder next time. That is the world we live now, unfortunately.
In my opinion;
Let me shed some light on the above subject. In my opinion, the only People on Earth, who truly loves Africa, are Africans. The only People on Earth, that truly have the best intentions for Africa, are Africans. The only People on Earth that will ever surround Africa with love, light and protection, will be African. If the People of Africa believe a Non-African Country, or a Non-African People, are going to Save Africa, orSave the People of Africa, then the People of Africa are sadly headed toward extension. And mark my words carefully, no ‘GOD,’ known or unknown, will ever be able to Save the People of Africa, not today, not tomorrow, not ever. In closing, if the People of Africa are so weak, they need a non-African Country to protect them, or to help them survive on this planet Earth, then the People of Africa will soon face extinction, due to the Dependency Theory. – Sir William DeWhite Jackson, II
Diaspora News Story #4
Good News from Ikeja
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ATB Techsoft Solutions Limited
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FOLASADE OKE MBA, ACIPM DIRECTOR, HUMAN RESOURCES
Folasade holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife in Osun State and a first degree in Estate Management from the Federal University of Technology, Akure. She is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management Nigeria (CIPMN) where she also bagged a professional Diploma in Human Resources. She has over 12 years of extensive work experience in Human Resource and Business Management, consultancy, administrative and business support services with responsibility for providing advisory services to varied clients especially those in the private sector, real estate sector, oil and gas, aviation, start-ups, growing businesses and schools. She has been involved in various projects including but not limited to Immigration and Settlement Services, Contract Personnel Administration, Business Administration, Trainings, special consulting, Property management, Survey and Agency, cost of living surveys, business writings and Editing among others. She is here to support our business through proper people management.
PATRICK ANIAH MSC, PRINCE2, SCEA 5 VICE PRESIDENT, INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
Patrick had his first degree in Computer Science from the University of Calabar. His quest for capacity building led him to pursue further study at the prestigious University of Liverpool where he bagged a Master of Science degree in Information Systems Management. He has excellent analytical skills and creative approach to problem solving. Patrick has over 12 years’ experience as a software developer and programmer. He is highly skilled in the use of Java, C/C++, Multitiered J2EE/Java EE technologies. He has developed applications with Solaris and Linux platforms, highly proficient with Oracle, PostgreSQL, JBoss etc. Patrick has lead various Teams to deliver applications in enterprises in various large enterprise environments such as Banks, Insurance, Telcos and the Government Sector.
Diaspora News Story #5
Birth of the African Continental Free Trade Area
Birth of the African Continental Free Trade Area and the Opportunities It Offers
On 21st March 2018 in Kigali, Rwanda, Africa began the journey of creating one market to overcome her historical fragmentation by signing the Kigali Consolidated Text of legal instruments establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and thereafter, launching it. This Consolidated Text contains the framework Agreement, Protocol on Trade in Goods, Protocol in Trade in Services and Protocol on Rules and Procedures on the Settlement of Disputes.
The African Continental Free Trade Area is an economic space encompassing all 55-member states of the African Union to promote duty-free flow of goods and services once it is established. It will be a market of 1.2 billion people. This population is projected to grow to 1.7 billion by 2030. In that year, the African middle class, which is also growing will be 600 million people.
With a growing middle class will also emerge growing spending power in diverse fields ranging from consumption of food to housing construction. Consumption is critical to the growth of the business, stronger economic growth and economic diversification.
We also project trade expansion under the AfCFTA, which is good for business, with the expectation that Intra-African trade will increase by 53.2% by 2022 just from tariff liberalization. This is projected to double if there is the effective removal of non-tariff barriers.
Two critical decisions which will make the free trade area more attractive were made by the 2018 January Summit. These are the adoption of the Single African Air Transport Market and the Protocol on Free Movement of People, Right of Residence and Right of Establishment. These two, along with the African Continental Free Trade Area project are flagship projects of the African Union Agenda 2063.
With the key objective of laying firm foundations for our economic integration, we will during this year, begin work on negotiating protocols on competition, investment and intellectual property rights. With their successful conclusion, this will create a continent-wide environment of fair competition, harmonized investment policies and a regime for the protection of intellectual property rights that will spur innovation.
Trade and production go hand in hand. In this connection, the AfCFTA has a program of development of regional value chains that will promote rapid industrialization in Africa. The promotion of industrialization is vital because 42% of intra-African trade is currently composed of manufactured products. We need to build on this so that industrialization becomes a key input in increasing the share of intra-African trade in Africa’s total trade as well as raising Africa’s share in global trade which has been very low since the early years of the independence of African countries.
The most immediate task after signature of legal instruments is securing ratifications by a minimum of 22-member states so that the legal instruments come into force. Our target is to have this achieved with 9-12 months.
Eleven of the member states did not sign the legal instruments because they are still continuing their constitutional and stakeholder consultations processes before signing. We expect a majority of these to sign in July this year at the next regular Summit to be held in Mauritania.
On 20thMarch, 2018, the African Union organized the African Continental Free Trade Area Business Forum which brought together policymakers and private sector leaders with a view to leveraging the power of the private sector to drive Africa’s integration. The Forum was successful both in terms of attendance and commitment by the private sector to institutionalize this Forum. We welcome this development because we need investments from the private sector in Africa and abroad to promote production, trade, employment and improved livelihoods. We also foresee an increase in private-public partnerships projects in infrastructure development after the private sector has been exposed to the opportunities offered by the African Continental Free Trade Area. With rapid transport and communication infrastructure development, goods and services will flow more efficiently across the Continent. Development in energy infrastructure will also spur industrialization as one of the critical challenges to business operations in Africa are energy deficits in many of our countries. Equally important, the development of social infrastructures like education, skills training, sanitation and health will generate high skills, productivity and improved health standards.
During our meeting with the Business Leaders, we invited them to increase their investments on the continent. It is currently 12% of total investments, according to the International Chamber of Commerce. The figure for Asia is 33%.
To build on the success of the AfCFTA Business Forum, we are, in partnership with the International Trade Centre and the Zambian Government organizing an AfCFTA Youth Forum in Lusaka in September this year.
The AfCFTA Business Forum came at a time when many of our countries are undertaking substantive economic and regulatory reforms aimed at reducing the cost of doing business.
We are taking additional measures to make the African Continental Free Trade Area attractive to business.
We have long recognized that Business Leaders operating in Africa have experienced inconveniences caused by multiple visas required for them to travel across the Continent. This will be resolved when the Protocol on Free Movement of People, Right of Residence and Right of Establishment comes into force. With the Protocol coming into force, Africa will be moving a step closer to coming up with the African passport.
In advance of this, some of our countries have started issuing visas on arrival to Africans travelling to other African countries. We have hence started the process of creating an environment of business without borders both in terms of travel and commercial transactions.
With the launch of the Single African Airport Transport Market by the African Union Heads of State and Government, in January this year, we expect increased investments in civil aviation and with them, an increasing number of new entrants in the African commercial airline industry, greater competition, lower fares as well as increased air travel. Inexpensive air travel will improve connectivity, and this is vital, given the continent’s vast landmass of over 30 million square miles.
We are also in the process of establishing a Pan- African Trade Observatory which will provide timely trade statistics such as directions, patterns and commodity compositions of intra-African trade; and, more critically to business, information on Rules of Origin, tariff levels and structures, non-tariff barriers, trade regulations and technical standards; among others.
With a view to creating a Pan-African platform where business can showcase its offerings and transact sales and orders, we are partnering with the African-Export Import Bank and the Government of the Arab Republic of Egypt to organize the First Intra-African Trade Fair in Cairo, Egypt from 11th -17th December this year. The Fair will encompass diverse sectors. These are agriculture and agro-processing, automotive, consumer goods, clothing and textiles, engineering, energy and power, construction, creative industries, entertainment, heavy industries, ICT, light manufacturing, finance, healthcare, education, infrastructure development, logistics, mining and standards and quality control. We are targeting to trade deals amounting to US$25 billion.
We are also aware that assured payment in business transactions is key to promoting increased cross-border trade. In our engagements with the African Export Bank, we have been assured that the Bank will soon roll out a Pan-African payments system that would ensure that all traders undertake cross-border transactions that will be based on timely payments. With timely payments, businesses operating in Africa stand to grow rapidly. We are also mitigating risk in the cross-border trade.
Quality is key to establishing and sustaining competitiveness. We are, in this respect, also in the process of developing Africa’s Quality Infrastructure institutions dealing with standardization, metrology (measurement systems), and quality assurance. Issues of standards harmonization and facilitation of mutual recognition of conformity assessment results on the continent are in this respect being done. We are also reversing the use of quality and technical standards as non-tariff barriers. The development of quality infrastructure will ensure rapid growth of intra-African trade.
We have embarked, in partnership with the International Trade Centre on publishing a Business Guide to the AfCFTAin order to make business wishing to operate in the AfCFTA fully understand how the legal instruments establishing this institution will affect them and, in the process, position them to be more competitive in this emerging market. We shall use this guide in our awareness campaigns to the private sector on the opportunities offered by the African Continental Free Trade Area.
We recognize that small and medium enterprises will play strategic roles in the AfCFTA. They constitute close to 90% of business enterprises on the Continent. These will be part of the development of regional value chains in addition to being a source of rapid employment growth. This is critical to us since Africa has a young population with a median age of 19 years. We will be submitting to the African Union Assembly of Heads of State and Government in January 2019, a Pan-African Small and Medium Scale Enterprises Strategy.
The removal of tariff and non-tariff barriers in the AfCFTA will mainstream cross-border traders informal trade and in the process protect them from harassment, and abuse at customs and immigration points. In order to fully harness the potential of cross-border trade which is currently dominated by women and the youth, we will also promote programmes of capacity building and simplified trade regimes.
We are resolved to making the AfCFTA work. We are aware of the challenges but with determination and resilience, we shall overcome them as we exploit the limitless opportunities offered by the AfCFTA.
Albert M. Muchanga,
African Union Commissioner for Trade and Industry
The African Dream
The African Dream is here and this a landmark achievement even though the implementation is to follow. It is an evidence that African Countries are determined to rewrite their narrative and shift the paradigm. At the time when economic integration globally is being tested (NAFTA and Brexit), Africa is determined to swiftly reposition herself to reap the benefits of integration. Skepticism and detractors will try to take away this achievement, but Africa can just look back and be reminded that those who founded OAU in 1963 had a vision to get rid of colonialism from the continent and this was achieved, and benefits were enjoyed long after the likes of Nkurumah had long ago gone. The signing of the AfCFTA in Kigali is the foundation of Economic Independence of Africa as envisioned by the 1980 Lagos Plan of Action and the 1991 Abuja Treaty that established Africa Economic Community. It should be underscored that without economic independence there cannot be political Independence. Africa is slow but sure and together we can get there. Total independence required economic independence. Bravo African Union
Frank Dixon Mugvenvi
African Development Advisor
Diaspora News Story #6
Good News from Afro-America
Diaspora News Story #7
Great News from Afro-America & England. The First Afro-American Princess
Official wedding photo of Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. They are now known as the ‘Duke and Duchess of Sussex’
This photo released by Kensington Palace on Monday shows an official wedding photo of Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, center, in Windsor Castle, Windsor, England, on Saturday. (Alexi Lubomirski/Kensington Palace via AP)
(Newser) – Kensington Palace has released three official wedding photographs taken of Prince Harry and the former Meghan Markle shortly after their wedding, the AP reports. Alexi Lubomirski’s images include a family portrait of the couple with Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, Prince William, and their spouses, as well as Markle’s mother and the children who served as bridesmaids and page boys. A second image shows the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, as they now are known, just with the children. The newlyweds also posed for a less formal black-and-white photo. The palace said Monday that the pair “feel so lucky to have been able to share their day with all those gathered in Windsor and also all those who watched the wedding on television across the UK, Commonwealth, and around the world.”
This photo released by Kensington Palace on Monday, shows an official wedding photo of Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, center, in Windsor Castle, Windsor, England, on Saturday. (Alexi Lubomirski/Kensington Palace via AP)
This photo released by Kensington Palace on Monday shows an official wedding photo of Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at Windsor Castle, Windsor, England, on Saturday. (Alexi Lubomirski/Kensington Palace via AP)
Mrs. Doria Ragland, the Mother of Meghan Markle, now Duchess of Sussex.
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Meghan Markle UN Women 2015
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