FAI to Host 2nd Annual Africa Day Benefit Celebration

Friends of Africa International will host an evening in honor of Africa Day on 21 May 2009. Professor Ali Mazrui (Albert Schweitzer Professor in the Humanities / Director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies Binghamton University, State University of New York) will be the keynote speaker, discussing “The Meaning of Africa Day from the Age of Nkrumah to the Dawn of Barack Obama.” Recipients of the Africa Vision Awards include:

  • His Excellency Jean Ping, African Union Commission chairperson, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Prof. Adebayo Olukoshi, Executive Secretary of Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa, Dakar Senegal
  • Dr. Adhiambo Odaga, Country Representative, Ford Foundation West Africa, Lagos Nigeria
  • Hanifa Mezoui, Permanent Representative to the United Nations and ECOSOC, International Association of Economic and Social Councils and Similar Institutions
  • President Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland; President, Realizing Rights, The Ethical Globalization Initiative, New York
  • Prof. Margaret Vogt, Deputy Director, Dept. of Political Affairs, United Nations, New York
  • Dr. Mohamed "Mo" Ibrahim, President, Mo Ibrahim Foundation

Africa Day has been observed since 1963 as a way to express solidarity & freedom, & to highlight the dynamic cultural & social makeup of the various countries that compose the African continent. It is a day to reflect on the progress that has been made and to plan for the future. Friends of Africa International would like to take the opportunity to raise awareness about peace & security issues, the current global financial crisis and its implication for Africa & to promote support for its multi-faceted projects towards addressing these issues.

PAYLF II held in Cairo, Egypt

Friends of Africa International hosted the second annual Pan-African Youth Leadership Forum prior to the 11th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union. This year's Forum was held in Cairo, Egypt from 17-20 June 2008. Over 30 youth delegates particpated in four days of intensive discussions, debates, and presentations. Youth delegates gathered from nine different countries and heard presentations on issues such as Millennium Development Goals: Commitment of Youth is Essential and Understanding the African Union: Structures, Key Organs & Decision Making Processes. Participants held group discussions to voice their opinions and concerns regarding challenges facing the continent, such as freedom of movement, the African Youth Charter, and peace and security, particularly in countries that have recently experienced instability. They then formulated an Action Plan and Recommendations, in addition to a Communique which addressed the xenophobic attacks on fellow Africans living in South Africa. The proceedings from this Forum were presented later that week by youth delegates from the Forum at the African Union Summit's 3rd Citizen's Continental Conference in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. For more information, a complete report, & photos, please click HERE.