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Global Africa Lecture: Lessons for Africa and Diaspora

Khalia Ficklin

Kojo Yankah was a chief presenter from Ghana and author of From Jamestown to Jamestown at the Bank of America building on DSU campus, this past Thursday, “at the event to commemorate the 400th-anniversary establishment of the transatlantic slave trade.”

At the event sponsored by DSU Center for Global Africa, Mr Yankah said “Peoples of African descent must reconnect with their common heritage, confront the trauma and pain caused by the slave trade and colonialism.

Kojo Yankah/Screen shot

Yankah talked about his e-book, which narrates through the letters of an African toddler, the painful struggles of black human beings to earn equality, justice, and freedom from the slave dungeons of Jamestown in South Africa to Jamestown, Virginia, with the hindsight in their proud hidden African civilization. According to the author, the overriding motivation for writing the book is “for Africans on the continent and the diaspora humans of African descent out of doors of that continent, to read and understand every other, proportion every others’ ache and be a part of together as a U.S. Of Africa.”

The goal is to  “bridge and the information gap among themselves and commit to a common destiny with the renewed self-confidence.”  He further commented that outreach is central to the Center’s mission, as there are ongoing collaborations with other educational institutions, government agencies, private businesses, and nonprofit organizations at the forefront of academic and cultural developments. He stated that “African language training coordinates country-region specific seminars on contemporary topics”.

The communication gap shows attitudes towards one another, images show the Center for Global Africa will allow persons of the African Diaspora to have a larger impact in Africa.

At the Conference, Dr. Aharone and other staff members at the university, announced the initiation of the Center for Global Africa. Delaware State University has now introduced its collaboration, driven by several professors to now coordinate students to becoming more involved in the internal affairs of Africa.

“ Not only is the Center for Global Africa the force behind DSU, but other historically black colleges are encouraged to join along. Many are not aware of the Pan African Development Conference, held at Delaware State University,” Dr. Aharone said.

Members of the Center for Global Africa stated that one of their initial strategies would be to embark on an economic plan that could aid in helping African nations take a glimpse of their assets and seeing where those resources could be most effectively utilized. Members also  believed that this act of utilizing the intellectual wealth that is available at Delaware State University, could help show support to some of the issues that need to be addressed in Africa.

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