Supporters Ramp up Pressure on African Union to Reinstate Ambassador

Supporters of Dr. Chihombori-Quao, remain adamant that the French government ordered the ambassador’s termination

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent
@StacyBrownMedia

Did African Union Ambassador to the United States Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao lose her job because of her outspokenness about France’s continued profiting off of her beloved Africa?

Or, is Her Excellency being shown the door because certain powers are exasperated that she’s exposed another “scramble for Africa?”

It appears that one – if not both – of those reasonings are true despite both French officials and those inside the African Union have either tepidly denied or have remained mum.

“Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao shoots straight from the hip on these matters,” Jane Save, a business advocate, wrote on Twitter, where social media users have for weeks expressed their anger over the decision to terminate the Ambassador.

“[You have] the US-Africa summit; the China-Africa summit; Germany-Africa summit; India-Africa summit; and now the Russia-Africa summit. A renewed scramble for Africa? Everyone wants a piece,” Save stated.

Jerry Rawlings, the former president of Ghana, said the Ambassador’s dismissal raises serious questions about the independence of the AU. 

“For someone who spoke her mind about the detrimental effects of colonization and the huge cost of French control in several parts of Africa, this is an act that can best be described as coming from French-controlled colonized-minds,” Rawlings said.

Dr. Leonard Jeffries, a long time Pan-Africanist and former professor of Black Studies at the City University of New York, told The Amsterdam News that he agreed with Rawlings. “She spoke too much truth. That was it. She exposed too much, and it became too real.”

When Jeffries, uncle to U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, heard the AU was spreading rumors about Ambassador Chihombori-Quao in an attempt to justify the dismissal, he scoffed.

“She’s a woman of integrity who has money in her own right. She’s not stealing money to buy some Gucci bag,” Jeffries said, according to The Amsterdam News.

An online petition seeking to have the Ambassador reinstated has garnered more than 68,000 signatures. Many of the petitioners said they believe her outspokenness about France’s continued profiting from the colonization of Africa led to the termination. 

Others said she had called attention to the continued dominance of Africa, and her efforts to unite the continent and Africans throughout the diaspora has ruffled some mighty feathers.

The African Union President’s Office spokeswoman Ebba Kalondo has maintained that Ambassador Chihombori-Quao didn’t lose her job because of France or her fiery speeches about the scramble for Africa.

“To say that the termination is due to [those opinions] is plainly false,” Kalondo said.

However, no specific reason has been provided for the Ambassador’s termination.

AU Commission Chair Moussa Faki Mahamat said only that the Ambassador was removed from office following the Commission’s rules.

Located in Addis Ababa, the African Union is an organization consisting of 55 African countries. Founded in May 2001 to replace the Organization of African States, one of AU’s stated goals is “to establish the necessary conditions which enable the continent to play its rightful role in the global economy and in international negotiations.”

A Ghanaian native, Ambassador Chihombori-Quao took office in 2017. She served in various capacities at the African Union before being nominated African Union Ambassador to the United States.

After almost a year of persuading her to assume leadership as the African Union Permanent Ambassador in the United States representing the 55 countries of the Union, Dr. Chihombori-Quao accepted the position.

“She has led with courage and vigor in galvanizing peoples of African Descent,” Prof. Apollos Nwauwa, the Secretary of the African Diaspora Congress, stated. 

“Dr. Chihombori-Quao has spoken globally to sensitize and empower all peoples of African Descent to come together and build the ‘Africa We Want’ as adopted in African Union Agenda 2063,” Professor Nwauwa noted.

The unification of the African Diaspora as espoused in AU Agenda 2063 is contrary to the Africa that has been marginalized and pillaged through inequitable colonial and post-colonial contracts, Professor Nwauwa continued. 

“Dr. Chihombori-Quao has been outspoken about neo-colonial maneuverings and exploitation that still exist today. Her dissemination of the truth has garnered her attention and support around the world,” the professor stated.

“However, not everyone is embracing her bold but honest discourses for effecting change for the betterment of Africa.”

5 Comments

  1. John Kome on November 1, 2019 at 10:21 pm

    The scramble for Africa is on. You left out Japan-Africa summit that took place about a month ago. Infact, all major economies are hunting for a share of the now visible Africa pie. You wonder why it is not Africa-USA; Africa-Russia etc. Why must it always be the other country first – Russia- Africa. A position of weakness in all these economic negotiations as if African leaders are so hungry to get loans and unfavorable deals from these countries, many of which are certainly not in their national interest. Nowonder an outspoken leader like the Honorable Ambassador will not remain, she does not fit the profile of subdued and brainwashed African leaders who have been forever led like sheep to plunder their own resources and hate their countries.
    The awakening of Africa is like the wind of change that blew over South Africa to end the devilish apartheid system. No way to stop what has begun. The young generation, the now generation in Africa and the African Diaspora must not allow some of the so corrupt old vanguard that to back roll what Almighty God has started.

  2. Kg on November 13, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    Our so called African leaders have relegated themselves to a position of being mere Stooges of the West, USA, China, etc. They use African Union as nothing but a platform for advertising themselves to this Superpowers. In their club anybody with spine gets booted out without even considering what contribution they make towards the development of the organisation. Dr Shihombori Quao obviously doesn’t fit the profile, hence she got the boot for wanting to transform the organisation.

  3. Jolly NK on April 13, 2020 at 8:47 am

    As Africa continent,we need Leaders like Dr Chihombori Arikana Q who tells the African Presidents to wake up and Love their Citizen,&countries.Her openess has cost her a job but she is alive! What is important is all Africans of goodwill should support her and she starts a BIGGER MOVEMENT OF “SAVE AFRICA FROM 21ST CENTURY COLONIZATION.” All African needs is an Stronger NGO that will be responsible in Checking ,auditing and exposing all the dirt in this African Union !They can’t lead AFRICA into extinction!! No !! Our leaders should read Ecclesiastics 1: to end! A time for everything!! The time for DEVELOPED countries stealing Africa’s Natural resources is over NOW! Let us unite and fight for our Children &great grand future! .YES WE CAN!!Dr Chihombori Alikana Q we are behind you.

  4. Sofia on April 16, 2020 at 3:21 am

    It is a pit that the African Union leadership are as corrupt as the World bank, IMF and the UN. When are we going to see the light dawning in Africa ? Shame on you AU leaders for sniffing out the light that was dawning on Africa through Ambasador Arikana Chihombori. The AU has existed for many years and yet nothing good has come out except vocal leaders like AU Chihombori and former president of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe. Ambassador Chihombori, Robert Mugabe would have been very proud of you. Continue to fight the good fight. I hope even the country where you were born will give you a chance to lead. You can never unite Africans especially the Southern Africans and Western Africans. Independence for Western Africans came a long ago and often the western African child sees Zungu as a savior. The western African would rather be used as task masters to oppress those that look like them and sniff of the light. What a pity. Carry on fighting these corrupters in the AU.

  5. Anthony Black on May 8, 2020 at 6:43 pm

    I hereby request that the AU will reinstate Dr.Quao. We the Diaspora has learned much from Dr. Quao from the ” Berlin conference to “the pact to continue colonization.I was born in the Caribbean and immigrated to the US at the age of 10. I encourage African Leaders to read the book by Chancellor Williams, ” Destruction of the African civilization” those who do not know history are destined to repeat it.

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