EXCLUSIVE: Former AU Ambassador To The U.S. On Her Dismissal, France's Ongoing Influence In Africa

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AFRICAN UNION (AU ) FACES A BACKLASH AFTER TERMINATING AMBASSADOR'S APPOINTMENT
By Bukola Adebayo of CNN

The African Union is facing a backlash after terminating the appointment of Arikana Chihombori-Quao, its ambassador to the United States.

In a letter addressed to Chihombori-Quao on October 7, AU Commission Chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat said the diplomat was relieved of her position in line with the commission's rules.

Chihombori-Quao, a US-trained doctor, took up the position in 2017 and had strong views on France's occupation and hold over its former African colonies, which she shared publicly.

The Ghanaian national, who served in various capacities for the African Union before her appointment, has also voiced her disapproval of Western powers, who she says have continued to foster their policies on African governments.

But the African Diaspora Congress, in an online petition demanding her reinstatement, said the diplomat was fired because of "influence and pressure exerted on African leaders and people by the former colonial powers of Europe."

Some were not happy with Chihombori-Quao's "bold but honest" stance on Pan African issues, Apollos Nwauwa, the group's secretary, said in the petition, which had garnered nearly 37,000 signatures by Wednesday night.

"Why was she dismissed, or better, who benefits from her removal? Were African heads of states and governments consulted? Who called the shot? Or is Africa, and peoples of African descent, still facing the debilitating effects of modern colonialism or neocolonialism?" the petition reads.

The spokeswoman for the AU chairman's office, Ebba Kalondo, told CNN that Chihombori-Quao has come to the end of her political appointment after spending three years in the position, and to imply she was being punished for her views is not true.

"This is normal diplomatic practice for political appointees everywhere," Kalondo said in a statement. "To state that Ambassador Chihombori's termination of service is due to any pronouncements she has made, or opinions she may have held during her three-year tenure, is patently untrue."

Chihombori-Quao successfully galvanized diaspora support for the African Union during her tenure, and the African bloc has never sanctioned or received any complaints about her views from any of its member states, Kalondo added.

Ghana's former President Jerry John Rawlings was among those who have condemned the African Union's decision.

Rawlings said in a tweet the diplomat shared her views on the detrimental impact of France's influence in Africa, and termination of her appointment was coming from "French-controlled colonized minds."
Source: CNN Network
 

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The Legacy Of Colonization'
During the launch, Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao, the Permanent Representative of the African Union Representational Mission to the United States of America offered a masterful history lesson breaking down how Africa was divided into tiny little countries during the Berlin Conference of 1884 and how the nations of Africa are still being adversely impacted. Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao also dissected "the pact for the continuation of colonization." The media launch program line-up included opening remarks by Her Excellency Dr. Arikana Chihombori Quao, African Union Ambassador to the United States and official remarks from Dr. Ronald Johnson, member of the United States President’s Advisory Board on HBCUs. Mr. Johnson also serves as Chairman of the Consumer Advisory Board of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and is immediate past president of Clark Atlanta University.

Source: Roland S. Martin
 

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It is time now we African wake up and re think. France is using us, leave alone America all for African resources. Powerful Panafricanist like Dr Aricana end up unceremonially dismissed because of corrupt and greed people like Faki
 

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