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African Union Ambassador Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao Discusses the Berlin Conference

Among the many public statements made by African Union Ambassador to the United States Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao was a very informative and spirited discussion of the lingering impact of the Berlin Conference of 1884-1885, in which the European colonial powers divided up the Continent of Afrika for their own purposes, at the expense of the people of Afrika. The obvious explanations for the disunity and confusion that still exist on the Mother Continent, as well as in the Global Afrikan Diaspora, can be found in the multiple languages, spiritualities and currency systems that continue to control much day-to-day life in the Afrikan World, none of which were created and developed by Afrikan people but were instead imposed on the Continent to reinforce the control of the colonial powers. Dr. Chihombori-Quao effectively dissects the original Berlin Conference, as well as many of the controls still imposed on the Continent by colonial forces, and discusses the need for Afrikan people of the Continent and the Diaspora to unify if we are to regain control of our ancestral home.  (Note that this video starts about four minutes into her discussion, so please rewind it to the beginning to see the entire video.)

One Response to “African Union Ambassador Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao Discusses the Berlin Conference”

  1. Jorge P Agostinho says:



    There are contingent groups of people arguing that, Africa is developmentally lagging behind due to massive corruption. Those that decry about such notion, they primarily assign blame at our continental leadership. Reflectively,

    the preponderance of evidence purports that there is an element of truth in that observation. Equally, H.E. Ambassador Dr. Chihombori -Quao accentuates that point in some of her remarks that there are elements here

    and there, within our African leadership that are corrupt; however one ought to examine the entire scenario with particularity as well as objectivity.
    I would nonetheless break the situation into two (2) categories.
    1. Pilfers: African Leaders: These are corrupt and steal in small quantities here and there, every now and then.

    2. Pillagers: They are Mendacious Super Powers e.g. Former Colonial Masters, Cooperation of Multinational Dimensions etc. etc. who embezzle/defraud trillions of Dollars annually from the motherland continent.

    Hence, I am of the view that some of Africa’s former colonial masters have been/are nefarious, in their misinformation campaign; as they subsequently continue to plunder the continent’s natural resources. Therefore, in that

    respect I would pose before us the following question: What should/must we
    do as Africans in order to attenuate/eliminate such cumbersome and inexorable entrapment? Last but not least, please bear with me if my remarks

    were somewhat abhorrent or outlandish. I remain
    Thanks kindly,
    Jorge P. Agostinho, EdD


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