California State University, Northridge’s Model African Union (MAU) team received four big awards this spring at the annual Model African Union conference, held at Howard University in Washington, D.C.
CSUN — which won the fourth-most awards of the 42 schools competing — won the Committee Leadership Award for the Committee on Democracy, Governance and Human Rights; the Outstanding Delegation Award for the Committee on Democracy, Governance and Human Rights; the Outstanding Delegation Award for the Technical Committee on Economic Matters and the Outstanding Committee Leadership Award for the Executive Council.
“The current and future world will face issues that cannot be settled by simply bombing our way out — diplomatic engagement, mediation and talking things out will be the order of the day , and the Model African Union Council activity offers students an excellent, high-level training and preparation for such decision-making,” said faculty adviser David Horne, a professor in the Department of Africana Studies. “CSUN students have taken to this opportunity like a fish to water and will continue to win awards and distinctions in the intercollegiate competition.”
CSUN’s MAU team, which is sponsored by the Department of Africana Studies and consists of seven Matador student delegates and Horne, has had great success together in the past — at the 2015 conference, the team took home five awards.
“Not only is CSUN the only West Coast school that has a Model African Union team, but we also have a legacy to uphold,” said CSUN MAU President Kalkidan Temesgen. “We’ve won national awards year after year, and it’s important that we keep representing ourselves and the school. Our team loves the continent of Africa, and we’ve taken it upon ourselves to advocate for them in the best way we know how.”
The MAU provides students training in leadership, diplomacy, debate and negotiation, Horne said. The conference also gives students a unique opportunity to study the role, structure and activities of the African Union, as well as the economic, social and political-security issues facing African countries.
All 42 participating schools were designated an African country — CSUN was given the Republic of Mali — to represent during the three-day February conference. Teams were asked to research their designated countries and prepare to compete and engage in diplomacy, debate and negotiation of resolutions regarding African problems.
“For months, we practiced and studied [the Republic of Mali’s] political and social stance in order to give the best representation possible,” Temesgen said. “The organizers of the conference chose the country for us — we like it this way because it gave us more of a challenge.”
Delegates of CSUN’s Model African Union team include: James Herron, Melissa Elswick, Kalkidan Temesgen, Glenna Dixon, Malcolm McIntosh, Cheryl Hatcher, Ameer Wafer and faculty advisor David L. Horne.
Today May 10, 1994, Nelson Mandela was sworn in as South Africa's first black president in 1994 --which paved the way for two of South Africa black presidents: former President Thabo Mbeki and current President Jacob Zuma.
In his inaugural address, Mandela, 75, urged South Africans to forget past bitterness and unite to end poverty, suffering and discrimination.
“Never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another and suffer the indignity of being the skunk of the world. Let freedom reign,” Mandela said.
In the presence of those assembled here and in full realisation of the high calling I assume as Executive President in the service of the Republic of South Africa I, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, do hereby swear to be faithful to the Republic of South Africa, and do solemnly and sincerely promise at all times to promote that which will advance and to oppose all that may harm the Republic; to obey, observe, uphold and maintain the Constitution and all other Laws of the Republic; to discharge my duties with all my strength and talents to the best of my knowledge and ability and true to the dictates of my conscience; to do justice to all; and to devote myself to the well-being of the Republic and all its people.
The 2015 Young E’nnovative Leaders of Liberia (YELL)’ summit ended with a pulsate remark and a thoughtful success-speech from its president, Mr. Garcon Morweh, who called on all Liberians to get involved in Liberia, including Liberia’ problems and solutions. "Not only talk about the negativity about Liberia on social media.... get involved," Mr. Garcon challenged Liberians. Mr. Garcon Morweh also thanks all of his hard working committees, staffs, delegates, speakers, and also the panelists, sponsors and audience for making this year’ YELL summit—a promising non-profit organization that there for the good for the Liberian people, in Liberia and in the diaspora.
The summit, which was well organized and structured by YELL personnel in Sacramento, California, including Mrs. Narwale Washington (ACFLi former president), Mrs. Jlay Tor and others, challenges Liberians in the diaspora and Liberians in Liberia to give young Liberians “any tools that will move Liberia forward” and not backward; and this is what one of the panelists and a special delegate Mr. Franklin Wesseh, who serves as the National executive Chairman For Center for the Exchange of Intellectual Opinions (CEIO), told the audience: “[Liberians] are stopping the growth of Liberia.” He added that “No good environment to build a better Liberia.” And also, he positioned Liberia as always a failure: “Nothing that [Liberians | Liberia] can show since 1847,” which pointed some of the difficulties that Liberia has failed, many times, to give its youth a better life.
Also, this year’s YELL summit saw some of the improvement and encouragement that YELL can do for Liberians, including those Liberians that are born to other nationalities. In fact, almost of the panelists mentioned good deeds of which credited YELL for what its organization is doing for Liberia—for a better future. YELL’ acknowledgement of its good deed seems to welcome any thoughtful thoughts and ideas that will help put its organization at the very top of the globe and signal a strength of Enovation, of which the organization is defined, that YELL care for Liberia and it youth.
YELL for Liberia 2015 summit, as the slogan was chatted during a photo taking, reminded other Liberians’ organizations that YELL’s 4th annual summit was a success and will always be a success because of the good deeds that it has considered and declared during the founding of the non-profit organization “in 2011 by a team of talented young professional Liberians who were driven by their desire to help shape the destiny of their beloved country Liberia through advocacy, networking, collaboration, empowerment, active participation, and exemplary leadership,” according to Yell4liberia.org.
Mr. Garcon Morweh, YELL' president addressed Liberians and others in California' capital, Sacramento (YELL' image)
Thus, as it precisely stated in YELL’ handbook that YELL is not a political institute, YELL 2015 summit also welcomes Liberians’ thoughts and feelings about Liberia, and of which ended the summit with Question and Answer dialogue between the audience and YELL 2015 summit’ panelists and delegates.
Some panelists during Q&A dialogue with the audience (BeeAfrican’ image)
According to YELL Vice President, and the observation during YELL 2015 summit by our staffs disclosed and delivered what YELL vice President meat when she made this statement about Liberians’ challenges and so as YELL’:
"Our biggest challenge, thus far, has been building a strong community presence. As a solution, we decided to host the summit in a different state each year. As Liberians, we are still recovering from the effects of the civil war. One such effect is the unwillingness to trust each other and the inability to work together. These are self-imposed stereotypes, and as the young generation of Liberians, we are actively tearing down those misconceptions and stereotypes. By collaborating with the local Liberian communities and other organizations, we are proving that Liberians can and do work together to bring about change."
Also, YELL 2015’ summit opened up with a series of suggestions about the next YELL’s summit, which will be held in New York of 2016, and support for YELL and the delegates, of which called on ordinary Liberians at the summit to pledge donation. Mr. Watfa Oneseus pledged computer donation to Mr. Franklin Wesseh, chairman of CEIO.
Right: Mr. Watfa Oneseus pledged computer donation to CEIO. (BeeAfrican’ Image)
About the 2015 YELL’s summit
YELL’ 4th Annual Young Liberians summit was held in California’s capital, Sacramento. The program lasted for four days from August 20 to 23, 2015 at the Double Tree Hilton Hotel – 2001 Point West Way, Sacramento, CA 95815.
YELL’ 2015 summit had special guest speakers, including some of Liberia’s emerging and young leaders, namely Mr. Randall Dobayou, Global anti-poverty advocate; Ms. Leelai M. Kpukuyou, secretary-General of the Liberian Business Association, LIBA; Mr. Kimmie Weeks, Executive director of the Youth Action International; Amb. Macdella Cooper, founder of the Macdella Cooper Foundation (MCF); Mr. Elijah Nyaneor, one of YELL’ active member; and alongside with Ms. Venus Johnson, Associate attorney General at California Department of Justice. The summit also added more speakers and youth.
According to YELL’s said establishment and observance by BEEAFRICAN.COM staff, its aim of this year’s summit engaged not only young Liberians or Liberians in general, but also those that are interesting in Liberia and its infrastructure, businesses, government and particularly the Liberian people: youth. However, with the on-going deadly Ebola crisis, which spotlighted one of this year YELL’ guest speakers Mr. Randall Dobayou that called on the Liberian government to help pay for all Liberian student school fees, “YELL’s summit provided some information and a more precise fact about the Ebola situation in Liberia,” one of our staff testified.
Even though YELL’s 2015 summit ended with an open dialog, such as Q&A about Liberia and the Ebola crisis, its organization reminds the public that “YELL is not a political organization. [YELL] focus on nation building through activism and community service.”
YELL 2015 summit, included Mr. Amos Mongrue as one of the master of ceremonies. Mr. Mongrue was a former BeeAfrican' talk show host for "To The Point."
Development problems rarely respect national borders. Disease, conflict, environmental and infrastructural degradation — these problems traverse political boundaries, and regionally coordinated efforts can be the best way to solve them.
Successful efforts by the East African Community (EAC) to stimulate regional trade have led to new health challenges affecting populations that live, work and travel in transport corridors, including cross-border sites and waterways. The unmet need for HIV, tuberculosis, and sexual and reproductive health services is particularly acute among female sex workers, men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs, truck drivers and other mobile workers, women and girls, people living with HIV and fishing communities.
To address the need for expanded services, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief funded the Cross-Border Health Integrated Partnership Project (CB-HIPP). FHI 360, USAID’s prime partner for CB-HIPP, is working with the EAC and its partner states — Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda — to implement integrated health services in strategic border areas, waterways and other transport corridor sites across the region. Strengthening leadership by Africa-led intergovernmental institutions like the EAC and developing alternative financing models for health services are goals of CB-HIPP.
In this video, Dr. Michael Katende, Principal HIV and AIDS Officer for the EAC Secretariat, and Dorothy Muroki, FHI 360's Chief of Party for CB-HIPP, discuss why and how CB-HIPP is working with EAC and its partner states.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Last week, in a rare show of bipartisan cooperation, Senators Ben Cardin and Bob Corker reintroduced the Electrify Africa Act. The bill, which is aimed at expanding electricity access to more than 600 million people in sub-Saharan Africa currently living beyond the grid, has already garnered the support of 15 additional Senators working across the aisle.
The bill introduced this week is similar to an identically-named bill introduced in the House earlier this year by Representatives Royce, Engel, Smith, and Bass. Both versions of the bill include a number of unnecessary amendments focused on furthering the dirty energy agenda of the fossil fuel industry.
In response, Andrew Linhardt, Sierra Club Associate Washington Representative, released the following statement:
“The reintroduction of the Electrify Africa Act is positive sign that the U.S. is prepared to help bring electricity to communities that need it most -- communities that account for nearly half of the 1.3 billion people currently living without reliable access to power. And its common sense -- we already know that increasing energy access around the world increases quality of life and access to new resources that would have been previously unavailable.
“This bill, like its predecessor, has the potential to bring much-needed electricity where the current ineffective grid and fossil fuels have failed. We should be deliberate in offering developing communities only the most modern, efficient, and cost-effective technology available, so as to help move these communities toward a more productive and sustainable future. It’s time we move beyond the failed grid into the 21st century and offer the world the clean energy technology that’s available now to power homes and businesses in every corner of the globe.”