Rev. Dr. Fidon Mwombeki speech at Africa and African Diaspora (AAD) Launch

•       Important to converge Africans together to speak to their own narrative (both Africans on the continent and those of the 6th region – the diaspora), to reflect together and create inroads to achieve a dignified future for Africans wherever they are. African dignity has been so often injured and demeaned, as we have currently experienced in increasing Afrophobia all over the world. 
 
•       To rekindle and redefine the “African Dream” informed by our realities and our quests; and we are excited about the possibility to strengthen the bond between Africans on the continent and Africans in the Diaspora. There is a great lack of understanding of the different and sometimes same realities on both sides. But as the COVID-19 has demonstrated to us, we are in the same boat globally as people of African descent, no matter where we reside, regardless of our economic, social, academic status. We need to stand together and know that our dignity will not be simply given back to us where it is denied.  We must claim it and get it ourselves.  It is ours by God’s design and we should never be dictated by others.
 
•       To reflect on the implementation of the “International Decade for People of African Descent” 2015 – 2024. How near or far are we to achieving its aspirations; and the Africa blue print of Agenda 2063.  We must change the narrative by showcasing the great achievements African peoples have made and are making. Africa must truly rise and shine, when we achieve our aspirations.