There appears to be some new wave and breeze of yet another “dispensation” sweeping across the entire Continent of Africa. It may not happen just yet, soon or now, but the momentum has been fermenting, brewing and many can smell the Coffee before long.
I now share some among many critical VOICES on the Continent of Africa and for the Continent of Africa which we may need to pay particular attention to in 2020 and beyond. The Call for the Africans and Africans in Diaspora to Unite, the call for the Pan-African renaissance, Unity in numbers and diversity has been very strong. I will mention a few with shot bios. We can ADD some more on to this list and give reasons why we should pay particular attention to their uplifting message of encouragement and hope. In no particular order;
Julius Sello Malema – a South African politician who is a Member of Parliament and the leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), a South African political party, which he founded in 2013. He previously served as President of the African National Congress Youth League from 2008 to 2012. His incessant call for the Africans to Unite is no longer a lonely voice.
Professor Patrick Loch Otieno Lumumba (PLO) – Advocate of the High Courts of Kenya & Tanzania. Law Lecturer at the Faculty of Law, University of Nairobi and the Director of The Kenya School of Laws since the year 2014. Former Director of the Anti-Corruption Bureau/Commission in Kenya and founder of PLO Lumumba Foundation. His voice on African history, passion for Pan-African Movement and Leadership is worth paying attention to.
Bishop Joshua Maponga, a Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) preacher and motivational speaker. Joshua Maponga III – graduated with a degree in Philosophy (BA theology) & Personal Ministries. Specialization include banking, non-profit organizations, project management, and branding. Has ministered in South Africa, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Botswana, and Lesotho. Joshua worked for ABSA, World Vision, SALGA, SAPS, SAPO, PRASA, and Milpark College. Philosopher, leader, musician, and social entrepreneur working with Vision Design House, Global Management Centre (UK), and EDSA (Entrepreneurial Development Southern Africa). His views on Ubuntu and African way of living, values and traditions including religion is interesting.
Gen. Paul Kagame (PK) – Current President of Rwanda. Assumed power as the sixth president in 2000, when the then President, Pasteur Bizimungu resigned. Before taking office, Paul Kagame had served as the Minister of Defense and later as the Vice President. His style of leadership as a strong man (discipline) is transforming Kigali and Rwanda.
Dr. John Pombe Magufuli – Current President of Tanzania. Chairman of SADC. He served as MP and Deputy Minister of Works, Minister of Works, Minister of Lands and Human Settlement, Minister of Livestock and Fisheries and as Minister of Works for a second time from 2010 to 2015. A former school teacher, industrial chemist. Dr – PHD holder “bull-dozing” and transforming Tanzania in his own unique way.
Dr. Amb. Arikana Chihombori-Quao – Her Excellence, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, asked Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao to become the African Union Ambassador to the U.S. Now President, Africa Diaspora Development Institute (ADDI), Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao, Ghanaian National, Zimbabwean by heritage, resident in US, but Pan African by thought and action. Medical doctor and activist, public speaker, educator, diplomat, founder of medical clinics, and an entrepreneur, CEO & founder of Bell Family Medical Centers in the US. in 2017. Her voice on the Francophone Africa is worth listening to.
Professor Arthur G.O. Mutambara – Former Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) of the Republic of Zimbabwe – An independent technology & strategy consultant. A Robotics & Mechatronics Professor. His concentration in the areas of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Intelligent Algorithms (IA), Augmented Reality (AR), Big Data, Internet of Things (IoT), Internet of Everything (IoE); and their impact in Mining, Manufacturing, E-Commerce, Media, and Medicine. A Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET), a Professional Engineer, a Fellow of the Zimbabwe Institute of Engineers (ZIE), a Fellow of the Zimbabwe Academy of Sciences (ZAS), and a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (IEEE). Ex-Director of Electronic Payments at Standard Bank in South Africa. In USA he was a Research Scientist at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Visiting Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Professor at the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University – Florida State University (FAMU-FSU) College of Engineering, and a Management Consultant with McKinsey & Company. He has written two electrical engineering books that are widely used in engineering graduate schools in the US, Europe, China, Japan and Africa: Decentralized Estimation and Control for Multisensor Systems, and Design and Analysis of Control Systems. Prof Mutambara holds a PhD in Robotics and Mechatronics and an MSc in Computer Engineering, both from the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He graduated with a BSc (Honours) in Electrical Engineering from the University of Zimbabwe. In 2007, Mutambara was accorded the World Economic Forum (WEF) Young Global Leader status, and subsequently attended WEF events, from 2007 to 2013, in Davos (Switzerland), China, India and Africa. His voice on the Fourth Industrial Revolution in Africa is imperative. Let us ADD more names please.