Africans in the Diaspora and on the continent have been angered by the sacking of the Pan-African diplomat. Dr Arikana Chihombori-Quao appointed to the position in December 2016 and has been able to galvanize the support of peoples of African Descent in the U.S and beyond.
The unification of the African Diaspora as espouded in AU Agenda 2063 is contrary to the Africa that has been marginalized and pillaged through inequitable colonial and post-colonial contracts. Dr. Arikana has been outspoken about neo-colonial maneuverings and exploitation that still exist today.
Chihombori is outspoken about the implications of the Berlin Conference that took place in Berlin, Germany, in 1885. She lectures about the outcome of the divisions on the continent of Africa that were made. She sees these divisions as a cause of some of Africa’s problems that are still in effect today. She seeks to reunite African states, and Africans in the Diaspora.
Her strong views on France’s influence over its former African colonies, which she shared publicly in a video that went viral.
Sustained colonization by France is responsible for siphoning off $500 billion from Africa annually, she said.
John Rawlings statement on Twitter
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.”
Words from the African Union
In a letter addressed to Chihombori-Quao on October 7, AU Commission Chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat noted that:
Political appointees at the African Union, including Dr Chihombori, are appointed at the discretion of the appointing authority. The duration of such political appointments is also determined at the discretion of that appointing authority.