The AU

Its Permanent Representative

and the African Diaspora

 Monday, April 16, 2018

AU Ambassador to Washington, Dr. Arikana Chihombori Quao has reached out to young Africans on the importance of understanding the African heritage. 

Speaking to a group of high school students from three towns in Kenya who visited the AU Mission's offices in Washington D.C., Ambassador Arikana urged the young boys and girls to get out of the notion that what is Western is better. She apologized to the youth that adults today were not doing enough to empower young Africans about their identity, strength, and potential. "Africa is the richest continent with vast mineral wealth and human capital. You the youth should harness this knowledge because you will be in charge of the continent's policy, and development" she said.

The young boys and girls from Ken Obura, Maria Soti Girls School, and Kajari Girls secondary school are on a tour of the U.S. as part of a global entrepreneurship competition in Delaware.

During the one week visit, they will take part in debates, discussion forums, and visit centers of Government like the U.S. Congress and the White House, along with other historical places. At the AU they toured the radio station and were briefed on the history of the organization of African Unity, which is now the African Union.

Jane Rotich
Jane Rotich

Speaking on behalf of the students, Jane Rotich, said that she and the students were highly inspired by what they had seen and heard during their visit to Africa House, the home of the AU Mission in Washington. The meeting at the AU was interactive and gave students the opportunity to ask questions and network with AU staff.