The AU

Its Permanent Representative

and the African Diaspora


Washington DC, December 2, 2018: The African Union’s Permanent Representative to the United States of America, Dr Arikana Chihombori-Quao says Africans on the continent and in the Diaspora are saddened by the death of former President Herbert Walker Bush.

Ambassador Chihombori-Quo said many will remember how president Bush senior presided over a new world order at a crucial time after the cold war and how his administration supported African countries in their transformation to democracy. She said Bush was instrumental in putting pressure on the Apartheid regime in South Africa, to end white minority rule at the beginning of the 1990s. Ambassador Chihombori-Quao described president H.W.Bush, as a good public servant and a humble leader. “We mourn with our American brothers and sisters but also celebrate a life well lived and accomplished, because his family and public life were exemplary life,” she said.

The forty-first president of the United States passed away on December 1, after a long illness. He is the father of George W. Bush who was also president of the US from 2001 to 2009. His funeral will be on Friday, December 5.


The African Union (AU) Mission to the United States of America will host the first-ever Miss AU Diaspora Pageant 2018 on December 7, 2018, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington DC, at 7 pm. The aim of the Pageant is to promote the work of the African Union in the United States and the Americas; create awareness about issues affecting Africans and those in the Diaspora and promote African attire, traditions, food and other social and cultural aspects.

Twenty-six contestants from African countries and those in the Diaspora will take part in the Pageant. The winner of the contest will serve as AU Goodwill Ambassador for a year, carrying the continental body’s key messages to various global audiences. She will also take part in activities to showcase the work of the organization.

Two days prior to the contest, there will be preliminary auditions and coaching at the same venue, at which twenty-six contestants representing Africa’s six geopolitical regions, including the Diaspora, will receive necessary training and information regarding the pageant. They will be briefed on the African Union and its mandate, as well as receive training in business and marketing skills, etiquette and diplomacy.

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Africa Feeds | Mon, Nov 19, 2018

Among the reforms adopted is the strengthening of the sanctions regime for non-payment of Member State contributions to address late payment.

by Isaac Kaledzi

Heads of African Union (AU) Member States have adopted new reforms aimed at transforming the African Union.

The adoption of the reforms took place at a special summit in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. The summit was chaired by President Paul Kagame of Rwanda in his capacity as Chairperson of the AU.

The reforms, whose implementation was assigned to President Kagame by his continental peers last year, have an ultimate aim of weaning Africa off dependence on external aid by making it economically independent.

Among the reforms adopted is the strengthening of the sanctions regime for non-payment of Member State contributions to address late payment.

Decisions were also made on new competency-based selection, election procedures for the senior Leadership positions.

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