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Atlanta City Council recognized on June 4 the importance of building business relationships between Africa and Atlanta during a ceremony on the steps of the Georgia Capitol that drew more than 40 local officials and supporters.
As part of the fifth annual Africa Day celebration, sponsored by the Africa Heritage Foundation, the council offered a proclamation signed by all its members praising the efforts of the foundation and acknowledging future opportunities on the continent.
Under the leadership of chairman and CEO, Tunde Adetunji, the foundation organizes the celebration every year to inform people on business opportunities in Africa.
THE 2010 AFRICA DAY—CELEBRATE’S ATLANTA’S AFFINITY FOR AFRICAN INITIATIVE, UNITY AND PROGRESS
The Africa Heritage Foundation, Inc., under the leadership of the charismatic President/CEO Chief Tunde Adetunji announces the 2010 Africa Day celebration to be held in Atlanta, Ga. May 22 through 25, 2010 at the city Hall.
Join The Africa Union and many of the nations of Africa in a celebration of unity and progress for Africa and America. A celebration, given under a Proclamation from the City of Atlanta, will include exhibitions, a parade, symposium and seminars on Africa. There will also be presentation of awards to distinguished Africans and people of African descent who have made meaningful contributions to the development of Africa.
The Africa Heritage Foundation Inc. continues on its fateful mission of “Bridging the Gap and Building the Bridge” between Africa and the USA. Atlanta is the Center City for America as the gateway for African nations to the USA. Over its twelve year history in Atlanta, The Africa Heritage Foundation has been in the forefront of forging productive relationships between America and Africa in commerce, the arts, tourism, cultural education, student exchange programs and other cross-cultural endeavors.
The Africa Day celebration for 2010 is being organized with the active collaboration and support from The Mayor’s office, The Atlanta City Council, The Atlanta Development Authority, The Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and The Atlanta 100 Black Men Association. The event also aims to fulfill the aspirations of concerned American individuals and institutions, particularly from the South East of the country, to establish Atlanta as a gateway for integrated accelerated partnership between America and Africa.
The event for this year envisages the interaction of participating countries and governments and would feature conferences, exhibition of the diverse cultures of the continent, business seminars and exhibitions of art and crafts. It is hoped to open the ways for viewing the African horizon from a new prism which focus, shall be to advance the development of the vast business and investment opportunities in Africa. At the event, the foundations are also expected to be laid for the structures, upon which the vision would rest, such as the African Village project with its integral components like the Heritage Radio and Television, The African Education Foundation, the African Heritage Museum and Tourism Centre and the USAfrica chamber of commerce, the Africa Heritage Library History and research center .e.t.c.
Meanwhile, the organization for this year’s event is already working closely with the African Union, and it is expected that communication with the individual African countries by their respective Embassies and Consulates in the United States, would be complimented by that from the African Union, whose experience during their visit to the maiden edition of the African event in Atlanta in 2007, would be resourceful.
In addition to the 2010 Africa Union Day celebration, The Africa Heritage Foundation and the City of Atlanta will launch the first ever World Campaign and Celebration in South Africa 2010, in honor of AFRICA and the 2010 World Cup Games. This effort will focus on the launch of Bringing the WORLD CUP to Atlanta, 2018.
It all begins on May 22-25th 2010, with
The time is Right; the time is now; and we will all gather to celebrate the launching of Atlanta as the Gateway City for the Africa and USA partnership.
“Vision is greater than Ambition”
“Do not follow where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail” - Ralph Waldo Emerson
For more Information; please contact.
Chief Tunde Adetunji –Tel 678.508.5240
In our continued effort to establish and promote the Goals of the Africa Heritage Foundation, we have launched a site dedicated to highlighting the Major Projects of the Africa Heritage Foundation.
Current Major Projects Include:
- Africa Day Celebration
- USAfrica Economic Conference and Expo
- Bid for the 2018 World Cup in Atlanta, Georgia
We need your support! Visit www.USAfricaProject.org for more information!
ATLANTA, GA. February 2nd, 2009
Bridging the Gap & Building the Bridge – The Summary
By Maynard Eaton
“But through all that has been said and written and done in these years, there runs a common theme. Unity is the accepted goal. We argue about the techniques and tactics. But when semantics are stripped away, there is little argument among us. We are determined to create a union of Africans.” –Emperor Haile Selasie
The gap has narrowed; the bridge is being built. The breach between Africa and the African Diaspora – the sixth region of Africa – is closing because of the global economic crisis and the visionary leadership of the African Heritage Foundation.
The second annual USAfrica Economic Development Conference and Expo proved that the connectivity between Africans and African-Americans is no longer a pipe-dream; no longer a dream deferred.
“The conference represents the emergence of people and nations of the world thinking of global unity; thinking of a global economic upsurge,” said Chief Tunde Adetunji, President/CEO of the Africa World Museum and the African Heritage Foundation. “There was also a plethora of ideas and networking. The environment has changed dramatically because of Barack Obama. This conference was unique and different.”
Dr. Gerald Durley, senior pastor of Providence Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta and a key figure in the election of President Obama concurs that this conference amounted to a transformative milestone.
“Your idea of “Bridging the Gap and Building the Bridge” was a concept whose time had come,” said Durley who lived in Nigeria from 1964 to 1966. “For far too long the Africans in the Diaspora and those who remain on the continent of Africa have been separated for a number of historic reasons. Anyone can point the finger of blame as to what created the schism, but because of your vision we can begin to make a difference by bringing people together to once again become the economic, political and educated people whom God created them to be. The vision will only become a reality when we, as you have suggested, stop using excuses for our not working together. You and I have spoken continuously about the involvement of city, county, and state agencies to become active partners to insure that this program becomes a viable force for needed and desired change among African people.”
The conference riveted, inspired, informed and impressed its vast array of participants. “We appreciate the efforts you have undertaken to highlight Africa’s cause particularly in these trying times and pray that you will continue to be the one voice that resonates amongst many,” said David Ochwangi, chairman of the Kenyan Community of Atlanta, to Chief Tunde. “It is obvious that Africa’s best days lie ahead and with your help seem more and more within reach.”
That was underscored by the powerful presence and influence of representatives of the highly regarded African Union. Their participation legitimized the clout and cause of Chief Tunde and the African Heritage Foundation.
“For the African Union representative to be there, it endorses the conference’s longevity,” said Chief Tunde. “It takes the conference beyond any other conference because already there is a communiqué to be issued. His presence has defined this conference as the solution to African problems and the solution to Diaspora problems. Now the creation of the sixth region of Africa is imminent. And the endorsement that the present situation in America has given to this conference has stabilized the Diaspora as not only the sixth region, but also a viable region that will make significant contributions to African development. This conference has really redeemed the Diaspora to be one of the key players in African sustainable investment and development. And that is exactly what Africa needs.”
What speakers and conference participants such as former Atlanta Mayor and United Nations Ambassador Andrew Young continually emphasized is that given the international economic stability Africa is the missing link in our global economy.
“Africa is fast becoming the attraction of the world. Africa is indeed on the threshold of great advances,” said Francis Atuche, CEO of Platinum-Habib Bank in remarks to the conference. “Africa represents a land of largely untapped natural and human resources. Coming together in this fashion is a great way of bridging the socio-cultural and economic divide between Africa and Africans in Diaspora. Africans themselves hold the key for unlocking the potentials inherent and therefore should take responsibility for the development of Africa.”
Chief Tunde adds, “What came out of this is the signal that the conference sends is that there is need mutual cooperation and understanding in order to move things forward. We must now move into the area of practicalization. The relationship between Africa and America has taken a new dimension from what has happened before. Definitely there are so many Presidents that have made visits to Africa but they have not gone beyond that. Now it has become necessary because America is in need and Africa is in need. What America has, Africa doesn’t have it. What Africa has, America does not have it. Actions are exactly what make this particular conference different. As much as America has demonstrated total change in choosing a forward looking administration then something is really going to happen.”