Chairperson of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa , and her counterpart in the House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora, Hon.
The Maryland General Assembly, United States, has hosted a Nigerian delegation to a dialogue aimed at promoting unity between indigenous and Diasporan ethnic groups of African descent.
Coinciding with the Black History Month celebrated every February in the U.S., the forum provided an opportunity for the delegation to showcase the country’s rich tourism attractions and investment opportunities.Held in October every year, the programme features visits by Africans in the Diaspora and people of other races to the Badagry Slave Route in Badagry, Lagos State.
Different speakers at Wednesday’s forum called for unity among Africans, both on the continent and in the Diaspora, for the economic, social and political development of their communities and the continent.“I want us to have the African Nation and make it a very powerful word; not the African American, not the Jamaican African, not the Caribbean African, but the African Nation.
For his, Barnes said the word African had suffered stigma for many years partly because African-Americans did not know what it truly meant to be an African.“What we should be thinking about is how to build collaborative relationships and how to start looking at things more globally than we do narrowly.
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