Sally Baffour, founder of Eco-Learning Centres
Tatiana Giraud, founder of the TG Foundation
Crown Brother Eliyahtsoor Ben Aharon of the Hebrew Israelites
Human rights lawyer Jacqueline Onalo tells the Kenyan folk story “The Oracle of Nakhabuka.”
Lydia Tet Olett performs music and dance from Kenya.
Lydia Tet Olett leads the participants in a Kenyan traditional dance.
Ambassador for Peace Marie-Christine Nibagwire, the founder of Saferefugerwanda and a Rwanda genocide survivor
Caroline Heward receives an Ambassador for Peace certificate.
Ambassador for Peace Raazia Hamid, founder of Women and Girls Empowerment Support
Ambassador for Peace Lul Seyoum, founder, International Centre for Eritrean Refugees and Asylum Seekers
Lul Seyoum addresses the audience.
A moment of silence for refugees who have lost their lives
Abdellatif Mekki Elsayed, an activist and supporter of the Sudan Democratic Movement
Abdellatif Mekki Elsayed
Dr. Nnamdi Chukwu of Mentoring African Entrepreneurs
Sister Yishibah Baht Gavriel of the Hebrew Israelites
Dr. Yehoeshahfaht Ben Israel of the Hebrew Israelites
Edward Mukasa, a UPF supporter originally from Uganda, sings a song from his homeland.

London, United Kingdom—UPF's Africa Day celebration was an inspiring, passionate, colorful day with speeches highlighting injustices alternating with cultural dancing and singing. It was a program with many Africans who had expertise or concern about a region of the continent. Eritrean refugees, Egyptian rap about youth poverty in the land of the pharaohs, poorly performing hydroelectric dams in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and mentoring future potential leaders across Africa—it was an eclectic mix.

The program, which took place on May 18, 2019, in the U.K. Peace Embassy, began with a presentation by Mulumba Kabongo, a UPF supporter from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Showing slides of the UPF summits of 2018 in Senegal and South Africa, among other activities in other nations, he explained the accomplishments in Africa of UPF and its co-founder Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon. (See PowerPoint here.) A video on the Sunhak Peace Prize illustrated the level of recognition that UPF has given to influential Africans. (See video.) An introductory UPF video (see video) demonstrated the partnership of the African Union with UPF.

While Lydia Tet Olett led the audience in a Kenyan cultural dance, another Kenyan, Jacqueline Onalo, told the folk story of “The Oracle of Nakhabuka,” who unexpectedly defeated her suitor in a traditional wrestling match to settle his claims to her hand.

Several worthy causes also were promoted to the gathered audience. Sally Baffour explained the Eco-Learning Centre she had founded in several nations. Marie-Christine Nibagwire spoke of her experience as a Rwandan genocide survivor. Dr. Nnamdi Chukwu spoke (see video) of the inspiration he had received from the UPF celebration of Africa Day.

Dr. Yehoeshahfaht Ben Israel similarly spoke passionately (see video) about his engagement with UPF and also introduced the training course he would present the following week, which illustrates the principles for non-violent reconciliation used by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. UPF-UK hopes in the future to provide longer training programs to develop facilitators of peace efforts.

The day culminated in the enjoyment of African food, with many people milling around, taking photos in ad hoc groupings until satisfied they had sufficient digital mementos to remember an inspiring day, and those with whom they had shared it, for a long time.

Photo Link for the day.

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