TRADITIONAL AFRICAN RELIGIONPROJECTS AND PROGRAMME OF ACTIVITIES This project is concerned about African traditional religions with the aim of organizing a Symposium to bring researchers in these areas together to share ideas and learn from one another. The overall objective is it establish a Centre where further research and documentation can be done on the subject matter before it goes into extinction.
COLLOFEST There is a continuing neglect of the fundamentals of our traditions in oral history, folktales, music, instruments, songs, chants, fashion, hairstyles and fabrics and religions and chants.This project is solely to organize a Colloquium and a festival of African traditional music instruments, music and dance. KIDAFEST PANAFSTRAG in partnership with interested individuals, organizations and schools plans to organize a Children’s Camp with a curriculum focused on culture, STEM, indigenous knowledge and sports. It will be held during the long holidays between August and September annually. It is planned to start nationally and later regional.
TRANS-SAHARAN SLAVE TRADE With most of documentation on theTransatlantic Slave Trade,history of the Mediterranean and Arabian Peninsula have been largely ignored and undocumented. This project is aimed at compiling the history of slavery across the Arabian Desert which lasted more than ten decades but has been clearly undocumented.
COLLOQUIUM ON HEROINES & HEROES OF BACK TO AFRICA MOVEMENT, PANAFRICANISM, AFRICAN NATIONALISM AND GLOBAL AFRICANISM: THEIR PHILOSOPHICAL, POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC THOUGHTS AND LEGACIES. The 4-day Colloquium will bring together the Historians, Political Scientists, Economists, Philosophers and Anthropologists from Africa, North, South and Central America, including USA, Brazil and Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, and Europe (UK, France, Netherlands and Portugal). The objective of the Back to Africa Movement is to discuss the intellectual and pragmatic philosophy, thoughts and Legacies of these Heroines and Heroes pre 1900; Post 1900 up till 1945 with respect to PanAfricanism; and Post 1945 which saw the rise of African Nationalism which led to the independence of African countries alongside the several liberation wars and the birth of OAU which later transformed into AU with the inclusion of the 6th Region and the beginning of another historical era of Global Africanism. It is to identify the Sung and Unsung Personalities of those Movements in Global Africa (from the Continent and Diaspora) and discuss them in line with the theme above.
TEACHING INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE SYSTEMS IN PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS Mathematics, Science, technology and innovation are definitions we arrived at through western education/civilization. Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) is what the indigenous people know, do and have been practicing for generations through trial and error which have stood the test of time. IKS recognizes science, technology, engineering, environment and medicine driven by history, culture and global African knowledge system, as forces constantly transforming both the global African challenges we face and the opportunities for problem solving and sustainable institutional building for efficient and effective resources utilization and output. Children must be taught to be conscious of the things around them and how to resolve these critical problems using resources readily available to them. The link between IKS and modern science should therefore be demonstrated if our children must accept IKS. The main objective is to engage students at the level of Science, Mathematics and Technology with emphasis on Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) to enhance their learning.
POST GRADUATE INSTITUTE FOR MATH, SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY FOR INNOVATION OF INDIGINEOUS KNOWLEDGE SYSTEMS. (PGI-MSTIIKS) MSTIIKS recognizes math, science, and technology, driven by history, culture and global African Knowledge systems, popularly known as Indigenous Knowledge Systems as forces constantly transforming both the African and national challenges we face. The main purpose isto create a Post Graduate Institute for Teaching, Training and Collaborative Research for the Innovation of Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS). It will be a space for integrating indigenous knowledge systems with modern applied mathematics, science and technology to address developmental challenges in Nigeria and the rest of Africa.
GLOBAL AFRICAN PEOPLES’ INSTITUTE (GAPI) GAPI recognizes that indigenous knowledge systems of African peoples globally have been denied, destroyed, appropriated and expropriated in a continuous fashion to the detriment of Africa and humanity universally. These knowledge systems are enshrined in the rich metaphysics of existence found in African religions, morality, ideas about being, notions of identity and apprehensions about the interrelations between various parts of reality; they are codified in as epistemological system for dealing with reality in a consistent, sustainable and enabling way, which helps to preserve human existence, the world around us and promote respect for all things in nature. The vision of GAPI is curation, preservation, applied research, technology, incubation and utilization of the intellectual, material and cognitive resources of Global Africans peoples for self-reliance and development. The Institute will be dedicated to Design and develop databases; Identify, develop, and promote tools and practices that affect global African populations; Working with organizations and practitioners to influence policies at the national, regional, and international levels amongst several other things.
INTERNATIONAL DECADE OF ACTION FOR PEOPLE OF AFRICAN DESCENT (IDAPAD) The International Decade of Action for NRAs as proclaimed by the UN General Assembly of Resolution 68/237 will be observed from January 2015- December 2024. There is need therefore to engage the UN, AU member States, concerned Regional Organisations (AU ,OAS, CARICOM), development partners, in ensuring the effective implementation of the Programme of Action in line with the theme of the Decade namely “Recognition, Justice and Development” as a programmatic action plan of the UN Post 2015 SDGs. Main Purpose is to lobby, advocate and ensure the impactful implementation of the Work Plan of International Decade of Action for Non-Resident Africans (IDANRA), the 6th Region as a key Programme of the UN Post 2015 SDGs. STRATEGIC ASSESSMENT OF ECOWAS IN 40 YEARS-THE HUMAN SECURITY APPROACH ECOWAS, in nearly three decades, has seen a rapid expansion of its mandate from a strictly Economic Community to a Multi-Sectoral Institution with a Confederal status organized to govern a group of sovereign states which are increasingly working together in economic, social, cultural and political sectors for the “Whole of Challenges”(Human Security) approach for an integrated Region. The question for policy makers, decision makers and implementers at all levels within and outside the region is “Does ECOWAS Human Security Approach Apply To How It Does Its Strategic Planning, And Programming (People-Centered, Bottom-Up) And How It Implements Its Programmatic Activities By Its Staff, Agencies, Member States, CSOS And Communities Within Its Strategic Planning System And Its Resource Allocation Models?” The two proposed methods are the ‘Report Card method’ or the ‘Rapid Assessment method’.
GLOBAL INTRAAFRICAN TRADE Aside from the five Economic Regions (East, South, North, Central and the West) currently existing, the Sixth Region (DIASPORA) ECONOMIC COMMUNITY is been created by the African Union. The aim is for Diaspora Businesses to establish an African Diaspora Economic Community for interconnectedness and integration with the African Union [AU] current efforts to create the global African Economic Community by 2020. It will also establish PANAFRICAN TRADE CENTRESin willing economic cities of African and diaspora countries. The objectives include: (i) Integrate into Africa’s emerging economies through collaboration in all areas of Trade and Commerce with Black owned SMEs worldwide as a key component of the global trade and commerce. (ii)Towards this end, the joint efforts of CARICOM’s Member States’ Parliamentarians and Businesses (SMES) backed by CARICOM Secretariat is indispensable. (iii) Establish PANAFRICAN TRADE CENTRE in Kingston, Jamaica or any willing host Country.