Ambassador Arikana; The Powerful Voice of African Unity

October 10, 2020

Her Excellency Dr. Arikana Chihombori Quao MD is born and raised in Zimbabwe where she attained her primary and secondary education. She then went on to further her educational studies in The United States of America (Nashville Tennessee) at Meharry Medical College and at Fisk University. She graduated with honours and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in General Chemistry, and a Master’s Degree in Organic Chemistry as well as a Doctor of Medicine Degree.

Today she is the Powerful Voice of African Unity in her position as Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of ADDI (The African Diaspora Development Institute) In this capacity she advocates for Africans in the Diaspora and friends of Africa to participate in the development of Africa.

Her Excellency Arikana Chihombori Quao MD is a proffesional medical doctor and became known as Dr Arikana (having practised medicine for over twenty five years) as a founder and owner of medical clinics. She is also an author and her recently published book (Africa 101: The Wake Up Call) is a best seller on Amazon. She is an outstanding diplomat, public speaker, educator and an entrepreneur.

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Now famously known worldwide as Ambassador Arikanna, because of her outstanding work, when she famoulsly held the post of The African Union Ambassador to The Americas. She is often refered to as"The Powerful Voice of Mama Africa" as well as "The Lioness of The African Unity". Standing Up for the vision of African Unity at Home & Abroad and advocating equal rights and justice, to fight against racism and colourism. And to raise the standard of living in regards to African Human Rights and in regards to Rising Up from the shackles of slavery and colonization.

She is highly inspiring and very eloquent in her insights and revelations, where she explains how modern day Africa will no longer be manipulated and ill treated with outdated and unfair multi national trade deals. Her message about the Power of African Unity is very uplifting, historical, educational and futuristically motivational.

According to Ambassador Arikanna the main solution is worldwide African Unity, at Home in Africa and abroad in the African diaspora. We must reunite and erradicate and replace the outdated unfair trade system of economic downpression, which has been set up in Africa from the time of colonization and lingered on for a long time, mainly because of disunity among African Nations.

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In 2017, Her Excellency Dr. Arikana Chihombori Quao was tasked to become the African Union Ambassador to the U.S.A. Inititailly she took some time to consider the life changing implications of the new job offer, but eventually she rose to the occasion and stood up to face the challenge. In her position of African Union Ambassador to The Americas, She became reknown worldwide as a strong champion of African Human Rights. 

Now she is recognized as powerful force to be reckon with, a natural mystical force of African nature power and African woman power. Like a conquering lioness she roars boldly and loudly for equal rights and justice, for African Unity and for African Abundant Prosperity. Like a mother advising her children and caring for her nation she is blazing a bright torch, reaching out to all Africans at Home and Abroad and educating the African Diaspora about the true reality of the great richness of Africa.

She is a great visionary modern leader and an educational motivator showing forth the Light of The Foward To Africa vision mission. She has eloquently expressed her views about the greatness of the African people and the richness of the African continent. In this way she has inspired, educated and motivated the worldwide African Diaspora, to realize that yes indeed there is freedom and dignity and Abundant Prosperity in the power of African Unity.

Her Excellency Ambassador Arikana Chihombori Quao MD has major life experience as a mother of five children and major carreer expertise in the field of being a professional medical doctor in the U.S. for over 25 years. She worked in the capacity of  Founder & CEO of Bell Family Medical Centers before taking on the great honourable task of representing Africa’s 55 countries as the official African Union Ambassador to The United States of America.

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Zimbabwean by birthplace heritage, but Pan African by thought and action, Ambassador Arikanna wasted no time in challenging centuries-long negative dominance of Western nations in Africa. Her demands that Africans should acknowledge and stop the hemorrhaging of resources and money from the African continent into Western governments, businesses, individuals and satellites, led to her being unceremoniously removed from her position on Oct. 7, 2019. She said that the move did not shock her, but, the subsequent massive global Black support for her actions did.

However, Ambassador Arikanna stands strong and truly undaunted, therefore she never gave up on her vision mission of worldwide African Unity. Indeed she has found a way to carry on and to continue progressing in her work of reaching out to the entire worldwide African Diaspora to relink African descendants to the great African Mother Land.

Now she is using her visionary creativity and her international connections, as well as her business management skills and professional expertis; to organize and mobilize the worldwide African Diaspora and the friends of  Africa into a Champion Team focussing on investing in the progressive development and the abundant prosperity of the African People and the African Continent

Therefore to advocate and advance her Foward To Africa vision mission and to turn it into actual living reality; Ambassador Arikanna has now created a brand new organization to promote the power of the worldwide African diaspora working together with the great continental mother land of Africa. She is now known as the Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of (ADDI: The African Diaspora Development Institute)

In this new organization She is specifically networking and organizing to promote the cultural, educational and finnancial reconnection of the worldwide African Diaspora with the continental Mother Land of Africa. To inspire all African peoples and countries to stand up strong together in African Unity at Home & Abroad. 

In this regard she is calling upon the worldwide African Diaspora and the friends of Africa; To work together with Africa to create an African future of progress and abundant prosperity for all Africans, by recognizing the tremendous whealth and power of The African Mother Land. Now is the time for the African Diaspora to come together and invest in the modern and futuristic development of the great African continent.

The African Diaspora Development Institute is an entity that was born out of the realization that previously before the recent establishment of (The ADDI ) there was no one stop shop for everything to do with connecting Africa and the worldwide African Diaspora. Business Communities around the world, African Diaspora, or people interested in African tourism have to visit 55 African countries in order to find out information about Africa. Therefore there is definitely a need for a one stop organization where people can go to get information about Africa.

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More importantly, now that we are in the era of the African Continental Free-Trade Area, it is imperative that the children of Africa in the Diaspora return back home to Africa and join their brothers and sisters on the continent to build the Africa that we want.

Speaking about the great role of the African Diaspora in progressing the modern and futuristic  development of Africa, Ambassador Arikanna spoke about the success and the greatness of the Atlanta Airport (Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport), which was largely built by Black Business construction contractors, within the African American population. 

"The African diaspora has the people, the knowledge, the ability and the skill-set to reclaim power on the continent. For example, the Atlanta airport. Black businesses are being run by a majority of Black people. The biggest airport in the world––the busiest in the world, the most well run airport in the world. Black people. Why can’t we have the rest of the airports in Africa being built by Black people? So we have to organize. Once we organize, which is what I have done, The African Diaspora Development Institute (The ADDI ) is now going to be the one stop shop for everything diaspora in the world.

We are now reaching out to the heads of states and saying, ‘No more excuses.’ The building of the Africa we want that must be driven by the Africans, and here are the children of Africa here in the diaspora. That is why I want everyone to sign up. I want a directory that is exhaustive, so when we say that these are the opportunities we flood them out––companies that are in that––we talk about collaborations, because everything we are talking about is at a massive scale, and so we want everybody to be a shareholder. While you are a shareholder, you can also be an employee, or you can also be a contractor. So we are registering a fund, the fund is the one funding the projects in Africa, but there needs to be a shareholder of that fund.”

Previously, Her Excellency Dr. Arikana Chihombori Quao MD, worked for many years in the medical field as a proffesional docter and as the Founder & CEO of Bell Family Medical Centers in the United States where she has been practicing medicine. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and a member of the American Association of Family Physicians as well as the Tennessee Association of Family Physicians. From 1996 to 2012 she worked as The Medical Director for Mid Tenn Medical Associates and the Smyrna Ambulance Service. She has also operated medical centers in her African homeland of Zimbabwe since 1996. 

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Before being appointed to the position of African Union Ambassador to the USA, Her Excellency Ambassador Arikanna functioned as the Chair of the African Union/African Diaspora Health Initiative (AU-ADHI) she performed a primary role in mobilizing African Diaspora health professionals to assist in addressing the healthcare crisis on the continent of Africa. She has also previously held the position of Internarional Chair for the African Union/Diaspora African Forum Americas (AU-DAF). In this capacity she has galvanize Africans and friends of Africa into actively participating in the development of the African continent.

Her international proffesional medical experience coupled with her work on the African continent, (plus with her outstanding knowledge of Pan African history roots and culture), made her a great choice to be appointed to represent Africa's 55 Countries as the official African Union Ambassador to the Americas.

In her role as African Union Ambassador to The USA, She served as Permanent Representative to the African Union Mission in Washington DC. In this capacity Her Excellency Ambassador Arikana Chihombori Quao MD worked tirelessly towards fulfilling her mandate which was to undertake, develop and maintain relationships between the African Union and the Executive and Legislative branches of the US Government, the African Diplomatic Corps, the Africans in the Diaspora and the Bretton Woods Institutions.

This was specifically in relation to the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and advancing the priority areas of Africa Agenda 2063. Her efforts at mobilizing the worldwide African Diaspora, as people of African descent and not as citizens of any single African country, is unprecedented and exemplifies her ability to unify people around a common goal, speaking with one voice as One Africa and one Continent.

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(AfCFTA) The African Continental Free Trade Area; The accord seeks to progressively eliminate tariffs on intra-African trade, as well as removing other trade barriers; to make it easier and more finnancially efficient for African countries to do more business commerce and more inter continental trade with eachother, as well as removing other unecessary and outdated trade barriers.

Before her appointment as AU Ambassador, H.E. Arikana Chihombori Quao MD contributions to the cause of Africa had earned her many prestigious honors and awards. She has two awards which she cherishes the most. The first one was the Achievement Award which she received in 1996 from the incumbent President at the time, H.E. President Nelson Mandela of the Republic of South Africa. On the stage as she received the Award were both President Mandela & President Mugabe of the Republic of Zimbabwe.

The second one was the African Woman of Excellence Award which she received in July 2015 during the AU Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa. She received this award alongside 15 other prominent African Women including the former President of The Republic of Liberia, Madam Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, the former President of The Republic of Malawi, Madam Joyce Banda, Mama Winnie Mandela (Republic of South Africa), Mama Ngina Kenyatta (Republic of Kenya) Mama Asigwe Anyiam (Federal Republic of Nigeria) and Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma (Republic of South Africa).

During her tenure as AU Ambassador to the United States, H.E. Ambassador Arikana Chihombori Quao MD received over one hundred awards and attestations from many organizations including from the African Diaspora within the Americas. She received the 2018 Ambassador of the Year Award from Howard University in Washington DC. She also received numerous recognitions from Members of Congress as well as Governors, Mayors and County Executives from across the United States as well as the Caribbean and South America.

In January 2019, Ambassador Arikanna launched the "Wakanda One Village Project". The project will begin in Zambia and in Zimbabwe. Both of these countries have made offers of land. The Wakanda project seeks to engage Africans in the Diaspora.

The "Wakanda One Village Project", is slated to consist of five African Centers of excellence in the five regions on the continent of Africa. The five centers are to be centers of development to have state of the art healthcare facilities, hotels, industrial homes, educational community centers, schools and universities, shopping centers, etc.

According to H.E. Ambassador Arikanna; "My mandate is to promote Africa in the Americas and more importantly, to mobilise the African diaspora, meaning all people of African descent living outside of Africa."

"We at the African Union understand that for the continent to move forward it will need its people in the diaspora. The brain drain from migration has caused Africa to suffer a lot. Mobilising the diaspora and encouraging involvement in the development of Africa is key to our mandate."

We are the original people and we have every reason to stand up in the tallest mountains to proclaim who we are.”

We are beautiful, intelligent, sophisticated, highly adaptable and totally indestructible people, the Africans.” “Any other race that would have gone through what we’ve been subjected to would have been extinct and that’s the truth.

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The African Continent is also recognizing the noble contributions that H.E. Ambassador Arikana Chihombori Quao MD is making to the development of Africa as evidenced by the following accolades. In January 2020, after being featured in having “A Profile in Courage”; H.E. Ambassador Arikana Chihombori Quao MD was honored to be named 2019 Person of the Year by The Guardian Newspaper which is the largest Newspaper in the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

In an article published on June 12 2020 by Eye Gambia, a reputable Gambian newspaper, H.E. Ambassador Arikana Chihombori Quao MD was listed fourth amongst their list of ten most influential Africans for 2019. She was the only female to make this list. Reputation Poll, a leading global reputation management firm in its July 29th 2020 release of the 2020 list of 100 Most Reputable Africans also features H.E. Ambassador Arikana Chihombori Quao MD as one of the most reputable Africans.

Her Excellency Ambassador Arikana Chihombori Quao MD is married to her Ghanaian husband and is a proud mother of five children and a very happy grandmother of five grandchildren. Today Ambassador Arikanna is walking forward in the footsteps of the great warrior Queen Mothers of Africa and the great founding Fathers of African Unity. She is a powerful and eloquent, humanitarian voice; The Powerful Voice of African Unity, bringing forth the inspiration and the motivation of the Prophets of African Redemption.

In this regards she is carrying on the torch of the outstanding heritage and the great legacy of the Pan African Unity & African Liberation movement. To inspire and to motivate us towards taking the necessary progressive steps in the futuristic development of Africa. To fullfill the vision of a united and liberated Africa standing tall, where the riches of Africa will be devoted to empowering Africa and her people and children. 

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