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A Woman Of Distinction Ambassador Inonge Mbikusita-Lewanika From Republic Of Zambia

By Staff Reports

Inonge Mbikusita- Lewanika is currently Ambassador of the Republic of Zambia to the United States of America. Before her appointment to Washington D.C.

She was Ambassador and Special Envoy to the Zambian President during his term as Chairman of the Organization for African Unity (OAU). Dr. Mbikusita-Lewanika served as a Member of Parliament in the Zambian Parliament from 1991 to 2001. She was the first Chairperson of the Zambia All Party Women Parliamentarians Caucus and Zambian Parliamentarians for Population Development.

She was a founding Vice-Chairperson of the Southern, Eastern and Horn of Africa African Women Parliamentarian Caucus. Dr. Mbikusita-Lewanika is a founding member of the AMANI Forum, African Parliamentarians for Peace and Conflict Resolution.

At a very critical time in Zambia just before national elections in 2001, Dr. Mbikusita- Lewanika chaired the National Crisis Committee of the Alliance of Opposition Political Parties. She is a former candidate for President of the Republic of Zambia in the December 2001 Elections and was a candidate for the Chair of the African Union Commission in 2008.

She has been a member of the Haggai Institute Faculty since 1987. She is an Educator by profession and has worked in various levels of Education nationally and internationally.

Prior to her involvement in politics, Dr. Mbikusita-Lewanika worked with UNICEF in key leadership roles in Africa, covering forty-four countries. Jim Grant, the former head of UNICEF once called her “the most knowledgeable person about the children of Africa.”

Dr. Mbikusita-Lewanika was among five women from various continents to brief members of the United Nations Security Council on the first and unprecedented debate that resulted in UN Resolution 1325 on WOMEN, PEACE and SECURITY in the year 2000. She was among sixteen (16) eminent African Women Members of the Organization of African Unity (now African Union) Committee on Peace and Development, an Advisory Group to the African Union. She was President of Federation of African Women’s Peace Networks (FERFAP) from 1997 to 2002. As President of the Federation of African Women Peace Networks (FEFAP) she contributed to mobilization of peace activities. In that capacity, she was selected to be among ten prominent African Women Peace Workers that visited Rwanda soon after the genocide.

She later led a United Nations delegation to Burundi and Rwanda to assess the effects of the genocide on women and children and recommend intervention strategies. She led the Electoral Institute of Southern Africa (EISA) Observer Mission of 96 Southern African Academicians, Researchers and Members of Civil Society to the Zimbabwean Presidential, Mayoral and Council Elections in 2002. As a Community Activist she has worked with national and international NGOs for the last four decades. As a Member of Parliament, she facilitated the establishment of community organizations for Rural Development. Her lifelong passion and commitment are Child and Youth Development. She served as a founding Board Member of the International Youth Foundation for nine years. She participated in the preparations for the Charter on the African Child.

Currently, she serves on the Nike Foundation Advisory Board. She has also served on a number of Boards and as an Advisor for children and youth. Dr. Mbikusita-Lewanika serves as Chairperson of YAPYA; Zambia Youth Investment Fund. Dean of the Zambian Diplomatic Corps (the most senior Zambian Ambassador) July 2009.

The following Awards are some of the recent that have been conferred: 2009 May – Motherhood Recognition – Gospel Drum Studio and I Go Ministries – Honoring Mothers of Excellence 2009 May – Greater Mount NEBO Women’s Ministries Recognition 2009 April – Nike Foundation Hero You have improved Girls’ Lives Today, Ending Poverty Tomorrow 2009 April – African Woman of the Decade – Howard University and Women Ambassador’s Foundation 2009 Honorary Doctor of Laws for Leadership as a Champion for peace and women’s and children’s rights by the California P o l y – technic State University 2008 World Vision Award World Aids Day Global Hope Award 2007 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award of New York University’s Steinhardt School 2007 Honorary Doctorate – Honorary Doctor of Divinity by Latin U n i – versity of Theology, California in recognition of her ministry and service to the poor and marginalized and for the Spiritual Development of all people 2006 Ambassador of the Year Award Jointly given by Howard University and the Women Ambassadors Foundation 2006 Athena International Award For leadership and improving the lives of others 2005 Induction into the Orange Coast College Alumni Hall of Fame Other Awards are: 1994 The African Womanhood Award for promoting African Women and being a mentor and role model 1990 The UNICEF Award for Distinguished Service for the Children of the World Dr. Mbikusita-Lewanika holds a Ph.D. in Early Childhood and Primary Education from New York University. She has a passion for positive Child and Youth Development. She is a mother of two grown daughters, a grandmother to four boys and a granddaughter. She is widely travelled and connects with people easily.


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October 13, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

In a Pan-African state of mind

By Leonard Quarshie

I have been feeling nostalgic lately. Nostalgic not in a sort of having-been-there-done-that- kind of way. But in a kind of what-would- Nkrumah-think-about-this kind of way. I guess it’s because I haven’t read anything nourishing in a long time. So much is happening in the world with such speed that there is hardly time for perspective, for context, for reflection. I would be lying if I said I hunger for the works of Achebe, Awoonor, Senghor, Armah, Thiong’o and other African writers of old. But I hunger for their perspective; for the unique African sensibility they brought to things, to the events around them, to the happenings of their time. Times are different, of course.

But the Africa—whose fate they chronicled in their work and agonized over—has not changed very much. It is still very poor. It is still very dependent on others. It is still very badly-governed. It contends still with the same issues their generation wrestled with. I wonder for example, what Nkrumah would think about the impact of AIDS? Nkrumah’s warnings about neo-colonialism are well-known. But many decades later, what would he think about the state of regional integration? What would he think about Africa’s 2% share of global trade?

As I look across the continent—I see that a lot of time has passed—but the issues remain the same. We are still heavily dependent on others for sustenance, for validation, for acceptance. Our development models are still imported, unoriginal and inorganic. Yesterday’s ideas. We are still playing by other people’s rules. The themes, Achebe and others wrestled with—after the euphoria of independence—are still the headaches of our generation: the place of the African in the world; his struggles with self-governance; his experiments with development; his fears and insecurities about modernity and all that it entails; his efforts at understanding the squalor that surrounds him; his disappointments.

I think about these things quite a lot. I don’t know why. Living in the West heightens this feeling. This state of mind. Reading and watching the news about Africa can get to you. Then there is a sense of insecurity here which one cannot escape. A sense that one can wake up one day and lose all of one’s work and sweat. It’s a palpable, ever-present feeling which never goes away. No matter how successful you become, you sense very quickly that this is not the place you want to spend the last years of your life. The West is not home. Africa is home. Here you are pre-occupied with survival, with living. You have to pay the bills and make the payments. You have to make certain that you are not kicked out on the streets. You can’t go to anyone for help. You are on your own. It’s a foreign land after all. You come to realize that even your African-American brethren—the descendants of your ancestors brought here four centuries ago—still contend with the strangeness and unfamiliarity of this place. That’s when one begins to care about what happens to Africa. That’s when one begins to feel anger and resentment toward non-Africans who talk cavalierly about Africa, as if it were a child in need of a parent to instruct it. That’s when one gets tired of patronage, the snide remarks, and the nonsense on western television that passes for analysis on Africa. That’s when one gets tired of well-fed, avuncular, Western journalists—some of whom have built flourishing careers—reporting negative stereotypical stories about Africa —coming up with insane and nonsensical documentaries such as “Why is Africa poor.”

Yet when I feel this way about Africa, when I despair of its fortunes and worry about its travails, I’m always reminded of a scripture my mother used to quote when I was a child: “For there is hope for a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that its shoots will not cease. Though its root grow old in the earth, and its stump die in the soil, yet at the scent of water it will bud and put out branches like a young plant.”(Job 14:7-9)

There is hope for Africa. Let’s keep holding the feet of our leaders and institutions to the fire. Let’s keep demanding excellence and reject mediocrity. But let’s do it in love. Nkosi Sikeleli Africa. God bless Africa.

Leonard Quarshie is a freelance writer and a student at the University of Maryland, University College. You can reach him at ghanaleads@live.com

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