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

UPF's Africa Day celebration was an inspiring, passionate, colourful day with a contrast of speeches highlighting injustice, cultural dancing and singing. It was a programme with many Africans who had expertise or concern about a region of the African continent. Refugees from Eritrea, Egyptian rap about youth poverty in the land of the Pharoahs, poorly performing hydro-electric dams in DRC, to mentoring the future potential leadership across Africa: it was an eclectic mix.

Mulumba Kabongo explained the role of UPF and it’s founder Mrs Dr Hak Ja Han Moon in Africa with slides of the Senegalese and South African Summits in 2018 among other activities in other nations. (See powerpoint here.) A video on the Sunhak Peace Prize illustrated the level of recognition given to influential Africans by UPF. (See video below). An Introduction UPF video (see below) demonstrated the partnership of the African Union with UPF. 

While Lydia Tet Olett led all 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 were also 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 below) of the inspiration he had received from the day.

Dr Yehoeshahfaht Ben Israel similarly spoke passionately (see video below) about his engagement with UPF as well as introducing the training course he is presenting on May 25th. It is to illustrate the principles for non-violent reconciliation used by Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr. We hope in future to provide longer training programmes to develop facilitators of peace efforts.

The day culminated in 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 they shared it with, for a long time.

Photo Link for the day

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