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cheif_awrd_afr_daybetty_and_tundeThe 2012 Africa Day Celebration in Atlanta was quite a success and people came out to partake in the celebration despite the sweltering heat. The Sixth Annual Africa Day put on by Chief Tunde Adetunji and the Africa Heritage Foundation (AHF) is the grassroots festive event that informs, acknowledges and promotes worldwide potential business opportunities, ideas and values of Africa as a continent of possibilities to Atlanta as well as the global community. The celebration embraced Africa’s vibrant culture and heritage and also facilitated networking opportunities. This year’s celebration was held with the theme“Africa Matters, Africa is the Future”.  

The occasion was marked with the presentation of the ‘Outstanding Georgian Citizen Awards to Dr. Neil Schulman, a medical professor at Atlanta's Emory University and Dr. Betty Siegel, President Emertius of Atlanta's Kennesaw State University. They were recognized for their outstanding achievement and commitment to excellence in their distinguished professions. They both presented exhilarating speeches endorsing the mission, visions and goals of the Africa Heritage Foundation.

ata_4The Africa Travel Association (ATA) hosted its fifth annual U.S.-Africa Tourism Seminar, the leading U.S.-Africa tourism event in the USA for the travel industry, in Washington D.C. on March 16. The day-long event focused on new strategies to increase arrivals, tourism revenues, and tourism partnerships between the U.S. and Africa marketplaces. In her remarks, ATA President, Honorable Fatou Mas Jobe-Njie, Minister of Tourism & Culture of The Gambia, called on all attending African diplomatic representatives to work with ATA to promote and advance Destination Africa. 

“ATA has connected us with key industry leaders and provided us with the tools to overcome the challenges Africa faces as a continental destination. It’s up to us now to take action and work together to increase tourism arrivals and revenue to our continent,” said Honorable Jobe-Njie. 

In the keynote address, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Dr. Reuben E. Brigety, II, Bureau of African Affairs, US Department of State, spoke about the importance of investing in the growth of Africa’s economic development and in engaging the U.S. private sector in the process. “Strong, growing economies help stabilize democracies, promote peace, and improve social and health conditions,” Dr. Brigety said. “Many countries in Africa are transitioning into a new phase of economic opportunity that, if managed well, could solidly launch individual economies on a path towards prosperity and peace, and open up new areas for U.S. business.”


                                     October 16, 2011-Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr. Memorial Dedication on National Mall

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 Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, daughters Sasha and Malia, and Marian Robinson tour the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial before the dedication ceremony in Washington, D.C. (Pete Souza)

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The Obama family examine a time capsule as they arrive for the dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr Memorial.

 

  

 

 

 

US President Barack Obama and his daughter Malia tour the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial during its dedication October 16, 2011 in Washington, DC.

 

US President Barack Obama and his daughter Malia and President and CEO of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation Harry Johnson tour the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial during its dedication October 16, 2011 in Washington, DC.

 

 

  

Mrs. Robinson

 

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5th IIPT African Conference Achieves
Major Outcomes

 The 5th IIPT African Conference, organized in partnership with the World Tourism Organization under the patronage of His Excellency Rupiah B. Banda and hosted by the Zambia Ministry of Tourism, Environment and Natural Resources, Hon. Catherine Namugala, Minister, brought together more than 440 delegates from 36 countries who shared their experiences, ideas, wisdom and commitment within the conference theme:

Meeting the Challenges of Climate Change to Tourism

In Africa and the Developing World

The important role of travel and tourism in contributing to peace and sustainable development was highlighted throughout Zambia and Africa, by His Excellency Rupiah B. Banda declaring the week of the Conference “National Peace through Tourism Week” and the resulting media coverage of the conference and week’s activities.

 

Hon. Cathering NamugalaNational television, radio and press coverage began the week beforetheConference, with interviews and news of the upcomingConference, continued throughout the week, with coverage of the Opening Ceremony and proceedings of the Conference, and extended into the following week, with further interviews and press coverage of the outcomes, particularly the Lusaka Declaration.

 

Thanks to our media partners, and particularly eTurbo news and TravelVideo.TV, the 5th IIPT African Conference received broad international coverage as well.

                               

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Bea Broda, Producer, TravelVideo TV with
Zambia’s first President , Dr. Kenneth Kaunda  
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Thomas Steinmetz,
Producer,
eTurboNews

International Peace Park Dedication
A highlight of the week was the re-dedication of the IIPT International Peace Park at Victoria Falls with Conference delegates and dignitaries from Livingstone and the Toka Leya indigenous people of the area. The IIPT International Peace Park serves as a living and lasting legacy of the Conference at one of the seven natural wonders of the world.

                       Peace Park Dedication, Victoria Falls

IIPT Board Chairman Timothy Marshall offering a prayer to begin Peace Park Re-dedication Ceremony; Hon. Catherine Namugala plants the first tree;Chieftess of the Toka Leya tribe waters peace tree; and Ben Sherman takes part in traditional dance of the Toka Leya tribe. 

Lusaka Declaration

The key ideas and recommendations of delegates have been highlighted in the
Lusaka Declaration which is being broadly distributed.  

Stakeholder Group and IIPT Youth Chapter Formed                                  
Perhaps most significant was the formation of both a Zambia Stakeholder Group and an IIPT Zambia Youth Chapter during the course of the Conference. The Stakeholder Group will come together with the aim of implementing the Lusaka Declaration within Zambia, and as hosting nation of the 5th IIPT African Conference, become a model within Africa in “Meeting the Challenges of Climate Change.”

 The Stakeholder’s Group was facilitated by Mr. Greenwell Mukwavi. The Steering Committee will include prominent leaders from government, the private sector, academia, NGO’s, and civil society. They will be assisted by a highly motivated and committed group of youth who took part in the Youth Leadership Forum and participated throughout the conference. They have since organized themselves as the IIPT Zambia Youth Chapter under the leadership of Mr. Emmanuel Mulolo, President; Ms Salipa Chisha, Vice President; and Mr. Matthews Kalabo, Secretary General. Other significant outcomes are presented in the following articles

5th IIPT African Conference: Student/Youth Leadership Forum
Students at Youth Leadership Forum

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