Wilmington, Delaware 12 April 2022, The Center for Global Africa (CGA) at Delaware State University (DSU) launched its Dr. Martin R. Delany Distinguished Fellowship (MDDF) with Professor Eddy Maloka as its inaugural fellow and African Union (AU) Diplomat in Residence.
Prof Maloka is an author, South African diplomat and CEO of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM). APRM is a specialized agency of the AU that evaluates African governance and socioeconomic performance via Review Reports with recommendations that governments implement, according to Agenda 2063 which is Africa’s official 50-year blueprint.
The CGA which is founded and directed by Professor Ezrah Aharone is a systems approach think tank in partnership with APRM to advance Africa-Diaspora governance, policy, and development initiatives by working with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and other US-Diaspora partners in capacity building, solution oriented, and mutually beneficial ways.
Prof Maloka stated “This fellowship that Professor Ezrah established will uniquely bridge Africa-Diaspora relations through enterprising and action-driven ideals that personify the life and work of Dr. Delany whose 1861 book the Official Report of the Niger Valley Exploring Party embodies critical elements of a modern APRM Report.” Echoing the same, a congratulatory letter from H.E. Minister of Political and Public Affairs, Mohammed Foday Yumkella – on behalf of H.E. Dr. Julius Maada Bio, President of the Republic of Sierra Leone and Chair of APRM recognized the MDDF as a “historical milestone” and cited Fourah Bay College (University of Sierra Leone) as a partnering university. Proclamations were issued to Prof Maloka from the offices of the Governor of Delaware, the New Castle County Executive, and the Wilmington City Council. The event was attended by political, academic, faith and civil society leaders, convened by Alicia Clark, CGA Director of Global Partnerships. Eric Grimes/Brother Shomari of Groundings radio show on WURD in Philly mastered the ceremony, while the CGA’s Arts and Cultural Chair, Robert “Kool” Bell of the legendary music group Kool & The Gang made a special appearance. Dance 4 Life Academy provided entertainment. During Prof Maloka’s 10-day US visit, his delegation and Professor Aharone’s delegation attended virtual and in-person meetings that included the United Nations Committee of Experts on Public Administration; AU Ambassador to the UN, H.E. Fatima Kyari Mohammed; Under-Secretary-General Special Adviser on Africa, Cristina Duarte; AU Ambassador to the US, H.E. Hilda Suka-Mafudze; the Office of US Congresswoman Barbara Lee; the Office of Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Akunna Cook; and the President of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, Dr. Harry Williams. The visit has instrumentalized multiple action steps for institutional focus and global platforms to promote awareness, expand discourse and engagements, and mobilize resources for reciprocal US, Africa, Diaspora advancements as per Agenda 2063 priorities.