I thank you for taking your time to visit my personal site. The year 2009 was a turning point in my life as I completed my Ph.D. degree in Panafrican studies at Howard University. It was a major milestone not so because of the degree, but because it represented a fulfillment of my personal and professional goals, which are to help promote social justice and alternative development paths which are at odds with the international financial institutions’ prescriptions in Africa.
My dissertation “Discourse on Regional Economic Integration: towards a Theory of Panafrican Authentic Development” is the blue print of my vision for Africa, I have coined “The Vision for the Redemption of Africa.”
The universal principle of unity is to be put into motion, unfolds into eight dimensions constituting the eight pillars upon which rests the vision: philosophical, spiritual, cultural, educational, social, technological, economical, and political. The dissertation even though it touched upon some of the above-mentioned pillars, remains the cornerstone of the economic pillar. I am working on it to improve it and to publish it as a book that will be at the disposal of African policy makers and African masses.
I have dedicated my life to promote social justice and freedom. While in Ivory Coast, I worked for eight years as an independent journalist who supported the struggle for democracy. Prior to that, as a student, I was one of the student movement’s leaders that inspired and led the students in their claims for freedom and a return to a multi-party-society in 1990, after three decades of one political party system (1960-1990) in Ivory Coast.
In pursuing my vision, I have been involved in many Non Governmental Organizations, because I have always believed that a strong civic and civil society can be instrumental in democratization, the nation building process, and the construction of a united, prosperous, and redeemed Africa.
In the Ivory Coast, besides being a founding member of the Ivorian Journalists Association, I helped create other Non Governmental Organizations such as the SOS Solidarity Prison to assist prisoners. I worked also as a consultant to the Ivory Coast Women’s Association whose objective is to defend Ivorian women rights, because I believe that women’s rights are human rights.
On the international level, I was involved in the struggle for the cancellation of poor countries debt as a Jubilee 2000 Coalition’s member of which I was the first president of the Ivorian chapter.
I devote my daily life working with friends and peers in building a global alliance for the redemption of Africa.