The State of the African Diaspora (SOAD) is glad to announce the launching of the Panafrican Caucus of Journalists, that took place on April 6th 2021. The organisation is led by Elisée Héribert-Label Adjovi, a Roving Ambassador of SOAD, and who is also the CEO of a great newspaper, Le Label Diplomatique, diffused all over Africa in French and in English.
More than 100 journalists and medias directors have already joined the Caucus. They are coming from more than 20 countries, from Benin to Kenya, from Nigeria to Madagascar, from United States to Brazil, from France to Germany, and they are all united in their diversity, to promote Panafrican values, and to make sure that voices from Africa and the Diaspora can make themselves heard. This was the agenda of the meeting :
- Presentation of the State of the African Diaspora, and its recents achievements, such as the creation of the Diaspora ID, the creation of the Lumi currency, the vote of a resolution in the EU Parliament for restitution and reparation, 13 500 scholarships for Panafrican students, the Panafrican Bicycle Tour, etc.
- Presentation of the 4 Caucuses of SOAD : the Panafrican Caucus of Political Leaders (launched in february), the Panafrican Caucus of Lawyers (launched in March), the Panafrican Caucus of spiritual Leaders (that will be launched in April) and of course the Panafrican Caucus of Journalists, that is now in existence.
- Presentation of the Panafrican Caucus of Journalists : there will be different colleges, one for media CEOs, another one for individual journalists. There will be also national coordinators in all the countries involved to reinforce and develop the Caucus.
- Committments : the Caucus will help Panafrican medias to speaker louder with a unified voice. When there are important events like the Africa-France summits, or the China-Africa summits, for example, the members of the medias will be able to publish common materials to give more visibility to their position. The Caucus will be a lobbying force for Africa and Diaspora.
Dr Louis-Georges Tin, Prime Minister of SOAD, made a statement : « I am very glad to launch this initiative today with Elisée Héribert-Label Adjovi, who is a great journalist, and also a great leader. Medias are crucial : so many fake news are diffused, especially when it is about Africa. We cannot allow other people to be the ones telling our story. We need to change the narrative and be the ones telling our own vision. This is what the Panafrican Caucus of Journalists is all about ».
Elisée Héribert-Label Adjovi, President of the Caucus added : « Our mission, as the fourth estate, will be to take initiatives and carry out actions likely to reinforce the State of the African Diaspora in its vision. We want to build an Africa resolutely committed to taking its full place in the Concert of Nations as the Cradle of humanity. »