The African Union Commission may have fired her unjustly for speaking out on what is good for Africa, but that did not stop her. Dr. Aricana Chihombori Quao is on a roll, and New York agrees.
Today in Times Square the bold billboard sporting the image of Dr. Aricana Chihombori Quao featured prominently with the inscription underneath reading www.ouraddi.org – the web address to her global initiative to galvanize the African diaspora.
Chihombori Quao is using The African Diaspora Development Institute (The ADDI), an entity that was born out of the realization that there is no one-stop-shop for everything African.
It is born out of the belief that business communities around the world, African Diaspora, or people interested in African tourism have to visit 55 African countries in order to find out information about Africa, and that calls for a one-stop organization for information about the entire continent.
Aricana Chihombori Quao, a Medical Doctor, was appointed in 2017 as the African Union representative to the United States, a position she quickly used to call out injustices on African countries mostly by France gaining global acclaim in the process.
Strangely on October 7, 2019 she received notice that she was no longer “Permanent Ambassador” in a letter from the African Union Commission Chairman, Moussa Faki. Since then her prominence on the global stage has risen to a whole new level.
But she is not bitter. In an interview with DNT about her departure from the AU mission in Washington and her new campaign (https://youtu.be/KhZpoOkPgDk) Chihombori Quao said “what I cam to do in Washington, I accomplished to the best of my abilities, and we’re now moving on to the next chapter.”
As a direct result of her vociferous highlighting of injustices, France eventually began to loosen her hold on the finances of her former colonies leading to the abolishing this year of the CFA currency, the French controlled currency that the former African colonies have been using some 60 years after their independence.
And now within the pan African circles, conversations rarely ends without a mention of Aricana Chihombori Quao and what she represents to the new global phenomenon of African resurgence especially at the heels of the senseless and brutal murder of George Floyd.