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AUDAF – The bridge for the African Diaspora

H.E. Dr. Erieka Bennett

Pixs  (5)Many may not fully recognize that the African Diaspora Nation is within the top 10 richest nations in the world…. We are absolutely abounding with top scientists, engineers, military advisors, medical doctors, social scientists, teachers, financial executives and hard workers….We now add to that knowledge African holistic connection to the land, the language, the culture, the governing bodies, the civil society, and we will make a powerful partner with our brothers and sisters at home.

H.E. Dr Erieka Bennett, Head of Mission, (AU) Diaspora African Forum Mission.

Who We Are
The (AU) Diaspora African Forum Mission is an African Union endorsed non-governmental organization which was established on the 1st of July, 2007. The Mission was born as a result of the recommendations of the African Union ad hoc Ministerial Committee that, the AU should invite and encourage the full participation of Africans in the Diaspora in the building of the African Union, in its capacity as an important part of the continent. The (AU) DAF Mission is the first of its kind to be established in Africa and has its headquarters located in Accra, Ghana on the premises of the historic W.E.B. Dubois Centre.

Our office is opened to all willing individuals and organizations who share in the vision and goals of the (AU) DAF Mission.

Our Mission
The aim of the (AU) Diaspora African Forum Mission is to invite and encourage the full participation of Africans living in the Diaspora, who yearn to be part of their roots and are willing to contribute their time, financial resources, expertise, skills and energies, in the building of a better Africa.

“It is the top priority of the AU to embrace and encourage Africans in the diaspora to come home and fully participate in the social and economic development of their Motherland.” Former President of Mali Alpha Oumar Konare.

What is the Diaspora
As a result of the trans-atlantic slave trade of the past 500 years, Africans have found themselves scattered to virtually every continent, with North and South America containing nearly 200 million Africans. Many in today’s African diaspora are the second and third generations of family members who were forcibly taken away from African soil as slaves.

There is also the group who left Africa in search of ‘greener pastures’ in other countries abroad, and who have found themselves living there for the greater part of their lives. They and their children qualify to be called diasporas.

The desire for a return to their roots prompted the idea of an African Diaspora, which today has evolved as a very strong phenomenon across the Continent and in their various countries of abode. Indeed, any African who was born, or who lives, works or is studying outside of Africa is considered part of the Diaspora.


We exist “to invite and encourage the full participation of Africans in the Diaspora in the building of the African Union, in its capacity as an important part of the Continent”.

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