From the President
It is with great pleasure that I invite you to read about us, AIDO and to discover a unique unfolding phenomenon within and about Africa, by African people ourselves both on the continent and in the diaspora. Inspired by Africa’s own illustrious hero and great grandson who left the world on August 28 1963, bequeathing to us the adage “I have a dream”, AIDO Network International since its inception in 2018, makes another leap into unchartered space after galvanising interest among dreamers on the continent to reach every African person wherever they are found on the earth’s surface
Culture serving as an enabler, vehicle and decisive instrument for true transformation of the mind-set constitutes a vessel to deliver change in people’s social and economic lives. We partner, befriend and study why Africa’s status quo is what it is. We jointly provide responses for all our readers or followers to consider these ideas on how, through a new “self-reliance” based approach and determination Africa will rise up to her original grandeur prior to external interference five centuries ago.
AIDO’s Africa continent-wide network of major cultural institutions i.e. kings, queens, traditional chiefs and elders provides an alternative to hitherto ill-adjusted foreign models of running societies. Revival of the Ubuntu philosophical basis in leadership – putting ethics/morals first is what drives the new strategy forward.
Partnership and cooperation now expands to embrace Africa’s distant descendants from the unfortunate victims of ancient foreign barbaric practices of slave trade, human trafficking and the inhuman institution of slavery. Discovery of shared biological, cultural and historical roots as well as current scientific, economic and social interests has led to a new appetite for mutual support and upliftment undertakings. The latest development in this endeavour is the newly signed Memorandum of Understanding between us and the Panama based 6th Regional Global Chamber of Commerce.
It is with the above background that I now invite you dear reader to discover more about AIDO’s ambitious journey to culminate in “Africa and the Americas” Panama 2022 Historical Event with Roots of Africa as our flagship. On the continent the Roots of Africa preparatory programme runs parallel to the “Ubuntu-Human Rights communities’ empowerment” programme.
Paul Jones Eganda, Founding President, AIDO
Aido Network International (AIDO) brings together different stakeholders within the cultural, community, educational, faith, and sporting sectors, to challenge Human Rights abuses and use culture to promote unity, development and social change.
AIDO is an international NGO, established in 2018, as ‘Ateker International Development Organisation’. It has since widened its reach, with chapters in Germany, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Togo, Uganda, USA, and the UK.
The network is strengthened by its membership made up of individuals, cultural institutions, community groups and organisations, all committed to using their expertise locally to contribute sustainable development and social change.
AIDO members, commonly referred to as ‘Aidoers’ work together through the organisation’s local, national and international structures.
Culture has been left behind as society deals with current affairs and issues. AIDO, through its work brings culture to the forefront of change. AIDO through its work:
Is a voice of the voiceless
Engages Cultural role models to promote unity and social change.
Encourages stakeholders to embrace the vision of Corporate Social Responsibility in culture.
- Fosters networking and sharing of good practices internationally
It is not a luxury – It is a necessity which has the power to contribute to social and economic growth.
Provides a ready canvas for us to identify areas for community development, preservation and innovation for future generations.
Reinforces traditional values such as integrity, a good education, personal responsibility and strong ethics.
Promote Cultural leaders as Ambassadors and role models to increase dialogue for community empowerment.