FOREWORD

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.