Africa Is Calling : A Guinean Social Activist Binta Terrier Says Her Energy Initiative May Be The Answer
Washington DC ( Little Ethiopia)-The District of Columbia ( the sister-city of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia ) has one of the highest concentration of African descents especially those of Ethiopians who migrated to the United States after the iconic Emperor Haile Selassie I was deposed by a military coup d’etat and later murdered in 1975.
It’s is believed that the African Diasporas are over 200,000 in the Greater Washington DC Metro region and 2 Million in the whole United States of America. In an article in the Washington Post written by Pamela Constable on October 2014, under the heading “ African immigrant population doubling each decade; D.C. area among group’s top destinations “ She highlighted that the African immigrant population nationwide has grown steadily, from about 80,000 in 1970 to 1.6 million today nationwide, but the rate has accelerated and the highest growth has occurred in the past decade, the federal agency reported. The agency Constable mentioned was the U.S. Census Bureau where she got her information. She also added “ As in past years, those from just four countries — Ethiopia, Nigeria, Ghana and Egypt — account for 41 percent of the total, although their enclaves are scattered in diverse regions, from major urban centers to remote parts of North and South Dakota. The new survey data was collected between 2008 and 2012. “ Let our readers do their own maths on what is the African Diaspora population is in 2017-18.
The immigrants presence are very visible from their activities in the businesses they opened throughout the United States including the capital city and the suburbs of the State of Maryland and the Commonwealth of Virginia. They showcase their heritage, culture, cuisine, history and also their political differences by organizing public demonstrations infront of the White House and the Capitol.
Nine Days before the world celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the Organization of the African Union ( now African Union ) by 32 African leaders in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on May, 24, 1963, Little Ethiopia received an invitation to attend a presentation of Dr. Komp on the solar energy prospect for Africa http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jS-1LgYwXBE , and how Africans can do it themselves . The organizer was a Guinean social activists Binta Terrier who founded a non-profit organization known as Partnership League for African Development ( PLAD ) who has now partnered with Youth human Rights International ( YHRI ) and others to produce a Documentary Movie in mid April.
PLAD’s energy initiative springs from the fact that:
1. Learning from experiences of western and energy independent countries, no nation can achieve social and economic development without sustained sources of energy.
2. Transferring energy technologies to Africans will give them the capacity to independently generate and meet their energy needs on the continent, and thus, light the light the path to inclusive social and economic growth in Africa.
3. An energy independent Africa would provide at least one lit light bulb per household for children to do their homework and give them a chance for higher education; and thus, become less susceptible to extremist groups that recruit young and uneducated youth.
4. With a population of over 1 billion and about 60 percent below age 25, for instance, domesticating the solar technology would help create jobs for the youth in an area of comparative advantage, using local and imported materials and thus, with added value.
They can be reached at the following numbers for further information and to give them your advice:
Beth Akiyama: 202-667- 6404; Binta Terrier: 301-802- 2233; Melvin Hardy: 202-630- 4636;