AFRICANS MOBILISE FOR ACTION
NEW YORK, New York, Friday August 5, 2005 - The AllAfricaRadio achieved a
first of its kind when it staged the first-ever fund-raising event for Africa
by Africans for Africans. During the one-hour program of "Straight Talk on
Africa with Chika Onyeani" on the AllAfricaRadio, the phones rang off the hook when the host Chika Onyeani challenged Africans to stop being so helpless, and start taking action for themselves before asking others to come to their rescue. "I feel ashamed being an African when every time something happens in Africa, we as Africans don't react to the tragedy in Africa. We are
always asking white people to come to our rescue, and we don't ever do anything for ourselves. We are always putting our hands out, always begging and not doing anything to help our people. The tragedy in the Niger demands our action. Africans should draw a line in the sand and say to themselves, enough is enough, this is the time we say to ourselves, we have to take care of our own people before we can ask others to come to our help."
Continued Onyeani, "When the kind of tragedy that is going on in Niger
happens, we see white people helping our children and women. We see
the children with flies all over their faces, I am sure we feel ashamed of being Africans.
Well if you feel so ashamed, do something about it, stop feeling so helpless.
Stop being so selfish. Just $1.00 could go a long way towards helping a child
in Niger. We are lucky to be in America where we can afford to eat three
meals a day. Not having three meals a day is not going to kill you.
The $1.00, $2.00 or $5.00 you will have used to eat one meal today, please deny it to youself and donate that to the Niger children. Africans stop being so selfish. I am tired of Africans always waiting for the white man, or white woman especially, to come to our aids, and we looking so helpless. It is
so shameful. If you are not ashamed, don't call us. The United Nations has said it requires $4 million immediately, if every African in America contributed $1.00, we will have more than half the money, we will have $2.7 million. Africans let's do something, we can do it."
Joined by the former Permanent Representative and Ambassador of Niger to the United Nations, Ambassador Ousmane Moutari, who thanked Dr. Chika Onyeani profusely for taking action on the tragedy that is happening in his country, Onyeani started Friday's fund-raising program by donating $500 on behalf of the Celebrate Africa Foundation, of which he is the chairperson. "I am making this donation of $500 on behalf of Celebrate Africa Foundation as a beginning of the campaign to energize the African continental community on our responsibility to ourselves. This amount is due to increase as Celebrate Africa Foundation is holding its Humanitarian Award on September 14, 2005 at the Tavern-on-the-Green, New York, tickets of which cost $250.00. A portion of the ticket money will be donated to the Niger Relief Fund."
All of a sudden, it seemed as if the doors to heaven had opened up. The
phones started ringing off the hook. As the AllAfricaRadio has a very limited
number of phones during broadcast, it couldn't handle all the calls.
"I am the proudest person on earth today," said Chika Onyeani. "It not only
shows Africans are listening to the "Straight Talk on Africa with Chika
Onyeani on all the AllAfricaRadio," but it also shows that they are
ready to take action on behalf of their own brothers and sisters. This shows that they are saying, we can't continue to allow white people to always be in the forefront of coming to Africa's rescue, we want to help ourselves first before asking others to help us."
Ambassador Ousmane Moutari was overwhelmed with happiness because he couldn't believe that the "Straight Talk on Africa with Chika Onyeani on the AllAfricaRadio" had such a large audience of listeners, but could
energize Africans to take such action on behalf of his people on such a short notice. "Dr. Onyeani, I can't thank you enough for what you have done today for my people," said Ambassador Moutari. "This goes to show that Africans are ready to be the first on the firing line to come to the rescue of other Africans, rather than leave it to others."
"I want to tell all those who couldn't get through to us, if you want to
donate $1.00, $2.00, $100.00, please send your donation to the Celebrate Africa Foundation, 44 East 32nd Street, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10016, telephone 917-279-4038," said Onyeani. "I feel jubilant, it seems I have
accused Africans unjustly. Tonight, they have demonstrated that they just wanted somebody to ask for their action, and they have shown that they are willing to take action. It is the first time this has happened on the air-waves of America, and I am very proud to be part of the process of the bringing it about," said Onyeani.
Continental Africans have drawn a line in the sand and said we must help
ourselves before we call on others to help us. We can't continue to look so
helpless and so uninvolved when it comes to problems in Africa. It will never
happen again, this is the beginning of Africans taking responsibility for
themselves. We have started it now in Niger, and it is not going to end there.
When it is Friday, it is the "Straight Talk with Chika Onyeani on the
AllAfricaRadio," which is now broadcast all over the world on its website,
www.allafricaradio.com. The AllAfricaRadio is broadcast on Fridays
on the WPAT AM 930
from 9:00 - 10:00 pm.
For Immediate Release - For Further Information, please call 917-279-4038
Friday, August 5, 2005