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Ivory Coast & Ghana: World’s Top Cocoa producers partner for Increases; SOAD on board

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#IvoryCoast – September 26, 2020 — Workers in the cocoa industry of Ghana and the Ivory Coast should begin to earn higher salaries in October; a 2018 agreement struck between the countries which are the world’s top producers of cocoa is beginning to bear fruit.

The Price Agreement, signed in March 2018 was chiefly aimed at ending price competition and levelling what the marketplace pays for cocoa from either Ghana or the Ivory Coast.

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It is working, and can hopefully boost income from just three percent of the global chocolate industry revenue, to a figure commensurate with the level of production.

The International Cocoa Organization published in 2017, that the chocolate industry recorded $22 billion of trade. The Ivory Coast earned scraps; a mere $3.3 billion when it produces 44 percent of the world’s cocoa.


His Excellency George-Louis Tin , Prime Minister – State of the African Diaspora (SOAD)

The State of the African Diaspora, SOAD is not only monitoring the progresses of the Price Agreement and the strategies being undertaken to ensure African nations can convert highest production into highest earnings, but it has a multi-talented farmer in the field.

“His Excellency, the man in front of you, is a medical doctor, a farmer, a city mayor and a chancellor of African Kings and African Leaders. Since the Declaration of The Sixth Region of Africa, the State of African Diaspora has been officially created on July 1st 2018, at the 31st Summit of the African Union, in Noaktchot in Mauritania.   


His Excellency Dr Roland Goprou, Roving Ambassador for Mano River countries, SOAD

His Excellency Dr Roland Goprou has been appointed by The Prime Minister of The State of African Diaspora, His Excellency George-Louis Tin as the First Roving Ambassador of Africa. 

As an Ivorian, His Excellency Roland Goprou, according to the saying: ‘Charity starts at home’ has decided to take the four Mano River Countries as his stronghold.  Since last year he has been travelling in those countries: Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia to present his accreditation letter to the different governments,” said Professor Bertin Amissale, speaking at the introduction of Dr. Goprou on May 25, 2020.

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His Excellency Dr Roland Goprou runs a successful cocoa operation along the Mano River and approved the declaration signed between Alassane Ouattara, Ivorian President and Nana Akufo-Addo, President of Ghana.

“This agreement will benefit us because there will be a price stability.  Two heads of state finally agree to practice the same prices in Ghana and the Ivory Coast will be a sigh of relief to producers because it will prevent the illegal selling of our various products,” said His Excellency, Dr. Goprou who has actioned scholarships for 1,000 Liberian youth from the State of the African Diaspora and who is advancing a potable water project for the Mano River countries.

SOAD is recognized by the 47-year old Mano River Union, (MRU) which synergises protective and developmental efforts for the countries of Ivory Coast, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, where the MRU is headquartered.

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“Also good news for producers, on September 24, Youssouf Fadiga, Director General of Ivorian National Bank said support will increase by eight percent compared to the previous campaign, and will be for cooperative societies, businesses and operators in the coffee-cocoa sector in order to enable them to finance more easily their purchases.  A 2020-2021 marketing campaign is also set to be launched in a matter of days on October 1,” informed His Excellency as he rehashed a major announcement by the Ivorian National Bank (BNI) which has earmarked nearly $200 million to support coffee and cocoa farming. 

Other plans of these top tier cocoa producers, via the 2018 Agreement, is to boost harvest,  expand storage capacity, potentially venture into cocoa paste production and collaborate to protect cocoa crops from swollen-shoot disease.

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Six Trillion USD in New Digital ‘LUMI’ to be dispersed for African development says ECO-6 and SOAD

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#Africa – October 1, 2020 — The world had better brace itself for the State of the African Diaspora (SOAD) which is steadily progressing its vision and which in late September announced its adoption of a new currency called : the LUMI

“The LUMI digital currency Stimulus will be issued in the amount of US$100 per month (6.26 LUMI) to every African Diasporan and every African on the continent, 18 years and above, via a digital wallet. It will be issued for a period of 3 years.  The first issuance of funds will commence on October 1, 2020 and end in October 2023,” said Timothy McPherson, Minister of Finance of the Accompong Sovereign Nation of the Maroons and Chief of the Economic Community of the African Diaspora 6th Region (ECO-6).

The Accompong Maroons, which is its own village with its own government established since the 17th century in the hills of St. Elizabeth parish on the Caribbean island of Jamaica, commenced to use the LUMI as its local currency since 2018.

“Accompong’s new currency is a commodity underwritten with solar and renewable energy. It will contribute to Pan-african climate change initiatives and the development of sustainable energy throughout the diaspora and Africa,” shared H.E McPherson, Canadian born and educated in Economics and Literature.

At a value of $15.96 US per LUMI, over the next three years the stimulus funding will support training, entrepreneurship, skills development, business, healthcare, social economic growth, goods and services in the Diaspora and within the African Kingdoms. 

H.E. Timothy McPherson, Minister of Finance of the Accompong Sovereign Nation of the Maroons and Chief of the Economic Community of the African Diaspora 6th Region (ECO-6).

“The LUMI is underwritten by 100KWh of solar energy and convertible to 4 grains of gold.  4 grains of gold in weight equals 0.2592 grams.  The current value for 1 LUMI is US$15.96 making it a formidable currency for global Africans,” explained His Excellency Louis-Georges Tin, Prime Minister of SOAD, adding, “The LUMI is essential to our sovereignty. It is our pride, our strength and our future.”

And what a bright future the LUMI is designed to create; its very name is aimed at sending an enlightening message.

“LUMI from the word LUMINOUS symbolising the Sun (Ra)…”

Keturah Amoako, the Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Repatriation of SOAD commented:  “We have been waiting for this moment for a very, very long time, the LUMI is the light a beacon which will lead us to economic empowerment, upliftment and for sure a sense of pride and dignity.  With the African Kingdoms and the African Diaspora integrated this is the ultimate unity and Pan-Africanism at its finest!’’

It was at a Royal Summit of Her Imperial Majesty, Queen Sheba III held on September 22, 2020 that the LUMI was formally introduced to the African Royal Kingdoms.  Prime Minister Tin jointly launched the LUMI as the official currency of the State of the African Diaspora (SOAD).

The Royal Summit, was held virtually under the theme ‘The 4th Industrial /Digital Revolution – The Reset.  Attendees learned that the US$ Six Trillion stimulus will be facilitated by the creation of a new bank for the African Kingdoms called: The Pan-African Kingdoms Bank.


Her Imperial Majesty, the Queen of Sheba III

There was also the unveiling of ASHEE; the acronym for African Stimulus for Health, Environment and the Economy as the vehicle by which development initiatives, training, projects entrepreneurship, skills development, business, healthcare, socio-cultural economic growth will be delivered to the African Kingdoms, nations and territories.

Her Imperial Majesty, the Queen of Sheba III, Throne Imperial Head of the African Kingdoms Federation of South Kingdoms in her speech stated: “This, towards nation building in warp speed, for we will need that in warp speed!  Not just to catch-up but to surpass the expectations, as Africa.  The LUMI empowers us in this new reality to make better and great choices for the care and development of Africa. It empowers us in this time as the Economic Community of the African Diaspora 6th Region to facilitate the needed financial stimulus to save African lives in this global pandemic.”

More information about the LUMI can be found at: https://www.eco-6.com/lumi-currency

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Caribbean called to support SOAD Food assistance to Flood Victims of Kaduna, Nigeria

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#TheCaribbean, September 18, 2020 – An overflowing Kaduna River has again dealt a harsh blow to the villagers, which live along its banks.  At least four were killed and 15,000 people displaced following the deluge which fell for hours on August 10. And the rains came again, with intensity at the start of September.

Flooding September 3, Kaduna north. Photo from the Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency

The report of the devastation in this North West territory of Nigeria has resonated with Pan Africanists around the world and has activated the State of the African Diaspora, SOAD that is mobilising immediate and long term help.

“The gesture is molded as the normal distress assistance offered all over the world. To this end we have decided to carry this out under SOAD’s Food Security Program. The efforts of the forerunners of this program, especially those of Nina Womack and brother, Melvin Brown motivated this new effort,” said Tijjani Zubairu Onuvajor, an educator and engineer.

Caribbean citizens know and appreciate their connection to the countries which comprise Africa.  In recent months, Caribbean citizens have also been electrified and awakened by the Black Lives Matter movement which has rocked the planet and re-exposed to new generations, the disparaging treatment of black people.  A bi-product of the BLM protests is heightened sensitivity and renewed interest in Africa, and her people. 

Photo from Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency; two women observe the damages of September 3 flooding

Deandrea Hamilton, a Caribbean region journalist is the SOAD MP for The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands.  Ms. Hamilton says, “Caribbean people understand what it means to have a natural disaster move in and overwhelmingly turn your world upside down.  The gravity of the loss of the flood victims at Kaduna River can become an opportunity for Caribbean residents to build bridges back to the ‘Motherland’ by being our brothers’ keeper.  It is just a question of whether or not the millions of African descendants who populate the islands of the Caribbean are ready, willing and able to support welfare initiatives like the SOAD Food Security program.”

The goal is to provide a month’s supply of food and toiletries, which SOAD Food Security Program managers explain will buy these otherwise enterprising villagers some time, giving them a good chance to get back on their feet quickly.

On a normal day, like any other community, the people are usually up and about fending for themselves in their personal businesses ranging from small to large-scale types.

Flooding of Kaduna, August 10. Six people were rescued, four others died. Photo by Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency

Appointed Ambassadors in countries and cities around the world represent SOAD.  In Nigeria, Bldr. Tijjani Zubairu Onuvajor, who is a SOAD MP, will manage the distribution.

“It is our desire to show to the victims that people of the diaspora care about them. It is the focus of SOAD Food Security program to achieve the following objectives:

  • Assist the needy with immediate essentials to cushion the effect of the flood
  • To prepare for both medium and long-term assistance of communities that suffers such fate in Nigeria and its environs.
  • To introduce SOAD as a provider of alternative help or solutions to people’s problems in our communities Thereby paving ways for more extensive engagements to improve the quality of life of our people.

Putting this gesture into context it is right to explain that the floods are a part of life in Kaduna, which is the capital of Kaduna State.”

Nigerian Red Cross joins the assessment effort of the recent flooding along the Kaduna River. Photo by the Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency

There is a robust existence for the 1.3 million people who call the capital home.  It is a center for learning which is cradle to the Kaduna State University, the Nigerian Defense Academy, the Kaduna Business School, the Institute of Ophthalmology and the National Board for Islamic and National Studies.

The families impacted by the flooding are mainly traders and farmers, as Kaduna is also an agriculture and transportation gateway to the Northern region of the country.

Melvin Brown reports on SOAD Food Security program, which is moving into its eighth month. So far, 2,702 people were fed by SOAD.

The government, as a matter of responsibility, does issue flood alert warnings. In this particular case it had been issued by the Kaduna Emergency Disaster Management Agency; it called for the residents to evacuate the area.  News agencies reported however, that many did not leave because of apathy or largely because they underestimated the enormity of the devastation.

Senator Uba Sani, representative for Kaduna Central (APC) had ordered an assessment of the district, which listed Abubakar Kigo road in Kaduna North; Barnawa in Kaduna South; Karatudu, Romi, Narayi and Sabon Tasha in Chikun as the areas worse hit.

SOAD will raise, $10,000 USD; which will bring immediate relief to the thousands hardest hit in Kaduna.

Kaduna River overflows on September 3. Photo by the Kaduna State Emergency Agency

“Caribbean citizens interested in supporting should contact Ms. Hamilton,  (Deandrea@MagneticMediaTV.com) for onward delivery to the MP in charge of the distribution of items in Nigeria. We have put structures in place to ensure these gifts will make the right impact,” said Bldr. Onuvajor, SOAD MP for Nigeria.

And the need along the Kaduna river has increased. 

Devastating floods have continued in Kaduna State; on September 3, hundreds of residents were again displaced by the downpour which caused the river to breach its banks.  In the August floods, four people died.  In the September flood, the Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency reported that thankfully, no lives were lost.

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