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OAU Secretary General, your votes. (Readers' Response).

Time for woman SG

It is time, in this new millennium, for the OAU OAU
Organization of African Unity

OAU n abbr (= Organization of African Unity) → OUA f

OAU n abbr (= Organization of African Unity
 to name a lady, a daughter of mother Africa, as secretary general. I nominate Elisabeth Toro Toro may refer to:
  • Denominación de Origen Toro, the Spanish wine region
  • Toró, the nickname of Rafael Ferreira Francisco, Brazilian football (soccer) player
, Winnie Mandela, Zindzi Mandela and Graca Machel-Mandela.

Orsine Nicol

Kingston, Jamaica The City of Kingston is the capital and largest city of Jamaica. It is located on the southeastern coast of the island country at Coordinates: .  

Boakye Djan

I propose Major Kojo Boakye Djan of Ghana. After reading his interview in New African New African is an English-language monthly news magazine based in London. Published since 1966, it is read by many people across the African continent and the African diaspora.  (February & March), I think he is the right man for the OAU top job. One can easily see that he has the interest of Africa at heart, and also something good and meaningful to deliver. Besides he has a broad political insight.

J.O. Anane-Adjei

Munich, Germany

(*.) My choice for the new OAU secretary general? Major Boakye Djan of Ghana.

Shaheed Noun 1. shaheed - Arabic term for holy martyrs; applied by Palestinians to suicide bombers
Arabic, Arabic language - the Semitic language of the Arabs; spoken in a variety of dialects

martyr, sufferer - one who suffers for the sake of principle

South Africa

Bashir Saleh

I nominate Ambassador Bashir Saleh. He is an experienced man in international affairs and the right person to introduce the reforms needed in the OAU. Saleh was Libya's ambassador to Tanzania, Algeria, Central Africa and Nigeria.

Zitto Kabwe

Dar es Salaam Dar es Salaam

Largest city (pop., 1995 est.: 1,747,000), capital, and major port of Tanzania. Founded in 1862 by the sultan of Zanzibar, it came under the German East Africa Co. in 1887.
, Tanzania

Theo Ben Gurirab

The new OAU secretary general must be a person who:

* Understands world politics (who has both domestic and international experience).

* Has integrity, well respected, and willing to take on difficult issues, without taking sides.

* Not corrupt, humble, not there for self enrichment, and who has the continent's interest at heart.

* Will not put emphasis on how to get foreign aid (which makes Africa more dependent).

* Will work towards bringing the Africans in the Diaspora together.

* Will address the issues of the colonised Adj. 1. colonised - inhabited by colonists
colonized, settled

inhabited - having inhabitants; lived in; "the inhabited regions of the earth"
 mind (and make us stop rejecting ourselves and help us decolonise Verb 1. decolonise - grant independence to (a former colony); "West Africa was decolonized in the early 1960's"

set free, liberate - grant freedom to; "The students liberated their slaves upon graduating from the university"
 our minds).

* Someone who is not only a talker but also an action person.

* Someone who will respect the input of the youth without feeling threatened.

* Someone open to constructive criticism.

The person who immediately comes to mind is the Namibian foreign minister, Theo Ben Gurirab.

Pandu Hailonga

Windhoek, Namibia

Winnie Mandela

My vote goes to Winnie Mandela. Because she is an enlightened woman who knows Africa's problems in depth due to her experience, and is also assertive, confident and presentable pre·sent·a·ble  
1. That can be given, displayed, or offered: presentable gifts; presentable attire.

2. Fit for introduction to others: presentable relatives.

Atsbeha Yimam

Jersey City, USA

Dr Sedat Jobe

I nominate Dr Sedat Jobe, foreign minister of The Gambia as the next OAU secretary general. He was the director of UNESCO UNESCO: see United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization.
 in full United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
 in Africa, and was instrumental in bringing peace to Guinea Bissau. He also initiated the Banjul peace talks between the Cassamance rebels and the government of Senegal. He is a son of Africa born to bring peace and stability to all.

Peter Bekoe Koranteng

Serrekunda, The Gambia

Prof Okumu

My vote goes to Prof Washington Jalan'go Okumu for the OAU job. In 1994, Prof Okumu was instrumental in bringing Nelson Mandela and Mangosuthu Buthelezi closer and ensuring a peaceful transition in South Africa. He has worked for many years in the UN system in Geneva Geneva, canton and city, Switzerland
Geneva (jənē`və), Fr. Genève, canton (1990 pop. 373,019), 109 sq mi (282 sq km), SW Switzerland, surrounding the southwest tip of the Lake of Geneva.

Paul Adhoch

Moi's Bridge, Kenya

Visionary SG

The new OAU secretary general must be a person to lead Africa to economic development and political maturity. Such a person must have a track record of resourceful diplomacy, and a personality to inspire African leaders to greater feats.

Having said that, I nominate the following:

* Emeka Anyaoku, the former Commonwealth secretary general.

* Flt-Lt Jerry Rawlings, the former president of Ghana.

* Hage Geingob, the prime minister of Nambia.

* Vernon J. Mwaanga, former foreign minister of Zambia.

* Mark Chona, former political adviser to President Kenneth Kuanda and now a top civil servant in Zambia.

* J. B. Zulu, a technocrat tech·no·crat  
1. An adherent or a proponent of technocracy.

2. A technical expert, especially one in a managerial or administrative position.
 recently retired from the World Bank where he served for nearly two decades. He was the first head of the Zambian national bank and economic adviser to President Kaunda.

Phillip J. Daka

Lusaka, Zambia

Olara Otunnu

I cast my first vote for Olara Otunnu, the man who shaped the foreign policy of Uganda after the Idi Amin era, only to be driven away by Museveni's troops.

My second vote goes to Winnie Mandela.

M. Ongom-Along

Neuenburg, Germany

Dr Mustafa Ismail

I nominate Dr Mustafa Osman Ismail Mustafa Osman Ismail (born 1955 in Dongola, Sudan) was the foreign minister of Sudan from 18 February 1998 to 18 September 2005.

His main job as foreign minister was to be the government's main spokesman in diplomatic efforts to solve the Sudanese civil wars.
, a Sudanese medical doctor turned politician/diplomat, and the current foreign minister. It was him who bridged the divide between Eritrea and Ethiopia. He is the man to bring an end to the war in Sudan.

Fr. Hilary Boma Omol

Weilerswist, Germany

Nelson Mandela

I nominate Nelson Mandela for the OAU job. Need I give his CV?

Ahmadu B. Mamah Musah

Accra, Ghana

Kofi Annan

My vote goes to Kofi Annan. If he has a realistic chance to stay in his current job as UN secretary general, I will like him to remain in New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of
 because he is doing an excellent job for the whole world. But if he is not to get a second term at the UN, let him be our secretary general in Addis Ababa.

Berhanu Done Halabo

Heimdal, Norway
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