What would happen if African countries could tap into the expertise and exposure of the rich African Diaspora? What if members of the African Diaspora had a clear path to opportunities to be involved in transforming Africa through various types of work and initiatives? It would totally transform development and possibilities for the continent. That is the mission I have volunteered to bring to life, and I assure you, it will become a beautiful reality.

It is with great happiness that I announce that the African Union – African Diaspora Health Initiative (AU-ADHI) has commissioned the African Professional Database, and as a leader of this initiative, I couldn’t be more excited.  I have both schooled and done business in Africa and the United States, and I’ve seen firsthand the disconnect that often occurs between both worlds.  The African Professional Database is a step in closing that gap.

As an African and global citizen who owns a thriving software development company, Optimal Business Systems, which has delivered many innovative software solutions for many Fortune 500 giants including General Motors, Chrysler and the US government, it is an honor to be able to provide a solution to help connect the African Diaspora with Africa and help African Heads of State connect with brilliant African minds.

My journey with the African Union started some months ago when Her Excellency, the African Union’s ambassador to the United States, Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao, visited Lansing, Michigan to share her vision and mission to reunite Africa.  Super intrigued and inspired, I connected with her and volunteered to help on the spot.  She graciously invited me to an African Union conference at the African House in Washington, D.C. where I met with fellow Africans passionate about enlifting Africa to her greatness.

While gathering critical information about the Africa’s challenges, Her Excellency invited me to the AfroChampions BOMA on Infrastructure Financing and Delivery in Nairobi, Kenya. I gained much insight about what Africa needs to move to its greatest potential.

While at the Nairobi conference, I met with President Olusegun Obasanjo (former President of Nigeria), Prime Minister Raila Odinga (former Prime Minister of Kenya), and President Uhuru Kenyatta (current President of Kenya). Seeing these leaders at this event encouraged me and shows that our leaders are ready to work together to move Africa forward.

Africa and the African Diaspora are filled with millions of talented individuals that could change the face of the continent if we bring their minds together. We have had so much discussions on the subject, but now is the time for action, and that is just what we are doing. My special thanks to my friend, Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao, for being an exemplary leader championing us to our greatest potentials.

Please stay tuned for more on this project, including its official launch.