5 things that will happen at this year’s AU Summit

the new AU building, a gift from China
  1. A new chairperson will emerge: The tenure of the AU’s first female chairperson, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is finally coming to an end. Inconclusive elections in Kigali in July 2016, saw the process postponed until January 2017 and extended her tenure by additional 6 months. Madam Zuma definitely has a long lists of achievements, and possibly regrets but the AU’s response to the Ebola crisis will be one of her finest moments in office. 5 candidates are currently jostling to be the chairperson of the AU, they are: Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi — Botswana’s foreign minister; Moussa Faki Mahamat — Chad’s foreign minister; Agapito Mba Mokuy- Equatorial Guinea’s foreign minister; Amina Mohamed- Kenya’s foreign minister; Abdoulaye Bathily — Former UN special envoy to Central African Republic and Senegalese environment minister. Although the elections are only open to Heads of State, this year’s electoral process, for the first time, included a public debate between the 5 candidates. I hope this becomes a regular practise
  2. More elections: If you don’t know how the AU functions, just note that the AU has 8 commissioners, one deputy chairperson and a chairperson. All these are elective positions and elections into these positions will be done during this year’s summit. Of particular interest to me is the position of Commissioner for Peace and Security as a Nigerian, Fatima … has been put forward for this position by ECOWAS, Like i said in a tweet, I am rooting for her!

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I run youthhubafrica.org by day, and my other interests (photography, documentary film-making and trying to understand public policy) in my spare time

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Rotimi Olawale

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I run youthhubafrica.org by day, and my other interests (photography, documentary film-making and trying to understand public policy) in my spare time

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