Currently there is an interesting “flame war” going on regarding the website of a German NGO involved in the German president’s visit to Ghana between the 11th and 15th January. The website of the NGO, EDEJU (The International Institute for the promotion of Youth Development) depicts a white man holding a monkey on the front page, which has enraged members of the African Youth Forum listserve.
Members of the AYF have written to the German President’s office as well as an open letter to the Ghanaian government minister responsible complaining of the photo and the NGOs association with the German Presidents office.
I was invited as a young African, to participate in a forum that was
sharing ideas regarding issues that had to be solved and how the
African Youth could be developed for global competition. I checked on
the website of this NGO which is alleged to be the youth organization
representing African Youth and working in partnership with President
Kohler’s office, especially for this very trip to Ghana in January 2007.
To my surprise, the index page of the website of this organization,
had a picture of a white man with a MONKEY in his hands, and that is
supposed to be the organization representing African Youth. I can’t
tell if the monkey is the symbol of an African youth or the white man
(the director of this organization) is training monkies which he
assumes are African youth. Please check the website up for yourself
The letter concludes that African youth in the Diaspora do not want to be represented by organisations that trains “monkies – EDEJU” and if the German President wants African youth to be involved in his “African Partnership” programme then they want African organisations to represent them and not white organisations who know nothing about African issues.
If one places this matter next to the piece posted earlier this week by Rethabile, Castrating Africa in which the French TV host, Pascal Sevran said “The black man’s dick is responsible for hunger in Africa.” then it becomes even more worrying. Despite letters from members of the list (who come from across the continent) to the NGO itself it has still not removed the photo from the front page of it’s website. My suggestion is that readers join with the AYF members in writing to the NGO and the German President and lets get rid of the monkies!
The address of the German President (Mr. Horst Kohler) is:
Herrn MÃ¼hlmanstadtReferat 22BundesprÃ¤sidialamtSpreeweg 1, 10557
The NGO address is on their website.
For the AYF listserve discussion on the matter see here