So as a blogger, i was privileged to attend the ACOA one week conference that took place in the Speke Resort Munyonyo. It is true that in life we are paid in 2 coins, monetarily and in experience. I would be telling lies if I didn’t tell you how overwhelming the experience was. The hotel was flooded with an assortment of individuals from allover the world, sumptuous three course meals on standby, many presenters to entertain delegates (ndeere Troupe, Sheeba, chameleon, etc), various dinners & cocktails but my highlight was the guest speakers, my favorite being Hon Miria Matembe and Prof. P.L.O. Lumumba.
Hon Miria Matembe spoke passionately about empowering women for economic growth in Africa by freeing her from the chains of religious misinterpretation, ignorance, poverty, traditional customs, inadequate and discrimination laws. She said we need to strengthen women Agencies & voices, grass root mobilization of women and continuous engagement is also vital to the achievement of economic development in Africa. There is no way on earth that you can listen to this lady speak about feminism and not feel compelled to do something/anything in your own capacity to eliminate the gender imbalance in Africa. She used the image below to illustrate her message.
The other speaker that moved me immensely was Prof. P.L.O Lumumba, an orator and professor, founding Dean, Kabarak University School of Law. He talked about how there is no current African president who is a crusader for African freedom & unity like Nelson Mandela, Nkwame Nkuruma & Julius Nyerere were doing.”what have we done with our independence remains the biggest question in all African states?” because if civilisation can’t feed its people and treat its people then that civilisation is doomed. It’s a shame that African presidents don’t seek medication in their own countries because they don’t trust the health systems yet they have the capacity to change them. Delloite, KMPG & PWC have taken over Africa, but have you ever heard of any prominent Accounting firm called Zuma & Zuma in New York perhaps? Ask yourself why. Don’t be fooled by them making Africans “partners” in these firms, there is power in a name, that’s why when the lead character of kunta kinte was taken from Ghana, he was named Toby to strip him of his identity & sense of belonging. Why are Africans looking for paper certificates from Europe yet they bear no actual relevance to African economy as concepts taught were not tailored to suit us in the first place. African governments should protect local products so as to enable them reach their full potential. Agenda 2063 is for Africa & for her to succeed, she needs a number of fundamentals like political hygiene. Prof Lumumba talked about how regional blocks like SADAK, EAC can be used as engines for development in Africa. Qualifications should also be standardized in Africa so as to facilitate mobility of labor with in Africa. There is so much Africa can achieve when we put our minds to it, he said, he preached.
The situation is nolonger as bad as it used to be because our forefathers paved way us to get here so it’s only obligatory for us to continue the race. It is by rubbing shoulders with such figures of influence that their overflowing knowledge on so many aspects finds its way us, the younger generation. When they start speaking, nothing else matters, I wanted them to go and on and on because I could relate to all topics raised. Am deeply thankful to ICPAU for the amazing opportunity and from the outside, I know accountancy may look abit rigid & unrelated but deep down we all face the same challenges as professions in Africa with the same basic solutions as put forward by my two favourite speakers and others at the event. It’s important for Africa to unite because we are capable of self sustainance,growth & development.
“It can be done, it must be done, because if it’s not done, we are done” ~ Prof P.L.O Lumumba.