Conversation with Prof Ezrah Aharone #BOAF #The1873Drive MC Wildfire
Posted by Mutumwa Mawere on Tuesday, 12 March 2019
on 4 March 2019, Prof Azrah Aharone was inducted to the prestigious Africa’s 10,000 points of light club on BOAF for being an individual who steps up to the plate of any challenge, who show up in problem solving and who celebrate and practice community building.
Who is Azrah Aharone? Below is an extract of what he describes himself as:
Professor Ezrah Aharone is a graduate of Hampton University with 35 years of geopolitical experience in Africa, working as a strategist and resource person to governments, businesses, and institutions that include the University of Ghana; the United Nations (UN); the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS); the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA); the U.S. Congressional Black Caucus (CBC); Major League Baseball (MLB) and players; the National Basketball Association (NBA) and players; and various entertainers and entrepreneurs.
He authored the following 3 seminal books that apply the concept and consciousness of sovereignty as a global lens to interpret the historiography and promote the self-development of Africa and Africa Americans: “The Sovereign Psyche: Systems of Chattel Freedom vs. Self-Authentic Freedom,” (2016); “Sovereign Evolution: Manifest Destiny from Civil Rights to Sovereign Rights,” (2008); and “Pawned Sovereignty: Sharpened Black Perspectives on Americanization, Africa, War and Reparations,” 2003. He is also credited for critiquing chapters of the university textbook “Freedom on My Mind: A History of African Americans with Documents,” (2016).
As a professor who specializes in sovereign studies, Aharone’s academic work focuses on devising applications for mutually beneficial socioeconomic development with Africa, which he is now pursuing through a 2018 Academic-Economic-Governmental Partnership he structured between DSU and the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) to help evaluate African governments and implement solutions. The partnership also includes Kool-Baker Global which is a renewable energy company of music icon Robert “Kool” Bell of Kool & The Gang and baseball legend Dusty Baker to bring solar energy initiatives to Africa. Based on Africa’s emerging economies and opportunities, Aharone views his work and this academic enterprise as an evolutionary means to expand the 21st-century role, relevance, and revenues of HBCUs.