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A book honoring the African Diaspora leaders across the globe who have accomplished outstanding tasks and who have demonstrated excellent professionalism and character while performing duties related to Africa and the African Diaspora. The recipients were nominated and vetted by an International Selection Committee composed of some of the top undeniable African Diaspora leaders in the Caribbean, Europe, North America, South America, and West Africa. Get your copy of the book at

As the Founder and CEO of DiasporaEngager,, the International Diaspora Engagement Social Media Platform, and the architect of the world’s largest and most comprehensive map of the Diaspora and their stakeholders (, Dr. Roland Holou was privileged to engage with many Diaspora organizations and leaders across the globe. He participated in several high level meetings and decision-making processes concerning the global Diaspora. During those meetings, he was shocked by the extent to which many African Leaders in Africa ignore the potential and the realities of their Diaspora, and vice versa.

He also realized that the Diaspora do not really know each other well and that most of the Africans and their leaders are too much divided by their conflicting agendas and interests despite their Pan-Africanism and Afrocentricity efforts, etc. He also noticed that many people who do not even know much about Africa and its people have been strategically promoting “misleading” agendas that put them first in major decisions related to the people of African descent. Sadly, Dr. Holou observed that many people living in Africa ignore what the African Diaspora can do for them besides giving them money that most of the Diasporans do not have. These problems culminated in a lack of clear global strategy that can harness the true potential of the African Diaspora to develop Africa and its people.

Although many books have been written about the people of African descent, so far, no one has addressed and highlighted the lives, visions, achievements, policies, and strategies of exceptional contemporary African Diaspora leaders on a global scale. Therefore, to contribute to the ongoing global African Diaspora engagement initiatives (,

Dr. Roland Holou interviewed many African Diaspora Leaders and wrote the book “The Most Influential Contemporary African Diaspora Leaders”. The leaders honored in the book were nominated and vetted by an International Selection Committee composed of some of the top undeniable African Diaspora leaders in the Caribbean, Europe, North America, South America, and West Africa. Inclusion in this book is a prestigious honor for the leaders who have accomplished outstanding tasks and who have demonstrated professional excellence and character while performing duties related to Africa and the African Diaspora. Get your copy of this book at

This inspirational collection of biographies outlines necessary initiatives for current and future generations while guiding the younger generation of African leaders in the Diaspora and in Africa. It enlightens and empowers the readers with stories of the influential Diaspora leaders who have been making great differences. It also presents powerful accounts of experiences, growth, struggle, failure, and success that will provoke interest in the field of Diaspora engagement and inspire readers to stand up and face life’s many challenges.

Finally, it showcases the diversity, complexity, and richness of the ongoing global African Diaspora engagement efforts while revisiting some historic milestones reached by some outstanding deceased African people. Since influence can have negative effects as well, this book also addresses destructive actions of certain leaders that are pulling down both Africa and its people.

Some of the initiatives featured in the book include the African Union African Diaspora Sixth Region, Healthcare Reform in Africa, Pan-Africanism, Global Anti-Racism, International Decade for People of African Descent; Implementation of the UN Durban Declaration and Programme of Action; the Commission on Reparations, the Hebrew Israelites, the Central American Black Organization; the World Diaspora Fund For Development; the Institute of the Black World 21st Century; the Pan-Afrikan Reparations Coalition in Europe, the Pan-African Holiday Kwanzaa; the Educational Initiatives of Steve Biko Cultural Institute in Brazil, the Initiatives of DiasporaEngager concerning the Map of the Diaspora and their Stakeholders, the Diaspora Directory ( and the Global Diaspora Social Media Platform; the African Diaspora in Australia and Asia Pacific; the AU Sixth Region Diaspora Caucus Organization in the USA; the African European Women’s Movement ‘Sophiedela’, the “Taubira Law” voted by the French Republic to recognize that the Transatlantic Slave Trade and the Slave Trade in the Indian Ocean are a crime against humanity; The Global Movement for Reparatory Justice; the Ratification of the Article 3q of the AU Constitutive Act which “invites and encourages the full participation of the African Diaspora as an important part of Africa; the Economic Development for Black Empowerment in America and Europe; the African Diaspora Contribution to Democracy and Development in Africa, the Caribbean, Central and South America; the Brazilian Association of Black Researchers; the Oprah Effect; the Promotion of the Black Population in Brazil; the Palmares Cultural Foundation in Brazil; the Celebrations of Zumbi dos Palmares in Brazil; the Caribbean Community [CARICOM] Commission on Reparation and Social Justice; the breakthroughs of Prophet Shepherd Bushiri (Major1, the World’s Sharpest Major Prophet), and many initiatives in the USA, etc. To learn more about the recipents, please visit 

Some of the struggles still faced by the African Diaspora and discussed in the book relate to: Afrophobia, denial of justice and devaluation of Black lives, education with curricula full of “lies” regarding history and history of scientific discoveries, healthcare problems, high rates of unemployment and imprisonment, housing problems, institutional racism and slavery, lack of access to good education and justice, media which persistently diffuse open racist stereotypes, multiple forms of discrimination, police violence, political and economic marginalization and stigmatization, poverty, racial discrimination, vulnerability to violence, xenophobia and related intolerance and discrimination. This book also addressed some of the strategical mistakes and divisions among the Continental African Diaspora and the Historical African Diaspora.

Dr. Roland Holou holds a BS in Agronomy and a MS in Agricultural Engineering (University of Abomey Calavi in Benin, West Africa) and a Ph.D. in Plant, Insect, and Microbial Sciences at the University of Missouri (USA) where he graduated as the Doctoral Marshal (first of his class). He is a scientist, a businessman, and an international consultant and expert in Agriculture, Agronomy, Agribusiness, Biotechnology, Diaspora Engagement, and Africa Development, etc. Join DiasporaEngager, the International Diaspora Engagement Network Social Media, today at


IBW21 (The Institute of the Black World 21st Century) is committed to enhancing the capacity of Black communities in the U.S. and globally to achieve cultural, social, economic and political equality and an enhanced quality of life for all marginalized people.