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Hussein Amin
2017-12-13 04:32:04 UTC
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Just when locals are starting to complain that some Africans are making it
a profession to travel to Europe just to discuss Africa's problems, an old
friend of mine whom I went to the same French high school with, (and even
stayed at their Paris flat for a while back then), sent me a message
saying: "I was discussing you at ASCU (African Society Cambridge
University), and wondered if the president of the association could talk to
you about a possible invitation to attend the 'Africa Together' Conference
at Cambridge University in the UK."
After reading the entire message, I thought to myself it would definitely
be a great honour for me to share ideas and have pertinent discussions
about Africa and the world at such a prestigious, world-renowned university.
According to publicly available information, "Speakers from 15+ different
countries attended the last 2017 conference, and ‘Africa Together’ is the
largest student-led conference on Africa at the University of Cambridge."
They add that "Over the last three years, the conference has grown into a
leading platform that convenes some of Africa’s best minds, policymakers,
businessmen and women, scholars, students and young professionals to
discuss issues of critical importance to the continent’s future."
So it sounds like a great opportunity for me to travel to Cambridge. But
then I am also wondering isn't it an even bigger opportunity for Cambridge
to come to Uganda? Why not travel to Africa and have the next annual
conference/symposium here? A chance to talk with, and be heard by the many
African students and scholars who cannot travel, but could contribute
greatly to debates with home-grown questions and raw knowledge about their
continent, its diverse societies, its history, its environment, its
resources, economic potential and its real trends, its youth, its women,
its changing cultures, its politics and/or its outlook ahead?
Also, because I discuss my father President Idi Amin in a particularly
enlightening way, I am concerned that while African students in Cambridge
might be interested in hearing my views on various issues, the (white)
British establishment are the people most inclined to not tolerate anything
but demonization when it comes to my father. They are therefore most likely
to create controversy over my possible participation in such a conference
once they get to learn that I might be part of it.
They are known to try and silence anyone who challenges their dwindling
neo-colonialism, and their ageing imperialist policies. All Third World
leaders who have confronted western countries on those grounds have been
systematically demonized by their purportedly ethical/balanced media.
So before I respond to Cambridge, I would like to ask the following; Should
I even contemplate going there? Should THEY possibly contemplate coming
here instead and we all participate? And if you think I should join their
discussion panel, what specific subject matters do you think someone like
me should tackle at the 'Africa Together Conference' at Cambridge
University, UK?

Hussein Lumumba Amin
Kampala, Uganda

Africa Together Conference 2017: www.gatescambridge.org/news/af