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Rosa Whitaker in Conversation with Hillary Clinton at the Boma of Africa 2022

Africa Integration Day is observed to honor significant accomplishments and events that have significantly contributed to the region’s full integration into the largest free-trade area in the world. Elders and communities assemble in Boma, which is a communal gathering place, to talk about problems and possible solutions as well as to share stories.

Rosa Whitaker, CEO, and President of the Whitaker Group

At the Boma of Africa 2022, Rosa Whitaker, CEO and President of the Whitaker Group and a former and inaugural Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Africa, engaged in a conversation with Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton, the First Lady of the United States (1993–2001), and the 67th United States Secretary of State (2009-2013).

Although there are many challenges to the various advancements made since the founding of the Boma by the African Union as part of the Africa Integration Day, Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton believes that there is much to celebrate as she begins by describing Rosa Whitaker as a brilliant woman in all spheres of her life and by expressing gratitude for being a part of the year’s festival of ideas.

The prolonged COVID-19 pandemic, the outlook for post-pandemic economic growth, climate change, and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, according to the former United States Secretary of State, Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton, will continue to have devastating effects on the continent, many of which Africa is not responsible for but which Africa must deal with the consequences of.

“Africa has the youngest fastest growing population in the world. That is a blessing, but is also a challenge.” – Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton

She continued by stating that she is well aware of the fact that women and girls worldwide, including in Africa, were disproportionately affected negatively by the pandemic. For this, African women, who she considers to be among the most inspirational and powerful individuals, have a larger role to play in their country’s economy, political system, and social structure. The former Secretary of State of the United States thinks it is critical to take all reasonable steps to open up these economic avenues for women on the continent, including a free-trade agreement, increased investment in women, and removing barriers that governments erect for women.

Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton’s Advice To African Nations

When asked what advice she would provide to African nations, Hillary Clinton responded that:

  • I think each nation should take a look at its strengths and shortcomings and capitalize on what works more for them.
  • Nations should reflect on their losses and make every effort to lessen them.
  • It is advised to have effective governance and consider GDP while tackling difficulties to reap the most benefits.

Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton, Former First Lady of the United States. Photo credit:

Although she expresses her views on the role of African women, she also thinks that it is crucial to give women access to investments and possibilities for advancement. She is quite optimistic about what the new century would bring.

The fact that life is not a straight line with solely pleasant days offers the former First Lady of the United States optimism. Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton was fortunate to have a mother who instilled resilience in her. No one can make someone feel horrible about themselves without that person’s consent, she continued. She counseled that one should keep it going for themselves whatever it is that motivates them. She ended by saying that whatever it is, it first manifests in the family before spreading over the neighborhood and beyond.

“Today, we have to keep going”- Hillary Clinton

“Dominion Television partnered with AfroChampions to broadcast this exciting event live on Dominion Television. We believe such content will inspire our audience towards living a more empowered life and positively impacting their communities” – Nosisa Doe, General Manager, Dominion Television Ghana

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Boma of Africa 2022 Live on Dominion Television


From extreme left: Fiona Achieng, Rita N.A. Arthur, Jesse Akosa, Nana A.A. Afful and Mark Atitsogbui

Following the Boma of Africa, which took place today, July 8, 2022, a precursor to the festival was hosted at the Dominion Television studios. The show’s hosts were Fiona Achieng and Mark Attitsogbui, both of whom are staff at the television station.

A session with some of Ghana’s promising youth

The guests, Jesse Akosa, a business development officer and trained data and financial analyst, Rita Nana Adwoa Arthur, a writer, poet, and filmmaker, Nana Akua Asante Afful, an artisan and second runner-up at the 2017 Ghana’s Most Beautiful, shared their opinions on a variety of themes, including but not limited to the changes they observed in their respective industries ten years ago as compared to the changes they hope to see in the next ten years, as host, Fiona Achieng remarked, “Ghanaian food is a work of art,” in addition to what they celebrate about Africa.

The team from Dominion Television went out into Accra’s streets in anticipation of the great event, Boma of Africa 2022, to find out what people’s opinions were. As they discussed why they believed corruption should be tackled at the festival, they praised the Boma of Africa as a fantastic event.

Boma of Africa; The festival of Ideas

The Boma’s first section was devoted to the establishment of a continental digital trading corridor to assist in the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement through terminal emulator interoperability systems across traditions of the AU Member States, a digital ecosystem of connected e-government and private apps, and a single online business repository and a social credit system for small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) and startups, as the Hub was launched by the President of Niger and AfCFTA Champion, H.E. Mahamadou Issifou.

H.E. Mahamadou Issifou, President of Niger. Photo credit:

Following a spoken word, Cynthia Gnassingbe-Essonam, Senior Advisor at the AfCFTA, gave the opening comments at the Boma of Africa, and Wamkele Mene gave the keynote address. More information on the AfCFTA’s role in integrating the African market was provided by H.E. Wamkele Mene, who also noted that the AfCFTA’s launch had advanced since the previous Boma with the help of the Afreximbank.

The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA)

  • Based on the number of participating nations, the AfCFTA is the largest free trade area in the world since the World Trade Organization was established.
  • Among its many goals is the creation of an internal market for products and services, which has the potential to raise intra-African trade by 52.3%.
  • It intends to bring together all 55 African Union member states, spanning a population of more than 1.3 billion people with a developing middle class and a total gross domestic product of $3.4 trillion.

In keeping with previous Boma tradition, part two of the gathering included several dignitaries, including Heads of State, continental businessmen, and world thinkers, who discussed important topics affecting Africa’s long-term plan for structural transformation.

The discussion topics covered creative solutions to Africa’s current financial and supply chain issues, youth and gender empowerment, and the potential for cross-border trade and new technology to be resilient in the face of pandemics and resurgent major power rivalries.

The event’s peak occurred during its third segment. With assistance from international partners like the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Kingdom, Australia, The Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), The United States of America, the European Union, the Government of India, Singapore, and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the Africa CDC launched a continental eHealth backbone that brought together African Union departments and agencies, as well as its African Vaccine Passport module.

As part of their promotional relationship, the African Union and AfroChampions were in charge of organizing The Boma of Africa. The AfCFTA Hub Network and the continent’s business community were also sponsors.

“Dominion TV partnered with AfroChampions to broadcast this exciting event live on Dominion TV; Africa’s Christian Lifestyle Network for Inspired and Empowered Living. We believe such content will inspire our audience towards living a more empowered life and positively impacting their communities” – Nosisa Doe, General Manager, Dominion TV Ghana

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Taking Stock of the ‘African Century’ – Boma of Africa 2022

July 7th was declared by the African Union “African Integration Day” annually in 2019, and the African Union (AU) and its partners have been celebrating numerous accomplishments ever since.

AfroChampions, a key partner of the African Union and a preeminent innovation enabler, facilitator, and private industry liaison for continental government institutions, will once again conclude Africa Integration Week with the Boma of Africa, this year under the African Union’s auspices.

The Boma Festival

The Boma is a festival of thoughts and deeds that are fundamentally transforming Africa. The organizers of Boma 2022 have arranged a vibrant tapestry of debates, insightful discourse, and consequential official statements on ground-breaking initiatives epitomizing the most interesting and inspiring benchmarks of African unification and assimilation. They have done this in collaboration with a樂威壯
variety of Africa’s leading organizations. The Boma’s 2022 theme is on reckoning and offers a thorough examination of the dream of an African Single Market. The Symposium on the African Century will be commemorated by the opening of the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) hub digital trading corridor, the African vaccine passport, and spotlighting of the eHealth backbone in the presence of several signatories, including H.E. Nana Akufo Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana, H.E. Wamkele Mene, Secretary-General of the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), and H.E. Mackey Sall, chair of the AU and President of Senegal.

Boma on Dominion Television, Ghana

Rosa Whitaker, CEO and President of the Whitaker Group and a former and inaugural Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Africa, Mark Eddo, a former senior correspondent for ITV, Ann-Marie Dias Borges, a senior journalist for the BBC, and Bineta Diop, an envoy for the African Union (AU), will moderate the Boma 2022, which will be broadcast live on Dominion TV; Africa’s Christian Lifestyle Network for Inspired and Empowered Living on July 8, 2022, at 10 am GMT (noon CET) in honor of the Africa Integration Day, DStv Channel 352 and Gotv channel 168.

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