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Arab country  Morocco applies to join Black ECOWAS...........

 


Morocco is applying to join the Economic Community of West African States, the bloc confirmed Tuesday, a move that some analysts see as a continuation of checkbook diplomacy to consolidate the North African kingdom's claim on Western Sahara.


Morocco's application will be considered at the next summit of 15 member states in July, ECOWAS chairman Marcel de Souza said in a statement. It would be "very surprising if it's accepted," said analyst Liesl Louw-Vaudran of the South Africa-based Institute for Security Studies. Morocco is not geographically part of West Africa and culturally fits with Arab nations very different from those of sub-Saharan Africa.



The bid to join the West African bloc isn't to pursue trade and investment, Louw-Vaudran said. Morocco "wants to sit at the political table and just realized it doesn't want to be the black sheep of the African continent anymore."



The move comes after Morocco in January rejoined the African Union with 39 nations voting in its favor. The 54-nation pan-African body in 1984 recognized Western Sahara as the independent Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, leading Morocco to storm out. Western Sahara remains an AU member. Morocco claims Western Sahara as its "southern provinces." A United Nations resolution for decades has called for a referendum to decide its fate.


Oil companies have abandoned exploration there, and European fishing companies have withdrawn fleets because of the tensions. In December, the European Union's Court of Justice ruled that Morocco must exclude products from Western Sahara from its exports to member states.


But Morocco's King Mohammed VI has been traveling around Africa in recent months signing multibillion-dollar deals including with Ghana and Nigeria. Last month he visited Guinea, whose president chairs the West African bloc.


Last week the king spoke by telephone to Nigeria's ailing President Muhammadu Buhari in London. He was just the second leader Buhari is reported to have spoken to this year, after U.S. President Donald Trump.


Morocco is "riding this wave of acceptance and the king's strong bilateral relations and checkbook diplomacy," dividing the continent where many remember the African Union was created in part to get rid of colonization, said Louw-Vaudran.

Morocco is so confident it even is suggesting it host the next African Union summit, she said.

QUEEN APPOINTS NIGERIAN WOMAN  NNEKA ELIZABETH ANIONWU DAME COMMANDER OF THE ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE FOR HER SERVICES TO NURSING PROFESSION IN THE UNITED KINGDOM.




Dame  Nneka   Elizabeth  Anionwu DBE FRCN is a British-born nurse, health expert, tutor, lecturer and medical professor of Irish and Igbo-Nigerian descent. Anionwu contributed to opening the first sickle cell and thalassemia counselling centre in the UK. She also helped create the Mary Seacole Centre for Nursing Practice at the University of West London. She retired from her careers in 2007.



Elizabeth Nneka Anionwu was born in United Kingdom.  She  was brilliant and excelled academically, obtaining a scholarship to Cambridge to study classics. Furlong was in her second year when she became pregnant by Nigerian law student Lawrence Odiatu Victor Anionwu. Furlong decided to leave Cambridge and look for a job in order to provide for her daughter Elizabeth and herself.





Anionwu’s upbringing was heavily affected by moving between institutions and family. She spent just over two years living with her mother, a relationship that ended when her stepfather, who didn’t accept her and drank heavily, attacked her.




For much of her childhood, she was cared for by nuns, including several years in the Nazareth House convent in Birmingham. Often being harshly punished and humiliated for wetting the bed. She remembers being made to stand with a urine-soaked sheet over her head as a punishment for wetting the bed. In the book she recalls, that later in life when working as a health visitor, “I made sure to keep up-to-date with more humane treatments for bedwetting”.



She also remembers sobbing her heart out on the bus when she had to leave the convent to go and live with her mother. Every period of relative stability in childhood ended in sudden collapse. After an unsettled childhood and estrangement from her father Anionwu visited Nigeria. Her trip influenced her to take on her father’s name. Anionwu has credited her father, a barrister and diplomat, as a career inspiration. Anionwu has one daughter, Azuka Oforka, who is an actress in the BBC TV series Casualty.



Elizabeth Nneka Anionwu has a PhD, a DBE, and a FRCN. Anionwu began her nursing career at a very young age after being inspired by a nun who cared for her eczema. At the age of 16, she started to work as a school nurse assistant in Wolverhampton.



Later on, she continued with her education to become a nurse, health visitor, and tutor. She is ultimately thankful that her father pushed her to pursue and progress more in her career. She also travelled to the US to study counselling for sickle cell and thalassemia centres and courses were not available in the UK.



In 1979 she worked with Dr Brozovic to create the first UK Sickle Cell and Thalassemia counselling centre in Brent. The opening of this counselling centre pioneered the opening of over 30 centers in the UK using the Brent location as a basis.




Anionwu is a member and patron of multiple committees:
Sickle Cell Society
Nigerian Nurses Charitable Association UK
Vice President of Unite/Community Practitioners and Health Visitors Association
Editorial Advisory Board of Nursing Standard
NHS Sickle Cell & Thalassemia Screening Program Steering Group
Honorary Advisor to the Chief Nursing Officer’s Black & Minority Ethnic Advisory Group
Life patron of The Mary Seacole Trust
Retiring in 2007, Anionwu, she remained active in the nursing community and overlooks many projects.
The development of caring for people with sickle cell disease and thalassemia syndromes: A framework for nursing staff.
Understanding the contribution of sickle cell and thalassemia specialist nurses.

credit: WOS

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