The re-activation of the “Spirit of Harambee”


In Nairobi, Kenya, on Tuesday, April 12, 2016, Seychelles founding President Sir James R. Mancham called upon the Kenyan nation, the African continent, and indeed the whole world to rise up to the “Spirit of Harambee” in order to meet the challenges of tomorrow and create a better world for all.

Sir James was addressing a distinguished audience of Kenyan and African leaders, of diplomats and religious leaders who had turned up at the Intercontinental Hotel in Nairobi to participate in a ceremony organized by the United Religions Initiatives (URI-Africa) working in association with Common Purpose International and the World Leadership Alliance-Le Club de Madrid to present to him the Africa Peace Prize 2016 as an integral part of a Forum on African Leadership.

The presentation ceremony was followed by a reception hosted by H.E. Ambassador Joseph Nourrice, the non-resident Ambassador of the Republic of Seychelles to Kenya, on behalf of the Government and People of Seychelles.

The Master of Ceremony for the occasion was performed by Mrs Rattan K. Channa, Trustee to the Global Council URI-Africa.

The programme kicked off with a video message from Mr Carlos Westendorp, Secretary General of the World Alliance-Le Club de Madrid which is an association of over 70 former Presidents and/or former Prime Ministers of democratic nations of which Sir James has been a member for several years.

Mr Westendorp noted that since becoming a member, Sir James has been one of the most articulated and active member of the Club and that the Club therefore fully endorsed the decision taken for him to be awarded the Africa Peace Award 2016.

“This could indeed mark the beginning of more involvement by Le Club de Madrid on the continent,” concluded Mr Westendorp.

The presentation was followed by a statement by Dr. Elsbeth Dixon