The momentum for the celebratory 50th Anniversary AU Summit is picking up. In addition to the political and social activities, Africans of various ages are also gearing up for the jubilee occasion. NEPAD met up two young Ethiopians 10 year old Solyana Yohannes and Kidus Yohannes, aged 13, in the corridors of the AU Commission.
My name is Kidus Yohannes. I’m in Grade 7 at the Yeneta Academy. When I grow up, I would like to be a Chairperson of the African Union – I want to support leaders in making decisions for a better Africa.
My hope is to see an Africa where basic education is accessible to all children and I want Peace, not only in a few countries in the continent, but in all.
Q: Which famous African Leader do you look up to?
The Former Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Haile Selassie, and former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela. My country’s’ Prime Minister was dedicated to the Unity of Africa and Nelson Mandela fought against injustice to ensure that all people were treated equally.
Q: If you could send one message to African Leaders, what would it be?
You are the ones that can change the negative perceptions about Africa. We must come up with solutions to solve the Refugee problem in Africa- people cannot be fleeing their countries to look for a better life somewhere else. They must feel safe in their own countries. And, let’s fight HIV.