KINGSTON, Jamaica, March 14, 2024 – In a historic move that reverberates across continents, Dr. Hilary Brown, also revered as HRH Queen Asianut Acom II, ascends to a pivotal role in the global arena as the President of the Global African Diaspora Kingdom (GADK).

Dr. Hilary Brown, enstooled HRH Queen Asianut Acom II in August 2022 in Guyana, has been appointed President of the Global African Diaspora Kingdom (GADK) by the Royal Council of African Indigenous Leaders.

Dr. Brown’s enstoolment in Guyana in August 2022 was a precursor to this monumental responsibility, showcasing her profound connection to African heritage and culture.

Under the auspices of the GADK, a beacon of hope and unity for Africans and their descendants worldwide, Dr. Brown will steer the Supreme Council. 

The GADK emerges as a formidable non-profit organization, dedicating its essence to the cultural, spiritual, and economic resurgence of Africa and its scattered seeds. 

At its core, the GADK aims to mend the centuries-old rift caused by the diaspora’s forced separation from their motherland, advocating for the return of stolen cultural riches that once defined the continent’s majesty.

A Legacy of Leadership: Dr. Brown’s Journey and Vision

Bringing over two decades of regional development experience, Dr. Brown’s expertise is a treasure trove for the GADK. 

Her current role as Programme Manager for Culture and Community Development at the CARICOM Secretariat in Guyana has been a testament to her unwavering commitment to cultural enrichment, youth empowerment, and gender equality.

Dr. Brown’s leadership in organizing visits by African royalty to the Caribbean, and facilitating diaspora reconnections with their African roots, underscores her visionary approach to healing and unity.

Bridging Continents: Queen Acom II’s Reconnection Initiatives

Queen Acom II has been a linchpin in bridging the historical divide between Africa and its diaspora.

Her strategic orchestration of African royalty’s visits to the Caribbean has ignited a renewed sense of belonging and identity among the descendants of the African diaspora. 

These visits, in collaboration with the University of the West Indies and under the banner of the CARICOM Reparations Commission, have facilitated meaningful encounters with the Maroon community in Accompong, Jamaica. 

Moreover, Queen Acom II’s leadership in reconnection visits to Uganda and Kenya in 2023 has fortified ties with African kingdoms, emboldening the spirit of unity and mutual recognition among diaspora royals. 

These efforts are not merely ceremonial; they are essential threads in the fabric of psychological healing and reparatory justice that underpin the Ten Point Plan articulated by the CARICOM Reparations Commission.

A Council United for Change: The Supreme Council’s New Faces

The appointment of Dr. Brown is accompanied by the induction of esteemed members into the Supreme Council, reflecting a diverse and dynamic leadership team. 

This includes Chief Eric Siphosezulu (First Vice President), HRH Queen Gamachana Ikatekit (Second Vice President), Queen Uhuru Wingi (General Secretary), HRH Princess Africa (Treasurer), and Queen Mother Ajambo Nabura (Chief Commissioner). 

Together, these leaders form a robust council, equipped to drive the GADK’s ambitious agenda forward. Their collective expertise and dedication to the cause of African unity and progress are pivotal in the organization’s mission to foster a global African renaissance.

Embracing a New Era of Leadership and Unity

The Global African Diaspora Kingdom stands on the brink of a new era, buoyed by the visionary leadership of Dr. Hilary Brown and the newly appointed Supreme Council. 

As we congratulate these distinguished leaders on their new roles, we anticipate the transformative impact of their tenure. 

The GADK’s dedication to reconnecting Africa with its diaspora, reclaiming cultural heritage, and championing economic and spiritual revival heralds a promising future. 

It’s a journey of rediscovery, healing, and empowerment that transcends borders, uniting a global community with shared roots and a common destiny.

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In a candid interview, Aido caught up with Chief Reverend Wayne Onkphra Wells, a devoted Pan-Africanist, member of the Spiritual Baptist faith and an Aidoer, to delve into the significance of Africa Awareness Month, its evolution, and the path ahead. Born in Trinidad and currently residing in Barbados, Reverend Wayne has traversed various countries, including Canada, the UK, France, and Ghana, providing him with a broadened perspective that influences his artistry in sculpting and poetry. His creations are dedicated to portraying the struggles faced by African people.

Reverend Wayne emphasizes the importance of Africa Awareness Month, tracing its roots back to the 1980s. He highlights the pioneering role of Archbishop Graniville Williams, who sought to highlight the contributions of Africans before the era of enslavement.

The movement initially involved school visits, concerts, and walks, evolving notably into a government outreach program that aims to establish more embassies in Africa, fostering more people-to-people exchanges. Reverend Wayne emphasizes that the essence of the movement lies in ownership, transparency, and genuine interactions to emancipate African communities globally.

Barbados uniquely places children at the forefront of Africa Awareness Month, acknowledging that a people without their history is like trees without roots. In the age of technology, it becomes essential to equip children with knowledge about their heritage to ensure a meaningful connection to their roots.

He emphasizes on the need to harness ancient African spirituality to fight corruption and advocates for a united states of Africa that involves a united continent with one currency, free movement, and a collective African government, drawing inspiration from successful models in China, India, and Europe. Reverend Wayne encourages Africans in the diaspora to contribute their expertise towards this vision.

Reparation is a crucial theme for Reverend Wayne, who asserts that European wealth was built on the African struggle, constituting a crime against humanity. He emphasizes that the demand for reparations is not a plea but a historical responsibility owed to Africa. He urges young people joining the fight for reparations to keep the spirit and not give up the struggle.

Reflecting on Africa\’s original fire, innocence, and beauty, Reverend Wayne emphasizes the importance of upholding Ubuntu principles and philosophies. He calls for integration efforts to celebrate Afro-centricness both on the continent and in the diaspora.

In conclusion, Aido is acknowledged for its vital role in bringing about integrity and recognizing the kings, queens, and traditional leaders who have preserved the African spirit. This, Reverend Wayne believes, is instrumental in building a global African kingdom that resonates with Ubuntu.

Bessie Sarowiwa
Aido Secretariat

Pictured from left; Admiral Elton Greaves of the Barbados Landship Association, Chief Reverend Wayne Wells, Mrs. Andrea Wells, Chief Cultural Officer of the National Cultural Foundation

In a momentous, historic gathering at The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus recently, leaders from the maroon communities of Jamaica discussed and took steps towards reconciling differences at a meeting hosted by Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, Vice Chancellor of The UWI – enstooled Papa Osikol II. This reconciliation gathering which took place on 8 January, followed the success of the 286th Maroon Festival on January 6, themed “Return to Accompong: Return to Your Roots,” which attracted a mammoth crowd from Jamaica and beyond, to commemorate this significant historical event.

The leaders came together to address a number of challenges within maroon communities with the purpose of forging ahead in unity.

The AIDO African royal delegation led by His Highness Papa Paul J. Eganda I, President of AIDO Network International, which participated in the annual commemorative celebrations held in Cockpit Country, St. Elizabeth, also met with the maroon leaders. These included: Gaamang Gloria “Mama G” Simms of the Maroon Women Network and Charlestown with Gaama Akin; Colonel Lloyd Lattibeaudiere and Secretary Jacqueline Phillips of Scott’s Hall; Chief Richard Currie, Ambassador Anu El and Br. Roy Harris of Accompong.

Professor Beckles recognized the meeting between the African royals and the Maroons as a “historic moment” and paid tribute to the heroic struggle of the Maroons which he said represented the interests of Africans in Jamaica and the Caribbean for hundreds of years with dignity. “The Maroons and Tainos were the first to consolidate freedom, equality and justice in the hills of Jamaica, demonstrating a new way to live in resistance to slavery and put Jamaica on the road to freedom and democracy,” he said. 

The focus of the discussions was on strategies to provide practical support for the economic and social development of maroon communities in Jamaica and on advocacy for their active engagement and respect for the cultural and economic rights of Maroon and other indigenous communities, in the ongoing constitutional reform process in Jamaica.

Professor Beckles emphasized that “the freedom intrinsic to the Jamaican sovereignty resides historically, ancestrally among the Maroons of Jamaica and that is the fundamental principle on which we should depart.” He called for the “recognition of the Tainos and the Maroons as the first people of Jamaica – the first people in the context of slavery, the first people in the context of colonization; they are the ones who put Jamaica on the road to modernity, on the road to democracy, on the road to freedom,” and they should be celebrated for their tremendous contribution.

He concluded that “Jamaica has to find a creative legal strategy, an imaginative, constitutionally perceptive strategy to recognize these first principles and to craft a constitution that places at the centre, the sovereignty of the Maroon people of Jamaica, the true founders of modern-day Jamaica.”

“I hope Jamaican people will dig deep into their history, dig deep into their spirit and their consciousness and push the Maroons into the vanguard to continue their journey into the future of liberty and justice,” he said.

His Highness Paul Eganda explained that the AIDO Royal delegation was visiting Jamaica to show solidarity with the Maroons and join the celebration of the 286th anniversary of the 1738 Maroon treaty with the British. The delegation also sought to continue building a relationship with the Maroons, of cooperation based on Pan-African principles, which commenced during a visit of African kings and queens from Uganda, Cameroon and South Africa who are part of the AIDO royal community, to Accompong in March 2023.

“It is about unity and respect among each other and working together as Maroons for the greater purpose…We need to work together as Maroons because together we are stronger, and we can achieve more…Our work is really to listen and to see how to move forward in unity,” HH Paul Jones Eganda said.

Chief Richard Currie, enstooled Papa Odwe II, Paramount Chief of Accompong – in March 2023 by the AIDO Royal Community, contributed historical context and firm recommendations to the discussions specific to the Accompong Maroon community he leads, pointing out that Accompong was never colonized by the British or any other colonial power.

He highlighted the challenge that much of maroon history is not properly documented and is largely oral history. As a result, “we live in a Jamaica today that underplays the importance of that history and in doing so has allowed elements of society such as the media to perpetrate the misinformation, the misguided information that has further separated the people from one another – the people in the mountains from the people on the plains.”

In relation to constitutional reform and the transition to a republic, he emphasized the need for proper consultation with the Maroons to address concerns about their livelihoods as it relates to their land, their status and the posterity of future generations. “As a collective here, there’s a responsibility to ensure that everyone is represented in the conversation and clearly defined understandings can be arrived at as to what the new Jamaica looks like and the relative treatment or acceptability of the status of these indigenous people that includes the Maroons, the Tainos, the Rastafari, and everyone who identifies as a free man,” Paramount Chief Currie said. 

Gaamang Gloria “Mama G” Simms of the Maroon Women’s Network Suriname and representing Charlestown Maroons stated: “One thing Maroons have preserved is family…slavery and colonialism brought down family life and the Maroon families know what land and property rights mean to us.”

She further emphasized that “we need government of Jamaica to know that the gold mine is the minds of the people and we Maroons stand for that…what would’a happen if we didn’t fight…I give thanks for all of my ancestors from Africa who came here and stood up and said if we perish we perish but we gon’ fight. As Queen Nanny said: she knows to fight the enemy but she didn’ learn to fight her own.” 

Colonel Lloyd Lattibeaudiere of Scott’s Hall Maroons shared personal insights, expressing the urgent need for collective action. He highlighted the suffering within maroon communities and emphasized the importance of a unified approach to address challenges with long-term engagements to progress forward. “It is about what we need to accomplish together…We need to carry everyone along it is too many people getting leave behind and we need to say something about it…they have to talk to us but we need to come together.” He further highlighted the importance of having representation for maroon communities within the Jamaican Parliament with the former Maroon Secretariat or similar entity. He emphasized that “Maroons cannot be left out of the conversation and plans for the future of Jamaica.”

Dr. Hilary Brown, CARICOM Secretariat, enstooled Queen Asianut Acom II, highlighted the commitment made by the AIDO Royal Community in February and December 2023, to return in January 2024 for the Accompong annual January 6th Festival and respectfully support the collective reunification action among maroon communities of Jamaica beyond old and new challenges. “From the beginning, the AIDO Royal Community and His Highness (Papa Ateker) has had a very strong interest in the maroon communities, recognizing your central place in the history of Jamaica and the way in which you have facilitated the continuity of African traditions and the freedom that we all enjoy today. We encourage and wish to see how unity may be forged moving forward based on the importance of maroon age in the history of Jamaica.” 

The meeting agreed on follow up initiatives and next steps, including organizing a 3-day symposium during 2024 at The UWI to highlight and document maroon history; advocacy for recognition of the Maroon’s pivotal place in Jamaica’s history and adequate consultation with the Maroons in the process of constitutional reform; launching a campaign to correct historical injustices with accurate refocusing and rebranding of the maroon legacy and narrative within Jamaican history. Maroon Leaders in attendance proposed regular quarterly meetings, intervention strategies, and a calendar of existing ancestral sacred events hosted by respective communities to strengthen unity and address practical challenges faced by maroon communities. 

The Maroon Unity Reconciliation Gathering marked a significant step towards solidarity, historical justice, and a united front for Jamaica\’s indigenous voices. The diversity of opinions expressed showcased the intellectual strength, discipline, and ancestral harmony within the maroon community, signalling a new chapter in their shared history. 

Other members of the AIDO Royal African Delegation in attendance included: Her Majesty Queen Vickylextar Okang-Sowah and Lady Chrystal Bureau of the Omanye Kingdom, Ghana; Queen Mother Dr. ChenziRa Hajila Adeke Davis Kahina, Pokomo Royal Kingdom and the Caribbean Pan-African Network; HRH Queen Ikatekit Gamachana/ Jenny Abbensetts and Chief Baiba/Carlton Darby, both of the Pokomo Royal Nation, Kenya and QM. Laleta Davis Mattis, Chairperson, Jamaica National Council on Reparations, enstooled Queen Mother Atiang II.  


On January 4, 2024, the AIDO Royal delegation, led by His Highness Paul Jones Eganda, President of AIDO International, visited the University of West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica. They had an esteemed meeting with Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, the Vice Chancellor overseeing 5 campuses of the University of West Indies and also serving as the Paramount Chief of the Global African Diaspora Kingdom.

Accompanying President Paul Jones Eganda were several royals, including HRH Queen Vickylextar Okang-Sowah of the Omanye Royal Kingdom, HM Princess Queen Jenny Gamachana, HRH Queen Dr. Hillary Brown (also known as Queen Asianut Acom II), Queen Mother Professor ChenziRa Davis-Kahina Adeke, and Lady Chrystal Urbureau.

The meeting centered around pivotal issues such as Reparatory Justice and the strides made in AIDO\’s mission to reconnect the Diaspora with African Kingdoms. Professor Beckles shared details about his involvement in editing UNESCO\’s 9th Book of African History, expressing confidence that it would significantly reshape our understanding of the Africa\’s history.

\”The book will completely revolutionize the History we have all learned about the African continent,\” affirmed Professor Beckles.

Currently, the royal delegation is in Jamaica, commemorating the anniversary of the 1738 maroon treaty and honoring the legacy of the great Captain Kojo.

Bessie Sarowiwa


Iteso Cultural Union has put forward among its 2024 new year resolution a plan to raise revenue to help in availing scholarships for the students in the Iteso region of Eastern Uganda.

“In many cases, we have found many of our students in the region failing to advance to tertiary institutions because of lack of funds” reiterates Papa Sande Emolot, the Emorimor of Iteso.

He adds that even though they are building on the dream of the late Emorimor of Iteso, it is ICU’s dream to see that the beneficiaries of these intended scholarships will be able to invest back in their communities for the future generations to enjoy the same.

According to a recent Action Aid report,the Teso sub region has one of Uganda’s highest illiteracy rates, standing at 88%.

“We are also planning to raise revenue for the construction of the Teso royal palace,” added Papa Sande Emolot.

Since the year 2023, the Iteso Cultural Union has been facilitating the renovation of the Kingdom headquarters in Soroti and currently scouting for 10-15 acres of land where the Teso palace will be constructed.

“We hope to launch the renovated Kingdom offices in May 2024” says the Emorimor.

Papa Paul Sande Emolot, was installed as Iteso Paramount Chief in October 2022 after the death of former Emorimor Augustine Osuban Lemukol.

The Emorimor has since engaged in initiatives to uphold the late Emorimor\’s precedent. He has purposely used his international engagements with Ateker International Development Organization (AIDO Network) to lobby for investors/investments with the aim of building the Teso region.

HRH Papa Sande Emolot was one the first cultural leaders in Africa to embrace the reconnection agenda by AIDO Network International aimed at promoting brotherhood, investment opportunities, trade and tourism with the African Diaspora. His hard work is about to yield results as a number of Africans from the diaspora have heeded his call to return home with the aim of building the economy by facilitating investment opportunities especially in the Teso region of Eastern Uganda.

Written by:

Agnes Namale
AIDO Press Secretary.