Former Akwa Ibom State Governor Udom Emmanuel in an address at the 8th edition of the London Political Summit held at the House of Commons, Westminster, passionately championed Afro-centric ideals in democracy.
He emphasized the necessity of governance systems aligned with African values, advocating for a model that resonates with the unique social structures of the continent. Mr. Emmanuel argued that embracing these principles would lead to superior governance outcomes, contrasting the Eurocentric model currently practiced in Nigeria.
During his keynote lecture, Mr. Udom Emmanuel stressed the importance of a governance framework deeply rooted in Africa’s cultural fabric. He highlighted that such an approach is essential for efficiently delivering services to the people and advocated for bridging economic disparities and promoting social equity as crucial steps toward establishing lasting peace.
Hon. Paul Bristow, the Member of Parliament for Peterborough and the parliamentary host of the summit, praised Mr. Emmanuel’s unwavering dedication to sustaining democracy through peaceful means and fair trade. He commended the former Governor’s advocacy and expressed optimism that localized democratic practices could enhance their effectiveness in various regions where democracy has been introduced.
The prestigious event was graced by notable dignitaries, including the President of Sierra Leone, H.E. President Julius Maada Bio, represented by the High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Dr. Morie Manyeh.
Other attendees included Hon. Paul Bristow, Rt. Hon. Jonathan Ashworth, Member of Parliament for Leicester South (honored as the Parliamentarian of the Year), current Governor of Akwa Ibom State HE Umo Eno, Prof. Kishan Devani BEM, H.E. Prof. Pauline Long, Susan Fajana Thomas OBE, Mobin Rafiq (Chairman of Commonwealth Entrepreneurs Club), Prince Enobong Uwah, Hon. Frank Archibong, Barr. Emmanuel Enoidem, Engr. Uwem Okoko FNSE, Dr. Frank Ekpenyong, and Nsikan Etuk (Co-Chair of UK-Nigeria Police Forum), among other distinguished guests.
Organized annually by Cater and Merger, with Hon. Paul Bristow serving as the parliamentary host, the London Political Summit stands as a crucial platform for shaping discussions on democracy, peace, and socio-political harmony, emphasizing the importance of Afro-centric ideals in the global political landscape.