In 1992, at a summit meeting of the Organization of African (OAU), the Heads of State of Africa appointed Ali A. Mazrui and eleven others to constitute a Group of Eminent Persons to explore the modalities and logistics of a campaign for Black reparations world-wide.

The Group elects as chair Chief Moshood K.O. Abiola; as co-chair Professor Mahtar M’Bow, former Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO); and as Rapporteur-General Ambassador Dudley Thompson, Q.C., Jamaican jurist and diplomat. The Nigerian Government under President Babangida promises a preliminary budget of one half million dollars.



See also Ali A. Mazrui, Global Africa: From Abolitionists to Reparationists,African Studies Review, Vol. 37, No. 3 (Cambridge University Press Dec. 1994) (URL:

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