Ghana and Chelsea's Michael Essien top AU post

Published on: 19 July 2010

Ghana midfielder Michael Essien has pledged to promote peace in Africa after being appointed the African Union (AU) Peace Ambassador.

The Chelsea ace was handed the top post by Africa’s political and economic integration body following his sterling work on humanitarian issues across the continent.

The 27-year-old has now been tasked by the leaders of all the 53 African countries to use his influence across the globe to promote peace in Africa.

Essien will also galvanize popular support for the implementation of the Year of Peace and Security programme and he is braced for the challenge.

“I am truly honoured by the African Union's decision to consider and appoint me a Peace Ambassador,” the well-liked midfielder said.

“I know with my image and experience in the past I can all play an important role in fostering peace not only in Africa but throughout the world.

“I will give my all in this new position to help to contribute to peace and security in Africa which has been a challenge in some areas of our continent.

“This is a very important challenge that needs addressing and I hope I will achieve our aim of fostering peace love and unity in Africa.”

As part of his duties as the AU Ambassador Essien will work with to support the realisation of a day of non-violence on 21st September, which has been designated as Peace Day, to facilitate humanitarian actions to take place;

He will participate in AU events and activities related to Peace and Security at the national, regional, and continental levels in order to create awareness and inspire grassroots participation in the Year of Peace and Security.

The Ghanaian will disseminate key messages on the Year of Peace and Security through various public platforms and media channels.

AU was founded in 2002 and seeks to support both political and economic integration among its 53 member states, a sort of United States of Africa approach.

Its aims include to further development, eradicate poverty and help bring Africa into the global economy however, it has faced criticism of being not making much progress in these areas.

Comments

  • tony neglo
    says: 9 years ago
    It is an honour to be appointed as an ambassador for peace on the whole continent.A blessing in disguise.
  • sar_nizy
    says: 9 years ago
    what about Abedi, was he dropped for the position?
  • Lorins
    says: 9 years ago
    They should have used DROGBA rather,he is more influencial.
  • Enoch
    says: 9 years ago
    I thinks he deserve it so Ghanaians shloud be proud of him. He is the true peace maker in Ghana as well as African.
  • A concrned citizen
    says: 9 years ago
    Although it is an honor but don't let it eat into your head. You have to remain focused on your game in other to achieve more laurels
  • Lorins
    says: 9 years ago
    insiders say he bears a grudge with stephen appiah over a woman.he didn't play in wc because appiah was among the team. so how can he be a peace maker.please don't get me wrong i really use to fancy him a lot and supported chelsea because of him and other black guys in the team.but from what i have been reading about him from about a year to this world cup i am afraid to say i am sorry.
  • WHAT?
    says: 9 years ago
    WHAT? Are Africans stupid, or what? Essien has not yet come clean with the reasons why he did not take part in the first FIFA Worldcup tournament on African soil. He chose Chelsea over Africa. That show the kind of porous-African personality that he is. As far as I'm concerned, no true African must spend his precious time listening to him; until he comes clean about his absence from the Ghana squad that held-high the banner of our beloved Great Ghana in South Africa. May the Almighty continue to bless our Great Ghana!!!
  • kk
    says: 9 years ago
    Lorins you are a foolish fool. You shit from your mouth. Doctors from both sides examined him and they all agreed that he was not fit enough for the world cup. I cannot believe such idiocy. This is the second time since the gentleman got a long term injury playing for Ghana and instead of supporting him, here you are talking all these shit about him. Kwasia on his last game for chelsea he scores and on his first game he scores. How many players are able to do that. Did you not see him and Appiah exchanging pleasantries when Ghana played the USA. Are you a dog or a goat. Some of you should be banned from doing this shit. Nkwasiasem.
  • kk
    says: 9 years ago
    Look, players who have given their all for the team should not be treated this way. He played all the world cup qualifying matches. He anchored the midfield even when some of the other Appiah & Muntari did not play. I just don't Know what the str_repeat('*',strlen('fuck')) is wrong with people like Lorins. Freedom of expression dos not mean lying about someone. Essien has his faults but he has anchored the midfield of Ghana to the world cup twice and missed out on crucial matches out of dedication. He missed the Brazil game in 2006 because he was not a pushover for the US. He missed this world cup due to injury after playing 45 minutes of the first game after returning from injury. You guys should give some players a break. He loves Ghana than you Lorins and all the haters. After all what have you done for Ghana? Mother f'es
  • Lorins
    says: 9 years ago
    wankers!