Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quoao


Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quoao is a United States of America Zimbabwean medical doctor and activist who was the African Union’s ambassador to the United States before getting fired in October by Chad President Moussa Faki Mahama who holds the African Union presidency in 2019. Arikana Chihombori-Quoao was born in Chivhu, Zimbabwe. She later emigrated to the United States of America in 1977. Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quoaois practiced family medicine.  Chihombori-Quao is also the CEO and founder of Bell Family Medical Centers in the United States.

Getting fired

In October 2019, Chihombori-Quao was fired by Chad President Moussa Faki Mahama who holds the African Union presidency in 2019 reportedly for comments which she made that are critical of France's continued influence over its former colonies in West Africa.

"Today, France is taking out of Francophone Africa over US$500 billion. We, the Africans, the poor countries, are giving France US$500 billion year-in year-out."

Her firing drew wide condemnation across with a petition opened online  demanding her reinstatement garnering more than  22000 signatures online.

Former Ghana President described the decision to fire her as shameful.

“For someone who spoke her mind about the detrimental effects of colonisation and the huge cost of French control in several parts of Africa, this is an act that can best be described as coming from French-controlled colonised minds.

How can this shameful behaviour emanate from us? A woman with all that it takes to galvanise our continent is chopped down by French-colonised power mongers good enough to be cleaners or pruning trees at the Elysee Palace.

With leaders of this kind, how can this continent ever progress?”

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