Magazine article New African

Arise Queen Leautier! Pan-Africanism Was Taken a Step Higher on 21 March at Agona Ashanti in Ghana When the Tanzanian, Dr Frannie Leautier, the Executive Secretary of the African Capacity Building Foundation, Was Enstooled as the New Queen of Development (Nkosuohemaa) of the Agona Traditional Area. the Colourful Ceremony Was Held in Appreciation of the Immense Work She Has Done for the Cause of Africa, Reports Stephen Gyasi Jnr

Magazine article New African

Arise Queen Leautier! Pan-Africanism Was Taken a Step Higher on 21 March at Agona Ashanti in Ghana When the Tanzanian, Dr Frannie Leautier, the Executive Secretary of the African Capacity Building Foundation, Was Enstooled as the New Queen of Development (Nkosuohemaa) of the Agona Traditional Area. the Colourful Ceremony Was Held in Appreciation of the Immense Work She Has Done for the Cause of Africa, Reports Stephen Gyasi Jnr

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The Tanzanian-born Dr Frannie Leautier, executive secretary of the Harare-Zimbabwe-based African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), decked in a colourful Kente cloth and gold jewellery, beamed and danced the traditional Adowa dance to the admiration of the large crowd that attended her enstoolment ceremony at Agona Ashanti.

Her enstoolment as Nkosuohemaa--Queen of Development--of the Agona Traditional Area in the Ashanti Region of Ghana was in appreciation of the work she has done in the past in uplifting societies across Africa. At her enstoolment ceremony, on 21 March, Dr Leautier stressed the importance of continued community development, particularly that of capacity development. She takes the traditional name, Nana Akosua Peprah Asiase.

The well-attended ceremony served as the ideal platform for Dr Leautier to announce the formation of the Leautier Family Foundation, a non-profit organisation, aimed at empowering and preparing girls for the future as invaluable agents of positive change and national development.

Fesrooned in rich Kente and precious jewels, the new Nkosuohemaa emphasised the value of combined energies, such as that of the Agona Traditional Council and the Leautier Family Foundation, in order to harness the capabilities of communities to raise standards of living as well as dispel poverty and ignorance from the community.

In many respects, the combined significance of Dr Leautier's enstoolment, the formation of the Leautier Family Foundation, and her role at the ACBF, which over the last 20 years has greatly helped in the building of human capacity across Africa, highlights the unwavering dedication that she has demonstrated towards the upliftment of fellow Africans.

She told the cheering crowd at the ceremony: "While it may be that I am seen as one of the strategic leaders driving capacity development in Africa, I am hoping that this honour combined with the formation of the Leautier Family Foundation sends a signal that we, who impact development in our official capacity, should also contribute to Africa's development in a more personal and individual manner, and not just from the positions we hold.

"My hope is that the formation of the Leautier Family Foundation sets the stage for others to identify areas where they can make such a personal contribution, whether with their time or income, especially those of African descent or heritage," she added.

It is this very spirit of Africanism that Dr Leautier understands deeply. Growing up as a young girl in her home town of Kilimanjaro, she witnessed the struggles of families to survive, especially the burden of women who toiled endlessly at multiple tasks to ensure family survival, some within single-family households.

She came to understand the impact of development and science in managing the risks associated with the African cultural dependence on nature for survival, through agriculture and sustenance, and she marvelled at the strength of people and communities working together to motivate change.

To her, applying the thinking am the nucleus of change lies with women, is an important aspect of life that underpins the essence of the Leautier Family Foundation. Its two main objectives are to improve the girl child's access to quality education and to enhance their learning capabilities. …

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