In a bid to promote the African Diaspora in France and Europe, the Club Efficiency has rolled out the new edition of the European Black Gotha. The world’s first Guide to Afro elite European was presented at the Intercontinental Hotel in Paris, France, on Friday.
The first of its kind in France, the bilingual Black European Gotha version has compiled together the profiles of more than 550 people from the African diaspora with prestigious courses, who are all based in Europe, Canada, and the United States.
The 2019 European Black Gotha edition has got a preface by Pape Diouf, former president of Olympique de Marseille, and a foreword by Rémy Rioux, director general of the French Development Agency (AFD). The guide details how the African diasporas contributed economically to the development of the continent. It also compiles the contributions of Malick Diawara (Africa Point), Étienne Giros (CIAN), Alexandre Maymat and Cathia Lawson (Société Générale).
Notably, the profits collected from sales of the European Black Gotha will be used to finance the Excellence Scholarships for young students. The Club Efficiency awards about thirty scholarships (ranging from 500 to 5000 euros) to students each year. The scholarships are awarded to the students on the basis of merit (educational background, results and attendance) and the income of the family and tax home. This time the Club Efficiency award ceremony will take place on April 11, 2019, in partnership with Canal +.
“Each publication of the Gotha Noir France or European is for us the opportunity to highlight the important economic and social contribution of the African diaspora in Europe,” said Elie Nkamgueu, the President of Club Efficiency.
Nkamgueu added that this time the diaspora represents great potential in terms of investments for the African continent with the forthcoming launch of the Efficiency Africa Fund. The Efficiency Africa Fundis an investment program that mobilizes the savings of the Afro-French diaspora to invest in small and medium-sized enterprises on the African continent.