With almost 350 million people, the African Diaspora is the THIRD COUNTRY in the world after China and India, but greater than The United States of America (323 million), Indonesia (258 million) and Brazil (205 million).
The African Diaspora is derived from two main waves of migration:- The first is related to the deportation of Africans in the context of the slave trade, whether it is the Eastern Trade (from the 7th to the beginning of the 20th century), or the Western Trade (from the 15th to the 19th century). The descendants of these populations are still living today in countries like Yemen or Iraq, or The United States of America and Brazil, for example.
-The second wave is an economic migration that pushed the African population to Europe, since the twentieth century, especially after 1945. These are African descendants in France or the UK, but also in many other countries of the world.
Today, the power of the Diaspora is
Demographic: It brings together almost 350 million inhabitants.
Political: The Diaspora includes people like former US President Barack Obama, Michaelle Jean, the former Secretary General of the Francophonie, Christiane Taubira, the former Minister of justice in France, and many others who have powerful positions, but these figures are disconnected from each other and have few direct connections to Africa.
Economic: The Diaspora sends every year to the African continent 65 billions dollars, which is much more money than is received in International aid, but these gifts to family or these 0% interest loans are dispersed and uncoordinated and have a limited impact in terms of development.
Cultural: The African Diaspora has imposed itself, whether in the field of music (gospel, dancehall, tango, jazz, blues, rock, disco, calypso, zouk, reggae, kompa, etc.), dance, literature, visual arts, cinema, etc. But the companies making money behind are not African owned.
In Sports : Needless to mention the great successes of the African Diaspora also in this area, with winners like Pele (soccer), Mohammed Ali (boxing), Tiger Woods (gulf), Usain Bolt (running), Lewis Hamilton (motor racing), Michael Jordan (basketball), Javier Sotomayor (high jump), Teddy Riner (judo), the Williams sisters (tennis), Simone Biles (gymnastics), Surya Bonaly (ice skating), etc. But here again, the companies behind are not African owned.
So the African Diaspora obviously has the talent and the ressources. What is missing is just a little bit of structure and organisation. That is why the State of the African Diaspora was created.