By Olusola Lawanson
The following is excerpted from remarks given at the First Africa Summit for Peace, Security and Sustainable Development in Dakar, Senegal, on Jan. 18, 2018.
I am so thankful to all of you because today we have gathered here in Dakar, Senegal, to open a new era in history. This beautiful continent of Africa is one that will become the new heavenly Africa that attends God as the center and can become the most prosperous continent in the world. Africa stands in the position of being the hero of the world. Africa is the birthplace of humanity.
Africa can become the heavenly Africa that attends God, becoming the light of the world. Africa is a blessed continent. Today, with the heart of a True Mother, and a True Parent, I have come here to pray and eradicate the historical pain that this continent has endured so that this continent can stand once again in the providence of God and begin a new history.
I would like to begin a new era, an era of peace, an era where we share the heart of true love and living for the sake of others, an era of living centering on altruism, where all of humanity can attend God as our parent. We can establish together a world of peace, equality, unity, and happiness. Together, we can realize the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth. I believe in the African continent. Please work together with me to realize this beautiful ideal.
• Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon and her husband, Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon, are co-founders of the Universal Peace Federation