Erik is Africanist Strategist Activist
Most African youth face challenges. There are no jobs and authoritarian governments allow little criticism. Within society most are dependent on a few, and strong divisions endure. After a painful experience of corruption within my own organization, I became interested in the system behind that corruption. I realized that there are several colonial inheritances than function as damaging institutions to current social-political-economic problems in Africa. Even though most African countries are independent, they are not yet decolonized. As a result, I am interested in the social-political transformations that replace dictatorships with democracies. In particular, I love to work with students, who are often hopeful, energetic, and creative. As a young researcher I am active as reviewer for the National Institute of African Studies (NIAS) in London, and recently gave a presentation on the Africa Knows! conference as panel member.
I do not believe in violence, as it often nurtures dictatorships, and it the common people that suffer most during war. Gandhi showed that there is a more effective form: peaceful resistance. I have an enormous passion for peaceful resistance and military strategy, which I combine in my role as strategist of peaceful revolution. I study historical peaceful revolutions, and combines this with an in-depth analysis of the local social, political, cultural, historical, educational and economic situation.
The extreme violence of the Ugandan regime has left many citizens traumatized. I take action for promoting human rights. My involvement in the Ugandan revolution has connected me to several renown human rights activists. I join and help in organizing protests in the Netherlands that stand up against the abuse of human rights by governments around the world.