American actor Forest Whitaker in Uganda, extols Acholi

Forest Whitaker in Gulu

American actor, producer, and director, Forest Steven Whitaker III, is in Uganda for charity activities aimed at empowering young peacemakers.

The real-life megalomaniac dictator Idi Amin in “The Last King of Scotland”, Whitaker acted the story of Uganda’s former President who is infamous for expelling Asians.

He has earned a reputation for intensive character study work for films such as Bird, The Crying Game, Platoon, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, The Great Debaters, The Butler and Arrival.

Whitaker who arrived in Uganda on Monday started by condoling with families of those who lost their loved ones in the Ethiopia airlines crash on Sunday.

“Heading to #Uganda, very saddened by the news of the Ethiopian airlines plane crash – my thoughts are for the victims, their close ones and to the UN family,” he tweeted.

The Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative [WPDI] is a non-governmental organization with global scope and reach was founded by the Hollywood actor to transform young lives in Africa.

On Monday evening, Whitaker also the CEO/Founder of WPDI arrived at the Community Learning Centre in Gulu, northern Uganda.

He addressed youth peacemakers telling them, “each one of you has in you that spark that can light up the world. Know it forever!”

He then shared a video of himself with the youth saying: “It always feels so good to be in Acholi, #Uganda!”

Earlier, a French leading radio France Inter published a very comprehensive article on WPDI’s work, the commitment of its founder and joint call to action with Interpeace Tweet on the important role of youth in peacebuilding.

For International Womens Day 2019, some of WPDI’s youth peacemakers at the Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement recorded video testimonials about themselves, their aspirations, and messages to women everywhere.

Other aspiring youth peacemakers from Central Equatoria South Sudan and Acholi region of Uganda also received a two-day training on the SDGs to strengthen their capacity for planning, advocacy and partnerships.



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