Model-turned-movie star Djimon Hounsou has joined forces with rocker Bono to kick start a new campaign to prompt African scholars to give back to their home continent.

The GLADIATOR star, who was born in Benin, Africa, is determined to end corruption back home and thinks today's top minds can help him achieve that.

Hounsou, who had a part in this month's (JUL05) Live 8 organisation, says, "So many countries in Africa have not really had great leaders because of corruption, so I'm working with Bono in trying to find ways to get African scholars and African artists together to find solutions to end corruption in some of the places.

"We do need to improve in trading with the West and we do need to improve on an education level. We do need to end corruption... We need help, but more than anything, Africa needs to be able to trade with the West. That's the only way we can be self-sufficient."

And the African activist is also calling on those who have visited his homeland and been touched by it to give back: "The continent which stood for so much and was the cradle of life has become the cradle of death.

"Everybody has gone to Africa and everybody has drawn or gotten something from Africa. I think it's about time we gave something back to that continent."

12/07/2005 02:50