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Racial Harmony: implications for EENI

Implications of the Principle of Racial Harmony for EENI Global Business School

Beyond Black and White Keys

Principle of Racial Harmony (EENI, Kwegyir Aggrey)

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  1. EENI Principle of Racial Harmony of EENI Global Business School
  2. Principle of Racial Harmony James Emman Kwegyir Aggrey (black and white keys)
  3. Principle of Racial Harmony of James Emman Kwegyir Aggrey and Tristan and Isolde (Reflection by Pedro Nonell)
  4. Beyond the black and white keys (implications for EENI)

Richard Wagner finished composing the Tristan and Isolde in 1859, about 150 years ago. There was a first unsuccessful attempt to premiere the opera in Vienna since after 77 orchestra rehearsals, the musicians declared the Tristan and Isolde as «in-interpretable», it was too different music, too disruptive with the rules of the traditional harmony.

In 1865, Tristan and Isolde were finally premiered in Munich, under the baton of the great conductor, Hans Von Bülow (married to Cosima, the daughter of Franz Liszt, and future wife of Wagner), and with the inestimable help of a Visionary: King Ludwig II of Bavaria, who financed and provided all the resources for the premiere.

A King who went through the history not because of his wars, but because of his support to the art.

Tristan and Isolde is the fruit of the sublime love that Wagner experimented with Matilde Wasendock. Maybe in the West, a music has never been so close to a feeling.

Behind a score, there is a feeling that the author wants to transmit. A feeling is infinite; it cannot be measured. The author has to make an enormous effort to capture the infinite, in the score, finite by definition. Something is lost in this process. From that moment, the author loses the control of his work; it will depend on how each musician interprets it.

It is the responsibility of the interpreter, to try to transmit that original feeling of the author to whoever is listening. The interpreter may or may not be respectful of the score, first he has to study it, both rationally and emotionally, and when he plays the music, it will be his brain that sends a nervous signals to his muscles, so that finally his fingers can precuts on the keys, black and white, of the piano. These notes travel in waveforms through the space, and finally, they excite, or not, the public.

Behind the 88 keys of the piano, there is a complex mechanism that achieves that a series of strings vibrate to produce the sound. The lowest octave of the piano has only one string, the next two, and all the others, have three strings.

If one observes the 230 strings of the piano ,he will see that there are neither «white strings» nor «black strings», simply strings. When we play the Tristan chord, dozens of strings (neither black nor white), vibrate in unison to transmit the feeling.

Tristan chord (Racial Harmony)

Moreover, that is the principle that we apply in EENI Global Business School. In Africa there are blacks, whites, Senufo, Tuareg, Kanuri, or Lobi, There will also be Turkish or Chinese students or professors, but, just as on the piano where the keys are only the exterior, the important thing is the person, the individual, beyond their color, race, sex or religion.

EENI cannot and does not want to compare itself to a work of art like Tristan.

However, EENI can help tens of thousands of Africans to access to a quality higher education at affordable prices in the coming decades, we can help them to find a better job, and ultimately we can contribute to the socio-economic development of Africa (Mission of EENI Global Business School).

EENI is trans-African, it is organised in knowledge networks distributed in several African countries, and we will have teachers, students and departments throughout Africa. To offer affordable prices, we focus our strategy on considering the eLearning as a disruptive innovation. All these characteristics makes the EENI's model very different from a traditional university. Moreover, for that reason, we have implemented the principle of racial harmony based on the reflections of James Emman Kwegyir Aggrey.

James Emman Kwegyir Aggrey (Racial Harmony)

Pedro Nonell, Founder and President of the Board of Directors of EENI Global Business School.

Pedro Nonell (EENI Global Business School)

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