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Tom is the President and Publisher of Mshale. As the founder, he did a lot of the reporting during the humble beginnings of the newspaper. While he still does the occasional reporting, he now concentrates on the publishing side of the news operation.Tom was also the original host of Talking Drum, the signature current affairs show on the African Broadcasting Network (ABN-America), which was available nationwide in the United States via the Dishnetwork satellite service. On the show, he interviewed Nobel laureates such as 2004 Nobel Peace prize winner, Professor Wangari Maathai, the first woman from Africa to win the peace prize and heads of states such as the president of  The Gambia, Yahya Jammeh at State House, Banjul. Tom has previously served in the board of directors of the Minnesota International Center (MIC), the sixth largest World Affairs Council in the United States. He has also previously served as President of the Board of Directors of Books for Africa, the largest shipper of donated books to Africa. He sits on the board of the United Nations Association.

Council Member Warsame’s former aide, Abdi Salah, takes new position in Mayor Jacob Frey’s office

Council Member Warsame’s former aide, Abdi Salah, takes new position in Mayor Jacob Frey’s office

New Minneapolis mayor Jacob Frey was sworn in last week and his office has announced the appointment of Abdi Salah as his Senior Policy Aide. A rising star at Minneapolis…

‘Selma’ actor, David Oyelowo, coming to Minneapolis to keynote Annual MLK Breakfast

‘Selma’ actor, David Oyelowo, coming to Minneapolis to keynote Annual MLK Breakfast

David Oyelowo, who played Martin Luther King Jr. in the acclaimed ‘Selma’ movie, will be in Minneapolis on Monday to deliver the keynote address at the 28th Annual MLK Holiday…

Feds to African immigrants: Western Union might owe you money

Feds to African immigrants: Western Union might owe you money

Western Union customers who might have been victims of scams are now eligible to file claims through February 12, 2018 following a $586 million settlement in January between Western Union…

Israel wants to join the African Union

Israel wants to join the African Union

Israeli prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has expressed his country’s desire to join the African Union. The premier made the remarks on Tuesday at State House, Nairobi during a luncheon to…

Ethiopian Airlines is ‘Africa Airline of the Year’

Ethiopian Airlines has once again been named African Airline of the Year by the African Airlines Association (AFRAA). The announcement was made during the association’s 49th Annual General Assembly in…

Hardline immigration enforcer to become new ICE director

Hardline immigration enforcer to become new ICE director

President Trump has nominated the man who last month pledged to quadruple workplace immigration crackdowns to be the permanent director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The White House announced on…

Africans make gains in Minnesota elections

Africans make gains in Minnesota elections

Africans made gains in elective office on election day Tuesday in Minnesota. This being an off year election there were no statewide elections on the ballot as it was mostly…

Diversity Visa Lottery entry period ends on November 22

Diversity Visa Lottery entry period ends on November 22

The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program administered by the U.S. Department of State has been in the news lately with calls to end it after one of its recipients, Uzbek native…

The Mandela Washington Fellowship observes Mandela Day at Books for Africa

The Mandela Washington Fellowship observes Mandela Day at Books for Africa

ST. PAUL, Minn. (Mshale) – Today, July 18, would have been the late Nelson Mandela’s 99th birthday. The late Mandela fought for equality and democracy and spent 27 years in…

Former Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield receives Hubert H. Humphrey Public Leadership Award

Former Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield receives Hubert H. Humphrey Public Leadership Award

MINNEAPOLIS – The annual Hubert H. Humphrey Public Leadership Awards honored former Obama administration’s Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield on Wednesday night for her more than…

Trump budget calls for mandatory E-Verify use by employers

Trump budget calls for mandatory E-Verify use by employers

In his administration’s budget that it has sent to the White House, the Trump administration’s Fiscal Year 2018 Budget calls for mandating nationwide usage of the E-Verify system to reduce…

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