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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.

Trump’s new executive order on immigration: What You Need to Know

Trump’s new executive order on immigration: What You Need to Know

On March 6, 2017, president Trump signed a new executive order on immigration to clarify his previous chaotic one that was successfully blocked by the courts following a suit by…

Salif Keita ‘The Golden Voice of Africa’ is coming to Minneapolis

Salif Keita ‘The Golden Voice of Africa’ is coming to Minneapolis

Malian superstar Salif Keïta, ‘The Golden Voice of Africa’ as music fans affectionately call him is set to perform at a Mshale sponsored concert at the Cedar on Wednesday, March…

Diversity Visa Lottery: Senate Republicans plan to end it

Diversity Visa Lottery: Senate Republicans plan to end it

Immigrants still smarting from president Donald Trump’s executive orders banning entry from Muslim-majority countries have a new challenge to contend with. New legislation to be introduced by Trump ally, first…

Kenya moving from tribal kingpins to criminal leaders

Kenya moving from tribal kingpins to criminal leaders

Kenya’s renowned photojournalist and human rights activist, Boniface Mwangi, told a friendly and diverse group of Kenyans in Minnesota a sobering reality they might not have fully considered. The country,…

State of Minnesota official Martin Luther King celebration to be keynoted by Target executive Caroline Wanga

State of Minnesota official Martin Luther King celebration to be keynoted by Target executive Caroline Wanga

Caroline Wanga, Chief Diversity Officer and Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion at Target Corporation will keynote this year’s Martin Luther King celebration at the Ordway Center for the performing…

Seth Eggessa, Ugandan-American Rotarian, dies at 65

Seth Eggessa, Ugandan-American Rotarian, dies at 65

Seth Eggessa, whose wide smile and infectious laugh was a fixture at Twin Cities community and charitable events and who was very articulate in explaining the challenges Africa faced to…

Eddy Kenzo to perform in Minneapolis

Eddy Kenzo to perform in Minneapolis

Uganda’s Eddy Kenzo and the 2015 BET ‘Viewer’s Choice Best New International Artist’ will perform in Minneapolis on Saturday, December 17 at the Rouge At The Lounge Nightclub in a…

African immigrants warm up to Osseo School Board Racial Equity Policy

African immigrants warm up to Osseo School Board Racial Equity Policy

African Immigrant Services which has spearheaded a spirited effort in the Osseo School District that spans two years has come out in support of the district’s educational equity policy that…

Kenyan-Americans to form new credit union

Kenyan-Americans to form new credit union

Starting 2017 or early 2018, when Kenyan-Americans in Minnesota and eventually the rest of the United States need to obtain a mortgage, or send money to their kin in Kenya,…

Wives of the Mau Mau Generals

Wives of the Mau Mau Generals

The Mau Mau Uprising was a revolt against British colonial rule in Kenya and lasted eight years(1952-1960). It accelerated Kenya’s path to independence . The impetus for the revolt revolved…

State-backed Twin Cities People of Color Career Fair planned

State-backed Twin Cities People of Color Career Fair planned

The Twin Cities, home to the largest per capita number of Fortune 500 companies in the  nation, is gearing up to host one of the largest  state sponsored career fairs…

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