PABA to Host African Business Fair

Thursday, September 1, 2005
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The Pan African Business Alliance (PABA), Minnesota’s pioneer African chamber of commerce, is scheduled to host its annual Business Fair in Minneapolis next month. According to the PABA President, Henry K. Ongeri, the main objective of the event is to bring visibility to last-growing African entrepreneurship in Minnesota.


“It (the Fair) will provide yet another opportunity for African business owners to showcase their wares and to network with others,” he says. Ongeri, a tax lawyer and consultant with ABC GROUP, LLC, noted that PABA had joined forces with other chambers in the Minnesota Ethnic Chamber Coalition to advance minority business interests. African business ownership is an emerging economic force, part of the estimated $11 billion ethnic purchasing power annually.


The event coordinator, Nathan White of Nextainment confirmed to Mshale that the Fair is scheduled for September 28, 2005 at the Profile Event Center in Minneapolis. “The program will feature African music, complimentary professional consultations and workshops and networking. PABA has invited civic and policy leaders, resource and community partners to the Fair.


“The Fair is a must-attend event for anyone who wants to be successful in tapping into the emerging market,” White says. According to Wycliffe Chakua, who serves as PABA Membership Activities organizer, there will be limited opportunities for vendors to display merchandise. 


Advance registration is required. Email Wycliffe at [email protected]


The Profile Event Center is located at 2630 University Avenue,Minneapolis. Doors open at 5.30 p.m. according to Mr. White.

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About Tom Gitaa

Tom is the President and Publisher of Mshale and chair of the Minnesota Multicultural Media Consortium (MMMC). As Mshale 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 ofВ  The Gambia, Yahya Jammeh at State House, Banjul. Tom has previously served in the board of directors of Global Minnesota, 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 and. He sits on the board of the United Nations Association.

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