The West African Collaborative, a consortium of Minnesota national groups from West Africa will host its annual West African Cultural and Family Day on Saturday, September 28 starting at noon. The event is free.
The event is presented in conjunction with the Center for Families, a program of the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches. The event incorporates most of the religions prevalent in West African countries including christianity and Islam.
This year’s theme is “Immigration Reform and You“. Paschal Nwokocha, past vice chair of the Minnesota and Dakotas chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) will deliver the keynote address that will focus on the state of immigration reform.
As is tradition there will be cultural performances and dance and traditional food served. There will be a display of cultural artifacts and a soccer match will serve as a finale before the closing ceremony.
West African Day
Location: Center for Families, 3333 North 4th Street, Minneapolis
Date: Saturday, September 28
Time: Noon – 8 p.m.
Cost: Free, donations accepted
Contact: Edmund Ocansey at the Center for Families: 612-276-1527
About Tom Gitaa Gitaa
Born and raised in Kenya's coastal city of Mombasa, Tom is the Founder, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of Mshale which has been reporting on the news and culture of African immigrants in the United States since 1995. He has a BA in Business from Metro State University and a Public Leadership Credential from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He was 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 Dish Network 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. Tom has served and chaired various boards including Global Minnesota (formerly Minnesota International Center), the sixth largest World Affairs Council in the United States. He has previously served as the first Black President of the Board of Directors at Books for Africa. He also serves on the boards of New Vision Foundation and the Minnesota Multicultural Media Consortium. He has previously served two terms on the board of the United Nations Association. An avid runner, he retired from running full marathons after turning 50 and now only focuses on training for half marathons.
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