Nwokocha to keynote West African Day

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Twin Cities attorney, Paschal Nwokocha, will keynote this year's West African Day which will focus on immigration reform.

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

Born and raised in Kenya's coastal city of Mombasa, Tom is the Founder, 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 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 President of the Board of Directors of Books for Africa, the largest shipper of donated books to Africa. He also serves on the boards of New Vision Foundation and the Minnesota Multicultural Media Consortium. Tom also served two terms on the board of the United Nations Association. He retired from running full marathons after turning 50 and now only focuses on half marathons.

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Born and raised in Kenya's coastal city of Mombasa, Tom is the Founder, 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 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 President of the Board of Directors of Books for Africa, the largest shipper of donated books to Africa. He also serves on the boards of New Vision Foundation and the Minnesota Multicultural Media Consortium. Tom also served two terms on the board of the United Nations Association. He retired from running full marathons after turning 50 and now only focuses on half marathons.