Registration for Rwanda and Tanzania Ambassadors’ visits to Minnesota now open


Registration for two key Africa focused events in May in the Twin Cities is now open. Ambassador Mathilde Mukantabana of Rwanda and Ambassador Liberata Mulamula of Tanzania will headline two separate events organized by the Minnesota International Center and Books for Africa in the same week.

Rwanda Genocide ‘Kwibuka 20’ Remembrance on May 5 @ 5:30 P.M.

Ambassador Mukantabana will be in Minneapolis on May 5 to speak at the Minneapolis campus of the University of St. Thomas on the 20th anniversary of the Rwanda genocide. UN Secretary General Ban ki-Moon in February launched ‘Kwibuka 20‘, a series of events commemorating the tragedy, and urged the international community to do more to fully internalize and implement the lessons learned from the killings of 800,000 people in 1994.

The remembrance event at St. Thomas is being organized by the Minnesota International Center (MIC), one of the country’s largest World Affairs Council.

The ‘Kwibuka 20’ event is free but online registration is required to secure a spot. The registration link is at the bottom of this story.

Books for Africa Fundraising Luncheon May 7 @ 11:30 A.M.

Ambassador Liberata Mulamula will be the keynote speaker at the annual Books for Africa fundraising luncheon. The luncheon, tailored for working folk during the lunch hour, is the main fundraising event the organization holds during the year.

Books for Africa has grown to become the largest shipper of donated school textbooks to Africa.

Among Books for Africa’s marquee programs, in addition to the well established shipment of books to primary and secondary schools in Africa, is the Law and Democracy Initiative that former Un Secretary General Kofi Annan and former US Vice President Walter Mondale co-chair. The program, through a sponsorship from Thomson Reuters, ships new law books to African law schools.

The luncheon is free to attend (after a free registration) but it is a fundraiser meaning you will be asked to financially support the work Books for Africa does.

Registration details are at the bottom of this story.

Doing Business in East Africa May 7 @ 2:00 P.M.

Ambassador Mulamula after the Books for Africa luncheon will head to Thomson Reuters headquarters in Eagan where she will be the featured speaker at an East Africa Business forum organized by the State of Minnesota’s Trade Office (DEED). Panelists at the forum alongside the ambassador will include IT Consultant Fred Nabeta, Asratie Teferra of Zebra Consulting and Tom Gitaa of Mshale; all are US based East Africans. Speakers from Twin Cities Fortune 500 and small companies will be featured.

The forum is part of the Trade Office’s Africa Series. Registration for the East Africa Business Forum is $10.

Registration Links

  • Amb. Mathilde Mukantabana of Rwanda @ St. Thomas University on May 5 @ 5:30pm. Register here.
  • Amb. Liberata Mulamula of Tanzania @ Books for Africa Luncheon on May 7 @ 11:30am. Request an invitation by emailing Books for Africa.
  • East Africa Business Forum on May 7 @ 2:00pm. Register here.

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 of  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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