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.
- 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 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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