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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.

North Central and Maakhir become sister universities

North Central and Maakhir become sister universities

North Central University in Minneapolis and Maakhir University located in the semi-autonomous federal state of Puntland in Somalia have entered into a “sister university” arrangement, a relationship that both sides…

Net gain for African candidates in Minnesota elections

Net gain for African candidates in Minnesota elections

The 2018 midterm elections saw Minnesota voters make history by a number of firsts. They elected the first black person born in the African continent o the US Congress and…

Get ready to vote on Tuesday November 5

Get ready to vote on Tuesday November 5

There are no statewide races in Minnesota on next Tuesday’s elections but there are important city council races, school board elections and local issues that might affect you depending on…

Black lawmakers debrief on 2019 Minnesota legislative session

Black lawmakers debrief on 2019 Minnesota legislative session

A quote from Martin Luther King, Jr.’s last book Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?, a collection of essays he penned before his assassination reads “The contemporary…

Governor Walz promises to improve access to state agencies for Africans

Governor Walz promises to improve access to state agencies for Africans

BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. (Mshale) – Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan addressed over 300 members of the African community on Saturday, just six months since taking office and…

Liberian community hails US House passage of Dream and Promise Act

Liberian community hails US House passage of Dream and Promise Act

BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. (Mshale) – The Liberian community today praised yesterday’s passage of the Dream and Promise Act by the US House of Representatives. The bill offers a pathway to…

God loves a cheerful giver, Zambian ambassador to US tells Books for Africa

God loves a cheerful giver, Zambian ambassador to US tells Books for Africa

ST. PAUL, Minn. (Mshale) – Books for Africa (BFA) held its annual fundraiser luncheon Thursday at the Town and Country Club with 300 people attending.В  This year’s African ambassador speaker…

New faces coming to the Organization of Liberians in Minnesota board

New faces coming to the Organization of Liberians in Minnesota board

Abraham Bah, the incumbent chair of the Organization of Liberians in Minnesota board, easily secured his seat in the organization in an otherwise fiercely contested election that was conducted all…

Liberians in Minnesota to vote in OLM elections this weekend

Liberians in Minnesota to vote in OLM elections this weekend

Liberians will go to the polls on Sunday, May 19 from 7am to 7pm to fill six board positions in the Organization of Liberians in Minnesota. There are 13 candidates…

Minneapolis Public Housing Board of Commissioners set to get first African immigrant chair

Minneapolis Public Housing Board of Commissioners set to get first African immigrant chair

The Minneapolis City Council’s Housing Policy & Development Committee voted 4-1 Wednesday to confirm the appointment of Sharmarke M. Issa as a member of the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority board…

Governor Walz appoints three to the Council for Minnesotans of African Heritage

Governor Walz appoints three to the Council for Minnesotans of African Heritage

New faces will join the Council for Minnesotans of African Heritage after appointments made by Minnesota governor Tim Walz last week. In a press statement, Walz announced the appointment of…

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