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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.

Akwaaba Restaurant is Latest Venture for Togolese Entrepreneur

Akwaaba Restaurant is Latest Venture for Togolese Entrepreneur

After one small store of 500 square feet, Edoh Akakpo has quickly become a major player in the African grocery store business in the Twin Cities. The jovial Mr. Akakpo,…

Annan Stresses Global Approach During Launch of Institute for Global Citizenship

Annan Stresses Global Approach During Launch of Institute for Global Citizenship

United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, yesterday cited the war in Iraq as his greatest disappointment during his tenure at the helm of the world body. Mr. Annan was speaking at…

Obama Brings his Magic to Minnesota

Obama Brings his Magic to Minnesota

US Senator Barack Obama wowed Minnesota yesterday when he visited to keynote the sold-out $125 per ticket Hubert H. Humphrey Day Dinner, a fundraiser for Minnesota ’s Democratic Party (DFL)…

Barack Obama to Speak in Minneapolis

Barack Obama to Speak in Minneapolis

Illinois US Senator, Barack Obama will deliver the keynote address at the 29th Annual Hubert H. Humphrey Day Dinner that will be held at the Minneapolis Hilton on Saturday…

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Urges Individual Action

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Urges Individual Action

DECORAH, Iowa - Nobel peace prize laureate Dr. Wangari Maathai today said citizens of the world should hold those in power accountable for their actions towards the environment if…

XM Yanks African Channel Off The Receiver

XM Yanks African Channel Off The Receiver

XM Satellite Radio until last winter was the only one of the two satellite radio receivers that carried a channel dedicated to African music, called Ngoma XM. Ngoma is…

Two New Investors Join African Mall Efforts

Two New Investors Join African Mall Efforts

Two key investors have been added to the project to build the proposed African mall in Brooklyn Park . According to Mr. Kwaku Addy, the lead investor in the project.

Hussein Samatar Appointed to Minneapolis Library Board

Hussein Samatar Appointed to Minneapolis Library Board

The same day Central Connecticut State University in New Britain released a study ranking Minneapolis as the second most literate city in the country, the newly reelected mayor of that…

National Geographic Society Honors Kenyan Marine Conservationist

National Geographic Society Honors Kenyan Marine Conservationist

Kenyan conservationist, Dr. Nyawira Muthiga, has been awarded the prestigious 2005 National Geographic Society/Buffett Award for Leadership in Conservation. Dr. Muthiga, who is the coordinator of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s…

Somali Contributions in the Workplace

Somali Contributions in the Workplace

The Itasca Project, a group of about 40 Twin Cities business leaders, academics and public officials in late October released a report called, "Mind the Gap," that it had…

Former President Clinton uses Ghana experience to make case for alternate US foreign policy

Former President Clinton uses Ghana experience to make case for alternate US foreign policy

Former President Bill Clinton told of an experience he had in to illustrate the strategies the can take to combat terrorism. He talked of a Ghanaian woman…