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Day: August 1, 2018

Ethiopian Prime Minister visits Minnesota

Following trips to Washington D.C. and Los Angeles to meet the Ethiopian community in America

He pledged peace and asked for help from his nation’s scattered people

“It’s the most beautiful day of my life,” she said.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed visited Minneapolis on Monday to share reform developments with the country’s diaspora. The event was hosted by the Oromo Community of Minnesota. It is the first time an Ethiopian prime minister has come to Minnesota, which has the United States’ largest Oromo diaspora. Oromos are the largest ethnic group in Ethiopia, and Abiy is the first of them to lead the country.

Since his election by the parliament in April, Abiy has made peace a priority in a country marred by violence. In addition to releasing political prisoners and opening previously restricted internet access, he accepted peace deals with Ethiopia’s northern neighbor Eritrea 20 years after a war that killed nearly 100,000 people. Now he’s traveling the United States asking Ethiopians here to help move the country forward.

It’s a break from the repressive narratives of past leaders, said Tadesse Nigatu, a member of the Coalition of Ethiopians in Minnesota.

“It’s just a dream-come-true type of occurrence,” he said.

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Ghanaians celebrate in Chicago

Ghanaians from across America gathered in Chicago for the annual Ghanafest event. The event was a grand success according to this report from ghanaweb

Ghana’s rich culture was on display over the weekend as thousands of Ghanaians and other nationalities thronged the Washington Park in Chicago for arguably the biggest Ghanaian outdoor event in North America, Ghanafest.

Chiefs representing various traditional areas from Ghana, adorned in their traditional regalia, showcased their rich culture amid drumming, dancing and singing from their areas.

This year’s event was unique as it marked the 30th anniversary of Ghanafest. As if to tell the world how this milestone is important, most of the traditional leaders were dressed in their most glamorous of outfits.

“I’ve been a part of Ghanafest for the past 30 years but this is the most amazing display of culture in so many years,” says Ruben Hadzid, a Chicago resident.

The event also saw the outdooring of the Ewe Queen of Chicago,nMama Hilda Adjaho Kuevi. To the Ewe community, this is a landmark feat as the community has been without a queen for a long time.

Mama Adjaho promised to help the chief and elders of the Ewe community to help bring leadership and support to the community

The event drew many Ghanaians from all over the world.

“This is Incredible. I’ve never seen anything like this before, this feels just like Ghana,” says Charlotte Abo who came from London, UK.

Aretha Awuku also came from Madrid, Spain and said: “This is one way we can show and teach our kids our values and culture.”

In this age of technology where Ghanaian kids born abroad do not go home regularly, “This will give them a feel of how things are done back home,” she added.

The event also brought together Ghanaian entrepreneurs who put their wares on display for sales. From restaurant owners, fashion designers and artists, there was something Ghanaian for everyone.

culled from: Ghanaians celebrate in Chicagowww.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/diaspora/Ghana-s-rich-tradition-on-display-at-GhanaFest-Chicago-673070

 

 

 

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