Category: Appointments

Meet Ghana’s first African-American Tourism ambassador, Diallo Sumbry

By Michael Klugey
Diallo Sumbry, the founder of the Washington D.C. based The Adinkra Group, an African Cultural Edutainment Resource, and Consulting Company, and organizer of the Back2Africa Festival and Tour has been appointed as Ghana’s first African-American Tourism Ambassador by the Ghana Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture.

Mr. Sumbry will join Ghana Tourism Ambassadors including Afrobeats Star Fuse ODG, Ghanaian Rap Star, Sarkodie, Ghanaian British Singing Sensations, Reggie N Bollie, and Singer Wiyaala to transform and promote tourism as a leading sector of the economy in Ghana.

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Ghanaian Professor installed as Principal of University of Toronto – Scarborough

A Ghanaian Professor, Wisdom Tettey, has been installed as the Vice President and Principal of the University of Toronto-Scarborough in the largest city of Canada.
He is the first Black person to head the campus.
His installation took place at the Scarborough campus of the University of Toronto amidst academic pageantry with the blasting of Ghanaian traditional song in the background.
The ceremony was well attended by dignitaries and academia including the Vice Chancellor, academic staff, students and family members/representatives from the Toronto Ghanaian community.

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Refugee, teacher, turnaround agent, he’s the first Somali-American on St. Paul’s city council

By Frederick Melo

Shortly before being sworn into office, the newest member of the St. Paul City Council received an unhappy social media message from “Mike from Facebook.” The topic: trash.
What could be done, said Mike, about the refuse accumulating at Minnehaha Avenue and Duluth Street?

Kassim Busuri and his legislative aide, Scott Renstrom, immediately contacted a store owner at the corner to discuss the situation, and then Metro Transit to determine who owns a bench at the location. By the end of the day, the likelihood of getting a trash receptacle installed seemed high.

“We’re going to make sure it’s going to be fixed,” said Busuri on Wednesday, minutes after being seated at his first council meeting. His first project as council member may not be one for the record books, but Busuri’s arrival at City Hall holds special meaning for the city’s growing Somali-American population.

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Nigerian-born, Titilayo Ufomata Appointed Provost at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana

Titilayo Ufomata has been named provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana. The school enrolls about 1,600 students. African Americans make up 2 percent of the undergraduate student body. Dr. Ufomata will begin her new role on June 1, 2019.

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Washington State Gov. Inslee appoints Nigerian-Born Edirin Okoloko Judge

Gov. Jay Inslee today appointed Nigerian-born Edirin Okoloko to Snohomish County Superior Court. He will replace Judge George Bowden, who is retiring.

Okoloko has worked for the past 13 years in the Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, where he is a deputy prosecuting attorney working on homicide, sexual assault, child abuse and elder abuse cases. He has also worked in the office’s violent crime, property crime and District Court units, and he represents the office on the Snohomish County Multiple Agency Response Team, which investigates incidents of suspected excessive force by police officers. Continue reading “Washington State Gov. Inslee appoints Nigerian-Born Edirin Okoloko Judge”