Minnesota Africans United (MAU), behalf of Minnesota’s Expo 2027 bid, last week lobbied African leaders who were in Washington, DC attending President Biden’s US Africa Leaders’ Summit.
The United States is seeking to host the 2027 World Expo in Minnesota with the theme “Healthy People, Healthy Planet – Wellness and Well Being for All.” If Minnesota is selected, this would be the first expo in the U.S. in nearly 40 years.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will meet with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa this month, the White House announced Thursday, as the administration looks to draw African nations closer to the U.S. at a time when South Africa and many of its neighbors have staked out neutral ground on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Announcement of the Sept. 16 visit comes on the heels of U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s visit to South Africa last month, in which he said the Biden administration sees Africa’s 54 nations as “equal partners” in tackling global problems.
Vestine Ncungu was 11 when she had to run for her life and hide in the trees to escape militia soldiers who were killing members of her ethnic group during the 1994 Rwandan genocide.
Most of her family members didn’t make it out alive. She was one of the lucky ones who escaped. She stayed safe with what remained of her extended family and eventually got permission to come to the United States as a young woman.
The United States, through the Department of Justice and FBI, forfeited approximately $23 million traceable to the corruption and money laundering of former Nigerian dictator Sani Abacha and his co-conspirators. This money will be returned to the Nigerian people through an agreement between the Governments of the United States and the Federal Republic of Nigeria (Nigeria) signed today in Abuja, Nigeria, by U.S. Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard. This repatriation will bring the total amount forfeited and returned by the Department of Justice in this case to approximately $334.7 million.
The effort of the US government to improve leadership capacity among young leaders in Africa continued in Washington recently with the annual Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders.Alex Cole of IREX details the activities that have marked the fellowhsip so far.
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
By Chris Bowling Star Tribune
JULY 31, 2018 — 9:21AM
RICHARD TSONG-TAATARII – MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE
Over ten thousand supporters of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed gathered to hear him and celebrate in song and dance.
“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.
Crowds formed outside Target Center hours before its doors opened. On the sidewalk, people sold bracelets, keychains and even umbrella hats with Abiy’s image. Some wore T-shirts with the prime minister’s slogan: “Break the wall, build a bridge” — a reference to re-establishing connections with his nation’s scattered people. Shirts sporting his image read “We support U,” or simply “The Legend.”
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