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Portes Ouvertes sur la Guinée à Shepherd Universty, en Virginie Occidentale

L’ambassadeur de Guinée aux Etats-Unis, SE Mamady Condé, était mardi, 18 octobre, l’hôte de Shepherd University, un établissement public d’enseignement supérieur vieux de plus de 130 ans, situé à 1h30 de voiture du District de Columbia, dans un endroit pittoresque de Virginie Occidentale.

Spécialisé dans les arts libéraux, les sciences naturelles et l’administration des affaires, Shepherd University compte environ 4000 étudiants venant en majorité de Virginie Occidentale et des Etats voisins, à savoir la Pennsylvanie et le Maryland, la Virginie, le Kentucky et l’Ohio. Egalement dans l’effectif, des étudiants d’origine africaine en nombre réduit à moins de 100A l’instar de leurs concitoyens des autres universités américaines, les étudiants de Shepherd savent très peu de l’Afrique et le peu qu’ils savent du continent noir est superficiel. Une perception qui, pour la plupart du temps, ne reflète pas la réalité d’une Afrique diverse et de plus en plus dynamique.

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Portes Ouvertes sur la Guinée à Shepherd University, en Virginie Occidentale
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    Ambassador Conde giving gifts to Faculty Members, surrender by Nisaa, Diakite and Sidibe
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    Ambassador Conde pose with School official including Shepherd University Vice President
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    Ambassador Conde with staff at Shepherd and Embassy officials traveling with him
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    Ambassador Conde delivering his remarks on the latest political development in Guinea
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    Ambassador Conde lecturing on Guinea at Shepherd University
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    Shepherd University Faculty Members
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    Students and Professors listening as Ambassador Conde delivers his remarks
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  • Embassy of Guinea

    Karamo Koita (Adviser) with officer for Consular Affairs Aly Camara
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    Ibrahim Niassa, Cultural Attache with Bamba et protocol officer Ibrahim Bangoura (front row)
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    Students of Shepherd University
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    Faculty Members with officials from Guinea's Embassy
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    Students and Faculty Members
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    Students at Shepherd University
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    Shepherd University Faculty Mambers
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    Students of Shepherd University
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    Students of Shepherd University
  • Ambassador Conde

    Ambassador Conde greeting Prof Robbins
  • Ambassador Conde

    Ambassador Conde with Prof Charles Nieman, Director of International Affairs
  • Embassy of Guinea

    Ambassador Conde decoration a Shepherd University official
  • Embassy of Guinea

    Ambassador Conde greeting a Shepherd University official
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    The Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Thomas Segar
  • Ambassador Conde

    Ambassador Conde with professors and students
  • Meredith Whiting and Kaitlin Mvanda

  • Sidiki Diabate

    Sidiki Diabate posing with a gift from Guinea's Embassy
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    Faculty Member Sidiki Diabate with a gift from Guinea Embassy
  • Charles Nieman

    Dr.Charles Nieman, Director of International Affairs at Shepherd University
  • Joseph Robbins

    Joseph Robbins, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
  • Embassy of Guinea

    Chauffeur Imam Youlkharnaini
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    Students and Faculty Members
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    A Faculty Member at Shepherd introducing Ambassador Conde
  • Embassy of Guinea

    Cuisiniere Nga M'balou Samkon
  • Embassy of Guinea

    Cuisiniere Nga M'balou Sankon introducing mets from Guinea
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    Cuisinieres Nga M'balou with Mabinty
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    Students from Shepherd University being served dinner
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    Shepherd University Faculty Members enjoying metts from Guinea
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Pour pallier cette situation, la direction de l’Université en charge des affaires internationales en collaboration avec un de ses anciens étudiants, l’ivoirien Sidiki Diabaté, a crée récemment un programme qui consiste à inviter chaque année un ambassadeur étranger pour parler de son pays dans le cadre d’une journée “Portes ouvertes.” Après la Côte d’Ivoire, le choix est tombé cette année sur la République de Guinée, un pays très mal connu des américains, par ailleurs stigmatisé par la récente épidémie de fièvre hémorragique à virus ebola. L’ambassadeur Condé, qui a effectué le déplacement avec plusieurs de ses proches collaborateurs, a profité de ce moment privilégié pour échanger avec les étudiants et enseignants sur la Guinée, découvrir le campus, partager les mets guinéens et jeter les jalons pour une future collaboration devant permettre à des jeunes guinéens d’étudier à Shepherd. En images avec AlloConakry

Dr. Charles Nieman, Director of International Affairs at Shepherd University speaks with Ben Bangoura as he welcomes Guinea’s US Ambassador Mamady Condé.

Afropop Icons and Innovators Awards and Benefit Party 2016

Hosted by Friendship House and sponsored by Daly Disney and Pharma, the inaugural Icons & Innovators Awards and Benefit Party was held Thursday, September 29, 2016, in Washington, DC. The event, organized in partnership with Timothy and Shigeko Bork, was designed to support Afropop.org in its efforts to deliver contemporary African music to millions of listeners in the United States. It brought together over 100 people who enjoyed live music, visual art, food and drink. Afropop Worldwide is the Peabody Award-winning public radio series.

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Icons and innovators Awards and Benefit Party
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    Sean Barlow, Laolou Senbanjo, Georges Conllinet, Sheriden Booker and Samba Mapalanga
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    Afropop host Georges Collinet enjoying his Icons and Innovators' Award
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    Nigerian visual artist Laolou Senbanjo receiving Icons & Innovators' Award from Afropop's Sheriden Booker
  • The Big Three of Afropop

    Georges Collinet (Host), Banning Eyre (Senior Editor) and Sean Barlow (Founder)
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  • Sean Barlow

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    Sean Barlow, Founder and Chief Executive of Afropop.org
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    Sheriden Booker, Afropop (Team Member)
  • Banning Eyre

  • Guest of Honor

  • Host and owner of Frienship House

  • Host and owner of Frienship House

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    Host and owner of Frienship House speaking to guests including Sean Barlow
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  • Banning Eyre

    Afropop Senior Editor Banning Eyre playing guitar
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    Afropop Senior Editor Banning Eyre playing guitar
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    Host and Friendship House owner pose with artists at Icons & Innovators Awards
  • Laolou Senbanjo

    Visual artist Laolou Senbanjo from Nigeria pose with fellow artists
  • Visual art

  • Visual artist with Barlow

  • Georges Collinet

    Georges Collinet, left, and Sean Barlow, right, pose with a group of artists
  • Laolou Senbanjo

    Viaual artist Laolou Senbanjo chating with guestsVisual
  • Cooki Collinet

    Cooki Collinet, wife of Georges Collinet, pose with a friend
  • Jeannine B. Scott, Principal America to Africa

  • Jeannine with a friend

  • Jeannine with a friend

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  • Georges with Doriane

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    Georges Collinet pose with a guest and Doriane Ndong
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  • Ben Bangoura

    Ben Bangoura, Editor of AlloConakry, pose with Doriane Ndong
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    Doriane Ndong with Journalist Ben Bangoura, Editor of AlloConakry
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    Jeannine B. Scott, Principal America to Africa, with a friend
  • Shanta Bryant

    Shanta Bryant (Media Consultant) with her mother and Sheriden Booker
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    Afropop host Georges Collinet chating with a guest
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  • Cooki Collinet

    Cooki Collinert pose with Doriane Ndong
  • Visual art

  • Visual artist Laolou Senbanjo

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  • Ben Bangoura

    Journalist Ben Bangoura pose with Shanta Bryant Media Consultant Shanta Bryant Gyan
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    Jeannine B. Scott chating with friends
  • Visual art

    A guest chating with visual artists
  • Visual artists

  • Collinet with a guest

  • Collinet with a guest

  • Sean Barlow

    Afropop founder and Chief Executive at guest service
  • Guests

  • Artists

  • Laolou Senbanjo

    Laolou Senbanjo with artists and guests
  • Afropop Team

    Sean Barlow, Laolou Senbanjo, Georges Conllinet and Sheriden Booker
  • The Africa Society

  • Group photo

  • Guests

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  • Jeannine with a friend

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  • Visual artist

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    Sean Barlow speaks as Sheriden Booker looks on from background
  • Georges Collinet

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    Afropop host Georges Collinet speaking after collecting Icons and Innovators' Award
  • Guests

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    Afropop host Georges Collinet speaking after collecting Icons and Innovators' Award
  • Sean with Georges

  • Malian musician Cheich Amala Diabate

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    Malien musician Cheich Amala Diabate plying ouest african traditional instrument ngony John
  • Congolese guitarist John

  • Jeannine with Africa Society official

  • Mark Grayson (Pharma) with a guest

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  • Bartenders

  • Guest Service

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  • Banning Eyre

  • Visual art

PRI distributes the program to over 100 stations in U.S. and it is available on demand via afropop.org, Sound cloud, and iTunes. The evening highlighted three distinguished individuals who were honored for their contributions at different capacity. They include broadcast legend and Radio personality Georges Collinet host since 1988 of Afropop. Congolese musician Samba Mapangala and Nigerian visual artist and human rights crusader Laolou Senbanjo. Parade du Jour covered the event and captured these images. AlloConakry

 

Aliko Dangote and Stephen Hayes among honorees at AAI 2016 Annual Awards Gala

On Tuesday, September 20, 2016, the African American Institute (AAI) honored prominent business Leaders from US-Africa Private Sector at its 2016 Annual Awards Gala, in New York, on sidelines of UN General Assembly. The honorees include the wealthy Nigerian business mogul Aliko Dangote and Stephen Hayes, President of Corporate Council on Africa (CCA). Both bagged “Distinguished Business Leader Awards” of the year.

The first for his role in “championing African entrepreneurship, greater business and investment in Africa trough his company global brand and his commitment to expanding regional integration on the continent. The second was praised for his unwavering commitment to promoting trade and investments between the US and Africa, trough a private sector.

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The African American Institute honors prominent business leaders from US and abroad
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    Aliko Dangote, President and Chief Executive Officer of Dangote Group, receives the AAI 2016 Distinguished African Business Leader Award
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  • President Sirleaf

    Liberian President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf delivering remarks
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    Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Monday September 20, 2016,
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  • Aliko Dangote

    Aliko Dangote delivering his acceptance speech
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  • Erastus Mwencha

    African Union Deputy Chairperson, Erastus Mwencha,delivering remarks
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  • Stephen Hayes

    Stephen Hayes, President of Corporate Council on Africa, receives the AAI 2016 Distinguished US Business Leader Award
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    CCA President Stephen Hayes with his wife
  • Ambassador Andjaba

  • Ambassador Mombouli

    Ambassador Mombouli chating with his counterpart from Namibia, Martin Andjaba
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    Congolese diplomat and Dean of African Diplomatic Corps being interviewed by a reporter covering the event.
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    HE Martin Andjaba, Ambassador of the Republic of Namibia, with his wife
  • Mrs. Andjaba with a guest

  • Guests

  • Angelique Kidjo

    Grammy Award winning star Angelique Kidjo,Honorary Chair of AAI 2016 Annual Awards Gala.
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    Grammy Award winning star Angelique Kidjo with Fatmata Koroma, CEO of Therapeutic Interventions Inc.
  • Jesse Jackson

    Reverand Jesse Jackson Jr. with Shanta Bryant Gyan, Media Officer (AAI)
  • Reverand Jesse Jacson

    Reverand Jesse Jackson with Fatmata Koroma, CEO of Therapeutic Interventions Inc.
  • Stephen Hayes

    CCA President Stephen Hayes chating with a guest
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  • AAI official with a guest

  • Ambassador Mombouli

    Congolese diplomat and Dean of African Ambassadors posing with former NBA star, Dikembe Mutombo
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    Congolese diplomat posing with a businessman attending the event
  • Dikembe Mutombo

    Former NBA star, Congolese born Dikembe Mutombo, Principal of Mutombo Foundation
  • Dikembe Mutombo

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  • Renato, a Chevron representative, with family members

  • Renato with a guest

  • Fatmata Koroma with a guest

  • Fatmata Koroma, Stephen Hayes and wife

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    Stephen Hayes, President of CCA, with Fatmata koroma, CEO of Therapeutic Interventions Inc.
  • Linda Greefield

    US Assistant Secretary of State for Africa Affairs Linda T. Greenfield with Fatmata Koroma, CEO of Therapeutic Interventions Inc.
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    Linda Thomas Greenfield, Assistant Secretary of State for Africa, with Fatmata Koroma, CEO of Therapeutic Interventions Inc.
  • Dikembe Mutombo

    Dikembe Mutombo posing with guets
  • Florizzelle and a guest

  • Aliko Dangote

    Aliko Dangote of Dangote Group with a guest
  • Florizelle Liser, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Africa (left)

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  • Guests

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  • Ambassador Mombouli

    Congolese diplomat with Ambassadeur Herman Cohen
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  • Erastus Mwencha

    African Union Assistant Chairperson Erastus Mwencha (left) with guests
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  • President Sirleaf

    Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Monday September 20, 2016,
  • Sheriden Booker with a friend

  • Chevron

    Representatives from Chevron, sponsor official of the AAI 2016 Annual Awards Gala
  • Guest service

  • Representatives from Chevron

The President of Chevron Africa Ali Mosheri and Sunil Benimadhu, Chief Executive of the Stock Exchange of Mauritius were also honored. The event held at Cipriani 5 Broadway drew prominent business leaders from US and Africa, diplomats and dignitaries, including Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. AlloConakry

Fatmata Koroma, CEO of Therapeutic Interventions Inc hosts Mister Africa USA 2016

Gabonese contestant Erwan Smith was crowned Sunday night in New York, Mister Africa USA 2016, in a ceremony co-hosted by Fatmata Koroma, CEO of Therapeutic Interventions Inc., and humanitarian actress Cece Maintain Djakiss Diarra (Ivory Coast) and Innocent Tagbado of Togo were the runners up.The jury, composed of six including four men awarded Smith the title because of his platform designed to fight corruption and dictatorship in Africa, namely in his native Gabon shaken by violences following a hotly contested presidential polls last week.

The event was produced by Mister Africa USA led by Bertini Heumegni whose vision is “to give opportunity to young Africans” from different countries to show case their talents and aspirations.In it’s third edition this year, Mister Africa USA registered contestants from 8 African countries including Burkina Fasso, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Ghana, Togo, Gabon, Ethiopia and South Africa.After an initial opening prayer, the evening started with each contestant introducing himself along with his platform. Then, there was a traditional wear, and a talent portion including a “Performance Raffle”, followed by hours long of fundraising spearheaded by Claudine Mukamabano, to benefit Fabo Foundation for the Deaf in Africa.

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Fatmata Koroma Koroma CEO of Therapeutic Interventions Inc, hosts Mister Africa 2016
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    Fatmata Koroma, CEO of Therapeutic Interventions Inc, emceeing Mister Africa USA 2016
  • Cece Maintain, co-host Mister Africa Pageant 2016

  • Fatmata Koroma with co-host Cece Maintain

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    Host Fatmata Koroma introducing contestants at Mister Africa USA 2016
  • Crowned Mister Smith with Miss Tanzania

  • Crowned Mister Smith with guests

  • Fatmata Koroma with co-host Cece Maintain

  • Crowned Mister Smith with guests

  • Crowned Mister Smith with guests

  • Crowned Mister Smith with guests

  • Crowned Mister Smith with guests

  • Crowned Mister Smith with guests

  • Crowned Mister Smith with guests

  • Fatmata Koroma on red carpet

  • Fatmata Koroma with Miss Gatoro

  • Miss Chancé Gatoro

    Rieigning Miss Culture USA pageant Chancé Gatoro recarpeting
  • Claudine Mukamabano

  • Claudine Mukamabano and producer Bertini

  • Claudine Mukamabano and producer Bertini

  • Erwan Smith with runners-up Diarra and Tagbado

  • Erwan Smith with runners-up Diarra and Tagbado flanked by Cece and Claudine

  • Contestant Innocent Tagbado (Togo)

  • Adam Zongo (Burkina Faso)

  • Contestants

  • Top six runners-up

  • Djakiss Diarra (Ivory Coast)

  • Pierre Johnson (South Africa)

  • Contestant

  • Sherrod Lewis (Ethiopia)

  • Boniface Deepak (Ghana)

  • Group photos

  • Fatmata Koroma and Cece Maintain hosts of Mister Africa USA 2016

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    Host Fatmata koroma redcarpeting
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  • Fatmata Koroma with Miss Gatoro

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  • Host Fatmata Koroma setting the scenes

  • Crowned Mister Smith with guests

  • Bertini Model

  • Bertini Model

  • Contestant Pierre Johnson (South Africa)

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    Mister South Africa dancing
  • Contestant Djakiss Diarra from Ivory Coast

  • Contestant Boniface Deepak ( Ghana)

  • Contestant Adam Zongo (Burkina Faso)

  • Contestant Pierre Johnson from South Africa

  • Contestant Mor Mbodj from Senegal

  • Contestant Sherrod Lewis from Ethiopia

  • Contestant Innocent Tagbado from Togo

  • Contestant Erwan Smith from Gabon

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  • Diarra

    Contestant from Ivory Coast dancing
  • Miss Culture USA with Genesis and Miss Tanzania

  • Miss Culture USA with Miss Tanzania

  • Jury member Felicite Naissem

  • Jury member Felicite Naissem

  • Jury member Prakash Patil

  • Prakash Patil

  • Jury member Prince Adekoya

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    Miss Culture USA Pageant Chance Gatoro smiling as she is being introduced to audience
  • Miss United

  • Miss Culture USA 2016

  • Co-host Cece Maintain

  • Co-host Cece Maintain

  • Crowned Mister Smith with Miss Tanzania

  • Misss Tanzania

  • Miss Côte d'Ivoire with contestant Djakiss Diarra (Ivory Coast)

  • Contestant Erwan Smith from Gabon

  • Contestant Boniface Deepak from Ghana

  • John Blassingame with Bertini and Prince Adekoya

  • Miss Culture USA with Miss Tanzania, Cote d'Ivoire and Miss Caricom

  • Fatmata Koroma

    Host Fatmata Koroma reading from notes
  • Contestants

    Group dance by contestants at Mister USA Africa 2016
  • USA Anthem singer

  • Guests

Event attendees included several pageants from a variety of associations among which Miss Culture USA Pageant Chancé Gatoro produced by Therapeutic Interventions Inc., a 501c, non-profit organization devoted to women advancement based in Washington, DC. AlloConakry captured some images from the event venue at National Black Theater, in Harlem.

 

This edition of Parade du jour is brought to you by Therapeutic Interventions Inc and Miss Culture USA Pageant. AlloConakry

Ivory Coast, “ a vital US partner”, celebrates 56 year of Independence

It was a very festive mood at the Ivory Coast Embassy as hundreds of guests poured in to join the country in celebrating its 56th independence anniversary. State Department officials, African policy makers in Washington, and friends of Ivory Coast, were part of the colorful display that celebrated the culture of Ivory Coast and the strong bonds between Yamoussoukro and Washington. The American National anthem was performed in addition to that of Ivory Coast to show the strong bonds between the two countries.Traditional artifacts and products from Ivory Coast were on display at the celebrations, which was punctuated with music, wining and a heavy dose of Ivorian cuisine to entertain the guests.

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Ivory Coast fetes 56 year of Independance
  • Ambassador Diabate and his wife Cecile with State Department official Peter Valerine

    Ambassador Diabate and his wife Cecile with State Department official Peter Valerine, during the opening ceremony
  • Ambassador Daouda Diabate and Peter Valerine

    Ambassador Daouda Diabate delivering remarks as State Department official Peter Valerine look on
  • Mrs. Smith with Peter Valerine

  • Amb Diabate with an official from the Embassy

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  • A couple of traditional chief in Ivory Coast

  • Ambassadors Harouna (Benin), Mamady Conde (Guinea) with Tim M, center

  • Ambassador Conde with his Mauritanian counterpart Daddah

  • Guinea's Ambassador Conde with a guest

  • Ambassador Conde with Nene and Mariam

  • Ambassador Smith

  • Ambassador Joseph Smith of Ghana and his wife

  • Mrs. Doha Smith, wife of Ambassador from Ghana

  • Ambassador Joseph Smith of Ghana and his wife

  • Mrs. Doha Smith with a guest

  • Ambassador Rocha (Cape Verde) with south african counterpart Mahlangu

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    Michael Oputa chating with Ambassador Agostinho of Angola
  • Capverdian envoy José Luis Rocha with Michael Oputa, CEO of Reside Estate

  • Ambassadors Rocha, Agostihno and Mahlangu

  • Busness leader Michael Oputa chating with Ambassador Mahlangu of South Africa

  • Business leader Michael Oputa flanked by Ambassadors from Angola and South Africa

  • Michael Oputa with Ambassador Bokary Stevens from Sierra Leone

  • Mohamed Doun Daddah, Ambassador of Mauritania with a guest

  • Ambassador Tiena Coulibaly from Mali

  • Ambassador Bokary Stevens with Mrs. Cecile Diabate

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    Amb Bokary Stevens, Dean of ECOWAS' group, with wives of Ambassadors Diabate and Smith, along with an Ivoirian queen, at awards ceremony
  • Legendary Broadcsater Geroges Collinet, Collinet Productions and Afropop

  • Georges Collinet with Ambassador Moussa Kembe (CAR)

  • Legendary Georges Collinet with Fashion designer Alphade

  • Collinet, Alphade and a guest

  • Georges Collinet with admirers

  • Georges Collinet with admirers including Salif Justice from the right

  • Tim McCoy

  • Tim McCoy with a guest

  • Ambassador Perry is vice president at The Corporate Council on Africa (right) with a guest

  • Fatmata Koroma with a royal couple from Ivory Coast

  • Fatmata Koroma with Editor Ajong Mbapndah of Pan African Visions

  • A YALI student from Ivory Coast

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    A YALI student receiving an award from Mrs. Doha Smith
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    A YALI student greeted by Mrs Doha Smith, wife of Ambassador of Ghana
  • State Department official Peter Valerine giving an award to an ivoirian student of YALI

    State Department official Peter Valerine giving an award to an ivoirian student of YALI
  • An ivoirian student of YALI

  • Ambassador Stevens giving an award to an ivoirian student of YALI

    Ambassador Stevens giving an award to an ivoirian student of YALI
  • An ivoirian poet

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    Ivoirians business leaders participating in YALI program in Washington lined up to received awards from the Embassy of Ivory Coast
  • Ivoirian YALI participants

    Ivoirians business leaders participating in YALI program in Washington lined up to received awards from the Embassy of Ivory Coast
  • Melvin P. Foote (CEO of Constituency for Africa)

  • Bintou Dioumand ( Chair at United Africa)

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  • Guests including Ida and Denver, center

  • Ivoirian traditional queen

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  • Legendary Collinet with an ivoirian traditional qeen

  • Royal family from Ivory Coast

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    Ambassador Joseph Smith chating with a guest
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    Jeannine B. Scott chating
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“It has not been a bed of roses, but Ivory Coast is now on the fast lane of development,” said Ambassador Diabate Daouda, in his remarks. “From agriculture, to infrastructure, youth employment and more, Ivory Coast is making tremendous strides. Under the leadership of President Alassane Ouattara, our country has enjoyed a sustained growth rate for the last couple of years. Various development indexes from reputable agencies put Ivory Coast on the top list of faster developing economies and investors are welcome with open arms”, he added to applause.

The leading producer of cocoa in the world, Ivory Coast got its independence from France on August 7 1960. The country had moments of political instability including a civil war and a contentious presidential election, which culminated in the forceful eviction of President Laurent Gbagbo in 2010. Current President Alassane Ouattara is in his second and last constitutional term.

“The worst is behind us and Ivory Coast now enjoys peace,” Ambassador Diabate concluded. Peter Valerine, a top State Department official who spoke at the cemeromony, agreed when he called Ivory Coast “a vital US partner in Africa”. Late last year, Ivory Coast became eligible for $500 million) grant from U.S. foreign aid agency the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), to be released over the next five years for development projects. In addition, prospects are looking good with American companies like General Electric, ExxonMobil, and Anadarko etc…, running operations in the country. Ajong Mbapndah  and Ben Bangoura

 

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