Tadias Magazine Features Director Mamadou Samba
(TADIAS) — Last week, we sat down for an interview with the new Director of the Washington, D.C. Mayor’s Office for African Affairs, Mamadou Samba, who was appointed by Mayor Muriel Bowser in January 2015.Prior to his current job Samba was Commissioner of the DC Commission on African Affairs, and worked as a Capital Budget Administration Analyst at the DC government Office of the Chief Financial Officer. He moved to the U.S. in the early 1990′s from Dakar, Senegal as a young adult (his father worked at the Senegalese embassy). After his dad’s term ended, Mamadou said, he chose to stay in order to finish his education, and went on to earn a Master of Public Administration degree from Kennesaw State University, and a Bachelor Degree in Political Science from the University of South Carolina Aiken, where he was awarded an NCAA athletic scholarship.
Commissioner Ify Nwabuku (center left) and Peace Ambassador Binta Goudiaby (center right) pose with program organizers
Commissioner of African Affairs Honored on International Women's Day
Commissioner Ify Nwabukwu was honored for her health advocacy work at the second International Women's Day event hosted by the Association des Ressortissants et Sympathisants de la
of Casamance People and Sympathizers), Washington. The event took place at the Washington Ethical Society and present at the occasion were Ambassador Babacar Diagne of the Embassy of the Republic of Senegal and OAA Director Mamadou Samba, along with guests and members of the District's African community.
OAA Recruiting African Mentors for Mayor Bowser’s Empowering Males of Color (EMOC) Initiative
Office on African Affairs (OAA), in partnership with Young African
Professionals (YAP) is committed to recruiting fifty African mentors to support
Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Empowering Males of Color (EMOC)
initiative. EMOC is a program developed by DC Public Schools to identify
current academic challenges and improve the success of our African-American and
Latino male students. It seeks to collaborate with the community,
schools, and district leaders to implement effective strategies that enhance
the student experience, increase achievement, and prepare our young men for
college and careers.
this partnership, OAA and YAP will support one of the core strategies of the
Empowering Males of Color initiative of connecting 500 committed volunteers
with young males of color to help them build strong literacy skills, gain
confidence, and discover a passion for reading. DCPS is also recruiting volunteers to serve as mentors throughout the city.
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DPR's Multicultural Fair 2015
DPR's Multicultural Fair 2015
The Department of Parks & Recreation in partnership with the Mayor’s Offices on African Affairs (OAA), Latino Affairs (OLA), and Asian & Pacific Islanders (OAPIA) invites multicultural communities to attend the Multicultural Fair for employment and camping opportunities. Candidates should submit applications via DC Human Resources and come prepared for employment screening.
OAA's Internship Program: Spring 2015
The Mayor’s Office on African
Affairs is recruiting interns for Spring 2015. OAA’s Internship program
is a unique opportunity for undergraduate, graduate students, and young
professionals who are seeking to engage in public service and serve the
District’s diverse African communities. Each year, OAA attracts dynamic interns
who represent the diversity of the African community to support the mission of
the overall mission of Mayor Muriel Bowser.
this program, interns interface with various sectors of District government,
community- and faith-based organizations, businesses and other stakeholders
thereby enhancing their leadership skills, and professional experiences. Beyond
their individual work assignments, OAA interns share responsibility for the
agency’s administrative tasks, providing staff support and participating in
program implementation and activities.
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A Pathway to the Middle Class
I have some exciting news: on Tuesday, March 31st, I will deliver the State of the District Address. The Address will lay out where we stand on creating a fresh start, highlight our commitment to engagement and integrity and establish how we will create a pathway to the middle class. It is time to work together to ensure that opportunity is available to all of our residents.
Will you join me at the historic Lincoln Theatre on Tuesday, March 31st? Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the program starts at 6:30pm RSVP here
Mayor Bowser Signs Administration’s First Agreement for Major Development Project
Tuesday, February 3, 2015, Mayor Muriel Bowser, joined by Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Brian Kenner, signed her first Land Disposition Agreement (LDA) for a roughly 2 acre parcel of the Hill East District Development, a 67-acre site located between the eastern edge of the Capitol Hill neighborhood and the western shore of the Anacostia River.
“This is a great day for a community that began planning Hill East’s revitalization nearly 12 years ago,” said Mayor Bowser. “The signing of this agreement will advance this catalytic project and transform an historic neighborhood, bringing more affordable housing to residents in the District of Columbia.”
Mayor Bowser Names Gregory Dean as Fire EMS Chief
Mayor Muriel Bowser named Gregory M. Dean as Chief of the District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department (FEMS).“The safety and well-being of District residents is my top priority and FEMS is at the frontlines of this effort. Chief Dean is a proven, collaborative leader who led a department with an international reputation for its fire-based EMS performance.
Africans Take Seat at Democratic National Committee Ethnic Council
Notable African Diaspora leader and community activist Dr. Sylvester Okere was fittingly appointed to fill Africa’s seat on the council and represent the African Diaspora community in the United States. His appointment as the African Representative takes immediate effect and he is tasked with mobilizing his constituents across the nation in the spirit of the Democratic Party’s proud and enduring tradition of community development, opportunity and empowerment. He will concurrently serve as the NDECC’S liaison to the DNC’s Black Caucus.
Mo Ibrahim prize: Namibia President Pohamba gets $5m award
The outgoing Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba has won the world's most valuable individual award, the Mo Ibrahim prize for African leadership.The $5m award is given each year to an elected leader who governed well, raised living standards and then left office.Mr Pohamba, a former rebel who fought for his country's independence, has served two terms as Namibian president.
A 10 year old British-Nigerian accepted at UK University
Ten year old Esther Okade, one of UK's youngest students from Nigeria, has been accepted to start her maths degree at the Open University. Esther, who enrolled three weeks ago, is already top of her class, scoring 100 per cent in a recent test. Esther has always jumped ahead of her peers. She sat her first Math GSCE exam, a British high school qualification, at Ounsdale High School in Wolverhampton at just six, where she received a C-grade. A year later, she outdid herself and got the A-grade she wanted. Then last year she scored a B-grade when she sat the Math A-level exam.
The African Billionaires 2015
This year, a record 1,826 billionaires made it to FORBES’ annual ranking of the world’s richest people. There are 29 African billionaires this year, the same number as in 2014. While 2 tycoons – South African mining magnate Desmond Sacco and Moroccan real estate mogul Anas Sefrioui fell off the billionaire rankings this year, Mohammed Dewji of Tanzania makes his debut on the list with a fortune estimated at $1.3 billion. At 39, Dewji is the youngest billionaire in Africa. Dewji’s company, METL Group manufactures textiles and consumer goods and has annual revenues of more than $1.4 billion. Folorunsho Alakija of Nigeria and Isabel dos Santos of Angola are the only two female billionaires on the continent.
The DC Meet & Greet Networking Brunch
Presented by the DC Chapter of Amazing Businesses the DC Meet and Greet facilitates introductions amongst DC area professionals over brunch and dinners. Professionals from multiple industries are bringing their networks together to co-host this event.
When: Saturday, March 14, 2015 | 12:00pm-4:00pm
Where: Noelia Italian Kitchen | 1319 F Street NW | Washington, DC 20004
“Let’s Get Financially Fit”: No Excuses, No Nonsense, No Strings Attached
In partnership with the Anacostia Economic Development Corporation and The DC Hive 2.0., the Capital Area Asset Builders (C.A.A.B.) would like to extend an amazing opportunity for you to attend a financial Boot Camp. This is a four (4) hour financially fit workshop consisting of 3 workout segments; “The Art of Budgeting”, “Take Charge of Your Credit”, and “Pay Yourself First”. This Financial Boot Camp is action-based. Participants will be able to resolve issues or take actionable steps towards obtaining optimal financial well-being, on-site.
When: Tuesday, March 17, 2015 | 10:00 am -2:00 pm
Where: The DC Hive 2.0 | 1231 Good Hope Rd. S.E.| Washington DC 20020
Franchisor and Franchise Owner Roundtable: Local Marketing
The Capital Area Franchise Association is a dynamic group of franchise professionals in the greater Washington DC metropolitan area who continuously strive to establish and share "best practices" in franchising, and to broaden their understanding of the franchise industry through education and networking. We are pleased to have (2) great experts for this important topic:
When: Tuesday, March 17, 2015 | 11:30am-2:00pm
Where: Columbia Country Club | 7900 Connecticut Ave | MD 20815
Start and Fund Your Nonprofit-Workshop
This workshop is being offered by Charity Consultants, Inc. and presented by its Founder and CEO Denise Lawrence, who has 28 years of nonprofit experience. Participants who want to start a nonprofit will learn how to navigate the nonprofit, tax-exempt IRS application to receive 501c3 designation. Participants will also learn about ideas and opportunities to raise money to advance their organization. This workshop is perfect for beginning and existing nonprofits that struggle with structure and raising money.
When: Thursday, March 19, 2015 | 6:00 pm-8:00 pm
Where: Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library | 901 G Street NW | Washington, D.C
GWHCC 6th Annual Business Expo
Launched in 2010, the Business Expo has become the region’s prime event to connect minority-owned businesses with potential clients and organizations that support their growth. Participation in the Expo has increased from 500 attendees in 2010 to over 1,800 in 2014. The Business Expo provides a great opportunity for you to showcase your business to thousands of potential new customers. Capitalize on this unique opportunity to reach one of the fastest growing Hispanic markets in the country!
When: March 24-25, 2015
Where: Walter E Washington Convention Center | 801 Mount Vernon Place NW | Washington, DC 20001
DC Tuition Assistance Grant (DC TAG)
The DC Tuition Assistance Grant (DC TAG) is now open. Students are encouraged to apply early. No applications or supporting documents will be accepted after June 30, 2015 or until funds are exhausted, whichever comes first. For more information, please call 202.727.2824.
The Mayor’s Office of Partnerships and Grant Services (OPGS): Doing Business with District Government Agencies
The Mayor’s Office of Partnerships and Grant Services (OPGS) will offer a forum comprised of DC Government agencies to discuss their existing and funding opportunities for FY 2015. The panel will also discuss what they look for in their review of proposals and the key elements after receiving the grant awards that speak to the potential for renewal or reapplying for future funding. The following agencies have been invited to participate: Department of Employment Services, Department of Health, Office of Victim Services/Justice Grants Administration, Department of the Environment, Office of the State Superintendent, Serve DC/AmeriCorps, Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning & Economic Development, and Office of the Chief Technology.
Workshop for Public Safety Grant Funding
The Mayor’s Office of Partnerships and Grant Services (OPGS) in partnership with the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) is offering a two-part proposal writing course from 9 am to 1 pm on March 30 and April 1, 2015. Designed for both the novice and the experienced individual, this 2-day series will combine expert instruction, with practical exercises, to take you step-by-step through all the stages of planning programs, identifying the effectiveness of an intervention, and writing grant proposals. Using common grant development formats, this course will proceed step-by-step through the development of a proposal with emphasis on the following: how to develop a compelling Statement of Need; how to design a program and create a logic model; identifying evidence-based: programs and practices; how to develop an appropriate budget; and how to avoid the common pitfalls of proposal writing. The classes will be held at 441 4th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001 (Judiciary Square) in room 1107 South. Please note participation in both sessions is mandatory. Contact Pat Henry at email@example.com.
Youth Mental Health First Aid
Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.
When: Monday, March 16, 2015 | 8:30am-4:30pm
Where: Office of the State Superintendent of Education | 810 First Street NE 3rd Floor, Grand Hall | Washington, DC 20002
Medicaid and CHIP Payment Access Commission Public Meeting
The Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) was established in the Children's Health Insurance Program Re-authorization Act of 2009 (P.L. 111-3) and was later expanded and funded through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (P.L. 111-148). MACPAC is tasked with reviewing state and federal Medicaid and CHIP access and payment policies and making recommendations to Congress, the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the states on a wide range of issues affecting Medicaid and CHIP populations, including health care reform. This is a public meeting.
When: March 24, 2015- March 25, 2015
Where: Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Since 1988, the annual Leukemia Ball has raised nearly $52 million for the fight against leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, and myeloma. Each year, teams of dedicated volunteers have exceeded all goals and expectations, making the Leukemia Ball one of the largest non-political black-tie event in Washington, DC. Approximately 2,000 guests attend the Ball each year.
When: Saturday, March 28, 2015
Where: Walter E. Washington Convention Center | Between 7th and 9th Streets, NW | Washington, DC 20001
Artists Reminder | Art Bank 2015
With one week left, we wanted to send you a friendly reminder
about this year's call to artists for the District's Art Bank Collection.
The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities is seeking to
purchase original two and three-dimensional works of art - including but not
limited to paintings; drawings; mixed media; prints; photographs; fabric art;
ceramics; sculptures; installations, and video work. Applicants are allowed to
submit artwork(s) in a series. However, each artwork within a series will be
counted individually as part of the allowable maximum for portfolio submission
from individual artists (5) and art galleries (10).
The 2015 Art Bank Call will close on Friday,
March 20, 2015.
Free Job Training for Africans Living in DC
CitiWide Computer Training is offering free job training for African residents of the District. Training in computer and financial literacy, workforce preparedness and education enrichment (ESL) are conducted from Monday-Thursday. For more information call (202) 526-1975 or (202)667-3719.
Call for Performers: Music on the Mall
The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH), in conjunction with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's Art in Transit program, and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, presents Music on the Mall. Music on the Mall will feature lunchtime performances by District of Columbia acoustic musicians and spoken word artists on the National Mall each Tuesday from May to August 2015. Submission Deadline: March 30, 2015. For more information, contact Ebony Brown, DCCAH Special Events Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-724-5613.
The Taproot Foundation’s New Online Marketplace
The Taproot Foundation’s new online marketplace allows nonprofit organizations to access marketing, IT, HR, finance, and strategy professionals any time, any place. Taproot connects you to a curated group of highly skilled volunteers ready to tackle your needs. You can post a need, hear pitches from experts, pick the expert that works for you, and work together with ongoing access to Taproot tools and support.
National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards
The National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards, sponsored by the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, recognize excellence in after-school and out-of-school arts and humanities programs for under served children and youth. These programs offer high-quality and intensive instruction on weekends, afternoons, and summer vacations, providing a safe and productive space for young people in the hours when they are often the most vulnerable. Twelve winners will receive a $10,000 award and an invitation to accept their award at a White House ceremony. Programs initiated by museums, libraries, performing arts organizations; schools and universities, arts centers, community service organizations, and government agencies are encouraged to apply.
AGOA & Beyond
The United States Ambassador
to Gabon and Gabon's Ambassador to the United States invite you to join the
U.S. Department of State's Direct Line webinar: "Gabon: AGOA &
Beyond."Please join us for a call to discuss the future
of AGOA and the forthcoming AGOA Forum to be held in Gabon in late August
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