The African Beat

October 4, 2019


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In This Issue:


  • MOAA Frontpage
  • What's New with Your Mayor?
  • Rolling in Resources 
  • You Should Go
  • Get Hired 
  • Ask the Director

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Dream Sports Africa Fitness Happy Hour


Dream Sports Africa is excited to host you at our event this Saturday from 10am to 11am! Look forward to a good time getting in a fun workout in to Naija music (and other African music) while we recognize our Champions who support our programs and share our plans for the future. There will also be awesome Nigerian snacks!

When: Saturday, October 5, 2019 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am 

Where: Banneker Recreation Center  | 2500 Georgia Avenue NW | Washington, DC | 20001

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Naija Fest DC (Nigeria @ 59 Independence Festival)


Day Fest & Party to celebrate Nigeria @ 59 Independence - A true taste of Nigerian culture & legacy - An immersive all day festive Nigerian culinary and day party experience featuring live performances, top Nigerian DJs, Nigerian fashion designers, retail and food vendors.

When: Saturday, October 5, 2019 | 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm 

Where: St. Yves  | 1220 Connecticut Ave NW | Washington, DC | 20036

Leadership and Advocacy for Women in Africa (LAWA) Fellows Briefing hosted by the Georgetown University African Studies Program


Join the Georgetown University African Studies Program in welcoming its 2019-2020 Leadership and Advocacy for Women in Africa (LAWA) fellows. The five, distinguished women come from across the continent and will speak on their experiences, academic interests, and research on women's human rights in Africa. The discussion will be moderated by Professor Jill C. Morrison. 

When: Wednesday, October 9, 2019 | 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm 

Where: Intercultural Center (ICC)  | 37th and O St., NW | Washington, DC 20057

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Book Launch: Ghana’s Economic and Agricultural Transformation: Past Performance and Future Prospects


Join the International Food Policy Research Institute and the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets as the book’s authors share important takeaways with major implications for policymakers and practitioners.

Lunch will be available starting at 11:45am. The event begins promptly at 12:15pm.

When: Wednesday, October 9, 2019 | 12:15 pm - 1:45 pm 

Where:  International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) | 1201 Eye St, NW 12th Floor Conference Center | Washington, DC 20005

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Book Talk: For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics


Co-authors and top political strategists Donna Brazile and Minyon Moore discuss their experiences as among the most accomplished and influential African-American women in politics today. Betsy Fischer Martin, Executive Director of the Women & Politics Institute will moderate the discussion.

When: Wednesday, October 9, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm 

Where:  American University Main Campus | 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW | School of International Service, Founders Room | Washington, DC | 20016

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A Roundtable Discussion on Women, Peace, and Security in West Africa


Drawing from experiences in Nigeria, Senegal, Guinea-Bissau, and the Gambia, the roundtable will discuss how women-led, grassroots movements are participating in cross-border conflict resolution and peacebuilding in West Africa. Civilian populations, mainly women and girls, disproportionately suffer the effects of ongoing conflict and insecurity in the region, which both reinforce each other and influence other issues, such as gender-based violence, migration, and internal displacement, among others.

A light lunch will be provided. RSVP by Friday, October 11.

When: Monday, October 21, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm 

Where:  1800 Massachusetts Avenue NW | Washington, DC 20036

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3rd Annual WAEPA Member Meeting


Learn from experts on personal finance, retirement planning, and financial wellness. Breakfast and lunch will be provided, and parking will be validated. 

When: Tuesday, October 22, 2019 | 8:00 am - 1:00 pm 

Where: Pavilion Room, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center | 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW | Washington, DC 20004

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Transforming Healthcare in Africa


Are you part of the African diaspora and passionate about healthcare in Africa? 

The African Union Ambassador to the United States of America invites you to join the African Union Mission to the United States and DiaspoCare at this event. Come to learn about the state of healthcare in Africa, African diaspora healthcare initiatives, and a African Diaspora Healthcare Professionals Online Registry. Connect with and find out how to mobilize African Diaspora healthcare professionals. 

When: Saturday, October 26, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Where: African Union Mission to the United States | 1640 Wisconsin Avenue NW | Washington, DC | 20007

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Maitre Gims + DJ Kerozen Live In DC


Maitre Gims live for the first time in Washington, DC with an opening performance from DJ Kerozen.

When: Saturday, November 2, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Where: The Howard Theatre | 620 T Street NW | Washington, DC | 20001

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job opp

Public Information Officer, Mayor's Office on Community Affairs

Executive Office of the Mayor

The Bowser Administration seeks an energetic and qualified candidate to serve as the Public Information Officer of the Mayor’s Office of Community Affairs (MOCA) in the Executive Office of the Mayor.  The Mayor’s Office of Community Affairs (MOCA) is the essential connection between District of Columbia residents and the Executive Office of the Mayor (EOM). MOCA plays a vital role in helping to improve the quality of life for residents of the District of Columbia by collaborating with neighborhood organizations and other city agencies to address community issues. MOCA establishes partnerships with communities, conducts and coordinates events, town halls, forums, and projects in support of carrying forward mayoral initiatives at the community level.

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Mayor's Winter/Spring 2020 LEAD Internship

Executive Office of the Mayor

The Executive Office of the Mayor is currently accepting applications for the Winter/Spring 2020 session for the Mayor's Leadership Engagement Achievement and Development ("L.E.A.D") program offering undergraduates, graduates, and recent graduates the chance to gain valuable work experience in one of our departments. Through agency assignments and weekly development workshops, interns will be able to enhance their skills and learn new skills suitable to working for a government entity. Opportunities are vast and have opened doors to careers in public policy, communications, finance, law, intergovernmental affairs, and government operations.

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Supervisory Social Worker

Child and Family Services Agency

Works as a Supervisory Social Worker in the Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA), Office of the Deputy Director for Program Operations (ODDPO), for supervising the full range of direct professional social work services provided by a team of social workers to children and families of the District of Columbia, to include the areas of abuse and neglect. Position includes:

- Assigns cases to social workers and monitors service delivery for staff compliance with statutory guidelines, regulations and CFSA policies and procedures, to effect remediation of child abuse and neglect problems. Coordinates and monitors the allocation of services, incentives and resources.

-Develops and implements an overall case management work plan consistent with Program objectives to plan and evaluate daily operations.

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Compliance Specialist

Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs

This position is located in the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA), Office of the Director. The purpose of this position is to serve as a Compliance Specialist. The overall responsibility of this position is to develop and execute financial and operational risk based audits; and lead special projects and investigations designed to improve the quality and efficiency of the program. This position is charged with monitoring program performance, conducting regular and routine audit and reviews, specific to program operations and fiscal accountability to provide sound independent advice/recommendations to management regarding areas of risk and accountability for immediate corrective action. 

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Bilingual Client Services Representative

Whitman-Walker Health

The Client Services Department is WWH’s centralized patient interfacing department. Responsible for assisting patients in the medical, dental, behavioral health and other areas across the health center with accessing care. This position will be responsible for handling all client-facing duties ranging from scheduling patients for appointments, inputting patient data into eCW and other related tasks.

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Adult Education Program Manager (Bilingual English & Amharic)

Ethiopian Community Center (ECC) Inc.

ECC is currently looking for a bilingual Adult Education Program Manager to join the team and manage ECC’s adult education and workforce development programs.This position will be primarily responsible for oversight of all day-to-day activities related to the implementation of a) an adult ESL program currently offering 3 levels, and b) a culturally and linguistically targeted workforce development program providing work readiness training and individual counseling.

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Librarian Assistant (Bilingual English & Amharic)

Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School (CRIPCS)

The Library Assistant (Bilingual) oversees the use of print and non-print resources by students and staff. In conjunction with the proper use of library resources, the Library Assistant is expected to provide superior customer service and work closely and collaboratively with the Librarian. 

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Technical Assistance Advisor (HQBC)-Public Financial Management (M2 Division)

International Monetary Fund (IMF)

The Fund seeks dynamic and highly motivated Research Assistants with strong quantitative and analytical skills. The successful candidates should have the proven ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in a team environment. The Research Assistants will be responsible for a wide range of support including, but not limited to, data gathering, econometrics, analysis of economic or statistical data sets, and basic programming for high-quality analyses.

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Program Coordinator, Program Implementation and Country Management (French proficiency)

Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation

This role provides important support to the Country Officers (COs) who function as backstops for EGPAF’s country programs, as well as to the Country Support Team Managers and to the Senior Directors overseeing the Country Directors. The PC provides programmatic, technical, financial and operational assistance to all levels of the PICM team. This individual serves as a key resource in helping the PICM unit to fulfill necessary programmatic, technical, and operational needs and to ultimately help it achieve the goal of supporting country programs to reach the Foundation’s mission.

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Mayor Bowser Awards Over $2 Million to Support Immigrant Rights


On Tuesday, September 24, 2019,  Mayor Bowser announced that her Administration will provide Immigrant Justice Legal Services (IJLS) grant funding to 22 community-based programs that offer legal services for immigrants in Washington, DC. Mayor Bowser’s Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) budget increased her Administration’s IJLS funding by $1.6 million, for a total investment of $2.5 million for FY20. For the first time, the IJLS grant program will assist residents who are in removal proceedings but are not detained for serious criminal offenses.

“Washington, DC remains committed to protecting our residents, and this year’s expanded investment allows us to partner with more community organizations to assist residents with a wide range of issues,” said Mayor Bowser. “The IJLS grant program advances our DC values as a proud sanctuary city as we continue to help hundreds of Washingtonians become US citizens.”

The IJLS grant program offers legal services and resources to immigrant residents and their family members, and the program complements other community grant programs run by the various constituent service offices and the Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants.

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Open Streets DC


Join Mayor Muriel Bowser for the District's inaugural Open Streets DC along Georgia Ave. NW between Barry Pl. NW and Missouri Ave. NW. Nearly three miles of the avenue will be closed to motor-vehicle traffic, allowing residents to walk, bike along and in the roadway and enjoy a wide range of activities for all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. The event is happening rain or shine!

When: Saturday, October 5, 2019 | 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Where: Georgia Ave. NW between Barry Pl. NW and Missouri Ave. NW

RSVP here

Braiding Bootcamp, hosted by MOAA and DCRA


Thinking about establishing or enhancing your hair braiding business? Join the Mayor’s Office on African Affairs and the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs at Braiding Boot Camp to learn about business licensing, the regulation renewal process, and small business legal information. Don’t miss a unique opportunity to connect with other hair braiders in the District and get tools to set your hair braiding business up for success.

When: Friday, October 25, 2019 | 10:00 am - 11:30 am 

Where: Aisha Hair Braiding | 7323 Georgia Ave NW #100 | Washington, DC | 20012

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In Case You Missed It...KanKouran 36th Annual Concert and Conference: A Visit to Africa


KanKouran’s 36th Annual conference and concert, “Visit to Africa,” was from August 30th to September 1st. Featuring multiple performances and classes from renowned singers, dancers, and musicians across Africa, the extravaganza showcased traditional Africa dancing and drumming, taking the audience on a journey into the rich history and deep traditions of Africa.  

Missed KanKouran2019? Watch videos on Twitter and Instagram @KanKouranDance.

The Mayor’s Office on African Affairs is proud to support KanKouran West African Dance Company and its “Visit to Africa” conference and concert through the Mayor’s Office on African Affairs’ FY19 African Community Grant. “Visit to Africa” preserves and promotes traditional West African culture by providing quality entertainment and educational programs.

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Mayor Bowser Rolls Out Fair Shot Investments


On Tuesday, October 1, 2019, the first day of the new fiscal year, Mayor Bowser began rolling out the investments made in her Fiscal Year 2020 Fair Shot budget. In addition to these investments, the DC Government is processing cost of living adjustments for DC Government employees; non-union DC Government employees will receive a three percent increase and the amount for union employees will vary depending on approved negotiations.

“In crafting our budget, we focused on making investments that will continue building pathways to the middle class and making our city’s prosperity more inclusive,” said Mayor Bowser. “I look forward to working with the Council on implementing the budget effectively and getting investments out the door and into the community.”

Affordable Housing

Mayor Bowser remains committed to ensuring residents across the income spectrum have access to high-quality, affordable housing. The Fiscal Year 2020 budget includes historic investments in the District’s funds to build and preserve affordable housing - $116 million for the Housing Production Trust Fund (up from $100 million in FY19) and $11.5 million for the Housing Preservation Fund (up from $10 million in FY19). The budget also includes $250,000 for the Historic Homeowner Grant Program, which will help low- and moderate-income households living in specific historic districts renovate and maintain their homes. Grants of up to $25,000 will be made available, except in the Anacostia Historic District where the maximum is $35,000.

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Mayor Bowser Launches “Flip The Script” Campaign to Highlight Positive Images of Men of Color


On Friday, September 27, 2019, Mayor Bowser announced the start of “Flip The Script,” a positive visual campaign aimed to dispel common myths about men of color and combat negative imagery that frequent the media. The #FlipTheScript campaign, developed by Mayor’s Office on Fathers, Men and Boys and the Office of the State Superintendent of Education strives to disrupt societal norms of how men and boys of color are perceived and how they perceive themselves.

“All too often, we see men of color in media and elsewhere represented in a negative light – this campaign gives us the opportunity to change the narrative and tell the real stories of men of color as role models in our communities,” said Mayor Bowser. “We’re encouraging residents to share their images as fathers, husbands, and mentors and join us in flipping the script.”

The initiative will highlight positive imagery of black and Hispanic fathers with their children in ads posted at Metro stations, on buses, and on train cars throughout the District. The stations include Farragut West, L’Enfant Plaza, Anacostia, Benning Road, Eastern Market, Columbia Heights, and others.

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Kith/Kin’s First Late-Night Market Aims to Raise the Profile of West African Food


Tonight on the Southwest waterfront, Kwame Onwuachi will shuttle party bowls of tomato-tinted jollof rice and beef suya skewers out of the kitchen at Kith/Kin while Afrobeats bump from speakers, party-goers browse T-shirts with Nigerian designs, and big-name D.C. chefs who typically cook Korean, Filipino, and hyper-local Mid-Atlantic dishes plate up new creations full of West African ingredients.

Onwuachi, the James Beard award winner, memoirist, and subject of an upcoming biopic, is turning his Afro-Caribbean restaurant in the Wharf development into a late-night African market for the evening. Onwuachi is celebrating Kith/Kin’s second anniversary, and he’s hoping the friends he’s recruited to cook out of their comfort zones will help draw a crowd that might not know much about egusi stew.

“We have a lot of food events around the city. We don’t have a lot dedicated to African food or the celebration of it,” Onwuachi says. “I wanted to bring that to the forefront.”

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Little Ethiopia’ making a name for itself in Las Vegas


The woody aroma of frankincense envelops Melkam Market, an Ethiopian store just west of the Strip on Decatur Boulevard. The floors are covered in green lentils, a common practice for those who observe Tsome Filseta, a period of fasting in Ethiopian Orthodox Christian tradition.

On the shelves are containers of staples in Ethiopian and Eritrean cuisine, items such as chickpea powder, spices, and Ethiopian products like Tomoca coffee beans. A package of Tomoca costs $18, which manager Salem Tigabu says people are willing to pay top dollar for because the item reminds them of home.

The establishment, which opened less than a year ago, is one of dozens of Ethiopian-owned businesses in Little Ethiopia, a designation discussed Tuesday by Clark County.

Nevada Assemblyman Alexander Assefa, who was elected last summer and believed to be the first Ethiopian-American elected to public office in the United States, was a driving force in getting the area between Tropicana Avenue and Spring Mountain Road the official designation. He’s the first African immigrant to serve in an elected office in Nevada.

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Job Seekers Clinic


Looking for a job? Staff are available to assist with a variety of job search activities including building and typing your resume, conducting online job searches, and completing online job applications. 

When: Monday, October 7, 2019 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm 

Where: Southeast Library | 403 7th St SE | Washington, DC | 20003

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English Conversation Circle


A drop-in group for adult speakers of other languages to improve their oral skills in English and gain more confidence in speaking. Participants should have at least a working knowledge of English.

When: Monday, October 7, 2019 | 10:00 am

Where: Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Library | 1630 7th St. NW | Washington, DC | 20001

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Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders 2020 (Fully-funded)


The Mandela Washington Fellowship will bring up to 700 young leaders to the United States in the summer of 2020 for a comprehensive executive-style program that is designed to build skills and empower Fellows to lead in their respective sectors and communities. The application is now open and will close on October 9, 2019

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Habitat for Humanity of Washington, DC- Home$mart Program: Life After Settlement


Home$mart - In the City is Habitat for Humanity of Washington, D.C.'s new Post-Purchase Education program with certified counselors, designed to give local homeowners the tools they need to be successful and thrive. Learn about sustainability/foreclosure, financial capability/credit & budgeting, and home maintenance & repairs/going green in the home. This course is a three in one class and attendees must stay all day to receive a certificate. Breakfast and boxed lunch will be provided with proof of homeownership. To register, please email

When: Saturday, October 12, 2019 | 9:30 am - 5:00 pm 

Where: Capitol View Library| 5001 Central Ave SE | Washington,  D.C. 20019

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Auditions for CityDance DREAM


CityDance DREAM is a tuition-free dance program offering students specialized training, rich performance opportunities and strong connections to the professional dance world.

We're looking for students who...

  • Demonstrate enthusiasm and a love for dance
  • Have an interest in dance training
  • Are in 3rd through 11th grade
  • Reside in Washington, DC
  • Have financial need

When: Saturday, October 12, 20193rd - 5th grade: 11am - 1:30pm | 6th - 8th grade: 1:30 - 4pm | 9th - 11th grade: 3:30 - 6pm

Where: DREAM School for Dance | 2001 10th Street NW | Washington, DC | 20001

Register to Exhibit at the Multilingual Education Fair of DC


Calling all exhibitors and sponsors! Now in its fourth year, the Multilingual Education Fair of DC, organized by the DC Language Immersion Project in partnership with the education institutions of the DC region, is the premier event for families, young professionals, teachers and administrators gathering to celebrate multilingualism. The fair welcomes over 1500 visitors from DC, Virginia, and Maryland looking to gain and improve linguistic skills, cultural competence and find language-related job opportunities. Join us on January 25th, 2020 from 10 am to 3 pm, with an exhibitors-only networking event from 3-4 pm. For questions, please contact  

Exhibitor Registration (Deadline November 1st)

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Carlos Rosario School: Community Language Classes - Amharic


Join the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) at its sixth annual Parent and Family Engagement Summit, to learn how families can engage as partners in education and to receive support and resources to ensure families have access to high-quality education for their children. The event is FREE for all DC parents and families to attend. Breakfast and lunch will be served.  

When: Saturday, September 28, 2019 | 9:00 am - 3:00 pm 

Where: Washington Convention Center | 801 Mount Vernon Place NW | Washington, DC |  20001

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Are you interested in learning Amharic? Know someone who is? The Carlos Rosario School's Community Language Classes are a way to develop skills to connect with your clients and community members! This is an introductory level class for students who have never studied Amharic. You will learn the basics of the alphabet, vocabulary, and grammar necessary to have simple conversations. Ethiopian cultural considerations and traditions will also be covered.

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Young at Art Weekly Seniors Program


Promoting healthy aging through the arts and creative expression, Young at Art allows seniors aged 55+ to explore activities in painting, drawing, ceramics, and crafts. This free, weekly hands-on, instructor-led program goes beyond the traditional “arts and crafts” activities; allowing participants create original works of art that articulate the richness of their life experience. 

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Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) Preschool Development Grant Birth Through Five, Parent Survey


Attention DC families! Are you a parent or guardian of a child 5 years old or younger? We want to hear from you! Tell us about your experiences with different programs, services and benefits by taking a survey and you can enter into a random drawing to win a $100 gift card! You can complete the survey in Amharic or French.

GED and High School Skills Tutoring


Join DC Public Library for skill assessments for adults who need a high school diploma (GED or National External Diploma) and tutoring for those with skills at the high school level. Tutoring takes place on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 4 to 7 pm Assessments take place on Wednesdays only.

Please note: In order to qualify for tutoring, you must take the assessment first.

When: Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays | 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Where: Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Library | 1630 7th St. NW | Washington, DC | 20001

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