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(L-R) An Angolan Diplomat; Director, Africana Institute, Essex County College, Newark, New Jersey, USA, Dr. Akil Khalfani; Consul General of Morocco in New York, Amb. Jamoussi Abdelkader; Angolan Diplomat, Juelma Cristiany C. Cardoso; Consul General of Nigerian in New York, Amb. Lot Egopija; an official of the Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation (NIDO), New Jersey Chapter, Monilola Adesina; South African Deputy Consul General, Mzwanele Donald Langa, and Allen Tamelessio of the Universal Peace Federation, New York at the Closing Reception for the AFRICAN GLORY Exhibition at Essex County College, Newark.

When Africana Institute, Essex County College, Newark, New Jersey celebrated African legends, African arts & culture

African Consuls General in New York at the High Table during the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial program in January at the Essex County College with President of the College, Dr. Augustine Boakye and Director of the Africana Institute, Dr. Akil Khalfani.
(L-R) Consul General of Morocco in New York, , Amb. Jamoussi Abdelkader, Consul General of Nigerian in New York, Amb. Lot Egopija, official of Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation (NIDO), New Jersey Chapter, Monilola Adesina and Allen Tamelessio of the Universal Peace Federation, New York at the Closing Reception for the AFRICAN GLORY Exhibition at Essex County College, Newark.
Amb. Jamoussi Abdelkader, Consul General of Morocco in New York with Dr. Akil Khalfani, Director, Africana Institute of Essex County College, Newark, New Jersey at the Closing Reception for the AFRICAN GLORY Exhibition.
Professor James Small, the Keynote Speaker (center), Dr. Khalfani (1st from right) and some of the participants at the 11th Annual Garvey/Nkrumah Lecture
Professor James Small, the Keynote Speaker (left) with Dr. Khalfani at the 11th Annual Garvey/Nkrumah Lecture.
(L-R) An Angolan Diplomat, Juelma Cristiany C. Cardoso with Monilola Adesina, an official of the Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation (NIDO), New Jersey Chapter at the Closing Reception for the AFRICAN GLORY Exhibition at Essex County College, Newark.

Essex County College (ECC), Newark, New Jersey, United States of America (USA) has robustly, and in style, celebrated African legends, Martin Luther King, Jr., Marcus Garvey, Kwame Nkrumah and the African History Month this year, 2023.

Coordinated by the Africana Institute of the foremost College, the series of high-profile events celebrating the icons and the rich cultures of the mother continent started with the Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial event on January 24, 2023, held in collaboration with the African Consuls General Group (ACGG) of New York, United States of America (USA).

The programme had in attendance Consuls General of several African countries, including the Chairman of the Group and Consul General of South Africa in New York, Dr. Motumisi Tawana, the Consul General of Senegal, who is also the Alternate Chair of the ACGG, Ambassador Hadji Ndao, Ambassador Lot Egopija, Consul General of Nigeria in New York, Jamoussi Abdelkader, the Consul General of Morocco in New York, the Consul General of Angola in New York and the Deputy Consul General of Liberia in New York, Kim Kofa.

The Chief Host of the event, Dr. Akil Khalfani was supported by Dr. Augustine Boakye, the President of Essex County College (ECC) and other senior members of staff of the College. Students from Essex, other schools and the community filled the Smith Hall venue for the Memorial program, which was used to also celebrate other notable fighters for the emancipation of peoples of Africa and African Descent.

The Africana Institute of Essex County College, headed by Dr. Khalfani followed-up the Dr. King Jr. event with another collaborative effort with the New York African Consuls General Group. This time they curated an exhibition entitled African Glory, showcasing a collection of artworks and artifacts from various African countries and the Diaspora.

Starting on February 1, 2023, the exhibition, that involved Algeria, Angola, Egypt, Liberia, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal and South Africa, was rounded off on Tuesday, February 28, 2023, with a closing reception that had in attendance the Consuls Generals of Nigeria, Morocco, and C.G. representatives from South Africa and Angola, with Dr. Boakye, greeting all in attendance. Two ECC students performed during the event: Norhreena Thomas sang Kumbaya, and Serene Howard read a poem by Dennis Brutus, the South African activist and poet, and an excerpt from Toni Morrison’s Beloved.

Before the closing reception of the African Glory Exhibition, however, the Africana Institute of the College, as part of the African History Month had, on Thursday, February 23, 2023, hosted the 11th Annual Garvey/Nkrumah Lecture Series, with Professor James Small as Keynote Speaker.

Pictures here show some of the personalities that graced the different programs in the College.

 

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