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xxxxxxxxxxx of Friday, 5 October 2018

Source: Reuben Hadzide

Ghanaian heads Chicago’s dynamic UAO

Nancy Asirifi-Otchere, former Program Director of the United African Organization, UAO, is now the Executive Director of the dynamic African Coalition advocacy organization in Chicago .

The outgoing Executive Director is H.E. Alie Kabba. Mr. Kabba relinquished the position when President Julius Maada Bio of Sierra Leone, appointed him as the country’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

This was disclosed at a short ceremony dubbed “UAO Transition Reception in Honor of H.E. Alie Kabba”. The event took place at 4910 South Martin Luther King Drive, Chicago Illinois.

The outgoing Executive Director used the occasion to thank and urged organizations and individual donors to continue to do so.

Mr. Kabba minced no words when he assured the audience that he will use his current position to promote African unity and development of the continent.

“I will fight for the United States of Africa, the 21st century belongs to Africa; Africa will be the shinning star for the rest of humanity” Mr. Kabba proudly stated.

In a short remark, the new Director, Nancy Asirifi-Otchere, assured all that she is up to the task and also appealed to donors to continue their support of the organization. Ms. Asirifi-Otchere has served in the capacity of Program Director over 5 years with excellence.

The United African Organization is the most effective and vibrant advocacy coalition of African national associations in Illinois. It is dedicated to social justice, civic participation and empowerment of African immigrants and refugees.

As the legitimate representative voice of the diverse African immigrant and refugee community, the UAO works among others to:

• Enhance civic participation and empowerment of African immigrants and refugees.

• Provide leadership and organizational capacity training for African community-based organizations through the Community Leadership Development Program.

• Advocate on behalf of the African community through democratic and inclusive organizational structures, as well as partnership with other immigrant rights organizations.

• Engage in activities that promote the cultural, educational and economic empowerment of African immigrants and refugees.

• Strive to dispel uncomplimentary stereotypes and promote positive image of Africans through various educational seminars, workshops, conferences, and publications.

• Address issues of discrimination encountered by constituents and seek to assist them in the areas of immigration, employment, social services, and economic development.

• Serve as the African Community Resource Clearinghouse wherein constituents gather, share information and experience exchange views, and coordinate organizational and individual activities for satisfying common interest.