Free ‘Roots LinkUp Guinea Embassy Tour’ in Washington DC Aug 7 Diaspora Africans get Guinean names, certificates, with Guinean foreign minister and Amb. George W. Haley as headliners
Springfield Virginia – Come 10am-2pm Saturday August 7 2010, hundreds of Diaspora Africans, including African Americans, African immigrants and all other Blacks living outside Africa, would converge at 2940 Edgevale Terrace N.W. Washington, DC 20008 for the first ever Roots LinkUp Guinea Embassy Tour organized by World Ebony Network, a Springfield Virginia-based nonprofit, with Guinean Foreign Minister, Bakary Fofana, as chair and Ambassador George W. Haley, former US Ambassador to The Gambia and brother of Pulitzer winning Roots author, Alex Haley, as Grand Patron.
Making a special performance is popular jazz star Drew Davidsen who has been nominated for Best New Artist in the American Smooth Jazz Awards 2010.
“This is a spin-off of our March 27 2010 Roots Discovery Forum headlined by World Ebony Network Roots Linkup Embassy Tour Grand Patron, Ambassador Haley, and it gives Diaspora Africans the opportunity to engage with Guinea in a special and memorable way,” posited Ezi Mecha, World Ebony Network founder and former IBM managing consultant.
Hosted by the Guinean envoy in the US, Ambassador Mory Kaba, and having Hawa Barry-Diallo, organizer of the annual Miss Guinea Pageant, as mistress of ceremony, the event will help Diaspora Africans make the much needed emotional and cultural connection to the African country of Guinea, home of their ancestors. “The Republic of Guinea is a friendly country with rich culture and attractive tourism, trade and investment opportunities and I am happy this event organized by nonprofit World Ebony Network is one that spotlights those opportunities while helping valued attendees make a strong connection with our country,” observed Ambassador Kaba.
Major highlights include Gimme My Guinean Namehttp://www.facebook.com/note.php?created&&suggest¬e_id=414484240825 where attendees adopt Guinean names of their choice and receive relevant certificates, free hair braiding workshop and Guinean cultural songs, food tasting and fashion showcase. Attendees would gain valuable insight into the rich culture of Guinea and its tourism, trade and investment opportunities. Knowledgeable and experienced embassy staff would be on hand to answer their questions in a relaxed atmosphere. As Marie Laborde of Executive Investment Realty, LLC put it, “This is a wonderful program…this World Ebony Network Roots Linkup Embassy Tour can help Haitians to make an emotional connection with their roots.”
Confirmed guests include Beninoise Ambassador, Cyrille S. Oguin, Congolese Ambassador, Faida M. Mitifu, Ethiopian Deputy Chief of Mission, Ambassador Tsefaye Yilma, and Constituency for Africa chair, Mr. Stan Straughter.