African Summit provides free and open workshops and great food

9/19/2013, 12:34 p.m.
The buffet at the African Summit provides ethnic selections. Photo provided

Africa Foundation – USA, together with the Brueggeman Center at Xavier University will host the fourth annual African Summit from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sept. 21 at James and Caroline Duff Banquet Center at Xavier University. The event is for immigrants living in Cincinnati and beyond. The event, which will be held at Xavier University’s Schiff conference center will help Immigrants learn how to quickly assimilate into American culture and become assets in the communities they live.

During the event, immigrants to the US and Cincinnati in particular will learn about starting their own businesses and how to make banks work for them. In addition, they can also informally consult with an immigration lawyer and learn about how to live a worry free life knowing their future, and things that crop up unexpectedly, are taken care of. All workshops are free and open.

“The Summit is a great way of networking and for the immigrant community to shorten the learning curve of assimilating into American Culture,” says Clara Matonhodze, Executive Director of Africa Foundation-USA. “A lot of trials, errors and tribulations that face the immigrant community come from bad advice from people that are not experts. We hope this summit will assist by providing a forum for sharing experiences, networking and learning.”

The keynote speaker for the event is Mr. Christopher Che of Mason, Ohio. He will speak about Successfully Integrating into American Culture as an Asset. Himself an Immigrant from Cameroon, Che came to the US with $50 in his pocket and worked to become the President and CEO of Hooven-Dayton Corporation. He is now one of 25 CEO’s appointed by President Obama “to provide non-partisan advice to the President on continuing to strengthen the Nation's economy and ensure the competitiveness of the United States and on ways to create jobs, opportunity, and prosperity for the American people.”

Buffet at noon is $15 for Africa Foundation USA members, and $20 for non-members.

To register for this event, contact Cynthia Cummins at 513-745-3922. For more information about organization visit www.africafoundationusa.org.