Her Excellency Hajia Alima Mahama, Ghana’s Ambassador to the United States, on Wednesday, June 8 was a special guest at the Books For Africa’s (BFA) luncheon in St. Paul, Minnesota (MN) in the United States.
The lunch was set for noon at the Town and Country Club located at 300 N. Mississippi River Blvd., and was a completely sold out occasion.
Ambassador Mahama was at the University Club in St. Paul for the BFA VIP breakfast with their top 50 sponsors before the Annual Donor Luncheon. She later addressed the Ghana Association of Minnesota (GhanAM) at 23 Empire Drive, St. Paul., MN.
While in St. Paul Ambassador Alima Mahama interacted with the Governor of Minnesota, Timothy James Walz a passionate educator. He has been the 41st Governor of the state and assumed office in 2019.
In the meeting Governor Walz mentioned that the State of MN is very interested in building ties with Ghana in the areas of trade, agriculture and other areas of bilateral interests. Ambassador Alima on her part talked about the strong ties between Ghana and the Minnesota, expressing her hope that the Governor would lead a trade team to Ghana soon.
The over 5000 Ghanaians in MN were commended by the Governor for being law abiding and good citizens of the State.
Since 1988 Books For Africa as a nonprofit has sent over 54 million books to countries all over Africa. It continues to be the leading sender of donated text and library books to Africa.
In conjunction with international funders, publishers, and African partners, Books For Africa gathers, sorts, and ships books, computers, tablets, and library enhancement items to every country in Africa. Ambassador Mahama commended MN for being the host BFA and the nonprofit for their great work in Africa.
Books For Africa distributed 3.1 million books worth over $26.2 million to 28 African countries last year, as well as 224 PCs and e-readers carrying over 885,000 digital books. Last year, more than $3.1 million was raised to send these books to African children.
Written by Oral Ofori