Book Launch: United States and Africa, the Obama presidency

The Africa Society of the National Summit on Africa with title sponsor The American Chamber of Commerce (Ghana) and Friends of The Africa Society Pakwo-Shum and Chris Edusei will host the Africa Book Launch of United States and Africa: The Obama Presidency, on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at the Labadi Beach Hotel in Accra, Ghana at 6:00 p.m.

Honorable Alan Kyerematen, Minister of Trade and Industry to the Republic of Ghana will deliver the keynote launch remarks.  Other speakers include Former U.S. Ambassador to Ghana and The Africa Society Board Chair and CEO Ambassador Pamela E. Bridgewater, Mr. Joe Mensah, President of the American Chamber of Commerce (Ghana) and United States Charge d’affaires, a.i. Ms. Melinda Tabler-Stone.

The volume United States and Africa: The Obama Presidency, launched in Washington, D.C. in 2017 and published in partnership with AMIP News, is a valuable resource and chronicle of the historic Obama Administration’s engagement in Africa.

The Africa Society, based in Washington, D.C. is a 501(c)3  not-for-profit organization. The Africa Society and Ghana have a long and warm relationship including the production in 2005 of the documentary film Ghana: The Presidential Tour with Discovery Television. This Emmy-nominated series highlighted African countries through an in-depth informational, touristic journey.  The Ghana documentary program featured then-president John Agyekum Kufuor.

Pamela Bridgewater was the United States Ambassador when Delta Airlines included Ghana: The Presidential Tour as an in-flight film option on its New York-Accra route.

Additionally, the Ghana Embassy in Washington, DC has been a valued partner and host of The Africa Society’s Ambassador Andrew Young Africa  Lecture Series, featuring individuals who have contributed to enhancing U.S.- Africa relations.   In August 2014, The Africa Society received the African Diaspora Bridge Builders award from Ambassador Dr. Erieka Bennett on behalf of the Accra-based Africa Diaspora Forum.

For 16 years, The Africa Society has actively and successfully fulfilled its mission to educate and advocate for Africa through education-based initiatives about the African continent and peoples.  Upon assuming duties at The Africa Society in 2017, Ambassador Bridgewater and the Board decided to expand The Africa Society’s education mandate by chronicling programs and policies of US presidential administrations, and is pleased to partner with AMIP News on its first volume.  AMIP News is headed by Ghanaian-born Frederick and Beryl Nnoma-Addison.

Former leaders of The Africa Society and special friends of Ghana include the late Leonard Robinson, Ambassador Andrew Young (first Board Chair), and Bernadette Paolo.  The current president is Patricia Baine. Members of the Board of Directors are Ambassador Sue K. Brown, Mamadou Beye, Dr. Leroy Gross, MD, former Ghanaian Ambassador to the U.S. Dr. Kwame Baduah-Edusei, Malcolmn Pryor, Powell Holly and Deirdre Powell White.