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Join us to celebrate our HEROES ! Community Leaders, Past and Present Board Members of African-Australian Community Organizations, Distinguished Members of our Communities and Foremost organizations supporting the African Communities in South Australia. 

Below are profiles and pictures of some iconic African Australians living in South Australia.

 

Dr Joseph Masika OAM has given 27 years of voluntary service to the community in Australia and overseas. Dr Masika’s passion has been particularly in migrants, older people, refugees, Disability, Mental Health and multiculturalism. His outstanding contribution to the community has resulted in a considerable community development and his volunteering and advocacy roles have been instrumental in the strengthening of communities, and individuals to ensure that all enjoy a good quality of life in Australia.

Currently Dr Masika is a manager of Multicultural Health, Advocacy, Counselling and Education at the Migrant Resource Centre of SA. His impressive credentials include a Medical Degree, Masters in Public Health, Certificate in Management and Leadership, Certificate in Environmental Health from South Australian Centre for Public Health and Post Graduate Certificate in Migration Law.

A. VOLUNTARY SERVICE TO THE AFRICAN COMMUNITY

Dr Masika is the Chairperson of the African Communities Council of SA since 2007. During his leadership he has transformed the association to a better position of being the State peak body grouping 42 ethnic African organisations in South Australia from 20 African Countries. ACCSA represents the interest of these cultural groups and functions as a link between them and the government. The Council provides advocacy, advice and services to the African communities.  In addition, Dr Masika is one of the founder members of The African Communities Council of SA in 2000
First Volunteer African Festival Director, African Communities in South Australia from 2002 to 2007

Dr Masika has made outstanding contributions to promote Cultural Diversity, and multiculturalism in South Australia. He was the first African to suggest the establishment of the African Festival in South Australia. He became the first African Festival Director from 2002 to 2007. Dr Masika accepted to be the African Festival Director in 2002. However, the African community in South Australia kept asking Dr Masika to continue with the position of Directorship because of his excellent work of bringing the African Communities in South Australia together in a spirit of unity and support for each other.

Dr Masika is currently a board member of
the South Australian Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs Commission.


Some of the voluntary work he has done in Tanzania is listed below:
  • Chairperson Tanzanet (Overseas Tanzanian Forum world wide -Tanzanet) 1997-1998
  • Executive Secretary: Uru Development Association- Moshi district, Kilimanjaro region in Tanzania, East Africa - Feb 1993- Feb 1996.
  • Secretary General: Tanzania Junior Doctors Association in Tanzania, East Africa 1992-1995
  • Board Member: Muhimbili University College of Health Sciences in Tanzania, East Africa 1986-1988
  • University Governing Council member: Dar-Es-salaam University Council- in Tanzania, East Africa -1986-89
  • Member of Board: Faculty of Medicine University of Dar-es-salaam in Tanzania, East Africa 1986 to 1988
  • Secretary: Dar-Es-salaam University Medical Student Association in Tanzania, East Africa -1984-86
  • Chairperson, Faculty of Medicine, University of Dar-es-salaam Students Organisation in Tanzania, East Africa -1985 to 1988

In above pic: L/R Honorable Jay Weatherill, Premier of South Australia and Joseph.


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Dr Uchechukwu Foster Onwuchekwa is a lecturer at Spencer Gulf Rural Health School with the School of Population Health and Clinical Practice, University of Adelaide.
 

Dr Onwuchekwa is responsible for supporting and teaching students, including through use of structured tutorials and supervised attachments, for students who are in year 4-6 and are on rural placement.

 

In addition, every year, Dr Onwuchekwa is involved in supervision of students on rural medical attachment to Central Clinic under the James Cook University Medical School placement programs.

Dr Onwuchekwa is also the Practice Manager at Central Clinic, Port Pirie and an examiner for the Royal Australian College of GPs (RACGP) from 2005 to present date. As an Examiner for RACGP, Dr Onwuchekwa helps to inject rural input into the medical exam conduct. He is among specialist examiners overseeing would be Graduating GP specialist across Australia in medical exams conducted twice yearly.

 

Dr Onwuchekwa was appointed the lead Mentor  and representative for South Australian (one of  the 11 lead mentors, selected nationally), in the RACGP pilot program for mentoring International Medical Graduates, who arrive in, or are already working in Australia, towards achieving a smooth transition to practice medicine in Australia . 

 

In addition to the foregoing activities, he   provides clinical duties as General Practitioner, and   also supports the Port Pirie hospital where he has inpatient admission rights, as one of the doctors to deliver Emergency /Trauma   medicine cover in its on call arrangements.


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Mabok Marial is the President of the Sudanese Community, one of the largest African communities in South Australia.

Mabok has implemented numerous programs to empower his community. Mabok is one of the founding member and vice chair person of the African Community council of South Australia.


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THE Border Watch journalist Anelia Blackie, [a South African - Austra- lian] has won the prestigious 2011 Governor's Multicultural Media Award ...

The Governor of South Australia Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce presented the media award for an individual to Ms Blackie during a function at Government House in Adelaide on Tuesday.

Judges commented that Ms Blackie's reports were "well-informed and showed a good balance between hard news and human interest. Her analysis of positive aspects of cultural diversity in the state's South East was an excellent reflection on the local community."

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She was nominated for the award by the South Australian Multicultural and Ethic Affairs Commission (SAMEAC), a statutory body that advises the minister on cultural affairs.


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Michael Nketiah Boakye is the CEO of Manet Radio and TV and married to Annette.






Dr Annette Osei-Kumah completed her undergraduate and PhD studies at the University of Newcastle, NSW. She started her career at the Samuel Lunenfeld Research institute, Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto Canada.  In 2008, Dr Osei-Kumah returned to Australia and joined the University of Adelaide. She is currently based at the Robinson Institute, Lyell McEwin Hospital. She was recently awarded the prestigious Inaugural Florey Early Career Research Fellow named in honour of Nobel Prize winner and University of Adelaide’s most famous graduate Lord Howard Florey.

Dr Osei-Kumah is recognised nationally and internationally for her work which has won her numerous awards. She is expected to be one of Australia’s future leaders in respiratory and reproductive research. Her work is focussed on improving the care of pregnant asthmatic women by understanding what causes the disease to worsen during pregnancy.

Annette is poised to identify why asthma worsens with pregnancy and what is needed to improve or prevent the poor outcomes observed in this population of pregnant women. The findings of her work will also have wider implications for obstetric care both nationally and internationally.

Dr Osei-Kumah has distinguished herself for her warm friendly disposition, her commitment to her work and her academic productivity. She has contributed significantly to the wider scientific community through her work as reviewer of peer review journals and being part of organising committee for scientific meetings.

 She has membership of a number of professional bodies including (Endocrine Society of Australia, International Federation of Placenta Association, Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand just to name a few).

When she is not at her circular work, Dr Osei-Kumah continues to serve society by being involved as volunteer in a number of community events and church activities. She enjoys spending time with her family and always delights those around her with her excellent hospitality and culinary skills.

Awards & Achievements

  • International Award New Investigator Award, Awarded by the International Federation of Placental Associations (IFPA) at annual scientific meeting, USA, 2004
  • National Award Asthma Foundation of NSW Biomedical and Medical Postgraduate Scholarship, 2002 -2005
  • Institutional Prizes Finalist, Best of the Best Research Showcase, Faculty of Health, University of Newcastle, 2007
  • Best Oral Presentation, Awarded by the University of Newcastle, Faculty of Health at graduate students day 2004
  • International Travel Award
    Y.W Loke and International Federation of Placenta Association, Adelaide, 2009
  • Lincoplex Research Inc, USA, 2006
  • Y.W Loke and International Federation of Placenta Association, USA, 2004
  • National Travel Award
    Endocrine Society of Australia, 2009
  • Endocrine Society of Australia, 2005
  • Kimberly Clark Pty Australia, 2004


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Dr Lillian Mwanri is Course coordinator, Master of Health and International Development, Flinders University of South Australia.

She is responsible with:
Teaching and administration
• Teaching
i. Health Promotion,
ii. Public Health Practice Development,
iii. Primary Health Care in Developing Countries
Supervision:
PhD Students: and DrPh students

Work History
2003 to 2009: Epidemiologist, OzFoodNet Program, a joint venture between the Australian Department of Health and Ageing and the Communicable Disease Control Branch, SA Health

2001-2003- Research Fellow: Spencer Gulf Rural Health School (Incorporating the South Australian Centre for Rural and Remote Health (SACRRH) and the Adelaide University Rural Clinical School (AURC)Adelaide, South Australia

1994-98: Manager and Medical Officer. Ministry of Health, Dar- Es- Salaam, Tanzania

Adviser to UNICEF, WHO, Save the Children Fund to implement Health and Health Promotion programs in Schools in Tanzania

Community Engagements:

The African Communities Council of South Australia , Public Health Medical Consultant

African Leaders Forum a collaboration between Relationship Australia and, Public Health medical Consultant

The South Australian CALD HIV Interagency Project (CHIP) Coordinating Committee.

CALD Women Advisory Forum, PEACE Multicultural Program, Relationships Australia, SA- Public Health Medical Consultant

African Community Leaders Social and Health Forum, PEACE Multicultural program, Relationship Australia, SA- Public Health Medical Consultant

Flinders University School of Medicine International Committee

Multicultural Communities Council of South Australia’s Women’s Committee

Australian Tanzanian Services Foundation Inc- Secretary

School Of Medicine International program Committee(SOMIP), Flinders

Current Research Projects:

•Suicide in African Communities: Chief Investigator

•African Youths of South Australia, Stop Binge Drinking, Chief investigator with the African Communities council of South Australia

•Physical activity and nutrition among African migrants in South Australia. A quantitative and qualitative study. In collaboration with the African Communities Council of South Australia

•Studies of Chronic suppurative otitis media (CSOM) and cholesteatoma in newly arrived refugees in South Australia. A collaborative initiative with the Migrant Health Services

•The health and wellbeing of populations ageing in a new culture: the case of African migrants in Adelaide, South Australia. In collaboration with the African Communities Council of South Australia)

•Measuring Community Resilience. A 2011-2012 National Emergency Management Project (Project NP 112-0015).A project to develop a community tool to assess resilience in the face of major disasters or emergency

•Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations (CALD) Climate Change Adaptation Project. A collaborative research to study how CALD population adapt to climate change in Australia.

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS

•2010-Fellowship- the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine (FAFPHM) - Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP)

•2001-Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)-The University of Adelaide, Australia

•1994-Master of Community Nutrition (MCN) -The University of Queensland, Australia

•991- Doctor of Medicine (MD


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Martin M. MAYA

Martin is the Manager of the African Communities Council of South Australia Settlement Services since 2008. Before, he worked for the Migrant Resource Centre of South Australia in various portfolios and finally as a Case Manager of the Integrated Humanitarian Settlement Strategies (IHSS) for 3 years.

Prior to this, he worked for various Non-government Agencies overseas including the United Nation High Commissioner for Refugee (UNHRC) in Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya. In UNHCR Peace Education Program. Lutheran World Federation Disaster Management Program as a Community Development Coordinator and Catholic Diocese of Rumbek Sudan as a Youth Program Coordinator.

A Social Worker by training from University of South Australia, he has initiated many projects included “African Men’s Talk” an initiative to address issues affecting African Men with domestic violence related issues. The program has now being adopted by other service provider such as the MRCSA to assist those families.

As part of his engagement with the community, Martin is the Director and the Founder of South Sudan Humanitarian Hope Foundation Australia Branch.  Established in 2010 with the aim of holistically address issues created by the protracted civic wars in the South Sudan so as to improve lives of the local communities through various capacity building initiatives targeting at-risk youth, children, women and other community members. This organization undertaking various capacity building projects to alleviate suffering and create access to economic activities, eradication of hunger through agricultural initiatives, improvement education opportunities,   Human Rights Development and adherence to Principle of Rule of Law and access to health facilities.

Martin was among the first people who initiated and established the African Communities Council of SA in 2000 and became the first official volunteer to deliver settlement services prior to gaining funding.

Martin was the Secretary for Youth Affairs, Sudanese Community Association of Australia INC. (SA Branch) in 2000

Chairperson, Small Christian Community, Spiritual Centre Catholic Church Diocese of Rumbek, South Sudan 1995-1998      

Member, Reference Group, Royal Adelaide Hospital, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Action Plan 2007-2010.

Secretary General, Sudanese Community Association South Australia Branch from 2008-2011

Co-founder and first Chairperson, South Sudanese Equatorian Communities Association in South Australia 2008-2011.

Participated in many conferences and workshops which included:

“Child soldiers and Light Weapons” in The Hague- Netherlands. Presented a personal account and experiences of stories that the “Un Accompanied Minors” in Kakuma refugee Camp encountered 1998

International Youth Conference “Now is the Time”, Brisbane-Queensland 2001.

The Refugee Convention “Where to from here?” International Conference UNSW Sydney NSW, Australia 2001

“Sharing the Future” National Youth Conference Adelaide South Australia. I presented a paper “Refugee Youth Participation, a means of integration into the broader community” 2003.


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Dr Olumide Adisa

PhD. Applied Mathematics. University of Adelaide. Adelaide, Australia (2009 -2012)

B.Sc. (Hons) Computational and Applied Mathematics. University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa (2008)

B.Sc. (First class). Applied Mathematics and Electronics. North West University, North West, South Africa (2004 – 2007)

Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE). The International School of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria (1996 - 2002)

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • Member of the Australian Mathematical Society (AUSTMS)
  • Member of the Australian Nanotechnology Network (ANN)

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

School of Mathematical Sciences, University of Adelaide, Australia 2012 - Present Postdoctoral Researcher – Mathematical Modelling in Nanotechnology

Duties:
  • Modelling natural gas storage using advanced computational techniques
  • Analytical modelling techinques to investigate gas storage in nanostructures
  • Experimental data analysis for comparison to developed mathematical models
  • Research data to fit molecular simulations
  • Weekly progress reports with Head of the Nanomechanics Group
  • School of Chemical Engineering, University of Adelaide, Australia 2012 Visiting Researcher - Protein Computational Scientist

Duties:
  • Modelling protein/cell dynamics using advanced computational techniques
  • Computer simulation techinques to study protein adsorption on graphene
  • Large data analysis employing scripting algorithms
  • Research data to fit the simulation models
  • Weekly progress reports with Head of School

Tutor, School of Mathematical Sciences, University of Adelaide, Australia July 2011 – November 2011

Duties:
  • Held tutorial sessions for Maths 1B
  • Going over weekly tutorial questions with the students
  • Identifying students who seem to be struggling and giving then extra attention
  • Marking weekly assignments and helping the students through the solutions


Industrial Research Limited, Wellington, New Zeland 2011 Visiting Researcher – Gas Computational Scientist

Duties:
  • Modelling molecular systems using advanced computational techniques
  • Computer simulation techinques to study gas adsorption
  • Research data to fit the simulation models
  • Testing of these models for several adsorption scenarios
  • Presented the findings to my peers


New frontier solutions, Sydney 2009 Consultant

Duties:
  • Developed optimization programs for oil and logistics client companies
  • Modelled big tasks into smaller mathematical models easier for client companies to deal with
  • Developed software algorithms using LPSOLVE, MAPLE and MATLAB for client companies requiring an optimisation solution
  • For unfamiliar problems, research is first conducted in order to determine the best approach
  • Reported to the Managing Director every week

AC Bamigboye Investments, Nelspruit, South Africa 2007-2008 Lead Consultant/Project Manager
Duties:
  • Property valuation and assessment, property software development
  • Collected data necessary to accurately predict or determine property value
  • Developed mathematical models to evaluate several property types
  • Developed algorithms to calculate property value using an input system
  • Wrote monthly reports on progress to the Managing Director

Goldman Sachs International, London, United Kingdom 2007 Market risk Intern
Duties:
• Evaluation of market risk using developed softwares for VaR and stress tests
• Project risk development within the market risk division MAJOR

ACHIEVEMENTS
• Dean’s Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence. University of Adelaide. 2012

• Adelaide scholarship International (2010 - 2012). University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

• Best Student Presentation. Mini-Australia and New Zealand Industrial and Applied Mathematics conference (Mini-ANZIAM) 2010, Halls Gap, Victoria, Australia

• Postgraduate merit award bursary(PMA) .University of the Witwatersrand. (2008), Johannesburg, South Africa

• Rector’s academic merit awards. North west University. South Africa(2005 -2007)

• Most outstanding student in Physics, science foundation University of North-West
(2004), North West Province. South Africa

• Most outstanding student in Mathematics, science foundation University of North West (2004), North West Province. South Africa


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Nkweto  Nkamba  better known as ‘NK’ is a young vibrant African Australian of Zambian descent with keen interest in  social justice & Politics. His passion & involvement in Politics has led him being adopted by the Family First Party as a Parliamentary candidate for the March 2014 South Australia State elections.  He is also on the leadership team of the Young Family First as Treasurer. 

An Accountant by profession currently working as Business Manager for Baptist Care (SA) Inc. in Adelaide, Nkweto is & has been actively involved at the community level for several years now due to his personal belief that a connected relational community produces a better society. His belief in community led him to co-find the Zambian Association of South Australian and is the current chairperson. He is also an Executive Committee member of the African Communities Council of South Australian were he serves as Treasurer.  

Work life balance is equally important for Nkweto. He plays social basketball at the local sports complex, does media & production at his local church and has taken up motor bike riding in recent times.


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Abdullahi Ali Ahmed, a Somali origin Australia citizen is married to Asha Abdiwahab Abdullahi with four sons. (twins born in Kenya and 2 born here in Australia). Abdullahi Holds Bachelor of Social work, Bachelor of Social planning and Masters of Social work from Flinders University, Graduate Certificate of Australian Migration Law and Practice from the Australian National University - Current.

He is a service-focused social work/community development practitioner who currently works for the South Australian government's Department of Education and Child Development  as a Community Liaison Officer for the African Communities. In this role Abdullahi identified and created opportunities to support African parents and families to provide care for their children by conducting series of parent group sessions at school sites to educate parents/care givers to empower them and also helped resolve many individual student and family situations.  He also supported African families/ care givers to access services and programs that would increase their resilience and confidence in supporting their children's healthy development and wellbeing. Abdullahi established and maintained links with the African community members and supported them to identify their strength, needs and services requirements.

Voluntary Services to the Community

Abdullahi is the founding president of the Somali Bantu Community Association of Australia. As a community leader, he identified the community's needs, initiated, sourced funding from state government and implemented numeracy projects that benefited the community.

Prior to coming to Australia, Abdullahi lived in Kenya as a refugee for 18 year where he was the secretary general of the Somali Bantus in Kenya.  He worked for Care International's refugee assistance project as a Senior Community Services Assistant in Dadaab for 8 years. He also worked for the Lutheran Community Care's education sector in Kakuma.

Abdullahi worked with International organisation for migration (IOM) and other US resettlement program participating agencies on the resettlement program of the Somali Bantu group that he lead.

he came to Australia in 2009 with his passion for service to the people and quest for Social justice and a fair go for all.

Politics

Abdullahi has no political ambition but involved and solidly supports Labor party for its values and policies that seek to provide a fair go for all Australians.




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Athieng (Athina) Duot along with her mother, brothers and sisters migrated to Australia as refugees in 2003. She has just completed a Bachelor of Nursing Degree and has commenced a Diploma course in Human Resource and Management.

She is the founder of South Sudanese Youth Talent in Australia which started in 2009. The organisation is a group of young South Sudanese men and women who want to make a difference in the South Sudanese community. The organisation hosts annual events as a platform to showcase South Sudanese talents, creating a platform for young people to socialize, while promoting educational interaction and self expression.

In 2012 Athieng was awarded a National Young Leadership award in Canberra as well as receiving an Australian Multicultural Marketing Award nomination in 2014. She has also received an award for her nursing work in Whyalla, South Australia.

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Adau Khot a 23 years old south Sudanese who arrived in Australia in 2000 with her mother, a sister and two cousins for the Celebrating Africans National Awards 2013 in Canberra. Adau Khot exceptional contributions to the South Sudanese and broader African Communities in general are more than I can count. Adau is a founder of Miss Africa South Australia which has helped raise her profile to be well known and appreciated in her local community, African communities and wider SA society for bringing young African girls to develop their self-esteems and show case their skills via beauty pageant contest. Her visionary leadership skills and extraordinary networking abilities has transformed Miss African South Australia Beauty Pageant contest in to a most productive and attractive African community project in South Australia between 2011 to date through the development, initiation, management, coordination and implementation of Miss Africa SA structure, profile, strategic plan, programs projects in partnership with ACCSA and MRCSA underpinned by the memorandum of understanding (MOU). 

More broadly, Adau has served her African community in many different roles. Being multilingual, Adau became volunteer and interpreter for MRCSA and ACCSA to assist her fellow Africans newly arriving to Australia to support them in their settlement journey in all capacities. Adau visited Africa (South Sudan) with a project to help the most disadvantaged Sudanese children always has the passion of giving back to her community in whatever way possible to put a smile on the African young people who are disadvantaged and require support to reach their full potentials. 

Adou is indeed a positive role model for the African young females and Sudanese in particular.


More profiles to be added

 

Dorinda Hafner

Dorinda is the African Australian Woman of the Year Award Winner. A  foremost African in media, television, advertising, celebrity chef, entertainer, public speaker, marriage celebrant, author of 7 books and most celebrated African in South Australia and in Australia.

Dorinda is among the 40 local champions appointed by the Australian Prime Minister as People of Australia Ambassadors in 2012.

In above pic: Dorinda and the Governor of South Australia, Mr Hieu Van Le.


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 Professor Jonas Addai-Mensah

Professor Jonas Addai-Mensah is an Associate Director and a Professor at the Ian Wark Research Institute which is an Australian Research Council Special Research Centre of the University of South Australia (UniSA).

 A Chemical Engineer by training, Professor Addai-Mensah has been senior academic of UniSA for the past 18 years educating Engineering and Science professionals. Over that period, he has also held various university management and leadership positions, including Dean of Research Education and served on various national / international professional body committees & university academic boards.

Furthermore, as a Chief Investigator he has attracted over $20 million in research funding from the Australian government and the minerals industry to solve difficult problems for the sector. Prof. Addai-Mensah also is an active consultant to several multinational companies in Australia, Africa, Europe and USA in the area of minerals and mineral waste processing.

As a part of his service and engagement to the community, Prof. Addai-Mensah has secured over $3 million dollars in scholarships to support 12 African students who are currently undertaking their doctorate degrees in Engineering Science at UniSA. Overall, he has educated thousands of Australian and international students and supervised over 30 Ph.D students in Engineering and Science disciplines


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Pro Vice Chancellor 
University of South Australia

Professor Ahluwalia has always had a deep interest in the complexities of identity formation, yet his own upbringing and professional career reflects a myriad of cultural influences. He was born in Kenya, schooled in Canada, received a Bachelors degree and a Master of Arts from the University of Saskatchewan, and then completed his PhD at Flinders University here in Adelaide. He was subsequently at Adelaide University for 14 years, finishing as Professor of the Politics Department, then Visiting Professor with the University of California, and Professor with the Goldsmiths College at the University of London, where he was also Director of the Centre for Postcolonial Studies.

Prior to commencing as Pro Vice Chancellor, Professor Ahluwalia was Research SA Chair and Professor of Post-Colonial Studies in the Hawke Research Institute and Director of the Centre for Post-Colonial Studies. At the same time he was a Professor in the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of California. His main research interests lie in the areas of African studies, social and cultural theory, in particular, postcolonial theory and the processes of diaspora, exile, and migration.

On 14 October 2008, Professor Ahluwalia was appointed a UNESCO Chair in Transnational Diasporas and Reconciliation Studies.

The aim of the Chair is to promote and emphasise research in the areas of transnational diasporas and reconciliation studies. This will be accomplished by holding masterclasses, workshops and conferences, and inviting international scholars especially from the post-colonial world. These activities are aimed most specifically at capacity building and the facilitation of the exchange of knowledge. The UNESCO Chair in Transnational Diasporas and Reconciliation Studies will complement UNESCO's work in the field of social transformations and will provide a valuable contribution to international dialogue and policy development on international migration and social integration.


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Abdirashid Mohamud

Abdirashid is the CEO of AfrOZ Superstore, one of the leading African variety  stores in Australia. Through hard work and dedication, Abdirashid,  a Somalian migrant, built up this million dollar shop from scratch. Now, Afroz superstore supplies African groceries, home wares, hair and skin care products across Australia. The business also specializes in Money Transfer to various African countries



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Dr Chika Anyanwu  is a senior academic at the University of Adelaide in South Australia. He was the Founding Head of the University’s Department of Media from 2002 to 2006.

His professional career cuts across many fields from Stage to Screen and from Policy to Business Leadership and Management. Chika is a Fellow of the Governor’s Leadership Institute of South Australia.

He has been teaching and researching in media with specialisations in Media Law and Policy, Creative Industries, Broadcast Radio and Television, and New Media Management since 1988

He has set up and headed three Media and Mass Communication Departments across two continents, first at the University of Papua New Guinea, from 1991, then at Curtin University of Technology from 1997 and now at the University of Adelaide. He has also lectured at Flinders University of South Australia.

He sits on the board of many community and government bodies in Australia including the Mobile Entertainment Alliance, South Australian Certificate of Education subject advisory board, and was on the board of Community Access Television Channel 44 from 2002 -2008.

He is a very active researcher and consultant, and is currently Director of two large research programs: Creative Industries and Virtual African Diaspora.

He belongs to many international professional bodies as:

·         Associate Editor, Legal Issues, Journal of Rhetoric, Professional Communication, and Globalization www.rpcg.org;

·         Member of European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA);

·         Vice president of Australian and New Zealand Communication Association of which he was president from 2005-2007;

·         Executive Member, African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific;

·         Member of Convergent Communication Research Group;

·         Member of OurMedia (An International Community Media Advocacy and Research Organisation);

·         Member of IAMCR (International Association of Media and Communication Research)

Chika has more than 65 publications in Books, Journals, Government reports, Conferences and Electronic works plus over 15 invited keynote and Public lectures across many continents


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Kimani Nganga is a practising member of CPA Australia. He has extensive experience as an advisor and auditor for Self-managed Superannuation Funds, as an auditor for not-for profit associations and clubs, and as a registered tax agent and accountant. Since 2006, Kimani has been a director of Super Funds Accounting Pty Ltd, a CPA boutique practice based in Adelaide.

Before migrating to Australia in 2004, Kimani was for 11 years a partner in a Kenyan CPA and Management Consulting practice that undertook development project assignments including project management, funds management, value for money reviews and compliance audits. The contracting donor agency clients for these assignments included the European Commission, the USAID and the World Bank.

Kimani also previously worked as a Finance Consultant with Price Waterhouse in Kenya, and as an auditor with PKF Bellhouse Mwangi (now Ernst & Young) Kenya office.

Kimani has undertaken professional assignments in Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Mauritius, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Belgium, England and Australia, and he holds the following qualifications: Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting), CPA Kenya, CPA Australia, and is a SPAA Accredited SMSF Specialist Auditor.

Professional Assignments undertaken include:

  • Business Assessor (East & Central Africa Region), EC-funded Euro 30 million EU-ACP
  • Business Assistance Scheme  – 2000 to 2003
    External Auditor, Euro 12 million EC-funded Community Development Trust Fund – 1997 to 2002
  • Financial Analyst, WB-funded Institutional Framework Study for  Environmental Management in Kenya – 1996 to 1997
  • Value for Money Reviewer, 65 EC-funded Micro Projects in Kenya – 1996
  • Capacity Building & Technical Support to 34 User Associations, under the EC-  funded Kenya Livestock Development Program - 1996 
  • Financial Analyst, UNDP-funded Social Dimensions of Development Program Pre-investment Study - 1995 to 1996
  • External Auditor, USAID-funded US$36 million Rural Private Enterprise Program - 1992
  • Monitoring & Reporting, Commodity Import Program (Essential Human Drugs) Dutch government development aid program for Kenya – 1992
  • Finance and Administration Manager, US$ 5 million USAID-funded Agricultural Management Project - 1988 – 1992

 
Professional Affiliations:

  • Member, CPA Australia
  • Fellow Member, The Tax Institute of Australia
  • Specialist Member, SMSF Professionals’ Association of Australia
  • Member, CPA Kenya



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Jean-Marc Agbogba, originally from the Ivory Coast, is principal dancer and director of newly established Dance Company, "Sun of Africa" which has taken Adelaide by storm.
 
Jean is the 2011 African-Australian Performance Arts of the Year Award Winner.
 
He's one of the most outstanding African drummers, artists, dancers, choreographers and flute players in Australia and has been featured in various TV programs.
 
Fresh from his world tour with the "Mother Africa Circus", Jean-Marc has gathered together and trained a talented group of Dancers and Musicians who have performed in Australia at various functions --such as  the Adelaide Come Out Festival and Adelaide Fringe Festival.
 
While currently developing his plans for a large Dance Spectacular inspired by his African roots, he has also begun classes in both African dance as well as his ‘Afrotonic’ fitness classes in conjunction with Latin Dance Nation of Unley, South Australia.


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Laura Adzanku has made an outstanding contribution to multicultural communities within South Australia by addressing prevalent issues within these communities, many of which are often challenged and most often frowned upon. Laura’s work with the African Communities Council of South Australia (ACCSA) as a settlement officer back in 2008 ignited her passion for working with culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities.

Known for her radiant personality and passion for community work, Laura has established quite an extensive network within several CALD communities and is reputable in dedicating her time and efforts in actively participating and supporting various community events, from the annual African Festival to volunteering with the African Women’s Federation of South Australia (AWFOSA) as the public relations officer and speaking as a special guest to the Liberian Australian Service Foundation (LAS Foundation), to mention a few.

As a community support worker at PEACE Multicultural Services, Relationships Australia SA, Laura has been successful in pioneering projects addressing health and financial related issues prevalent within CALD communities. In using her extensive knowledge on blood borne viruses, (viral Hepatitis and HIV/AIDS), problem gambling and financial literacy, Laura through continuous community consultations and education has been successful in implementing programs – through her work with PEACE Multicultural Services (RASA) – in addressing the aforementioned issues faced by CALD communities in South Australia. Laura has also been successful in establishing advisory committees and campaigns with the aims of addressing prevalent health issues specifically around the Hepatitis B and HIV.

Working with CALD communities on taboo health topics has its difficulties; however Laura continues to demonstrate through her passion and continuous dedication to the work that

giving up is not an option. Laura’s openness to learning and efforts in making a difference in lives of individuals from all walks of life highlights her passion for community work, but also her efforts in promoting multiculturalism and community harmony.




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Brad and Alison Bonhomme are the Lead Pastors at Influencers Church Australia (formerly Paradise Church Adelaide). As a couple they've dedicated their lives to serving the local church and have more than 15 years full-time ministry experience.  They are passionate about living life to the full and seeing others do the same.

They have been part of the team at Paradise since January 2002 and for a period of three years moved back to their hometown of Perth to pioneer what is now our Perth campus.  Starting out with an initial team of just 15 people they established a thriving church and raised up an exceptional leadership team in the Perth CBD. They have since returned to Adelaide in their current role as our Lead Pastors.

Brad is an engaging preacher with an ability to deliver revelational teaching from God's word and apply it to every-day life, whilst maintaining a dynamic and prophetic ministry style.  He has a passion for leadership and enjoys equipping and releasing people into their God given potential.

Alison works closely alongside Brad and is committed to building God's House and seeing people's potential unlocked. Having come from a corporate management background, Alison has a love for developing and training leaders. She is a natural communicator with a warm, transparent and inspirational preaching style.

Brad and Alison reside in Adelaide with their two young and very active children, Tori and Wade.


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George Fomba, is an Employment Consultant at the Workskill Australia Inc. and Vice Chairperson of the Liberian Australian Service Foundation (LAS-Foundation) Inc.

George is a member of the Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) of the South Australian Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs Commission (SAMEAC) since 2009, and an Ambassador for the South Australian White Ribbon Campaign since 2009.

As a community Leader from the Liberian Community of South Australia, he was able to source funds to target juvenile laws, teenage pregnancy, promoting and maintaining talents, sports, camps etc. He initiated the celebration of an “African Child Day” in South Australia, an initiative to bring African young people together to celebrate their cultures, establish acquaintances, acknowledge their talents and have fun.


George has had numerous awards and certificates in appreciation of his fabulous continuous contribution since his arrival in Australia 2004. In 2012, George was the winner of The Pride of Australian Medal in the ‘Fair go’ category for his outstanding contribution to the Australian society. In July 2013, he receives a Championship Award from the Celebration of African National Awards Inc. July 2011, Awarded as an outstanding community leader by African Chambers of Commerce, South Australia. Also in 2010, George received Governor’s Multicultural awards for community sector in acknowledgement of his voluntary contribution to South Australian community.


There is no doubt that George is the local hero of our times and deserved this distinguish Award 2014, for his professional achievements and contribution to our society.


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Akoi Manyiel Guong
is one of the few "lost boys" from Sudan settled in South Australia. He has been working since 2006 for the Migrant Resource as a Case Manager supporting new arrived refugees to successfully resettle into th

eir new country.

Mr Guong is the Sudanese Youth Leader in South Australia and has been instrumental in helping Young Sudanese people  in their settlement since 2004.  In 2011 he was awarded a Governor’s Award in recognition of his dedication and contribution to Sudanese young people in settling into South Australia.

Recently Mr Guong has founded a charity organisation to support the development of health and educational facilities in South Sudan.

Mr Guong is an author of a new book: ‘Realising the Dream - Journey of a lost Boy’, telling the story of the Lost Boys of Sudan of which he was one.  The book was officially launched on 20th June (World Refugee Day) by Senator The Hon Kate Lundy, Parliamentary Secretary for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs; Senator for the ACT at the SA Refugee Week Launch at the Hawke Centre, University of SA.


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As a 36 year old Remigio Mkoka left Tanzania arriving in Australia 19th Feb 1981. With 1 small bag of possessions, no allowances but possessing a scholarship to study, the journey in this country began.He was one of the first Africans to migrate to Adelaide.
  • Became an Australian Citizen in 1985
  • Bachelor of Arts in Library Studies 1986
  • Diploma in Freelance Journalism 1991
  • Graduate Diploma of Management
  • Masters of Business Administration1999
  • Member Of ALP 1994 (Branch President)
  • Union Delegate, Australian Services Union Qld Services Branch
  • Associate Fellow of Australian Institute of Management 2003

Served the community:

  • Reference Librarian (going above and beyond his duties,becoming known as the African man who was very helpful and always with a big smile.)
  • Junior and Senior Soccer Coach
  • Member of Australian Fellowship of Faith Churches and Ministers International 2006 (along with other positions within the church.)

In 2006 after visiting Tanzania and Malawi Remigio was planning to go back to help with caring for orphans in both countries. Sadly within 6 months of returning to Australia he was diagnosed with a rare form of leukaemia and lost the battle within 8 months of been diagnosed. 

Highly respected in the Community Remigio's funeral was attended by the  Federal Member of Parliament, State Member of Parliament
and the Local Mayor.


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Khadija Gbla  is a volunteer at Multicultural Youth South Australia Inc (MYSA) and has been recruited as a multicultural youth researcher to participate in MYSA’s action research project on newly arrived young people and public space.
 
In 2010, Khadija represented Australia at the Harvard National Model United Nations. This role saw Khadija travelling the United States and participating in international negotiations and debates with other delegates from around the world to an audience of distinguished speakers and members of the United Nations.
 
Khadija has been recognised with numerous awards in community services, one of which includes the 2009 Premier’s Channel Nine Young Achiever of the Year award.Khadija is currently the Premiers/Channel Nine Young Achiever of the year (2009),
Channel Nine Young Achiever’s RAA Driving Force Leadership Award (2009) a recipient of the Pride of Australia Young Leader Medal and 2009 South Australia’s Women’s Honour Roll outstanding nominee and award recipient, Youth Award for the city of Charles Sturt and Multicultural Youth SA, Australian Electoral Commission Ambassador and finally Khadija is the Australian nominee for the Mary Robinson Young Activist Award. Khadija is the 2011 Young African Australian of the Year Award winner.


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Jaison Midzi is the Chairperson of the Zimbabwean Community Association of South Australia and coordinator of Afroworld Radio Program on Radio Adelaide.  Jaison is known by his community members as a symbol of African Unity in Australia as he speaks many African languages. He is one of the founders of an African-Australian Musical Band called AfroOz Musica in South Australia, a band that has trilled audiences in many great events in South Australia.  In addition to being a Musician, Jaison also teaches African Zumba in South Australia; he has also taught singing and dancing in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Lesotho, Congo Kinshasa, Congo Brazzaville, Botswana, and Swaziland. As a Music and Dance Teacher, Jaison leaves the crowd screaming for more where ever he performs. He is a Post Grad Student at the Flinders University and has been winner of several dance competitions.


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 Sam Oshodi is a Nigerian-Australian. He set up the company “African workshop” in 1985 and began conducting workshops in South Australian schools to share his African culture. Workshops include traditional African music consisting of drumming, percussion, dance, songs and chants. Also featured are storytelling, costumes, performance, cultural artefacts & drum making.
Sam has conducted workshops in numerous schools in city and country South Australia.

Community and Corporate Performances:

  • Performed at the S.A. Folk Festivals at Goolwa from 1989.
  • Womadelaide
  • Presentation of the music theatre piece “Majombe” for Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth ll at the opening of the Nexus Cabaret Space at the Living arts Centre in 1990.

Sam was a foundation member of the Adelaide based group “African Tribal Messengers”. He performs regularly with his current band “Sam Oshodi & Bandayo”. They have just released their first CD titled “Oterere”

Sam speaks three major Nigerian's language Igbo, Yoruba and Housa and other languages. In Australia, he supports Nigerian children  learn to speak their language, perform cultural activities such as drumming and singing. He has provided workshops at various Nigerian festivals such as Independence Day and children's Day celebrations held in South Australia.


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ESINAM EVELYN LARTEY

Eve is a Ghanaian Australian, arrived in Australia 9 years ago.  Eve and her family lived and served in the Country Town of Ceduna for 5years.

 As a registered teacher, she worked with children with special needs - Ceduna Area School. She solely ran the Ceduna Early Learning program, travelling several kilometres, connecting with families and children with special needs. Eve also worked as a lecturer and an hourly paid instructor in the department of Children’s Services at TAFE – Ceduna and Wudinna Campuses

Whilst in Ceduna Eve was an active member of the Women’s Health Advisory Group, A Quilting group and Meals on wheels.

Four years ago Eve and her family relocated to Adelaide. She immediately linked up with the Ghanaian Community, and the West African Women’s Association - a pioneer executive member in establishing the West African Women’s Association. Eve later joined the National Council of Women SA, also African Women’s Federation as a member and volunteer, later becoming the project officer until September 2012.

Eve currently works as a business manager in the medical practice field, whilst studying Masters in Business Administration (UniSA)

Eve enjoys travelling, working with different cultures, being a part of seniors and women’s groups, serving others, reading, listening to the radio, collecting recipes and running.



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Etienne Mukum has extensive experience within youth work and employment services. He currently works as an employment consultant for PVS Workfind while undertaking a Master’s degree in international relations.

He has previously worked as a peer mentor and international humanitarian worker for the Australian Red Cross and has had the opportunity of empowering and helping vulnerable young people achieve positive life outcomes.

Before migrating to Australia over two years ago, he worked as a youth coordinator for a United States Embassy program in Cameroon.

Etienne aspires to work in a capacity that enables him to influence policy making that affects migrants especially those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. He is also passionate about assisting young African Australians to uncover and pursue their full potential.





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David Malinda was the President of the African Community Organisation of South Australia and worked as a Senior Research Scientist and Soils Research Scientist at the South Australian Research and Development Institute.

 

David also worked for the South Australian Department of Agriculture as Soils Research Scientist and Agricultural Research Engineer.

David has published 3 books, 4 book chapters, 6 Scientific papers, 10 reports, 11 international conference papers (in 7 countries), 20 national conference papers, 1 National Landcare Award (Group share), 21 media releases and interviews and has contributed to 38 Country and metropolitan Field Days, and Demonstrations.

From 1982-1984, David worked for the  Kenyan Ministry of Agriculture as a  Senior Agricultural Engineer, helping to plan, implement and monitor all technical and administrative matters related to the establishment and smooth running of Agricultural Engineering/Mechanisation Extension Services and among others.

In Australia, among the community projects accomplished by David include:

  • Coordinating Artists workshops at schools for 13 years in a row, covering about 35,000 students.
  • Planting the first trees in Australia at dawn on January 1st, 2000 at the Cities of West Torrens and Port Adelaide Enfield to mark lasting friendship between Africa and Australia, and marking our commitment to the environment.
  • ·Establishing the African computer centre at the Kilburn Community Centre in South Australia for students and family members.
  • Initiating and organising forums both for youth and for the general community, particularly for the community living in Port Adelaide Enfield Council, West Torrens and Charles Sturt councils’ areas of South Australia.

In recognition of David’s remarkable achievements, he has won the following Awards:

  • Australian of the Year Award - 2008
  • Governor’s Award -2008
  • Recommended for Order of Australia
  • Australia Day Ambassador – ongoing

As an Australia Day Ambassador, David has accomplished the following assignments and among others:

  • officiating the Tour Down Under at Tilden Bend;
  • officiating the Australia of the Year awarding ceremony at the Coorong County Council at Meningi in South Australia;and
  • officiating the Citizen of the Year Awards for 2012 at Cleve District Council in Eye Peninsular on Australia Day 26th January 2012.


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Sheela is an internationally renowned and multi-award winning artist. Sheela Langeberg is one of the most influential and written about Africans in Australia today, as well as one of its most prized artistic and cultural treasures.




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Sossy Msomi is the Tanzania Honorary Consul in charge of the Consulate of Tanzania in Adelaide. Sossy is one of the prominent Africans helping to build a positive image for the Community. He actively participates in various community events, helping to foster African community development and was conferred an Excellence Award in Diplomatic and Community Services in 2011.

Currently, he is the Cost Manager at Ceiling and Wall Contractors Pty Ltd  and Board Member and National Councilor of the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors.

Sossy is an ex-President of the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors, South Australian Chapter.


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Dr. Chi Ndi is a Research Associate within the Quality Use of Medicines and Pharmacy Research Centre at the University of South Australia. He is a Natural Product chemist, who investigates Native Australian Plants in search of drug leads that could be used for other biomedical applications.

His research interests includes the chemistry of natural products, Antimicrobial activity of Australian Medicinal Plants and the Isolation and structural elucidation of bioactive compounds from plants.

Dr Chi Ndi is also the owner and administrator of African Junction.


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Dr Sumbo Ndi is a Research Fellow within the Infectious Diseases and Microbiology Research Group at the University of South Australia.  Her research interests are in the epidemiology, control and prevention of Human food-borne diseases with particular interest in vaccine development.

She is also interested in the epidemiology and mechanism of Antibiotic resistance in animal and human bacteria. Antibiotic resistance is a significant human health issue and there are reports about the link between antibiotic use in food producing animals and the emergence of resistant bacteria in animals which have the potential of being transferred to humans.

Dr Sumbo Ndi also helps with the administration of African Junction.



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Dr Eric "Akin" Adetutu
is a highly skilled scientist with over 10 years research experience spanning environmental health, environmental conservation, waste treatment and remediation of contaminated environments. He has extensive project management experience having worked in Africa, Europe and Australia. He has substantial experience in the application of cutting edge molecular tools to resolving environmental issues. He has extensive experience in classical (culture based methods) and molecular (PCR, commubity fingerprinting, functional genomics and metagenomics) microbiology.

Qualifications
PhD (Microbiology), University of Essex, UK, 2005
M.Sc (Microbiology, University of Ibadan, Nigeria, 1997.
B.Sc Hons (Microbiology), University of Ilorin, Nigeria, 1994

Honours, awards and grants
Overseas Research Studentship (ORS), University of Essex, UK (2002-2005).
Best graduating M.Sc student in Microbiology, University of Ibadan, Nigeria (1997).

Key responsibilities
  • Coordinating and developing new research projects locally and internationally
  • Training and co-supervision of undergraduate and higher degree students
  • Providing support in molecular microbiology for research across a variety of fields (Biology, Archaeology and Chemistry)
  • Writing environmental reports for commercial partners and manuscripts for publication in high quality peer reviewed journals
In the School of Biological Science, Flinders University, South Australia, Dr Eric M Adetutu is part of the environmental biotechnology research group headed by Professor Andy Ball. He has been involved in different studies spanning a variety of fields in science ranging from Microbiology to Chemistry.  He is a trained molecular microbiologist and his expertise is in applying molecular tools to the study of microbial communities in the environment and how these communities respond to natural and human related changes in environmental conditions (function and diversity).
 
His research interests include;
 
(1) Microbial treatment of wastes
 
(ii) Bioremediation of contaminated environments
 
(iii) Microbial interactions with metals
 
(iv) Application of metagenomics in the study of microbial communities
(v) Assessment of the impact of human visitation on the cave environment
 
(vi) Molecular mycology


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CHAIRPERSON  - CELEBRATION OF AFRICAN AUSTRALIANS INC. 



John Nze-Bertram


Principal Convenor and Chairperson, Celebration of African Australians Inc.


Member of the Roll of Lawyers, Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory

  • Bachelor of Laws – University of South Australia
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Migration Law – Australian National University;
  • Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice – Australian National University;
  • Master of Business Administration; and Master of Professional Accounting and Business (2015)
  • Master of Law (2015)

 

John Nze-Bertram, a Nigerian & Australian citizen, is the:

 

* Principal Convenor and Chairperson of Celebration of African Australians Inc:

Currently, networking with over 500 community organizations, supported by over 300 volunteers and community leaders, and have an audience of over 100,000 people across Australia (through collaborative information sharing with communities and local media).

 

* Australian National Coordinator, Organization for the Harmonization of Business Laws in Africa (OHADA)  in Australia Club


* President, World Youth Empowerment Association Inc (WYEA):

International Team Leader, Trade and Tourism Project -- a project of WYEA, coordinating and networking with over 4000 organizations worldwide


* Former President, African Chamber of Commerce South Australia Inc.


* CEO, Strategic Trades Services – Import and Export Network


* President, Sweet Mother International Inc:

Currently collaborating with Birthing Kits Foundation Australia to supply sterilised birthing kits to pregnant women in Africa so as to reduce avoidable pregnancy related deaths --(over 20000 community members in Africa are benefiting from this project including Kenya, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Ethiopia and Liberia).


* Sponsoring Member, Society for Values and Ethics in Leadership (SOCVEL)

* President, African Wrestling and Sport Federation of Australia

John is a dedicated and versatile administrator, with several years of experience among international organizations and private enterprises. Possessing extensive skills, knowledge and experience in strategic project management - planning, networking, analysing, implementing, integrating, monitoring and reviewing. Strong blend of managerial, professional and interpersonal skills. Proven success working under pressure within stringent time frames and meeting demanding targets. Capacity to make difficult decisions and achieve results. Ability to achieve goals with limited resources and to facilitate and optimize difficult and complex negotiation situations with across linguistically and culturally diverse groups.



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Celebrate Inc. Co-Convenor, Emeka Chikwuba, is an image and branding strategist, designer, writer and creator. Emeka uses his creative skill as Change magazine creative / style Director to support businesses, communities, marketers, non-profits and self-branded personalities tell their stories in words and visuals.

Emeka Chikwuba has enormous creative abilities to transform quantity into quality. Emeka says “I am absorbed in certain sectors through my professional practice and vast background in Arts and Industrial Relation. Am always looking to find links between the worlds of arts, people, fashion, product branding, entertainment, music,  business networking , branding and publishing.”

Former Committee Member/ Treasurer of African Chamber of Commerce and member of African Reference Group (Aids Council Of South Australia).

Founder of Change Magazine. Recipient of BUSINESS CHAMPION AWARDS in 2011.

 Change magazine now reaches out to broader audiences all over Australia and beyond.

Avid, creative, dedicated, self-motivated and more, describes Emeka. His main passion and occupation is in creative packaging, imaging, designs and Publishing. Since his childhood, he used to draw and imagine designs all time long. Later,  a fact that taught and inspired him a lot in his creative hankering. At the age of 20, he started a unique gift item production, and branding company, influenced by vibrant colours, people, artworks and music, he started creating his first label called Cjanet, a year later. Almost instantly, it spun into a tangible desire.

Emeka is a dynamic and ideas driven professional and works with optimum efficiency.  A man of high creative record and has great potential in generating inspiring innovations.

His vision is simply making sure that he marks a profound bearing in his community and in life, which has to be reckoned with. More significantly, when Emeka sets a goal, he works towards achieving it



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Nuala Hafner is the daughter of the Ghanaian-born Australian television personality and celebrity chef, DorindaHafner.

In 1995 she enrolled in a Law degree at Flinders University, graduating and entering the bar in 2000.

Nuala began her media career at three months old when she appeared in an advertisement for baby milk. Nuala also starred for many years in the children's program The Book Place and on Seven Adelaide's lifestyle program Discover.

However she is best known for working as a weather presenter for Seven NewsAdelaide and later Seven News Sydney.

In November 2011, Nuala resigned from the Seven Network as she is returning to University to complete her Psychology degree and in January 2012 she filled in for Grant Denyer on Sunrise.





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Mr Juma Abuyi's
contribution to the African Australian society demonstrates
good leadership and intellectual development within the African community in Australia. Mr Abuyi commitment continues to contribution greatly to the African community particularly for the African youth which deserve to be recognise and honoured in Australia.

Mr Abuyi career involved a mixture of community development, human resource management and research especially with the new and emerging multicultural and diverse communities. He has a wealth of knowledge and skills in dealing with refugees and especially African issues and has been serving the multicultural community for over 10 years in different roles with the government and non-government organisations.

From a young age, Juma commenced his professional career as a teacher, director of the cultural dance troupes and supervisor for the counselling program at a refugee camp in Kenya. After he arrived in
Australia, Mr Abuyi has been developing projects that empower the new and
emerging African community in different Australian states. In particular he
uses sport to educate youth and to build network and relationship between the
youth and their parent, leaders, and wider Australian community.  Mr Abuyi was able to assist African communities’ source funds to target juvenile offenders, teenager’s misrepresentation, promoting talented youth and individual within the African community in Australia. He is a committed gentleman who always represents the right, need and interest of the vulnerable individuals. In South Australia, Mr Abuyi has headed the youth and sport activities for a number of years. 

With all these demonstration of Mr Abuyi skills, knowledge and commitment to the African community in Australia, it was not a surprise when he was awarded the South Australia’s Governor’s Multicultural
Awards 2011 and appointed the first Police African Liaison Officer, member of
the Australia Orientation Consultative Committee for the Department of
Immigration and Citizenship at the national office In Canberra. He is a Justice
of the Peace for South Australian community. Mr Abuyi excellent work continues to be feature within the African and Australian community.




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The Songambele International Gospel band was originally formed in a refugee camp in Tanzania. Most of the performers have since resettled in Adelaide. Their exciting blend of gospel music and dance has entertained audiences at the grand final at AAMI stadium and other local events.They have also performed at Granville Community which located in Sydney (NSW). Click here to watch video.

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Fofo Folly, aka "MaxiBoy", a Togolese, is the 2011 Young African Australian Movie Producer of the Year Award.

He is an active singer / dancer, and self-employed music producer and filmmaker.

Fofo has established a small business providing audio-visual services to other African youth and has participated in many community based projects as a participant, team leader and mentor.

Fofo has produced two short films on issues facing African refugee youth and is an active member of the Togolese community.



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Mary Awata is a Manager, Cultural Services with AnglicareSA.

Originally from Kenya

She is known for her   exceptional achievements and remarkable contributions in promoting cultural diversity both throughout community and within AnglicareSA. She is known for her passion in addressing cross-cultural communication issues by facilitating discussions, training and negotiating suitable outcomes to benefit social cohesion and cultural inclusion.

With a Social Work background Mary uses her social work skills to advocate for social justice and inclusion of culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities both at state and national level. Her passion in migration issues has put her in the fore front of contributing to academic research in international migration update/issues.

Mary is currently involved in networks both at state and national level that advocate and contribute in government  policies that affect people from CALD communities in Australia e.g Settlement Council of Australia (SCoA), Refugees Council of Australia (RCOA), SouthGate Policy club (with Flinders University) etc. Recently hosting the African women kitchen table conversation  an initiative where African women were given the opportunity for their  voices be  heard and included in government policy against Domestic violence this was attended by the  Director and Deputy Director of Department of Social Services.






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Sidique Bah currently works full time as project coordinator at Multicultural Communities Council of South Australia and was a Finalist in the Pride of Australia fair go awards category 2014.


He was resettled in South Australia under the UNHCR humanitarian refugee program in 2001.

Sidique worked as an adviser and an electorate officer for former Labor Senator Annette Hurley for six years.

He produced a compilation CD in 2009, Multigrain, profiling the talent of young people from all over Africa who have settled in Adelaide and is co-founder of ‘Afrikarts’ an organisation that hosts African arts and cultural events in Adelaide.

He also founded Salt Magazine, an African Australian publication which shares print and online news and information on a broad range of issues of interest to the African community in Australia as well as to the wider general public.

His magazine acts as a platform for the voice of the new and emerging African Australian communities, providing an African perspective to Australian topics and highlights African refugee success stories and encourage community development by exploring the challenges faced by new arrivals.






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ISAIAH Omamogho was part of the Australian under-17 squad that competed in the FIBA Oceania Under-17 Basketball Championships in 2009 and   that year’s world championships.

Part Aboriginal and Nigerian, Omamogho has been inspired by his grandfather, Michael Ahmatt, who will be remembered as one of Australia’s greatest Aboriginal basketballers.

Currently, Isaiah is one of the top rated Australian U19 professional Basketball players in Europe.


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Genevieve Adzanku has held different positions in the the government of South Australia and African community. She has acted as Team Leader Community Development Team Intercountry Services from January 2012 – March 2012. She was leading the Community Development Team to maintain an effective level of service delivery to individual clients, community groups and organisations in South.

Community Liaison Worker Refugee SA (State Government) 2010 to date. In this role, Genevieve has provided assistance to African groups from the Congo, Burundi and Somalia in accessing and applying for grants. She has assisted these groups in developing and clearly communicating proposed projects as part of their application for grants. In carrying out all of these tasks, she had diligently stuck to Community Development Principles ensuring that the groups are able to continue to exist long after service provision has been terminated.


Office for Women, Attorney General’s Department – February 2009 to July 2010 Women’s Information Service
This role involved the provision of information and referral services to women in South Australia. Ms Adzanku played a strong role in extending the services access to women from CALD backgrounds particularly African backgrounds by linking in with services such as English Language Services. Ms Adzanku used her position and Data gathered with the Women’s Information Service to influence policy directions around service delivery to Women from CALD backgrounds.



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Mabor Tut is a young South Sudanese living in South Australia.
mabor was the first African to be elected into the liberal state council in Australia. He was also elected into the State executive council and is also a Member of the Multi-cultural committee. Mabor is a great advocate for Migrant affairs in the Liberal Party both at state and at the national level. He has organised policy discussion between African Leaders and Liberal leaders.
Mabor is also involved with the Conservative Leadership Foundation which develops the conservative leaders of tommorrow.
He appeared on the SBS program Insight representing the Young Liberals and the Conservative Leadership Foundation.



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Kate Mliswa specializes in Family law, Victims of Crime Compensation, Care and Protection matters and Domestic Violence/Intervention Orders and currently works for the North Australian Aboriginal Family Violence Legal Service (NAAFVLS).

NAAFVLS  is an independent Family Violence Prevention Legal Service, funded by the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department, Indigenous Law and Justice Branch and the Indigenous Justice and Legal Assistance Division.

In addition to her Bachelor of Laws and Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice qualifications, she has also completed a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Politics & Anthropology.

Kate has worked in Immigration Law with Libby Hogarth & Associates, specializing in Appeals for Humanitarian visa for asylum seekers. She is the CEO of KM Immigration Services.

Kate is from Lesotho, Zambia and Zimbabwe. She currently resides in Katherine in the Northern Territory. 

In addition to being a lawyer, Kate is very passionate about justice. She is a strong advocate for the disadvantaged people in society. In 2012, she developed and runs a social program every Friday night after work in Katherine where she and a team of people from Katherine Christian Outreach Centre provide food, clothing, counselling, encouragement and other assistance to the disadvantaged people in Katherine. she liaises with different organizations to raise funds and goods to provide to the disadvantaged people. 

She is also a member of the Advocates International.  Advocates international is an organization that believes that no one should be denied Justice.

Advocates International is passionate about Justice and believes that the law should protect the most basic human agreement between a man and a woman, and provide for the best interaction between peoples. Consequently, Advocates International stands with the poor, and oppressed working to vindicate their human rights by ensuring equal access to a working judicial system.

Kate is also the Legal Analyst for Change Magazine. She writes a column to educate people on the law and their rights.


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Lisa Lonero
Modern Zebra Safari

Lisa is an Adelaide based independent contemporary Dancer, Performer and Choreographer. Lisa creates her own works, performs for other independents, and has a close relationship with South African artists as she travels to Cape Town annually to work with the Free Flight Dance Company and Cape (Youth) Dance Company.

Lisa has most recently worked with Larissa McGowan, covering her role in her new full-length work, Skeleton. Lisa has also worked with Adelaide independents on developments including Cubed by Alison Currie, Degredation by Daniel Jaber, and Involuntary by Katrina Lazaroff. Lisa has also collaborated on dance on film projects with Gemma Saloman and Jay Mullan.

Lisa directed and performed her outdoor installation work, Modern Zebra Safari, for the Adelaide Fringe Festival 2012. With sold out houses, this work was sponsored by various businesses and funded by the SA Premiers Arts Partnership Fund.

Lisa was a successful applicant of the UpStart program and was supported by Helpmann Academy to travel in 2010. Lisa is an enthusiastic independent artists who enjoys collaborating with other artists to deliver dream projects, and is enjoying working on developing the dance industry in South Australia.


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 Cece Braima is a dynamic young African-Australian of Ghanaian heritage. She is an academic and community trail blazer whose down to earth attitude is infectious and influences both the young and matured members of the African-Australian community in South Australia. Currently studying a Bachelor of Social Work and Social Planning at Flinders University, CeCe continues to excel academically. Her high academic achievements have led to her membership into the Golden Key Honours Society, Flinders University Chapter.

CeCe is a highly driven and has a passion for youth work, community work and health promotion. During the course of her study, she has been privileged to gain valuable experience in the human service sector working with diverse groups. Her experience began with her work as a Youth Support Officer and the West End Safety Trail Coordinator for Multicultural Youth SA in 2011 where she was involved in a variety of youth specific projects. CeCe presently works as a Community Support Worker for PEACE Multicultural Services, Relationships Australia (SA), where she pioneers in a large array of community health promotion work including, facilitating educational workshops for young people surrounding sexual health and wellbeing, coordinating youth driven projects, and establishing networks with young people from diverse cultural communities.

Her extensive voluntary and leadership services include;

  • Neo Voices Program Coordinator, Neo Voices Program - Radio Adelaide (101.5fm) (November 2013 – April 2014)
  • Volunteer at Radio Adelaide, Neo Voices Program (101.5fm) (February 2013- November 2013)
  • Volunteer at Multicultural Youth SA Inc, (MYSA) (December 2011- February 2012
  • Secretary - Sierra Leonean Youth Association of South Australia (June 2011- June 2012)
  • Youth Action Member at Sexual Health, Information, Networking and Education SA (SHine SA) (January 2011- February 2012)



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