WILMINGTON – On Monday morning, members of Wilmington City Council welcomed a delegation of Nigerian leaders, University of Delaware professors and Chairman “Wale” Adelagunja of the Delaware African Caribbean Affairs Commission.
City Council President Hanifa Shabazz along with Councilwomen Michelle Harlee and Yolanda McCoy welcomed Abike Dabiri Erewa, Chair of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission and Tolulope Shadipe Akande, Chair of the House Committee on Diaspora (Nigerian House of Representatives).
The conversation centered primarily on strengthening African and African American relations as well as on engaging and educating African women on how to get involved in politics and possibly run for elected office.
“We had a rich dialogue and I look forward to building a strong partnership with our brothers and sisters in Nigeria,” said Council President Shabazz. “We live in a global society and it is extremely important that we remember that although we’re on separate continents, the priorities for those of us in public office are often related. We all care about addressing poverty, promoting safe, healthy and stable living environments and providing the best educational opportunities for our children.”
President Shabazz went on to say that she and her colleagues applaud the University of Delaware programs in art and culture that will bring world renowned Nigerian authors, musicians, and poets to University of Delaware to interact with the community and students to share their artistry and culture.