African Ambassadors Need to Engage Black American Business Owners, Says Expert

Mathilde Mukantabana, Rwanda's new Ambassador to the U.S. (center)

Mathilde Mukantabana, Rwanda’s new Ambassador to the U.S. (center)

Most African ambassadors to the U.S. have little engagement with the Black American community, especially with Black business people, according to a guest columnist in DistrictChronicles.

Raynard Jackson, president and CEO of Raynard Jackson & Associates, LLC., a Washington, D.C.-based public relations and government affairs firm, wrote that in foreign affairs, to be posted as ambassador to the U.S. is like winning the Super Bowl.   It is a crowning achievement for any diplomat.

Jackson recently attended a reception, tribute and discussion for East Africa’s four new  ambassadors to the U.S. The ambassadors, who are all women, are Mathilde Mukantabana of Rwanda, Liberata Mulamula of Tanzania, Oliver Wonekha of Uganda, and Jean Kamau of Kenya.

To have four women from East Africa posted in the U.S. is a historic development in diplomatic circles, Jackson said. He added that he hopes the women ambassadors will do a better job of engaging Black U.S. business owners than their male predecessors.

The main objective of ambassadors is to be the voice and the face of their home countries’ foreign policy toward the U.S., Jackson said. They should be the head cheerleader for their country and engage with as many Americans as possible.


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