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Africa Global Chamber of Commerce (AGCC) condemns the “murder” of an unarmed black man George Floyd and call for ending police brutality and racial inequities

Chicago, Illinois – (Saturday, June 06, 2020) – Africa Global Chamber of Commerce (AGC) leadership and staff present sincere heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of R.I.P George Floyd. We are shocked and troubled by the widespread acts of racist attacks and murders committed against all Black people. A white police officer surrounded by his three colleagues took the life of George Floyd, an unarmed black man in 9 minutes of “I CAN’T BREATHE.” Communities, not just Black, are outraged, fatigued, perplexed, exasperated, and yes, TIRED of being “sick and tired” over police officers (whites specifically) murdering Black people in broad daylight with impunity. All communities call justice for George Floyd and demand the United States Society to end POLICE BRUTALITY and the RACIAL INEQUITIES: economic fairness, economic justice, economic inclusion, social justice, and all forms of racism.

Olivier Kamanzi, Chairman of Boards AGCC and African Diaspora Sixth Region Association of Illinois, says: “I call more justice for George Floyd and all Black people, his savage murder by the white police officers in Minneapolis, Minnesota demonstrates that the historical racial injustice and white supremacist behaviors are still real and prevailing in America. How many blacks more must be murdered for America to wake up and stop racial injustice and racism that most of the time lead to incarceration and murder of innocent blacks? Yesterday, it was Ahmaud Arbery, Tamir Rice, Kevin Matthews, Keith Childress, Amadou Diallo, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Laquan McDonald, and today is George Floyd. Who is next? Are we going to wait for other victims? The response is NO. Police Officers must protect people and not murder them. America needs economic and social CHANGE: implementation of new policies and constitution that protect and empower all Blacks and People of Colors”.

“We need to leverage this tragic incident to galvanize the support needed to implement long lasting legal reforms that can end systemic racism. I hope that our youth will not lose focus after a few weeks and that they will continue to push for change”, said, Tammie Krauskopf, Member of Board AGCC and Trade Lawyer 

“In times like this we have to ask ourselves what kind of world we want to live in? A world where we allow the atrocities committed by authority to be ignored and excused or a world where we strive to embody the principles on which our country was founded – true equality for all? It will never be perfect but if we commit to standing up for what is right, to not remain silent, we can create a world in which our children can prosper … a world where all children regardless of race, sex or religion can prosper…  a world of which we can be proud”, stressed, Amber Johns, Vice-Chair of Board AGCC and International Corporate and Compliance Attorney.

Demitrus Evans, Secretary of Board AGCC, International Business Lawyer, and Founder of The TEEP Project for the innocently incarcerated, says, “The murder of Mr. Floyd and other black men and women at the hands of racist police is just a reminder of the relics of slavery for me. For 400 years, slave ships sailed with black people dying in mass and considered products. Mistreatment is an understatement for what black people all over the globe (and probably in space if it’s figured out) have had to and continues to endure at the hands of an oppressive system. No, it’s not any of the particular cops or police forces and other outlandish forces responsible for the current black plight. They have watched us kill each other, and they are not convinced that Black Lives Matter. It’s the current system this at fault, a system where everyone has learned how to treat black people with mistrust. We have even learned not to trust each other or ourselves. The Youth at this point in history has it correct, the Black Lives Matter platform is well thought out, and it begins with a defund and dismantle of the current police tactics, full training, and complete accountability. The sleep must awake. We must all speak out for change. Movements like this are relatively rare, but so is a pandemic. I’m ready for our revolution! Let the change begin..”

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About Africa Global Chamber of Commerce (AGCC) Africa Global Chamber of Commerce (AGCC) is a Chicago-based tax-exempt not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote trade, investment, educational exposures, and cultural exchanges globally for Africa’s economic interest and its partners starting from the United States of America. Locally, AGCC strives to serve businesses and professionals seeking business opportunities, while also, facilitating mutual commerce between US and Africa.

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Call to China Government to urgently intervene and STOP mistreatment and racism attacks on Africans.

Call to China Government to urgently intervene and STOP mistreatment and racism attacks on Africans.


Tacarra Birmingham
Phone: 618-207-1712
Call to China Government to urgently intervene and STOP mistreatment
and racism attacks on Africans.
Chicago, April 14, 2020: Africa Global Chamber of Commerce (AGCC); African
Diaspora – North/Central/South Americas and, African Immigrants globally, are
troubled by the reports of widespread acts of xenophobia and racist attacks being
committed against all black people across China. We appeal to the President of the

People’s Republic of China H.E. Xi Jinping to urgently intervene and use his
power to STOP the mistreatment and violent attacks against Africans living in
Guangzhou, Shanghai, and other parts of China. The Global community has seen
videos depicting African Women and Men being thrown out of their homes, forced to
sleep outside on streets, banned from entering the shopping malls and restaurants,
subject to mass testing, and arbitrary quarantines. Pregnant women are being denied
access to/or any form of hospitalization or medical treatment because of their African
The African Diaspora and friends of Africa, in the United States, have expressed their
utter displeasure and condemnations in strong terms regarding the mistreatment and
racist attacks against Africans living in China.
“Enough is enough,” said Olivier
Kamanzi, Chairman of AGCC and Chairman of African Diaspora Sixth Region
Association of Illinois. “An independent UN Investigation must be conducted
immediately along with African representation. I am disturbed by scenes of troubling
discrimination displayed in videos on Social Media, and can’t imagine that the Chinese
Government and its Citizens, amid the “COVID-19 Pandemic,” would tolerate
inhumane acts against any Africans living in China.

I call upon the African Union to investigate the behaviors of Chinese Companies
operating in Africa towards African workers. The Chinese Government appears to
ignore that there are millions of Chinese living in Africa, and China depends on the
African economy, and its natural resources more than Africa depends on China. There
must be equity in doing business between the two cultures. It’s time for Africans to
take back their motherland and to ensure that there are no more political, geographical

or economic re-colonization by China or any other superpower”, said Olivier Kamanzi,
Chairman of AGCC and Chairman of African Diaspora Sixth Region Association of
“We, African Diaspora Sixth Region Association of Illinois, condemn this despicable
action and demand that the Chinese Government and Leaders of Guangzhou
apologize to the victims and Governments of the African Nations impacted by this
deplorable action. Also, the Chinese Government must ensure that such irresponsible
behavior is not repeated to safeguard the future diplomatic relationship between Africa
and China for the era of the 21st Century”, said Dr. Samuel Enyia, Author and Retired
Professor of Communications and Director of the Broadcasting Program at Lewis
University, Illinois. Rev. Dr. Joseph Rhoiney, Global Media Influencer, Pres. Ministry
ONE and Member of African Diaspora Sixth Region Association of Illinois lamented
that “We are in a season of unprecedented times, ‘COVID-19 Pandemic’, in the history
of mankind, the likes of global proportions. Blatant and unscrupulous behaviors such as poignant racial bigotry are utterly appalling and dastardly demeaning on all ethnic
cultures. These acts of total insensitivity are an affront to humankind”
“Let’s defeat
the very foundation of the DIVIDE AND CONQUER philosophy and start working
together to create our own businesses in our communities and learn to support other
black people. This is the only one way WE will build Africa WE WANT: One People,
One Voice, One Africa”, said Dr. Ana Vicky Castillo, Founder of Afro Latino Historical
Society and Vice-Chair of African Diaspora Sixth Region Association of Illinois.
knew about COVID-19 and did what it does best …suppressed the truth and those
who had spoken out about the outbreak. Now, African economies already indebted to
the Chinese are impacted severely and lives lost. Will China forgive the debt? Africa
must wake up and take back its power and develop its own manufacturing factories
and create jobs for their own people and stop this dependency on China”, stressed
Soraya Sheppard, Artist, and Founder of Color Me Africa Fine Arts.
We will continue to protest peacefully, thoughtfully, and petition the Chinese
Government, and their Citizens, to stop these blatant and unscrupulous behaviors.

We, Africans, are AWAKE!

About Africa Global Chamber of Commerce (AGCC)
Africa Global Chamber of Commerce (AGCC) is a Chicago-based not-for-profit
corporation whose mission is to promote trade, investment, educational exposures,

and cultural exchanges globally for Africa’s economic interest and its partners starting
from the United States of America. Locally, AGCC strives to serve businesses and
professionals seeking business opportunities, while also, facilitating mutual commerce
between US and Africa.

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The Chairman & CEO of African Global Chamber of Commerce (AGCC) to receive the 2020 L.E.G.A.C.Y Award for Community Impact on February 29, 2020 at Malcolm X College

African Global Chamber of Commerce (AGCC) to receive the 2020 L.E.G.A.C.Y Award for Community Impact on February 29, 2020 at Malcolm X College ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Chicago, February 21, 2020: On February 29, 2020 the Annual L.E.G.A.C.Y (Leadership, Education, Growth, Advocacy, Community Outreach, and Youth) GALA AWARDS will take place atMalcolm X College located at 1900 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, Illinois 60612 from 6 pm to 10 pm, where 7 Awards will be given to Chicago area Business Leaders in the L.E.G.A.C.Y categories. AGCC’s Chairman & CEO, Olivier Kamanzi will receive the 2020 L.E.G.A.C.Y. Award for Community Impact for his community outreach efforts to empower business community and connect Chicago Community with the Global business Community. AGCC congratulates WDB Marketing and their partners such as World Business Chicago for celebrating the legacy of Black Entrepreneurship and organizing an inspirational night of connecting and celebrating the impact of these entrepreneurs.

“We appreciate the opportunity to partner with WDB Marketing to empower our young entrepreneurs, both in US and Africa, and promote of our upcoming US-Africa Youth Entrepreneurship Summit 2020 (#USAYES2020) that will take place in Accra, Ghana, on September 10th – 11th, 2020”, said Olivier Kamanzi. USAYES is an Annual High-level powered Entrepreneurship and Innovation Conference and Exhibition Networking Platform designed to promote and facilitate connections between the US and African Young Entrepreneurs through trade and investment mainly in the areas of Technology, Agribusiness, and Tourism. Africa Global Chamber of Commerce (A.G.C.C.) is committed to offer and present a Prize to the Winner of the L.E.G.A.C.Y Young Entrepreneur Pitch Contest. The prize covers a round trip Flight ticket and all costs related to the participation at US-Africa Youth Entrepreneurship Summit 2020 (#USAYES2020 ACCRA) in Accra, Ghana, and the participation to the US-Africa Youth Entrepreneurship Fellowship program to start in the next Spring 2021.


The Africa Global Chamber of Commerce (AGCC), established in 2014, is a not-for-profit, member-based organization whose mission is to promote trade, investment, educational exposures, and cultural exchanges globally for Africa’s economic interest and its partners starting from the United States of America. Locally, AGCC strives to serve businesses and professionals seeking international business opportunities, while also, facilitating mutual commerce and related opportunities between the US and Africa.

Global Africa Diaspora News Press Release

Stop African Slave Auctions in Libya!

Chicago, November 29, 2017: Africa Global Chamber of Commerce, African Diaspora, African American, Caribbean, Latin America, and the entire World were troubled and shocked by the Brutal Slave Trade of Humans in Libya.

Men are being sold like commodities and auctioned as little as $400. Auctions in many locations across Libya are believed to take place each month. “The problem of slavery and human trafficking in Libya and other nations is not new and existed even during the regime of Muammar Gadafi.

On behalf of Africa Global Chamber of Commerce, we condemn these criminal acts of human trafficking and call for an immediate stop of these atrocities to human life. An international investigation must be launched to correct this injustice. We, the international community shall address the root cause of the problem and hold accountable the perpetrators of these violations of human rights, Libyan Gove rnme nt, African Leade rs, and the International Community including United States who created the current chaos in Libya” says Olivier Kamanzi, President & CEO of Africa Global Chamber of Commerce (AGCC).

Many African, Caribbean, and Latin Community Leaders in the United States have expressed their condemnations in strong terms on the slave trade of Africans in Libya and elsewhere. “Until such time every member of humanity agrees that slavery in all its forms is a totally prohibited and immoral act, we will continue to need our governments to speak out forcefully and continuously against this evil. It is not enough that all perpetrators of slavery will be brought to justice, we must create a world in which no one perpetrates these abominable acts” Dr. Vincent Idemyor, Chicago-based Clinical Pharmacologist and a Visiting Professor at the University of Port Harcourt in Nigeria. “America toppled Muammar Gadafi without a plan for the aftermath and has left the country in the hands of the militia, and in chaos. Migrants fled their homelands to Libya seeking passage to Europe in hopes of better lives and future for their families some escaping death in their countries. We have been hearing about the treatment of these refugees for some time, stories of lives lost in the hands of the militia, lives lost just making the treacherous journey. Nothing moved us to act until the images of humans being sold into slavery in this century and with social media nothing is off the table anymore. We cannot pretend we didn’t see or hear without acting. Those images are haunting, that is someone’s son, brother, father or mother. We as civilized members of the human race must never allow such atrocities to occur or to even allow it to get to this point. We ask you to act now and to act swiftly in bringing these people back to their countries and justice to those who perpetrated these acts on behalf of the victims” says Soraya Shephard, Founder & President Color Me Africa – South Africa.

“We were all shocked and could not believe such a thing still being done. We condemn such practices and ask the Libyan Government or anyone responsible to be accountable” says Mr. Patrick Ntula, President of Congolese Community of Chicago (DRC). “We condemn this indignant act of slavery of our African brothers with all our energy and we call the African Union and the international community to undertake an inquiry as soon as possible to place the responsibilities. We say NO to slavery” says Oumar Telly Diallo, President of Guinean Community Association of Illinois and Iowa (GCAII). “It is very disheartening to believe that slavery, I mean auctioning of human beings still exist. We need to wake up as African citizens and believe in ourselves that success is who we are and not where others claim it is. Also, African leaders need to come together to stop this act in our motherland because success and respecting of human right lies in our hands” Davidson Kwame Zigah, President of Ghanaian Professionals of North America and founder of Kale Realty – Ghana.

“An independent UN Investigation must be conducted immediately with Africans in diaspora independently represented. A permanent multinational force must be deployed in Libya to protect rescued immigrants while deportation will be monitored by the UN” says Franklyn Eke, Engineer & Project manager at Milhouse Engineering and Construction – Nigeria. The sale of people by these with no respect of basic human right should not be tolerated in the 21st century. This practice has no place today or tomorrow in any shape forms. No one should profit by conducting such horrific tragedy. This kind of activities undermines the rule of law and contributes to other forms of international organized crimes. Individuals or groups responsible for these

Dr. Chris Munwam, Construction Engineers – Democratic Republic of Congo

“I add my voice to the condemnation of these atrocities perpetrated against humanity and pledge my support in the effort to defeat this evil.” It is of great importance to form an Alliance with the international community to End Slavery and Trafficking to advocate solutions to prevent and end all forms of human trafficking and slavery around the world. Says, Dr. Melida A. Harris Barrow, Author of “Unveiling The Illusion: Know who you are” and Universal Peace Ambassador for Panama.

United Nations estimates the number of migrants in Libya at 700,000. Many of them were brought to Libya to fight on the side of the late Muammar Gadafi. Other African migrants are crossing the Mediterranean to Europe searching for better life. An influx of migrants from Sub-Saharan Africa transit in Libya before traveling to Europe and they are helped by Smugglers.

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Africa Global Chamber of Commerce (AGCC) Partners with the Africa Trade and Investment Global Summit

Chicago, Illinois, November 3, 2017 — Africa Global Chamber of Commerce (AGCC) announces a partnership with the Africa Trade and Investment Global Summit (ATIGS) and furthers the event’s mission to promote and facilitate international trade and foreign direct investment in Africa. The 2018 ATIGS edition will gather 2000-plus key economic players from more than 70 countries including government delegations, high-profile African leaders, project developers and international investors on June 24, 25 and 26, 2018 in Washington, DC.

Designed to promote and facilitate international trade between Americas, Asia, Europe, United Arab Emirates and Africa, the 3-days event will provide a unique platform to gain strategic knowledge about local investment opportunities and business networking. Over 150 speakers, 160 exhibitors and 350-plus global investors and deal making will top the agenda at ATIGS 2018, covering 16 economic sectors particularly manufacturing, agribusiness, power, construction, transportation, IT, tourism, telecoms, and natural resources sectors. High-potential projects in Africa will be presented to international investors. Featured agenda items will include projects showcase, deal marketplace, exhibition, country presentations, and among others.

ATIGS consists of 13 specific events including bilateral events, US-Africa Manufacturing Forum, UAE-Africa Business Forum, Africa-China Economic Forum, EU-Africa International Business Congress, and more under the umbrella of World Business Week on Africa, strategically positioned between the 27th World Gas Conference with over 12,000 delegates, and the 2018. Select USA Investment Summit – with over 1,200 global business investors, given ATIGS delegates more opportunity in June 2018.


Interested companies are invited to register to attend or exhibit, and receive regular information via the following website or contact


About Africa Global Chamber of Commerce – AGCC
Africa Global Chamber of Commerce (AGCC) is a Chicago-based not-for-profit corporation with a mission to promote trade, investment, educational exposures, and cultural exchanges globally for Africa’s economic interest and its partners starting from the United States of America. Locally, AGCC strives to serve businesses and professionals seeking business opportunities, while also, facilitating mutual commerce between US and Africa.


Prominent African and international business executives and investors to explore business opportunities at the Africa Trade and Investment Global Summit (ATIGS); a prestigious biennial conference and exhibition to be held on June 24-26, 2018 in Washington, DC, USA under the theme “Driving Trade, Unleashing Investment and Enhancing Economic Development” aligned with two of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 17 & SDG 8), and designed to contribute to AGOA, Trade Africa, World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), SDGs Agenda 2030 and AU Agenda 2063.


AGCC Media Contact]

Alain Tchegnon

Communication and Media Director


ATIGS Media & Business Development Contact:

Melissa Brown, Media Relations, Global Attain Advancement |

Ceci Guevara, Chief Marketing Officer | +1 (512) 944-2710 |


African Cross- Culture News Press Release

Olivier Kamanzi : « Nous construisons le pont des affaires entre l’Afrique et les Etats-Unis »

Olivier Kamanzi : « Nous construisons le pont des affaires entre l’Afrique et les Etats-Unis »

Par Propos Recueillis par Alain Coomlan Tchegnon, Chicago / U.S.A –  


Spécialiste en investissements bancaires de formation, Expert en marché des capitaux et philanthrope, l’américain d’origine rwandaise, Olivier Kamanzi préside la Chambre mondiale du commerce africain. Cette organisation met en place plusieurs dispositifs qui encouragent les investissements américains en Afrique.  

Pouvez-vous nous faire, en quelques mots, l’historique de la Chambre mondiale du commerce africain et ses objectifs ?

L’organisation a été créée en avril 2014 avec la mission de promouvoir le commerce, les investissements, les échanges culturels, et l’éducation entre l’Afrique et le monde entier en commençant par les Etats-Unis d’Amérique. Nos objectifs sont entre autres, tisser les relations d’affaires entre le peuple noir américain et la diaspora africaine vivant aux Etats-Unis, inciter les deux différentes parties à investir en Afrique, promouvoir les opportunités d’ affaires et d’échanges commerciaux entre l’Afrique et les Etats Unis. La Chambre aide également à la création des programmes entrepreneuriat au profit des femmes et des jeunes dans le but de créer plus d’emplois, et participe à la mise en place d’une manière effective de l’Accord AGOA qui vise à la booster les échanges commerciaux entre l’Afrique et les Etats-Unis. Par ailleurs, nous favorisons la collaboration ou le partenariat entre les institutions publiques et privées des deux parties, avec l’organisation des colloques ou conférences sur plusieurs thématiques relatives au développement économique, politique et culturel.

Quelles sont vos impressions au terme des activités entrant dans le cadre de la Conférence internationale sur l’investissement de la Diaspora Africaine que votre Institution a organisée en collaboration avec la Fondation PUSH du Révérend Jesse Jackson?

Nous accordons une importance particulière à notre collaboration avec les institutions comme l’Organisation PUSH et son Fondateur Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. Cela fait trois ans et chaque année notre Chambre en partenariat avec PUSH, nous organisons conjointement 2 programmes annuels. Le premier programme se tient à New York au mois de Février. Il s’agit d’un Sommet International sur l’investissement en Afrique où plusieurs pays Africains sont invités pour rencontrer les investisseurs américains. Le deuxième programme c’est le Forum international sur l’investissement de la diaspora africaine dans le Monde et en Afrique qui se tient au mois de Juin ou Juillet de chaque année. C’est le forum qui vient de se terminer à Chicago aux Etats-Unis avec la participation de plusieurs délégations africaines. Mes impressions sont bonnes d’autant plus que nous avons accueilli pour la toute première fois les plus grands pays d’Afrique en matière économique notamment le Nigeria, l’Afrique du Sud, et l’Egypte. D’autres pays étaient aussi présents comme le Ghana et le Rwanda. Comme vous l’aviez vous-même remarqué, nous avions des investisseurs venant de plusieurs pays: Américains et Chinois qui se sont retrouvés  dans la même salle. Plusieurs accords de collaboration ont été discutés et je crois que même certains accords ont été signes. Par example notre Chambre a signé un Protocole d’Entente avec l’Agence sud-africaine du développment des Jeunes. Cet accord vise à connecter les jeunes entrepreneurs sud-africains avec les entrepreneurs et investisseurs américains et à leur permettre d’avoir accès aux produits africains et aux marchés américains. Grâce à cette conférence nous avons pu jeter les bases de l’organisation d’une Conférence Internationale des jeunes Entrepreneurs Africains de Chicago qui se tiendra l’année prochaine dans l’Etat de l’Illinois.

Quelles sont, selon vous, les opportunités commerciales dont regorge notre continent africain, et comment votre Institution peut-elle accompagner les opérateurs économiques américains dans leur prospection en Afrique ?

Les opportunités sur le continent africain sont nombreuses. Je pense que la première opportunité est que l’Afrique est le premier continent à avoir la majorité de la population qui est jeune, moins de 35ans. C’est une force de main d’œuvre incontournable pour toute société ou investisseur qui veut s’implanter sur le marché africain. Deuxième opportunité,  c’est dans le domaine Agricole ; l’Afrique a la plus large terre arable dans le monde. Je crois que l’investissement dans ce domaine est une opportunité incontournable dans les années à venir. Le secteur d’Energie et du gaz est aussi une autre opportunité quand on sait que plus de 600 millions de foyers n’ont pas accès a l’électricité. Selon, le programme d’électrification de l’agence Americaine de d’aide au developement (USAID), il y a un besoin de $300 milliards de financement dans ce secteur d’électricité. Le secteur financier est aussi important et a un grand rendement sur les investissements. Le taux de la population qui a accès par exemple à compte bancaire ou compte épargne est très faible. Les secteurs des assurances, des pensions, et de paiement sont également prometteurs en Afrique.  Sans oublier les secteurs des technologies, des médias, des télécommunications.  Par exemple, les installations de fibres optiques, de création des bases de données internet et du paiement bancaire par le téléphone mobile constituent des opportunités pour des investissements importants.  Nous voulons continuer à construire le pont des affaires entre les USA et le continent africain.

Quel est votre appel à l’endroit de ceux qui ne connaissaient pas la Chambre mondiale du commerce africain ?

Je vous remercie de m’avoir permis d’expliquer à vos lecteurs ce que fait notre organisation. Je lance un appel aux Africains professionnels comme entrepreneurs de la diaspora à comprendre que l’Afrique a besoin de nous tous pour son vrai et véritable développement. Je leur demande de surtout vulgariser la bonne image de l’Afrique, à présenter l’Afrique comme étant l’actuelle destination des opportunités commerciales, partout où ils sont. Je demande aussi aux Entrepreneurs africains de nous rejoindre parce que nous allons leur ouvrir plus de marchés dans d’autres pays d’Afrique, aux Etats Unis, en Chine, en Inde, en Europe, au Bresil, et ailleurs. Vous pouvez nous contacter en nous envoyant un message à cette adresse :


Press Release

Annual Kenya Marathon Dinner

For Immediate Release October 1st, 2015


CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – The Kenya Marathon Dinner Group in collaboration with various partner organizations will host the 17th Annual Kenya Marathon Dinner on Oct 9th 2015 at Hilton Hotel – Continental Ballroom, 720 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois.

The Kenya Marathon Dinner is a great opportunity for those of us who love marathons to fellowship with the Kenyan runners who take part in the Chicago Marathon. Many of these athletes are the best of the best when it comes to the Marathon. They have won Olympic medals, The Boston Marathon, The Chicago Marathon and many other world class races over the years.

The purpose is to welcome them to Chicago and also hear their stories with an intention of encouraging the future generation of athletes. The Marathon dinner serves as a great cultural experience for the diverse audience that attends the event as guests enjoy various aspects of Kenyan culture including authentic Kenyan cuisine that expresses what these Kenyan athletes eat back home.

This year’s event will also see us award the 1st Annual Kenya Marathon Dinner Leadership Award for outstanding contribution to charitable causes to Mama Sarah Obama & The S.O.W.O (Safeguard Orphans & Widows) Foundation.

The Dinner is intended to honor these outstanding athletes and the contribution to charitable causes by Mama Sarah Obama & The S.O.W.O (Safeguard Orphans & Widows) Foundation. The event is open to the public.

For updates and questions, please contact the Kenya Marathon Dinner Group Coordinators, Don Owino or Chemutai Chepkwony at 847-903-5981/630-853-0897 or Africa Global Chamber of Commerce President & CEO, Olivier Kamanzi at 312-523-2156 or via email at or


The Kenyan Marathon Dinner is a Non For Profit Organization and depends entirely
on sponsorship and/or gate donations to cover all expenditure related to hosting the dinner. The Kenyan Marathon Dinner has been held every year since 1998 in honor
of the Elite Athletes from Kenya participating in the Chicago Marathon. The purpose
of the dinner is to welcome these gifted runners to the City of Chicago in true Kenyan hospitality and to give Chicago Kenyans and friends of Kenya an opportunity to meet and socialize with them. We look forward to highlighting their achievements and also expressing our community’s appreciation for the exceptional image they portray for the East African nation. Visit for our full profile.


The Kenyan Marathon Dinner Group has teamed up with various corporate entites for this years event. These include Century Health Services, The Hilton Hotel, Africa Global Chamber of Commerce, Ethiopian Diamond Restaurant, Kikwetu Coffee, Afrodisiac Entertainment, Afrika Fusion Restaurant, The Chepkwony Foundation, The CardoLinda Foundation, Safeguard Orphans & Widows Organization, & The Reuben & Alice Chesire Foundation.