February 15, 2015 – It was a rare artic evening when representatives of the African diaspora community sat at the table to discuss the arrival of Her Excellency Dr. Joyce Banda into middle Tennessee. “The truth is incontrovertible. I’m grateful for African Legacies Foundation’s continued support and I look forward to the developing relationship with the African Union’s African Diaspora Health Initiative” stated Hoshana Management Group President Danavan Hylton.
In coordination with African Legacies Foundation, the African Union African Health Diaspora Initiative (AU-ADHI) Chairman Dr. Arikana Chihombori, M.D., hosted a private business meeting at her estate to discuss the itinerary of the fundraising dinner and silent auction for the Joyce Banda Foundation. Her Excellency Dr. Joyce Banda served as the President of the Republic of Malawi from 2012 to 2014. She is Malawi’s first female president and Africa’s second. Voted as Africa’s most powerful women by Forbes Magazine for two years running and voted as one of the most powerful women in the world. Her Excellency Dr. Joyce Banda is a champion for the rights of women, children, the disabled, and other marginalized groups.
The Joyce Banda Foundation (www.joycebandafoundation.com) holds offices in both Limbe, Malawi and Washington, DC and offer solutions and initiatives in the area of empowerment of Malawi women, primary and secondary education, orphan centers, youth sports and village transformation. “As a professional women that is a minority, it is an honor as well as inspiring to work with and listen to Her Excellency Dr. Joyce Banda”, stated Hoshana Management Group’s managing partner Malikah Hylton.
The vision of the African Diaspora Health Initiative is to develop a healthy and prosperous Africa, free of the heavy burden of disease, disability and premature deaths. AU-ADHI representatives at the meeting included Chairman Dr. Arikana Chihombori who is also the CEO and Founder of Bell Family Medical Centers, and Dr. Nii Saban Quao who is a native of Ghana and a Doctor of Medicine and a Master in Public Health from Yale University. To reach their partnership goal, AU-ADHI and the Panafest Executive Director Kwame Ahima came together to host the dinner in honor of the Joyce Banda Foundation. Panafest is an annual middle Tennessee African cultural festival that allows the New American African community of middle Tennessee to engage with one another, as well as introduce middle Tennessee residents to the African culture. Kwame Ahima is a native of Ghana and is a music professor at Vanderbilt University.
HMG President Danavan Hylton is scheduled to officially welcome Her Excellency to the state of Tennessee during the dinner and speak on the beautification of Tennessee. “I’m excited to apply action with words and speak from the heart about this great state,” explained Danavan, “Our goal for this project is to attract strategic partners and build funding opportunities for the Joyce Banda Foundation.” HMG’s words of Tennessee will stand genuine as the minority owned business development consulting firm has arranged meetings with decision makers of the Nashville International Business Office in an effort to support Nashville’s international trade alliance. HMG has also scheduled engagements for Her Excellency with Tennessee State University’s Africana Studies department and local media outlets.
In 2014, through African Legacies Foundation, HMG had the privilege to manage the schedule of Panafest’s guest speaker Ndlieka Mandela who is the first daughter to Nelson Mandela’s first son. While in middle Tennessee, Ms. Mandela was introduced to the World Trade Council of Middle Tennessee, Metro Nashville’s Human Relations Commission, and shook hands with the President of Fisk University, Dr. H. James Williams to name a few. Ms. Mandela spent her time in middle Tennessee raising funds for the Thembekile Mandela Foundation, a South Africa nonprofit organization that creates health and education programs for disadvantaged communities in South Africa. The foundation is named after Ndlieka Mandela’s late father, who is also Nelson Mandela’s first son. The fundraising dinner and silent auction will be held Saturday, February 28th from 4p-8p at the Africa House located in Gallatin, Tennessee. If you are open to attending the fundraising dinner and silent auction, please click here.