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What's Happening at the Multicultural Family Center
The Dubuque Multicultural Family Center (MFC) welcomes the Honorable Nigerian Ambassador Geoffrey Teneilabe to attend a celebration to kickoff "All Africa" on December 12, 2013.
"The mission of ‘All Africa' is to bring the community of Dubuque together to celebrate the rich history, culture, languages and people of the fifty-six (56) countries of Africa" said MFC Executive Director Abeni El-Amin. Additionally, the MFC hopes to relinquish any preconceived notions that Westerners have of Africans by inviting all to celebrate with those who are from the continent of Africa. This endeavor will also encourage African-Americans and Africans to celebrate shared elements of culture through future social, educational and economic projects. All community members regardless of race or cultural background are welcomed and encouraged to attend.
A reception will take place at 6:30 pm with the program to run from 7:00 pm to 9:00pm at the Multicultural Family Center at 1157 Central Ave. in Dubuque. Dubuque Mayor Roy Buol will bring opening remarks for the "All Africa" program and the Honorable Ambassador Teneilable will address the audience.
About Ambassador Teneilable
Honorable Geoffrey Teneilabe, a career diplomat, is the Consul-General of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, with jurisdiction over 17 southeastern States.
Born in Bakana, Rivers State, he obtained his Bachelor of Science (Mass Communication) as well as Masters (International Law and Diplomacy) degrees from the University of Lagos, Nigeria, and was a pioneer graduate of the Nigerian Foreign Service Academy. He is a member of the Institute of International Affairs, Lagos, and an awardee of The Gambia National honors.
Hon. Teneilabe joined the Nigerian Foreign Service in 1981, and prior to his resumption of duties in Atlanta as Consul-General, served at various times as the Senior Special Assistant to both the Vice President and the President of Nigeria on International Relations /Audience.
In the Nigerian Foreign Service, he has held several important positions and served in various Departments of the Ministry, including as Special Assistant to the former Foreign Minister, Sule Lamido, now Governor of Jigawa State. He is widely traveled and served in several capacities in Nigeria's Diplomatic Missions in Athens, Greece; Bonn, Germany, Seoul, South Korea and Banjul, The Gambia, where he was the Acting High Commissioner for over five years.
The Multicultural Family Center empowers all families and community members of Dubuque to reach their potential and build unity out of diversity. Since it opened in 2005, the center has been reaching out to and addressing the needs that are currently challenging the Dubuque community. By seeking to bring experiences and knowledge regarding diversity issues, the MFC is of value to people of all generations, cultures, and ethnicities alike. For more information on this program or the Multicultural Family Center please visit their website at www.mfcdbq.org, on Facebook, or visit the center Monday through Thursday, 11am-7pm; Friday, 11am-5pm or Saturday, 9am-Noon.