From Central Africa to Portland, Maine: A Panel Discussion
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About The Event
Please join the World Affairs Council of Maine as we host leaders from the Angolan and Congolese communities in our state for a panel discussion on their countries of origin. Which economic, political, and historical influences have led to many fleeing Angola and the DRC? How is life in Angola and DRC similar to life in Maine, and how is it different? With of goal of educating Mainers about our newest neighbors, what do these leaders hope we’ll learn about Angolan and Congolese culture, history, and identity? We invite our local community members to join us in this opportunity to learn from leaders Papy Bongibo, Nsiona Nguizani, and Luc Samuel Kuanzambi. Discussion with the audience to follow the panel.
Free and open to the public; RSVP required as seating is limited.
About our panelists:
Papy Bongibo is the President of the Congolese Association of Maine. He played an integral role in working with the new asylum-seekers who arrived to the Portland Expo Center in summer 2019. Papy is an entrepreneur and founder of the New England African Arts, Entertainment and Community Association.
Nsiona Nguizani is the Cultural Broker for the town of Brunswick, hired in August to help ease the transition for new asylum-seekers. He is President of the Angolan Community of Maine and played a key role in working with asylum-seekers in Portland this summer.
Luc Samuel Kalusivikadioko Kuanzambi Matumona is the Community & Cultural Ambassador for Hannaford. During the 2019 Expo project in Portland, Maine, Luc served as the Congolese Community's Lead Cultural Navigator and helped develop and implement the cultural integration strategy for all 450 asylum seekers and their American host families. Luc is a Congolese national who held various positions in the communications field in DRC, including permanent Senior Interpreter & Translator for the Political Section at the South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation, RSA Embassy.