GAJ Media Group, Publishers of the Ghanaian American Journal, an online news magazine in Connecticut, launched its premier professional and business networking mixer, dubbed the “Afro-New Englander” Networking Mixer. The event attracted several professionals and business startups across New England and New York. Among the notable guests at the event, were the Mayor of the City of Hartford, Mayor Luke Bronin and wife, Sara. The Mayor shared some words of encouragement with the attendees. He asked them to not only connect with the Ghanaian American community, but to the wider African diaspora as well, to build stronger communities. Also in attendance was the CEO of the World Affairs Council of Connecticut, Ms. Megan Clark Torrey. In her opening remarks, she underscored the importance of global connections and what her organization WAC-CT, is doing to educate the public about the importance of being globally minded and building diverse communities.
The CEO of GAJ Media Group, Mr. Fred Kojo Kyeremeh, on his part encouraged the attendees to embrace their identities as Africans living in the United States and use their knowledge and influences to support each other. He assured them that they are very much a part of America’s success story and should be proud in sharing their stories. He reiterated the notion that Africans can be found in all sectors of American society, and are making significant contributions to the economy, culture, education and healthcare needs of the country and should therefore not shy away or feel disregarded, irrespective of the current administration’s anti-immigration policies.
The special guest of honor at the event was the 2018 Ghanaian Olympian, Akwasi Frimpong. Akwasi Frimpong had earlier in the day, received a proclamation from the Mayor of Harford, Luke Bronin.
GAJ Media with the help of Mayor Bronin presented Akwasi with a special crystal plaque for his Olympic achievements.
The event featured a special presentation on financial and investment management, which was led by Dr. Hans Boateng of the Investment Tutor, LLC and Mr. Kofi Koranteng of Highlife Management, LLC.
GAJ Media Group plans to host the networking mixer quarterly, and the event would always feature a special topic of interest and a guest presenter, an expert on that particular topic.
The attendees later had the opportunity to network and share ideas, as they enjoyed some Afrobeat tunes and a special musical performance by Worcester artist, Jay Hover. The MC of the evening, Obaa Yaa Adjeiwaa, ensured that attendees did not go home empty-handed, as a side attraction, she hosted a special raffle that was a major buzz of the evening. KTA Mobile, a Ghanaian-owned mobile phone company based in New York, and Franklin Osei- Assibey of Allstate Insurance Agency, the major sponsors of the event, provided items to be raffled off.