The African Advisory Council (AAC ) has organized on March 9, 2023, an election to vote a new chairman and other members of the organization. Several people came out to cast their ballots and choose new people who will conduct AAC.
Only three positions were about to fill out: Chairman/ woman, Vice chairman/ woman and Community liaison officer.
There were three candidates who were running to be chairman/woman, two candidates to be community liaison officer and one candidate to be vice chairman/woman.
After the counting of the votes Sidiki Donzo who competed against two women, was elected as the new African Advisory Council chairman. He takes over Mohammed Mardha who was the chairman since December 2018.
“I did not win we all win,” Sidiki Donzo the new chairman said. “I cannot make it without you, I need you.” He also said he will follow Mr. Mardha’s footsteps. The first thing Mr. Donzo said he will do is to work and give opportunity to the community members to have internships. “I am grateful. From today on, you have to come to AAC’s meetings,” said Mr. Donzo who was talking directly to his fellow Africans.
“It is a victory for all of us. We stand as one community. We hope that 75 people who came to vote will attend AAC’s meetings,” said Mohammed Mardha as former chairman.
Before the electoral comity unveiled the name of the winner, David Ahmed Coulibaly the director of community services of the office of the Bronx Borough president stated: “Whoever will be the chairperson, do your best to bring the community together.”
The African Advisory Council was launched in January 2010 by the former Bronx Borough president Ruben Diaz Jr. as African immigrants in the Bronx were facing several assaults.
Sidiki Donzo: Chairman
Mohamed O. Jalloh: Vice Chairman
Eric Richard Benjamin Kwasi : Community liaison officer
By Bazona Barnabe Bado