Tanzanian, Congo Ambassadors to Visit CSU as Conference Speakers

Liberata MulamulaCOLUMBUS, Ga. — Ambassadors to the U.S. from Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo will speak at the Southeast Model African Union conference Nov. 14-16 at Columbus State University’s Cunningham Center.

More than 160 college students and faculty from throughout Georgia will attend SEMAU, an annual conference that simulates the political, economic and cultural dimensions of African nations and their relations to each other and the rest of the world as members of the African Union.

Liberata Mulamula, Tanzania’s ambassador to the U.S., will deliver the keynote address at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14. Previously the senior personal assistant to Tanzania’s president, she also served as the first executive secretary of the international Conference of the Great Lakes Region, with headquarters in Burundi, from 2006-2011.Faida Mitfu Shalishali

Faida Mitifu Shalishali, the Congo’s ambassador to the U.S., will speak at the conference’s Africa Night event at 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 15 in the multipurpose room of CSU’s Student Recreation Center. She taught literature at CSU before her appointment as ambassador in 2000.

This is the second time Columbus State has hosted SEMAU. The conference was also held here in 2005. Fifteen Georgia universities are expected to send 10 or more students and up to three faculty advisors to the 2013 conference. Fifteen students will represent Columbus State.

Students will take on characteristics of their chosen countries and develop an understanding of African issues from an African perspective. Participating CSU faculty include conference organizer Florence Wakoko-Studstill, associate professor of sociology; John Davis, professor of biology; Samuel Abegaz, associate professor of chemistry; and John Studstill, part-time professor of anthropology.

For more information, call 706-507-8720 or visit http://ColumbusState.edu/cie/semau.

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Photos: Keynote speaker Liberata Mulamula, Tanzanian ambassador to the U.S. (right)
Faida Mitifu Shalishali, the Congo’s ambassador to the U.S. (left)