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#BringOurGirlsBackNOW: Rosemond Sarpong Owens and Obang Okello

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Join myCULTURAL Conversations for an in depth analysis and personable look at the crisis of the kidnapped Nigerian Schoolgirls through the expert and firsthand experiences of Rosemond Sarpong Owens, 1st African woman appointed President of Books for Africa organization; and Obang Okello, international motivational speaker, survivor of war, and refugee camps in Sudan & Ethiopia.  TUES., 7pmE/6pmC

Rosemond Sarpong Owen is the first African woman to be elected president of the St. Paul-based Books for Africa. The group's mission is to create "a culture of literacy and provide the tools of empowerment to the next generation of parents, teachers and leaders in Africa." The St. Paul-based organization has shipped 2.2 million books valued at $28.3 million to 22 African countries, with an additional 616 computers and 15 brand new law libraries.

Obang Okello was an 11-year-old when his life dramatically changed due to war and violence. Living in a border village between Ethiopia and Sudan, he was a constant witness to the endless peril of war. One day in school, the building was bombed and in the resulting inferno he escaped and began a treacherous 1,000 mile, 40-day barefoot walk to the refugee camps of Kenya. Eventually, he resettled in the United States where he began a new life. He is a graduate of Bethel College in St. Paul where he studied business and theology.

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