Team Members

You are cordially invited to Minnesota Africans United Annual Gala Dinner on Friday, November 19, 2021. The Gala will be held at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, MN. Please join us as we honor African diaspora in Minnesota, businesses that are committed to hiring African immigrants, and the launch of the Koffi Annan Scholarship Fund to International students studying at a college or university in Minnesota.


The theme for the evening is Discovery Through Unity, so that together, we can advance Minnesota without leaving anyone behind. Minnesota Africans United stands firmly in unity, ensuring that educational opportunities are provided for all African immigrants.

*Metropolitan State University is located at 700 E 7th St, St. Paul, MN 55106. Please park in the free parking ramp across from campus. The event will start in the Great Hall in the New Main building.


Jeanne Crain, Keynote Speaker

President & CEO, Bremer Financial Corporation

Dr. Fatima Lawson

Board Chair, Minnesota African United

Buffy Smith, Ph.D.

Interim Dean of Dougherty Family College & Prof. of Sociology, University of St. Thomas

Basil Ajuo

CEO, Minnesota Africans United

Kathlene Campbell

Dean of Education, University of St. Thomas

Charles Amevo, CPA, MBT, CPPM

CPA, Global Portfolio Consulting C.A., LLC


5pm-6pm: Networking and Music in the Great Hall (New Main Building)

6pm-6:05pm: Welcome guests by Dr. Fatima Lawson, Board Chair of MAU

6:05pm-6:10pm: Welcome to Metropolitan State University by President Dr. Ginny Arthur

6:10pm-6:20pm: Video of MAU success stories

6:20pm-6:30pm: MAU Testimonies

6:30pm-7:15pm: DINNER

7:15pm-7:30pm: Transition to auditorium for program

7:30pm-7:33pm: Intro of keynote speakers, Neal Kashkari, President of Federal Reserve Bank

     and Justice Page

7:33pm-7:45pm: Keynote speaker, Neal Kashkari, President of Federal Reserve Bank, & Justice Page (the importance of African immigrants in our educational institutions and workforce)

7:45pm-7:47pm: Intro. of guest of honor, Jeanne Crain, President & CEO of Bremer Bank,

7:47pm-8:05pm: Jeanne Crain, President & CEO of Bremer Bank, hands out awards

8:05pm-8:15pm: Jeanne Crain, launches the Koffi Annan Scholarship

8:15pm-8:20pm: Closing by Mr. Basil Ajuo, CEO of Minnesota Africans United

8:20pm-8:30pm: Transition back to Great Hall for music and dancing

8:30pm-10pm: Traditional African music and dancing