1st Symposium of the Guinean Youth Diaspora – JULY 14TH, 2012
Under the leadership of the Organization of the North American Symposium on Guinea (ONASG), members of the Guinean youth diaspora of North American held their first successful symposium July 14th, 2012 at the Holiday Inn and Suites Chicago O’Hare, Illinois, USA on the theme “Guinean Youth and Development. The Chicago symposium was attended by hundreds of participants of young Guineans from Canada, France and several other states and cities across the U.S. Supporters from Senegal, Ivory Coast and Democratic Republic of Congo also came to the meeting to express their pan-African solidarity.
In his short welcome speech, Dr. Mohamed Saliou Camara, initiator of ONASG and co-organizer of the symposium thanked the Chicago Guinean community, the host city, for rallying to provide this important forum a success worthy of the “Windy City” and the dynamic Guinean diasporas. He then paid tribute to the Guinean youth Diasporas for having understood that in its capacity of hope for the Guinean nation, we can only prepare for the future of Guinea by overcoming the ethnic and political divisions, and to concentrate on the making of a prosperous, and united democratic Guinean nation.
There also were three panels presented by Guinean professionals on subjects relevant to Guinean society in the U.S. and abroad as i.e. education, employment among the youth, leadership, health and citizen interest. Additionally, a round table discussion led by NGO’s allowed them to promote their organization’s missions and objectives. The first symposium was a success in many ways as it created a stronger alliance between Guineans in the U.S. and abroad. It also displayed its commitment to the development of citizen action and national unity in Guinea.
The first symposium of the Guinean Youth of the Diaspora has been organized by :
- Dr.Mohamed Saliou Camara, Professeur at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and initiator of (ONASG) The Organization of the North American Symposium on Guinea ;
- Mr. Oumar Telly Diallo, host of « La Voix de la Jeunees Africaine » (Voice of African Youth Show) on Guineeview and a founding member of the ONASG ;
- Mr. Mamadou Safa Tounkara, computer specialist/engineer at AT&T, host of the radio show « La Liasion » on Guineeview and founding member of the ONASG ;
- Ms. Adama Hawa Diallo, Accountant in New York City and founding member of the ONASG
To learn more about this meeting and its outcomes, the English translation of the symposium report here.