Hon. Sidique Wai
President and National Spokesperson
In 1972, Sidique Wai migrated to New York City from Sierra Leone, West Africa and became a naturalized American citizen. Two years later, he received his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Pre-Law from Fordham University and continued his education as a graduate student at the Robert Wagner School of Public Service at New York University.Mr. Wai led the Land Use committee in Community Board 9 and served as Deputy Director and Division Chief for Resident Support Services of the NYC Housing Authority, ensuring needed services to the local senior community. On an international scale, he is the President and National Spokesperson for the United African Congress in America.Since 2006, Mr. Wai also serves as a Community Relations Specialist and Adviser to the New York City Police Commissioner. He is also a member of the Department of Homeland Security Leadership Roundtable.Mr. Wai is the first Continental African to run for citywide office. He was a democratic candidate for the 2013 Office of Public Advocate in New York City.
Mohammed Nurhussein, MD
National Chairman Dr. Mohammed A. Nurhussein is Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine and until his retirement, he served as Chief of Geriatric Medicine at the State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate Medical Center. Under his leadership the geriatric fellowship program secured a full 5-year accreditation in 2009. Dr Nurhussein was born in Adwa, Ethiopia where he received his primary and secondary school education.On orders of Emperor Haile Selassie, he was recruited to the then newly-established military academy. Upon graduation he was one of six Army officers sent by the Emperor to Yugoslavia to study medicine thus becoming among the first Ethiopian military doctors. He came to the US in 1972 to pursue further training in internal medicine and pulmonary medicine. The 1974 revolution which abolished the millennia-old monarchy was soon hijacked by the military, which established a repressive regime eliminating all opposition. Dr. Nurhussein’s brother was among the thousands of young Ethiopians killed by the regime.Seeking political asylum in the U.S., Dr Nurhussein started a long career as an attending physician at Kings County Hospital Center, affiliated with SUNY Downstate College of Medicine where he held a faculty appointment. He has been a mentor and role model to generations of medical students and residents. His long service at both public institutions has earned him numerous awards. Dr. Nurhussein has been listed in the Castle-Connolly Best Doctors in Geriatric Medicine in New York in 2009 and 2010.He is an active member and of the United African Congress and various other civic, professional and humanitarian organizations. He and some Ethiopian doctors from the Diaspora are currently building a hospital in Ethiopia to study African diseases.
Milton Allimadi, CEO, The Black Star News
Mr. Allimadi is serious about his contributions to the Black community. Conscious of the police brutality and harassment towards young Black men in the community, he has requested that anyone who has experienced such behavior at the hands of the NYPD contact his establishment so that he can feature their story.
Michael Cole, Phd
Executive Vice President for Administration and Finance Dr. Michael J. Cole started his college education at the Fourah Bay College (University of Sierra Leone) in Freetown. He moved to Milan, Italy and earned his doctorate degree in Economics and Statistics at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart. While pursuing his studies in Milan, he used some summer vacation time to do some French Language and Literature courses at the University of Grenoble for foreigners in France. Before leaving Milan, Dr. Cole was employed by the Italian Petroleum Company AGIP and posted to AGIP Liberia Corporation in Monrovia, Liberia as an Accountant. Two years later, Dr. Cole returned to Sierra Leone to head the Price Statistics Division at the Central Statistics Office. After three years, Dr. Cole was awarded a U.N. Fellowship to study Price & Manpower Statistics at the Bureau of Labor Statistics in Washington, DC. He returned home and continued his work at the Central Statistics Office. Three years later, Dr. Cole moved to New York City to rejoin his family. He took up his first appointment with the New York City Dept. of Health as Senior Statistician and continued his studies and earned a Masters degree at the New School for Social Research. He went on to work at the New York city Human Resources Administration as Staff Analyst and now as Associate Staff Analyst. Dr. Cole and Mrs. Cole have 2 children.
Doussouba Kouroma
President, Connecticut Chapter Madame Doussouba Kourouma Kamara was born in Kankan, Guinea and attended Gamal Abdel Nassser University located in Guinea from 1996-1990 where she earned a bachelors in Economics. Later on, she earned her BSN (Bachelors of Science in nursing) RN at the national school of health in Kinda, Guinea, West Africa.She came to the US in November 1991 with a student visa and attended Business school where she graduated in 1993. Immediately after graduation, she opened her first shop Doussou African hair braiding in New York on 125 St. & Madison Ave. She moved to Connecticut where she opened another shop with her sister.In 2008 she joined the UAC to lend a hand wherever she could. “Seeing the work that our honorable president Sidique Wai does in NYC, I asked for permission to expend a UAC chapter to Connecticut so I could better help my community.” In April of the same year, Mme. Doussouba launched a UAC chapter in New Haven, CT. The programs in CT include helping UAC members retain health insurance, legal counsel, (IMMIGRATION & CAR ACCIDENTS); introduce them to better educational opportunities for children; & job placement.Mme. Doussouba returned to school in 2010 and earned a Masters in Health Administration from Phoenix University. She is married to Mamadee Kamara and has two children, Djene Doumbouya & Amadou Kamara. Her daughter graduated with her bachelor’s degree in May, 2014. According to her daughter, “my mom is my everything: role model, my doctor, and my best friend honestly she is impeccable person overrule”. She’s currently the co/owner of KONEDU HOME CARE, LLC www.koneduhomecare.com & President of UAC, CT chapter.
Ivonne Reid
Deputy Treasurer
Director of Protocol IVONNE REID was born in Panama City in Central America and migrated to New York City in 1973 to join her husband. She worked as an Executive Secretary to Mr. James Obi of the Equitable Life Assurance Company were she honed her skills and gained a “mentor” as well. She studied marketing while simultaneously pursuing a para-legal training course at the New York Technical College. Upon graduation, Ms. Reid landed employment with a solo practitioner Mr. Avrom Vann and later transferred to the mid-size law firm of Winston and Sherman, P.C., where she served as an Assistant to the Head of the Litigation Department of the firm. With an impeccable record in professionalism, Ms. Reid was hired by Morison and Cohen LLP, an acclaimed and reputable law firm, where she continues to serve with excellence and distinction. In total, Ms. Reid has had over 34 years of working in the legal field. She pursued continuing education at Baruch College, with a concentration in Business Administration and Personnel Management.The distinguished and special leadership skills that Ms. Reid has acquired over 34 years and still counting have also come in handy for her in the world of philanthropy and voluntary work. She currently serves as both Director of Protocol and Deputy Treasurer for the United African Congress, where she is principally responsible for overseeing the finances and operations of the United African Congress, the management of the Chairman, President and National Spokesperson and Trustees schedules. These services have undoubtedly made the United African Congress one of the most effective and nationally recognized Pan-African Organizations in the United States. Ms. Reid also volunteers her services to her church, where she has remained a member for 20years.

Dr. Sorle Diih
Vice Chair of Public Säfety
Dr. Sorle Stanley Diih is a criminologist and Lieutenant with the New York Police Department. He began his post-secondary education at the University of Athens, Greece in 1989 and transferred a year later to the University of Leuven, Belgium. Dr. Diih obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy from Lehman College/CUNY New York in 1993, a Masters in Public Administration Degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY in 1997 and a Doctorate Degree in Criminology from the University of Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom in July 2005. His doctoral program was funded in part by the New York Finest Foundation through the New York Police Department.Dr. Diih is a Criminologist and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Management at John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY, New York. He is a strategic planner, an analytical thinker, an innovative administrator and proven law enforcement professional. Dr. Diih and his wife, Annetta have been married for over twenty three years and they have three children. He is the Vice Chairman of the United African Congress for over two years and is in charge of Public Safety.
Dr. Pamela Ransom
Director for Policy Pamela Ransom is an Associate Professor in the Master of Public Administration program in the School for Public Affairs and Administration at Metropolitan College of New York. She joined the faculty in 2011. She has been active as an administrator, environmentalist, planner, educator and community activist. After completing her undergraduate education at Harvard University and doctorate from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, she served as Deputy Director of Town Planning for the Government of Jamaica and consultant for USAID. She was also Co-director of Harvard Africa Volunteers working in East Africa.She has previously served as Special Assistant for Environmental Affairs for the Manhattan Borough President and New York City Mayor and as Program Director for the Women’s Environment and Development Organization, managing a global program on health and environment. She has taught with institutions including Long Island University, Northwestern University, St. Joseph’s College and Alfred University.Dr. Ransom has also been active as a researcher and consultant for a wide variety of government agencies, health institutions and community organizations internationally and in the United States. She has numerous publications on issues related to public administration and policy, focusing on themes including inter-agency collaboration, advocacy and community participation. In her role as Associate Professor at Metropolitan College she teaches a range of courses including introductory courses on public administration, public policy, and organizational behavior and has previously taught a wide array of courses throughout the field of public policy and administration.
Mr. Ahmed Kargbo
Secretary General Ahmed D. Kargbo is the founder and current President of the Union of Sierra Leonean Organizations (USLO) Inc. He is also a Board member and former President of the United States Sierra Leonean Association (USSLA) Inc. Under his leadership the Sierra Leone community is being represented in different forums and avenues of need.His challenge is to have Sierra Leone and Sierra Leoneans seen and heard where other nationals meet. Over the years, Mr. Kargbo has been very visible around the Boroughs of New York City stamping his indelible mark on behalf of his people.Mr. Kargbo champions local and national issues on behalf of his people even went to Congress to advocate for Sierra Leoneans in the United States. He partnered with other immigrants in New York City to rally for the current immigration reform bill that affects every immigrant in the United States. His passion on this issue can be attributed to his countless efforts in community engagements and meetings with his congressman and or his staff.Mr. Kargbo forces who was born in Sierra Leone is a medically retired veteran of the United States armed forces. He holds a BS. Degree in Technical Management (Information Technology), and a Masters in Public Administration (Government and Non-profit) and an MBA (Information Security).He also holds membership in the Sierra Leone Nurses Association and the United African Congress where he has been a member since 2010.
Salif M. Ouattara
Chair of Economic Development Salif Ouattara is the owner of Solar X System, Inc. in partnership with Sunny’s Limousine since 2009. He was born in Abidjan, Ivory Coast where he attended Lycee Classic. He went to Gamal Abdel Nasser University in Conakry, Guinea where he received a BA in Business Administration. After graduation, Mr Ouattara founded a firm that specialized in Energy trade and transportation. He also graduated with a PhD in Business Management from Abidjan UniversityMr. Salif Ouattara moved to the United States in 1992 and joined the United African Congress in 1998. From 1999 – 2003, Mr Ouattara attended City College where he recived a Bachelor in English & a minor in Corporate Logistics . He became the Chairman of Economic Development in 2007 and put his energy towards establishing a secure for profit channel of investment between Africa and America called BABA (BUY AMERICA to BUILD AFRICA)He currently works with the Andrew Johnson Law Firm’s Immigrants Community Division. He is a proud grandfather of a little “princess”.
Ogo Sow
Chair of Diaspora and Media Affairs Ogo knows everyone…from government representatives to people on the street and every one of the delegates; and his mission in life is to spread his love for Africa and to encourage his brothers and sisters all over the world to experience Africa for themselves.Ogo Sow, a native of Senegal is a broadcast journalist and host of the first African émigré and expatriate radio program in the United States. Sow’s radio show, “Mr Africa Live,” features news, in-depth interviews, and African music and can be listened to in English, French, Creole and Wolof.Affectionately known in America as “Mr. Africa,” Sow is also a senior advisor for the African Travel Association on African Diaspora affairs who has reported extensively on major stories for ATA from Cameroon, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, and Tanzania. In 2001, Sow founded Ogo Sow Communication Network, a series of African radio programs for African Diaspora communities in New York, Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles. He later moved to Atlanta to host “Night Watch,” an interactive radio segment on Africa that he hosted until 2005.Sow has received a number of awards from the media and the African Diaspora community in recognition of his efforts to keep the émigrés and expatriates, as well as those interested in African politics, culture, music and events, connected to the continent. As one of the finest commentators on Africa, Sow brings his experience, knowledge, and expertise on the media, travel and tourism, and arts & culture to corporate, civic and academic symposia and seminars around the country. A great communicator, Sow has a knack for connecting with people and bringing them together.
Eng. Charles J. O. Kodi,
As a professional, Eng. Kodi is a PhD candidate in Project Management with a concentration in Leadership & Organizational Change. He holds MSc in Construction Management from Central Connecticut State University, BSc in Engineering Science, and graduate certificate in Wind Energy Management from Texas Tech University. Prior to relocating to USA in 2000, he earned a Higher National Diploma in Structural Engineering and a Diploma in Civil Engineering from The Kenya Polytechnic University. In the mid to late 1990s, Kodi worked as Architectural and Structural Design Assistant in the Ministry of Public Works, Nairobi (Kenya) and as a Visiting Assistant Lecturer at Ramogi Institute of Advanced Technology, Kisumu (Kenya). While in the US, he has worked with various US engineering firms both in the manufacturing and the construction industries, holding the positions of Lab Technician, Assistant Process Engineer, and as Project Engineer. Kodi also worked for the city of Waterbury as an Engineer tasked with the supervision of city road works 2008 through 2010.
His professional career spans over 17 years’ of experience in manufacturing, construction engineering/management. In 2010, Eng. Kodi co-founded an Independent Power producer company Cordisons International (K)Ltd (cordisons.com), developing 350 MW of wind Energy in Kenya. As the Engineering director at Cordisons International, Eng. Kodi coordinates and leads both international & local engineering professionals working to deliver the project.
As a community organizer, Eng. C. Kodi co-founded Kenyan American Society, a try-state organization and had the privilege to serve as the founding president for over six years. In 2009 through 2013, he also served as the president of Kenya Global Unity. Eng. Kodi single handedly managed to bring together Kenyans within the state of Connecticut and beyond through his networks. His achievements were recognized in 2005 by receiving a honorary Mayor position from the city of Waterbury together with a citation from the State general assembly. For the last 10 years in the US, Eng. Kodi has worked with various African organizations and is associated with other community based organizations within the country.
Haregewein Assefa, PhD, RPh/strong>
Dr. Haregewein Assefa is an Associate professor at Touro College of Pharmacy, New York. She joined Touro in January 2010 with 10 years of post-PhD academic and industrial research experience, and nine years of predoctoral teaching experience. She graduated with a bachelor degree in Pharmacy from Addis Ababa University, School of Pharmacy in Ethiopia and with a PhD in Medicinal Chemistry from the school of Pharmacy, at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi. Following her graduation from the University of Mississippi, Dr. Assefa joined the University of Tennessee, College of Pharmacy as a postdoctoral follow and worked on various drug discovery research areas including cancer and HIV-AIDs. In 2002, she was hired by Paratek Pharmaceuticals, Inc; a Boston based company dedicated to developing new therapies for various infectious diseases. At Paratek, she worked productively for almost seven years as a research scientist and independently designed and synthesized highly potent antimicrobial agents. One of the compounds, Sarecycline is now in phase III clinical trial for the treatment of acne and rosacea.
Dartray Belk
Dartray Belk , Native of South Jamaica, Queens grew up in Baisley Houses , is a Liaison Officer for NYPD Police Commissioner office. Mr. Belk became a Police officer in January of 2008 where he was assigned to the Brooklyn North Impact response team in the confines of the 90th precinct. While in the unit, Belk was assigned to various precincts: 73rd, 77th , 79 and 90th precincts. Then promoted to Detective in December 2016.
Mr. Belk was transferred to the 26th precinct in Harlem NY. While at the 26th precinct, he was a sector officer, then went to conditions Unit. After the conditions unit, he went to Anti- Crime Unit, Then temporary assigned to the Manhattan North Borough Anti-Crime Unit. Once the assignment was complete he became the Business post officer, and after he became the community affairs officer for the 26th precinct.
While as the Community affairs officer, Officer Belk with the help of his coworkers and various community leaders and Clergy work to ease the heavy tension in the community from the aftermath of the Harlem gang takedown. On July 24th 2014, Officer Belk, and the collaboration of the various commands in Harlem, help put together the Annual Basketball Classic Fun and Food day. Officer Belk role was to implement the basketball component and gather youth in the communities to play with police officers and also mix the teams up with the different youth in the community from different housing areas. The event was a huge success, not only did it ease the tension between the two housing locations, but bridge the gap between the NYPD precinct and the community. In February 18th 2015, Officer Belk put together a Unity in the community basketball game at the Milbank recreation center. With the basketball game, he gathered youth who have bad interactions with police officers to play against the officers and have a dialogue after the basketball game. The youth lives changed after the dialogue and Officer Belk help the youth build their resume and help them get prepared for college. Officer Belk also did various back to school events with Entertainers Basketball Classic CEO Greg Marius. Involved FDNY and NYPD basketball teams to have a show for the community, and even was featured on ESPN.
On his off days, he volunteers his time to the Cherry Kids Inc. in Harlem NY who Ms. Cherry Baldwin is the founder, help provide supplies for the kids, and also involved the Black Greek Fraternities/sororities organizations, local clergy and various people in the community to spend time helping them with their homework, and other after school activities. He was the mentor of the Big brother/Big sister program and also implement the Weed and seed Program for the inner city of Hartford with the help of the Chief of Hartford police in Hartford CT and community leaders. He also a former Boy Scout for troop 354 in Jamaica NY.
Mr. Belk graduated from Herkimer County Community College in Herkimer NY with Associates Degree in Criminal Justice, and was inducted into the college alumni wall of honor. Also graduated from The University of Hartford with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. He is a member of various teams and organizations: Member of Herkimer College Men’s Basketball team, University of Hartford men’s basketball team , Member of the University of Hartford Men Rugby team, member of the Black Student Union Hartford Chapter, member of the United Nations Young Professionals – Southern NY Chapter, Board Member of the NYPD Guardians Association, Member of the NYPD Rugby Team, Member of the NYPD Basketball Team, Member of the Long island Rugby Club, and Past Master of Doric Lodge #53 Free and Accepted Masons Prince Hall Affiliation MWPHGLNY.
Sadiq Abubakar
Chair of Youth Affairs Sadick Abubakar is a recent Graduate from the University of Maryland-College Park, where he received his Master’s degree with honors in Mechanical Engineering in May of 2014. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. There he led a team in the redesign of the Mini Baja Car Design intended for farmers in West Africa, Ghana.He is the recipient of the Emerging Leaders Award given to him by Councilwoman Diane Foster and is a political advisor to many aspiring politicians and strategists. He can speak 5 languages and considers himself to being once a Ghanaian and now identifies as an African – meaning he believes in a United Africa. He is the National Youth President and Coordinator at the United African Congress, where he represents African youth throughout the United States of America. He is a proud Muslim and represented the Muslim community as the Logistics Coordinator at I am a Muslim too Rally. He continually gives back to the community by mentoring and tutoring in the subjects of both mathematics and science.Now he is preparing to go for his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at an Ivy League School.