Houston, the most diverse city in the United States, is set to establish the first Diaspora African Forum (DAF) location outside of the African continent. Houston’s Mayor, Sylvester Turner, alongside Ambassador Erieka Bennett, founder and Head of Mission for the DAF, announced the decision.
This significant development follows a successful trade and investment mission to West Africa in July, led by Mayor Turner and a 30-member delegation. The mission aimed to strengthen existing ties, uncover new economic opportunities, and enhance cultural and civic engagement between Houston and Africa.
“Houston is honoured to host the first Diaspora African Forum location outside Africa. This announcement reaffirms our commitment to strengthening our bonds with the African continent and its diaspora,” stated Mayor Turner.
Ambassador Bennett, who was in Houston to finalize this decision, echoed Mayor Turner’s sentiment. “In the African tradition, when someone comes to your house, you return the favour. So, we are here to say thank you to Mayor Turner and to open an office,” she said.
She added that choosing Houston as the first DAF location outside Africa was a natural progression, marking the successful relationships nurtured during the trade and investment mission.
The DAF was established with the mission to bridge the gap between Africa and its diaspora. By fostering trans-Atlantic connections and promoting economic trade, the DAF serves as a platform to unite and empower the global African community.
Houston, with one of the most substantial African diasporas in the United States, presents an ideal location for achieving these goals. The new DAF office in Houston is expected to further enhance the city’s cultural diversity and contribute to global economic growth by strengthening the ties between the African continent and its diaspora.