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National Black MBA Association® Members Travel to Ghana For Trade and Education Mission

National Black MBA Association<sup>®</sup> Members Travel to Ghana For Trade and Education Mission

Atlanta, GA (March 5, 2018) – Members and leaders of the National Black MBA Association® (NBMBAA®) recently traveled to Accra, Ghana in February for the organization’s first ever trade and education mission. The delegation, consisting of 65 NBMBAA® members spent five days learning about potential business and investment opportunities as well as Ghanaian culture and tradition.

The event was co-hosted by NBMBAA® President and CEO Jesse Tyson and The Honorable Alfred Okoe Vanderpuije, member of parliament. On their first full day in Ghana, the members had the honor of attending the durbar and wreath laying ceremony honoring the 150th birthday of Dr. W.E.B. Du Bois.  Dr. Du Bois was the first African American to earn a Ph.D. from Harvard University and co-founded the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in 1909. Dr. Du Bois became a naturalized citizen of Ghana where he passed at the age of 95. During the ceremony members heard remarks from the US Ambassador to Ghana, Robert P. Jackson, and Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, the Vice President of the Republic of Ghana.

As the primary focus of the trip, the members learned about various business investment opportunities in Ghana. They heard presentations from the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC), the Jospong Group of Companies, and The Ghana Free Zones Board among others.  Of significance was a tour of the Niche Cocoa Industry LTD factory by its CEO, and longtime NBMBAA® member, Edmund Poku.  After spending his early years gaining education and work experience in the U.S., Poku returned to Ghana where he worked to found what is today one of Ghana’s most leading companies. Niche produces high quality cocoa products including cocoa liquor, cocoa butter, cocoa cake and more.

Further highlights of the trip included a visit to the House of Parliament, where Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Prof. Mike Oquaye shared information about additional business opportunities in Ghana. Afterwards the group traveled to a business presentation at Subah, Ghana’s leading IT and telecommunications solutions provider. An afternoon visit to the University of Ghana encouraged strategic dialogue between the leaders of the school and NBMBAA® President and CEO Jesse Tyson regarding the possibility of alliances which would help broaden the school’s current collegiate partnerships. The evening concluded with a Black History Program at the U.S. Embassy hosted by Ambassador Jackson and his wife.

On the final day of the trip, the group made the three-hour journey to the Cape Coast Castle to visit the “Door of No Return.” This castle served as the final holding place for Ghanaians before they were taken from their homelands in slavery. Members were able to see the small caves with little air and light where men and women were dehumanized before exiting through the door leading to a life of slavery. This emotional and introspective journey was followed by an evening at the home of the week’s host, the Honorable Dr. Alfred Vanderpuije, where the members enjoyed networking, great food, and dancing.

Plans have already begun for the next Education and Trade Mission presented by the National Black MBA Association®.  This and much more will be discussed at the NBMBAA’s 40th Annual Conference and Exposition, September 25 – 29, in Detroit, Michigan. For more information about the conference or to learn more about the Ghana trade and education mission, visit

About NBMBAA®:

NBMBAA® is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) professional member-based organization which leads in the creation of educational and career opportunities for black professionals. Representing more than 12,000 members within 30 professional chapters, 33 Leaders of Tomorrow® (LOT®) chapters and 300+ corporate and university partners, the organization is dedicated to developing partnerships that create intellectual and economic wealth in the Black community through its five channels of engagement: career, education, entrepreneurship, leadership and lifestyle. For more information, visit

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