“I am happy to be here. I have seen and met most of the authors. It is great to see the diversity that is sitting around this room. We celebrate you. What a spectacular turnout,” said Columbus City Councilmember Emmanuel Remy at the opening of the New Americans Book Fair on Saturday, September 23, 2023 held at the Columbus Metropolitan Library, Dublin branch, Ohio.
“I want to thank the New Americans Book Fair team for the contributions you make to our community, to our great city to celebrate the vast differences that we all experience from different countries to create the cultural fabric of Columbus. It is exciting.”
Councilmember Remy, whose office also supported and sponsored the New Americans Book Fai said, “I have lived in the Northland area for 20 years and just to watch the influx of people from all around the world. If you want to take a trip around the world through culinary arts, come take a trip down Morse Road and you can taste cuisine from anywhere in the world.”
“We are excited to celebrate that here today at the New Americans Book Fair. We are excited to support and join the Department of Neighborhood to do so. Thank you to the host community, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Dublin branch and all the work that you do to make this happened.”
He used the opportunity to congratulate a member of the organizing committee of the book fair, Imran Malik, for his recent induction into the Columbus Hall of Fame.
Also speaking that the book fair, Abdi Soofe of the City of Columbus Department of Neighborhood, and coordinator of the New American Leadership Academy commended the organizers, New Americans magazine and the New American Community Information Center for advancing and promoting education in the community through the New Americans Book Fair.”
Co-chair and Columbus Hall of Famer Imran Malik expressed appreciation to the Columbus Metropolitan Library, the organizing team, and every participant at the Book Fair.
Also, Columbus Library Supervisor Hannah Burkhard said the library was excited to host the second edition of the New Americans Book Fair.
The Editor-In-Chief of the New American magazine, Deba Uwadiae described the choice of the Columbus Metropolitan library at Dublin that, “It was part of the dream to move the Book Fair around, but it was the sagacity of Columbus City Hall of Famer, Imran Malik, that made the touchdown on Dublin City ground.”
“The huge number of registered authors, publishers, artists, associations, and organizations for the 2023 edition is a testament to the foresight in making the choice.”
“It is pertinent to also express appreciation to Columbus City Council and Councilmembers Emmanuel Remy and Lourdes Barroso de Padilla, the City of Columbus, Department of Neighborhood, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Ethiopian Tewahedo Social Services, ETSS, Apex1Radio and JPS Print for their partnership and sponsorship.”
Authors and participants at the 2023 New Americans Book Fair included Helen H Yee, Prof. Imali J. Abala, Jeremiah Oyebode, Najma Shamsi, Obayuwana sisters, Parveen Talpur, Roman German, Taiwo Akinlami, Carmen Ikem, Vonnetta Mayo, and Cliff Anthony.”
Also in attendance were Samuel Adebuga, Bharat Krishnan, Dale Lykins, Josef Matulich, Jeremy Barfield, Alicia Wiggins, Theresa M. Miles, Manjulika Koshal, Adesida Adetiloye, Femi Osewa, Tayo Oresotu, Patrick Jesus Patrick, Fred Igbeare, Prema Harishanka, Ahmed Ceegaag, Ahmed Al-Yamani, Dr. Murphy V. S. Anderson, Euphemia Scott-Nimely, Said Lawal and Elebesunu Abraham Ebimielen.
The organizations in attendance were the Ohio Writer’s Association, YMCA, Northland, and the Nigerians in Diaspora Ohio.
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