Newsflash! President Tamai Gives Speech At the Japanese Government-sponsored Reception for TICAD VI. Ashinaga’s 15 years of Support for Orphans in Africa Met with Positive Recognition from Around the World.
NAIROBI, Kenya - On August 27th (local time), the Japanese government-sponsored reception was held on the second day of TICAD VI (6th Tokyo International Conference on African Development). Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe opened the reception with introducing Ashinaga. “It is my pleasure to present the following dance by Ashinaga Uganda Terakoya Kids, a program supported by Ashinaga, who’s President is the second Japanese person to be awarded the Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Medal Award”. It was an extremely joyful moment as achievements in supporting AIDS orphans in Uganda as well as successful launch for the Ashinaga Africa Initiative, our program for sending orphans from Sub-Sahara Africa to universities around the world, was met with positive recognition.
President Yoshiomi Tamai introduced Ashinaga’s achievements, the Ashinaga Africa Initiative, the Kenjin-Tatsujin International Advisory Council, and Ashinaga’s internship program, Ashinaga’s appealing for the support of people world-wide. He forth commented, “We will continue our hard work until the day Africa leads the world.”
The Uganda Kids’ Spirited Performance In front of African Heads of State
In front of world leaders, Ashinaga Kids performed a lively dance worthy of appearance on the “At Home in the World” stage, and were received with a warm applause. Full of joyful smiles, beads of sweat, and joie de vivre, the dance captured the attention of everyone in the venue including Prime Minister Abe and First Lady Akie Abe on the dais. President Kenyatta and his wife, were also delighted to witness such performance and offered their applause.
After the dance, Tamai received a string of generous praise and offers for future cooperation.
Without doubt, all those present were moved by the wonderful dancers, winning their increased interest for Ashinaga.
Written by Yoshiomi Tamai at his hotel in Nairobi, Kenya, August 28th, 2016
Photos by Atsushi shibuya