The Association of Zambians in Atlanta (AZA) held it’s first annual My Brother’s Keeper Men’s Lunch and Learn Seminar on Augusts 11, 2018. The goal was to provide Zambian men living in and around Atlanta with 3 hours devoted solely to personal and professional development. Also, to network with one another and remain connected to their local and global Zambian community. This was one of the many empowerment events hosted by AZA in 2018 and it was such as success that everyone in attendance agreed that the event must be scheduled again next year!
We Are Always Stronger Together
Zambian culture is one built upon community; on helping your neighbor, friends and family achieve their goals. However, remaining grounded and connected once you achieve success is one almost every culture in the world struggles with. The AZA luncheon was an excellent example of how we are truly stronger together—and that as we help one another we help ourselves. Since we all have something unique to bring to the table we can work together to innovate in meaningful and prosperous ways. The positive energy in the room was evident from the moment you entered the event space provided by Maggiano’s Little Italy Restaurant. Everyone was exchanging contact information with enthusiasm.
3 Hours Simply Wasn’t Enough
With 4 keynote speakers and an engaged group who were eager to network 3 hours flew by at lightning speed. Guests were laughing with the timekeeper as he tried to stick to the schedule while providing each speaker with ample time to deliver his message. As the first event, AZA wanted to ensure the event was long enough to be of value but not too long. However, we easily could have filled up another hour or two listening to the speakers and engaging in a dialog about each topic.
AZA Men’s Luncheon Keynote Speakers
We were honored to have 4 keynote speakers covering a wide range of topics including entrepreneurship, men’s health, faith, family, community, and more. Speakers included:
Mr. Noel Mwamba: a licensed real estate broker who has closed numerous residential and investor transactions in Atlanta and New York. He spoke to the group regarding the real estate essentials everyday individuals need to know before buying, selling, or investing. You can follow Noel Mwamba on Facebook or Instagram @noelmwamba.
Pastor Hendrix Mumba: as a faith-based entrepreneur Pastor Mumba has built a career of giving, both in Zambia and here in the United States. He is the founder of Harvest Bible Church in Lusaka, Zambia. He and his wife founded the Whitefield Christian Academy in Garden House which serves over 600 children from infant to grade 9. Orphans can attend for only 10 percent of the tuition cost. He co-founded Mumba Housing which is dedicated to providing affordable rental to the Lusaka neighborhoods of Makeni, Meanwood Ndeke, and Meanwood Ibex Hill. He and his brothers started the Euca Construction firm. If that’s not enough he runs a U.S.-based healthcare company providing home health care to those in need.
Saint Day Adeogba: as a lifestyle and fitness coach Day specializes in managing our busy schedules while balancing our personal wellbeing. He shared tips on how to make the time required to remain healthy and fit. You can access his insights by downloading his Your Day Balance Game app.
Dr. Robert Sakulanda: as a Board-Certified Family Physician Dr. Sakulanda has spent 23 years practicing medicine. He received his training in both Zambia and the United States. Dr. Sakulanda shared some powerful health insights men must not ignore. He also discussed the increased health risks men face in the United States. This includes diabetes, hypertension, stroke, obesity, mental illness, cancer, prostate health, and more. Dr. Sakulanda also has an MBA in Accounting and Finance and is the new owner of the Teela Taqueria Restaurant in Sandy Springs, GA.
We Invite You To Reach Out Today
AZA is a not-for-profit who hosts a series of events for men, women, and children—focusing on educational, cultural, psychological, and social-economic needs. With the largest Zambian community in the world outside of Zambia AZA provides a home away from home for Zambians living in the Atlanta-area.
Below are a few photos from the event.