Outreach at IgboFest

A few days ago I had the opportunity to attend IgboFest 2013. IgboFest is put on by the Umunne Cultural Association of Minnesota and was held at North Hennepin Community College in Brooklyn Park. Here I was able to learn more about the Umunne culture and ideals that the community holds. It was great to be able to hear the different singers and to watch the drummers perform. They also had the brightest and most colorful wardrobes I have seen. Best of all the food was amazing.

The best part of Igbo Fest was witnessing what the community was all about. It was nice to see a festival that first started with the National Anthem and then also focused on education.


Another great part of Igbo Fest was the very warm welcome we received. Throughout the day we had numerous people from the community visit the Minority Liberty Alliance booth and make sure that we were enjoying ourselves. Since Senators Michelle Benson and Dan Hall were also at our booth, they were invited to speak and were greeted with much applause. Our message also registered with most of the people that were attended. One gentleman, named Emmanuel, was collecting names to start an African Republican group. This is why outreach is critical – we have a winning message.

Overall Igbo Fest was an awesome experience! Because of the warm welcome and the conversations I had, I truly believe that most people hold conservative values. However, it is our job to make sure that everyone hears our message.

Ben Schwanke (R) ran for MN Senate in January, 2012 against Kari Dziedzic (D) in the Senate District 59 special election.