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Oklahoma State Senate
Communications Division
State Capitol
Oklahoma City, OK 73105

For Immediate Release: October 6, 2015

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Sen. Anastasia Pittman
Sen. Anastasia Pittman

Sen. Anastasia Pittman serves on GADDN leadership board; supports upcoming symposium at University of Oklahoma

A symposium focusing on emerging technologies and opportunities in Africa has been scheduled this month on the campus of the University of Oklahoma, according to State Senator Anastasia Pittman, who sits on the board of the Global African Diaspora Development Network, or GADDN. The event, sponsored by GADDN, will be held on Friday, October 16th in the Oklahoma Memorial Union Scholar Room from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

African Americans and other Africans who live outside of the continent of Africa are considered Africans in the Diaspora and are invited to participate in the event. The group’s founder and director, Elijah Adeoye, says his goal is to bring well-learned African Americans and African citizens from the continent of Africa into the event to identify ways to channel resources, talents and professional experience to benefit Africa.

“Our mission is to serve as a gateway in bringing about changes that will impact Africans in Diaspora and across the continent,” said Adeoye, “The best way to accomplish this is to create effective programs, encourage personal responsibilities and support sustainable development activities that can modeled in various African nations and Diaspora.”

Pittman commended Adeoye, supporting his efforts to bring awareness and effective change and development in conjunction with GADDN.

“It’s an honor to serve on the board of GADDN and I’m pleased to see the enthusiasm of this group’s commitment to Africa and African Americans in the Diaspora,” said Pittman. “Instead of just being known for what seems to be predominately athletics, crime, clergy, and education, it’s encouraging to see programs such as this push for change in areas of economic development, agriculture and energy that can make a meaningful difference in unlocking the true potential of Africa. Being able to reach out and make a significant impact is powerful.”

In addition to his efforts locally, Adeoye said he returns to Africa annually and stays for several weeks to foster these partnerships.

“Our organization focuses on activities and programs that are built upon accountability, commitment and effectiveness,” said Adeoye. “By building partnerships with diverse groups, friends of Africa, local communities and organizations both in and outside of Africa, we strive to meet our goals and objectives.”

Open to the public, the symposium is expected to feature several presenters, and will include breakout sessions for participants to network and share ideas. Topics will include tourism, real estate, investments, energy, infrastructure, agriculture and economic development. Also on the agenda for discussion are banking, finance, education and technology.

“We are looking for participants who represent organizations who have expertise in these areas to come share and network with those who are planning for Oklahoma to be a part of global progress,” added Pittman. “I encourage anyone who can contribute their skills and expertise to join us on October 16th for a dynamic networking event.”

The event is open to the public. There is no charge to attend, but pre-registration is requested. To register, please visit For more information, please contact Elijah Adeoye at or at 405-922-7415.

For more information, contact:
Sen. Pittman: 405-521-5531

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