American Kids of African Descent To Compete in Leadership Event Benefiting Autistic Children In Africa While Promoting Their Cultural Heritage

MILDOVE International will hold the fourth (4th) Little Malaika Boys & Girls Leadership and Multicultural Competition. The event will take place on Saturday May 26th at 2pm at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theater in Rockville, Maryland.

Little Malaika International is a program that encourages development of leadership qualities, community service, self-confidence and positive competitiveness in minority Boys & Girls age 7 to 12. The competition will be a culmination of weeks of training and include a Q&A session, cultural showcase as well as talent and public speaking contest. Children will represent their cultural heritage while competing to win the title of Prince and Princess Malaika. Countries to be represented including Cameroon, DRC, Haiti, Guinea, Nigeria, and Tanzania.

The judging panel is composed of a range of esteemed professionals and leaders including Sally Yearwood, Executive Director of Caribbean Central American Action and Angelique Sina, Global Relationship Manager with the World Bank.

Invited Guests of Honor are Mrs. Yumi Hogan, First Lady of the State of Maryland and H.E Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao, African Union Ambassador to the U.S.

Steven J. McAdams, Executive Director of Maryland Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives (GOCI) and Mrs. Jean Nsofor, Wife of the Nigerian Ambassador to the U.S. are scheduled to attend.

The esteemed occasion also features performances, a VIP reception, and is a platform to raise awareness and support for children with Autism in underprivileged communities. Part of the proceeds this year will be donated to the Nehemiah Autism Center in Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia.

The Director of the Center, Rahel Abayneh, will be presented with the MILDOVE Humanitarian Award for her continued efforts to care for children with Autism, particularly those in under-served communities.

Tickets to Little Malaika International can be purchased online at

For questions, please e-mail Rachel Susanna at or call 301-921-6157.

About MILDOVE International
MILDOVE International (or MILDOVE) is a registered 501(c) 3 organization dedicated to empowering children through education and leadership and offer them the opportunity to impact their community, the world and develop soft skills and personal growth. MILDOVE aims to provide support for underserved communities in Africa, especially children with Autism and women.


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