Lusaka—The Embassy of the United States of America to the Republic of Zambia, in partnership with the National Institute of Public Administration in Lusaka, officially opened the Maya Angelou American Corner at the new NIPA Library on February 21, 2018. Her Honor the Vice President of the Government of the Republic of Zambia Mrs. Inonga Wina was represented at the event by Honorable Minister of Higher Education Professor Nkandu Luo. NIPA Executive Director Amb. Prof. Royson Mukwena also hosted U.S. Ambassador Daniel L. Foote and other officials from the government and academia to the opening event.
The opening of an American Corner in Lusaka is symbolic of strong and deep U.S.-Zambia relations that have existed since Zambia’s independence more than 50 years ago. During his opening remarks, U.S. Ambassador Foote said, “The Maya Angelou American Corner provides information about the United States and was designed to create better understanding between our two countries. It is free to access and open to the public.” The U.S. Embassy was pleased to note the praise by Her Honor the Vice President during the event for positive U.S.-Zambia relations that are signified through the American Corner opening and extensive U.S. support to Zambia for health and other programs.
U.S. Ambassador Foote encouraged members of the public to get to know the inspiring story of Maya Angelou, other Americans, and the story of the United States. He said that the choice in dedicating the NIPA-based American Corner to Maya Angelou reflected U.S. pride in her role in the U.S. civil rights struggle, her writing prowess, and her ability to empower, inspire self-confidence, and encourage all to dream big for a better future. Angelou was a promoter of literacy and inspired many to fall in love with reading and the Ambassador hoped that many Zambians too would be encouraged by visiting the American Corner.
In addition to the opening of the Maya Angelou American Corner at NIPA, the U.S. Embassy encourages the people of Zambia to visit the American Corner based at the Copperbelt University and the American Resource Center at the U.S. Embassy. American Corners and Centers are free for Zambians and offer free internet access, print and media libraries, information about American history and culture, information about studying in the United States, and a number of educational programs and training events. Additionally, it hosts a Makerspace workroom that is stocked with materials and resources for writing computer code, designing and building unique structures, and creating circuitry boards and other electronic devices. Makerspace projects on display during the opening included a six-foot model Ferris wheel, a programmable robot, and touch-pad musical instruments.
At the same event, Executive Director of NIPA Ambassador Professor Royson Mukwena said the American Corner, as a part of NIPA’s newly constructed library space, would provide up-to-date information services for NIPA students, NIPA staff, and other community members.