AIFE – Who We Are:

Slide5Africans in Iowa for Empowerment also known as AIFE was incorporated by the state of Iowa on October 30, 2014. It was formerly known as Africans in Iowa Fight Ebola that was borne of challenges faced by African immigrants especially the deadliest outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease ever in recorded history with a total of 19,497 cases reported in four affected countries (Guinea, Liberia, Mali and Sierra Leone) and four previously affected countries (Nigeria, Senegal, Spain and the United States of America) causing 7,588 reported deaths. AIFE worked with the American Red Cross of Greater Iowa, the Iowa Department of Public Health, the University of Northern Iowa, and other partners to respond to the outbreak donating $1,930.91 in cash to the International Services of the Red Cross not only to respond to eliminating Ebola but addressing other humanitarian needs. The focus of AIFE would not just be responding to crisis but also empowering people and promoting the African heritage, thus its incorporation on October 30, 2014 with much broader focus to work with individuals, institutions, local, state, and if needed federal authorities in establishing accurate data and information for African immigrants as much as possible relative to population, gender, language, and other as may be necessary, to promote the African culture through activities and events organized periodically, to promote integration of African immigrants into their host communities. To work with individuals, institutions, businesses, local, state, and federal authorities as needed to assist them meet their goals as much as possible, and to strongly advocate equal opportunities for all in the areas of education, business, work, talents, play, housing, health, wellbeing, law, and other areas as may be needed.


AIFE is committed to empowering individuals, organizations and businesses particularly of  African immigrants and those who work with them whenever and wherever possible guided by its vision of equal opportunities for all.


AIFE believes in empowerment, diversity, fairness, peace, justice, and respect for all and will implement its programs and operations with high ethical values, transparency, and accountability.


AIFE envisages a world of equal opportunities for all.

Board of Directors

  • Samuel BKVD Wilson: Chairman of the Board of Directors
  • Ishmael T. Sheriff: Co-chair of the Board of Directors/Director of Program
  • Henry Lejukole: Director of Records
  • Fredrick Lumeh: Director of Finance and Administration
  • Baindu Dassama Johnson: Director of Operations
  • Morris Amara: Director of Culture
  • Mercy Issa: Director of Communications and Technology
  • Olive Musoro: member of the Board of Directors
  • Jaden Oriho: member of the Board of Directors


  • Lavalie Kuyateh: Chair of the Advisory Board/Advisor designate on Program
  • James Garsuah: Co-chair of the Advisory Board/Advisor designate Finance and Administration
  • Martin Freeman: Advisor Designate for Program
  • Mustapha Kromah: Advisor Designate for Operations
  • Victor Ayara: Advisor Designate for Communications and Technology
  • Derik Mbachan: Advisor Designate for Culture
  • Viola Vezele: Advisor designate for Records
  • Anthony Tweh: Advisor
  • Wilhelmina O. Johnson: Advisor
  • Janus Kodjo Dcjavu: Advisor
  • Zleh Totaye: Advisor
  • Varney Sackie: Advisor

Sponsors and Partners