About the Commission

The 11-member New African Immigrants Commission advocates for the development and implementation of policies and programs to address the needs of the state's sub-Saharan African population. The Commission gathers and disseminates information regarding problems and programs concerning sub-Saharan African people; performs specific duties as listed in the law; including the creation of an interagency council to provide and coordinate the exchange of information relative to the needs of sub-Saharan African people and promote the delivery of state services to such people. The Commission was created by Sub. H.B. 500 of the 127th General Assembly of Ohio.


Do you have questions about COVID-19? - Wednesday, July 15, 2020

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Upcoming Meeting July 16, 2020 - Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our July 16th, 2020 meeting will be hosted on a conference/video call instead of a face to face meeting. 


Our 2019 Annual Report - Monday, July 6, 2020

The NAIC is excited to present our 2019 Annual Report! Alongside stakeholders and volunteers from across our state, NAIC remains committed to uplifting, empowering, and advocating for the African immigrant families in Ohio to achieve self-sufficiency. 


June 27, 2020 Meeting to Discuss Annual Report - Wednesday, June 24, 2020

NAIC Commissioners will discuss and vote to adopt the 2019 annual report at a special meeting on Saturday June 27, 2020 starting at 1 pm.


April 18, 2020 Meeting Announced - Friday, April 17, 2020

The next NAIC meeting will be on April 18, 2020


Inaugural Report 2018 - Wednesday, January 23, 2019

The NAIC is happy to present its inaugural report for 2017-2018! We are encouraged by the sustained response of community leaders and stakeholders from across the state to the work of NAIC in this first year. We are looking forward to capitalizing on opportunities to solve challenges and improve the lives of all Ohioans. 

Over the past several months, NAIC  worked diligently to engage communities across the state, from Cuyahoga County to Hamilton County, through its various listening tours to get a pulse of the African immigrant communities needs and challenges. As we enter the new year, the standing committees are staffed with community volunteers across multiple counties, to turn grassroots challenges into statewide solutions, and connect communities to state institutions for more empowered, engaged, and self sufficient communities.

The Report is available for download here.


October 18, 2018 - Meeting Announcement - Friday, October 5, 2018

October's meeting will be held on October 18, 2018 in Columbus.

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October 6, 2018 - Cleveland Listening Event - Tuesday, September 25, 2018

A listening event is scheduled in Cleveland on October 6th from noon until 2:00 pm.

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Cincinnati Listening Tour - Friday, August 17, 2018

The Cincinnati Listening Tour is September 15th from noon to 2pm at Union Hall.


Coming Soon in September - Friday, April 27, 2018

Listening tours coming to Cincinnati and Cleveland in September. 


NAIC met in Columbus on June 23rd - Friday, August 3, 2018

The African Immigrants Commission held a Meet, Greet & Listen on June 23rd to listen to the Greater Columbus Area stakeholders. The event was well attended and salient issues raised and discussed. Minutes are included here.


NAIC Sponsored Testimony for HB 624 (NAIC Grants and Gift Fund) - Friday, August 3, 2018

HB 624 [NAIC Funding was introduced by Rep. Bernadine Kent and was heard in State and Local Government Committee (Chairwoman Marlene Anielski). NAIC Chairwoman Rosaire Ifedi and Commissioner Ibrahima Sow offered testimonies on June 13, 2018 in support of the bill which is to create an account with the State Treasurer’s Office, to make functional parts of ORC 4112.31.


NAIC met in Dayton on April 19th - Wednesday, May 2, 2018

The African Immigrants Commission meeting April 19th offered an opportunity for
Commissioners to listen to stakeholders in Dayton, Ohio. As the first of its statewide
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Welcome - Friday, April 13, 2018

Welcome to the website of the New African Immigrants Commission (NAIC).