Experiences of Africans Escaping Ukraine

A Conversation with Activists in Poland

Virtual Panel Discussion

Wednesday, April 20, 2022  

10:30 - 11:45 am EST (Washington DC)
16.30 - 17.45 CEST (Warsaw) 

Activists in Poland will speak about their experiences and the experiences of Africans and other people of color, whom they have helped, who had escaped the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Hosted by Howard University's:

Recording of the Event



Dr. Tade Daniel Omotosho is the Chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Organization in Poland. He has a multicultural background and experience in leadership development, business management and community development. Currently he lectures at the University Of Vistula in Warsaw, Poland, University of Information Technology and Management in Rzeszów, Poland, and the University of Bari, in Aldo Moro, Italy. He is an author and has published in several academic journals. He lives in Warsaw, Poland with his family.


Dr. Margaret Ohia-Nowak is a Polish-Nigerian anti-racism consultant and social activist, an inclusive language trainer and a certified intercultural trainer. She is the Coordinator at the Center for Inclusive Language at the Think Tank Diversity Hub in Poland. She is the Chef Editor at the Empathetic Polish Dictionary. Margaret is the Founder of the Centre for Intersectional Justice in Poland that focuses on facilitating conversations about race and supporting affinity groups for healing racial trauma through somatic and emotional work, and NVC (non-violent communication). She provides tailor-made training on embracing diversity, reducing bias, and promoting anti-racism in the workplace. She has published and presented academically on race and racism in contemporary public discourse, racist discourse and representations of Africans and Africa portrayed by the media in Poland. She is a Board Member of the Polish People of African Descent Association. She is a co-founder of the Alliance of Black Justice in Poland, a group of organizations based in Poland and created by Poles of African descent and their allies, to provide immediate relief for Black and Brown people fleeing the war in Ukraine, help them rebuild life in Poland in the long-term, and advocate for racial equity. 


Mr. James Omolo is the founder of Africa Connect Foundation, an advocacy organization on Human Rights issues affecting People of African Descent. An active human rights activist, he has led various events, training sessions and workshops and collaborations with various organizations and institutions.

In December 2019, James achieved a United Nations Fellow on People of African Descent under United Nations Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). He authored four books on race relations including; Strangers at the gate: Black Poland, Crossing the color line: Interracial marriage and biracial identity, The Beast: White Supremacy and Different But The Same. His past publications also include; Chinese foreign policy in Sudan and, Poland and Africa: past, present, and future.

James previously served as a lecturer at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities (SWPS), Centre for Postgraduate Studies and Training on Africa Business and Beyond: Success and Failure case studies in organizations with expatriate management. He has also provided guest lectures on race relations in several universities in Europe including the University of Applied Sciences in Potsdam, Germany, MA Childhood Studies and Children’s Rights, and the University of Vienna, Austria, Department of African Studies. 


Q&A Moderator

  Israel Olu, Howard Student and Diaspora Engagement Coordinator at the Young AfricanA Leadership Initiative (YAALI) at Howard University


Alliance for Black Justice in Poland

Alliance for Black Justice in Poland


Fundraiser Websites:

Email: blackjustice@newvisions.me

Phone number: +48 608 127 854

Nigerians in Diaspora Organization in Poland

Nigerians in Diaspora Organization in Poland


Fundacja dla Somalii

Foundation for Somalia (Poland)


Africa Connect Foundation (Poland) website link coming soon