Tom Dunne, vice president of administration at Fordham, said that the event took place through Fordham’s association with the African People Alliance, which has established ties between Fordham and African countries such as Togo and Ghana, both of which have substantial communities near the Rose Hill campus in the Bronx. The former first lady of Ghana, Nana Lordina Dramani Mahama, spoke at Fordham’s 2015 Commencement.
“Ghanaians really are a wonderful, family-oriented, and entrepreneurial group that we always will welcome back to Fordham,” said Dunne. “I’ve talked at various Ghanaian gatherings and I always stress how important it is to continue to honor their culture and their religion, just as the Fordham family has. We started as immigrants not unlike them.”