With input from Minnesotans, African native invigorates his homeland

Neal St. Anthony

Star Tribune

March 9th, 2023

William Kamkwamba spoke at the annual luncheon of St. Paul-based "Books for Africa," the 34-year nonprofit and Windmills partner that is supplying textbooks and donated power tools.


Africa now has the promise of a seat at the global table

Mike Essien & Jote Taddese

Star Tribune

December 22nd, 2022

President Joe Biden's announcement Dec. 15 that he will support membership of the 55-nation African Union in the Group of 20 nations (G-20) is a crucial step forward for the nations and people of Africa, as well as for the African diaspora in America and around the world. Learn more in this op-ed article from the Minneapolis Star Tribune authored by BFA Board President Mike Essien and Past-President Jote Taddese!


Minneapolis man has helped send 1 million books to The Gambia, his home country

Katy Read

Star Tribune

November 22nd, 2022

Last year, 10 years after its start, Lamin Dibba's 1 Million Books for the Gambia project celebrated having shipped literally 1 million books, ranging from children's books to college texts, to the tiny African country of 2.5 million. Learn more in this feature article from the Minneapolis Star Tribune!


How Hope and Opportunity are Created at Scale

Jeff Bond

Chat With Leaders Podcast

November 15th, 2022

Books For Africa Executive Director Patrick Plonski sits down with Jeff Bond as part of the "chat with leaders" podcast series. 


Books For Africa Celebrates DOD Partnership at Warehouse Open House Parties in Georgia and Minnesota

Skyler Heath

Marietta Daily Journal

September 14th, 2022

A local nonprofit celebrated the shipment of more than 150,000 books to Kenya Wednesday afternoon from its warehouse in Marietta. Books For Africa board members, employees, and volunteers gathered in the Marietta warehouse to celebrate their achievements with food, music, and beverages.