Ambassador Hegbe Calls on Books' Donors to Do More for Africa

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On Wednesday, June 15, Togolese Ambassador to the United States Frédéric Hegbe hosted the annual Books For Africa Summit Society Reception, the first in nearly three years.

The event took place at the Ambassador's residence in Northwest Washington neighborhood of Crittenden, during a sunny and hot evening that proved an engaging, interactive event during which guests enjoyed Togolese cuisine and each other's company as the nation makes progress in vaccination to square off the COVID-19 pandemic that has long kept people on home confinement.

Guests included Ambassadors from Sierra Leone, Cameroon, Ghana, Mali, Benin and Mauritania, along with representatives of numerous NGOs interested in development efforts in Africa.

In his welcome remarks, Ambassador Hegbe congratulated the Books For Africa team for all its work on the continent, particularly in Togo where education remains a priority of development.

He emphasized the importance of education in shaping for better the future of the society. But when it comes to reaching that goal, Ambassador Hegbe acknowledged there is a long way to go and calls on donors to do more.

"On behalf of the Togolese government, and Togolese citizens, I would like to thank the honorable donors for their gifts and thank Books For Africa for choosing our beautiful country, The Republic of Togo, for this experience," the Ambassador said in his opening remarks.