Rosalind McLymont and WNYC host book launching reception for Africa: Strictly Business

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    The Network Journal, New York?s premier magazine for black professionals and business owners, will celebrate the launch of its debut book, Africa: Strictly Business ? The Steady March to Prosperity (The Network Journal Communications, September 2009) at WNYC Radio?s Jerome L. Greene Performance Space on Wednesday, September 23, 2009, from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

    The celebration will kick off the launch of The Greene Space?s Fall 2009 installment of its signature series, ?The NEXT New York Conversation,? sponsored by HSBC, ?The World?s Local Bank.? The event will feature a distinguished panel discussing ?Rebranding Africa,? the central theme of Africa: Strictly Business, followed by an intimate one-on-one interview and reading with author Rosalind Kilkenny McLymont. Tickets are $15 and available at www.wnyc.org/thegreenespace. In addition, the event will be streamed live as a video webcast at www.wnyc.org/thegreenespace.

    Africa Strictly Business ? The Steady March to Prosperity is a compilation of the author?s award-winning ?Africa Focus? columns published in The Network Journal over the past five years and her authoritative ?Trade with Africa? reports published in Shipping Digest. The book offers a little-reported account of Africa?s self-driven economic development campaign and a comprehensive assessment of its investment landscape.

    ?As someone who spent eight years in Africa as a teacher, as well as a wife and mother in a local extended family, I?ve had the privilege of experiencing that continent in a deeper way than those who arrive with ?dark-continent? notions, dwell on evidence of those notions, then depart, comfortable in their sightlessness. I wanted to shed light on the brilliant minds residing in Africa and how those minds are driving advances in finance, science, agriculture, technology, entrepreneurship and other key areas of development,? McLymont said. ?I am excited about working with WNYC to present to the world this ?new? notion of an Africa moving toward industrialization.?

    Brenda Williams-Butts, Director, Community Engagement and Audience Development, WNYC, said, ?The Network Journal has been an important partner for WNYC over the last several years as we?ve sought to collaborate with influential individuals and organizations within the community. Rosalind McLymont is one of those key individuals, with a strong sense of what people are going to be talking about next. I?m thrilled that the next iteration in this long and fruitful partnership is a collaboration for ?The NEXT New York Conversation?, a dialogue series designed to bring new voices to the table and to gather the community to join in.?

    For more information about the September 23 launch and to arrange interviews with Rosalind Kilkenny McLymont, contact Renee Flagler at rflagler@tnj.com, or call (516) 642-5976. For information about The Greene Space, please contact Jennifer Houlihan at jhoulihan@wnyc.org.