Adoté Ghandi Akwei  is a Speaker, Community Organizer, Activist, Author, Inventor & Entrepreneur “investing in African human capital and community“

He is Assistant Pastor at Heavenly Kingdom Bible Church in Baltimore, Maryland.

He is the author of the AFRICAN COLORING & ACTIVITY BOOK series, an educational and entertaining material for children and adults to learn about Africa through fun activities.

He is a native of Togo, West Africa who migrated to the United States with his family in 2005.

While living in Togo, he was Labor Union Organizer and led the Human Rights League until he left the country in 2005. The same year in August, he gained recognition from the A. Philip Randolph Institute (APRI) and received the Bayard Rustin Humanitarian Award from the Institute (APRI) in New Orleans, LA for “his outstanding leadership and significant contributions to improve the human condition and advance the cause of human rights and democracy in the tradition of Bayard Rustin.”

As African immigrant in America, Akwei is dedicated to empowering his community through education, personal development and the strengthening of the family structure.

Akwei is also dedicated to cross-cultural understanding and contact, particularly in the relationship between African-Americans and Africans. Along with a collective of African-Americans led by Mr. Fanon Hill and his wife Navasha Daya, the Africa in the America’s initiative was launched in 2013 to bridge the cultural and economic gap between the two communities in America and beyond. The publishing of Akwei’s African Coloring and Activity Book series is part of this project.

He also serves as an African Immigrant & Support family organizer in the Youth Resiliency Institute’s Journey Project.

He lives in Baltimore Maryland with his wife Tele Akwei and their Five Children and four grand-children.

An Interview of Adote Akwei on StayUp News


StayUp News editor-in-chief Roberto E. Alejandro recently sat down for a conversation with human rights activist and children’s book author Adote Akwei, to discuss a lifetime of activism from Togo, West Africa, to the Diaspora community in the United States; and his new coloring book, designed to teach children about Africa.