Africa Day a lively affair

MCs Shakilla Umutoni, Rwanda's acting high commissioner, and South African High Commissioner Membathisi Mdladlana, pump up the crowd at Africa Day at the Aberdeen Pavilion on May 25. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Foreign Affairs Deputy Minister Ian Shugart makes his first public speech in the new job. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

A Burundian drumming group performs. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Côte d'Ivoire Ambassador N'Goran Kouamé with the ambassador of Burkina Faso, Amadou Adrien Koné, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, Ambassador of Benin Comlan Pamphile Goutondji, and Zimbabwean Ambassador Florence Zano Chideya. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Much of the perimeter of the building is lined with food from African countries. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia