African Communities Network of Iowa

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About Our Network

Welcome To the African Community Network of Iowa ( ACN of I). This is a nonprofit organization registered under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 501(c) (3). It was created with the goal of building a platform for Africans to come together, get to know each other, discuss issues within the community, provide assistance to members, integrate better with their host communities and contribute towards solutions to problems that arise within the community.

The founders envisage that this organization will present an opportunity to come together, share ideas, journeys', hardships, accomplishments with each other and, be a channel for presenting Africa to the rest of the world.

Along the way we want the community to have knowledge of resources that are available to them, be it educational, job availability, housing and many opportunities that are available out there. We have community members that have been living in the diaspora long enough to direct anyone to whatever help they might need. This would offer a cultural bridge, especially for those who are new immigrants.

One of our missions is also to preserve our culture by organizing periodic cultural events that will bring our diverse communities together, enjoy and share our cultural food, dances, dresses and more. Through such activities, our children, grandchildren and hosts can get to know about us and who we really are. We want our children to embrace their culture, accept who they are and learn to integrate with other cultures in a positive way. If we don’t teach them who will.

Let’s come in one accord, love each other, share our thoughts, ideas, laughter and cries. The African community Network of Iowa is you. So, bring your concerns and with one voice we can build better communities and shutter negative stereo types.

Feel free to ask questions by contacting the secretariat. We are willing to assist you by any means we can. Make a Difference. Donate Now.

Our Vision

ACN of Iowa is an organization that believes in the value of people from diverse backgrounds working together to better everyone’s life. This importance of strong community bonds, can be well illustrated with the follow proverbs from diverse African cultures:

African Community Proverbs

It takes a village to raise a child.
Cross the river in a crowd, and the crocodile won’t eat you.
Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable If you want ot go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.

Our Mission

African Communities Network of Iowa is incorporated under the Iowa Nonprofit Corporation Act, Chapter 504A, Code of Iowa as a not for profit organization. Purpose of the Organization. The purposes of the corporation are as follows:


The association shall serve as a forum to bring together people of African descent, allies and friends of Africa in Iowa.


The association shall provide services that will promote and encourage the collective cultural, social, educational and economic welfare of its membership and the community.
10-12 December


The association shall provide services that will promote and encourage the collective cultural, social, educational and economic welfare of its membership and the community.
10-12 December

Get Involved

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Your support for African Communities Network of Iowa, makes a difference.

Become a Member

Click HERE to register as a member of ACN of Iowa.
If registered and not logged on, click HERE to log into your account.

Contact any official of the ACN of Iowa to facilitate your registration.
During meetings, a registration desk will be open and available for new registrations and registration renewals.


There are different volunteer opportunities open in the organization, from time to time. These opportunities will be discussed and announced during meetings. If you have any inquiry about volunteering, click on the volunteer tab above or you may fill out the form on our Contact page. Next, a member of the services commitee will get in touch with you as soon as possible. Providing your telephone number makes it easier to quickly communicate with you.


Every member has an opportunity to lead. All it takes is for the member to identify an area of the the organizations mandate and take the initiative to strengthen it.
There will also be opportunities to vie for office leadership positions. All members are eligible to run of any open office positions as stipulated in our Bylaws.

Become a Member

By becoming a member, you will become a part of an active community for the improved welfare of African communities in the diaspora. Your voice help nature and preserve our African values and their integration with the broad diaspora..

Spread The Word

By your spreading of the word about us and what we do to your family and friends, you build support for African communities in the diaspora and impact positively on the role they play in society and within the host communities.

A simple and great way to get the word out is to download, print, and share our ACN of I. Brochure

You can also easily spread the word by interacting with our social medial platforms.
Facebook: Receive our updates and connect to team members and fellow supporters of African Communities Network of Iowa
Twitter: Do not miss out on news and activities or our organization or its constituent communities.


ACN of Iowa relies heavily on volunteers to accomplish its mission.

New volunteer opportunities are posted from time to time on this website. Currently, we are looking for volunteers in the following areas:

Bloggers. Volunteers with an interest in issues common to African Immigrants. Interested volunteers will be provided with blogging space on our website.

Website Development and maintenance. Volunteers should have, or be willing to learn working with content management systems.

From time to time, we shall be holding events and will need event organizing volunteers. Communication is key to the success of any community organization and we envisage the use of various communication tools, requiring the help of volunteers to maintain and manage the communication tools adopted. If you would like to volunteer in any of our activities, please send us a note using the submission form below.


Here are some of the latest...

Hotel 1

Passing of John Gikonyo

It is to our demise to hear of the passing of the late John Gikonyo. John was a well-liked and appreciated member of ACN. We will keep him dearly in our memmories forever more. RIP, John Gikonyo.


The following are the current members of the Board of African Communities Network of Iowa.

Speaker 1

Anne Kiche

Board Member and Chairperson

Speaker 2

Peter Nkumu

Board Member and Treasurer

Speaker 4

Sunday Goshit

Board Member and Vice Chairperson

Speaker 7

Wangui Gathua

Board Member

Speaker 5

Harrison Kpartipa

Board Member

Speaker 8

Mamonate Nyane

Board Member

Speaker 6

Amos Kiche

Board Member


Welcome to the resource section of the African Communities Network of Iowa. We are happy you made here and we hope you will find what you are looking for or discover new things you didn't know about. We don't pretend to have all the answers to your searches and inquiries but we believe you will find a link or two to lead you somewhere, if not please make suggestions and we will be happy to add new links here. These links will help you to quickly and efficiently navigate the Internet to find immigration related information.

  • The African Communities Network of Iowa and the United States of America welcomes you. Please know that you are not alone because all of us are immigrants and America is a nation of immigrants regardless how you got here. We know you are overwhelm with life adjustment, cultural shock and many other things you were not prepared for before coming to USA. Relax, take a deep breath and let us hold your hand and try to navigate you through the system to the best of our ability. Your best source of information is your community, the people who came here before you are great source of information but you have to be open minded and get second opinion always. You need to be aware that different people interpret information differently, so your best approach is to get the information from reliable sources(local, state and federal agencies). Information about housing, health insurance, schools, employment, driving , banking , healthcare, immigration etc... can be found at most government offices, libraries or online but make sure you understand well the information. We hope you find the information you are looking for and perhaps the answers to your many questions but don't be discourage or be frustrated by the volume of information because it is way of life here in America.


  • USCIS Forms and Fees

    USCIS Case Status Online

    USCIS Field Offices

    USCIS Compilation of Laws, Regulations and Guides

    USCIS Public Affairs

    USCIS Press Releases

    USCIS Special Registration

  • Bureau of Customs and Transportation Security (CBP)

    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

    ICE Airport Security

  • Office of Special Counsel for Unfair Immigration-Related Employment Practices

    Executive Office for Immigration Review

  • Visa Services

    Visa Bulletin

    Results for the 2004 Diversity Visa Lottery

    Schedule of Fees for Consular Services

    U.S. Embassy and Consulate Information

    Foreign Entry Requirements for Traveling Overseas

    Foreign Affairs Manual

  • Employment and Training Administration

    Processing Dates for Labor Certification Applications

    Office of Workforce Security

    Prevailing Wage Information

    Employment Standards Administration

    Regional and Local Office Information

    Dictionary of Occupational Titles

    Occupational Outlook Handbook

  • Office of Management and Budget – Regulatory Matters

    Office of Information and Regulatory Matters – Information Collections Under Review

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Be a part of the African Communities Network of Iowa today! We cant wait to have you join our team.

Contact Us

Do not hesitate to contact us regarding any inquiry. We look forward to hearing from you!


2958 Keel Boat Loop
Iowa City, IA

Phone Number

+1 319-351-8287

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