Aurora welcomes Togo as “sister country” during visit from Togolese officials

The City of Lights became a city fit for a king over the weekend and on Monday when Togolese officials including His Excellence King Aklasou Mawuko Kwami Adelan, the Traditional Ruler of Canton De Bè in the West African country the Republic of Togo.

The short trip included stops at Mayor Irvin’s 500 day celebration, dinner at La Quinta de los Reyes in downtown Aurora, a breakfast and press conference at City Hall, and a tour of Aurora Public Art’s “Finding Home” exhibit featuring photographs of local immigrant families taken by local photographers.

His Excellence King Aklasou Mawuko Kwami Adelan, the Traditional Ruler of Canton De Bè in the West African country the Republic of Togo has arrived in the United States of America. His first official stop on his tour is to the City of Aurora, Illinois where he met with Aurora Mayor Richard C. Irvin along with city and community leaders on Monday morning at City Hall.

On a mission trip to the USA to make cultural connections for his country, King Aklasou was joined by the Togo’s Vice Minister of Traditional Affairs Mr. Robert Bakai and Togo’s Director of Development and Economics Justin Aziabu.

A tapestry made by Togo women was gifted to Aurora Mayor Irvin.

 

 

Alderman-at-large Sherman Jenkins presented a Mayoral Commendation to the king.

 

City alderpersons also received handmade gifts from Togo.

 

Aurora’s Chief Communications Officer Clayton Muhammed was allowed to shake hands with His Excellence King Aklasou of the Republic of Togo. Togo is led by a president, but the country acknowledges spiritual leaders as “kings.”

Read more about the visit here and here.

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