New Mainers Speak 03/16/2014


New Mainers Speak 03/16/2014


Kate Manahan



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Kate Manahan interviews Patrick Kambu, who grew up in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC); he moved to Maine after completing a Masters degree in International Law in Warsaw, Poland. Patrick describes his childhood, friends, extended family, and education in DRC; his father was a teacher and his mother was a nurse in Kinshasa. At the time of the interview, he was completing a second Masters in Leadership at Southern New Hampshire University.

At age 19, he received a scholarship to study in Poland. He discusses how he wanted to become a good leader from the time he was a child, what qualities a good leader possesses, and how he hopes to use his International Law degree to promote equality and advocate for social justice. He did an intensive leadership training with ICL in Portland.

Patrick is the president of the Congolese Community of Maine (CCM), whose mission is to facilitate integration of Congolese people in Maine, as well as promoting Congolese culture and unity, and encouraging entrepreneurship. He describes the recent CCM International Women’s Day fundraiser, which included speakers, a concert, African food, and an African fashion show. He also discusses his experiences upon his arrival in Maine, including his WMPG show; his connections with friends from different African communities; a racist incident where he was attacked by skinheads in Portland; the differences between Maine and Congolese cultures; and his wife and children.

Manahan closes the show by promoting the Rock Around the World fundraiser for Multilingual Summer Programs, as well as a USM lecture on the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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WMPG 90.9 FM


Portland, Maine


WMPG, community radio, college radio, New Mainers Speak, Kate Manahan, immigrants, refugees, asylum seekers, Portland, New Mainers, Patrick Kambu, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, Warsaw, Poland, international law, Southern New Hampshire University, leadership, Lingala, French, Polish, social justice, ICL, Congolese Community of Maine, International Women’s Day, racism, Rock Around the World, Multilingual Summer Programs, University of Southern Maine, Civil Rights Act of 1964

New Mainers Speak 03/16/2014