Oakland’s Newest Sister City – Bauchi, Nigeria

City Councilmember Desley Brooks (left) and Mallam Isa Yuguda (right), Governor of Bauchi State in Nigeria sign the sister city agreement as the Oakland Bauchi Sister City Liazon, Marcel Uzegbu (far right) applauds the occasion, promoting cultural, social, and economic exchanges between the two cities. Photo by Adam L. Turner.

City Councilmember Desley Brooks and Mallam Isa Yuguda, Governor of Bauchi State, Nigeria, this week signed a sister city agreement to promote cultural, social and economic exchanges between Bauchi City and Oakland. The signing makes the Nigerian city Oakland’s tenth sister city. The agreement was signed in the Council Chambers at Oakland City Hall followed by a reception at Scott’s Restaurant in Jack London Square. Efforts to establish the sister city relationship were spearheaded in 2010 by engineer Noah N.A. Dallaji, president and founder of African Children’s Talent Discovery Foundation He visited Oakland, where he signed a memorandum of understanding with Councilmember Brooks. Areas of exchange will include culture, education, tourism, sports, public health, civics, science and technology and the potential for economic trade. Bauchi is a city in northeast Nigeria, the capital of Bauchi State. In 2004, the city had a population of 316,000. In Hausa the word Bauchi means the land of freedom and tourism.
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