Sub-Saharan Africa

Since 1980, Kansas City has seen first- and second-generation immigrants from the Sub-Saharan region increase exponentially.

An eighth of the world’s population calls this region home, making the United States’ connection to this area fundamental.

The U.S. foreign policy with the Sub-Saharan region involves several core objectives, including advancing trade and commercial ties, protecting the US from cross-border health and security threats, and supporting key African states’ progress toward stability, self-reliance, and citizen-responsive governance.

Kansas City Ties

Immigrants from over 35 of the 46 countries in this region are proud Kansas Citians. Nigerian, Sudanese, Somalia, and Congolese first- and second-generation individuals make up some of the largest groups in the city.

Our connection to this region is felt through several annual events, including the Ethnic Enrichment Festival and the Annual African Heritage Festival and Economic Summit.

Countries and Cultures

Explore specific countries from this region and their connection to Kansas City.

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