The first issue of Amjambo Africa!, Maine’s monthly newspaper for and about immigrants from sub-Saharan Africa, became available at no cost to the public April 1. The publisher, Georges Budagu Makoko, and Managing Editor Kathreen Harrison invite the public to a launch party from 1 to 2:30 p.m. April 7 at the Immigrant Welcome Center, 24 Preble St., Portland.

Amjambo Africa! will be published in four languages: English, French, Swahili and Kinyarwanda. Additional languages may be added as the newspaper matures. The publication's primary goal is to improve communications between local Mainers and newcomers from Africa, in order to increase mutual understanding.

Each issue will include information about cultural differences, listings of resources, profiles of New Mainers, tips for acclimating to Maine, a country profile, news from the ground in Africa, special features and upcoming events. The newspaper will be supported by advertising. For information about advertising rates, write:

Copies of the newspaper will be distributed in nine major towns and cities between Scarborough and Waterville. As Amjambo Africa! grows, distribution is planned in Bangor and points north. The paper will have a distribution of 10,000 copies per issue. Amjambo Africa! is the newspaper branch of the nonprofit Ladder to the Moon Network. To contact the editor, email: