The James E. Obi Agency
As noted in the Introduction, the Obi Agency (of the Equitable Life Assurance of the United States) has a top management which is African, while middle management and the employees are mixed — Africans, Americans and Caribbeans. This diversity of cultures undoubtedly provides material for interesting social analysis. The offices are at 2 Penn Plaza, New York City.
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