Makur Maker : Kenyan-born South Sudanese chooses Howard University to continue career

BY JERRY BEMBRY | The Undefeated

It was seen as somewhat of a tease when Makur Maker made a recruitment visit to Howard University last fall, before shifting into a serious discussion: What if a five-star recruit opted to play college basketball at a historically Black university?

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Hassan Mead | Somalian-born runner Speaks Up About the Racism He’s Dealt With Since Coming to the U.S. 21 Years Ago

By HASSAN MEAD AS TOLD TO TAYLOR DUTCH| Runner’s World

When I heard stories about America, growing up as a farmer’s kid living in Somalia, it was always nothing but good things. So when I learned our family was moving there, I thought I was moving to a paradise where no one suffers and everyone lives their best lives.

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How Remittances From Africans in Petit Senegal in New York Builds Wealth Abroad

The African diaspora sends more money to Africa than U.S. foreign aid and foreign direct investment. In 2018, sub-Saharan Africa received $25 billion in development assistance. In that same year, immigrants in the United States sent $46 billion in remittances to their home countries in Africa, out of a total of $150 billion sent from the United States globally.

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Sho Madjozi: South African Star Signs to Epic Records in USA

By SAPeople

Crowned “a new kind of global pop star” by The New York Times, award-winning South African rap disruptor Sho Madjozi has officially signed to Epic Records. She joins the label’s esteemed roster as the only South African act in North America.

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Abdi Nor Iftin: A Somali immigrant hopes his book for young adults will inspire others to tell their story

By Victoria Zhuang | Boston Globe

As a young man fleeing violence and civil war in his native Somalia, Abdi Nor Iftin dreamed of a magnificent future in America. In 2014, after years of stateless limbo in Kenya, he won the Diversity Visa lottery, a program that offers a limited number of visas to applicants from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States. His 2018 memoir “Call Me American” describes his experiences resettling in the United States.

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Olanike “Nike” Adebayo: Nigerian-American seeks to be judge of Miami-Dade County, Florida

Nigerian-American, Olanike “Nike” Adebayo is seeking to be a circuit judge in Maimi Dade county in Florida. Adebayo who is the assistant regional counsel attorney with the Office of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel in Miami will be facing off against Joseph Perkins of Garbett, Allen & Roza in Miami for Miami-Dade Circuit Judge, Group 55.

Meet the candidates

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How George Floyd’s death united Africans and African-Americans

African immigrants have not always felt at home in African-American communities. Black Lives Matter protests may be changing that.

By Anthony Akaeze  | Christian Science Monitor

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The World Builds a Wall to Keep America Out

By Farhad Manjoo | The New York Times

You might call it poetic, if it weren’t so painful. Donald Trump won the White House largely on a campaign of shutting America’s borders to pretty much everyone other than people of European descent. “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” he once asked, about Haitians, Salvadorans and Africans. “We should have more people from places like Norway.”

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Nigerians, Somalian, Rwandan and Ghanaian among recipients of Canada’s Vanier and Banting Awards

By Ebimo Amungo

Four Nigerians, a Somalian, a Ghanaian and a Rwandan are among researchers announced as the 2020-2021 recipients of the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships and Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships, Canada’s most prized awards for PhD students and postdoctoral fellows, respectively.

Vanier Scholarships are valued at $50,000 per year for three years during doctoral studies, while Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships are worth $70,000 per year for two years.

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Burna Boy Wins Best International Act At BET Awards 2020

By Josh | Jaitrends

Nigeria’s Burna Boy was celebrated by Naomi Campbell as he won the 2020 BET awards for Best International Act for the second consecutive year, while Zimbabwe’s sha sha  won the Best New International Act award

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