Afra Grill | A place for Somali gourmet, with characteristics of Indian, Mediterranean, and Ethiopian food.

By G.A. Benton | Columbus Monthly

Few new eateries embodied the spirit of Columbus in 2020 like Afra Grill on the city’s North Side.  It’s a pandemic-practical operation that’s inexpensive, offers an easy online ordering system, a handy drive-thru window and a sparkling dining room with a starkly impactful design scheme. 

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Tani Adewumi: Meet the 10-year-old Nigerian refugee who became a national chess master

By Jeremiah Rodriguez | CTVNews

From fleeing persecution to starting a new life in the U.S., young Tani Adewumi’s immigrant journey was mired with adversity, mirroring the refugee experience of so many who land in North America. But picking up chess just four years ago ended up becoming a transformational move that has helped change everything for his family. And now, at only 10 years old, Tani just became a U.S. national chess master. The Nigerian refugee’s remarkable rise comes two years after he gained worldwide attention for winning the New York State chess championship while he and his family were living in a homeless shelter.

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US announces priority appointments for Nigerians applying for student visa

By JENNY ESE OBUKOHWO | The Street journal

The U.S. Mission has announced it will prioritize student visa applicants and ensure Nigerian students resuming this fall get visa interview appointments in advance of their program start date. Susan Tuller, the U.S. Mission country consular coordinator disclosed this on Friday, April 30.

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Afriex raises $1.2M for African expansion

by Afriex 

Fintech startup, Afriex, has raised a seed funding round worth US$1.2 million as it bids to scale its payments and remittances platform across Africa. Founded in late-2019, Afriex provides instant, zero-fee transfers to Africans at home and in the diaspora. The startup’s platform allows users to deposit cash on the app, send money to a bank account or another user, and withdraw money to a connected bank or debit card.

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North Alabama announce signing of Ugandan forward Nkurunungi and goalkeeper Musoke

by DAVID ISABIRYE | Kawowo

Two Ugandans; forward Andrew Nkurunungi and goalkeeper Paul Musoke signed for US based North Alabama Sports Club.

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Nigerian Beer Brand Star Lager Announces US Expansion

Los Angeles, CA — Star Lager Beer, established in Nigeria in 1949 announces the brand’s expansion into the U.S. market. The beer has been a staple brew in Africa for over 70 years and has rooted itself as a beer of Kings. Today, the company marks a big and long-awaited milestone by extending its distribution across the United States. Star Beer USA has begun operations to distribute and market the company’s premium cold-filtered lager. The US-based Star Lager Beer USA will remain being bottled at the company’s long-time brewery in Nigeria, Nigerian Breweries.

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Foluke Oyedeji-Laosebikan | Nigerian lawyer elevated to Queen’s Counsel rank in Canada

By Oghenekevwe Uchechukwu | ICIR

NIGERIAN-BORN Canadian lawyer Foluke Oyedeji-Laosebikan has received her Queen’s Counsel appointment in Saskatchewan, Canada. 

In a statement, Minister of Justice and Attorney- General for Saskatchewan, Gordon Wyant said: “I am pleased to recognise Dr. Laosebikan for her commitment to the legal community, and her dedication as the President of the Law Society of Saskatchewan. She is well-deserving of the Queen’s Counsel designation.”

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Fund honors Sudanese woman, helps immigrants seeking citizenship

ROBERT PORE | The Grand Island Independent

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — Sometimes an immigrant to this country, seeking citizenship, can teach us or make us realize that not only is the United States a country of immigrants, but also how important and a privilege being an American really is. Recently, the Greater Grand Island Community Foundation and the Multicultural Coalition joined forces to create The Khadija Abdudaim Citizenship Assistance Fund.

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Why Nigerians Are Immigrating to Canada in Droves

By Colin Singer | CANADA IMMIGRATION NEWS

In the five years before COVID-19 Nigerian immigration to Canada more than tripled, and a new study shows this “Canada Rush” was driven by a longing for a more prosperous future.

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Eugene Omoruyi Is Showing Out for Canada—and Nigeria—at March Madness

BYLUKAS WEESE |  COMPLEX CANADA

Eugene Omoruyi’s face brightened up when asked about his teammate, Chris Duarte.

 “That’s my brother,” Omoruyi said. 

Omoruyi and Duarte have a ton in common. They are both Canadian, even though Omoruyi knows more about the country’s history than Duarte.

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