Month: August 2018

Trump Welcomes President of Kenya to White House

President Donald Trump on Monday welcomed the president of Kenya to the White House, where the two leaders talked trade, security — and Trump’s accomplishments.

Trump hosted President Uhuru Kenyatta as Kenya is emerging from a period of election turmoil. He’s the second African leader to meet with Trump at the White House, following a visit by Nigeria’s president earlier this year. Continue reading “Trump Welcomes President of Kenya to White House”

South African couple help American farmers find seasonal workers

South African couple, Manuel and Kathy Fick, are helping connect seasonal farmers from more than 80 foreign countries to large American farms in places like the Dakotas, Missouri, Texas, Nebraska, North Carolina and Kentucky, to fill jobs that are mostly spurned by American citizens. This report by Savannah Koval of The Mountaineer gives more details Continue reading “South African couple help American farmers find seasonal workers”

Nigerian Vice President meets Kinsmen in Minneapolis

Nigeria’s Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo on Monday held town hall meeting with US based Nigerians in Minnesota, Minneapolis. Osinbajo interacted with the people on various subjects of interests and concerns about Nigeria’s economy and progress made by Buhari led administration. Continue reading “Nigerian Vice President meets Kinsmen in Minneapolis”

Liya Kebede: The Super Model from Ethiopia

The daily people series continues with Ethiopian Super Model Liya Kebede

Liya Kebede (b. January 3,1978), is an Ethiopian Super Model.In 2003 Liya became the first woman of color to represent the Estée Lauder brand. Off screen, Kebede is a U.N. Goodwill Ambassador with the World Health Organization, working to raise awareness of the difficulties women and children face in the developing world. In her efforts to make a difference, she founded The Liya Kebede Foundation which aims to improve the health and well-being of mothers and children around the world.

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The Unknown Congolese Heroes – Book Review: ‘Spies in the Congo: America’s Atomic Mission in World War II’

Little is known of Africa’s role in the Manhattan project, the secretive operations that led to the development of the Atomic Bomb. A new book Spies in the Congo by Dr. Susan Williams discusses U.S. intelligence operations in the Belgian Congo (now the Democratic Republic of Congo: DRC), to secure uranium during World War II while also preventing Nazi Germany from obtaining said mineral for its own nuclear weapons program. This is a very well-written book that effectively narrates the activities that members of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS, the predecessor of the Central Intelligence Agency) carried out in the Belgian Congo.  and  review the book in The International Policy Digest Continue reading “The Unknown Congolese Heroes – Book Review: ‘Spies in the Congo: America’s Atomic Mission in World War II’”

Ghanaian John Q hosts Kumi Guitar, Bull Dog and More in New Recording Studio in Bronx, NY

Realizing there is no Ghanaian professional recording studio in Bronx (New York, USA), US based Ghanaian reggae artist John Quansah popularly known as John Q has just finished building a state of the art studio in a commercial area in Bronx New York City. This report gives more details. Continue reading “Ghanaian John Q hosts Kumi Guitar, Bull Dog and More in New Recording Studio in Bronx, NY”

Ghanaian-Born John Akomfrah Deftly Weaves Tales of the African Diaspora in New York

Ghanaian-born   British artist, writer, film directorscreenwriter, theorist and curator holds a video installation in New York’s New Museum. The videos explore postcolonial history, nature and migration and takes up the entire second floor of the museum in Manhattan. This report by Martha Schwendener in New York times gives more perspective on the installation.

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I got my first movie role in America

Olumide Ebimo Amungo

I stumbled onto an active movie shoot in Central Park and got a front row view of the  huge film and television industry in America.

I went to Central Park the other day and was about entering that wooded haven when I ran into an active movie set. I saw police cars, a taxi rigged up with cameras, film crew setting up and running around to get things in order. So, I hung around wondering what would happen soon.

I was expecting to see Will Smith dressed as detective chasing Jamie Foxx dressed as a crazy psychotic alien serial killer and Angelina Jolie jumping out of a tree and blasting Jamie Foxx with a laser gun. After a while nothing happened so I approached a crew member and asked him what was going on and why wasn’t there any action. He laughed and told me they were waiting to film some National Football League stars. They were there to make a promotional movie for the start of the NFL season. Continue reading “I got my first movie role in America”

Hakeem Olajuwon: the soccer player who found basketball fame in America will start to highlight prominent native-born Africans who have attained fame and made great contributions to America. The series will include professionals, academics, activist, politicians, and many more. We start our series with a Hakeem Olajuwon, considered one of the greatest basketball players of all time.

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Melania Trump is going to Africa in the fall; President Trump isn’t

Trump’s spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, gave a statement to The Associated Press Monday confirming that the first lady is looking forward to meeting African children and exploring Africa’s history and culture.

“This will be my first time traveling to Africa and I am excited to educate myself on the issues facing children throughout the continent, while also learning about its rich culture and history,” the first lady said in the statement. “We are a global society and I believe it is through open dialogue and the exchanging of ideas that we have a real opportunity to learn from one another.”

The planned trip is significant because it’s Trump’s first solo international trip as first lady, but also because of the destination: The president was sharply criticized around the world in January after his private comment about “s—hole countries” in Africa was leaked to journalists.

Some on Twitter could not resist joking. “Melania Trump just announced that she is going to Africa on her first solo trip. I think she picked Africa because she knows it’s a place Trump will never follow her to,” snarked radio host/columnist Dean Obeidallah.

Specifics about the dates for the first lady’s trip and which countries she will visit have not yet been announced.

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The Death of the Gentle Peacemaker

Kofi Annan was the epitome of international diplomacy—which is why he was both an inspiration and a disappointment. In this piece published in Foreign Policy, James Truab, who authored a book chronicling Annan’s tenure in the UN, gives a unique insight into one of Africa’s greatest statesmen.

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Nigerian community in US to float community bank

The Nigerian community in the United States of America is mulling setting up a community banks in Washington to serve their needs.  Talks have reached an advanced stage to set up Nigeria Federal Credit Union.

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Somali Refugee Wins Primary Election for US Congress

Rising political star, Ilhan Omar has become the first Somali to win a primary election victory to represent Minnesota’s 5th District in the U.S. Congress in Minneapolis. This report by  K. Farabaugh  of Voice of America gives more details. Continue reading “Somali Refugee Wins Primary Election for US Congress”

The Bent Pillar at Cypress Hill Cemetery

By Olumide Ebimo Amungo

A walk around Jamaica Avenue introduced me to New York’s vast Cemetery Belt and the ghosts that may lie within.

The French call it promenade, I call it good old strolling. I love to take a walk and since arriving New York it has been my favorite pastime. While in East New York I decided to explore the area towards Queens. Usually I take one of New York’s many straight and long roads and walk all the way to the end. One day, I decided to go up Bradford Street and head towards Jamaica Avenue. The blocks kept falling away as I crossed Sutter, Pitkin, Liberty, and Atlantic avenues until I got to Jamaica Avenue. Continue reading “The Bent Pillar at Cypress Hill Cemetery”

Students launch online shop for rare African ingredients in Canada

Two Nigerian students team up to serve the African community in the Americas with ingredients they are used to.  They created an online shop,Afrocart , which features around 200 products including rare spices, snacks and soups. This report by Nick Boisvert  of  CBC News gives all the details

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African Priests strengthen U.S. Catholic Church

Priest from Africa are helping to bridge gaps  in the Catholic church in America. Forty-three African priests, three deacons and 16 nuns serving in parishes throughout the U.S. gathered in Phoenix  for the 19th annual African Conference of Catholic Clergy and Religious in the United States as reported by  Joyce Coronel in the Catholic Sun

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The Little Boy At The Front Of New Lots Ave Library

By Olumide Ebimo Amungo

I had a fleeting encounter with a little boy who opened my eyes to the Brooklyn Library System

I had just moved into an apartment on  Bradford Street by New Lots Avenue in East New York and went for my first walk around the neighborhood. I arrived from the dainty and verdant streets of East 56 Street just off Flatland Ave., my first place of abode in New York. At the time of my arrival, I did not know that East New York area was one of the toughest neighborhoods in New York, with one of the highest murder rates and various problems with crime associated with unemployment and drug abuse. I only noted that the neighborhood was not as clean as where I was relocating from. Continue reading “The Little Boy At The Front Of New Lots Ave Library”

African-American Commentator Gives take on huge Nigerian Gathering in New Orleans

Prominent African-American political commentator and university professor, Dr. Jason Johnson,  joined over 1000 Nigerians of Igbo ethnicity in New Orleans during the the 14th annual Umu Igbo Unite Nigerian Cultural Conference. He gives a hilarious and poignant narrative of his experience  as a faux Nigerian in this piece in The Root.

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Tanzanian finds success as farmer in Vermont

A Tanzanian imigrant has found a niche in Vermont farming eggplants to supply native born -Africans who  see the vegetable as a relished food condiment and a connection to the home continent. Details in this report By LISA RATHKE, ASSOCIATED PRESS   Continue reading “Tanzanian finds success as farmer in Vermont”

Nigerian School-Girls Win At App Pitching Summit in Silicon Valley

A team of Nigerian schoolgirls will take a  share of a $50,000 prize for their pitch after the final event of the week-long World Pitch Summit in Silicon Valley. The team presented a pitch about an app that would help detect fake drugs, a perenial problem in africa.  FD-Detector (Fake Drug Detector) helps identify fake pharmaceutical drugs in Nigeria. The app leverages a drug’s barcode to verify its authenticity and expiration date.

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Meet Nigerian Handbag designer, Joy Egbejimba, of Nuciano™

Seattle based Nigerian handbag designer Joy Egbejimba of Nuciano™ has been in the news lately.
She recently won the  Audience Fan Favorite award at Independent Handbag Designer Awards,  which held in Manhattan, New York.
As interest in her grows sought more information about her  and came across this interview she had with   of 

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Meet Nigerian Handbag designer Joy Egbejimba of Nuciano™

Seattle based Nigerian handbag designer Joy Egbejimba of Nuciano™ has been in the news lately. She recently won the  Audience Fan Favorite award at Independent Handbag Designer Awards,  which held in Manhattan, New York. As interest in her grows sought more information about her  and came across this interview she had with   of 

Trump Invites Kenyatta to White House August 27th

US President Donald Trump (centre) with Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta at the G7 summit of Heads of State and of Government, on May 27, 2017 in Taormina, Sicily. FILE PHOTO | AFP

US President Donald Trump is expected to host President Uhuru Kenyatta at  the White House on August 27, thus giving Kenyans in America the opportunitie of meeting their president . The two leaders will discuss ways of broadening their strategic partnership based on shared democratic values and mutual interests. Continue reading “Trump Invites Kenyatta to White House August 27th”

Harlem and the Gentrification of New York City

By  Ebimo Amungo

A recent visit to Harlem brought me face-to-face with a socio-economic phenomenon called Gentrification.

I recently got to watching Netflix’s Luke Cage, Marvel’s bulletproof super hero from Harlem. And after also watching shows like Showtime at the Apollo and Amateur night at the Apollo, Harlem became a place I had to visit. I went to Harlem through a long route, first to the Yankees Stadium in Bronx and across Macombs Dam Bridge to 155th street in Manhattan. I took a long walk through Sugar Hill and Upper Manhattan on St Nicholas Ave. I listened to the patter and laughter of children and their parents on the playground that adjourned the avenue and stared at the neat rows of buildings on the other side of the road. Underneath me I heard the whir and rumble of the trains in the subway. It was a long walk to the landmarks that define the heart of Harlem. The landmark called the Apollo Theater by 253 West 125th Street.

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Young Africans Conclude Mandela Fellowship Summit In Washington

The effort of the US government to improve leadership capacity among young leaders in Africa continued in Washington  recently with the annual Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. Alex Cole of IREX details the activities that have marked the fellowhsip so far.

Seven hundred young African leaders gathered in Washington, D.C. from July 30-August 1 for the 2018 Mandela Washington Fellowship Summit. Selected from a pool of more than 37,000 applicants, the Fellows strengthened leadership skills and exchanged ideas with leaders from across Sub-Saharan Africa and the United States. Continue reading “Young Africans Conclude Mandela Fellowship Summit In Washington”

Rebirth and renewal at the World Trade Center

Olumide Ebimo Amungo

A visit to the World Trade Center made me reflect on America’s capacity to rebuild and regenerate

There is a saying that we all can remember where we were on September 11, 2001 when two planes flew into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center.  Truth is I just can’t remember my exact location that day but I remember watching on television as a plane ploughed into the North tower at 8.46am local time and while people were still processing what just happened, a second plane plunged into the South tower. Another memory of that day was seeing both towers collapse and disintegrates in a cascade of concrete and steel.

September 11, 2001 was a momentous day in global history, an unprecedented attack on America on a scale as audacious as the attack on Pearl Harbor. It brought a decisive response from America and defined the presidency of George W. Bush. America took the war to the terrorists who planned that brazen affront, Al Qaeda, chased them into the caves of Afghanistan, overthrew their Taliban collaborators and finally killed their leader, Osama Bin Laden after a ten year manhunt. Continue reading “Rebirth and renewal at the World Trade Center”

Ghanaians Celebrate Heritage in New York

Following on the heels of a successful comming together in Chicago last week, the Ghanian Community in New York is hosting Ghanafest this weekend according to this report by

Members of the Ghanaian community across New York and neighbouring cities, New Yorkers, and visitors to the city will converge at Crotona Park, Bronx, to attend the 9th Annual Ghana Fest-NY, a display of Ghanaian culture and heritage.

The theme for this year “Celebrating our Culture”, will showcase a durbar of chiefs and Ghanaian queen mothers, live music, traditional drummers and dancers, Afrobeats, cultural cuisine, and a cultural bazaar.  The Children’s Village will feature oware and ampeh demonstrations – age-old Ghanaian games – and will even have a hand at creating their own kente inspired woven crafts and adinkra prints. Coupled with ludo board games – another Ghanaian pastime – face painting, and cake and cookie decorating, it’s going to be a day to remember! Continue reading “Ghanaians Celebrate Heritage in New York”

Somali-Americans are coming into their own in Minnesota

Somali-Americans are making a name for themselves in Minnesota some  are finding their way into politics according to this report by Ibrahim Hirsi of the MINNPOST

 Ever since Omar Fateh announced his run for a state legislative seat last December, he’s been taking note of a recurring experience on the campaign trail: It’s easy, at first glance, to mistake him for an immigrant or a refugee from Somalia.

But when people hear him speak, they realize something different about him. “A lot of times,” he said, “they say, ‘It’s interesting because you don’t have an accent.’ ”

Each time Fateh comes across these individuals — and he often does during campaign events or phone conversations with constituents — Fateh uses the moment as an opportunity to walk them through his family history.

He tells them about how his Somali-born parents immigrated to the U.S. in the 1960s and 1970s; how the couple then got married in New York City; and how they eventually gave birth to him in Washington, D.C., 28 years ago.

“I’m an American,” he tells them.

Even then, Fateh is quick to say that he doesn’t take issue with questions about his identity and that he is, in fact, proud of his Somali heritage.

But the reason voters assume he’s a refugee has a lot to do with the immigration experiences of the Somali candidates who have come before him. While there have been dozens of Somali-American politicians who have run — and won — political offices in cities and towns across Minnesota in the past two decades, not a single one of them was born in America.

The same is true for a half dozen Somali-Americans whose names will appear on an election ballot in Minnesota this year, including two other candidates vying for the same District 62A state House seat that Fateh is.

Fateh’s experience, as a U.S.-born Somali-American, represents something of a milestone for the Somali-American community in Minnesota — the emergence of a second generation of leaders — even as it reprises a familiar story, a path taken by the German, Scandinavian, Eastern European and Southeast Asian refugees who came to Minnesota before them.  Continue reading “Somali-Americans are coming into their own in Minnesota”

Ethiopia to open a consular office in Minneapolis


August 2, 2018

Following a successful tour of the United States Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has promised that a new consular office will be opened in Minneapolis to cater for the 19 thousand Ethiopians in Minnesota. This is according to

Ethiopia is to open a consular office in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where tens of thousands of Ethiopians live, announced the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia. It is going to be the second consular office in the United States next to Los Angeles.

It was during the final destination of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s and his entourage trip to the United States in Minnesota that the opening of the consular office was announced. More than 19,000 Ethiopians and Ethiopian-American attended the meeting with Dr. Abiy Ahmed in Minnesota.

And the prime minister wants Ethiopians to use the consular office and support it. “Unlike before, this is going to be your own. It is your home,” he declared to the applause of the crowd. And he wants the office to serve as a symbol of Unity of Ethiopians in the city. The city is home to Ethiopians of diverse ethnic backgrounds. Apart from Abiy, Lemma Megersa, president of Oromo regional state, made a highly rated speech to the crowd which Ethiopians widely shared on social media. Continue reading “Ethiopia to open a consular office in Minneapolis”

A visit to the Yankees Stadium

Yankees Stadium Gate 4I went to visit New York’s Yankee Stadium. I got there when the NY Yankees baseball team was playing the Baltimore Orioles. I was intrigued by this American national pastime. I was approaching Gate 4 of the huge stadium when people started streaming out of the stadium. It started as a trickle at first, and then it became a deluge; a wave of people, a fast flowing tide of white people. These New Yorkers were of Germans, Dutch, Italian, and  Irish heritage. These were the Caucasian Americans.

Now and then a sprinkling of well-off looking Hispanics and black people (or African-Americans as is more politically correct to say)  went past, but most of the people I saw coming off Gate 4 were white, I mean the kind of white people you see when you visit a rural village in Germany. There were friends, families and individuals.  There were mothers, fathers, children, and grand-parents in the crowd. They were leaving the stadium early, disgusted that their team was trailing by 7-1 at time and also to beat traffic.

Since arriving New York I have been ensconced in neighborhoods that had more immigrant populations than native-born Americans. Neighborhoods where when asked questions, people would probably reply in Spanish or with strong Caribbean or Jamaican Patois.  I have heard a lot of people tell me “No speak English” in Bushwick. People who just want to be left alone as they work towards their American dream.

But not this crowd I saw walking past. These people exuded wealth, they had the aura power. These were the people that made New York the capital of global finance.  These people are the reason New York is the wealthiest metropolitan area in the world, generating 1.4 trillion dollars a year. An economic output that is almost larger than the Gross Domestic Product of Africa’s 54 sovereign countries combined. Continue reading “A visit to the Yankees Stadium”

Telling the story of African immigrants living in the Americas