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”
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”
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”
By Olumide 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.
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”
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”
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 face2faceafrica.com
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 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”
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 borkena.com
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”
I 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”
Following trips to Washington D.C. and Los Angeles to meet the Ethiopian community in America
He pledged peace and asked for help from his nation’s scattered people
RICHARD TSONG-TAATARII – MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE
“It’s the most beautiful day of my life,” she said.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed visited Minneapolis on Monday to share reform developments with the country’s diaspora. The event was hosted by the Oromo Community of Minnesota. It is the first time an Ethiopian prime minister has come to Minnesota, which has the United States’ largest Oromo diaspora. Oromos are the largest ethnic group in Ethiopia, and Abiy is the first of them to lead the country.
Since his election by the parliament in April, Abiy has made peace a priority in a country marred by violence. In addition to releasing political prisoners and opening previously restricted internet access, he accepted peace deals with Ethiopia’s northern neighbor Eritrea 20 years after a war that killed nearly 100,000 people. Now he’s traveling the United States asking Ethiopians here to help move the country forward.
It’s a break from the repressive narratives of past leaders, said Tadesse Nigatu, a member of the Coalition of Ethiopians in Minnesota.
“It’s just a dream-come-true type of occurrence,” he said.