Month: September 2018

Dr. O Boachie-Adjei: The Ghanaian who is a world leading orthopedic surgeon in New York

Dr. Oheneba Boachie-Adjei  is a Ghanaian orthopedic surgeon. He specializes in spinal reconstruction and the treatment of kyphosis and scoliosis. He is professor of orthopedic surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City, in the United States, and is an attending orthopedic surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery, at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, all in New York City. He is recognized as one of the best in his field globally.  Continue reading “Dr. O Boachie-Adjei: The Ghanaian who is a world leading orthopedic surgeon in New York”

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Nursing Student Promotes Ghanaian Culture in University of Kentucky

Nana Ntodi, a Nursing student in the University of Kentucky, was looking for a platform  to launch a student mentorship platform in her native Ghana. She found the opportunity in the Ms. Ghana USA pageant competition. Ntodi represented Kentucky, and was named first runner up. Hilary Brown reports on her exploits for UKNow Continue reading “Nursing Student Promotes Ghanaian Culture in University of Kentucky”

Africans in Houston Sign up to Swedish App to make cheap calls home

Rebtel, a Swedish mobile app company, has become a household name within Houston’s African community, mainly comprised of more than 40,000 Nigerians, because it allows them to connect with relatives and friends in areas with low internet speeds or no internet at all — unlike free international calling and texting services such as WhatsApp and Viber, which require both parties to have a wireless internet connection according to this report in the Houston Chronicle.

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African Pop Stars Take Over Coney Island, NY, for One Africa Show

Afrobeat  is the African musical genre that has grown in popularity all over the world.  Big concerts involving African artists attract huge crowds in cities like London, New York and Dubai. This report in papermag.com reviews One Africa Music Fest in New York’s Cooney Island and the stars that made the night.

With less than one hour to showtime — the rain didn’t let up, and neither did the crowd. In fact the 5,000+ fans who checked in to Coney Island’s outdoor theater venue never left until the marathon 10-hour concert was over. Rain or more rain: they had good reason to stay. This wasn’t an ordinary show, but a special gathering of Africa’s leading Afrobeat stars performing at the annual One Africa Music Fest Concert. The growth of this genre, which seamlessly blends traditional West African music with Western influences, is fueled by a short list of pan-African and Caribbean entertainers, many of whom were front and center at Saturday night’s concert. From dancers to DJs to the artists themselves, we captured them all backstage, where they shared their thoughts on why they love the genre, and why it’s here to stay.

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US-Based Liberian Group Launches Scholarship for Students

A group of Bassa-speaking Liberian citizens residing in  Pennsylvania, USA, UNIBOA-PA, recently visited their local province with an objective of giving back to the county.

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The Most Famous African in America is a White Man

by Olumide Ebimo Amungo

Many people think that there are only black Africans in America. But the truth is that there is a sizable number of Caucasians, Indians and Chinese and people from other races who call Africa home but who have emigrated from the continent to America and other developed nations. The most famous of them is Elon Musk, the visionary entrepreneur who is a native-born African in America.

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Washington State Gov. Inslee appoints Nigerian-Born Edirin Okoloko Judge

Gov. Jay Inslee today appointed Nigerian-born Edirin Okoloko to Snohomish County Superior Court. He will replace Judge George Bowden, who is retiring.

Okoloko has worked for the past 13 years in the Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, where he is a deputy prosecuting attorney working on homicide, sexual assault, child abuse and elder abuse cases. He has also worked in the office’s violent crime, property crime and District Court units, and he represents the office on the Snohomish County Multiple Agency Response Team, which investigates incidents of suspected excessive force by police officers. Continue reading “Washington State Gov. Inslee appoints Nigerian-Born Edirin Okoloko Judge”

Netflix Buys Nigerian Film LIONHEART

Nigerian actress Genevieve Nnaji scored a major breakthrough for herself and the popular Nigerian firm industry called Nollywoood when Netflix, the American streaming giant announced that they had purchased  the worldwide rights to Nnaji’s  movie, Lionheart, during the Toronto film festival.

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US Mission Hosts Festival for Africans in Virginia

The US mission to the Africa Union hosted   Africa FEST in Virginia that brought together the people from Africa’s 54 sovereign states as reported by Sam P. K. Collins in the Washington Informer.

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Leaders laud ex-UN chief Kofi Annan at Ghana state funeral

United in sorrow, world leaders and international dignitaries came to Ghana to pay their last respects to the late United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan who was honored with a state funeral, as many lauded him as an exceptional man and leader.

Annan died on Aug. 18 in Bern, Switzerland at age 80. The grandson of tribal chiefs, he was the first black African to become the U.N. leader and was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize. Continue reading “Leaders laud ex-UN chief Kofi Annan at Ghana state funeral”

Patrick Awuah: The man who left Microsoft to build a university in Ghana

By MARK BYRON WITH ROBERT JOSEPH AHOLA

Multimillionaire Patrick Awuah is a new generation of African entrepreneurs who have reversed the “African diaspora” and returned back to their native land and, as such, has disproved author Thomas Wolfe’s adage that you can’t go home again. Awuah has, in fact, done so and has flourished in the process. So has the university he came back to fund, found and accredit in his native Ghana – Ashesi University in Accra. 

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The Invasion of Irving Park by General Darren and his troops

Olumide Ebimo Amungo
A visit to one of New York’s neighborhood parks got me acquainted with the people who keep the park system functioning.

It was a balmy day and as is so often the case, I found myself gravitating to one of the parks in New York. I walked into Irving Park, situated between Knickerbocker and Wilson Avenues and Halsey street in Bushwick. It was around midday and the park was sparse with people. The sun was high up and the few benches under trees where taken by people who were either reading, contemplating or discussing with a partner. Continue reading “The Invasion of Irving Park by General Darren and his troops”

Nigerian-born Harvard Professor Wins Award for the Public Understanding of Religion

Jacob Olupona, Harvard Divinity School Professor of African Religious Traditions, has won the 2018 Martin E. Marty Award for the Public Understanding of Religion.  The award is given by the American Academy of Religion (AAR) and it “recognizes extraordinary contributions to the public understanding of religion by individuals whose work has a relevance and eloquence that speaks, not just to scholars, but more broadly to the public as well.”  The award will be presented to Professor Olupona at the AAR Annual Meeting on Sunday, November 18, 2018 in Denver, Colorado.

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Congolese refugee finds ‘miracles’ like washing machines in Buffalo

A hundred years old Congolese refugee  who was recently resettled in the United States finds modern home appliances to be “miracles” in the city of Buffalo, New York. This entertaining story is told by By  of The Buffalo News Continue reading “Congolese refugee finds ‘miracles’ like washing machines in Buffalo”

Global Health Professor Dr. Chinekwu Obidoa Participates In Carnegie Fellowship In Kenya

Nigerian-born Dr. Chinekwu Obidoa, assistant professor of global health in Mercer University’s College of Liberal Arts, was selected for the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program (CADFP) this summer and traveled to Kenya, where she co-developed an undergraduate curriculum in gender and climate change for Egerton University. This report by Kyle Sears of Mercer News tells the story of her sojourn in Kenya

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