Day: March 26, 2019

Africa Day at Univeristy of Virginia celebrates black pride and first-generation students

This year Africa Day focused on performances of empowerment
By Maya Das

When she arrived at the University, Uma Jalloh, current president of the University’s Organization of African Students, wanted to showcase her personal experience as a first-generation college student.

Her parents are immigrants from Guinea, but Jalloh was born in the U.S. After moving back to Guinea for a brief period of time, she returned to the United States and has lived in America since the age of six. She describes her experience of coming to America as a time of self-discovery and a chance to find her true identity, which blends both African and American culture.

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Somali-American Congresswoman ignites controversy in diverse Minneapolis

By Katherine Gypson

Representative Ilhan Omar has a way of attracting attention. Four months ago, the Democrat became the first Somali-American — and one of the first two Muslim women — to serve in the U.S. Congress.

Just weeks into her first congressional term, Omar ignited a controversy with a tweet invoking an offensive trope suggesting U.S. lawmakers’ support for Israel was swayed by money from the powerful lobbying group, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).

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The U.S and Canada need immigration

By Don Thompson

I didn’t immigrate to Canada to escape murderous gangs, an oppressive government or religious persecution. I chose to come here…freely. I am not a person of colour, a woman, a member of the LGBTQ community. I had no children with an ache for a better life. I am, in fact, a member of the most privileged group in the world…an educated white man of means…from the United States.

That said, I have a deep and abiding empathy for refugees and immigrants who come to Canada and the United States…two countries I call home…for a better life.

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Egypt speaks from amongst its ancient ruins

By Ray Chatelin

Egypt not only capitalizes on its culture and history, it revels in it.

The old and the new live side by side here, a physical and spiritual culture of pharaohs and kings, and a contemporary population whose past is tightly linked to its economic future.

For in this arid country of blowing sand and vast cities, you can’t escape the past. It clings to you at every corner of its ancient temples, stares at you from every doorway of its tombs and monuments.

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American company claims to have obtained license to grow marijuana in Kenya

An American company based in New York claims that it has obtained a license to cultivate marijuana in Kenya.

The company indicates that it intends to cultivate the product in large scale on a 500 acres piece of land.

Currently, marijuana remains an illegal product in the Kenya. GoIP Global Inc, however, communicated to its shareholders via a notice that it had secured a permit to grow the stimulant on a 500-acre plot in Kenya.

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African and US ICT actors to meet in Washington for the future of fintech

The future of the African fintech sector will be discussed during the Africa Fintech Summit to be held on April 11, 2019, at the US Institute of Peace in Washington.

The main subjects to be discussed during the summit will be the future of banks and venture capital in the digital era, regulations, blockchain, digital identity, fund transfers and financial inclusion.

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