Day: May 2, 2019

Nigerian-born Kelechi Madu sworn in as minister in Alberta, Canada

Following his election as a Member of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Alberta (MLA) in Canada, Nigerian-born Kelechi (Kacyee) Madu has been sworn in and named as the Minister of Municipal Affairs.

Madu, 45, graduated with a bachelor of laws from the University of Lagos. He migrated to Canada in 2005 with his wife who enrolled in postgraduate studies at the University of Alberta.

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Nigerian superstar, Tiwa Savage, signs with Universal Music Group

One of the biggest African female acts, Tiwa Savage, has signed a record deal with Universal Music Group.

Some of the facilitators present at the signing of the deal at UMG office in California wereJoel KatzEfe OgbeniVanessa Amadi (Stealth Management), Sipho Dlamini, Managing Director of Universal Music South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa (English-speaking), Adam Granite, Executive Vice President, Market Development at Universal Worldwide and Sir Lucian Grainge, Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group Worldwide.

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Kenyan exports to the USA increased by 25% in 2018

Kenyan exports to the USA under the framework of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) rose by 25.8% in 2018, the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) announced in a recent report.

In the report, the KNBS indicates that these exports, mainly made of textile products, grew from Ksh33.1 billion ($327.5 Million) in 2017 to
Ksh41.6 billion ($411.6 Million) in 2018.

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A house of their own: Congolese refugees launch African church in Missoula

By Martin Kidston

When Hategeka Gilbert and Joel Kambale arrived in Montana from the Democratic Republic of Congo in late 2016, neither knew just where to start their new life.

Their English was poor if they knew it at all, and even the grocery store was foreign. It was early in Missoula’s refugee resettlement efforts, and for those who came seeking a new beginning, navigating life in America didn’t come easy.

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Ebenezer Dowuona left Ghana to pursue basketball dreams, has become Ohio State target

By Colin Hass-Hill

Ebenezer Dowuona, a 6-foot-10 four-star big man and 2020 Ohio State target, wakes up in Georgia and picks up his phone around 7 a.m. to see and hear from his mother, who still lives in Ghana.

He hasn’t been back to his native country or his hometown of Accra since he and his brother, Emmanuel, left Africa for the United States in 2014 with a legal guardian who had a connection to the family.

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Somali-American, Halima Aden, becomes first model to wear a burkini in Sports Illustrated

A Somalian refugee has made history as the first model to grace the pages of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition wearing a hijab and burkini.

Model Halima Aden has been featured in the 2019 Rookie Spread of the magazine wearing designer burkinis, hijabs and head scarfs.

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Canadian group pledges commitment to trade, investment in Africa

Africa Canada Trade Investment Ventures (ACTIV) has promised to facilitate trade and investment in Africa. Its primary aim is the mentoring business growth and development among individuals and organisations operating in West Africa.

The director, Kenneth Oguzie, made the promise at a two-day event in Halifax, Canada, with focus on strengthening business relationships between the North American nation and West Africa, particularly Nigeria.

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Nigerian, Kenya Businesses to Join 1000 Global Business Leaders at U.S.-Africa Business Summit

Corporate Council on Africa’s (CCA) President and CEO, Ms. Florizelle Liser met with key stakeholders in the public and private sector during her recent visit to Kenya and Nigeria.

This was part of the ongoing effort to promote the upcoming U.S.-Africa Business Summit from June 18 – 21, 2019 in Maputo, Mozambique and advance trade, investment and business engagement between the United States and Nigeria.

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