U.S. Naval Forces Europe Band “Topside” performed for 300 children and youths at the Johnson Jakande Tinubu Park in Lagos as part of their second visit to Nigeria this year. The children sang and danced to the delightful tunes performed by the band. “Topside” is in Nigeria as part of the visit by the USNS Carson City.Continue reading “U.S. Naval Forces Band performs for 300 children and youths in Lagos, Nigeria”
The first woman Speaker of the United States House of Representatives who is leading a Congressional delegation to Ghana has arrived in Ghana. Nancy Pelosi and her delegation touched down at Terminal 3 Sunday afternoon and were met by the US Ambassador to Ghana, Stephanie S. Sullivan and the Speaker of Parliament, Mike Aaron Ocquaye.Continue reading “Nancy Pelosi and her Congressional delegation arrive in Ghana”
by VICTORIA L. VALENTINE
BLACK ROCK SENEGAL announced the first group of artists selected for the residency program established by Kehinde Wiley. Located in Dakar, Black Rock is hosting an international slate of 16 artists working in a variety of disciplines, including painting, sculpture, photography, film, and one writer, from August 2019 and April 2020. The news was released today by Stephen Friedman, Wiley’s London gallery.Continue reading “Kehinde Wiley’s Black Rock Senegal Residency Announced 16 Artists Selected for Inaugural Year”
Ahead of the historical trip to Ghana, the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, met with Ghana’s Ambassador to the United States, H.E. Dr. Barfuor Adjei-Barwuah, at her office in Washington, D.C.
The speaker extended an invitation to Ghana’s Ambassador to review key matters regarding the up-coming trip.Continue reading “Ghana’s Ambassador To The US Visits Speaker Pelosi Ahead Of Historical Trip”
Speaker Nancy Pelosi is leading a Congressional delegation to Ghana to hold high-level discussions with Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo, Speaker Mike Oquaye and other senior government officials, and to visit U.S. Army Africa headquarters in Italy. Speaker Pelosi will also deliver an address to the Ghanaian Parliament.Continue reading “US Congress Speaker Nancy Pelosi Leads Delegation to Ghana and U.S. Army Africa Headquarters”
The National Folklore Ensemble of Egypt is participating in the Carolina Festival in the United States of America.
During its participation in the grand art festival, the band performed a series of dances reflecting an authentic part of Egyptian traditions and heritage. The event will end on July 30th.Continue reading “National Folklore Ensemble represents Egypt in North Carolina”
As the live action movie for “The Lion King” is taking the world by storm, South Africans have even more to be proud of as a number of local icons have worked the new version.
Dr John Kani plays Rafiki, the mandrill with an unnaturally long tail. Rafiki performs shamanistic services for the lions of Pride Rock and is a great martial artist. Kani was working on the set of Black Panther and playing none other than King T’Chaka when he was approached to voice Rafiki.Continue reading “WATCH: South African icons that were involved in ‘The Lion King’”
By Alicia Adejobi
Beyonce has been criticised for appearing to snub Kenyan artists on her new The Lion King soundtrack album, despite the Disney movie taking inspiration from the country’s culture. The 37-year-old, who voices Nala in Disney’s epic reboot, released The Lion King: The Gift to coincide with the animation’s theatrical release.Continue reading “Beyonce accused of snubbing Kenya on The Lion King soundtrack by original Hakuna Matata singer”
By Etsey Atisu
African Americans who have traced their ancestral roots to Ghana, and those living in Ghana with the hope of becoming citizens, have received another boost in their desires after they successfully received final documentation that officially makes them registered voters.
In December 2016, former president, John Dramani Mahama, granted 34 Afro-Caribbeans Ghanaian citizenship. In 2019, as part of activities marking the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in America, the government of Ghana launched the “Year of Return, Ghana 2019”.
The distinctiveness of New Orleans’ cultural milieu, the city’s dance styles, and culinary flavors owe much to the African diaspora. So, on July 27, The Taste of Africa Mini Fest, a new collaboration between the Nola Caribbean Experience and Afrobeat Nola, will celebrate these cultural elements, showcasing just how thankful New Orleans is for its African influences.Continue reading “The Taste Of Africa Mini Fest Celebrates African Diaspora Culture In A Big Way”
Former Nittany Lion student-athlete Chima Okoli has been named Penn State’s new representative on the Big Ten Advisory Commission.
A 2011 graduate, Okoli is the associate director of admissions for Penn State Law. He replaces Curtis Johnson on the committee.Continue reading “Okoli to represent Penn State on Big Ten Advisory Commission”
Dr. Patricia Jabbeh Wesley, a Liberian creative writer and professor of 32 years, who believes in molding young people for a prosperous society, was recently promoted as “full professor” at the Pennsylvania State (Penn State) University in the United States after a two-year scrutiny of her credentials and literary works.Continue reading “Acclaimed Liberian Writer Makes “Full Professor” at Penn State University”
By Tom Green | AL.com
Prince Tega Wanogho wants to tell you about his pet giraffe. His name is Bobo. He’s about 20 feet tall, and he’s still growing. And before you ask, no, he isn’t actually real, but Wanogho wants you to believe he is. It’s something that Auburn’s preseason first-team All-SEC left tackle leans into, playing off the misconceptions of his native home, Nigeria, and it helps shed some light on what life has been like for him since emigrating to the United State five years ago.Continue reading “Prince Tega Wanogho discusses ‘Bobo the giraffe,’ misconceptions about life in Nigeria”
By Rufaro Samanga
The devil works hard but Burna Boy certainly works harder. Last night, the indomitable Nigerian artist appeared on the late night American talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live! alongside Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio and Margot Robbie, who were promoting their new film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
By Sarah Maslin Nir
Even though he was 6-foot-6 by the time he was 14 years old, when an aspiring basketball star in Senegal picked up a ball for the first time, his friends were skeptical: In this soccer-mad region, why bother with a ball you dunk, when everyone else is kicking?
“My friends thought I was weird in the beginning,” said the young player, Mouhamed Lamine Mbaye, now 18 (and 6-foot-9), as he stood on the court of a new basketball academy, the first to be built by the NBA in West Africa.
More South Africans are emigrating to the United States (US) in search of a better lifestyle and job opportunities.
According to data provided by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services, between 2015 and 2017 around 10,200 South Africans obtained permanent resident status.Continue reading “3 ways South Africans are moving to the United States”
The Nigerian Government has set aside July 25 of every year as National Diaspora Day in recognition of the contributions of Nigerians in diaspora towards national development.Continue reading “Nigeria declares July 25 National Diaspora Day”
By Amanda Waltz
Audiences will be immersed in three days of history and traditions of African art when DanceAfrica: Pittsburgh returns to Kelly Strayhorn Theater from Fri., July 26-Sun., July 28.Continue reading “DanceAfrica: Pittsburgh returns to Kelly Strayhorn Theater for three days of African cultural immersion”
Recent political attacks have shined a spotlight on Minnesota’s immigrant communities. Minnesota has the country’s largest Somali-American population – 69,000 people. That’s about 40% of everyone reporting Somali ancestry in the United States and more than four times the Somali-American population of the next largest state, Ohio.Continue reading “What Is The History Behind Minnesota’s Somali-American Community?”
By Rene Otinga
A Kenyan doctor who was recently deported from the United States now needs help get back to the country. Alexander Ondari, jetted back to the US in a bid to complete his last year as a resident physician at the University of Texas on July 6 but was denied entry to the country.
His unfortunate predicament has prompted him to send an urgent plea to the US embassy in Nairobi to intervene on his behalf.
By Tanasia Kenney
As if the life of a neurosurgeon isn’t busy enough, one dedicated doctor manages to split his time between New Orleans — and Nigeria. Dr. Wale Sulaiman, a neurosurgeon at Ochsner Hospital, finds himself on a plane each month bouncing between two continents, local station WWL-TV reported. While in Nigeria, he performs life-saving surgeries for free.Continue reading “Meet Dr. Wale Suleiman, the Neurosurgeon in New Orleans, who returns to Nigeria to treat patients for free”
Egypt’s Minister of Immigration Nabila Makram on Tuesday paid a visit to the Philopateer Christian College, the first Egyptian school in Ontario, in light of celebrations for the Egyptian Coptic Festival in Canada.Continue reading “Immigration Minister visits first Egyptian-run school in Ontario”
There’s an influx of top West African government officials in Silicon Valley.
And it’s due to the efforts of one woman, Denise Ajayi Williams, President and Co-Founder of the Silicon Valley – Nigerian Economic Development Inc. (SV-NED).Continue reading “WEST AFRICA FINDS AN UNLIKELY HOME IN SILICON VALLEY”
An American multinational company, Stericycle Inc., recently hoisted the Nigerian flag in honour of a hardworking new employee, Mrs Omolanke Shelle.
Thirty-eight-year-old Shelle, an indigene of Ekiti Stateworks at the company’s facility in Aurora, Illinois, where the Green-White-Green national flag was raised in April.Continue reading “American firm hoists Nigerian flag to honour employee”
Remains undefeated after 11 fights, although this was a much harder test.
By Keith Idec
Ali Eren Demirezen demonstrated Saturday night that Efe Ajagba remains very much a work in progress. The previously unbeaten Turkish heavyweight gave Ajagba the toughest fight of the Nigerian knockout artist’s two-year pro career. Ajagba went the distance for the first time in 11 professional fights and had difficulty dealing with Demirezen’s pressure at times in a fight that seemed more competitive than two of the three scorecards suggested.Continue reading “Nigerian Efe Ajagba out-punches Demirezen”
The New Glory Fellowship International honoured Ghana’s own and the U.S. based Mr Charles Nimmo Ntiamoah-Mensah (Mr CNN). The Humanitarian God’s Glory Award was given to the Founder/CEO of 3G Media Inc. in recognition of his years of personal dedication to promote the best of Ghanaian achievements at home and abroad in art, music, sports, community, and business.Continue reading “Ghanaian media man, Charles Nimmo Ntiamoah-Mensah, honoured in New York”
The “live-action” Lion King remake hews closely to the original film, even recreating some scenes with shot-for-shot precision. But Beyoncé’s album that accompanies the film, The Lion King: The Gift, takes an approach that’s more inspired than a simple retread of familiar songs. Though the 27-track release is liberally woven with at-times distracting spoken word excepts from the film, the songs themselves are only inspired by the story, and you don’t need to be a Lion King fan to get on board.Continue reading “A Guide to All the African Artists Who Appear on Beyoncé’s Lion King Album”
The premiere of the new Lion King movie has elevated Kenya’s profile as one of the leading tourist destinations in Africa.
ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru and Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) officials were among the first Kenyans to watch the movie at Century Imax inside Garden City Mall in Nairobi.
Dr. Halifu Osumare
With the Trump administration’s hardline and heartless immigration policies — starting with the 2017 rescinding of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) for young immigrants already in the U.S. and continuing with the 2018 family separation policy under his so-called “zero-tolerance” approach at the U.S.-Mexico border — the focus has been on brown people escaping poverty, gang violence, and state terror in Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador. But there are also tens of thousands of African, Caribbean, and African diasporans entering the country by plane that are also trapped in the morass of Trumpian hardline immigration policies.Continue reading “Immigration And The African Diaspora”
Nigerian families in Brooklyn weave much of their native culture into their everyday lives
Nigerian immigrants to Brooklyn say they were seeking better economic opportunities and a shot at the American Dream when they decided to move to the United States. However, for those who are raising families, preserving their cultural norms is an important part of that assimilation.Continue reading “Brooklyn Naija: Family and Life”