Day: July 2, 2019

‘Because I love Somalia and because I love America’: Minnesota celebrates Somali Independence Day and Week

By Jim Walsh

Cheers erupted and hundreds of Somali flags cut through the humid Minnesota night, waving wildly as Walz read from his proclamation celebrating Somalia Independence Day and Week. Observed annually in Somalia on July 1, the date celebrates the unification of the Trust Territory of Somalia (the former Italian Somalia) and the State of Somalia (the former British Somaliland) on July 1, 1960, which formed the Somali Republic. 

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23 SA students receive scholarships to study in USA

A Fulbright alumna spoke about the impact of the programme and how her time at Georgetown University shaped her life and career.

The Embassy of the United States in Pretoria said on Tuesday that 23 South Africans had received prestigious Fulbright scholarships to pursue master’s, PhD, and non-degree research and studies in the US. The embassy spokesperson, Liza Smith said: “Six students will be reading for their master’s degrees in fields ranging from law and engineering to education and gender studies.

This year’s Fulbright cohort includes six South Africans who will be pursuing doctoral degrees at, amongst others, Duke University and the University of Rochester. 

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Rihanna’s Sudan posts prove she’s exactly the kind of influencer the world needs right now

By Meena Alexander

When 91 million people follow you, one post can be a catalyst for real change – and no one knows this better than Rihanna.

The Sudanese political crisis has been slipping down the news agenda in recent weeks, but the nationwide protests and military crackdowns in the country continue to rage on, with hundreds of lives lost. 

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Sudanese in Nashville stand in solidarity with those at home during time of unrest

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets in cities and towns across Sudan Sunday as they fight for democracy. Protesters say they have been peaceful, but at least 7 people have been killed and nearly 200 injured during the demonstrations.

In Nashville, the Sudanese American community gathered to support their friends and families in Sudan.

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Sudanese unite worldwide to protest oppression

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Sudanese unite to protest oppression of those in Sudan and Darfur. After the Darfur genocide of 1989 and 30 years of the Al-Bashir dictatorship in Sudan, a military council overthrew Al-Bashir in April. Now, that same council is not willing to hand the power back to the democratic people of Sudan. In December of 2018, there was a bad economic crisis and people took to the street demanding justice, freedom and peace.

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Fiery stews and jollof rice: the chef giving San Francisco’s food scene a Nigerian flavor

By Luke Tsai in San Francisco

When Simileoluwa Adebajo was homesick for Nigeria, she started a restaurant to recreate her childhood home through traditional cuisine. Simileoluwa Adebajo missed the fiery stews she grew up eating in Nigeria. She missed her mother’s smoky jollof rice.

Adebajo lived in San Francisco, where dozens of stylish fast-casual restaurants churn out every kind of rice bowl and ethnically inspired sandwich you can imagine but there’s not a single jollof joint to speak of. So Adebajo had little choice but to follow in the footsteps of so many homesick expats before her: She opened a restaurant of her own.

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