Day: August 3, 2019

Miss African Roots Will Deepen The Conversation About African Heritage In America —Cindy Makita

By Newton-Ray Ukwuoma

Meet the new Miss African Roots 2019, Cindy Makita. Born and raised in South Africa, Cindy Makita has a Congolese heritage. She moved to Miami, Florida in 2014 to attend Florida International University. In 2018 she graduated Magna Cum Laude, as a Worlds Ahead Graduate and as an Honors student.

Miss African Roots is a unique, bi-annual pageant competition which promotes a sense of community, confidence, and pride for the motherland of Africa within the United States.

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Travel Diary: Rachelle Salnave and Her Daughters Are Welcomed Home To Ghana In the Year of Return

“No one had to tell us—we felt at home!”

By Rachelle Salnave  In OkayAfrica

Haitian-American indie filmmaker shares the gift she gave her daughters of traveling to Ghana, West Africa for the first time during The Year of Return.


Staying at Agoo Hostel in Nima was a page out of the 1980’s American TV series, The Love Boat—except the characters were Ghanaian!

“Akwaaba! Welcome home my sistahs,” is a phrase we were told not just at Agoo, but throughout our entire Ghana girls trip. Akwabba is not just this country’s motto—it’s the vibe in Ghana.

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Ghanaian culture celebrated with daytime festival at Crotona Park, in New York

Revelers gathered in Crotona Park Saturday to celebrate the culture and heritage of Ghana. Ghana Fest highlighted the sights and sounds of Ghana. Vendors sold traditional Ghanaian products, like clothing and food.

The daytime festival gave people a chance to learn about the country.

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Moving to Ghana ‘healed my ancestral trauma’ – Sicley Williams

This month marks 400 years since the first African slaves arrived in the United States and the beginning of the transatlantic slave trade. Overall some 12 million enslaved Africans were transported across the Atlantic. This year is also Ghana’s ‘Year of Return’, an initiative launched by the Ghanaian government to encourage the African diaspora to come back to Ghana.

Sicley Williams moved to Accra from Atlanta in the US back in 2017. She told Newsday’s Bola Mosuro what about her personal reasons for making the move.

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Fake news on social media is eroding trust in media, especially in sub-Saharan Africa

Study finds that significant amount of educated people in Sub-Saharan Africa distrust news on social media platforms

By  University of Houston


As many as 90% of Kenyans, 93% of Nigerians and 76% of South Africans believe they are exposed to false news about politics on a fairly regular basis. This is the findings of a study by Dani Madrid-Morales, assistant professor of journalism at the University of Houston’s Jack J. Valenti School of Communication and Herman Wasserman at the University of Cape Town.

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African Diaspora Film Festival Returns to GW

by Eve M. Ferguson

The African Diaspora International Film Festival returns to the Marvin Center at George Washington University from Aug. 9-11, celebrating “the human experience of people of color around the world.”

This year showcases heroes of African diaspora history, from the opening night with “Ali’s Comeback: The Untold Story,” directed by Art Jones, to the closing night film, “The Robeson Effect,” in which actors Danny Glover and Ben Guillory, friends for more than 50 years, tell how actor Paul Robeson affected their lives, leading to the creation of the Robey Theater Company in Los Angeles.

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Somalia’s President Gives Up US Citizenship, But Unclear Why

The office of Somalia’s president says he is giving up his United States citizenship but it is not immediately clear why.

A statement posted on Twitter on Thursday says President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed made the decision voluntarily, with lawyers involved. It says Somalia’s constitution allows for dual citizenship.

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US-Based Kenyan Nuclear Medicine Expert Advises Kenya Gov’t on How to Deal with Cancer Menace

By John Wanjohi

US-based Kenyan Nuclear Medicine expert John Gitau Wairimu has advised the Kenyan government on how to address the cancer menace in the country.

Gitau, who made history by being among the first four students in the United States to graduate with a Master’s degree in Nuclear Medicine in 2017, said the government’s main focus should be to diagnose cancer in the early stages.

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400 Nigerian physicians and dentists meet in Kelowna, Canada

By Josh Duncan

Canada is a melting pot of people from all over the world and that will be on full display in Kelowna this weekend. The Canadian Association of Nigerian Physicians and Dentists (CANPAD) has chosen the Okanagan as the spot for its 18th annual general meeting of members.

That means more than 400 physicians and dentists originally from Nigeria, along with their families and a number of Nigerian dignitaries, will be in town for the four-day event.

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Vancouver: Ghanaian Vice President Bawumia receives rousing welcome

It was homecoming of sorts for Ghana’s Vice President, Dr. Mahamadu Bawimia as he arrived at the Bear Creek Park in Surrey, a suburb of Vancouver for this year’s GhanaFest July 20.

A graduate of Vancouver’s Simon Fraser University, Dr. Bawumia was met by an enthusiastic crowd of nearly 2,000, among them many old friends.

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