Month: March 2020

America-based Ghanaian awarded MBL Emerging Entrepreneur Award

Cornerlis Kweku Affre| myjoyonline

An Ghanaian has been awarded this year’s Emerging Entrepreneur Award by the Metropolitan Business League in Richmond, Virginia.

Bismark Agbemble was given the award for hard work in developing three signature products in the area of Education, Entertainment and E-Commerce to solve problems through innovation, efficiency, and ease of use through their WebRTC platform.

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Coronavirus epidemic: Kenya Vows to Block Medical Professionals from Moving to the US for Work

By John Wanjohi |Mwakilishi.com

The Kenyan government has vowed to block Kenyan medical practitioners from moving to the United States amid the Corona virus epidemic. This comes a day after the US government, through the Department of State, Consular Affairs urged foreign medical professionals willing to work in the US to seek visa appointments with their embassies.

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Morocco’s Ambassador to Canada: Moroccan Community’s Safety is Priority

By Safaa Kasraoui |Moroccan World News

Morocco’s ambassador to Canada, Souriya Otmani, issued a solidarity message to the country’s Moroccan community. In a video posted on the Moroccan Embassy in Canada’s official Facebook page, Otmani warned expatriates, also known as MREs, about the danger of the pandemic and its rapid proliferation across the world.

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America lures medical professionals to U.S. fight coronavirus

By PMnews

The United States is luring medical professionals all over the world to come to help fight COVID-19 pandemic. A country that had hitherto shut its doors against migrants has now rolled out the red carpet to welcome them.

In a Twitter post , the State Department put out an invitation to medical professionals all over the world, and that will include, we guess, professionals from countries the Trump administration has banned.

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African Immigrants Are Being Deported At High Rates

by Ann Brown| Moguldom

Under the Trump administration, African and other Black immigrants have been deported at higher rates than other immigrants, and no one is paying much attention. In 2015, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) deported 1,293 African immigrants, according to data from the Department of Homeland Security. Since the 2016 election, raids by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on Black immigrant communities has revved up. That number has since gone up.

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Forget Berkshire Hathaway: This South-African Investment Company Has the Ideal Coronavirus Portfolio

By Billy Duberstein  The Motley Fool |NASDAQ

U.S. investors may not be familiar with Prosus (OTC: PROSY), one of the largest and newest European tech stocks. Prosus is a new company formed last September when South African media and investment firm Naspers (OTC: NPSNY) spun off its global internet investments from its core South African media and e-commerce operations into a stand-alone company.

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Congolese refugee launches American art career with help from Refugee Assistance Partners of N.J.

By Brenna Holland | For NJ Advance Media

When Muyambo Marcel Chishimba was referred to the Refugee Assistance Partners of New Jersey (RAP), he expected to be helped in his effort to navigate the government, housing and school systems in his new home of Elizabeth. What Chishimba did not expect was that RAP would be the organization to help jump start his career as an artist in the United States.

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Egyptian-American doctor helps to develop new COVID-19 test kit

By Al-Masry Al-Youm

Johns Hopkins University announced earlier in March that it had made a breakthrough that would allow testing 1,000 people for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) per day, reducing pressure on laboratories and allowing governments to better isolate those infected with the respiratory illness and control its spread.

Two specialists in microbiology developed the new test, one of them is Karen Carroll and the other is Egyptian-American Dr. Heba Mostafa.

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Kenyan-born artist appeals for support in tattoo magazine competition

By Kirsten Kanja |SDC.co.ke

Wakenya Clewis, a Kenyan-born art enthusiast has appealed for support in her bid to become the next cover girl for Ink Magazine, a lifestyle magazine covering tattoo culture. According to the ‘Kenyan Hippie’, getting on the magazine’s cover would achieve more than just showcasing her art.

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Why Nigerians living abroad love to watch Nollywood movies

By Franoise Ugochukwu |Sierra Leone Times

The Nollywood industry – which came to life in the early 1990s – is often seen as a natural heir to the Nigerian TV series which had already produced roughly 14,000 feature films in the previous decade. These video-films of the early years have now become full feature films, and an integral part of popular life in Nigeria. Local audiences appreciate these homegrown productions relating to daily life in the country.

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If You Want To Connect To The African Diaspora Abroad, Consider Learning This Language

by Dana Givens| Black Enterprise

With the rise in DNA testing, popularity of Afrobeats music, and interest in African culture with movies like Black Panther, there has been an influx of African Americans looking to African countries for tourism, business opportunities, and possibly to relocate. For those interested in doing business across Africa, you may want to consider learning some French.

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Meet Ghanaian-born Dr. Theodore T. Nyame, one of the most highly rated plastic surgeons in America

Dr. Theodore Nyame, MD is a Harvard University trained Board Certified Cosmetic, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon. He was born in Ghana and arrived America when he was eight years old. He works at Charlotte Plastic Surgery and is a highly regarded across America.

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After my mother died, I reconnected with her Nigerian heritage through food at Rio Carnival

By Rosie Bell

AS PART OF MY voyage of the heart to heal from the sudden loss of my mother, Grace, I headed far afield to Brazil, a country she loved wholeheartedly yet never visited. During my mission to forget her passing, I encountered many a reminder of her aliveness, the dishes she cooked, and the tales she told of the place she was born: Nigeria.

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The African Diaspora Network Gives Africans Living Abroad A Pathway To Invest At Home

By Meghan McCormick |Forbes

Global remittances to Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) grew by 10% to $46B in 2018 (the last year for which we have complete data from the World Bank). Remittances, or money sent as a gift typically from family members working in a high-income country to family members living in low- or middle-income countries, are an important part of the global economy. They account for more transfer of funds to SSA than aid from the top 10 donor countries and institutions. The money sent to Africa through remittances is actually larger than many African-country GDPs. Remittances would be the 12th most productive economy in SSA, just behind the Democratic Republic of the Congo and ahead of Côte d’Ivoire.

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Ghanaian entrepreneur and Nigerian win MBA scholarship from Boston University

The Questroom School of Business at the prestigious Boston University, USA, has announced the winners of its Master of Business Administration (MBA) scholarship application for 2020-2021 academic year. The 100% tuition scholarship opportunity which is sponsored by Boston University was open to all Ghanaian and Nigerian citizens. Two outstanding applicants were awarded; Miss Helena Jennifer Afordoanyi from Ghana and Mr Olusegun Awobajo from Nigeria.

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