By Sahel Standard Magazine
President-Elect of the United States, Joe Biden, has named a Nigerian-American, Osaremen Okolo as one of his COVID-19 policy advisor. Okolo was among 100 names announced as additional members of the White House staff by the Biden transition team.
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On Jan. 20, 2021 Kamala Harris, the daughter of an Asian-American mother and father from Jamaica, will take the oath of office as the Vice President of the United States. Let us now celebrate immigrants of color. In 2013, we began to interview immigrants from African countries for what we titled “African Immigrants in the Bluegrass,” an oral history project at University of Kentucky’s Nunn Center for Oral History. We completed almost 50 interviews in 2017, just before President Trump’s infamous comment in 2018 about immigrants from “s—hole countries.”
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By Carole Morris-Underhill | Cape Breton Post
Rev. Moses Adekola smiles when he sees falling snow. The mere sight of snowflakes falling to the ground makes the Nigerian-born pastor grin from ear to ear.
“Winter is my favourite. I just love wintertime,” said Adekola, sipping on a hot chocolate while sitting inside a Tim Hortons restaurant.
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By Kendall Latimer | CBC News
Ted Jaleta, an accomplished Regina-based athlete, said he feels powerless to help his brothers who have lost their homes and livelihoods as ethnic violence grips Ethiopia. The well-known running coach and community volunteer made the Saskatchewan capital his home after fleeing violence in the African country nearly 40 years ago. Now he fears for his family members and other ethnic minorities who are under threat.
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By News Agency of Nigeria
The Nigerian Diaspora Movement (NDM) says the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic truncated the annual social lifestyles for many Nigerians in the U.S. in 2020. The Chairman of NDM, Prof. Apollos Nwauwa, made this known in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) .
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By Jennifer Pignolet | Akron Beacon Journal
Baffour Takyi knew what it was like to be far from home. The University of Akron professor was from Ghana, and he still had deep roots, including extended family, in the African nation. So every Thanksgiving, he and his wife invited Akron’s international students to their house for a meal.
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By Patience Atuhaire | BBC
As a keen badminton player Ugandan Catherine Nakalembe wanted to study sport science at university but a failure to get the required grades for a government grant set her on a path that led her to Nasa and winning a prestigious food research prize.
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By PETER DOCKRILL | Science Alert
Maryam Tsegaye, a 17-year-old Ethiopean Canadian from Fort McMurray, Alberta has won a major scientific competition for an electrifying YouTube video in which she brilliantly simplifies the complicated concept of quantum tunnelling.
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By Gretchen Rubin | UChicago Medicine
Nigerian-born Adekunle “Kunle” Odunsi, MD, PhD, FRCOG, FACOG, an expert in immunotherapy and vaccine therapy for cancer, has been appointed director of the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center effective March 1, 2021. Odunsi will also serve as Biological Sciences Division Dean for Oncology and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Chicago.
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By SAMY MAGDY | AP
Nearly two years after the overthrow of autocrat Omar al-Bashir, Sudan is taking steps to rejoin the international community from which it was long shunned. That includes its film industry. For the first time in its history, Sudan has a submission for the Academy Awards.
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By Ethiopian News Agency
The 9th and U-Street business corridor located in the Shaw neighborhood in Washington DC is named after “Little Ethiopia,” according to the Embassy of Ethiopia in Washington DC. The Washington DC Council decided to name the 9th and U-Street business corridor “Little Ethiopia” after tireless efforts by members of Ethiopian community for over two decades.
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by S. Fambul | The Counter
We West Africans take our regional dish—and communal celebration—seriously. When I remember the days when an unmasked face at the bank did not frighten me, I cannot help but to think of the ways I have called my family outside of their names in the act of love.
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By Susan Greene | Sentinel Colorado
Millete Birhanemaskel, a refugee, long-time Denver resident and businesswoman, grappled with 2020 as many others have: She tried to protect her family, her employees, her tenants from COVID’s reach. She worried about the presidential election. And she managed to keep her coffee shop, the Whittier Cafe, from going under.
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By Jamaica Information Service
ST JAMES, Jamaica — Jamaica has welcomed its first flight from West Africa. Nigerian Airline, Air Peace, made its historic direct flight from Lagos to the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, St. James, on Monday (December 21). It is the first non-stop flight to the island from Nigeria and is aimed at exploring the possibility of direct round-trip commercial airlift between the two destinations.
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By Mike Haack| DCist
With tears gathering on the upper rim of her mask and two young children in her arms, Bitsom explains how it’s felt not being able to contact her family in the Tigray region of Ethiopia since the war there began.
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By Sven Hugo | How We Made It in Africa
Cameroonian businessman and investor Cyrille Nkontchou is an alumnus of Harvard Business School and is currently the Chairman of the HBS Africa Advisory Board. He is also the founder Enko Education, an African private schools business. Enko currently operates 14 schools across nine countries. Sven Hugo talked to Nkontchou about building the company, lessons learnt and some of the unexploited opportunities in Africa’s education sector.
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By MARK ANTONATION | Westword
Jennifer Gueddiche, chief operating officer for the Welcome Center, says it wasn’t enough to count on food banks and pantry donations to get food for the organization’s clients, since many of them come from cultures where American staples are either unfamiliar or unsuitable for their religious and cultural requirements. Orthodox Christians and Muslims from Ethiopia, Somalia, Djibouti and Eritrea form a large part of the Welcome Center’s clientele, so ensuring that halal meats, vegetarian meals and traditional ingredients made it to those in need played a critical role in temporarily switching from an education-based mission to focusing on food distribution.
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BY Gauranty Investment Company, Inc. | EIN Presswire
Riverside CA… Guaranty Investment Company, Inc. made history by becoming the very first organization to support and sponsor the initiatives between Nigerian American Public Affairs Foundation (NAPAC Foundation) and Sweet Sensations Confectionery Ltd., to feed Nigerians through the Sweet Sensation Food Security Initiative (SS-FOSI). The goal of NAPAC and SSFOSI is to feed 600,000 Nigerians this coming holidays.
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By Modern Ghana
Akintunde Asuquo Osaigbuovo Ojo Wey, popularly known as Tunde Wey, is a New Orleans-based writer, activist-artist, and celebrity chef. Tunde was born in 1983 to a comfortably middle-class Yoruba family; his grandfather had been second-in-command during the military junta that ruled the country from 1966 to 1979. Tunde was born in Lagos, Nigeria, before moving to Detroit, Michigan at age 16 to complete his education.
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By TAGE KENE-OKAFOR | Techpoint Africa
Following its expansion to South Africa, Kiakiaprint, a Nigerian print-on-demand startup, is now live in the North American countries of Canada and the US. The expansion news coincided with the startup’s partnership with online design and publishing company, Canva.
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By By Linorajj |Notjustok
As an annual tradition, 44th President of the United State of America, Barrack Obama has released his playlist consisting of his favourite songs of the year and Nigerian superstars, Wizkid and Tems made it to the playlist with their latest jam, ‘Essence’ off Wizkid’s album, ‘Made in Lagos’.
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BY MARTENZIE JOHNSON | The Undefeated
The NBA has announced that it has awarded scholarships to two young African female athletes to attend the SEED Academy, a multidisciplinary boarding school in Senegal. The scholarship is a continuation of the partnership between the league and the SEED (Sports for Education and Economic Development) Project organization.
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By Chike Olisah | Nairametrics.com
The outgoing Nigerian Ambassador to the United States of America, Justice Sylvanus Adiewere Nsofor, is dead. His death was confirmed in a statement which was issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the Nigerian President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, through a series of tweet posts on his official Twitter handle on Friday, December 11, 2020.
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By Meg Wochnick | The Columbian
This is how many know Jacques Badolato-Birdsell: a Camas High School standout in football, wrestling and track and field who set two single-season school records in 2019 playing running back in the Papermakers’ undefeated football season. Who can forget the last football game he played? Last December’s Class 4A state championship win over Bothell — rushing for 207 yards and scoring three touchdowns — still brings a smile to his face in a memory-filled season.
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Netflix has appointed Zimbabwean-born Strive Masiyiwa to its Board of Directors. Strive is the Chairman and founder of Econet Group, a telecommunications and technology group with operations and investments in 29 countries in Africa and Europe.
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By onsitenewss | Opera News Ghana
Three Ghanaians were part of the celebrations as the Columbus Crew emerged as winners of the Majo League Soccer Cup for 2020. The team includes Jonathan Mensah, who is the first African captain to lead an MLS side to win the MLS Cup.
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By Voice of America – English
The United States announced it was formally rescinding Sudan’s designation as a state sponsor of terrorism as a result of its “historic democratic transition.” Sudan was designated as a state sponsor of terrorism in 1993 in part because of the policies of then-President Omar al-Bashir, who supported militant organizations such as Hamas, and harbored militants such as al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.
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By Severious Kale-Dery | Graphic Online
A Ghanaian community association in America, The Nandome Dagara Biir Association of North America (ANANDA) has donated a 40-footer container load of assorted medical equipment, hospital consumables and personal protective equipment (PPE) to the St Theresa’s Hospital at Nandom in the Upper West Region of Ghana. The donation was made in collaboration with some donor partners.
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By Sebastian Robertson | king5.com
SEATTLE — Members of Seattle’s large Ethiopian community say they’re desperate to hear from loved ones impacted by an ongoing civil war in their native country. Ethiopia is the second most populous country in Africa with nearly 115 million people, and at the northern most portion is the Tigray Region. For the past two years, tensions have been rising between the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) and the Ethiopian Federal Government.
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