Category: Achievements

Ugandan cardiologist scoops top US award

A Ugandan doctor has been awarded a prestigious United States (US) award for his role in the treatment of heart diseases.

Dr. Emmy Okello, an interventional cardiologist at the Uganda Heart Institute (UHI), has been recognized by the American College of Cardiology for advancing the field of Rheumatic heart disease and interventional cardiology in Uganda.

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Kenyan, Nigerian among women leading businesses in Chapel Hill and Durham

By Sophia Wilhelm

Women are starting 1,821 businesses in the U.S. every day. As of 2018, women entrepreneurs have increased by 114 percent in the last 20 years, totaling about 40 percent of businesses overall.

To celebrate Women’s History Month, below are stories of four influential women entrepreneurs in the Chapel Hill and Durham communities. The include Kenyan and Nigerian women.

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Kenyan wins $1 Million prize as best teacher in the world

Peter Tabichi who teaches at a school with just one computer and gives most of his money to the poor took home the Global Teacher Prize.

A Kenyan science teacher from a remote village who gave away most of his earnings to the poor and tutored students on the weekends won a $1 million prize that honors one exceptional educators from around the world.

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The Tisseglo family are chasing lofty goals together at the University of Colorado, Denver

Lolo Tisseglo, born in West Africa, always planned on coming to the United States for a better education. But it took a long time to achieve his vision. When he was finally able to make the move about seven years ago, his sights were set on seeing his daughters attain quality educations.

Today, that dream has been fulfilled as he and two of his daughters have obtained degrees from the University of Colorado, while a third daughter also has a strong leaning towards the university. This report by Debra Melani in CU DENVER TODAY spotlights the achievements of the family. Continue reading “The Tisseglo family are chasing lofty goals together at the University of Colorado, Denver”

Obama Foundation selects ex-Ghana footballer for leadership program in Chicago

The Obama Foundation has chosen nine African youths including  ex-Ghana midfielder King Osei Gyan to be part of the Leaders Africa program in Chicago. The nine were part of a group of 200 who met with the former president at a conference in South Africa recently.
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Ugandan wins Musical award in North Carolina

The Share America Foundation Inc. recently announced another 2018 scholarship winner at Ringgold’s Patriot Hall. Musician/singer King Turyananuka, of Wake Forest, N.C., was selected as a Pearl and Floyd Franks Scholarship winner. He received a $1,000 scholarship. Turyananuka is originally from Uganda and is in the United States studying traditional worship music. This report from northwestgeorgianews.com gives more details

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Nigerian-born Chika Anyiam elected Judge in Dallas

After surviving a vicious smear campaign full of personal attacks and innuendos, Nigerian -born Chika Anyiam was elected overwhelmingly by the electorate in Dallas. Texas. She joins the growing list of African-born jurist in America. Continue reading “Nigerian-born Chika Anyiam elected Judge in Dallas”

Who is Denis Mukwege, The Congolese Nobel Peace Prize Recipient

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has selected two recipients for the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize, including Christian gynecologist Denis Mukwege, who has dedicated his life to caring for victims of rape in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Mukwege, nicknamed “Dr. Miracle” for his specialized procedures, received the award alongside Nadia Murad, a young Yazidi activist who survived being kidnapped and raped by ISIS members in Iraq. This profile by The National gives insight into the the man. Continue reading “Who is Denis Mukwege, The Congolese Nobel Peace Prize Recipient”

Netflix Buys Nigerian Film LIONHEART

Nigerian actress Genevieve Nnaji scored a major breakthrough for herself and the popular Nigerian firm industry called Nollywoood when Netflix, the American streaming giant announced that they had purchased  the worldwide rights to Nnaji’s  movie, Lionheart, during the Toronto film festival.

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Patrick Awuah: The man who left Microsoft to build a university in Ghana

By MARK BYRON WITH ROBERT JOSEPH AHOLA

Multimillionaire Patrick Awuah is a new generation of African entrepreneurs who have reversed the “African diaspora” and returned back to their native land and, as such, has disproved author Thomas Wolfe’s adage that you can’t go home again. Awuah has, in fact, done so and has flourished in the process. So has the university he came back to fund, found and accredit in his native Ghana – Ashesi University in Accra. 

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Nigerian-born Harvard Professor Wins Award for the Public Understanding of Religion

Jacob Olupona, Harvard Divinity School Professor of African Religious Traditions, has won the 2018 Martin E. Marty Award for the Public Understanding of Religion.  The award is given by the American Academy of Religion (AAR) and it “recognizes extraordinary contributions to the public understanding of religion by individuals whose work has a relevance and eloquence that speaks, not just to scholars, but more broadly to the public as well.”  The award will be presented to Professor Olupona at the AAR Annual Meeting on Sunday, November 18, 2018 in Denver, Colorado.

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Nigerian School-Girls Win At App Pitching Summit in Silicon Valley

A team of Nigerian schoolgirls will take a  share of a $50,000 prize for their pitch after the final event of the week-long World Pitch Summit in Silicon Valley. The team presented a pitch about an app that would help detect fake drugs, a perenial problem in africa.  FD-Detector (Fake Drug Detector) helps identify fake pharmaceutical drugs in Nigeria. The app leverages a drug’s barcode to verify its authenticity and expiration date.

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