Category: Communities

Ugandans in America meet Parliamentary Speaker over rampant land grabs and tedious National ID process

 BY SARAH ACHEN KIBISI

Ugandans in diaspora, especially those in North America, have petitioned the Speaker of the Ugandan Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, over rampant land grabbing, which they say has greatly affected their investments in their native country.

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Tema Choir USA Inc. thrills at independence anniversary celebration in Washington DC

By George Kwasi Bright

Ghana’s 63rd independence celebration at the Ghana Embassy in Washington DC had a different flare to it with the electrifying performance of the Tema Choir USA Inc.

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Becoming American: How refugees become US citizens in Las Vegas

By Feven Kay

The number of people around the world who have been driven from their homes is at a record high. Refugees are forced to leave their native countries, escaping violence, war and persecution. Thousands have resettled here in Las Vegas in search of a better life for themselves and their families.

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Africans in the Bronx Find Family on the Soccer Field

One day nine years ago, Abrourazakou Bawa, a truck driver originally from Togo, was in his home borough of the Bronx when he noticed a disappointed kid walking with a soccer ball under his arm.

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Ghana Association of Pittsburgh honor Mayor of Pittsburgh, Bill Peduto & Allegheny County Executive, Rich Fitzgerald

By Ebenezer Anangfio 

The Ghana Association of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania has recognized and honoured the Mayor of Pittsburgh, Bill Peduto and the Allegheny County Executive, Rich Fitzgerald for their selfless dedication to diversity and inclusiveness to immigrants and minority communities in the Pittsburgh area.

The ceremony took place during the Association’s Annual Dinner Dance and Fundraising held on Saturday, December 21, 2019, in Monroeville, a suburb of Pennsylvania.

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How New Orleans celebrated Nigeria’s Independence Day

By C.C. Campbell-Rock

Nigerians, Nigerian-Americans, and African Americans gathered on the steps of New Orleans’ City Hall to commemorate Nigeria’s Independence Day and watch the Nigeria flag being hoisted and fly over the entrance of City Hall on October 4.

For more than 20 years, the Nigerian community in New Orleans has kept its African traditions alive, while forging alliances, in the tradition of an African village, among New Orleanians’ and others of African ancestry.

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Little Senegal: a home for West African food and culture in Harlem


Little Senegal is located just two blocks east of Morningside Park on West 116th Street.

BY NOAH SHEIDLOWER



Shop signs written in both English and French, men and women dressed in traditional boubou garments, chefs cooking up fish stew while chatting with customers in Wolof —this reminds one of Dakar, the capital of Senegal. Yet, Little Senegal brings this scene to NYC—just two blocks east of Morningside Park on West 116th Street.

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Calgary’s Nigerian community in shock over slaying of social worker

By ALANNA SMITH

Members of Calgary’s Nigerian community are in shock after a woman dedicated to helping the less fortunate was killed at a local care facility.

Deborah Onwu, a Nigerian immigrant who was a youth social worker employed by Wood’s Homes, was fatally stabbed Friday, allegedly at the hands of an 18-year-old she was caring for at an assisted living facility in the city’s southwest.

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Little Mogadishu on the Mississippi

Minnesota’s Somali Americans strive to free their community from violence

by Onize Ohikere 

The Cedar-Riverside neighborhood in downtown Minneapolis is nicknamed “Little Mogadishu” because of its Somali American population. On Somali Street, a mall rests inside a wide, blue bungalow. There, different vendors in stalls sell traditional clothes, food items, and duvets. 

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International Rescue Committee working to transition refugees coming to the Capital City

By Sophia Hernandez 

Think about this: You are 14 or 15-years-old. You are moving to a new country, don’t know the language, the customs or culture of where you now live.

That’s where the International Rescue Committee in Tallahassee comes in to help.

In February, the group created it’s first literacy program. Now, 44 Congolese students and counting from grades 6 to 12, are not only learning English, but also ways to transition into American society.

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The other African-Americans

The African-born migrant population is doubling every decade.


“I just came to hustle,” explains Gabriel, a recent migrant, as he wields an electric razor to sculpt an impressive structure from a teenage customer’s hair. During shifts at Afrikiko Hair & Fashion Boutique, in northern Chicago, he gets the chance to display a range of skills. Not least, his gift for languages: he speaks four, all from Ghana, besides English. Mostly he chatters in Twi, the most popular tongue in the west-African country.

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The resilience of Kenyan immigrants in the US

The land of opportunity promises wealth and a new beginning for many Kenyans at a crossroads with needy relatives back home, but life in America is not a bed of roses

• Of the 120,000 Kenyans in America, 35% (42,000) don’t have legal resident status

• They live in constant fear, cannot travel freely, and do odd jobs for a living, but many have overcome the odds to succeed 

By Elizabeth Mwarage

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How one Congolese refugee’s organizing efforts helped integrate his community into King County

By Amanda Mancenido, Communities of Opportunity

Floribert Mubalama knows firsthand that it can be hard to find your footing when you transition to life in America as a refugee or immigrant. I met Mubalama through the Congolese Integration Network (CIN), an organization part of the growing group of partners supported by Communities of Opportunity to strengthen the connections that cultural groups have to their communities.

Mubalama courageously shared his story to help affirm that isolation is a common experience for many refugees and immigrants and that becoming involved with cultural community organizations can break that isolation and help people thrive emotionally and economically.

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Liberians allege racial animus behind Trump’s decision not to extend protection from deportation

By Brad Petrishen

The former top lawyer for the city of Philadelphia, with more than 70 Liberians sitting behind him Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Worcester, argued that racial animus was behind President Donald J. Trump’s decision to not extend a program that has allowed Liberian refugees to stay in America for decades.

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American lives taking shape: For refugees from the Congo, life in Spokane is one of hope, heartache

By Shawn Vestal 

Veronique Changa Changa recalls the night that she and her family began the long, long journey from the Congo to Spokane.

The 22-year-old burn scars on her leg remain to remind her.

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