Category: Communities

Renga for the West: The US Through the Eyes of Congolese Refugees

Experience day jobs, road trips and high school pep-rallies in the US through the eyes of Montana’s newest residents.

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Peace in the East Festival aims to unify millennials whose parents emigrated from East Africa

By Valerie Russ

After the Odunde Festival, Philadelphia hosted the Peace in the East festival to celebrate young East African Americans who were born or raised in the United States with parents from Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Sudan.

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US city of Alexandria Celebrates Morocco Day,

The city of Alexandria, Virginia, held its official “Morocco Day” at the Market Square on Saturday, June 9.

“This is monumental because Alexandria, one of America’s oldest cities, is home to 10,000 Moroccans; it is a great place for entrepreneurship and tourism,” said Justin Wilson, Mayor of Alexandria, Virginia.

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Ugandan Brands Gearup For New York Festival And Expo

By Brenda Nakayiwa

Ugandan banks, real estate dealers, designers and entrepreneurs are gearing up for this year’s Uganda festival and expo in New York.

The annual event, which is organised by Ugandans in North America Association Causes (UNAA- Causes) provides a platform to market Ugandan brands in North America through their economic empowerment and entrepreneurship program.

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Music, barbecue mark Kenya’s Madaraka Day in Minnesota

By: Cynthia Simba, Mshale Reporter

The sound of Afrobeat music could be heard against a backdrop of dancing men and women, in between the movements, small group conversations in Swahili and English took place as loud voices competed against the sound of music. In the same area children excitedly played volleyball, tag, and soccer. On the grill, the smell of nyama choma (grilled meat), filled the air for the annual Madaraka Day celebration .

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Somalis in Columbus join Muslims worldwide in celebrating end of Ramadan

By Michelle Michael

For Somalis, living in the United States comes with its own set of challenges, especially during the holy month of Ramadan, when Muslims fast from dawn to sunset.

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Ooni Of Ife To Lead Cultural Festival in Chicago

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has agreed to be the royal father during the maiden edition of the Yoruba Cultural Heritage Festival taking place in Chicago, United States of America in September.

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Ethiopian-Americans celebrate Memorial Day in Omaha

Ethiopian-Americans in metropolitan Omaha NE celebrated  Memorial Day at Elm Wood Park, with recognition of  the  legacy of Ethiopian and American veterans who served  America and their native Ethiopia.

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Volunteers in Lincoln help ease the way for South Sudanese in Massachusetts

By Heather Beasley Doyle

In May 2001, Lincoln resident Susan Winship organized a presentation introducing a group of South Sudanese refugees to fellow Massachusetts residents. The arrival of “the lost boys of Sudan,” as the 150 young men were known (five women were also part of the group) — thousands of young men who had fled their homeland on foot a decade and a half earlier during the country’s second civil war–had been widely covered in the media.

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Egyptian ministers plan events, exhibitions to mark Egypt heritage month in Canada

Egyptians Minister of Culture Ines Abdel-Dayem met this week with Minister of Immigration and Egyptian Expatriates Affairs Nabila Makram, Minister of Social Solidarity Ghada Wali, and Minister of Antiquities Khaled El-Enany, to prepare an initial plan for Makram’s proposal to organize events to mark the celebration of the month of Egyptian civilisation in Canada in July.

Sheref Sabawy, a member of Ontario’s provincial parliament, has submitted a bill to the body which would make July Egyptian Heritage Month. It will be discussed on 6 June.

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Ethiopian women abroad give abuse survivors a new voice

When the Instagram page Shades of Injera was started in 2014, the slogan was “We don’t follow the culture, we create the culture.” On the page, they discuss sensitive topics like dating outside the Ethiopian community, sex and nontraditional religions. They also talk about the status of women.

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Over 7000 guests visit the Embassy of Ghana in US for cultural tourism day

The sound of live music performance and the aroma of authentic Ghanaian cuisine welcomed the over 7000 guests who visited the Ghana Embassy, USA, on Saturday, May 4, 2019 to experience Ghana’s rich heritage and culture.

“Passport DC” was organized as part of the Cultural Tourism DC events that encourages embassies to open its doors to the residents of the Washington DC Metro area to enable them to explore the many cultures represented by the Diplomatic community in the district. Continue reading “Over 7000 guests visit the Embassy of Ghana in US for cultural tourism day”

After Zagora, US’s Morocco Day to Honor 12 Moroccan Regions in 12 Years

While many non-Moroccans are familiar with the popular cities of Marrakech, Casablanca, Fez, and Tangier, most have never heard of Zagora. But in March, Washington, D.C., had an opportunity to celebrate the beauty of Zagora, the first guest of honor of the annual Morocco Day symposium.

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Tesfa Ethiopia is Organizing Charlotte’s First Ethiopian Culture Festival

Tesfa Ethiopia is organizing Charlotte’s first Ethiopian Cultural Event in order to raise funds for these students.

The event will have a free outdoor area with food and activities for families. The inside of the event requires a $10 ticket purchase and will have music, activities, and an exhibit on Ethiopia.

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Mayor of Newark commends Nigerians on contributions to city’s development

Mayor of the US city of Newark, Ras Baraka, has praised the can-do spirit and contributions of members of the Nigerian community to the city’s development.
Baraka gave the commendation when the Nigerian Consul General in New York, Benayaogha Okoyen, paid him a courtesy visit.

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