While almost 10 million eligible voters in South Africa have not yet registered to vote in the upcoming national elections, some South Africans abroad have braved the cold to play their part.
Meet 21-year-old Katelin Hogue who visited the South African High Commission in Ottawa, Canada, to register, despite the -18°C weather.
“The weather was very cold; the roads were snowy, and the traffic was busy. But going through all of it was worth it to get registered,” she told News24.
Hogue has been living outside of South Africa for 15 years and still makes it a priority to vote.
By Felicia Persaud
Happy Black History Month! Seems rarer and rarer these days to see an ad on television or anywhere that says that yet around 12-14 percent of the U.S. population is considered to be Black or African-American. That figure includes, conservatively, 4.2 million Black foreign-born immigrants who now make up a sizable percentage of the immigrant-voting bloc.
In a period in our history when at least two Black Democratic candidates will be lobbying hard for the support of Black voters, the significance of this bloc has been ratcheted up a few notches.
Here are five things you should know about them this Black History Month:
Continue reading “Black History Month: Five facts about Black foreign-born immigrants in the United States”
New restaurants run by Nigerians are sprouting up in Winnipeg, Canada to caters to a swelling Nigerian community in Winnipeg — one which has more than doubled in size from 1,340 people of Nigerian origin in 2011 to 3,450 people by 2016, according to Statistics Canada data.
Winnipeg has plenty of East African establishments, but not enough restaurants dishing out the West African cuisine. Ian Froese of CBC News reports
Continue reading “3 restaurants open in 2 months as Nigerian population in Winnipeg doubles in size”
Ghanaians hailing from the Pusiga District of the Upper East Region but living in the United States of America, have been called upon indigenes to join hands to uplift the welfare of the people of the district. This a call from the Association of Pusiga People in the USA (APPUSA), an association that was formed some few years ago by indigenes of Pusiga living in the US but has now been formally inaugurated recently. This a call from the Association of Pusiga People in the USA (APPUSA), an association that was formed some few years ago by indigenes of Pusiga living in the US which was formally inaugurated recently.
Timothy Malcolm, writing in Houstonia magazine , shares his experience at a Nigerian restaurant in Houston where he had suya and jollof rice. The city hosts one of the largest African communities in the USA.
Continue reading “The Spiciest Dish in Houston Is at Aria Suya”
The 2018 Open Doors report on international education has revealed that the United States hosted 1.09 million international students during the 2017/2018 academic year.This marks a 1.5 percent increase over the prior year. The number of Sub-Saharan African students hit a record high at 39,479, marking a 4.6 percent increase over the prior year. This report from modernghana.com gives more details
Continue reading “More Africans seek education in America. Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana lead the pack”
BACHELOR’S AND BEYOND
In America, Nigerians’ education pursuit is above rest Whether driven by immigration or family, data show more earn degrees. This report in the Houston Chronicle using census data sheds more light on the accomplishment of Nigerians in the US.
Ranking as the largest African immigrant community in America, Nigerians made their voices heard recently when they held a parade in Manhattan, New York to celebrate their country’s Independence day. As this report by Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye in Sun newspaper reveals. Continue reading “How Nigerians painted New York green during independence celebrations”
As of 2015, there are 1.7 million sub-Sahara African immigrants living in the U.S. The largest numbers of them reside in Texas, New York, California, Maryland, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Virginia. Each of these states has at least 100,000 African immigrants respectively. These states represents the best markets for African immigrants according to TONY K ANSAH JR who used census figures for this report in Face2FaceAfrica.com. Continue reading “Here are the best African immigrant marketplaces in the US”
Rebtel, a Swedish mobile app company, has become a household name within Houston’s African community, mainly comprised of more than 40,000 Nigerians, because it allows them to connect with relatives and friends in areas with low internet speeds or no internet at all — unlike free international calling and texting services such as WhatsApp and Viber, which require both parties to have a wireless internet connection according to this report in the Houston Chronicle.
Somali-Americans are making a name for themselves in Minnesota some are finding their way into politics according to this report by Ibrahim Hirsi of the MINNPOST
Ever since Omar Fateh announced his run for a state legislative seat last December, he’s been taking note of a recurring experience on the campaign trail: It’s easy, at first glance, to mistake him for an immigrant or a refugee from Somalia.
But when people hear him speak, they realize something different about him. “A lot of times,” he said, “they say, ‘It’s interesting because you don’t have an accent.’ ”
Each time Fateh comes across these individuals — and he often does during campaign events or phone conversations with constituents — Fateh uses the moment as an opportunity to walk them through his family history.
He tells them about how his Somali-born parents immigrated to the U.S. in the 1960s and 1970s; how the couple then got married in New York City; and how they eventually gave birth to him in Washington, D.C., 28 years ago.
“I’m an American,” he tells them.
Even then, Fateh is quick to say that he doesn’t take issue with questions about his identity and that he is, in fact, proud of his Somali heritage.
But the reason voters assume he’s a refugee has a lot to do with the immigration experiences of the Somali candidates who have come before him. While there have been dozens of Somali-American politicians who have run — and won — political offices in cities and towns across Minnesota in the past two decades, not a single one of them was born in America.
The same is true for a half dozen Somali-Americans whose names will appear on an election ballot in Minnesota this year, including two other candidates vying for the same District 62A state House seat that Fateh is.
Fateh’s experience, as a U.S.-born Somali-American, represents something of a milestone for the Somali-American community in Minnesota — the emergence of a second generation of leaders — even as it reprises a familiar story, a path taken by the German, Scandinavian, Eastern European and Southeast Asian refugees who came to Minnesota before them. Continue reading “Somali-Americans are coming into their own in Minnesota”