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Ghanaian president to deliver speech at Harvard University

Ghanaian president, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is expected to head an impressive list of speakers at this year’s Africa Development Conference, at Harvard University on March 29, 2019.The Ghanaian president will deliver the Executive Keynote address at the Forum hosted by Harvard Kennedy’s School’s Institute of Politics and the Center for African Studies of the University.

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African-Americans in Ghana remember their African roots

The African American Association of Ghana celebrated their roots in Africa with an event during last Black History month.

The celebration dubbed “Black Migration: Exploring Our Roots and Beyond” focused on the 400 years anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in the United States in 1619 and the next wave of returnees to their homelands took place in Accra.

This year has been recognised in Ghana as the “Year of Return”, and Ghana is the first African country to organise a concerted effort to commemorate the 400 years anniversary.

Mrs Stephanie S. Sullivan, the United States (US) Ambassador to Ghana, who launched the program said, she was proud to join the Government of Ghana and other officials to celebrate the event as it signified the bond between the two countries.

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Ghanaians celebrate Independence Anniversary In Washington DC

Ghanaians in the Washington metro area under the auspices of the Council of Ghanaian Associations (COGA) marked the 62nd independence celebration of Ghana on Saturday, March 9, 2019, at the plush La Fontaine Bleau event center in Lanham.
The aim of this event was not only to celebrate but to raise funds to provide beds to hospitals in Ghana.

The chairman of COGA, Mr. Henry Adu called on all Ghanaians to join hands to help put Ghana where it should be. He continued to point that we can start this by joining the various associations that belong to COGA and contribute our quota to national development.

He appealed to those working in the health sector to keep an eye on beds that may be marked for replacement for COGA to get this information and get them shipped to Ghana.

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Ghanaians in Georgia celebrate Ghana’s independence day

Ghanaians in Georgia celebrated Ghana’s 62nd Independence in grand style at the Hyatt Regency Perimeter at Villa Christina on March 9, 2019.

The theme for this year’s celebration is Sustainable Progress which was chosen to highlight the continued support for projects in Ghana that are initiated by member Associations of the Ghanaian Community in Georgia.

In recognition of the work that the Ghanaian community in Georgia, the Mayor of Macon-Bibb County in Georgia declared Saturday March 9, 2019 Ghana day in Macon.

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Tiffany Haddish, Nomzamo Mbatha, V. Bozeman spotted at Koshie Mills’ “The Diaspora Dialogues”

Eritrian-Americans Tiffany Haddish was the star of the black carpet at the Koshie Mills presents “The Diaspora Dialogues” on Saturday afternoon (March 9) at the Marriott Hotel in Marina del Rey, Calif.

The 39-year-old Girls Trip actress looked pretty in a burgundy, velvet jumpsuit as she stepped out for the event.

The Diaspora Dialogues is a platform and a movement created by Koshie Mills designed to break down barriers, bridge the gap between Africans from Africa and the descendants outside of the continent in the Diaspora.

This year’s International Women Of Power event had a myriad of powerful influential women from Africa, West Indies, UK and America.

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Nigerian Seun Kuti and Malian Fatoumata Diawara to perform at Grammy Awards

Seun Kuti, the Afrobeat singer, and son of the late legend, Fela has been listed as one of the performers at the 61st Grammy Awards.

Kuti, who was nominated for Best World Music Album will perform with Malian singer/songwriter, Fatoumata Diawara, at the award’s Premiere Ceremony on February 10.
This was contained in a recently published statement on the Grammys’ website.

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US Mission Hosts Festival for Africans in Virginia

The US mission to the Africa Union hosted   Africa FEST in Virginia that brought together the people from Africa’s 54 sovereign states as reported by Sam P. K. Collins in the Washington Informer.

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African Priests strengthen U.S. Catholic Church

Priest from Africa are helping to bridge gaps  in the Catholic church in America. Forty-three African priests, three deacons and 16 nuns serving in parishes throughout the U.S. gathered in Phoenix  for the 19th annual African Conference of Catholic Clergy and Religious in the United States as reported by  Joyce Coronel in the Catholic Sun

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African-American Commentator Gives take on huge Nigerian Gathering in New Orleans

Prominent African-American political commentator and university professor, Dr. Jason Johnson,  joined over 1000 Nigerians of Igbo ethnicity in New Orleans during the the 14th annual Umu Igbo Unite Nigerian Cultural Conference. He gives a hilarious and poignant narrative of his experience  as a faux Nigerian in this piece in The Root.

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Trump Invites Kenyatta to White House August 27th

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US President Donald Trump (centre) with Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta at the G7 summit of Heads of State and of Government, on May 27, 2017 in Taormina, Sicily. FILE PHOTO | AFP

US President Donald Trump is expected to host President Uhuru Kenyatta at  the White House on August 27, thus giving Kenyans in America the opportunitie of meeting their president . The two leaders will discuss ways of broadening their strategic partnership based on shared democratic values and mutual interests. Continue reading “Trump Invites Kenyatta to White House August 27th”

Young Africans Conclude Mandela Fellowship Summit In Washington

The effort of the US government to improve leadership capacity among young leaders in Africa continued in Washington  recently with the annual Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. Alex Cole of IREX details the activities that have marked the fellowhsip so far.

Seven hundred young African leaders gathered in Washington, D.C. from July 30-August 1 for the 2018 Mandela Washington Fellowship Summit. Selected from a pool of more than 37,000 applicants, the Fellows strengthened leadership skills and exchanged ideas with leaders from across Sub-Saharan Africa and the United States. Continue reading “Young Africans Conclude Mandela Fellowship Summit In Washington”

Ghanaians Celebrate Heritage in New York

Following on the heels of a successful comming together in Chicago last week, the Ghanian Community in New York is hosting Ghanafest this weekend according to this report by face2faceafrica.com

Members of the Ghanaian community across New York and neighbouring cities, New Yorkers, and visitors to the city will converge at Crotona Park, Bronx, to attend the 9th Annual Ghana Fest-NY, a display of Ghanaian culture and heritage.

The theme for this year “Celebrating our Culture”, will showcase a durbar of chiefs and Ghanaian queen mothers, live music, traditional drummers and dancers, Afrobeats, cultural cuisine, and a cultural bazaar.  The Children’s Village will feature oware and ampeh demonstrations – age-old Ghanaian games – and will even have a hand at creating their own kente inspired woven crafts and adinkra prints. Coupled with ludo board games – another Ghanaian pastime – face painting, and cake and cookie decorating, it’s going to be a day to remember! Continue reading “Ghanaians Celebrate Heritage in New York”

Ethiopian Prime Minister visits Minnesota

Following trips to Washington D.C. and Los Angeles to meet the Ethiopian community in America

He pledged peace and asked for help from his nation’s scattered people

“It’s the most beautiful day of my life,” she said.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed visited Minneapolis on Monday to share reform developments with the country’s diaspora. The event was hosted by the Oromo Community of Minnesota. It is the first time an Ethiopian prime minister has come to Minnesota, which has the United States’ largest Oromo diaspora. Oromos are the largest ethnic group in Ethiopia, and Abiy is the first of them to lead the country.

Since his election by the parliament in April, Abiy has made peace a priority in a country marred by violence. In addition to releasing political prisoners and opening previously restricted internet access, he accepted peace deals with Ethiopia’s northern neighbor Eritrea 20 years after a war that killed nearly 100,000 people. Now he’s traveling the United States asking Ethiopians here to help move the country forward.

It’s a break from the repressive narratives of past leaders, said Tadesse Nigatu, a member of the Coalition of Ethiopians in Minnesota.

“It’s just a dream-come-true type of occurrence,” he said.

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