Category: People

She Fled Rwanda To Survive — But Does Not Like The Words ‘Refugee’ Or ‘Genocide’

By Diane Cole

Twenty-five years ago this month, more than 800,000 Rwandans, mostly Tutsi, were slaughtered over the course of 100 days by members of the country’s Hutu majority.

Among those who lived through the terror is Clemantine Wamariya. Her memoir, The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War And What Comes After, recounts in wrenching detail her six-year trek in search of refuge from her country’s killing fields. Co-authored with Elizabeth Weil, the book was published to acclaim in 2018 and is now out in paperback.

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Wangechi Mutu-Keep Moving, Keep Making Art

Text by Ananda Pellerin

Hugely prolific multidisciplinary artist Wangechi Mutucame first to the UK as a teenager from Nairobi, before moving to the US where she studied art at Parsons and Cooper Union and completed an MFA in sculpture at Yale. Now working between New York and her home city – Mutu – known for her fantastical drawings, collages, sculptures, installations, performances and film work, regularly returns to themes related to the female body, communication, migration and the human experience.

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Kenyan-born Wangechi Mutu will make works for New York’s Metropolitan Museum

By Victoria Valentine

THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART in New York recently announced new artist commissions.

The Met plans a series of contemporary art installations at its Fifth Avenue flagship. For one of the projects, Wangechi Mutu is creating sculptures that will be installed in the niches in the museum’s Fifth Avenue facade.

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Pennsylvania college inaugurates an African king as its president

It was a celebration fit for a king at one Pennsylvania college.

Not only is Dr. Daniel Wubah a king in Ghana, he has now been named the president of Millersville University, according to WPMT.

“It doesn’t happen very often,” said Marth Pobee, Ghana’s ambassador to the United Nations. “This is a very proud moment, very special we’re here from New York, and the government, people of ghana need to know.” Continue reading “Pennsylvania college inaugurates an African king as its president”

Africa meets America at Rem De Trendy Fashion boutique

By Peg DeGrassa

PROSPECT PARK — Delaware County is a melting pot of countless nationalities’ rich traditions and cultures, mixed with modern American trends and influences. Reflecting such a vibrant mixture is Rem De Trendy Fashion store, which opened this past fall at 621B Chester Pike. The part-African, part- American blended style boutique specializes in formal and casual wear, as well as custom made dresses for proms, weddings, Communions, Confirmations, christenings and other special occasions.

Rem De Trendy Fashion is the creation of designer/owner Remi Oyelami of Folcroft. The talented seamstress is a native of Lagos, Nigeria, where she opened her first dress shop, which is still in successful operation today.

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‘My empowering journey to the United States of America’

From being bullied for not being able to speak English fluently to becoming one of the young Namibians with strong potential to positively impact the country, Anna Shilongo is today finishing her Master’s in Business Administration which is one more degree to add to the other three she already attained. 

Hard work, a love for reading, commitment, and overcoming insecurities, according to Anna, are only minor ingredients to her success.

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Zimbabwean-Canadian, Dr. Nothabo Ncube, honored as 1 Of 4 “Immigrant Women Of Inspiration”

By Dami Adeniyi

Zimbabwean-Canadian medical doctor and motivational speaker, Nothabo Ncube whose journey has been a masterclass in overcoming adversity has been named 1 of 4 Immigrant Women of Inspiration by Canadian Immigrant magazine.

The Canadian Immigrant’s sixth annual “Immigrant Women of Inspiration” special celebrates a group of talented, passionate women with strong voices who all share a common inspiration — to help other immigrant women break out of silence and find their own voice.

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Egyptian AP journalists Maggie Michael and Nariman El-Mofty win Pulitzer for Yemen coverage

Egyptian investigative journalist Maggie Michael, Egyptian photojournalist Nariman El-Mofty, and Yemeni video journalist Maad Al-Zikry, all of whom work for the Associated Press (AP), have won a Pulitzer in international reporting for their coverage of abuses in Yemen’s civil war.

According to AP, Michael, El-Mofty and Al-Zikry spent a year uncovering atrocities and suffering in Yemen, shining a light on “a conflict largely ignored by the American public.”

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Omar Hassan al-Bashir Is Removed as Sudan’s President

By Joseph Goldstein and Declan Walsh

President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, the authoritarian leader of Sudan wanted on genocide charges in connection with atrocities in Darfur, has been ousted by his nation’s military after nearly four months of mass protests shattered his grip on the country.

The nation’s defense minister, Lt. Gen. Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ibn Auf, announced on Thursday that Mr. al-Bashir had been taken into custody, the government had been dissolved and the Constitution had been suspended. He said there would be a two-year transition period, with the military in charge, and announced a 10 p.m. curfew.

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Chef’s Memoir Tackles What It’s Like To Be Young, Gifted And Black In Fine Dining

Kwame Onwuachi is a rising star in the food world — the executive chef at Kith and Kin, a celebrated Afro-Caribbean restaurant in Washington, D.C., and a nominee this year for a prestigious James Beard award.

By Lulu Garcia-Navarro and Maria Godoy

It was the morning after the election of America’s first black president, and Kwame Onwuachi was hungover. He’d been partying all night. He was dealing drugs to survive after he dropped out of college. He was, he says, lost.

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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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‘The Burial Of Kojo’ Ghanaian director Blitz Bazawule isn’t here to give you “normal” filmmaking

In his feature film debut The Burial of Kojo, Blitz Bazawule tells a story of two brothers through the gaze of a gifted girl who travels between gorgeous lands that exist in life and death.

It’s not your ordinary narrative film, but a cinematic fable that is surreal, magical and infused with Afrofuturistic elements. Yes, it is complex and yes, it will probably make your brain bleed with its visual prowess, but Bazawule isn’t here to give you normal. He’s here to change the game while rattling your senses with a dose of global and inclusive storytelling. As Bazawule said, “Nobody cares about normal, right?”

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Google Doodle celebrates South Africa jazz icon, Hugh Masekela

‘My biggest obsession is to show Africans and the world who the people of Africa really are’

By Chris Riotta New York

Google has unveiled a new addition to its Doodle series featuring Hugh Masekela, a legendary jazz musician known as the “father of South African jazz” who was also an anti-apartheid activist.

Masekela was a rare artist who succeeded in fusing politics with his music, making his songs and performances compelling and timeless.

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‘The Greek Freak’ wants to go back to his Nigerian roots

Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo opens up about his African upbringing

By Marc J. Spears

“The Greek Freak” can’t wait to go learn more about his roots.

His roots in Lagos, Nigeria.

“Obviously, a lot of people don’t know where I’m from,” Milwaukee Bucks All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo told The Undefeated.

“A lot of people think my mom or my dad are from Greece, but no. Both of my parents are black. Both of my parents are Nigerian.”

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How Nipsey Hussle connected to his Eritrean roots  

By Aanu Adeoye, CNN

Eritrean-American Rapper Nipsey Hussle’s death in a shooting near his clothing store was greeted with shock and disbelief by celebrities and fans alike.

The 33-year-old musician, real name Ermias Davidson Asghedom, was shot dead in an attack on Sunday that also left two others injured.

The city of Los Angeles where he grew up and dedicated his life to helping kids break out of the cycle of gang violence mourned his passing.

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