Category: People

Lama Mugabo | Community builder aims to avert famines while reshaping perceptions about Rwanda

The cofounder of Building Bridges with Rwanda hopes to leave a lasting mark on the East African country

by Charlie Smith  | Staight

Vancouver community development worker Lama Mugabo likes to say that hunger feeds his desire to find a cure for malnutrition.

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Yohannes Abraham | Meet the Ethiopian American who is the head of the Biden Transition team

By Ebimo Amungo

Ethiopian-American Yohannes Abraham currently serves as the Executive Director of the Biden-Harris Transition, overseeing preparation for the implementation of Biden-Harris policy, personnel, and management priorities. He has also been announced as the Chief of Staff and Executive Secretary of the White House National Security Council (NSC)

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Samuel Quarcoo | This man is a waiter at a Md. country club. He also helps support thousands of students in Ghana, his home country.

By Cathy Free | Washington Post

Samuel Quarcoo’s crusade started by happenstance in 1999, when a third-grade teacher asked him to visit her class and give a presentation about Ghana, his African homeland. Quarcoo, who lives in Rockville, Md., was then a math teacher at Wheaton Woods Elementary School in Montgomery County. He showed the kids some photos of his old neighborhood school in Ghana and explained that the students often did not have basic supplies such as pencils and notebooks.

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Bukola Ayodele | How this 25-year-old making $210,000 per year in New York City spends her money

By Alicia Adamczyk | CNBC

Sitting in her immaculately organized bedroom, Bukola Ayodele recalls some of the challenges she’s faced as a black woman in tech. She doesn’t work with many people who look like her, she says, which can feel isolating. Occasionally, the security team in the office building where she’s worked for three years will stop her in the lobby, not believing she belongs there until she shows her badge.

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Rev. Moses Adekola | Nigerian pastor reflects on journey to Nova Scotia, life devoted to helping others

By Carole Morris-Underhill | Cape Breton Post

Rev. Moses Adekola smiles when he sees falling snow. The mere sight of snowflakes falling to the ground makes the Nigerian-born pastor grin from ear to ear.

“Winter is my favourite. I just love wintertime,” said Adekola, sipping on a hot chocolate while sitting inside a Tim Hortons restaurant.

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Catherine Nakalembe | How Ugandan Nasa scientist uses satellites to boost farming in Africa

By Patience Atuhaire | BBC

As a keen badminton player Ugandan Catherine Nakalembe wanted to study sport science at university but a failure to get the required grades for a government grant set her on a path that led her to Nasa and winning a prestigious food research prize.

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Chef Tunde Wey | Meet Nigerian-Born, American Culinary Expert.

By Modern Ghana

Akintunde Asuquo Osaigbuovo Ojo Wey, popularly known as Tunde Wey, is a New Orleans-based writer, activist-artist, and celebrity chef. Tunde was born in 1983 to a comfortably middle-class Yoruba family; his grandfather had been second-in-command during the military junta that ruled the country from 1966 to 1979. Tunde was born in Lagos, Nigeria, before moving to Detroit, Michigan at age 16 to complete his education.

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Jacques Vambel Ilanga | From Congo to Camas to college

By Meg Wochnick | The Columbian

This is how many know Jacques Badolato-Birdsell: a Camas High School standout in football, wrestling and track and field who set two single-season school records in 2019 playing running back in the Papermakers’ undefeated football season. Who can forget the last football game he played? Last December’s Class 4A state championship win over Bothell — rushing for 207 yards and scoring three touchdowns — still brings a smile to his face in a memory-filled season.

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Maaza Mengiste | Ethiopian-American author says ‘My 20-year-old self never realised you could become a writer’

by Hester Lacey | Financial Times

Maaza Mengiste, 49, was shortlisted for this year’s Booker Prize for her novel The Shadow King, which draws on women’s experiences of the 1930s war between Ethiopia and Italy. She was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from where her family fled during the 1974-91 civil war, and she has subsequently lived in Nigeria, Kenya and the US. A professor of creative writing and literary translation at Queens College, New York, she is also the author of Beneath the Lion’s Gaze.

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Larbi Mirikan | the Moroccan who crossed the Atlantic in a fishing boat to America

by Dahmani Youssef and Latifa Babas

Larbi Babmar, nicknamed «Larbi Mirikan», accompanied by his friend, had started an unprecedented adventure. In the 1980s, the two adventurers had decided to go to the United States, using a fishing boat.

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