Category: People

Meet Dr Trebi-Ollenu, the Ghanaian-born team lead of NASA InSight space rover on Mars

On Monday, November 26, 2018, InSight, a spacecraft belonging to America’s National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) landed the on Mars. Since the landing Africans in America, especially those with affiliations with Ghana, have also been celebrating. This is because at the heart of the historic landing on Mars is the remarkable work of Ghanaian-born engineer, Dr Ashitey Trebi-Ollennu, who is the team lead for InSight at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Dr. Trebi-Ollennu builds robotic components for planetary exploration, a dream that began as a young child in Ghana. He is in charge of the InSight mission’s robotic arm and hand.

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Eulogy Gambian-born Howard University Professor Sulayman Sheih Nyang

By Dr. Tijan M. Sallah

The news of the passing away of Professor Sulayman Sheih Nyang at the United Medical Center in Washington, DC, on Monday, November 12, 2018 came to me as a stab in the back. It was sad, disconcerting and painfully unbearable.

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Kassy Kebede: the Ethiopian private equity guru who was married to a super model

Kassahun (Kassy) Kebede is founder and Managing Partner of Cepheus Growth Capital, an Ethiopia focused private equity fund started in 2016. He has been a player in the private equity business in New York for over twenty years. He is also famous for the former husband of Ethiopian super model Liya Kebede.

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Dr. O Boachie-Adjei: The Ghanaian who is a world leading orthopedic surgeon in New York

Dr. Oheneba Boachie-Adjei  is a Ghanaian orthopedic surgeon. He specializes in spinal reconstruction and the treatment of kyphosis and scoliosis. He is professor of orthopedic surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City, in the United States, and is an attending orthopedic surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery, at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, all in New York City. He is recognized as one of the best in his field globally.  Continue reading “Dr. O Boachie-Adjei: The Ghanaian who is a world leading orthopedic surgeon in New York”

Global Health Professor Dr. Chinekwu Obidoa Participates In Carnegie Fellowship In Kenya

Nigerian-born Dr. Chinekwu Obidoa, assistant professor of global health in Mercer University’s College of Liberal Arts, was selected for the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program (CADFP) this summer and traveled to Kenya, where she co-developed an undergraduate curriculum in gender and climate change for Egerton University. This report by Kyle Sears of Mercer News tells the story of her sojourn in Kenya

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Liya Kebede: The Super Model from Ethiopia

The daily people series continues with Ethiopian Super Model Liya Kebede

Liya Kebede (b. January 3,1978), is an Ethiopian Super Model.In 2003 Liya became the first woman of color to represent the Estée Lauder brand. Off screen, Kebede is a U.N. Goodwill Ambassador with the World Health Organization, working to raise awareness of the difficulties women and children face in the developing world. In her efforts to make a difference, she founded The Liya Kebede Foundation which aims to improve the health and well-being of mothers and children around the world. Continue reading “Liya Kebede: The Super Model from Ethiopia”

Hakeem Olajuwon: the soccer player who found basketball fame in America

Africans-in-america.com start to prominent native-born Africans who have attained fame and made great contributions to America. The series will include professionals, academics, activist, politicians, and many more. We start our series with a Hakeem Olajuwon, considered one of the greatest basketball players of all time.

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The Death of the Gentle Peacemaker

Kofi Annan was the epitome of international diplomacy—which is why he was both an inspiration and a disappointment. In this piece published in Foreign Policy, James Truab, who authored a book chronicling Annan’s tenure in the UN, gives a unique insight into one of Africa’s greatest statesmen.

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Tanzanian finds success as farmer in Vermont

A Tanzanian imigrant has found a niche in Vermont farming eggplants to supply native born -Africans who  see the vegetable as a relished food condiment and a connection to the home continent. Details in this report By LISA RATHKE, ASSOCIATED PRESS   Continue reading “Tanzanian finds success as farmer in Vermont”

Meet Nigerian Handbag designer Joy Egbejimba of Nuciano™

Seattle based Nigerian handbag designer Joy Egbejimba of Nuciano™ has been in the news lately. She recently won the  Audience Fan Favorite award at Independent Handbag Designer Awards,  which held in Manhattan, New York. As interest in her grows africans-in-america.com sought more information about her  and came across this interview she had with   of Whatsupnw.com