Category: People

The Senegalese Chef Behind America’s New Favorite Supergrain

Pierre Thiam used to have to smuggle fonio from West Africa into the U.S. Now he’s getting it into as many of the country’s restaurants and grocery stores as he can.

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Magic forward Al-Farouq Aminu gives back to Nigeria, where his grandfather was a king

By STEPHEN RUIZ

Chris Kaman started it.

When Magic forward Al-Farouq Aminu entered the NBA with the Los Angeles Clippers in 2010, he stood in front of the team and talked about himself as part of his indoctrination into the league. One of the factoids that Aminu mentioned was that his surname, Oloyede, means “Chief has arrived” in his family’s native Nigeria.

Thus, a nickname was born.

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Author from Ghana visits Livingstone College on American book tour

As part of his American book tour, author Kojo Yankah of Ghana visited Livingstone College last week and lectured in DaTarvia Parrish’s African American history class.

As part of his American book tour, author Kojo Yankah of Ghana, right, visited Livingstone College last week. At left is college President Jimmie R. Jenkins.

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Meet Samba Schutte: Hollywood Actor, Comedian, Writer Who Grew Up in Ethiopia

By Ezega.com

Samba Schutte is an actor, comedian and writer who was born in Mauritania and grew up in Ethiopia until the age of 18. He is known for playing in NBC Sunnyside comedy TV series (2019), Netflix The Tiger Hunter (2016), and for writing acclaimed video game Battlefield V (2018). He also performed in award-winning games, namely Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (2019), Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 (2018) and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (2017). Samba speaks 4 languages: English, French, Dutch and Amharic.

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Ugandan-American,Jessica Nabongo, becomes first black woman to visit every country in the world

By Lilit Marcus

Some people set records by jumping the highest or running the fastest.

But for Jessica Nabongo, a UN employee turned travel blogger, it’s by becoming the first black woman to visit every country on Earth.

She set out to visit all 193 countries in the world in 2016, and on October 6 arrived the last on her list, Seychelles, according to a post on her Instagram page. She also clocked up a couple of what the UN calls “non-observer status” territories, taking her total to 195, reported CNN.

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Liberian Journalist turns US Insurance Guru

By Nathan Charles

Cross the Atlantic Ocean from his native homeland Liberia, Mr. Peter Massaquoi, had big dreams of becoming successful in the United State but had no idea of venturing into the insurance business.

Peter like many other Liberians and decedents of African, Asian, European countries who come to the USA via the Diversity Visa Program only think of working for other people or companies and earning money to improve their living conditions. 

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South African swimmer Ali Basel takes on senior year at Iowa State

By Megan Teske

Ali Basel came to the United States from South Africa without her parents and overcame shoulder surgery her sophomore year. Now a senior, Basel is looking to help lead her team in what she calls a “comeback season.”

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Bill Gates and Africa’s Richest man, Aliko Dangote, express admiration for each other at New York event

By Mayowa Tijani

Bill Gates, the second richest man in the world and co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has revealed what is most surprising to him about Aliko Dangote, president of the Dangote Group.

At the Goalkeepers Summit in New York on Wednesday, Gates and Dangote were asked what they have found to be most surprising about each other.

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Folake Olowofoyeku hearts life in the television comedy lane

By LEANNE ITALIE

A funny thing happened to Folake Olowofoyeku on the way to a career in law: She became a theater major against her parents’ wishes and headed straight into the business after earning her undergraduate degree.
Her Nigerian parents were so hell-bent on launching her into the family profession of law that they named her after the first female Senior Advocate of Nigeria, a title conferred on legal practitioners who have distinguished themselves.

A similar scenario is present for Olowofoyeku in “Bob Hearts Abishola,” her CBS comedy series.

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The House Next Door: Africa and America find a home in Edgewood, Pittsburgh

PATRICIA SHERIDAN

A war was raging, and the Mufukas had to find a way out of Rhodesia (Zimbabwe). It was 1969.

“My parents had to figure out how to leave the country,” said Lois Mufuka Martin, who was only 18 months old at the time.

Today she and her husband, Derek Martin, live in a large, century-old home in Edgewood, Pittsburgh

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Kenyan professor to discuss tensions between Africans and African Americans in Nebraska

Mukoma Wa Ngugi is an associate professor of English at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. He will also be leading a discussion titled “Blackness, Africans and African Americans: Complex Solidarities and Beauty” at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln on Sept. 11, in the Nebraska Union Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. He will be discussing how the relationship between Africans and African Americans is not as simple or straightforward as it would seem. 

By Allyssa Gutierre

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Classic man, Jidenna, reiterates that even though he is American, he was first African

“My first seven years [developmental years] were spent in Enugu, Nigeria before I moved to the United States so that means I learned all the primary things here first. It means I learned how to speak English here first, I learned to walk here, my facial expressions come from here, I gained wisdom from Aunties and Uncles here so by the time I got to the U.S everything I saw was from a Nigerian perspective or a wider African lens.” —Jidenna

The highly regarded musician was in Nigeria to promote his new album 85 to Africa He spoke to CHISOM NJOKU while there

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Meet Ime Achibong, the Nigerian-American who is a Vice-President at Facebook and the right hand man of Mark Zuckerberg

Call him Mark Zuckerberg ‘s deputy and you would not be far from the truth, because they seem to be Siamese twins in fashioning new ideas that have transformed Facebook into something much more than a social media initiative.

Ime Archibong is a Facebook insider who currently has 2 important jobs in the organisation.  He is the Vice President of Partnerships at Facebook and Manager of Strategic Partnerships. Additionally, Ime Archibong has had 1 past job as the Advanced Technology Business Development Professional at IBM.

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Meet the Nigerian-American NBA star, Andre Iguodala, who is driving tech investments in US and Africa

By Henry Ojelu

National Basketball Association, NBA star, Andre Tyler Iguodala is on his way to Africa. Iguodala was born in  Springfield, Illinois.  His mother is African American, while his father is Nigerian. Aside winning several laurels as an NBA star, Iguodala is also a tech-investor and a leading advocate for athletes in the NBA to invest in the technology industry. His partnership with entrepreneurs in San Francisco’s Silicon Valley has led to an annual event tagged Players Technology Summit.

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Kenyan-Born Karen Gitau Eyes Kennesaw (Goergia) City Council Seat

By John Wanjohi

A Kenyan-born woman in Georgia is seeking to be elected to the Kennesaw City Council in the upcoming election.

Ms. Karen Gitau, who was recently nominated for the 6th annual Cobb County Community Service award, will run in the November 5th elections, according to KNS Media.

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