Category: People

Northern New York native describes his work as U.S. ambassador to Rwanda

By SUSAN MENDE

A Canton native now serving as the U.S. ambassador to Rwanda described Monday how the small African country has rebounded since a 1994 genocide, during which nearly a million residents were murdered.

Peter H. Vrooman, 53, was joined by his mother Sally Vrooman, Canton, during the luncheon meeting of the Canton Rotary Club at the Best Western University Inn.

“I try to encourage people to visit Rwanda. It’s a very safe country,” Mr. Vrooman said. “It’s a place you can get to; it’s fairly well-served and connected with airports. It’s just a long way to go.”

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Meet Ornella Sathoud, who holds a PhD in Analytical Chemistry and is representing Ghana in boxing at the All Africa Games

USA-based Ghanaian boxer Ornella (Nelly) Sathoud is looking forward to making a big splash in Rabat, Morocco as Ghana participates in female boxing for the first time at the African Games.

Among Ghana’s boxing team is female boxer Ornella, a previously unknown athlete until she was named in the Ghana’s boxing team, Black Bombers, for the continental competition.

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I’m ‘extremely proud’ of my early education in Nigeria – Chancellor of North Carolina Central University

By Bunmi Fatoye-Matory

Johnson Akinleye, Ph.D., became the 12th Chancellor of North Carolina Central University (NCCU) in 2017. NCCU is a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) based in Durham, North Carolina.

Prior to his appointment, Mr Akinleye served as the provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs at NCCU among other administrative positions in the UNC system. Since assuming his position in 2017, Mr Akinleye has worked to expand the university’s academic partnerships, including new agreements with community colleges, as well as introduced NCCU Online, a robust online, distance-education program. He also created K-12 initiatives and implemented a security strategy to increase safety for campus constituents.

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This Maverick is advancing Africa through Tech

Iyinoluwa Aboyeji is an exceptional man. At 28, he has founded a slew of start-ups that have raised several millions of dollars and had immense social and economic impact in Africa. His role in founding Andela is well known just as his role in the birth of flutterwave. He has now started a family office in San Francisco to invest in other start-ups, and of course, his operational scope will include Africa. This report tells more about his early days as an entrepreneur.

By Peace Hyde

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Afropop Queen Victoria Kimani Is Kenya’s Best Kept Secret

The “Wash It” singer tells the Recording Academy about her multinational background, growing up in L.A., Tulsa, Nigeria and Kenya and breaking out of what can sometimes be an isolating music scene

By RACHEL BRODSKY

Everyone has an origin story, and R&B/Afropop singer Victoria Kimani‘s is especially memorable. Born in Los Angeles to Kenyan parents, the 34-year-old moved all over the globe—specifically to Tulsa, Okla., Nigeria and finally Kenya—during her teen years.

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Tennessee woman could become first Muslim voted to Nashville city government

By Sinclair Broadcast Group

A Nigerian-born woman running for office in Nashville, Tennessee could become the first Muslim elected to the Metro Nashville Council.

Zulfat Suara won a run-off amid a crowded field for an at-large seat on the city government. With just five vacant at-large seats, there were 15 candidates. Incumbent Bob Mendes won one of the seats outright, leaving Suara and seven others to fight for the other four seats in a run-off election.

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Parliamentarian Proposes Diaspora MP Seat for Kenyans Living Abroad

Saboti MP Caleb Hamisi has proposed the creation of a diaspora Member of Parliament position in the Kenyan Parliament.

In his memorandum to the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) task force, which was formed after the handshake between President Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga, Hamisi says the role of the occupant of the diaspora MP seat would be to push for the interests of Kenyans living and working abroad.

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African Governments Rush to Hire Trump-Linked Lobbyists

Cameroon is only the latest to jump in, employing a firm that just brought on Donald Trump’s former acting attorney general.

By Robbie GramerJefcoate O’Donnell

The lobbying firm that represents an African government accused of atrocities has hired U.S. President Donald Trump’s former acting attorney general, Matthew Whitaker—the latest in a recent surge of contracts with African countries seeking to improve their image in Washington.

Whitaker, who is joining Clout Public Affairs as managing director, will not be working directly on the contract with the government of Cameroon and will not be filing as a lobbyist, a Clout Public Affairs spokesperson told Foreign Policy.

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Student and teacher reunite decades after meeting in Nigeria

By Karen Garloch

Because of his name and accent, it’s not unusual for Dr. Yele Aluko’s patients to ask where he’s from.But in the early 1990s, when he got the question from this new patient – a retired Charlotte principal and Johnson C. Smith University professor – Aluko asked one of his own: Where do you think?

Spencer Durante guessed correctly that his new heart specialist was from Nigeria, in west Africa. This rarely happened. In fact, when Aluko first came to Charlotte in 1989, one area hospital administrator suggested he change his name from Yele – pronounced yeh-lay – to Yale, so it would be easier to say.

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From Agege to Harvard: Nigerian Narrates Joy, Pain of Studying Medicine in America

Studying medicine and surgery in the United States of America is both academically and financially demanding. It’s hard for international students to get into medical schools due to several challenges. In this interview with SaharaReporters, Nigerian doctor and MBA holder, Ayobami Olufadeji, who recently completed his studies at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency Program, narrates his 12-year academic journey.

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Miss African Roots Will Deepen The Conversation About African Heritage In America —Cindy Makita

By Newton-Ray Ukwuoma

Meet the new Miss African Roots 2019, Cindy Makita. Born and raised in South Africa, Cindy Makita has a Congolese heritage. She moved to Miami, Florida in 2014 to attend Florida International University. In 2018 she graduated Magna Cum Laude, as a Worlds Ahead Graduate and as an Honors student.

Miss African Roots is a unique, bi-annual pageant competition which promotes a sense of community, confidence, and pride for the motherland of Africa within the United States.

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Prince Tega Wanogho discusses ‘Bobo the giraffe,’ misconceptions about life in Nigeria

By Tom Green

Prince Tega Wanogho wants to tell you about his pet giraffe. His name is Bobo. He’s about 20 feet tall, and he’s still growing.

And before you ask, no, he isn’t actually real, but Wanogho wants you to believe he is. It’s something that Auburn’s preseason first-team All-SEC left tackle leans into, playing off the misconceptions of his native home, Nigeria, and it helps shed some light on what life has been like for him since emigrating to the United State five years ago.

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Meet Dr. Wale Suleiman, the Neurosurgeon in New Orleans, who returns to Nigeria to treat patients for free

By Tanasia Kenney

As if the life of a neurosurgeon isn’t busy enough, one dedicated doctor manages to split his time between New Orleans — and Nigeria. Dr. Wale Sulaiman, a neurosurgeon at Ochsner Hospital, finds himself on a plane each month bouncing between two continents, local station WWL-TV reported. While in Nigeria, he performs life-saving surgeries for free.

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Ghanaian media man, Charles Nimmo Ntiamoah-Mensah, honoured in New York

The New Glory Fellowship International honoured Ghana’s own and the U.S. based Mr Charles Nimmo Ntiamoah-Mensah (Mr CNN). The Humanitarian God’s Glory Award was given to the Founder/CEO of 3G Media Inc. in recognition of his years of personal dedication to promote the best of Ghanaian achievements at home and abroad in art, music, sports, community, and business.

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How Burna Boy Became Nigeria’s Surprise Success Story

by Nick Duerden

When Burna Boy arrives three hours late to an east London studio on a balmy July evening, he is laid-back to the point of comatose — and monosyllabic. He asks that the photo shoot happen quickly, and when he sits down to be interviewed, the first thing he does is stand up again. “No,” he says, suddenly definitive. “Need a smoke. Come.”

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