Category: People

Meet the richest African immigrants in America

By Ebimo Amungo

The richest Blackman in America may not be Robert Smith, Oprah Winfrey or Micheal Jordan as has long been thought of, rather, he may be a Harvard trained lawyer from Nigeria called Adebayo Ogunlesi. But even Ogunlesi is not the richest African immigrant in America. That distinction is held by South African-born Elon Musk and his countryman Patrick Soon-Shiong who are both multi-billionaires.

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Masai Ujiri: Toronto Raptors General Manager visits Africa with NBA trophy to inspire a new generation

Nigerian-born Massai Ujiri made history with the Toronto Raptors when he became the first African General Manager to win the NBA in 2019. He returned to the continent to present the trophy to his parents and former basketball coach, Oliver B. Johnson and also inspire a new generation of players in his long running basketball camp across several African countries.

This video from HBO tells the story.

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Abdi Nor Iftin: A Somali immigrant hopes his book for young adults will inspire others to tell their story

By Victoria Zhuang | Boston Globe

As a young man fleeing violence and civil war in his native Somalia, Abdi Nor Iftin dreamed of a magnificent future in America. In 2014, after years of stateless limbo in Kenya, he won the Diversity Visa lottery, a program that offers a limited number of visas to applicants from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States. His 2018 memoir “Call Me American” describes his experiences resettling in the United States.

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Olanike “Nike” Adebayo: Nigerian-American seeks to be judge of Miami-Dade County, Florida

Nigerian-American, Olanike “Nike” Adebayo is seeking to be a circuit judge in Maimi Dade county in Florida. Adebayo who is the assistant regional counsel attorney with the Office of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel in Miami will be facing off against Joseph Perkins of Garbett, Allen & Roza in Miami for Miami-Dade Circuit Judge, Group 55.

Meet the candidates

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Adeyemi Ajao: He is half Nigerian and half Spanish and he is Co-Founder of World’s Largest Black-Led Venture Capital Firm

By crunchbase

Adeyemi (“Ade”) is co-founder & Managing Partner at Base10 Partners. Before Base10, Ade had a successful career as an entrepreneur and investor.

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Ibrahim Diallo : “My experience of getting a job as a software developer in America is filled with unfair treatment.”

Guinean-born Ibrahim Diallo got his first computer when he was five, which triggered a lifelong passion for programming. He has worked as a software engineer in the US for 12 years and in 2018 wrote a much-read blog about how he was fired by a machine. 

Now, as race issues once again take centre stage in America and beyond, he has shared with the BBC his experience of being a black programmer.

By Ibrahim Diallo | BBC

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Tacko Fall: The Senegalese who is the tallest player in the NBA, talks about representing his country in the USA

By Oluwatosin Michael | Deythere.com

Senegal’s Elhadji Tacko Sereigne Diop is the tallest basketball player in the NBA. Tacko Fall who was born in Dakar, Senegal on 10th December 1995 is 24-years-old. He stands at 2.26 m and in an interview with NBA Africa talks about how he is representing his country and family in the United States of America.

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Namwali Serpell: Her first novel took fifteen years to write but this Zambian-born writer has won $175, 000 from two major awards one year later.

By Ebimo Amungo

It took Namwali Serpell fifteen years to complete her first novel, The Old Drift, but already the book has won two major awards worth $175, 000 only one year after its release in March, 2019.

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Egyptian LGBT activist dies in Canada

An Egyptian LGBT activist was found dead in her home in Canada where she had been living in exile since 2018.

Sara Hegazy, 30, took her life after leaving behind a note asking her family and friends to forgive her.

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Zozibini Tunzi: South Africa’s first black Miss Universe joins Black Lives Matter Protest in New York to fight racism

By Kim Harrisberg | IOL

When Zozibini Tunzi marched in the Black Lives Matter protests in New York City, the latest Miss Universe kept thinking how young people in her native South Africa died fighting for the same cause 44 years ago.

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