Category: People

Tomi Adeyemi | Meet 27 Yr Old Nigerian Woman More Influential Than Wizkid, Davido, and Burna Boy.

by JIDE OKONJO  | VOCAL

For years now, TIME Magazine has been known for compiling a very prestigious annual list of the year’s Most Influential People in the world. It is a list that celebrities, influencers, entrepreneurs, politicians, and more from all works of life and from all over the world clamor for a spot on. In it’s long run, the magazine has seen a number of Nigerian names grace its list. People like Omotola Jalade Ekeinde and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie have been recognized at one time or another as one of the Most Influential People in the world.

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Richard Joseph | A “Nigerian” scholarly luminary from the diaspora

By Biodun Jeyifo | The Nation

This week, Richard Joseph, the John Evans Professor Emeritus at Northwestern University, turned 75. The greetings, salutations and tributes from all over Africa and the world but especially from Nigerian scholars, have been as plentiful as they have been very moving.

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Nigerian family finds local area welcoming as they seek new opportunities in Canada

by Jamie Morris | Lindsay Advocate

From Lagos to Lindsay. From a city in Nigeria five times the size of Toronto to a town of some 21,000 souls. Quite a leap to jump an ocean and a continent, but Tobi and Francis Ogunnowo did so — and found welcoming arms.

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Tashitaa Tufaa | Meet the Ethiopian who started as a dishwasher but now owns 300 buses in Minneapolis

By Ebimo Amungo

At the height of the Covid 19 pandemic when most of America was put under lockdown and several people lost their jobs, one former Ethiopian refugee, Tashitaa Tufaa, who runs a transportation business in Minneapolis continued to pay his 250 strong staff their full salaries despite the negative impact of the pandemic on his business.

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Sharon Chuter | Meet the Nigerian-born founder of beauty brand UOMA

By Ebimo Amungo

Sharon Chuter is the Nigerian-born founder of UOMA Beauty who has made a big impact in the the beauty industry in since launching her enterprise on Thu, Apr 25 2019 at Neuehouse, Los Angeles, CA. Since then, Sharon Chuter has steered her venture through a Covid 19 disrupted year from Los Angeles and London and made global headlines when she called for more representation for Blacks in the fashion and beauty industry through her Pull Up initiative,

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Moroccan-American Sarah Alaoui Among Rising MENA Foreign Policy Leaders

By Yahia Hatim | MoroccoWorldNews

The Diversity in National Security Network, a US coalition of security and foreign policy professionals, has selected Moroccan-American Ph.D. student Sarah Alaoui among 30 “next generation leaders.”

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Joseph Awinongya | Meet 13-year-old Ghanaian Boxer with 13 USA Titles

by Ebenezer Quist | YEN

Joseph Awinongya Jr is a rising Ghanaian boxer has become a force to reckon with in the sport. The young boxer has already won 13 amazing national titles in boxing in America at his tender age.

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Yaa Gyasi | Ghanaian-American author draws on her upbringing in new book ‘Transcendent Kingdom’

By TERRY GROSS | NPR

Author Yaa Gyasi’s family emigrated from Ghana to the United States when she was 2, but it wasn’t until she was 9 and her family moved to Huntsville, Ala., that she began to feel like she didn’t fit in.

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Fadji Maina | Meet the first Nigerien scientist to work for Nasa

by BBC

Fadji Maina has become the first scientist from Niger to work for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa).

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Issa Rae | How did this Senegalese-American actress become so famous?


By Bre Williams | Cheat Sheet

Senegalese-America Issa Rae has taken Hollywood by storm over the past few years. After receiving much success with her HBO series Insecure, Issa Rae has become one of Hollywood’s most sought after producer, writer, director and actor.

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