Meet Akunna E. Cook | The  United States Deputy Assistant Secretary Bureau of African Affairs

By Ebimo Amungo with State Department þ

Akunna Cook serves as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs in the Biden-Harris Administration. In this role, Ms. Cook oversees the development of U.S. foreign policy for Southern Africa, as well as economic and regional issues including trade, investment, climate, health, multilateral engagement, democracy, and human rights.

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Abraham Waya | Nigerian-born pastor awarded Boston University Best Part Time Faculty Award

By Ebimo Amungo

The University Boston Metropolitan College has awarded the 2021 Roger Deveau Part-Time Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching to Nigerian-born, Dr. Abraham Waya.

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Boston Celtics set to appoint Nigerian-American, Ime Udoka as Head Coach

 BY OLAOTAN FALADE | TheNewsGuru

NBA club Boston Celtics are finalizing an agreement with Brooklyn Nets assistant Ime Udoka to make him the franchise’s new coach, sources told ESPN. Udoka, a former Nigeria international will replace Celtics president of basketball operations Brad Stevens.

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Athletes in the competitive collegiate system: Born in South Africa, made in the USA

By Simnikiwe Xabanisa | Daily Maverick

There are more than 100 South African athletes on the competitive US college track and field circuit. South Africa needs to forge good relations with universities to harness this talent.

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LGBTQ Africans struggle to navigate US asylum process

By Prince Chingarande | Washington Blade

It is no secret that many LGBTQ individuals around the world live in fear of the negative implications that result from identifying outside the limits of cisgenderism and heteronormativity. For Africans living in Africa, this panic is even more pronounced as many are abused, jailed, or even murdered for simply existing as queer.

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She forgot her childhood in Nigeria. Then she ate moi moi at Charlotte’s Cooking Pot

I must introduce you to an old family friend of mine: moi moi. It’s a simple dish of humble ingredients: steamed black-eyed peas, mostly, with a few garnishes tucked in for flash. But food, like other aspects of culture, is more than the sum of its parts. Moi moi is one of the ways I found home, and the first dish that I thought of when I was asked to produce this series on African diasporic foods.

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Charges dropped against Congolese Canadian doctor accused of starting COVID outbreak

Family physician Jean-Robert Ngola faced harassment and death threats after being falsely accused of spreading the coronavirus.

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Paschal Mbawuike | A Washington Lobbyist Building Powerful Global Relationships

By Tony Ailemen | Thisday Newspaper

Paschal Okechukwu Mbawuike a Nigerian-American fondly known as Mr. Wonderful by friends, has for several years attained global heights while having a strong presence in his home country. He could rightly be described as a key stakeholder among Nigerians in the Diaspora and a Washington power broker. Mbawuike sits on the crest of a leading corporate entity, Cohen and Woods International, a Washington-based Africa focused consulting firm,

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Deontay Wilder reveals he has traced his roots to Nigeria

From Guardian Newspaper

Former heavyweight boxing champion, Deontay Wilder, stunned fans globally after he revealed on Saturday he had traced his roots to Edo State.

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Does Africa Matter to the United States?

By Charles Ray | Foreign Policy Research Institute

Most Americans generally have one of two images of Africa: a primitive home of famine, disease, and civil war, or an idyllic motherland. Neither image is entirely correct. While Africa does have more than its fair share of problems and is the homeland of many Americans, it is a diverse continent of more than 50 nations and hundreds of ethnicities and languages.

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