Tag: Africa and Africa-American relations

How George Floyd’s death united Africans and African-Americans

African immigrants have not always felt at home in African-American communities. Black Lives Matter protests may be changing that.

By Anthony Akaeze  | Christian Science Monitor

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Not all black people are African American. Here’s the difference

BY CYDNEY ADAMS | CBS

Black Lives Matter protests have opened up conversations about the history of privilege, racism, and the lived experiences and identities of black people in America. Now, the distinction between “black” and “African American” has become a prominent conversation on social media.

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Odunde, largest African American street festival, goes virtual for 45th anniversary

BY SINEAD CUMMINGS | PhillyVoice

The largest African American street festival in the country annually takes place in Philadelphia. Typically held on the second Sunday in June, Odunde draws large crowds supporting and celebrating African culture.

The festival’s concept originates from the Yoruba people of Nigeria, West Africa. Odunde is a Yoruba word that means “Happy New Year.”

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George Floyd’s killing touches a nerve with Africans who know police brutality at home and abroad

By Yomi Kazeem | QUARTZ

When a high ranking official condemns state brutality against citizens in an interaction between African countries and the United States, Africa is typically on the receiving end. This week, the tide turned as the African Union (AU) issued a strongly worded statement condemning the killing of George Floyd, the African American killed by Minneapolis police officers.

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Ghanaian MIT innovator, Isaac Sesi, writes tribute to American Family for their role in his life

By Ebimo Amungo

Ghanaian inventor, Isaac Sesi, was unveiled to the world in 2019 when MIT Technology Review’s listed him among of 35 Global Innovators Under 35. In a recent publication in “Humans of New York” Isaac Sesi paid tribute to an American family who befriended him as child, paid for his education and played a major role in his life.

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African-Americans are just familiar strangers to Africans

Africans who arrive America soon find out that there is a big gulf between them and African-Americans. They only share skin colour, not a lifelong kinship.

By JOYCE K. MWANGI

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NAACP Group Arrives In Ghana Exactly 400 Years Since First Slaves Were Brought To U.S.

Drummers, dancers and local residents welcomed the NAACP delegation at Kotoka International Airport, as the group made their long-awaited arrival in Ghana for the Year of Return.

The excitement was palpable as almost 300 African Americans touched down in Accra for an eventful week that is akin to a homecoming.

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Tamar Braxton’s boyfriend David Adefeso thanks her on their trip to Nigeria For His Mother’s Birthday Party

By Ron Collins | Celebrity Insider

As you already know, Tamar Braxton was in Nigeria with her man, David Adefeso and her son. More family members were there as well, and a few days ago, David decided to speak about this trip they had together as a family.

‘When I asked my @tamarbraxton to come with me to my mom’s birthday party in Nigeria I had no idea what to expect. I grew up in Lagos so I was excited to take her back home, but this was not one of our nice chill vacations under the warm Cancun resort sun  No! This was a trip to Lagos, a tough, hot city where the “hustle” never ends. Not having lived there for almost 30 years I’d heard stories of how dangerous Lagos had become,’ David began his post.

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Reclaiming “Send Her Back”: A Call for Black Americans to Voyage to Africa

By Johnaé Strong

When it comes to being Black, queer and immigrant in America, there is no safety. The countless violent attacks on people of color, the lack of action against guns after repeated mass shootings and the unrelenting excuses for assailants who are predominantly white and male point to a sinister truth about America: Violence and murder founded this nation and remain deeply entrenched in the state ideology. The president has reinforced this ideology by inciting anti-Black and anti-immigrant sentiment through the call for ICE raids and a border wall and shouts for American-born, non-white government officials to go back to their countries.

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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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