By Al McFarlane | News Insight
Minnesota Africans United (MAU), behalf of Minnesota’s Expo 2027 bid, last week lobbied African leaders who were in Washington, DC attending President Biden’s US Africa Leaders’ Summit.
The United States is seeking to host the 2027 World Expo in Minnesota with the theme “Healthy People, Healthy Planet – Wellness and Well Being for All.” If Minnesota is selected, this would be the first expo in the U.S. in nearly 40 years.
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By Paul Tiyambe Zeleza | The Elephant
Studies of Africa and its diasporas have largely been framed through the paradigms of Pan-Africanism and developmentalism. The persistent and pressing demands of Pan-African unity and African development have increasingly privileged the engagements of the new extra-continental diasporas that have grown rapidly and eclipsed previous preoccupations with the historic diasporas that remain globally dominant.
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LAGOS (Reuters) – Nigeria’s Senate on Tuesday voted to reject changes to the constitution to allow citizens living abroad to vote in national elections, while a provision to allocate special seats for women to increase their political representation failed to pass.
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By GERALD IMRAY and HALELUYA HADERO | The Associated Press
One of the world’s largest foundations will spend $1.3 billion over the next three years to acquire and deliver COVID-19 vaccines for more than 50 million people in Africa. It’s a first-of-its-kind effort for a Western nonprofit to bolster Africa’s lagging vaccination campaign amid widespread fears of a third wave of infections on the continent.
Continue reading “Toronto-based Mastercard Foundation to spend $1.3B to vaccinate Africans for COVID”
by Concerned Liberians Against Dual Citizenship | The Patriotic Vanguard
Dual citizenship for Liberians born in the Diaspora is a serious issue and it is one of the propositions of the referendum in the upcoming midterm senatorial election on December 8, 2020, in Liberia. President George Weah, other officials of the government, and other individuals support dual citizenship. We are against dual citizenship, and these are our reasons.
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By Morgan Hekking | Morocco World News
Members of the Moroccan diaspora held peaceful protests in defense of Morocco’s territorial integrity over the weekend in the US and Liege, Belgium. Moroccans in Orlando, Florida organized a demonstration on Sunday to express their support for Morocco’s action to secure the Guerguerat border crossing and all measures Rabat has taken to defend the country’s territorial integrity and unity.
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By Ruth Mbula | Nation
They say that east or west, home is best. This old adage is best exemplified in Kisii County, at least when it comes to people working in foreign countries pushing up development in their native communities. When President Uhuru Kenyatta toured Kisii in October, he observed that members of the Abagusii community are industrious and innovative.
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BY NJIDEKA AGBO | The Guardian
In 1974, the federal Commissioner for Economic Development and Reconstruction of Nigeria, Prof. Adebayo Adedeji and his delegation embarked on a three‐week tour to US cities including New York, Washington, Chicago, Miami, Atlanta, and Los Angeles. His mission was simple: to convince Nigerians to return to their country to aid in economic development.
Continue reading “Why are Nigerians leaving Nigeria? Has the The Nigerian Dream died?”
By Kay Ugwuede | TechCabal
Two years ago, according to a Pew Research Center study, about 45% of Nigerians had plans to leave the country within the next five years, more people than in all other surveyed countries. Many cited the grim economic and political future of the country. Some cited security concerns. If this survey were to be conducted at this time, with the events of October in sharp focus, perhaps this number will double.
Continue reading “Movemeback | Want to come home? This startup is helping diasporans return to the African continent”
By Ima Jackson-Obot | Financial Times
Anthony Joshua, world heavyweight boxing champion; John Boyega, Hollywood actor; Pearlena Igbokwe, Universal Studios group chair and Maggie Aderin-Pocock, space scientist. These are just a few names in a long list of Nigerians in diaspora who have achieved success on an international scale in a wide range of fields.
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By Gerren Keith Gaynor | TheGrio
A few days before the November 3rd election, the campaign for then President-elect Joe Biden and Vice-President elect Kamala Harris released an agenda to support the African diaspora. The comprehensive plan aims to address the inequities and bolster the socio-economic conditions for citizens and immigrants of African descent living in the United States.
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By Kara Weisenstein | MIC
Protests against police brutality in Nigeria have gotten a big visibility boost from some famous faces in recent days, including Burna Boy, WizKid, John Boyega, Chance the Rapper, and Cardi B. They’re throwing their weight behind a movement that spilled from social media into the streets last week, as young Nigerians demand sweeping reform to corrupt law enforcement practices. While the government seemed to acquiesce over the weekend, protesters weren’t satisfied, and promised to keep applying pressure until real change was achieved.
Continue reading “Why everyone from Cardi B to Kanye West is speaking out against police brutality in Nigeria”
By Amindeh Blaise Atabong | QUARTZ
Earlier this year, Jawar Mohammed, the prominent political activist and media entrepreneur, who had returned home to Ethiopia from the US, looked set to challenge his former ally, prime minister Abiy Ahmed, in the country’s election. But there was immediately uncertainty created over Jawar’s eligibility simply because he had been a US citizen. Ethiopian law does not allow dual nationality and even though he written letters saying he’s renounced his US citizenship that uncertainty remains.
Continue reading “African countries are having to come to terms with a growing diaspora’s dual citizenship”
Africans can now relish the taste of home even while being abroad. Naijalife Magazine USA has launched an online marketplace that allows customers to source commodities from home at market prices.
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A dialogue between African Consuls General in the United States and diaspora leaders on issues of common interest was held alongside some elected public officers of the host country through Zoom. The engagement was first of its kind and it came four months after the formation of the African Consuls General (ACG) forum in February.
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In the wake of George Floyd’s killing, a Nigerian Professor remembers his visits to Minneapolis, a city that is home to a large number of African immigrants.
By Victor Ariole | The Guardian
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By Grace A. Jibril | The Liberian Observer
What can we learn from the challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic is forcing us to face about ourselves both culturally and socioeconomically across either side of the Atlantic? A comparative look at disparities in local healthcare provision America offers a revealing perspective.
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By North Africa Post
The coronavirus pandemic and its economic consequences in host countries will have a negative impact on migrants’ money transfers to Africa, which are expected to fall sharply in 2020, according to World Bank experts.
Continue reading “COVID-19: African diaspora’s remittances to drop in 2020”
By Carlos Echeverria-Estrada and Jeanne Batalova|Migration Policy Institute
There were very few sub-Saharan Africans in the United States just a few decades ago, with under 150,000 residents in 1980. Since then, immigrants from some of the largest sub-Saharan countries, such as Nigeria, Ethiopia, Ghana, Somalia, and South Africa, have settled in the United States. Overall, more than 2 million immigrants have come from the 51 countries that comprise sub-Saharan Africa, making up 84 percent of the 2.4 million immigrants from the entire African continent. The remainder are from the six countries of North Africa: Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Sudan, and Tunisia.
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By Franoise Ugochukwu |Sierra Leone Times
The Nollywood industry – which came to life in the early 1990s – is often seen as a natural heir to the Nigerian TV series which had already produced roughly 14,000 feature films in the previous decade. These video-films of the early years have now become full feature films, and an integral part of popular life in Nigeria. Local audiences appreciate these homegrown productions relating to daily life in the country.
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BY SARAH ACHEN KIBISI
Ugandans in diaspora, especially those in North America, have petitioned the Speaker of the Ugandan Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, over rampant land grabbing, which they say has greatly affected their investments in their native country.
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By C.C. Campbell-Rock
Nigerians, Nigerian-Americans, and African Americans gathered on the steps of New Orleans’ City Hall to commemorate Nigeria’s Independence Day and watch the Nigeria flag being hoisted and fly over the entrance of City Hall on October 4.
For more than 20 years, the Nigerian community in New Orleans has kept its African traditions alive, while forging alliances, in the tradition of an African village, among New Orleanians’ and others of African ancestry.
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Little Senegal is located just two blocks east of Morningside Park on West 116th Street.
BY NOAH SHEIDLOWER
Continue reading “Little Senegal: a home for West African food and culture in Harlem”
Shop signs written in both English and French, men and women dressed in traditional boubou garments, chefs cooking up fish stew while chatting with customers in Wolof —this reminds one of Dakar, the capital of Senegal. Yet, Little Senegal brings this scene to NYC—just two blocks east of Morningside Park on West 116th Street.
Immigrants who obtain legal permanent resident status in the United States and those who, later, become naturalized U.S. citizens, often long for their close relatives — both abroad and inside the country — to follow their successful immigration journey.
There are several ways to help an eligible family member to immigrate to the U.S., but almost always this complex process begins with the submission of an essential form to establish the relationship between the applicant and the beneficiary.
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The artist shows a series of works in all of Jack Shainman’s New York spaces that are simultaneously timeless and urgent.
By SIDDHARTHA MITTER
The Botswana-born painter, whose depictions of daily life in Southern Africa are underpinned by political history and critical theory, has exploded on the U.S. museum scene. He’s had recent solo shows at the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Fowler Museum in Los Angeles, the Smart Museum in Chicago, and has another, beginning next February, at the Pérez Art Museum in Miami.
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Most Nigerians are over-achievers in foreign lands and that should be highlighted much more than the bad apples that are spoiling the bunch. It is dangerous and anemic to the progress of all hardworking Nigerians by painting everyone with the same brush.
By Uju Obii-Obioha
Continue reading “The Misperception Of A People.”
Nigerians are a strong people with so much vibrancy and excitement about life. We are very driven, passionate, resilient and pretty much have a desire to achieve and enjoy life. As a result of the myriad of challenges we have had as a nation, the country’s economy has not been vibrant enough to sustain its nearly 200 million citizens and as a people that are driven we naturally migrate to other countries in search of greener pastures. After all, one of the primary reasons for immigration for people all over the world is the search for better economic opportunities.
Adebayo O Ogunlesi, born December 20, 1953, is a Nigerian lawyer and investment banker. Ogunlesi is currently Chairman and Managing Partner at the private equity firm Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP). Ogunlesi was the former head of Global Investment Banking at Credit Suisse First Boston before being promoted to Chief Client Officer and Executive Vice Chairman. Ogunlesi is from Makun, Sagamu, Ogun State in Nigeria.
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By Juliet Njoku
African Catholics from the Diocese of Camden and the Archdioceses of Philadelphia and Newark converged at the Blessed Sacrament Saint Charles Borromeo Parish, Newark, on Oct. 11-12, 2019. It was the first regional conference of the National Association of African Catholics in the United States (NAACUS) hosted by NAACUS Region 3, comprised of dioceses in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
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By Ed. DUCHE
The African diaspora in the United States of America and around the world is riled up in controversy following the dismissal of the African Union Head of Mission to U.S., Ambassador Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao by the African Union Commission Chairman Moussa Farki Mahamat.
A petition on the popular site ww.change.org initiated by Professor Apollos Okwuchi Nwauwa Secretary of the African Diaspora Congress to “Reinstate African Union Ambassador Chihombori-Quao” on Sunday, October 20, 2019 has garnered approximatively 60,000 signatures in counting.
Continue reading “Another view on the dismissal of the African Union Permanent Representative to the United States, Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao”
BY SARA JOHNSON
A new food truck opened last Wednesday behind the University Co-op, bringing the taste of African cuisine closer to campus.
African Delights offers a small, seasonal menu of West African cuisine and operates between 11:30 a.m. and 2:45 p.m., according to a sign on the front of the food truck.
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