Tag: African diaspora in America

29,723 Nigerians overstayed in US in 2018

Almost 30,000 Nigerians stayed beyond the period lawfully allowed by their visas in the US last year.

By Samson Toromade


A total of 29,723 Nigerian immigrants who travelled to the United States of America in 2018 overstayed their visas according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

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Nigerians must now appear in person for visa renewal —US

By Eniola Akinkuotu, ’Femi Asu and Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi

The United States Embassy in Nigeria has announced new measures for visa renewal for Nigerians.

The embassy said in a statement that henceforth, all applicants including frequent travelers, who used to use the drop box method to renew their visa, would now have to appear for interviews each time they apply.

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Kenyan Comedian to Grace Madaraka Day Celebrations in US

By Stephanie Wangari

Kenyan comedian, Eric Omondi, has been invited to the United States on June 8, 2019, for the Madaraka Day celebrations, organized by the Kenyan community in Baltimore.

The comedian has been invited to perform for Kenyans in America at The Hermes Center of St. Demetrios 2504Cub Hill Road, Parkville, 21234.

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Inaugural Grand African Run Announced in Washington

By Stacy M. Brown

The late South African Leader Nelson Mandela famously noted that sport has the power to change the world, inspire, and unite in a way that little else does.

“It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope, where once there was only despair,” Mandela said during a speech in 2000 in Monaco, France.

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The U.S. Is Crazy to Scare Skilled Immigrants Away

Welcoming foreign talent is a win-win policy.

By Noah Smith


President Donald Trump has done a lot to scare high-skilled immigrants away from the U.S. He has made it harder for them to get green cards. He has blocked some foreign students from entering and discouraged others from working during school. He is considering banning the spouses of H-1b visa holders from working in the country at all. The harassment campaign appears to be working. H-1b applications are down, as is the number of visas being issued to overseas students:

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From Kenya to Coe and back, Kip Korir is a difference maker

Kohawks’ NCAA track champion of 1974 is Coe commencement speaker

By Mike Hlas


He didn’t come from Kenya to Cedar Rapids in 1970 to become an athletics star, but that’s just what happened to Titus “Kip” Korir.

Yet, it turned out to be just one segment in his accomplished life. However, he said his experience in track and field at Coe helped make him what he became.

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This Ghanaian-American Entrepreneur Started a Shea Butter Business Inspired by Her Mom

By Baze Mpinja

32-year-old Naa-Sakle Akuete has an MBA from Harvard, but the best business professor she’s ever had just might be her mother, Eugenia.

In 2014, Akuete launched Eu’Genia Shea, a line of high-quality shea butters that are packaged in beautiful, embossed tins. Founding her own company wasn’t the path Akuete had in mind while she was in school, but the move proves that the nut doesn’t fall far from the tree.

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South African bidder wanted necktie on eBay, Man Gave It to Him for Free when he found out why

By McKinley Corbley

One man’s compulsion to clean out his closet has resulted in a heartwarming story of patriotic kindness between two strangers.

Upon assessing his necktie collection, retired CIA agent Marc Johnson decided to sell an old red, white, and blue-colored necktie that he had kept specifically for 4th of July celebrations.

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Burundi Refugees Bringing East African Cuisine To Detroit This Fall

By Megy Karydes

Events like Small Business Week help to remind us of the contributions of small business owners throughout the country, including those started by refugees. New American Economy research found that nationwide, refugees earned more than $77 billion in household income and paid almost $21 billion in taxes in 2015 alone. Refugees also have some of the highest entrepreneurship rates in the United States. Continue reading “Burundi Refugees Bringing East African Cuisine To Detroit This Fall”

Namibia tribes appeal US court ruling in genocide suit

Lawyers for the Herero and Nama tribes on Tuesday appealed a New York court ruling dismissing their compensation claim against Germany for the genocide of their ancestors in present-day Namibia.

In a filing before New York’s federal appeals court, lawyers for the two ethnicities claim a lower court erred in its March 6 decision, which said Germany was protected from their suit by the principle of sovereign immunity of a state. Continue reading “Namibia tribes appeal US court ruling in genocide suit”

Andrews University Michigan awards doctorate degree to Kenyan Chief Justice, David Maraga

By Eddy Mwanza

Kenya’s Chief Justice (CJ), David Maraga, added a feather to his cap as he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree at Andrews University in Michigan, USA.

The Supreme Court president shared his joy at being granted such an honour from the 145-year-old American University.

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After Zagora, US’s Morocco Day to Honor 12 Moroccan Regions in 12 Years

While many non-Moroccans are familiar with the popular cities of Marrakech, Casablanca, Fez, and Tangier, most have never heard of Zagora. But in March, Washington, D.C., had an opportunity to celebrate the beauty of Zagora, the first guest of honor of the annual Morocco Day symposium.

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Tesfa Ethiopia is Organizing Charlotte’s First Ethiopian Culture Festival

Tesfa Ethiopia is organizing Charlotte’s first Ethiopian Cultural Event in order to raise funds for these students.

The event will have a free outdoor area with food and activities for families. The inside of the event requires a $10 ticket purchase and will have music, activities, and an exhibit on Ethiopia.

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Kenyan Wins $50, 000 on Ellen Degeneres Show

A Kenyan lady studying in the United States was treated to a surprise by American Comedian Ellen Degeneres when she was united with her family during a live TV talk show

Achieng Agutu, who has been struggling to make ends meet in the US, also won $50,000 after she and her family played a game during the show where they were required to pick one out of three cards which represented different figures.

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Mayor of Newark commends Nigerians on contributions to city’s development

Mayor of the US city of Newark, Ras Baraka, has praised the can-do spirit and contributions of members of the Nigerian community to the city’s development.
Baraka gave the commendation when the Nigerian Consul General in New York, Benayaogha Okoyen, paid him a courtesy visit.

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