Tag: African diaspora in America

How Sudan’s uprising is inspiring a generation of Sudanese American teens

By Hana Baba

Nearly two dozen people are gathered for a symposium in Hayward, California, about the recent protests in Sudan. Those who come to these Sudan-related events are usually adults — first-generation Sudanese immigrants to the United States.

But it’s different tonight. The featured speakers are Sudanese American teenagers.

First up is 17-year-old Maazin Ahmed, whose mother is Sudanese and father is African American. Maazin is the president of his college’s Black Students Union in Berkeley, California, a city familiar with protests. He says he grew up seeing pictures of his mom sporting an afro in the 70s in Sudan. She told him stories about better times in her home country.

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International Mall Offers a Cultural Experience & Unique Shopping


Few Americans travel to Africa and even fewer have been to Somalia. But you can get a taste of African and international culture and goods right here in Louisville at the International Mall at Eighth and York streets.

A large warehouse-type building is separated into small rooms housing several businesses, including shops, tailors, groceries and even a barber, all owned by independent business owners who come together to support each other. If you’ve ever traveled to a country with a market area or medina, you’ll recognize the small stalls that use every inch of space to store and display wares. Brightly colored rugs, dresses and curtains line the walls and hang from the ceilings. There are beautiful golden tea sets, plates and stackable cookware, alongside faux flower arrangements and beautiful headscarves.

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Ghanaian president to deliver speech at Harvard University

Ghanaian president, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is expected to head an impressive list of speakers at this year’s Africa Development Conference, at Harvard University on March 29, 2019.The Ghanaian president will deliver the Executive Keynote address at the Forum hosted by Harvard Kennedy’s School’s Institute of Politics and the Center for African Studies of the University.

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This Israeli-Ethiopian woman brings the food of her cultures to Harlem

By Josefin Dolsten

At Tsion Café in Harlem, visitors can order a vegetable injera, an Ethopian sourdough flatbread topped with vegetable, lentil and chickpea stews. There is traditional shakshuka, a dish common in Israel and the Middle East where eggs are cooked in a hearty tomato sauce. And then there’s the scrambled eggs with caramelized onions and lox.

The assortment of menu items — random as it may seem — tells the story of the eatery’s owner, Beejhy Barhany, an Ethiopian Jew who moved here by way of Israel.

Tsion Cafe, which is located in the historic Sugar Hill district of the Manhattan neighborhood, represents all of Barhany’s identities.

“It’s a celebration of the Ethiopian, Israeli and American [cultures], so we are encompassing and celebrating all of these together,” she said last month.

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New African Children’s Museum Set To Open In Baltimore, First In The Country

By Devin Bartolotta

A new children’s museum in the works for northwest Baltimore is hoping to shed light on a sometimes-forgotten chapter of black history.

“Mama Kiki” Armstrong, originally from Ghana, wants to feature music, drumming and dancing that have influenced American pop culture at the Sankofa Children’s Museum, and bridge the gap of missing history.

“This should help them appreciate the culture,” Armstrong said. “We’re not just talking about African-American kids. We’re talking about all the kids in the community.”

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8-Year-Old Homeless Nigerian Refugee is a Chess Champion in New York

By Nicholas Kristof

In a homeless shelter in Manhattan, an 8-year-old boy is walking to his room, carrying an awkward load in his arms, unfazed by screams from a troubled resident. The boy is a Nigerian refugee with an uncertain future, but he is beaming.

He can’t stop grinning because the awkward load is a huge trophy, almost as big as he is. This homeless third grader has just won his category at the New York State chess championship.

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Adem Bunkeddeko: Son of Ugandan refugees making a difference in Brooklyn

By Tony Mushoborozi

Early last year, not many people knew who Adem Bunkeddeko was, not least Ugandans. In fact, it is possible that many people in the country were following other personalities who were vying in the midterm elections. Bunkeddeko, a Ugandan was one of them

When the primaries were held to nominate those who would stand for the midterm elections, 30-year-old Bunkeddeko stood in the democratic primaries in Brooklyn, New York City and almost won.

Bunkeddeko, a first timer, challenged an incumbent Congresswoman, Yvette Clarke, representing Brooklyn’s District 9 for the last 12 years, and lost by just 1,750 votes.

Soon after the June primaries, The New York Post quoted a former staffer of Bunkeddeko’s opponent saying, “The blood is in the water,” alluding to the fact that Clarke’s political life was in grave danger.

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Ghanaians celebrate Independence Anniversary In Washington DC

Ghanaians in the Washington metro area under the auspices of the Council of Ghanaian Associations (COGA) marked the 62nd independence celebration of Ghana on Saturday, March 9, 2019, at the plush La Fontaine Bleau event center in Lanham.
The aim of this event was not only to celebrate but to raise funds to provide beds to hospitals in Ghana.

The chairman of COGA, Mr. Henry Adu called on all Ghanaians to join hands to help put Ghana where it should be. He continued to point that we can start this by joining the various associations that belong to COGA and contribute our quota to national development.

He appealed to those working in the health sector to keep an eye on beds that may be marked for replacement for COGA to get this information and get them shipped to Ghana.

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The best player in the NBA is “Nigerian” but most Nigerians have no idea who he is

By Yomi Kazeem

Nigerian sports fans love nothing more than bragging rights. It’s why, beyond celebrating their national teams and athletes, they are also typically quick to “claim” (or “famz,” in local parlance) any sports star with even a hint of Nigerian heritage.

It’s why Anthony Joshua, the world heavyweight boxing champion, is a huge star in Nigeria with a major “Naija” brand TV campaign for a local mobile operator even though he competes for Britain. It’s not restricted to mainstream sports either: last week, when Kamaru Usman, a Nigerian-American notched a historic Ultimate Fighting Championship win, it was a trending topic in Nigerian social media circles.

But so far, there has been no similar levels of “Naija” affinity for basketball star Giannis Antetokounmpo, one of this year’s leading favorites for the NBA’s coveted Most Valuable Player award. Antetokounmpo, born in Greece to Nigerian immigrants, has been the driving force of a Milwaukee Bucks team that holds the league’s best record and has confounded critics.

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Ghanaians in Georgia celebrate Ghana’s independence day

Ghanaians in Georgia celebrated Ghana’s 62nd Independence in grand style at the Hyatt Regency Perimeter at Villa Christina on March 9, 2019.

The theme for this year’s celebration is Sustainable Progress which was chosen to highlight the continued support for projects in Ghana that are initiated by member Associations of the Ghanaian Community in Georgia.

In recognition of the work that the Ghanaian community in Georgia, the Mayor of Macon-Bibb County in Georgia declared Saturday March 9, 2019 Ghana day in Macon.

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Ethiopian Airline Crash: Nigerian-Canadian Professor, Kenyan Georgetown University Student, among dead

Grief and sorrow know no borders, but Sunday’s Ethiopian Airline crash is truly an international tragedy.

The Nairobi, Kenya-bound plane went down within minutes of taking off from Addis Ababa.

The crash killed 157 people, seven of them crew members and one a security official, an airline spokeswoman said.

The passengers were from 35 nations, the airline said, with the greatest share from Kenya.

Among the victims was Cedric Asiavugwa, a third-year law student at Georgetown University and Nigerian-born Canadian, Professor Pius Adesanmi, the director of Carleton University’s Institute of African Studies.

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Margaret Gardiner, South Africa’s first Miss Universe, talks on living in Hollywood and missing home.

At 18 years old Margaret was the first South African to win the Miss Universe title in 1978. And for 39 years she was the only South African to do so until Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters brought home the crown in 2017.

After her year-long reign, traveling the world and graduating with a BA in Psychology from the College of Charleston, Margaret started working in the entertainment industry.

The 59-year-old now calls Los Angeles her home and works as a TV and print journalist in the City of Angels. She is also a member of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association that votes on and hosts the prestigious Golden Globes.

41 years later, the former beauty queen says that she still has her Miss Universe sash, and keeps it safely tucked away and not on display.

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U.S. names five Kenyans in team for World Cross Country Championships

United States named up to five Kenyans in its team to Aarhus, Denmark as the battle for World Cross Country Championship medals heats up.

The USA cross country champion and Rio Olympics 10,000 meters’ champion Shadrack Kipchirchir is in a 28-person star-studded team that will take part in the event in Aarhus, Denmark.

The Kenyan born runner will be flanked by 2018 US cross-country champion Leonard Korir, Hillary Bor, Stanley Kebenei and Emmanuel Bor. The senior men’s team will have only one US-born athlete in the name of Mason Ferlic.

Three of the five Kenyan athletes serve in the US Army with Emmanuel Bor and Leonard Korir are Sergeants while Hillary Bor is a Staff Sergent.

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South Africa’s Elon Musk achieves milestone as SpaceX Dragon Capsule returns to earth

South African-born Elon Musk achieved another milestone in commercial space travel as his SpaceX Dragon capsule re-entered earth after a 7 day sojour at the International Space Staion.

Already the most successful private space entrepreneur in the world, Elon Musk watched nervously as his new commercial astronaut capsule completed its demonstration flight with a successful splashdown in the Atlantic Ocean.

The SpaceX Dragon vehicle left the International Space Station after being docked there for the past week, and re-entered Earth’s atmosphere.

It had a heat-shield to protect it from the high temperatures of re-entry.

Four parachutes brought it into “soft contact” with water about 450km from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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Major League Soccer: African representation bolstered by new signings

By Mark Gleeson

When the new season of Major League Soccer kicks off at the weekend, all but three of the 24 teams in the north American league will have representation from Africa.

A total of 44 players are drawn from 19 different countries and do not include the players of African heritage who have gone on to play for either Canada or the United States at national team or junior level.

It is a significant representation for the continent whose numbers have been bolstered by several high profile signings.

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