Tag: Africans in America

The diary of an African immigrant

By Kiki Aderoju

Plenty of African immigrant children or first-generation Americans know the internal struggle that comes with finding a comfortable middle ground of where they fit in. These are usually children who didn’t fit in with the white kids but would find themselves not fitting in with the black kids either. They felt like Africans in America more so than they felt like African Americans. Many times, their culture, their traditions manifested in completely different ways than for African Americans.

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Africans in the Bronx Find Family on the Soccer Field

One day nine years ago, Abrourazakou Bawa, a truck driver originally from Togo, was in his home borough of the Bronx when he noticed a disappointed kid walking with a soccer ball under his arm.

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By Sandra Whitehead 

At an urban university with a growing minority student population, the African Student Union provides opportunities for unity. ASA hosted a panel called “How Black is Black Enough?” at the UWM Union’s Wisconsin Lounge on Wednesday night.


African culture celebrated at Heritage Fest Miami

The Black History Month event was held S at the Arsht Center.

Sheron Williams, sales director of Concerned African Women Inc., shed some historic light on African head-wrapping to show Black women have been “fly” for centuries.

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Educational Institutions Across United States to Host Mandela Washington Fellows

Launched in 2014, the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) and embodies the United States’ commitment to invest in the future of Africa.  YALI was created in 2010 and is celebrating its 10th anniversary supporting young Africans as they spur economic growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic governance, and enhance peace and security across Africa.  Since 2014, nearly 4,400 young leaders from every country in Sub-Saharan Africa have participated in the Mandela Washington Fellowship.

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It’s now faster for immigrants to help their relatives become U.S. residents. Here’s how

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 other African-Americans

The African-born migrant population is doubling every decade.

“I just came to hustle,” explains Gabriel, a recent migrant, as he wields an electric razor to sculpt an impressive structure from a teenage customer’s hair. During shifts at Afrikiko Hair & Fashion Boutique, in northern Chicago, he gets the chance to display a range of skills. Not least, his gift for languages: he speaks four, all from Ghana, besides English. Mostly he chatters in Twi, the most popular tongue in the west-African country.

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African migration to the United States is the fastest-rising—in spite of Trump

By Chidinma Irene Nwoye & Dan Kopf

Africa has the fastest-growing number of immigrants in the United States, according to a Quartz analysis of US Census Bureau data.

The number of African migrants grew at a rate of almost 50% from 2010 to 2018. This is more than double the growth rate of migration to the US from Asia, South America or the Caribbean.

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Kenyan-Born Karen Gitau Eyes Kennesaw (Goergia) City Council Seat

By John Wanjohi

A Kenyan-born woman in Georgia is seeking to be elected to the Kennesaw City Council in the upcoming election.

Ms. Karen Gitau, who was recently nominated for the 6th annual Cobb County Community Service award, will run in the November 5th elections, according to KNS Media.

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Maine finds homes for several hundred African asylum seekers

By David Sharp

Most African asylum-seekers who made the perilous journey through Central America to the southern US border and flooded shelters in Maine’s largest city have new homes.

Thursday marked the closing of an emergency shelter set up in a basketball arena in Portland after several hundred African immigrants arrived from Texas. All told, the city has found homes for more than 200 people since the first families arrived in June.

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African boys win Jr NBA international pool, go on to global final

Basketball is progressing in Africa and so is the talent of the youth playing it, Refiloe Seiboko reports from Orlando, Florida

Somewhere in the United States, thousands and thousands of kilometres from home, a new generation of basketball players is being ushered in.

The Jr NBA Global Championship tournament which is underway for the second consecutive year in Orlando, Florida, is a youth basketball tournament for the top 13- and 14-year-old boys and girls from around the world. Three-hundred and sixteen teenagers have been competing and the semifinals began on Saturday.

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It takes a village, family, church and community

Meet Phillip Oji, the Nigerian who was supported through college by the good will of a family, church and community in North Carolina and has graduated summa cum laude at Campbell University with a 3.9 grade point average.

By Beacham McDougald

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More than Just Investment: Why America Was Once So Popular in Africa

Nick J. Danby

After two nefarious scrambles for Africa during the colonialism of the nineteenth-century and the Cold War in the twentieth century, another surge in foreign activity—another scramble—has affected Africa. With its exponential population and economic potential, governments and corporations from outside Africa have strengthened their relationships on the continent.

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Omar Goes Back to Africa With Congressional Black Caucus and Takes Pelosi With Her

By Lauren Floyd

It’s been more than two weeks since President Donald Trump told Rep. Ilhan Omar and three other congresswomen of color to “go back” to the “crime infested places from which they came” July 14.

Since then, The words “send her back” have been yelled at a Trump campaign rally and even chanted in response to a California restaurant promotion offering a free side for doing so.

That door is where “every man, woman and child walked to the slave boat, catching a last glimpse of their homeland,” according to the African American Registry, a web database of Black heritage.

Omar’s visit was part of a trip the members of the Congressional Black Caucus took to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the beginning of the slave trade from Africa to what became the present-day United States.

A ship arrived in 1619 at Jamestown, an English settlement in present-day Virginia, carrying about 20 captured Africans in what’s documented as the arrival of enslaved Africans on the American mainland.

Pelosi addressed Ghana’s Parliament Wednesday in what she called “a message of respect and reaffirming the U.S commitment to security, freedom and justice for all.”

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Fake news on social media is eroding trust in media, especially in sub-Saharan Africa

Study finds that significant amount of educated people in Sub-Saharan Africa distrust news on social media platforms

By  University of Houston

As many as 90% of Kenyans, 93% of Nigerians and 76% of South Africans believe they are exposed to false news about politics on a fairly regular basis. This is the findings of a study by Dani Madrid-Morales, assistant professor of journalism at the University of Houston’s Jack J. Valenti School of Communication and Herman Wasserman at the University of Cape Town.

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