Tag: Africans in America

Lamin Sanneh: The Gambian-born Yale Professor who was a foremost African theologian

BY FRANCIS ANEKWE OBORJI

Lamin Sanneh (1942-2019), a foremost African theologian of our time from Gambia in West Africa, was called to great beyond on January 6, 2019, the Feast of Epiphany of our Lord Jesus Christ to the gentile world. Sanneh suffered a stroke and died at the age of 76, in his place of abode, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut in the United States of America.

Until his sudden demise last January, Professor Lamin Sanneh was the D. Willis James Professor of Missions and World Christianity at Yale Divinity School and Professor of History at Yale University. Sanneh is internationally, respected and acknowledged as the world’s foremost theologian of World Christianity and Islam.

He was also a co-founder and joint convener of the Yale – Edinburgh Group on the History of Missions and World Christianity. The Group’s annual Conferences, meeting in Yale and Edinburgh alternately, have been an input feature of the academic contribution of this illustrious son of Africa to the world. Continue reading “Lamin Sanneh: The Gambian-born Yale Professor who was a foremost African theologian”

Black History Month: Five facts about Black foreign-born immigrants in the United States

By Felicia Persaud 

Happy Black History Month! Seems rarer and rarer these days to see an ad on television or anywhere that says that yet around 12-14 percent of the U.S. population is considered to be Black or African-American. That figure includes, conservatively, 4.2 million Black foreign-born immigrants who now make up a sizable percentage of the immigrant-voting bloc.

In a period in our history when at least two Black Democratic candidates will be lobbying hard for the support of Black voters, the significance of this bloc has been ratcheted up a few notches.

Here are five things you should know about them this Black History Month:
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Nigerian-American music star, Davido, sets new record on Billboard chart

Atlanta-born Davido’s “Fall” continues to break international records.  The music video for the 2017 hit, is already the first Nigerian music video to reach 100 million views on Youtube, making it the most watched Nigerian music video on YouTube.

Now, the massive Nigerian pop song has reached another unprecedented record: it’s officially the longest-charting Nigerian song in Billboard history.   Last year it became the first Nigerian music video to reach 100 million views on YouTube, and now it has been named the longest-charting Nigerian song in US chart history.

By Damola Durosomo in okayafrica.com
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BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2019: ‘Year of Return, Ghana 2019’ initiative invites African-Americans back to Africa

Given its history and commitment to the unification of African peoples throughout the world, it’s not surprising that the government of Ghana is sponsoring an unprecedented “Year of Return” in 2019, during which people of African descent in North America are invited to visit Ghana.

Described as an event to celebrate the resilience of African people and to mark the 400th anniversary of the first Africans being forcibly transported to what is now the United States of America, it was officially launched in August 2018 in Ghana and announced in September at a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
Year-round events, activities and special happenings abound in Ghana.

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Nigerian Seun Kuti and Malian Fatoumata Diawara to perform at Grammy Awards

Seun Kuti, the Afrobeat singer, and son of the late legend, Fela has been listed as one of the performers at the 61st Grammy Awards.

Kuti, who was nominated for Best World Music Album will perform with Malian singer/songwriter, Fatoumata Diawara, at the award’s Premiere Ceremony on February 10.
This was contained in a recently published statement on the Grammys’ website.

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Ghanaian Richard Commey wins world boxing title in Texas

Richard Commey made his second crack at the vacant IBF lightweight title count, claiming his first world title with a second round stoppage of Isa Chaniev. in a figh held at The Star in Frisco, Texas.

Ghana’s Richard Commey (28-2, 25 KOs) became the IBF lightweight champion with a sensational performance against Isa Chaniev (13-2, 6 KOs), utterly demolishing him in two rounds.

Commey (28-2, 25 KO) tore through Chaniev (13-2, 6 KO), dropping him late in the first round on a monster right hand. As Commey went to end things before the bell could sound to end the frame, he tripped, which may have been all that saved Chaniev at that point. Continue reading “Ghanaian Richard Commey wins world boxing title in Texas”

Talking With Ambassador Nominee Lana Marks, Who’s Ready to Ditch Palm Beach for Pretoria

By Tish Durkin

“I am not the female Donald Trump,” demurs Lana Marks in the very polite, very firm way that you can tell she does many things.

At this moment, she certainly seems right about that. Perfectly coiffed, polished, and pearl-necked at her desk in the office behind the Palm Beach boutique that bears her name, Trump’s nominee to serve as the next U.S. ambassador to South Africa appears exactly as trim, sunny, and measured as her would-be boss is stout, grouchy, and combustible.

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Investors gather in Miami to Power Africa

The 5th Powering Africa: Summit will host over 370 investors and public and private stakeholders from across North America, Africa and Europe to present energy projects, discuss investment opportunities and build relationships within the international power community.

The Powering Africa: Summit (PAS) to take place for the first time in Miami from February 25-27 will be attended by delegates of the World Bank, OPIC, MCC, Power Africa, USAID and USADF alongside African energy leaders from Morocco, Ethiopia, South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Mozambique and Nigeria.

Participants will discuss new innovative partnerships to implement the Power Africa Initiative launched by former US President Barack Obama five years ago. The initiative seeks to provide 60 million households and businesses across Africa with access to electricity and add 30,000 MW of power supply by 2030. Continue reading “Investors gather in Miami to Power Africa”

David Accam and Florence Dadson, US based Ghanaian Soccer stars Wed in Cape Coast

Ghana and Philadelphia Union striker David Accam married Black Queens forward Florence Dadson in a traditional ceremony held in Cape Coast. Ghana

The duo, who reportedly began their relationship not long ago, took many by surprise after pictures of their marriage flooded social media. The marriage took place at the start of the New Year.  Both footballers are based in the United States of America and had been dating for about a year.
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U.S.-based Nigerians to attract $3bn investment to Nigeria

A Nigerian professional forum in the U.S. have put measures in place to attract an estimated $3 billion investment into the Nigerian economy in the next three years.
The Nigerian American Business Forum (NABF) stated at its 2019 Investment Conference with the theme: Entrepreneurship in Africa: Challenges and Opportunities at Tampa, Florida.

The President of the forum, Mr Kenneth Shobola, said the forum aimed to impact the wealth of experience of accomplished Nigerian Diasporas for the rapid development of their homeland.
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South African Jermaine Mentoor wins soccer scholarship to study in Florida

His hard work and efforts to get noticed at recent international trials has paid off for 17-year-old Jermaine Mentoor who has left South Africa to follow his soccer dreams.

Last year in March, Mentoor participated in local trials he saw advertised on social media. The trials were live streamed to America and Mentoor was one of 19 boys from South Africa, Ghana and Zimbabwe who were selected to participate in a soccer showcase in Florida in July last year, the end goal was a scholarship to play and study in the USA. Continue reading “South African Jermaine Mentoor wins soccer scholarship to study in Florida”

DJIMON HOUNSOU, the Hollywood star who remembers his roots in Africa

Djimon Hounsou was born and raised in Benin Republic. The actor came to America as an adult to work in the fashion industry before landing his leading role in Amistad that changed everything. He has since gone on to star in Hollywood blockbusters like Jurassic Park  and Guardians of the Galaxy   .

He dated fashion and reality TV star, Kimora Lee Simmons, with whom he has a son, Kenzo Lee Hounsou. Last summer, Hounsou took Kenzo to Benin Republic to acquaint him with his African roots. This report by Sarie on bckonline.com
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The Tisseglo family are chasing lofty goals together at the University of Colorado, Denver

Lolo Tisseglo, born in West Africa, always planned on coming to the United States for a better education. But it took a long time to achieve his vision. When he was finally able to make the move about seven years ago, his sights were set on seeing his daughters attain quality educations.

Today, that dream has been fulfilled as he and two of his daughters have obtained degrees from the University of Colorado, while a third daughter also has a strong leaning towards the university. This report by Debra Melani in CU DENVER TODAY spotlights the achievements of the family. Continue reading “The Tisseglo family are chasing lofty goals together at the University of Colorado, Denver”

Ghanaian-American doctors Pledge to modernise Ghana’s health care

A group of Ghanaian physicians and surgeons in the USA have resolved to collaborate with their counterparts at home to help modernise their country’s health care.

The first President of the Ghana Physicians and Surgeons Foundation in North America, Professor Elijah Paintsil, when he led a group of Ghanaian-born doctors who are resident in the United States of America, to meet with the country’s President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo at the Jubilee House in Accra. Continue reading “Ghanaian-American doctors Pledge to modernise Ghana’s health care”

Frances Tiafoe, Sierra Leone immigrant’s son who is the next big thing in US tennis

Frances Tiafoe has had a phenomenal rise in the rankings of mens tennis. He is now a regular in Grand Slams and recently played in the Hopman Cup alongside Serena Williams.

But his exploits for America would not have happened without the sacrifice of his immigrant father. A janitor from Sierra Leone. This report in from the BBC tells his story.

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