LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — A Democratic candidate is poised to become the first Somali American to serve in the Maine Legislature after her challenger dropped out of the race.
Republican Fred Sanborn-Silvers’ withdrawal last month cleared the path for Democrat Mana Abdi in her bid for Maine House District 95. Another Somali American, South Portland Mayor Deqa Dhalac, is also running for a different House seat.
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By Joshua Q. Nelson | Fox News
A Somali-born immigrant and Air Force veteran is running for office as a Republican in the Baltimore area, explaining that the “Defund Police” movement and the Biden administration’s withdrawal from Afghanistan motivated her to run for Congress.
“The military service and government service brought me to Maryland,” Amal Torres told Fox News Digital.
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By Charu Sinha | Vulture
Trevor Noah headlined the first White House Correspondents’ Dinner since 2019 on Saturday night, with a set that elicited some groans and much clapter from the packed room.
Noah, moving at a rapid clip through his 25-minute-remarks, opened by calling C-SPAN’s hottest night “the nation’s most distinguished superspreader event.”
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By Ebimo Amungo
The professionals among the Nigerian community in America recently organised an event where a number Nigerian-Americans in the Biden Administration were recognized for their excellence.
News of the event was brought to light in a tweet by Dr. Ngozi Okonji-Iweala, the Director-General of World Trade Organisation.
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By Brooke Anderson | The New Arab
When Deqa Dhalac became mayor of South Portland, Maine at the end of last year, making her what is believed to be America’s first Somali American mayor, it was after many years of working to make a difference, starting with her upbringing in her country of origin.
She was raised in an educated family that encouraged her to learn languages, history and politics, skills that would be useful after she left for a new life in the United States in 1990, just prior to the civil war.
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by JACKIE ABRAMIAN | MS
In December, Deqa Dhalac became the U.S.’s first Somali American mayor, chosen by the South Portland City Council to lead a city that’s 90 percent white.
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By Ghana Diaspora Political Action Committee
To support exceptional leadership and expand political representation of the growing Ghanaian American community in the United States, Ghana Diaspora Political Action Committee USA has endorsed Quaye Quartey for U.S. Congress, representing California’s 27th Congressional district.
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By Yaw Okyere Thompson | Quartz Africa
Before a crowded room of election-night supporters—many of whom looked like her—newly elected congresswoman Ilhan Omar described the historic occasion of her victory. “I stand here before you with many firsts behind my name: The first woman of color to represent our state in Congress; the first woman to wear a Hijab to represent us in Congress; the first refugee elected to Congress; and one of the first Muslims elected to Congress.” The Somali American politician paved the way to victory with the support of the Somali community in Minnesota.
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By JONATHAN LEMIRE, ZEKE MILLER and ALEXANDRA JAFFE | AP News
WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday, declaring that “democracy has prevailed” and summoning American resilience and unity to confront the deeply divided nation’s historic confluence of crises. Denouncing a national “uncivil war,” Biden took the oath at a U.S. Capitol that had been battered by an insurrectionist siege just two weeks earlier. Then, taking his place in the White House Oval Office, he plunged into a stack of executive actions that began to undo the heart of his polarizing predecessor ’s agenda on matters from the deadly pandemic to climate change.
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By Paul Kane | The Washington Post
Just four days into his second term, Rep. Joe Neguse was so focused on his brief as he spoke early that fateful afternoon that he had no idea what was happening outside. Then security personnel whisked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) from the rostrum, and soon afterward lawmakers were crouching on the floor of the chamber and donning gas masks as rioters started banging on the chamber doors.
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by The Eagle Online
United States of America newly-elected Democratic Senator from Georgia, John Ossoff, has expressed his gratitude to Nigerians and other Africans in the Diaspora who helped in his campaign. Ossoff defeated incumbent Republican Senator David Perdue with a nearly 25,000-vote margin, or 0.56 per cent of the entire votes, with 98 per cent of the expected votes counted, NBC and ABC projected.
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By Ray Glier | OZY
Bethlehem Fleming, a native of Ethiopia, has carried around for almost three years President Donald Trump’s vulgar denouncement of African nations as “shithole countries.” It enraged her, but not as much as the president’s scornful sequel from the Oval Office on Oct. 23, when Trump said Egypt might just have to bomb Ethiopia’s $4.6 billion Blue Nile Dam to settle a water dispute.
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BY AUBREY HRUBY | Foreign Policy
U.S. President Donald Trump’s policy toward Africa will be remembered by its tone of disrespect, from his calling African nations “shithole countries” to canceled cabinet-level trips to the region. But while he needs to restore civility to U.S. foreign policy, President-elect Joe Biden shouldn’t fully reject Trump-era Africa policy when he takes office. In part, that’s because Africa policy is unique. It has historically been uncontroversially bipartisan, and U.S. presidents from Bill Clinton to Trump have continued their predecessors’ Africa programs.
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America has decidedly voted in favor of refugees and immigrants in this 2020 election, showing their support with the victory of President-Elect Joe Biden, and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris, who ran on campaign promises to restore the asylum system, increase the annual cap of refugee arrivals to 125,000, and end the discriminatory travel bans.
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Nigerian American Oye Owolewa who was recently elected as a shadow United States Representative has told the BBC that he would push for the elevation of the District of Columbia to statehood. The 30-year-old is the first Nigerian-American congressman in the country’s history but he is confident he would not be the last.
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By Tim Cohen | Daily Maverick
One of the funniest and poignant portrayals of soon-to-be former US president Donald Trump came, somewhat inevitably, from comedian Trevor Noah. Noah made the point in jest, but there are often few truths that hit home harder than when they are spoken with a smile.
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By GLORIA ARADI | The Standard
As events of the United States elections unfold, thousands of Kenyans living in America have had first-hand experience. There are some who have had a front-row seat to dramatic events.
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By Jerry Omondi | CGTN Africa
African leaders have sent congratulatory messages to Joe Biden after U.S. media called a win for the Democratic Party candidate. In messages posted majorly on Twitter, leaders from across Africa sent congratulatory messages to the 77-year-old, who is to take leadership in January 2021.
Here are some of the messages from African leaders:
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More congratulatory messages from African leaders have continued to pour into Washington following the election of Democratic candidate Joe Biden as the 46th president of the United Sates of America. The latest messages came from Sudan, South Africa, Kenya, Libya, Ghana and Mauritania – all of them highlighting the need for a concerted cooperation between Africa and the U.S.
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In less than a year, Oballa Oballa became a U.S. citizen, welcomed his daughter into the world, and won a seat on the Austin City Council. He expects to graduate in December with a four-year college degree.Written
By Jordan Shearer | Post Bulletin
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By Salem Solomon | Voice of America
He grew up in the Gambella region of Ethiopia, where he witnessed mass killings that took the life of his uncle and hundreds of others. He survived a two-week trek across treacherous terrain to reach a refugee camp in Kenya. He spent 10 years in camps where he often didn’t have enough to eat. Now he has been elected to the City Council of his adopted hometown of Austin, Minnesota. He is the first refugee, first immigrant and first person of color to serve on the council. He said he never doubted he’d reach this destination.
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By JOEY PETERS | SAHAN JOURNAL
Oballa Oballa, a former refugee from Ethiopia who became a naturalized citizen less than one year ago, made history this election by winning a city council seat in the southeast Minnesota city of Austin.
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By Samuel Getachew | The Reporter
Two Americans with roots in Ethiopia have become a City Councilor and a State Senator, achieving an Ethiopian–American political milestone. Oballa Oballa was elected to a council seat in Austin, Minnesota, and Samra Brouk was declared a winner in New York as a State Senator.
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By Chido Nwangwu | Thisday Newspaper
The November 3, 2020 presidential and congressional elections in the United States continue to show aspects of the beauty of its recent democratic traditions. Especially the opportunity it gives to recent immigrants — required to be citizens of the United States regardless of where they come from — to compete in the civic battle of ideas. Alongside many other candidates, 12 Nigerian-Americans and African immigrants joined in making history. One such person is Dr. Adeoye ‘Oye’ Owolewa.
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Two Liberians whose families escaped civil war in the 1990s and sought refuge in the US have been elected to office in the states of Colorado and Rhode Island respectively. Naquetta Ricks won a seat in Colorado’s House of Representatives, while high school principal Nathan Biah won a state seat in Rhode Island.
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By Tom Gitaa | President and Publisher of Mshale
The African immigrant community’s bid to expand its share of elected officials in the state had some bright spots and disappointing losses in equal measure. One of the bright spots was in the Minnesota legislature where the ranks of African immigrant legislators doubled to four from the previous two.
Here is the breakdown on how the results came in:
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By Loucoumane Coulibaly and Saliou Samb | Reuters
ABIDJAN/CONAKRY, Nov 5 (Reuters) – For plenty of Africans, President Donald Trump’s actions in the aftermath of the U.S. election have been a cause for dark humour, but others have reacted with dismay or disbelief.
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By BRIAN KIMANI | Kenyans.co.ke
As the whole world turns its attention to the hotly contested US elections pitting Trump against Biden, three Kenyan-born politicians sought elective seats in the state of Minnesota. The Kenyan-born Americans were seeking to change the narrative and champion the rights of the minorities. The candidates though, failed to secure the three seats We look at the three Kenyan-born who contested in the state of Minnesota.
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By Chidi Emenike | Nairametrics
Another Nigerian-American, Nnamdi Chukwuocha, has emerged as the winner of a seat in the Delaware State House of Representatives, under the Democratic Party in the 2020 US General elections. He joined the list of other Nigerian-Americans like Oye Owolewa and Esther Ajayi who have so far recorded success in the US 2020 General Elections.
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By Abiola Odutola | Nairametrics
Democrat, Oye Owolewa, has been elected as a shadow United States Representative out of the District of Columbia. The 30-year-old is the first Nigerian-American congressman in the country’s history.
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