Tag: Africans in Canada

Nigerian-born Kelechi Madu sworn in as minister in Alberta, Canada

Following his election as a Member of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Alberta (MLA) in Canada, Nigerian-born Kelechi (Kacyee) Madu has been sworn in and named as the Minister of Municipal Affairs.

Madu, 45, graduated with a bachelor of laws from the University of Lagos. He migrated to Canada in 2005 with his wife who enrolled in postgraduate studies at the University of Alberta.

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Canadian group pledges commitment to trade, investment in Africa

Africa Canada Trade Investment Ventures (ACTIV) has promised to facilitate trade and investment in Africa. Its primary aim is the mentoring business growth and development among individuals and organisations operating in West Africa.

The director, Kenneth Oguzie, made the promise at a two-day event in Halifax, Canada, with focus on strengthening business relationships between the North American nation and West Africa, particularly Nigeria.

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Immigrant-owned firms create more jobs than those with Canadian-born owners: StatCan

By Cillian O’Brien

Immigrant-owned firms create more net jobs and have higher growth than businesses with owners born in Canada, according to newly-released research.

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Nigerian-born Kelechi Madu Wins assembly seat in Alberta, Canada,

Nigerian-born Kelechi (Kacyee) Madu has been elected as a Member of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Alberta (MLA) in Canada.

The United Conservative Party candidate was declared the winner in Edmonton-South West in a close race against John Archer of the New Democrat Party with 62 of 64 polls reporting.

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Zimbabwean-Canadian, Dr. Nothabo Ncube, honored as 1 Of 4 “Immigrant Women Of Inspiration”

By Dami Adeniyi

Zimbabwean-Canadian medical doctor and motivational speaker, Nothabo Ncube whose journey has been a masterclass in overcoming adversity has been named 1 of 4 Immigrant Women of Inspiration by Canadian Immigrant magazine.

The Canadian Immigrant’s sixth annual “Immigrant Women of Inspiration” special celebrates a group of talented, passionate women with strong voices who all share a common inspiration — to help other immigrant women break out of silence and find their own voice.

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Kenyans in Toronto ‘feeling devastated’ by Ethiopian Airways crash

By Denis Bedoya

Toronto’s Kenyan community is reacting to the tragic news of an Ethiopian Airlines crash that killed 157 on board, including 18 Canadians, on last Month.

Many Kenyans and Kenyan-Canadians living in the Greater Toronto Area were impacted by the news as they await official information about those killed in the crash.

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This Kenyan couple wants to stay in Canada, permanently

Benjamin Muriithi and Maureen Wairimu Waithaka moved from Kenya to Rwanda to Namibia and finally to Nova Scotia, where they’d like to stay. At first they thought the immigration process would mean transferring their lives. They’ve since learned it’s more than that: it’s starting from scratch.

Here’s their story and videos created for CBC, which includes spoken word from Maureen. In the videos, Benjamin and Maureen are speaking the creolized version of Swahili called Sheng’. Benjamin says “Sheng’ freely mixes Swahili, English and our native languages.”

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The U.S and Canada need immigration

By Don Thompson

I didn’t immigrate to Canada to escape murderous gangs, an oppressive government or religious persecution. I chose to come here…freely. I am not a person of colour, a woman, a member of the LGBTQ community. I had no children with an ache for a better life. I am, in fact, a member of the most privileged group in the world…an educated white man of means…from the United States.

That said, I have a deep and abiding empathy for refugees and immigrants who come to Canada and the United States…two countries I call home…for a better life.

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Egyptian student’s parents like Cape Breton so much they stayed

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When Rahaf Geisa arrived in Cape Breton in September of 2017, what surprised her most was the people.

Geisa, 19, of Egypt, is in her second year of studies for a bachelor of science (chemistry) degree at Cape Breton University.

“People say Canadians are friendly, but I didn’t expect that friendly,” she says. “A stranger will smile and say, ‘Hi, how’s it going?’ They treat me the same, not like a different person.

“I like that very much.”

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Canada ramps up border security to stop the flow of asylum-seekers coming from the US

By Breck Dumas

Canada announced Tuesday it will boost spending on border security in an effort to clamp down on asylum-seekers crossing into its country from the U.S.

The Canadian government is committing an additional $902 million over the next five years in an attempt to stem the flow of asylum-seekers from nations like Nigeria and Central American countries who are swarming its border from the U.S.

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Nigerian actress, Amanda Ebeye, shoots directorial debut in Canada

Nigerian actress, Amanda Ebeye, recently visited Canada where she went to shoot her first movie, a short film titled, Horrors”.

The movie marked her directorial debut and is centred on single mothers.

On her experience while filming in Canada, Ebeye said,

“It was actually amazing filming a movie in Canada. Canadians are about the nicest people in the world. And just like Nigerians, they are very welcoming to filmmakers.”

“It was a beautiful experience, from the owners of the locations we used, to the cast and crew, and onlookers that cheered us on.”

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Nova Scotia’s Ethiopian church honouring victims of plane crash

The St. Gebriel Ethiopian Orthodox Church in Hammonds Plains will hold a memorial service on Saturday morning for the victims of the Ethiopian Airlines crash.

The jet went down on Sunday just after takeoff in Addis Ababa. None of the 157 passengers and crew, including 18 Canadians, survived the crash.

Rev. Les Zewdie, founder and spiritual leader of the church, said it is important to honour those who died.

“We take it personal because we are of Ethiopian descent but we are Canadian and then also we are Haligonian,” Zewdie said in a telephone interview on Friday.

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Canada-based Ghanaian donates ambulance to hospital at Drobo

A Ghanaian Chartered Accountant based in Toronto, Canada, Mr Ohene Amoako, has presented an ambulance worth US$30,000.00 to the 152-bed Saint Mary’s Hospital at Drobo in the Jaman South Municipality in the Bono Region.

The ambulance will be used to convey patients who have been referred to other health facilities free of charge but the hospital has arranged that the patients will be charged GHC2.00 to be put in a pool to cater for the operational cost of the ambulance.

Presenting the vehicle to the hospital, a brother of the donor, Mr Gabriel Kyeremeh, explained that even though Mr Amoako considered a lot of options, it was finally agreed that the ambulance could help prevent avoidable deaths caused by the non-availability of an ambulance to convey referred patients to bigger health facilities.

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‘The place is safe’: Edmonton’s African shisha lounge wins fight to stay open

After years locked in a battle with a policing hospitality unit, the owner of an Edmonton shisha bar has won his fight to stay open.

On Tuesday, an appeal committee overturned a decision by the city’s licensing department to shut down Nyala Lounge, located northeast of downtown.

“I think the city went one step forward, we appreciate that, as the African-Canadian community, we thank the city councillors,” said owner Mulugeta Tesfay.

“The people spoke, the community spoke, the place is safe.”

The committee — made up of councillors Moe Banga, Jon Dziadyk and Tony Caterina — upheld additional conditions imposed on Nyala last summer and said a written decision would follow.

Members decided the bar’s inability to operate over the past week-and-a-half, during a postponement of the hearing, would serve as sufficient penalty for breaching conditions.

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Meet the Nigerian couple who are Bringing the foods and flavours of Africa to Ontaria, Canada

African communities pride themselves on preparing traditional fare with vegetables, meats and spices from their home countries, something a local food market in London, Ont. supplies.

Payless African and Caribbean Food Market opened its doors at 875 Hamilton Rd. nearly two years ago, answering the call from local friends and family for ingredients from home. At the time, the couple was living in Caledon, Ontario.

“We saw a need here and I began to persuade my husband to drop his construction work and open an African market,” said Ade Taiwo, co-owner of Payless African and Caribbean Food Market.

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