Tag: Africans in Canada

Dentist who escaped violence in Nigeria now a University of Manitoba success story

By Alison Mayes

Every immigrant comes to Canada with visions of achieving success and stability, says Dr. Ehiedu Osemiha, who left Nigeria with his wife and son in 2014. But for Osemiha, a dentist in the Nigerian Air Force who narrowly escaped a terrorist attack, the dream of qualifying as a dentist in Canada seemed almost too elusive to hope for.

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Coptic Festival celebrates Egyptian culture in Canada

Egypt’s Ambassador to Canada Ahmed Abu Zied has praised the Egyptian Coptic Festival taking place in the Canadian city of Mississauga. 

The Egyptian Coptic Festival is a cultural event that celebrates Egyptian culture, history and arts in the public square for the purpose of creating awareness about Coptic Canadians, their heritage and role in society. 

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Whistler seeing influx of Moroccan immigrants

Close to 50 Moroccan chefs have landed in the resort since Sept. 2018

By Brandon Barrett

WHISTLER HAS ALWAYS been home to immigrants from around the world, but thanks to a federal program aimed at Francophones, combined with the recruitment efforts of a former Whistler Blackcomb (WB) vice president, the resort has recently seen an influx of immigrants from an unlikely destination: Morocco.

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Three Africans help Toronto Raptors Win NBA finals

There has been wild celebrations all over Canada as Toronto Raptors became the first team from the country to win the NBA finals. Three Africans were pivotal in helping Raptors beat Golden State Warriors in Game 6 to to win the championship for the first time in their history.

Raptors President, Masai Ujiri from Nigeria, Pascal Siakem from Cameroon and Serge Ibaka from Congo DR are among the African contingent that have brought joy to Canada.

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African invitees to women’s rights conference denied visas by Ottawa without explanation

By Samuel Getachewl

Last week’s Women Deliver conference in Vancouver announced boosts to Canadian foreign aid for maternal and child health, but the news was bittersweet for the many invitees from African countries, including Ethiopia, who said they could not attend because their visas were denied by Ottawa with little explanation.

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The NBA’S New Africa League Builds On Strong Foundation

By Jack McCaslin

Popular culture, including sports, has long been one of America’s most powerful exports. Athletes, in turn, have been influential ambassadors, if not for the U.S. government, then for America writ large. Last week, for the first time in National Basketball Association (NBA) history, the Finals tipped off outside of the United States, in Toronto. While only about two hours away from the U.S. border at Niagara Falls, the NBA has set its sights much farther afield.

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Legislative Assembly of Ontario declares July Egyptian Heritage Month

The Legislative Assembly of Ontario has approved a resolution to recognise July every year as Egyptian Heritage Month in the province.

The Ministry of Immigration and Egyptian Expatriates Affairs on Friday congratulated Egyptian expats in Canada on the passing of the resolution.

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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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