Tag: Africans in Canada

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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South Africans living in Canada brave the snow to register for upcoming elections

While almost 10 million eligible voters in South Africa  have not yet registered to vote in the upcoming national elections, some South Africans abroad have braved the cold to play their part.

Meet 21-year-old Katelin Hogue who visited the South African High Commission in Ottawa, Canada, to register, despite the -18°C weather.

“The weather was very cold; the roads were snowy, and the traffic was busy. But going through all of it was worth it to get registered,” she told News24.
Hogue has been living outside of South Africa for 15 years and still makes it a priority to vote.

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3 restaurants open in 2 months as Nigerian population in Winnipeg doubles in size

New restaurants run by Nigerians are sprouting up in Winnipeg, Canada to caters to a swelling Nigerian community in Winnipeg — one which has more than doubled in size from 1,340 people of Nigerian origin in 2011 to 3,450 people by 2016, according to Statistics Canada data.

Winnipeg has plenty of East African establishments, but not enough restaurants dishing out the West African cuisine.  Ian Froese of  CBC News reports
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Ghanaians in Toronto Donate computers to Aburi Presby Cluster of Schools

The Aburimma Association of Toronto, a group of Ghanaians based in Canada, has presented 20 computers, printers and other accessories worth $40,000 to the Aburi Presbyterian Cluster of Schools at Aburi in the Eastern Region of Ghana.

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From Ghana to Canada, goalkeeper Kayza Massey looks to make a difference

Canada coach Rhian Wilkinson is proud of the diversity and accomplishments of her Canadian team at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Uruguay. The team includes 17-year-old Ghana-born goalkeeper Kayza Massey, adopted as a baby by Ottawa nurse Karen Massey. Kayza, who played for Ghana as a 15-year-old at the 2016 U-17 World Cup, switched international allegiance this year and is now wearing the Maple Leaf.
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Brad Wall apologizes after concerns raised over ‘Nigerian prince’ tweet

Former Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall has apologized after comparing the federal government’s plan to impose a price on carbon to a “Nigerian prince” email scam on social media recently.

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Nigeria, Canada hold talks despite new measures against migrants

Nigeria and Canada recently resolved to deepen bilateral relation in the areas of Trade and Commerce, education, security as well as Science and space technology.

The Canadian Gov.-General, Julie Payette, disclosed this when she addressed newsmen after a closed door meeting with Nigerian  President Muhammadu Buhari, in  Abuja, Nigeria. But at the same time the Canadian government has adopted new immigration policy that spells trouble for Nigerian migrants. As reported by Samson Toromade in The Pulse. Continue reading “Nigeria, Canada hold talks despite new measures against migrants”

Netflix Buys Nigerian Film LIONHEART

Nigerian actress Genevieve Nnaji scored a major breakthrough for herself and the popular Nigerian firm industry called Nollywoood when Netflix, the American streaming giant announced that they had purchased  the worldwide rights to Nnaji’s  movie, Lionheart, during the Toronto film festival.

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