Tag: Africans in Canada

Nigerian-Canadian Uzoma Asagwara among Trio of black MLAs who make history by winning seats in Manitoba Legislature

By Dana Hatherly 

Until Tuesday’s vote, no black person had ever been elected to the Manitoba Legislature in the 150-year history of this province.

Now there are three.

Uzoma Asagwara won the Union Station seat for the NDP, Jamie Moses took the St. Vital seat for the party and Audrey Gordon won Southdale for the Progressive Conservatives.

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Studies in Canada: Procedures Eased for Moroccan and Senegalese Applicants

The Canadian government has decided to facilitate the  procedures for young Moroccans and Senegalese who wish to pursue their studies in Canada, through the Student Direct Stream (SDS) program, starting September 9.

Launched in 2018, this expedited study permit processing program has been extended to include students from Morocco and Senegal. Its processing time does not exceed three weeks.

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SA farmers now heading to Canada to develop ‘prairie provinces’ – report

Citizen reporter

There has apparently been a ‘massive spike’ in interest from South Africans looking to move abroad.

report by Business Insider  reveals that skilled South African farmers with reasonable amounts of capital from the sale of their farms may be finding greener pastures in North America.

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African gospel music producers aim to break into Edmonton’s music scene

‘Sometimes in a world where maybe the favour is not in your lane you create your own favour’

By Thandiwe Konguavi · CBC News


A number of renowned African gospel music producers, who now call Edmonton home, are working non-stop to break African musicians into mainstream Christian radio stations. 

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5 Canadians honored at Igbo Day 2019 in Saskatchewan

On August 3, Nigerian-Canadians living in the prairie regions of Canada celebrated Igbo Day of Arts and Culture in style. Sponsored by the Igbo Cultural Association of Saskatchewan (ICAS), with support from the Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan (MCoS) and SaskTel, Igbo Day offered a blend of cultural and artistic displays, beautiful costumes and Nigerian cuisine.

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Egyptian pavilion up and running in Folklorama

By Libby Giesbrecht

Folklorama’s brand new addition, the Egyptian Pavilion, wants to show you why their culture is more than just pyramids and sphynxes. No, they don’t “walk like an Egyptian,” and no, they don’t live in pyramids. But these misconceptions come from a vastly rich African culture that visitors to Folklorama’s newest pavilion will certainly be entranced by.

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Egyptian pavilion a first for Folklorama

By Danielle Da Silva

For the first time, Egyptian cuisine and cultural entertainment is on the itinerary for the golden anniversary of Folklorama.  

The Egyptian Canadian Society of Manitoba is bringing the flavours and folklore of the North African country to the University of Manitoba campus for week one of the annual cultural celebration, Aug. 4 to Aug. 10.

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400 Nigerian physicians and dentists meet in Kelowna, Canada

By Josh Duncan

Canada is a melting pot of people from all over the world and that will be on full display in Kelowna this weekend. The Canadian Association of Nigerian Physicians and Dentists (CANPAD) has chosen the Okanagan as the spot for its 18th annual general meeting of members.

That means more than 400 physicians and dentists originally from Nigeria, along with their families and a number of Nigerian dignitaries, will be in town for the four-day event.

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Immigration Minister visits first Egyptian-run school in Ontario

Al-Masry Al-Youm

Egypt’s Minister of Immigration Nabila Makram on Tuesday paid a visit to the Philopateer Christian College, the first Egyptian school in Ontario, in light of celebrations for the Egyptian Coptic Festival in Canada.

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Canadian Prime minister wishes Nigerians in Regina happy Igbo Day, August 3

As the  Igbo community of Saskatchewan prepares to celebrate its Nigerian-Canadian heritage on August 3, Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Honourable Ralph Goodale, has sent greetings to the Igbo Cultural Association of Saskatchewan (ICAS).

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Collins Oghor: “African solutions to African problems”

McGill MBA alumnus, doctor, international medical researcher, global health consultant, company owner, fitness buff, world traveler, fashion maven. And 27 years old. There’s no pigeon-holing Collins Oghor.

The McGill grad who arrived in Canada from Nigeria at 17 to attend McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont., and then McGill, has come full circle. He will soon return to Nigeria, from where he will fan out across the African continent as a consultant on global health initiatives.

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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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