Tag: Americans in Africa

Pastor T.D Jakes | How I traced my ancestry to the Igbo tribe in Nigeria

By Punch Newspapers

Popular American preacher, Bishop T.D Jakes of the Potter’s House, has revealed how he discovered that his ancestors are from the Igbo tribe of Nigeria. Jakes,  who is a renowned author, in an interview with BBC Igbo said his Igbo ancestry was discovered after DNA test.

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Why Black students should experience black life outside of the U.S.

By Devin Walker | Statesman

When I reflect on the Black Lives Matter movement and the many viral images that have galvanized protesters into action, my mind keeps going back to a disquieting video that did not result in belligerent shouting or bloodshed.

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Silicon Valley has deep pockets for African startups – if you’re not African

American venture capital and private equity is dominating Africa, but it’s mostly funding other white foreign founders as black entrepreneurs struggle to raise financing.

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Present and former African presidents condemn George Floyd killing

By BBC

Former African presidents have condemned the killing of George Floyd as violent protests continue in the US following his death in police custody. The Forum of Former Heads of State and Government has urged African countries to “raise a strong protest” to the killing and demand that the “perpetrators of this crime and all other crimes of this sort be punished in the strongest terms”, according to a statement released by former Beninese President Nicéphore Soglo.

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Def Jam Africa Launches in South Africa and Nigeria

By Americans-in-Africa.com

Universal Music Group (UMG), the world leader in music-based entertainment, has announced the launch of Def Jam Africa, a new label division within the continent dedicated to representing the best hip-hop, Afrobeats and trap talent in Africa. Def Jam Africa will follow the blueprint of the iconic Def Jam Recordings label, which has led and influenced the cutting-edge in hip-hop and urban culture for more than 35 years.

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How Ghana became the hottest destination for African-American travelers

A new travel movement is forging ancestral links in West Africa.

BY HEATHER GREENWOOD DAVIS AND STARLIGHT WILLIAMS

LAST SUMMER IN Ghana, Tiffany Heard followed her guide to his hometown of Kumasi. There, in a courtyard in the country’s second largest city, as locals chanted and sang, the 34-year-old travel planner from California waited for her new name.

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Nigerian ‘unicorn’ Interswitch sells stake to Visa

By Libby GeorgeAlexis Akwagyiram

(Reuters) – Visa Inc (V.N) will buy a significant minority stake in Nigerian payments platform Interswitch, creating “an instant acceptance network across Africa” that will help drive expansion, both companies said in a statement on Tuesday.

Interswitch and Visa did not provide financial details but a source confirmed media reports that Visa would buy a 20% stake for $200 million.

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HOW TO PLAN YOUR TRIP TO AFROCHELLA FESTIVAL IN ACCRA, GHANA

by SHAUNA BENI

Afrochella, now in its third year, is a one-day festival in Accra, Ghana celebrating Africa’s diverse culture, from cuisine to contemporary art, as well as the vibrant work of African creatives and entrepreneurs.

This year, it promises to be bigger than ever, with a jam-packed schedule of live music, exhibitions, and more. The programming aligns with the “Year of Return, Ghana 2019,” an initiative set forth by Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo to mark the 400th anniversary of the arrival of enslaved Africans to North America in 1619, and encourages those of African descent to make the journey back home

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U.S. Treasury Calls Ethiopia, Egypt and World Bank to Nile Talks

By Nizar Manek

The U.S. Treasury invited Ethiopia and Egypt for talks, part of growing international efforts to quell a dispute over a giant dam that’s being built on the Nile River.

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin is convening the meeting in Washington, which the World Bank’s president will attend if the two African countries and mutual neighbor Sudan also participate, a spokesperson for the lender said Thursday. Ethiopia and Egypt’s foreign ministries have both said they’d accepted U.S. invitations for Nov. 6 talks.

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MARKS NAMED US AMBASSADOR TO SOUTH AFRICA

By Patrick Burgess

Controversial former Bermuda resident Lana Marks has been confirmed as the American ambassador to South Africa by the US Senate almost a year after President Donald Trump appointed her to the post.

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