Tag: Covid 19

Consulate holds memorial for Nigerian COVID-19 victims in New York

By Tosin Omoniyi | Premium Times

The Consulate-General of Nigeria in New York on Saturday held a remembrance ceremony to honour the memory of Nigerians who died from COVID-19 within its jurisdiction.

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Toronto-based Mastercard Foundation to spend $1.3B to vaccinate Africans for COVID

By GERALD IMRAY and HALELUYA HADERO | The Associated Press

One of the world’s largest foundations will spend $1.3 billion over the next three years to acquire and deliver COVID-19 vaccines for more than 50 million people in Africa. It’s a first-of-its-kind effort for a Western nonprofit to bolster Africa’s lagging vaccination campaign amid widespread fears of a third wave of infections on the continent.

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Two UC Berkeley Students From Africa Grapple With COVID-19, Racial Violence in the US


By Chloe Veltman | KQED

Abdoul Aziz Sandotin Coulibaly has seen plenty of riots and civil unrest in his native Ivory Coast. But the violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol this week shocked and saddened the 23-year-old UC Berkeley graduate student.

“I am not really sure if there will be any real inclusion or acceptance of diversity or end to racism in this country,” he wrote in an email to KQED. “Despite the constant praise of the U.S. as being a country that upholds democracy, this is a clear statement that the U.S. today is like a developing country – susceptible to coups and such actions.”

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COVID-19 Pandemic Alters Lifestyle Of Nigerians In U.S.

By News Agency of Nigeria

The Nigerian Diaspora Movement (NDM) says the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic truncated the annual social lifestyles for many Nigerians in the U.S. in 2020. The Chairman of NDM, Prof. Apollos Nwauwa, made this known in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) .

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Lost to COVID-19 | Ghanaian-born University of Akron professor hosted international students at his house every Thanksgiving

By Jennifer Pignolet | Akron Beacon Journal

Baffour Takyi knew what it was like to be far from home. The University of Akron professor was from Ghana, and he still had deep roots, including extended family, in the African nation. So every Thanksgiving, he and his wife invited Akron’s international students to their house for a meal. 

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Dipo Oyeleye examines African music as pandemic response in PhD research inspired by COVID-19

By Yvonne Kim | The Capital Times | madison.com

If you have been on Instagram or TikTok this year, you have likely heard some rendition of “Bored in the House,” the pandemic anthem for videos documenting people’s cabin fever or stuck-at-home activities. You also may have heard the musical mashup “Coronavirus” by DJ iMarkkeyz, inspired by rapper Cardi B freaking out over the virus in early March. But while there have been some songs here and there, Dipo Oyeleye, a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, said European and American music have largely been devoid of COVID-19 topics.

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Onyema Ogbuagu | Effusive praise for Nigerian doctor in Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine trial

By Marcel Mbamalu and Chukwuma Muanya | The Guardian

Accolades are pouring for Dr. Onyema Ogbuagu, the Nigerian-born medical doctor leading the Pfizer trial for the coronavirus vaccine in the United States. Ogbuagu is also director of the HIV Clinical Trials programme of the Yale AIDS Programme, Section of Infectious Diseases of the Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, New York City.

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Kojo Asamoa-Caesar |Ghanaian-American named Hero Of COVID-19

By Oral Ofori  | ModernGhana

Kojo Asamoa–Caesar became the first Ghanaian-American to receive a major political party nomination for federal office in the United States (US) when he was nominated to run for congress after winning the primaries in his district as a black man, a feat that hasn’t happened in over a century in that district. Mr. Asamoa-Caesar is TheAfricanDream.net Hero of COVID-19 for the month of November 2020.

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Moncef Slaoui | Moroccan- American Vaccine czar says 20 Million Could Receive COVID-19 Vaccine in December

By Morgan Hekking  Morocco world News

Moncef Slaoui, the Moroccan scientist leading the US COVID-19 vaccine development team, said  that 20 million Americans could be vaccinated by the end of December. The chief advisor to Operation Warp Speed added that after December, between 25 million and 30 million people in the US could receive vaccines for COVID-19 each month.

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Ghanaian-Americans Demand Policymakers to Approve Critical Coronavirus Relief for Americans

By PR.com | Benzinga

Washington, DC, Ghana Diaspora Public Affairs Collective (GHPAC) extends the following statement regarding the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act (“HEROES Act”):

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