By Ebimo Amungo
Four Nigerians, a Somalian, a Ghanaian and a Rwandan are among researchers announced as the 2020-2021 recipients of the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships and Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships, Canada’s most prized awards for PhD students and postdoctoral fellows, respectively.
Vanier Scholarships are valued at $50,000 per year for three years during doctoral studies, while Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships are worth $70,000 per year for two years.
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By Jake Bright | TechCrunch
African cross-border fintech startup Chipper Cash has closed a $13.8 million Series A funding round led by Deciens Capital and plans to hire 30 new staff globally. The raise caps an event-filled run for the San Francisco-based payments company, founded two years ago by Ugandan Ham Serunjogi and Ghanaian Maijid Moujaled.
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Sam Richardson is a rising star with a dual heritage. Born to an African American father and a Ghanaian mother, Richardson spent his childhood shuttling between the United States and Ghana. In this report by Stuart Heritage in The Guardian Sam Richardson talks about his career and his latest film, HookUp.
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BY BRENDAN COLE | Newsweek
The debate about race following the killing of George Floyd has reverberated across the Atlantic Ocean, spurring the tourism minister of Ghana to appeal to its diaspora, including in the U.S., to “leave where you are not wanted,” and return home.
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When US Democrats in Congress proposed legislation to reform the police following weeks of protests over the death of African American George Floyd at the hands of a white officer, commenters on social media only wanted to talk about one thing: what they were wearing. Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and other Democratic lawmakers were draped in scarves made from a cloth of colourful geometric Ghanaian designs called kente.
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Some 41 Ghanaians who were in Washington DC, USA, have arrived in Ghana. Most of them were students who went on an exchange program sponsored by the State Department of the United States of America.
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By MATTHEW KORFHAGE | THE VIRGINIAN-PILOT
Soon, Norfolk will be home to a kind of restaurant rare in America — a casual and friendly lunch counter devoted to the West African flavors of Ghana. At Yendidi restaurant in Norview Heights, Ghanaian-born chef Josephine Oteng-Appiah plans to serve the tomato-rich jollof rice stews, spiced beef and plantains, and vibrant grilled fish she grew up with — along with a whole new world of flavors she’s learned since moving to America.
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by Nathaniel Crabbe | YEN
Ghanaian-born Chief Warrant Officer Two (CWO2), Pearl Amoako, has become a force within the US Navy, currently serving as the Food Service Officer at the U.S. Naval Base in Cuba. As the Food Service Officer, she is responsible for feeding all military personnel and civilians at the base.
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By TRACY SCHUHMACHER | ROCHESTER DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE
Just four months ago, the dreams of the musicians in the African drumming troupe Womba Africa felt tantalizingly close. With little money in their pockets, they had moved from Ghana to Rochester. They had found a place to live and were adjusting to life in America. Word had spread that the energetic cultural group was in town, and they were getting booked to play at schools, libraries and festivals.
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Harley Wong | Artsy
Ghanaian artist Amoako Boafo has experienced a meteoric rise in the art world over the past year. Known for large-scale portraits of Black subjects rendered in bold, gestural strokes, Boafo has only gained momentum in 2020. Recently, in April 2020, he donated a painting, Aurore Iradukunda (2020), to an online benefit auction supporting the Museum of the African Diaspora during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The painting sold in early May for $190,000, nearly six times its $35,000 estimate.
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