At the climax of dramatic events that have flipped the year 2020 on its head, the inhumane killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer has resurrected a new wave of anti-black racism protests in North America and other parts of the world. Amidst demands for better reforms to obliterate police brutality and anti-black racism, world leaders have been forced to take a knee and repeatedly listen to a legitimate chant: “Black Lives Matter.”
Nigerian-Canadian Chika Stacy Oriuwa has wanted to be a doctor since she was a small child. When she started medical school at the University of Toronto four years ago, she was the only black person in a class of 259 students. On Tuesday, June 2nd, she graduates as valedictorian. In doing so, she becomes just the second black woman valedictorian and the first woman in 14 years to receive the honour.
Omowumi is far more than just a name for former Toronto Raptors 905 coach, Omowumi “Wumi” Agunbiade. For the 28-year-old Nigerian-Canadian, it’s a purpose. The name comes from her Yoruba heritage and means “I love children.” As she’s now proving, her family named her right.
For the past year, Agunbiade has been giving back to her community. She started a high school basketball scouting service known as Hoopers Loop that helps bring attention to Canadian girls basketball. It’s the kind of program that Agunbiade said she never really had when she was coming up through the girls basketball system a decade ago.
Bridget Alichie is currently a PhD student of Criminology and Socio-legal Studies at the University of Alberta. Her research area is gender studies, human rights, social movement and new media studies. She explains how she plowed through multiple processes to obtain the scholarship with which she is funding her education in Canada.
With Ontario calling on its “best and brightest minds” to combat coronavirus, an Orangeville businessman, a Nigerian-born doctor and his partners are close to bringing an affordable emergency ventilator to market. The LifeAir G1 is based on an initial design by Dayo Olakulehin, a former doctor in Nigeria who immigrated to Canada with the concept of designing an inexpensive ventilator that could save lives and be affordable for developing nations.
Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), has announced a new pilot project – Nigeria Student Express (NSE) – that is geared at reducing study permit processing times for Nigerian students who have been accepted to degree programmes in Canada.
The exodus of Nigerian immigrants to Canada is showing no signs of slowing down.
For the fifth year in a row, more Nigerians emigrated to Canada than the year before as data published by the Canadian government shows the number of Nigerians issued permanent resident permits has tripled since 2015.