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The House Next Door: Africa and America find a home in Edgewood, Pittsburgh

PATRICIA SHERIDAN

A war was raging, and the Mufukas had to find a way out of Rhodesia (Zimbabwe). It was 1969.

“My parents had to figure out how to leave the country,” said Lois Mufuka Martin, who was only 18 months old at the time.

Today she and her husband, Derek Martin, live in a large, century-old home in Edgewood, Pittsburgh

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Lupita Nyong’o’s take on Chimamanda’s Americanah set for airing on HBO

By Ciku Kimeria

The long-awaited on-screen adaptation of Chimamanda’s bestseller, Americanah, is finally coming to life as a ten-episode HBO series starring Lupita Nyong’o and directed by Danai Gurira.

The duo of Nyong’o and Gurira have become a formidable force in Hollywood when it comes to their devotion to telling authentic African stories and especially the stories of women. These days, of course they’re both best known for their lead roles in 2018 blockbuster Black Panther set in the Marvel-created African country of Wakanda.

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Dillon shop brings Africa to Montana

By Annie Pentilla

African Oasis, an upscale curio shop and coffee and tea house in downtown Dillon, is a site that isn’t hard to miss. In the small ranching and agricultural community, the Idaho Street store certainly stands out, laden as it is with African art and the taxidermy busts of animals from the continent where human life is said to have its origins..

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Yale University honors Nigerian Chimamanda Adichie, Zimbabwean Strive Masiyiwa, and Kenyan Elephant activist, Cynthia Moss with doctorates

Yale University presented honorary degrees to 11 individuals who have achieved distinction in their fields at its 318th graduation ceremony recenty. Among the honorees were Nigerian author Chimamanda Adichie, Zimbabwean owner of Econet Wireless, Strive MAsiyiwa and Cynthia Moss, an American who has dedicated her life to the welfare of Kenya’s Amboseli elephants.

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Chawonza wins prestigious US award

By Daniel Nhakaniso

RISING Zimbabwean athletics sensation Alfred Chawonza capped off a memorable season in style after being named as the winner of the prestigious Men of Essex Award during the 61st edition of the annual awards dinner at the Cedar Hill Golf & Country Club in Livingston, New Jersey in the United States last week.

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Zimbabwean-American academic, Tererai Trent, to be honoured with statue in New York City

Zimbabwean-American academic Dr Tererai Trent has been named as one of the World’s Top 10 Most Inspiring Women in the world as part of an initiative called “Sculpted for Equal Rights”.

A life-size bronze statue of the US-based academic will be unveiled alongside those of other honorees at Rockefeller Centre in New York City on August 26.

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Trump extends Zimbabwe sanctions by one year

US President Donald Trump has extended sanctions against Zimbabwe by a year, saying that the new government’s policies continue to pose an “unusual and extraordinary” threat to the American foreign policy.

President Trump says Zimbabwean government’s policies pose an ‘unusual and extraordinary’ threat to US foreign policy.

The renewal on Monday comes despite calls by African leaders, including South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa, for the sanctions to be lifted to give the country a chance to recover from its economic crisis.

“The actions and policies of these persons continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the foreign policy of the United States,” Trump said in a notice announcing the extension.

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Otrude Moyo, Zimbabwean academic at University of Michigan awarded Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship

By Ashley Schafer

Otrude Moyo, chair of the Department of Social Work at the University of Michigan-Flint has been named a Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship from the Institute of International Education.

She joins a prestigious group of 385 scholars who have been awarded African Diaspora Fellowships to travel to Africa since the program’s inception in 2013.

Moyo received the fellowship for her project, “Internationalizing the Social Work Curriculum: Breathing Life into New Possibilities, Integrating Local-Global Thinking about Social Problems to Rebuild Healthy and Vibrant Communities.” Moyo will collaborate with faculty at the University of Fort Hare in South Africa on the project.

Moyo, an assistant professor, specializes in social welfare, critical multiculturalism, diversity and social justice, understanding quality of life, and inequality issues. She currently teaches social policy, diversity and social justice courses at University of Michigan-Flint.

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