By Halima Gikandi | PRI
Early this week, Nafula Wafula, a Kenyan activist, got a call from an American friend living in Nairobi. They talked about the recent killing of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
“When she called me, at the same time I was thinking about the police brutality that is happening here in Kenya,” said Wafula, who is the vice-chairperson of policy at the Commonwealth Youth Council. She also has a brother who lives in the United States.
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by DAVID CRARY | AP National Writer
Stranded in Nigeria for months, a Colorado couple had a rare chance to catch an evacuation flight to the U.S. recently during the coronavirus outbreak. But they refused because they would have had to leave behind their adopted daughter, who has yet to get a U.S. visa.
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With the U.S. now leading the world in Covid-19 cases, its health care system fraying and economy faltering, some Americans abroad see their country in an unsettling light.
By Dionne Searcey and Ruth Maclean | New York Times
Mask shortages in hospitals. Inadequate coronavirus testing. Medical supplies flown in from overseas. And an international charity setting up a field hospital in Central Park. John Shaw watched from afar what was going on back home in the United States and decided to stay put, in Kenya.
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By San Francisco State University
During Humanities Professor Cristina Ruotolo’s Fulbright scholarship at University of Ghana in 2018 – 19, she was invited to direct its string ensemble, which put her in contact with the city of Accra’s burgeoning classical music scene. As a result, the classically trained violinist expanded her Fulbright project, teaching and performing violin alongside her primary work of teaching courses on American literature and culture.
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by Dana Givens | Black Enterprise
Travel to Africa has become increasingly popular over the last few years, thanks to everything from captivating images shared by travel influencers on social media to thousands flocking to Ghana to celebrate the Year of The Return. The travel movement has inspired many to not only visit African countries but relocate there permanently. More and more African Americans are moving to different countries on the continent and taking advantage of expat work opportunities to create a life outside of the U.S.
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By RUPI MANGAT
When the French Cultural Centre in Nairobi announced an exhibition of African masks from around the continent, I expected to see some of the famous looted Benin Bronzes. However, on show was a presentation by American Teddy Mitchener who was painting a Benin Bronze mask.
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By Lorine Towett
American computer programmer, Internet entrepreneur, and Twitter CEO Jack Patrick Dorsey will be spending his November in Africa.
Dorsey through his Twitter account announced his visit where he revealed he would be visiting various countries including South Africa, Ghana, Ethiopia, and Nigeria.
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DANIELLE KWATENG-CLARK CONSIDERS HER OWN RICH CULTURAL HERITAGE AS A CHILD OF THE AFRICAN DIASPORA ON HER REVOLUTIONARY RETURN HOME TO GHANA.
In Maya Angelou’s autobiography, All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes, she describes the revelatory experience of moving to Ghana in 1962 for three years. This is where she would form a kinship with actor Julian Mayfield and playwright Efua Sutherland and discuss politics with Malcolm X. At 33 years old Angelou joined a community of American expatriates who called themselves “Revolutionary Returnees” and embraced the Pan-African movement of uniting all indigenous Africans. In Ghana Angelou explored triple consciousness as a revolutionary Black American in Africa when identifying with your roots had captured the zeitgeist of Black culture stateside.
I read the book for the first time when I was a freshman in college at Howard University; my association with Ghana had been fairly nebulous up to that point. My parents were a part of a south Florida Ghanaian association; they were constantly in contact with family members “back home”; and they freely spoke Twi, the language of our Ashanti people.
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President Edgar Lungu has praised the United States of America for providing over US$ 3 billion towards development assistance to Zambia since its Independence in 1964.
This came to light when President Lungu held a bilateral meeting with US Deputy Assistant Secretary for Africa under the State Department Matthew Harrington in New York last evening.
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BY ADM. JAMES FOGGO III : COMMANDER, US NAVAL FORCES EUROPE/AFRICA
Russia and China want to leverage Africa’s people and resources. U.S. Naval Forces Africa aspires to work with African partners to bring about a secure and prosperous continent.
No less than Europe and the Pacific, Africa is caught up in the great power competition described in the 2018 National Defense Strategy. As Russia and China intensify their efforts to leverage Africa’s people and resources, the continent’s future lies in the balance, with direct impact on both global and American security.
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