The Nonprofit organization Bethel Hamliri is organizing “African Health Summit”

The Nonprofit organization Bethel Hamliri is organizing “African Health Summit” on September 25 and 26, 20021 in the Bronx. Discussions will be focused on “diabetes, hypertension, cancer, and interdependence between traditional and modern medicine.” This event will also be an opportunity for everyone  to  get some network connections and participate in forum. A gala will be held at the night on September 25, 2021 in the Bronx. BBQ, and street fairs will be held on September 26,2021. It is now time to register by clicking the link on the flyer. Read more

African Heritage Month celebration in New York: Achievement of African leaders honored  

Africans in New York have celebrated on September 9, 2021, at African Center,  “African Heritage Month,” which is designed to honor the Africans' contributions in diverse ways in New York. Organized in collaboration with the African Heritage Month celebration committee, the New York City Commission on Human Rights, the Mayor’s office of Immigrant Affairs, the Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit, New York City Health and Hospitals, the Mayor’s office of faith and community partnerships, NYC department of cultural affairs, the Africa Center, DSI International, and African Communities Together, the event brought together some African leaders, some political leaders, and some African organizations. Manhattan Brough president Gale Brewer thanked African Community in Manhattan and gave a certificate to a hair braider to honor  the hardworking of all those African women who every single day occupy the streets of Manhattan singing that lovely mantra: “Hair braiding Miss.” The chair of the New York... Read more

Guinea’s new junta leaders seek to tighten grip on power

Guinea’s new military leaders sought to tighten their grip on power Monday after overthrowing President Alpha Conde, ordering the soldiers from his presidential guard to join the junta forces now in charge of the West African nation. After putting the country back under military rule for the first time in over a decade, the junta also said Guinea’s provincial governors would be replaced by regional commanders. A nightly curfew was put in place, and the country’s constitution and National Assembly were both dissolved. The military junta has refused to issue a timeline for releasing Conde, saying the 83-year-old deposed leader still had access to medical care and his doctors. The West African regional bloc known as ECOWAS, though, called for his immediate release and threatened to impose sanctions if the demand was not met. Conde’s removal by force Sunday came after the president sought a controversial third term in office last... Read more

Air Senegal has launched service between Dakar, New York, and Baltimore

Air Senegal has launched service between its country's capital of Dakar to Baltimore in the US. The route will run with a layover in New York, but most Americans can't fly on the domestic leg. One of Airbus' newest wide-body jets, the A330-900neo, will operate the route. The African airline Air Senegal launched flights from its capital of Dakar to Baltimore on Thursday. The unique route includes a layover in New York before continuing on to Baltimore, but most Americans cannot fly the domestic leg. As of September 2, Air Senegal will fly twice weekly between its country's capital of Dakar to Baltimore in the US. The route will operate on Thursdays and Sundays and include a short layover at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport in both directions, according to the airline. Here's the schedule (all times are local): Depart Dakar at 1:30 a.m. and arrive in New York-JFK at 6:00... Read more

US says drone kills IS bombers targeting Kabul airport

A U.S. drone strike blew up a vehicle carrying “multiple suicide bombers” from Afghanistan’s Islamic State affiliate on Sunday before they could attack the ongoing military evacuation at Kabul’s international airport, American officials said. The strike came just two days before the U.S. is set to conclude a massive airlift of tens of thousands of Afghan and foreign civilians and withdraw the last of its troops, ending America’s longest war with the Taliban back in power. The U.S. State Department released a statement signed by around 100 countries, as well as NATO and the European Union, saying they had received “assurances” from the Taliban that people with travel documents would still be able to leave the country freely. The Taliban have said they will allow normal travel after the U.S. withdrawal is completed on Tuesday and they assume control of the airport. At around the same time as the drone... Read more

Census shows US is diversifying, white population shrinking

The U.S. became more diverse and more urban over the past decade, and the non-Hispanic white population dropped for the first time on record, the Census Bureau reported Thursday as it released a trove of demographic data that will be used to redraw the nation’s political maps. The new figures offered the most detailed portrait yet of how the country has changed since 2010, and they are sure to set off an intense partisan battle over representation at a time of deep national division and fights over voting rights. The numbers could help determine control of the House in the 2022 elections and provide an electoral edge for years to come. The data will also shape how $1.5 trillion in annual federal spending is distributed. Americans continued to migrate to the South and West at the expense of the Midwest and Northeast, the figures showed. The share of the white... Read more

New York: Two African brothers were shot, one died, and one other severely wounded, and a rally to ask for justice

A rally was held on July 19, 2021 in the Bronx to protest against gun violence and ask for justice for two brothers who  were respectively shot on July 4 and 9, 2021 in the Bronx by a gun man who is still on the loose. Mamadou A. Bah 22, was fatally shot at 172 Street Boston Road in the Bronx and his young brother  Aloussenou Bah 20, was shot twice and severely wounded outside the familly’s residence at 1382 Crotona Avenue in the Bronx. The whole family is now  afraid and has to hide to protect herself. The rally has brought together elected officials, family members, and  community leaders who protested in front of  Bronx Borough Hall building  against gun violence and demanded justice for two brothers who were shot. “We still don’t know who the killer is and why he/ she specifically targeted the same family,” said Mamadou... Read more

New Jersey: Who kill Moussa Fofana?

A Columbia high school student   was shot and killed on June 6, 2021 in New Jersey and the killer is  still on the  loose . Moussa Fofana, 18, was pronounced dead at the scene at 10: 24 pm in the area of Underhillfield where he  was playing soccer with other friends.   Masane Fofana, the victim sister still wondering why the killer is not yet arrested. “There is a camera there, if the camera did not  see that, this is a problem,” she said. “ It happened at a white school.” According to, a local news outlet, Moussa of Maplewood was shot at “approximately 9: 38 pm on Sunday, June 6, 2021,” and was pronounced dead at the scene. “This is not a mistake. The shooter was in a car ; they run after him and shot him,” Masane  said. Moussa Fofana was originally from Ivory Coast, West Africa,... Read more

Angelina Jolie visits Burkina Faso as UN special envoy

Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie has visited war-weakened Burkina Faso to show solidarity with people who continue to welcome the displaced, despite grappling with their own insecurity, and said the world isn’t doing enough to help. "The humanitarian crisis in the Sahel seems to me to be totally neglected. It is treated as being of little geopolitical importance," Jolie told the Associated Press. "There’s a bias in the way we think about which countries and which people matter." While Burkina Faso has been battling a five-year Islamic insurgency linked to al-Qaida and the Islamic State that’s killed thousands and displaced more than one million people, it is also hosting more than 22,000 refugees, the majority Malian. As Special Envoy to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Jolie marked World Refugee Day on Sunday in Burkina Faso’s Goudoubo refugee camp in the Sahel, where she finished a two-day visit. She spoke with the camp’s Malian... Read more

City Council District 16: African Journal has chosen its Candidate

New Yorkers will choose on June 22, 2021, a new Mayor, Comptroller, four Borough Presidents, and two – thirds of City Council positions. Over 400 candidates are running. Among those candidates they are Africans who are running for example in the Bronx for City Council positions. One of the goals of The African Journal is to see our brothers and sisters succeed in anything they will embrace. We are proud that we have Africans who are running to be elected officials in New York. For City Council district 16 in the Bronx, two young Africans are running for the same position. Our readers wanted to know for whom candidate we stand for?   When we decided to run this news outlet three years ago, we let people know that we embrace unity not the opposite. We hate division and we censure it. Our vision did not change, and it will remain... Read more

All New Yorkers have the right to get support: The NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs

New York City residents can access many health and social services including emergency Medicaid, food assistance, tenant protection, free legal help, and COVID-19 vaccination, testing, and care. Your immigration status, ability to pay, and employment status do not matter. Learn more at The NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA) and Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) want all New Yorkers to trust that they can seek the care they need, without fear of immigration consequences, to be empowered by knowledge about their right to get support, and to know that their City has their back. For connections to City-funded, free and safe immigration legal help, call ActionNYC at 1-800-354-0365. Monday to Friday between 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Read more

Big US job gain expected, if employers found enough workers

With viral cases declining, consumers spending again and more businesses easing restrictions, America’s employers likely delivered another month of robust hiring in April, reinforcing the economy’s steady rebound from the pandemic recession. Economists have forecast that the nation added 975,000 jobs last month, according to a survey by FactSet, after adding 916,000 in March, and that the unemployment rate slipped from 6% to 5.8%. The size of such job gains was essentially unheard-of before the pandemic. The government will issue the April jobs report at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time Friday. Yet most of the hiring represents a bounce-back after tens of millions of jobs were lost when the pandemic flattened the economy 14 months ago. Even if economists’ estimate for April hiring proves accurate, the economy would remain about 7 million jobs short of its pre-pandemic level. At the same time, optimism about a sustained recovery is rising. Americans are,... Read more

Biden’s declaration: America’s democracy ‘is rising anew’

President Joe Biden declared that “America is rising anew” as he called for an expansion of federal programs to drive the economy past the coronavirus pandemic and broadly extend the social safety net on a scale not seen in decades. Biden’s nationally televised address to Congress, his first, raised the stakes for his ability to sell his plans to voters of both parties, even if Republican lawmakers prove resistant. The Democratic president is following Wednesday night’s speech by pushing his plans in person, beginning in Georgia on Thursday and then on to Pennsylvania and Virginia in the days ahead. In the address, Biden pointed optimistically to the nation’s emergence from the coronavirus scourge as a moment for America to prove that its democracy can still work and maintain primacy in the world. Speaking in highly personal terms while demanding massive structural changes, the president marked his first 100 days in office by... Read more

New York School Safety Agents: “nobody is going to allow 5,000 brown women to lose their job,” Gregory Floyd, president of Teamsters Local 237

New York School Safety Coalition has organized a rally on April 11,2021 to protest against some electoral officials’ campaign  promises that will aim to eliminate completely school safety agents who will be replaced by guarding counselors. [caption id="attachment_5977" align="aligncenter" width="455"] Mona Davids founder and president of New York Charter Parents Association, and the New York City Parents Union[/caption] Since school safety agents are hired under New York Police Department (NYPD)  and trained by the same entity, those electoral officials said there is not way to make a difference between police officers and school safety agents as they promise to defund the police. For that reason, New York School Safety Coalition and several other organizations in New York City took to the street to protest against what Mona Davids founder and president of New York Charter Parents Association, and the New York City Parents Union, has called “outrage, absurd, and ludicrous... Read more

‘Sliver of hope.’ Relief, caution as America absorbs verdict

When the verdicts came in — guilty, guilty and guilty — Lucia Edmonds let out the breath she hadn’t even realized she’d been holding. The relief that the 91-year-old Black woman felt flooding over her when white former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin was convicted for killing George Floyd was hard-earned, coming after a lifetime of seeing other cases end differently. “I was prepared for the fact that it might not be a guilty verdict because it’s happened so many times before,” the Washington, D.C., resident said. She recalled the shock of the Rodney King case nearly three decades ago when four Los Angeles officers were acquitted of beating King, a Black motorist. “I don’t know how they watched the video of Rodney King being beaten and not hold those officers to account,” Edmonds said. About the Chauvin verdict, she said, “I hope this means there is a shift in this county, but it’s too early... Read more

Protest after chief says officer meant to use Taser, not gun

 BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. (AP) — Police clashed with protesters for a second night in the Minneapolis suburb where an officer who authorities say apparently intended to fire a Taser, not a handgun, fatally shot a Black man during a traffic stop. Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon described Sunday’s shooting death of 20-year-old Daunte Wright as “an accidental discharge.” The shooting sparked protests and unrest in an area already on edge because of the trial of the first of four police officers charged in George Floyd’s death. Hundreds of protesters faced off against police in Brooklyn Center after nightfall Monday, and hours after a dusk-to-dawn curfew was announced by the governor. When the protesters wouldn’t disperse, police began firing gas canisters and flash-bang grenades, sending clouds wafting over the crowd and chasing some protesters away. A long line of police in riot gear, rhythmically pushing their clubs in front of them, began slowly... Read more

Biden aims for bipartisanship but applies sly pressure

President Joe Biden has begun publicly courting Republicans to back his sweeping infrastructure plan, but his reach across the aisle is intended just as much to keep Democrats in line as it is a first step in an uphill climb to any bipartisan deal. Biden’s high-profile Oval Office meeting with a bipartisan group of lawmakers on Monday was just one piece of a fulsome attempt to win over GOP lawmakers, White House aides said. But even if it doesn’t succeed, it could prove useful — boxing in Republicans while helping keep the widely disparate Democrats in line. Some moderate Democrats, notably Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, have urged an effort at bipartisanship to pass the $2.3 trillion bill. And while Biden has made clear, publicly and privately, that he wants Republican support, the White House is also preparing to go it alone, if necessary, to get the bill passed. That would leave... Read more

 Brazil’s virus outlook darkens amid vaccine supply snags

 RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — April is shaping up to be Brazil’s darkest month yet in the pandemic, with hospitals struggling with a crush of patients, deaths on track for record highs and few signs of a reprieve from a troubled vaccination program in Latin America’s largest nation. The Health Ministry has cut its outlook for vaccine supplies in April three times already, to half their initial level, and the country’s two biggest laboratories are facing supply constraints. The delays also mean tens of thousands more deaths as the particularly contagious P.1 variant of COVID-19 sweeps Brazil. It has recorded about 350,000 of the 2.9 million virus deaths worldwide, behind only the U.S. toll of over 560,000. Brazil’s seven-day rolling average has increased to 2,820 deaths per day, compared with the global average of 10,608 per day, according to data through April 8 from Johns Hopkins University. The death toll... Read more

Guineans Succeeding in America hosts second annual Women’s Conference virtually

New York City — Guineans Succeeding in America (GSA), a nonprofit organization that empowers the Guinean-American community through education and professional development, will be holding its fifth annual GSA conference on Saturday, March 27, 2021 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. This year, the conference is taking place virtually due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Every year, the conference seeks to not only address the issues and challenges that Guinean women face but also inform, inspire, empower and build a network of women who are actively involved in bringing positive change to their community. The conference aims to bring together students, job seekers and young and experienced professionals to network with and motivate one another. The theme for this year’s conference is “Navigating the workplace as a woman.” This year, the conference is taking place virtually due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. “This year, Guineans Succeeding in America seeks to... Read more

 African Life Center has celebrated International Women’s Day: “A day to remember women who fought for women,” Ms. Ramatu Ahmed

“Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID - 19 world,” was the theme that was chosen this year to celebrate International Women’s Day. As always, International Women’s Day, which is celebrated every single year on March 8tth,  was celebrated in  different ways and in different countries. African Life Center, which is a 501C organization has commemorated that historical Day by engaging a discussion related to the theme as three women with extensive experience in the medical field debated the topic. They were: Mariama Bah Sow MD, Physician, Maimouna Coulibaly, MD, MPH, medical doctor and epidemiologist, and Dr. Lois Bookhardt, chief medical officer. Ramatu Ahmed, founder of Africa Life Center,  who has initiated the discussion, said the goal is to acknowledge any woman who fought and continue to fight as we navigate through covid – 19. For Ms. Ramatu, African Life Center, which purpose is to serve African... Read more

Embassy of Burkina Faso in Washington DC and  Azaaba give the opportunity to some Americans to know better Burkina Faso and its people

Azaaba, a  nonprofit organization  in collaboration with the Embassy of Burkina Faso in the United of America, has organized on  March 6, 2021, a zoom meeting, which was focused on African Americans who wanted to be reconnected with their root in Burkina Faso. The organization has been doing that for a while for African Americans who after a DNA test, were identified as Burkinabe. It was the turn last week  for those who were identified as belonging  to Samo people, one of the more than sixty ethnic groups who are living in Burkina Faso and the theme was: the Samo people of Burkina Faso.      It has been a long time  Antonio Williams, an American was looking for a way to know where exactly in Africa his ancestors came from. After a DNA test, he has  found out that his family story starts In Burkina Faso, a country located... Read more

Attorney Pierre Gooding: “I have chosen a life in politics to help my community”

Pierre Gooding is running for the second time for City Council in District 9, Harlem. Born and raised in Harlem, Mr. Gooding who is  an attorney, a teacher, and a politician, thinks Harlem his neighborhood still struggles in several ways and one of that issue is called injustice. Defender of the window and the orphan, Mr. Gooding wanted to take the fight beyond to help  his community in a macro level. African Journal met him for you. African Journal (AJ):  Can you introduce yourself in a few words? Pierre Gooding ( PG): My name is Pierre Gooding and I am an attorney, Deacon and former teacher taking my second run for City Council in District 9, Harlem.  I was born in the Grant Houses and am proud to advocate for my community. AJ: You describe yourselves as a teacher, attorney, and politician. What will be your choice  If you have... Read more

Women fleeing Burkina Faso violence face sexual assault

KAYA, Burkina Faso -- A 20-year-old woman could no longer live in her village amid the rising violence caused by Islamic extremists. But she needed to return and retrieve the family's cows in hopes of selling them. If her husband went, jihadists would almost certainly kill him. She went instead, and was dragged into the bush, beaten and raped at knifepoint.  “I screamed, but I couldn’t overtake him, so I cried,” she recalled in a phone interview from Barsalogho town in the Center North region where she now lives. The Associated Press does not identify victims of sexual violence. The extremist violence in Burkina Faso linked to al-Qaida and the Islamic State group is fueling an increase in sexual assaults against women, especially those displaced by attacks. Many are preyed upon as they attempt to collect belongings they left behind. The violence killed more than 2,000 people last year, according to... Read more

Anatomy of a conspiracy: With COVID, China took leading role

The rumors began almost as soon as the disease itself. Claims that a foreign adversary had unleashed a bioweapon emerged at the fringes of Chinese social media the same day China first reported the outbreak of a mysterious virus. “Watch out for Americans!” a Weibo user wrote on Dec. 31, 2019. Today, a year after the World Health Organization warned of an epidemic of COVID-19 misinformation, that conspiracy theory lives on, pushed by Chinese officials eager to cast doubt on the origins of a pandemic that has claimed more than 2 million lives globally. From Beijing and Washington to Moscow and Tehran, political leaders and allied media effectively functioned as super spreaders, using their stature to amplify politically expedient conspiracies already in circulation. But it was China -- not Russia – that took the lead in spreading foreign disinformation about COVID-19’s origins, as it came under attack for its early... Read more

When Michelle Obama and Amanda Gorman Discuss Art, Identity and Optimism

Amanda Gorman captivated the world when she read her poem “The Hill We Climb” at President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris’ Jan. 20 Inauguration ceremony. Sitting just feet away from the 22-year-old that day was former First Lady Michelle Obama, who had met Gorman twice before—in 2016 at a White House event for the National Student Poets program and again at a 2018 event for Black Girls Rock, an organization that seeks to empower women and girls. Gorman, who was named the first National Youth Poet Laureate in 2017, emerged in an instant as the latest inspiring young artist of the renaissance. Her three upcoming books shot to the top of Amazon’s bestseller list and the NFL soon announced plans for her to recite an original poem at Super Bowl LV. In a remote interview, Gorman and Obama covered topics ranging from the role of art in activism to the pressures Black women face in the... Read more

A rally to end the violence against Black women: electoral officials, clergy, community leaders, and Harlem residents stand together

A rally to call for justice, and to end the violence against Black women has  brought together on January 30th 2021, New York City  electoral officials, clergy,  community leaders, and Harlem residents in Harlem as the police is actively searching for three men who assaulted a 31 – year – old mother. The young woman whose name has not been revealed was bitten, beaten, spit on, and robbed on Monday January 18, 2021 on West 128th street by three assailants upon leaving a liquor store on West 128th street. “We will come together and bring those who commit this crime to justice,” said New York State Senator Brian A. Benjamin who wondered why the assailants are still on the loose. He has promised that “we will keep doing anything to bring these guys to justice.” “We feel what you feel,” said Eric Adams the Brooklyn Borough President as he spoke... Read more

Arisa Diane Oliver has authored two wonderful books: “A Strange World” and “Black And White”

When she came to the United States of America, she could not either speak or write in English. She never dreamt she will one day speak fluently English or write academically  books  in English. However, she did it in less than four years. Her name is Arisa Diane Oliver AKA Diane Bertille Olivia Kabore and she is 24  years  old. Daughter of a diplomat from Burkina Faso ( West Africa) , her native country, Arisa Diane Oliver authored two books: a novel ( A Strange World) and a poem ( Black and White), which are written in English. Although  she said writing is like expressing herself, Oliver got her inspiration from watching  movies. “They made me dream and discover a new world,”  She said. And she wrote “ I am a big fan of movies. One day while watching a movie where the lead was a writer made me realize... Read more

Records: Trump allies behind rally that ignited Capitol riot

 Members of President Donald Trump’s failed presidential campaign played key roles in orchestrating the Washington rally that spawned a deadly assault on the U.S. Capitol, according to an Associated Press review of records, undercutting claims the event was the brainchild of the president’s grassroots supporters. A pro-Trump nonprofit group called Women for America First hosted the “Save America Rally” on Jan. 6 at the Ellipse, an oval-shaped, federally owned patch of land near the White House. But an attachment to the National Park Service public gathering permit granted to the group lists more than half a dozen people in staff positions for the event who just weeks earlier had been paid thousands of dollars by Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign. Other staff scheduled to be “on site” during the demonstration have close ties to the White House.  Since the siege, several of them have scrambled to distance themselves from the rally. The riot... Read more

“The city, the mayor, the governor, and the teacher’s union only pay attention when you take them to court,” said Mona Davids Founder and President  the New York Charter Parents Association and the New York City Parents Union

Founder and President of both the New York Charter Parents Association and the New York City Parents Union, Mona Davids is one of The African Journal’s ( honorees as we thank her for supporting the news outlet by all means. South African-born and Brooklyn-raised, Mona Davids 47, is also the owner of Social Impact Strategies, which is a communications and political consulting firm based in New York. Dr. Steve Perry, who is the Founder and Head of Schools, Capital Preparatory Schools said this about her: “Mona Davids is an activist who gets it done. Her ability to communicate a message and bring people together separate her from most. Mona Davids was essential in the establishment of our charter school in Harlem and the residual impact of her work helped us to get another charter school approved in the Bronx.” As an activist and education advocate for over a decade, Mona... Read more

Trump just signs massive measure funding government, COVID relief

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump has signed a $900 billion pandemic relief package that will deliver long-sought cash to businesses and individuals. It also averts a government shutdown. Trump announced the signing in a statement Sunday night. The massive bill includes $1.4 trillion to fund government agencies through September and contains other end-of-session priorities such as money for cash-starved transit systems and an increase in food stamp benefits. Democrats are promising more aid to come once President-elect Joe Biden takes office, but Republicans are signaling a wait-and-see approach. THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. AP’s earlier story follows below. The fate of an end-of-year COVID-19 relief and spending bill remained in doubt Sunday as millions lost unemployment aid, the government barreled toward a mid-pandemic shutdown and lawmakers implored President Donald Trump to act. Trump blindsided members of both parties and upended months of negotiations when he... Read more

Lawmakers press Trump on relief bill as jobless aid expires

 WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The fate of an end-of-year COVID-19 relief and spending bill remained in doubt Sunday as millions lost unemployment aid, the government barreled toward a mid-pandemic shutdown and lawmakers implored President Donald Trump to act. Trump blindsided members of both parties and upended months of negotiations when he demanded last week that the package — already passed the House and Senate by large margins and believed to have Trump’s support — be revised to include larger relief checks and scaled-back spending. If he continues his opposition, the federal government will run out of money at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday while he spends the holidays golfing in Florida. Days ago, Democrats said they would call House lawmakers back to Washington for a vote Monday on Trump’s proposal to send out $2,000 relief checks, instead of the $600 approved by Congress. But the idea is likely to die... Read more

GOP blocks $2,000 checks as Trump leaves COVID aid in chaos

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s sudden demand for $2,000 checks for most Americans was swiftly rejected by House Republicans as his haphazard actions have thrown a massive COVID relief and government funding bill into chaos. The rare Christmas Eve session of the House lasted just minutes, with help for millions of Americans awaiting Trump’s signature on the bill. Unemployment benefits, eviction protections and other emergency aid, including smaller $600 checks, are at risk. Trump’s refusal of the $900 billion package, which is linked to $1.4 trillion government funds bill, could spark a federal shutdown at midnight Monday.  “We’re not going to let the government shut down, nor are we going to let the American people down,” said Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., the majority leader. With its fate still up in the air, the bill arrived Thursday night in Florida, where the president has been spending the holiday s golfing and tweeting, a person... Read more

COVID-19 vaccine shipments begin in historic US effort

PORTAGE, Michigan (AP) — The first of many freezer-packed COVID-19 vaccine vials made their way to distribution sites across the United States on Sunday, as the nation’s pandemic deaths approached the horrifying new milestone of 300,000. The rollout of the Pfizer vaccine, the first to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration, ushers in the biggest vaccination effort in U.S. history — one that health officials hope the American public will embrace, even as some have voiced initial skepticism or worry. The first of two shots are expected to be given in the coming week to health care workers and nursing home residents.  Quick transport is key for the vaccine, especially since this one must be stored at extremely low temperatures — about 94 degrees below zero. Early Sunday, workers at Pfizer — dressed in fluorescent yellow clothing, hard hats and gloves — wasted no time as they packed... Read more

NYCHA, Affordable Housing Groups, And Private Developers Forge $271M Deal To Upgrade Public Housing Throughout Manhattan

NYCHA has revealed plans to significantly renovate and repair its aging portfolio of affordable housing properties in a deal valued at $271 million. Referred to as PACT, or Permanent Affordability Commitment Together, the consortium of public and private entities has committed to renovations on 16 individual buildings including 1,718 apartments throughout Manhattan. “Moving forward with PACT transactions is a central part of our strategy to help ensure all NYCHA residents have quality housing and permanent rights and affordability,” said NYCHA chair and CEO Greg Russ. “This closing will generate significant capital to address the infrastructure needs of these developments and serve to improve the quality of life for our residents in a meaningful way.” The development team includes Monadnock Development, Community Preservation Corporation, Community Development Trust, Kalel Holdings, Lemor Development Group, and Community League of the Heights. For all PACT transactions, the New York City Housing Development Corporation will oversee loan financing funded... Read more

Election in Ghana: Longtime Presidential Candidacy Rivals Sign Peace Pact

Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo — who is seeking a second presidential term, and longtime political opposition rival, John Mahama, who also happens to be a former president and Akufo-Addo’s predecessor, have signed a peace pact before facing off at the polls in the upcoming election on Monday.  The two have already gone head to head for the presidency twice before — with Mahama emerging victorious in 2012 and Akufo-Addo catching up to lead in 2016. This year’s election will be the tiebreaker in the ongoing tug for power in Ghana between the two — in addition to the ten other candidates in the running.  As such, although Ghana has traditionally managed to contain post-electoral violence, many of the over 17 million Ghanaians registered to vote — who hope for a peaceful election, are worried that "vigilantes" hired by parties and the over 62,000 personnel deployed to provide security for politicians... Read more

World AIDS Day 2020 : The African Immigrants’ Commission of NY& CT Inc joined other Non – Profit Organizations in the fight against the AIDS pandemic

The African Immigrants' Commission of NY& CT, Inc in partnership with  African Advocates Against AIDS and the Alliance for positive Change kicked off  on Sunday, November 22nd,20220  in Harlem, World AIDS Day 2020 with Mobile HIV and HEPATITIS C testing. “Everyone who got tested was provided with a $20 gift card from Amazon,” said Mory Kouyate chairman of African Immigrants' Commission of NY& CT, Inc .He added that “it was not a day to celebrate but to educate and create awareness about prevention and to discuss resources available to those that are living with AIDS.” The Kickoff of World AIDS day 2020 with a mobile free testing of HIV/AIDS & Hepatitis B.World AIDS Day "designated on 1st  December every year since 1988,is an international day dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection and mourning those who have died of the disease. Government, health... Read more

Guineans Succeeding in America hosts fifth annual networking conference virtually

New York City — Guineans Succeeding in America (GSA), a nonprofit organization that empowers the Guinean-American community through education and professional development, will be holding its fifth annual GSA conference on Saturday, November 28, 2020 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. This year, the conference is taking place virtually due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Every year, the conference brings together students, distinguished professionals and government officials so they can network, empower and inspire one another. This year’s theme, “Embracing Change in the Face of COVID-19,” is centered around giving students and professionals advice on how to navigate college, job hunting and the workplace environment in a pandemic. We will have keynote speakers as well as three breakout sessions on personal branding, mentorship and professional development and college environment and enrollment. Students and young professionals will hear from students as well as professionals from a variety of backgrounds. “This year,... Read more

Biden seeks to move quickly and build out his administration

It’s unclear for now whether President Donald Trump and his administration will cooperate. He has yet to acknowledge Biden’s victory and has pledged to mount legal challenges in several closely contested states that decided the race. Biden adviser Jen Psaki pressed for the Trump-appointed head of the General Services Administration to quickly recognize Biden as the president-elect, which would free up money for the transition and clear the way for Biden’s team to begin putting in place the transition process at agencies. “America’s national security and economic interests depend on the federal government signaling clearly and swiftly that the United States government will respect the will of the American people and engage in a smooth and peaceful transfer of power,” Psaki said in a Twitter posting. A GSA official said Sunday that step had not been taken yet. A bipartisan group of administration officials from the Barack Obama, George W.... Read more

Injustice and violence in Guinea and Nigeria: “ “I am going to take this fight to the New York State Assembly” said Assemblyman Charles Barron

 African communities in New York - most of them were Guineans – took the streets in New York on October 31st, 2020 “ to denounce the violence and injustices happening in countries across the African continent,” specifically in Guinea and Nigeria. They held a meeting in front of the United Nations building  where they were joined by some New York’s elected officials  such as  Assemblyman Charles Barron, New York State Assembly District 60, Assemblyman Jose Rivera, New York State Assembly District 78, and Jumaane D. Williams New York City Public Advocate who came to support the protesters.   ” Africa is bleeding from police brutality in Nigeria to post-election violence in Guinea,” organizers said. Cellou Dalein Diallo the opposition leader in Guinea who run for presidential election in Guinea appeared on computer screen and talked directly to the audience. He accused  Guinea president Alpha Conde of killing 240 people after... Read more

Be Clean Campaign is to sensitize underserved Black communities to sanitation and hygiene

“Be Clean Campaign” organizers  have  cleaned up on October 24,2020 Joyce Kilmer Park located  on 161st street and  Grand Concourse in the Bronx. “The goal of the “Be Clean Campaign” is to sensitize underserved Black communities to sanitation and hygiene and the importance of not only asserting our agency by utilizing the tools and resources at our disposal to keep our neighborhood clean but also demonstrate by example that we are not powerless,” said Nikki one of the organizers. The “Be Clean Campaign” is not only about cleaning up our physical environment but also cleansing our mental state, elevating our consciousness,” she added. The organizers have targeted five cities including one city in Africa. Here is the list of the five: Bronx in New York, York in Pennsylvania, Washington D.C, Shreveport in Louisiana, and Sierra Leone in Africa.  According to Nikki, the choice of those five cities is based on... Read more

Presidential elections: early voting has begun

Early voting has started this October 24,2020  as Americans have to choose between Republican president Donald Trump and former Democrat  vice – President Joseph Biden to be their president for the next four years to come. New Yorkers in the Bronx have voted at the family court one of early  voting places in the city and   where a long line has formed, and people have come across the borough to cast their vote. This election is a must - win matter for both Democrats and Republicans as more challenges are ahead of us. It is also a must - win for each of us as our well- being depends on that. Do not be a simple contemplator. Just go and cast your vote if you are eligible to vote. “Your vote is your voice and we want to ensure all eligible New Yorkers are heard in this election,” the Mayor's... Read more

Princess Eunice Ukwuani Foundation is fighting for Women and girl-child the most vulnerable in the society

Attorney Eunice Ukwuani is the Founder and the President of Princess Eunice Ukwuani Foundation, which is a non – governmental organization that champions  girl-child and women/children with disabilities. Let’s meet Ms. Ukwuani and her organization. [video width="640" height="352" mp4=""][/video] African Journal ( AJ): Can you  introduce yourselves to our readers? Eunice Ukwuani (EU): My name is Eunice Ukwuani, an Attorney and Founder/President of Princess Eunice Ukwuani Foundation (PEUF). A lawyer by profession and I also studied Public Administration.  AJ:  Princess Eunice Ukwuani Foundation (PEUF) is a Non-For-Profit Organization you found in the midst of a coronavirus pandemic. What is the main goal of PEUF? EU : PEUF is a non-governmental organization that caters for the needs of the girl-child and women/children with disabilities in Africa and around the world. It is basically founded to cater for education needs of the vulnerable children that are affected by the Covid-19 Pandemic. AJ:  PEUF... Read more

Guineans vote in high-stakes presidential election as Conde seeks third term

Guineans started voting on Sunday in a tense presidential election which sees the 82-year-old incumbent Alpha Conde running for a controversial third term. The leader bypassed a two-term limit in March by reforming the constitution. The move sparked mass protests, which resulted in dozens being killed in security crackdowns. Campaigning for the first round of the vote was marked by insults traded between Conde and his leading rival Cellou Dalein Diallo. Sporadic clashes between rival supporters have broken out across Guinea in recent days, sparking fears of further violence on polling day. Diallo, 68, now Guinea's leading opposition politician, was formerly a prime minister under authoritarian leader Lansana Conte. Guinea's election is the first in a string across West Africa, which will be followed by Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Ghana and Niger. Activists are concerned if Conde wins, it could bode ill for democratic norms in the region. Conde promised... Read more

New York: Two hours in the “Kingdom” of homeless people

Homelessness  is an undeniable issue in New York City. Although the city provides homeless people  with shelters, there are those who end up on the streets. 125th street and Lexington avenue in Harlem is one of few places in the city homeless people live in a different world. It was exactly 6: 30 am in October 10, 2020, when I got off  the train  at 125th  street and Lexington Avenue in Harlem.  Martin Luther King Boulevard was almost empty although  earlier few bus  and car drivers were crossing the neighborhood from west to east and vice versa. Street and  traffic lights at that time illuminated or enlightened the almost dark streets. Harlem was about to wake up. However, some of its inhabitants have  already woken up: homeless people. I spent two hours in their “kingdom.” “A breezy nice day,” said a bystander who was busy on phone talk. I took... Read more

Election in Burkina Faso: Former Prime Minister Zida and opposition main leader Zephirin register as candidates

The president of the Union for Progress and Change (UPC), Burkina Faso's main opposition party, Zephirin Diabré, and former Prime Minister Isaac Zida, filed their candidacies for the November 22 presidential election with the National Electoral Commission (Ceni) on Friday. In the 2015 elections, Diabré, 61 years old, came second with 29.65% of the votes, defeated by current President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, who is seeking a second term and whose record he criticized. "Five years of managing the MPP (People's Movement for Progress, President Kaboré's party), have brought Burkina Faso to the brink of chaos. We are obliged to save it today because that is what it is all about," he said. Former minister of Blaise Compaoré in the 1990s, Zéphirin Diabré had gone into opposition in 2011 by founding the UPC, three years before a popular uprising ousted his former boss after 27 years in power. Threat of... Read more

Rihanna is back with a new lingerie extravaganza for Amazon Prime Video – “Savage X Fenty Show Vol. 2.” The pop icon's event celebrating her Fall 2020 collection debuts on the streaming service October 2 and features an array of models and guests including Rosalia, Demi Moore, Paris Hilton, Irina Shayk, Christian Combs and Willow Smith. Models of all shapes, sizes and skin colors will showcase lingerie that offers consumers extravagant lines at affordable price points.   Rihanna says her latest collection – a follow up to last year's Savage X Fenty range – is about empowerment and inclusivity. "I want to have representation and aspects that are outside of that where women aren't usually projected as sexy, but they are, they're sexy, and they need to know that," she said. "They need to be validated about that no matter what size they are." she stressed.   Read more

UN General Assembly: World leaders to stay at home, in first ‘virtual’ UN General Assembly

The General Debate of the General Assembly, traditionally the most high-profile UN event of the year, will be a slimmed-down affair this September, with world leaders staying away from New York, and contributing set-piece speeches via video link, a UN spokesperson confirmed on Thursday. The new virtual format is largely due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic with many countries continuing to grapple with the health, social and economic fallout from the crisis. While the number of new cases of COVID-19 in New York has dramatically fallen, since the city was for a while the global epicentre of the pandemic in April, the US as a whole has almost four million reported cases, higher than any other country. Pre-recorded speeches In a press briefing on Thursday, Reem Abaza, Spokesperson for the President of the General Assembly, Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, said that each Member State, Observer State, and the European Union, was invited to submit a pre-recorded... Read more

Mali’s coup leaders meet mediators seeking return to civilian rule

 A key meeting on Saturday between Mali's coup leaders and mediators from West Africa's regional bloc seeking a return to civilian rule ended after just 20 minutes. Tuesday's overthrow of Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has been condemned abroad but celebrated by many in a country battling an Islamist insurgency and months of political unrest. A delegation from the 15-nation Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) earlier arrived in the capital, Bamako, for talks aimed at reversing the overthrow of Keita. The bloc has taken a hard line on the coup, shutting borders and halting financial flows - a move diplomats said was as much about warning opponents at home as stabilizing Mali. Ahead of a series of meetings with the mutineers and other groups, the head of the delegation, Nigeria's former President Goodluck Jonathan, sounded optimistic. "I believe at the end of the day we will come up... Read more

Big L: When a film is telling the story of one of a legend rappers in  America

A film to honor the legacy of  “ Big L”  one of the biggest  legend rappers in  America history has been shot in Harlem. The cast  has gathered on August 15,2020  in Harlem to launch the big project. “This is a story of Harlem, this is a story of Hip – Hop culture,” said Kevin Townley the director of the film and who flew from Georgia to New York to shoot the film. [caption id="attachment_5323" align="alignleft" width="1707"] Meloni, actor[/caption] According to Mr. Townley more than 50 people are involved in that project and Harlem, Bronx, and Brooklyn will be the three main places where all the scenes and actions will be recorded. “ ‘Big L’ has been a  such of  inspiration. I heard from his friends and colleagues that he was a legend,” said Paula J. Price who is playing Melonie, Big L’s girlfriend. “ I want everybody to know... Read more

Rashad McCrorey the American who fell in love with Ghana

Born and raised in New York ( Harlem), Rashad McCrorey never thought that one day he will leave the great  New York with all the billboards, television anchors, actors, business owners, etc. and end up in Ghana in West Africa  not only to visit that part of Africa but also to stay there forever, thanks to “ Africa Cross – Culture,” a tour company he owns. Yeah!  Mr. Rashad has fell in love with Ghana: “I  appreciate the sense of community in Africa. America and Western civilization are so individualistic. I love the sense of community and family in  Ghana and in many of the other African countries I have visited,” he said.   The journey of Mr. Rashad almost started with the outbreak of  COVID – 19. He has been in Ghana since Feb. 27 due to a tour trip he has organized. Ghana  President Nana Akufo-Addo  has closed... Read more

Oliver Brewster an expert in family law gives more details on child support

Oliver Brewster is a  lawyer at Brewster Law. He was invited  on July 29, 2020 by "The African Immigrants’ Commission of NY & CT" to talk about child support  during a workshop. He has decided throughout that interview  to give more details on the subject.   What is child support? Child support is money paid by a parent to pay for a child’s needs until that child turns 21 or is emancipated prior to turning 21.  Child support covers general expenses as well as child care, health care, and other expenses.  The parent may be ordered to pay for the child’s health insurance if it is affordable.  Who gets child support? The parent or person who lives with the child more than half of the time can get child support from the other parent. If the child lives with each parent equally, there could still be a child support order. How do I get child support? A parent or custodian may... Read more

Census 2020: Census takers will knock at your door if  you have not yet completed the census

U.S. Census Bureau enumerators, commonly known as “census takers,” started going door-to-door to the homes of New Yorkers who have not yet completed the census. While census takers are well trained to help all residents complete the census, New Yorkers can avoid a knock at their door by simply going to and filling out the census in just a few minutes. The census can also be completed over the phone at 1-844-330-2020. Additional phone numbers for direct service available in 13 languages are included below. We need all New Yorkers to fill out the census now before the new September 30th deadline. Also included below are answers to the most frequently asked questions about this door-knocking period, also known as Non-Response Follow-Up (NRFU). You can also find a video guide from the U.S. Census Bureau about the Non-Response Follow Up period in different languages here. Additional 2020 Census language guides and videos are available... Read more

 Boko Haram Terrifies Refugees in Cameroon

Just under 2000 people poured into Mozongo, panic-stricken and desperately fleeing for their lives from a refugee camp housing 800 internally displaced people in the village of Nguetchewe in Cameroon's far north region. The area, already one of the poorest in the world, has seen a significant increase in violent incidents in recent months with around 87 terrorist attacks by the Islamic extremist group, Boko Haram. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Tuesday condemned an attack this weekend the camp for in which 17 civilians were killed and 16 others wounded, according to an official army report. In the very early hours on Sunday, “a "terrorist attack coupled with suicide bombings left 19 civilians dead — including two suicide bombers and "16 injured", the Cameroonian defence ministry had previously announced in a statement.  Camp residents are extremely afraid and feel very unsafe, "There is a lot of... Read more

Child support: What do you need to know about it?

The African Immigrants’ Commission of NY & CT has organized  on July 29, 2020 a zoom’s workshop on child support/ paternity. “Child support is a payment one parent makes to another parent,” said  Oliver Brewster  lawyer at Brewster Law. If you are a parent who is paying a child support, it is good to know that you will do so until the kid is 21  years  old. However, and according to Mr. Oliver, if the child is emancipated before he or she gets 21 years old, child support payment can be dropped. For instance, a child who get married before 21 years old is emancipated. For Mr. Oliver, the family court is the jurisdiction that deals with child support. It is the family court that can decide how much a parent needs to pay to another by taking  consideration of both parents’ income. The family court can also intervene in... Read more

Americans stuck in Ghana: They are going through two realities and have two stories

 Hundreds of  U.S. citizens  got stuck in Ghana ( West Africa) due to coronavirus after the  President Nana Akufo-Addo  has closed on Mars 13, 2020  Ghana’s  borders,  and are asking  Trump’s administration to bring them back home.  Nova Felder from New York and others stranded in Ghana  cannot fly back to U.S. as airports have closed their doors for international travelers. As the majority of them  say they are forgotten and neglected ones, Rashad McCrorey thinks Ghana looks good. “ A majority of people are Black,” said Mr. Felder a  former teacher from Queens. “We deserve the same treatment,” said  Mr. Felder who is a social entrepreneur and owner of "The Afrika Is The Future Investment Group," which is focused on communities and their collective future.  According to the United States Department of State’s website  and as  of June 10, 2020  the U.S. embassy in Ghana  has organized  7 Government-chartered... Read more

Louise Ouimet, Former Ambassador of Canada to Mali: Some personal reflections on the situation in Mali

 After having worked in Mali for 8 years, during the period 1989-1993 and 2001-2005 and continued to follow the development of the country, I can only see today how much democracy, which was nevertheless a bearer of hope in the first pluralist elections in 1992, proved to be a sinkhole for this country. At independence, Malians modeled French institutions instead of taking the time to develop governance mechanisms and institutions of their own. At the start of the so-called democratization, we are once again copying the West and opening the floodgates to multiparty politics. What happens? More than 200 political parties are created - in fact agglomerations of people around valued personalities, with whom one has family, friendships, or other ties. Fortunately, And what happens? The exercise of political power being essentially an exercise of personal enrichment for his family and for his clan, knowing that its duration is a maximum... Read more

Covid – 19: Large Events Are Canceled Through September 30

Under the Mayor’s Executive Order, large events requiring a city events permit will be canceled through September 30 as the City works to prioritize open spaces for public use. The City will not issue a permit for any event in a location that interferes with the Open Streets or Open Restaurants programs. Permits will also be denied for all events larger than one block, stage/video events that require amplification, street fairs, and events in parks that may unreasonably diminish public use. The City will refund or defer fees paid in connection with a denied permit. Events that do not conflict with Open Streets or Open Restaurant areas and are for locations, one city block or smaller, can still apply for a permit. Demonstrations, religious events, and press conferences will be exempt from the Mayor’s Executive Order and may receive permits. Keeping New Yorkers Cool and Safe This Summer The first... Read more

 NYC Schools Families: $420 per child in money for groceries guarantee

New York State’s Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) is a new benefit that gives $420 per child in money for groceries to all NYC public school families. No sign-up is required. All families of NYC public school children, regardless of immigration status, income, or employment, will receive this money. If you already have an EBT card or a Medicaid card, the money will automatically be added to your card.  If you do not have an EBT card, you will receive one in the mail. If you are concerned that the State of New York may not have your correct address, please call 833-452-0096    Families of non-public school students should contact the State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance at to learn if they are eligible.           Read more

USA: « Mouvement du 5 Juin, Rassemblement des Forces Démocratiques aux Etats – Unis d’Amérique Wants the United States Ambassador to Mali to remain neutral

We have received that press release from «  Mouvement du 5 Juin, Rassemblement des Forces Démocratiques aux Etats – Unis d’Amérique » in which the Movement “ appeals to the United States government to urge the Malian authorities to immediately stop brutalities against innocent and peaceful populations.” It also “ appeals to the United States government to invite the United States Ambassador to Mali to advise him to remain neutral.”  On Friday July 10, 2020, more than a million of Malians took to the streets of Bamako, the capital of Mali, and all major cities, to demand the resignation of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. Under the order of his administration, Malian security forces shot real bullets on nonviolent protesters. During this peaceful rally, many people were arbitrarily arrested and other kidnapped, including members of the civil society and key opposition leaders. As of Saturday July 11, over a dozen peaceful demonstrators... Read more

All Votes Must Be Counted’s movement has protested again in front of the Board of Elections building in the Bronx  

Members of “All Votes Must Be Counted,” a new movement created after New York City Board of Elections removed  from its list three candidates from Assembly districts 79th and 87th  in the Bronx, took the street on July 14,2020 for the second time in front of the Board of Elections building in the Bronx to ask for justice. Ahmadou Diallo, Joselin Mejia, and Mohammed Mujumder  were respectively Democratic  male and female leader candidates in the Assembly district  79th in the Bronx, and Democratic male district leader in the Assembly district  87th  in the Bronx . Their names were removed from the New City Board of   Elections list during the primary elections held on June 23, 2020 after a court decision. . As their names were removed from the Board of elections list, the same names remained on the different ballots. So, people went to vote for them. “Nobody told us our names... Read more

Ahmadou Diallo and others: Protesters took the streets, demanding NYC Board of Elections to count their Votes

Peaceful protesters took the street on July 8, 2020 in the Bronx to demand New York City Board of Elections to count their votes after three  Democratic candidates in the Assembly  district 79th  and 87th   names were removed from the Board of Elections lists during the primary elections held on June 23, 2020.   Ahmadou Diallo, Joselin Mejia, and Mohammed Mujumder  who were respectively Democratic  male and female leader candidates in the Assembly district  79th in the Bronx, and Democratic male district leader in the Assembly district  87th  in the Bronx, along with others were peacefully protesting against what they called “ an unfortunate bias relating to the candidates Ahmadou Diallo, Joselin Mejia and Mohammed Mujumder.” The New York State Board of Elections has removed Ahmadou Diallo, Joselin Mejia, and  Mohammed Mujumder  names from the Board of Elections lists in March 2020 as a cover sheet was missing in their... Read more

Burkinabè’s  woman accuses her white’s  husband of human trafficking

Ms. A. B has declared before the American jurisdictions that she was sold as an animal by her uncle and by the village chief to a white American citizen and who, according to her, forcibly married her. At  a press conference on June 18, 2020 in Columbia County in New York State, A. B has explained how things have unfold.  Indeed, it all started in 2001.  According to A.B, a White man  landed in a village in Est – Center of Burkina Faso where A. B lived with her family. The white man  contacted A.B's uncle and the village chief, A.B's father having passed away. And this, after a call from A.B’s cousin  who lives in Germany. According to A.B, the cousin  is the friend of the white man  and he is  who has ordered  A.B's marriage to the white man. At the time A.B was 18 – years -... Read more

Ahmadou Diallo Versus New York State Board of Elections: Something Is Fishy

The primary elections held on June 23, 2020 in New York has triggered a controversy within African community in the Bronx as some candidates who have campaigned did not have  their name on the New York State Board of Elections list. Ahmadou Diallo was candidate as Democratic  male leader for district 79 in the Bronx although his name was missing on the list. Several people were confused and angered that Mr. Ahmadou who campaigned, raised funds  and made flyers that bore his name had not his name on  New York State Board of Elections list . They allegedly said that was a scam. “ I gave him $100,” said a man who was furious about the situation. We have reached out to Mr. Ahmadou to solve the puzzle. “My name was on the paper ballot 54 & 51 and tell the complainant to contact us to request for the contribution... Read more

Immigrant Heritage Month Celebration in the U.S : Many elected officials have weighed in

Immigrant heritage month was celebrated on June 28, 2020 through webinar as many elected officials from across America joined their voices to other voices to tell their stories and Democratic nominee Joe Biden delivered a message of hope. Several elected officials including Illinois Senator Dick Durbin, New York Congresswoman Grace Meng, Alexandria, Virginia Councilman Mohamed Seifeldein, and Florida State Senator Annette Taddeo, have tuned in to celebrate immigrant heritage month as descent of immigrants or immigrants themselves. “Immigration is part of the DNA of this country… It is essential to who we are as a nation,” said  Biden for President Senior Advisor Karine Jean-Pierre. In a speech that was read, Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. the presumptive Democratic nominee said his grand grandparents came from Irish Island, his grandfather delivered furniture in New Jersey, and his father went on to fight World War II before he became a bank manager. [caption id="attachment_5090" align="alignleft" width="289"] Karine Jean-Pierre[/caption] “My... Read more

The Forum for World Education will tackle issues related to global education system through debate

The Forum for World Education ( FWE ) is holding on June 30, 2020 a global webinar discussion on education at 2: 00 PM Eastern Daylight Time ( GMT – 4)  under the topic: “Education Disrupted, Education Rebuilt – How does the pandemic shape the future of education.” The discussion will  not only focus on   issues related to education globally,  but also  on the impact of the covid – 19  pandemic on education systems worldwide as several panelists including  national leaders,  policymakers, leading education experts, scholars, private sector,  and foundation leaders are inviting. The education system is said to be  at a crossroad. According to education experts, “Globally, education systems fail to prepare students with the skill sets that business leaders and their employees need.” Here are some statistics: In 2020, 54% of employers across 43 countries reported not being able to find the talent they need, a figure that... Read more

Terrorism and ethnicity in Burkina Faso: Ismael Diallo a former UN expert is talking about with RFI

 The problems in West Africa, specifically the Sahel, where internationally supported military operations continue to battle a jihadist insurgency, could be better understood if political leaders concentrated on the bigger picture of identity and nationhood, according to a renowned Burkinabé governance and rights specialist. Ismael Diallo, a former UN expert and MP, sees a number of challenges created by the ongoing security situation in the Sahel, and not just crimes committed by armed jihadist groups or alleged rights abuses by various military forces. "First of all, it's a cultural bias, also it is bad training, and thirdly, we can add that the governance itself is very weak," he tells RFI. "When you have personnel not well paid and not well managed by the hierarchy, you can expect all kinds of mismanagement," adds the former UN representative in Burundi for the High Commissioner for Human Rights French Defense Minister Florence Partly... Read more

Mali’s president agrees to hold dialogue aimed at forming unity government

Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita announced on Tuesday that he would hold talks on establishing a new unity government, after weeks of escalating criticism from the country’s political opposition. In a speech in the capital Bamako, the president also suggested first steps towards reforming the constitutional court and the national parliament. The series of announcements came as Keita has been struggling to maintain political support in the volatile West African state over a jihadist revolt that first broke out in the north in 2012. The violence has since spread to the center of the country, inflaming ethnic tensions, as well as to neighboring Burkina Faso and Niger. Thousands of soldiers and civilians have died in the conflict, while hundreds of thousands more have had to flee their homes. But Mali’s economic stagnation, faltering public services, and a widespread perception of corrupt governance has also fed opposition to Keita. On June... Read more

Yankassa community has endorsed Michael Blake for Congressman

Yankassa community held on June 12, 2020 in the Bronx  a press conference to call the entire community  to support Assemblymember Michael Blake a former White House aide to President Obama. “The Yankassa community will not let you down,” said El hadj  Shaib Gali, Yankassa interim chairman who emphasized how  Mr. Blake has been with the community for many years. “He has supported us, let’s support him,”  he said. Famod Koney, the deputy director of Census 2020 Partnership  said that the community has supported Mr. Blake when he was running for assembly member, and that it will support him as he is running for Congressman. “ The district 15 is our home,” he said. “ Give Mr. Blake the opportunity to be our congressman.” [caption id="attachment_4986" align="aligncenter" width="2560"] Assemblymember Michael Blake[/caption] Mr. Blake said he knows the community for many years. He added  he has been  with the community several... Read more

The African Journal ( sheds light on  its role as a community newspaper

 On April 11, 2018 “The African Journal” was born. Its online version is It is a bilingual ( English and French) news outlet. We have a mission to accomplish: “ The freedom to tell our stories, the African diaspora  and African -Americans’ stories, to educate our people in America, and in the rest of the world as a community newspaper, and  to support in Africa our ‘young’ democracies.” Our primary goal is to cover any event related to African diaspora and minority groups. The news outlet has a story. The idea of running a community newspaper etched in my mind when I was still a student at a journalism school in New York city. I was also an intern as a journalist in one of the mainstream newspapers in New York. As an intern, I have  had the opportunity to cover many events in the city. I was surprised... Read more

Ex-Chadian dictator Hissene Habre returns to prison

Chad’s former dictator Hissene Habre will return to prison in Senegal on Sunday after a two-month release aimed at protecting him from the coronavirus. Habre seized power in Chad in 1982, fleeing to Senegal in 1990 after he was overthrown. The former leader — who is now in his late 70s — was jailed in Senegal in 2016 over abuses committed during years of iron-fisted rule in Chad. Some 40,000 people are estimated to have been killed under Habre’s leadership of the semi-desert country. But on April 6, a judge granted Habre a 60-day release from prison after his lawyer argued that his age left him particularly vulnerable to coronavirus. Habre’s supporters are ramping up efforts to have him freed, which has fueled fear among his victims that the authorities might be gearing up to release him permanently. However, Babacar Dione of Senegal’s justice ministry told AFP that Habre would return to... Read more

African Diaspora for Good Governance calls for Justice for George Floyd and Other People of Color Killed by the Police

African Diaspora for Good Governance condemns the Spate of Police Brutality in the United States and Calls for Justice for George Floyd and Other People of Color Killed by the Police in America and Around the World. Read more here: [googlepdf url=""] Read more

Student’s Life: Emamsy Mbossa, from Congo to the honor roll of the prestigious Columbia University

This year The African Journal joins many African students to celebrate together their success. We start with Emamsy Mbossa from Congo. The incredible journey of Emamsy Mbossa, who’s life in New York started in 2016 as a pizza delivery guy from Papa John’s and Dominos. Having left the Congo in 2012 for Morocco thanks to a scholarship, Emamsy Mbossa brilliantly obtained his bachelor’s in international law, before going to the United States in 2016 to pursue his dreams. His first “tour” of Columbia was non-traditional:  In 2016, he took a job delivering pizzas for Papa John's on the Upper West Side.  His first delivery was to a Columbia student studying at 116th and Amsterdam. it was his dream to be a Columbia student, too. Although he was nervous to apply, he eventually did—to Columbia university in the Master program in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution.  Encouraged by his mentor who once... Read more

Pelosi joins protests against George Floyd’s death outside Capitol

Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday joined a crowd of demonstrators outside the Capitol protesting police brutality toward black Americans following the death of George Floyd, an unarmed man who died in Minneapolis police custody. Pelosi wore a mask and was accompanied by her usual entourage of staff and members of her security detail while walking through the crowd, which a spokesman confirmed was on the Capitol's East Front.  Pelosi's show of solidarity with the protesters comes as House Democrats weigh legislative options for responding to the public outrage over the recent string of deaths of unarmed black Americans. Her appearance also comes two days after law enforcement cleared protesters outside the White House on Monday night with tear gas to make a path for President Trump to hold a brief photo opportunity outside St. John's Episcopal Church after it had been vandalized. Demonstrations against police brutality and racial profiling have been ongoing in Washington, D.C., and other cities... Read more

Coronavirus in Africa: 152,500 cases; 4,344 deaths; 64,047 recoveries

There are now more than over 150,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus across the continent, with a number of African countries imposing a range of prevention and containment measures against the spread of the pandemic. According to the latest data by the John Hopkins University and Africa Center for Disease Control on COVID-19 in Africa, the breakdown remains fluid as countries confirm cases as and when. As of May 13, every African country had recorded an infection, the last being Lesotho. We shall keep updating this list largely sourced from the John Hopkins University tallies, Africa CDC and from official government data.   Major African stats: June 2 at 7:00 GMT: Confirmed cases = 152,500 Number of deaths = 4,344 Recoveries = 64,047 Active cases = 84,109 Countries in alphabetical order Algeria – 9,513 Angola – 86 Benin – 243 Botswana – 38 Burkina Faso – 847 Burundi – 63 Cameroon – 6,397 Cape Verde – 458... Read more

African Community supports Ydanis Rodriguez as candidate for Congress Member

A  Council member who has been championing for several years for the minority groups is running now to be a Congress member as African community stands for him.   Ydanis Rodriguez who represents the 10th Council District for 11 years, has had a zoom conference on May 31, 2020 with African leaders in the Bronx to talk about his program as candidate for a congress member, and ask for their support.    The meeting was moderated by Mohammed Mardah  the Chairman of  African Advisory Council ( AAC) who said that Mr. Ydanis has been advocating for mamy many years for all community groups. “As a teacher, as an organizer, as a council member, as an immigrant, I have been there with African community,” Mr. Ydanis said. Ambroise Ngande and Boureima Niambele as well as many other leaders said it is a good sign to have that conversation and to be... Read more

George Floyd : Thousands protesters clashed with police in Harlem and many were arrested

Protesters took the streets this morning in Harlem and across New York City to demand justice for George Floyd. A group called Harlem’s Solidarity for George Floyd has initiated a peaceful march and thousands gathered at 125 Street and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard defying social distance restrictions as protesters clashed with the police and many were arrested. “Justice for George Floyd, Black lives matter, we can’t breathe, no justice no peace, NYPD police suck my d…” protesters chanted. Protesters  led by three leaders blocked for awhile 125 street and 7th avenue before they  walked down to 111 street. They took 111 street down to FDR Drive, but they came across with several police officers  at Madison avenue where police officers with bicycles and motorcycles blocked both the avenue and the street. Protesters stopped to think about what to do. They were those who said to find another way and... Read more

Africa Day in New York: ” Covid – 19 is our common enemy.”

 Africa Diaspora in New York has celebrated on May 25, 2020  “Africa Day” amid coronavirus under the African Union ( AU) theme: “Silencing the Guns: Creating Conducive Conditions for Africa’s Development.”  “Africa Day” is the annual commemoration of the foundation of the African Union (formerly known as Organization of African Unity) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on May 25, 1963.  It has been celebrated for several years in New York and in many other countries. Due to covid – 19 the celebration was this year virtual. “African Union invites and encourages the full participation of Africa Diaspora as an important part to our continent…” said His Excellency, Ambassador Jerry Matjila, Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations. “Silencing the Guns: Creating Conducive Conditions for Africa’s Development,” was the theme for this year. “ This theme underscores the fact that today conflicts still remains one of the biggest challenges for the... Read more

Africa Day NYC

MEDIA ADVISORY FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 23, 2020 Contact: Mona Davids 646-872-7149, Bourema (Naby) Niambele 347-928-1394, AFRICANS IN NEW YORK CITY UNITE TO COMMEMORATE AFRICA DAY WITH VIRTUAL CELEBRATION WHO:    The New York City African Community, Diplomats, and Elected Officials WHAT:    Virtual Celebration of Africa Day NYC WHY:      Africa Day is the annual commemoration of the foundation of the African Union (formerly known as Organization of African Unity) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on May 25, 1963. The purpose of Africa Day NYC is to celebrate African unity, the diversity of Africa, our cultures, and the potential of our people on the continent and throughout the diaspora. WHEN:    May 25, 5PM - 8PM WHERE:     Streamed live on the Africa Day NYC Facebook Page: ### WWW.AFRICADAY.NYC  Read more by clicking here: Africa Day NYC   Read more

 City College Professor Gives Coronavirus Aid In Africa

 “It’s the community that makes us who we are. With no community we are nothing,” Boukary Sawadogo said. That’s why he has worked to educate and help the African community in New York and people in his native Burkina Faso during the COVID-19 outbreak. Dr. Sawadogo, a professor at The City College of New York, teaches African cinema, film history and theory. The forty-two-year-old came to the United States for graduate studies in 2006 and has maintained close ties with fellow African immigrants. When the scope of the pandemic became clear, he had to postpone the book tour for his recently-published West African Screen Media: Comedy TV Series and Transnationalization from  Michigan State University Press. The world was locked down. [caption id="attachment_2160" align="alignleft" width="1800"] Boukary Sawadogo[/caption] He looked around and wondered how he could help. He reached out and put on a mask and gloves, bought food and made a delivery to the Association... Read more


WHO:    The New York City African Community, Diplomats, and Elected Officials WHAT:    Virtual Celebration of Africa Day NYC WHY:      Africa Day is the annual commemoration of the foundation of the African Union (formerly known as Organization of African Unity) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on May 25, 1963. The purpose of Africa Day NYC is to celebrate African unity, the diversity of Africa, our cultures, and the potential of our people on the continent and throughout the diaspora. WHEN:    May 25, 5PM - 8PM WHERE:     Streamed live on the Africa Day NYC Facebook Page: ### WWW.AFRICADAY.NYC Contact: Mona Davids 646-872-7149, Bourema (Naby) Niambele 347-928-1394,   Read more

Sign up for  free online English classes for immigrants 

In response to COVID-19, the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs’ We Speak NYC program, a free English language learning program that provides civic-focused instruction through videos centered on topics relevant to immigrant New Yorkers, will be offering online conversation classes. Participants can register to be a part of an online community and have an opportunity to safely meet people, learn about NYC resources that are still available in light of COVID- 19, and practice their English conversation skills. We Speak NYC 2nd Cycle of Online Classes Start Today! Register Here to sign up for a class, get reminders, and educational materials, or click here to check out different class times and drop in! Classes are led by trained facilitators and encourage learner participation - safe space to practice and make mistakes. Classes are intended for intermediate English language learners.      Read more

Guineans Succeeding in America ( GSA) has launched its Mentorship Program

 Guineans Succeeding in America ( GSA) has officially launched its “EachOne LiftOne,” Mentorship Program on May 17, 2020 through webinar as several people including a guest speaker have attended the event and given testimonies about the importance of the mentorship. “We believe that mentorship is essential to educational and professional development,” said Bernadette Sylla who is overseeing GSA’s mentorship program. The program exists since 2017. The launching event,  which was moderated by Asuma Jalloh President of  Guineans Succeeding in America ( GSA)  is according to Ms. Sylla, to share what they have been doing and to say that they  are opened to the city. “This is a mentorship that connects junior and senior students,” she said. “Professionals will mentor, guide, and help students to attain their professional and personal goal.” How the program works? The answer is simple: “ It is about  to create sustainable mentors and mentees’ relationship in... Read more

Covid – 19 : If your child has a persistent fever …

Below you will find important updates and resources from the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs and the City of New York.   Pediatric Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome (PMIS) Update NYC families: if your child has a persistent fever, rash, abdominal pain, vomiting or other symptoms, call your doctor immediately. If you don’t have a doctor, call 311. So far there have been 110 cases of multi-system inflammatory syndrome have been detected in children in NYC hospitals. Antibody Testing Update The City of New York will offer free antibody tests to 70,000 New Yorkers. 1,000 tests will be given at each site every day by appointment only. Five sites have been selected to perform these tests:  Bronx:Morrisania- 4006 Third Avenue Brooklyn:East NY - 127 Pennsylvania Avenue Manhattan:Upper Manhattan - 21 Old Broadway Staten Island:Concord - St. John’s Villa 57 Cleveland Place Queens:Long Island City - 34-09 Queens Boulevard You can make an appointment through If you... Read more

Covid – 19 and  African youth: Hear voices from Africa

Covid – 19 has become a talking point  for African leaders as a  grassroot organization called “Today’s Youth” organized on May 16,2020  in Ghana a teleconference meeting to discuss the aftermaths of covid – 19 on African youth and found out ways to solve some possible problems. Many people from the United States of America, Ghana, Kenya, Cameroun, and Nigeria attended the event moderated by Dr. Phanuel Seli Gakpetor and  gave  their inputs. They all agree that coronavirus has a negative  impact on African youth  and that will last for several years.” Covid – 19 scares us, economies are thinning,  and some  are  collapsing, jobs are scarce,” Dr. Al - Hadjj Abubakari Sidick Ahmed  from Ghana said.    One of the issues they pointed out was unemployment. “ Covid – 19 has direct and indirect consequences for African youth,” Emmanuel Abu Apenteng said. “ Youths will look for job for... Read more

Important News regarding Covid – 19

  Support for NYC Small Businesses Owners and Nonprofits: The Federal government has expanded its loan programs allowing small business owners and nonprofits to apply for up to $10 million through the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Loans are available on a first-come, first-served basis. More information about the Paycheck Protection Program in multiple languages can be found here: Sign up for upcoming webinars from NYC Small Business Services to help business owners and nonprofits learn about financial assistance from the SBA:   May 4 at 12:00PM: Assistance Overview for NYC Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19: May 5 at 5:30PM: Assistance Overview for NYC Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19: May 5 at 6:00PM: COVID-19: Programas de Ayuda Económica para Empresarias: May 6 at 9:30AM: Assistance Overview for NYC Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19 Sign up for COVID-19 Emergency Financing Assistance from NYC Small Business Services:   Important... Read more

Are you facing eviction? NYC Commission on Human Rights has the answer for you

New York City Commission on Human Rights held in April 29, 2020 a virtual town hall to discuss  fair housing amid covid – 19.  Five panelists from diverse agencies that educate communities and enforce anti-discrimination law, gave specific information regarding the city Human Right Law with a focus on protection and housing. “Today we like to share with communities the awesome resources on protection and rights when it comes to housing in New York City,” said Sam Yang who is the housing liaison at NYC Commission on Human Rights.   In addition to housing, New York City Human Right Law embraces many subjects.  Kajori Chaudhuri assistant commissioner at NYC Commission on Human Rights has  stated:  “In New York City no one can be discriminated because of who you  are, where you come from, and who you love.”   Covid – 19 has impacted our lives in different ways. However, our... Read more

African Diaspora for Biden : A political movement to negotiate and to vote

African Diaspora for Biden has held in April 26, 2020 a teleconference meeting  to lay out a strategy for the election of the democrat candidate Joe Biden and to address their preoccupations to one of Biden surrogates.  A thousand of  people  from the 50 states of the United States of America   have attended that very first meeting with a bold commitment not only to make their voices heard but also to support Joe Biden. [video width="480" height="256" mp4=""][/video] “This meeting is about to put our fate in our own hand,” said Chijike Ndukwu one of the initiators of the meeting. “Africans contribute a lot to this country, the only thing we do not have is a political power, a possibility to have a seat,” he added as he enumerated some statics showing how much Africans have been devoted to the United States of America. African Diaspora for Biden is indeed... Read more

Covid – 19 bias : New York City Commission on Human Rights has explained how to respond

New York City Commission on Human Rights through teleconference  has trained  in April 21, 2020 several people on how to respond to covid – 19 bias as many people are victims of any kind of harassment not only in the United of America but also across the world. Covid – 19 is not only killing human beings but it is also hurting people’s feeling and dignity. Since it appears in Wuhan in China, Chinese immigrants across some countries become legitimate targets of being responsible of the virus. Ironically African immigrants  have been vilipended in the streets of China as they accuse them of spreading the virus.  And recently  two French doctors have overtly  said  that Africa is the right place to test coronavirus vaccine. Racism, bias, and so on,  intertwin well with a deadly  virus no one in the earth planet wants to associate with. New York City Commission on... Read more

New York City public schools are giving free internet-enabled iPads to students

New York City public schools will be continuing academic instruction through Remote Learning for the rest of the school year. To keep students connected and able to learn from home, the DOE is lending internet-enabled iPads to students who are in need of a device. Families that want to request a device should call DOE at 718-935-5100 and choose Option 5 on the menu for help getting a device with internet connection. Or they can fill out the Remote Learning Device Request form at DOE will use the contact information provided on the form to reach out to the family to schedule delivery of the device. Everyone who fills out a request form online, with a staff member, or over the phone, will be sent follow up emails and texts. Priority will be given to students most in need. All devices are granted on a temporary basis and will later need to... Read more

Covid – 19 in the USA: Some African leaders are talking about it

 Coronavirus keeps hitting  hard in the United States of America specifically  in New York the  epicenter  of the virus. The entire  African community is  also affected  like all other community groups in the USA. We have interviewed some  African leaders to understand how the  pandemic of the century has impacted the African community. They are all unanimous  how  difficult it is  to give precise statistics regarding  the number of people  who have been infected or who have died. This article was published in French few days ago and since people are asking for the English version, we have decided to do so. Many things have been evolved since then such as deaths toll and people who have been infected with the virus. [caption id="attachment_4592" align="alignleft" width="320"] Sadio Yaya Barry: Senegalese Association in the United States of America president of Senegalese Association in the United States of America[/caption] Sadio Yaya Barry president of... Read more

NYC Census 2020 African Coalition’s “Get Out the Count” campaign emphasizes the importance of getting counted and celebrates Immigrant Heritage Week through teleconference

New York Census 2020 African Coalition’s “Get out the Count” has held in April 17, 2020  a teleconference to amplify the importance of the census as it is celebrating Immigrant Heritage Week. “Our goal is to increase the self - response, self – engagement,  and enforce a great collaboration, ” Famod Koney the deputy director of Census 2020  Partnership said. According to Famod New York City did not do well ten years ago when it comes to get New York City people counted. That bad experience has motivated the City to  allocating  $19  million to grass root organizations  to help spread the word about the importance of getting counted. Six organizations from African community are among  organizations that have been funding as they actively work with community groups.  “ We rely on those organizations to arise awareness,” said Famod who has  also  focused on self – response as he has... Read more

Mayor’s office of Immigrant Affairs is  celebrating Immigrant Heritage Week ( IHW) in the midst of covid – 19

Today, as we kick off our annual Immigrant Heritage Week (IHW), we are proud to join in recognizing our city’s essential workers as the super heroes they have always been. Among the one million essential workers who are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic—delivery workers, EMS staff, drivers, health care personnel, and more—half are immigrants.  In this spirit, this year’s IHW—running through April 19 and featuring virtual opportunities—is dedicated to those 500,000 immigrant New Yorkers who are keeping city running every day. At the center of our new IHW multimedia content is the IHW 2020 logo created by Brooklyn-based, immigrant artist Feifei Ruan. This logo represents our solidarity during these unprecedented times and heartfelt gratitude.  We invite you to join us in thanking our essential immigrant workers, celebrating New York City’s legacy as a city of immigrants, and engaging your communities by: 1  Using MOIA’s IHW 2020 Social Media Toolkit, which includes the IHW 2020 logo and sample... Read more

Former  Ambassador Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao of the African Union Mission to the United States condemns in an open letter  the inhumane treatment against Africans in China

 OPEN LETTER  TO:  EXCELLENCY MR. XI JINPING, PRESIDENT OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA, ZHONGNANHAI, XICHENGQU, BEIJING.  FROM:     THE AFRICAN DIASPORA AROUND THE GLOBE SUBJECT: HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS AND INHUMANE TREATMENT OF BLACK PEOPLE LIVING IN CHINA. Your Excellency,   The Africa Diaspora Development Institute (ADDI) is the umbrella organization of over 210 million people living in the diaspora.  For centuries, Africa has warmly and wholeheartedly welcomed Chinese nationals onto her shores, allowing them to settle, marry and prosper without a hint of racial discrimination, bigotry, harassment or intimidation. The former Chairperson of the African Union (between 2008 – 2012) Mr. Jean Ping was the child of a Chinese diaspora from Wenzhou, Zhejiang who came to Gabon as a timber harvester.   Currently there are over 10 million Chinese nationals living in Africa and are being treated with the dignity and respect that any human being deserves. It is against this backdrop... Read more

When are stimulus checks coming? Money set to roll out to Americans next week

 Americans have received conflicting information on when they will receive stimulus checks due to the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. But there’s good news: Checks will be hitting their bank accounts soon.  Automatic payments are set to begin next week. Eligible taxpayers who filed tax returns for either 2019 or 2018 and chose direct deposit for their refund will automatically receive a stimulus payment of up to $1,200 for individuals or $2,400 for married couples and $500 for each qualifying child, the IRS said Friday.  Individuals who receive Social Security retirement or disability benefits, or who receive Railroad Retirement benefits but didn’t file a return for 2019 or 2018 will automatically receive a payment in the “near future,” the agency said. The government is prioritizing the first few waves of payments in the coming weeks toward low-income Americans and Social Security beneficiaries, according to Lisa Greene-Lewis, a certified public accountant... Read more

The Director General  of World Health Organization condemns the remarks of the French racist doctors

The Director-General  of World Health Organization ( WHO)  Dr. Tedros Adhanom hold this morning a press conference regarding Covid – 19 and The African Journal was part of that. Here is a very important  quote from Dr. Tedros who condemns the remarks made by two French scientists ( Jean-Paul Mira and  Camille Locht )  who said that vaccine against covid – 19 should be tested in Africa. “ On the vaccine issue , there was a comment last week from some couple of scientists who said the testing ground for the new vaccine would be in Africa. To be honest, I was so appalled . It was a time when I said when we need solidarity this kind  of racist remarks actually will not help. It goes against the solidarity. Africa cannot and will be not a testing ground four any vaccine. We will follow all the rules to test... Read more

Covid – 19 : 2 top French doctors said on live TV that coronavirus vaccines should be tested on poor Africans, leaving viewers horrified

Two highly respected French doctors discussed on live television how a new COVID-19vaccine under development should be first tested in Africa, "where there are no masks, no treatment, nor intensive care." One of them, Jean-Paul Mira, even compared Africans to prostitutes who were the focus of past AIDS studies. "We tried things on prostitutes because they are highly exposed and do not protect themselves," he said. Several African soccer stars who played in Europe, including the former Chelsea star Didier Drogba and the former Barcelona striker Samuel Eto'o, tweeted their outrage at the two medics' remarks A discussion between two top French doctors on live TV left viewers horrified when they proposed that Africa should become a giant laboratory for coronavirus vaccine testing because the continent lacked the resources to defend against COVID-19. In the segment broadcast on the French TV channel LCI, Jean-Paul Mira and Camille Locht raised the idea of testing... Read more

IRS Gives Stimulus Check Distribution Details, Says Payments To Begin Within Three Weeks

The Treasury Department and IRS today announced that distribution of economic impact payments will begin in the next three weeks and that they will be distributed automatically, with no action required for most people. See IR 2020-61. However, some seniors and others who typically do not file returns will need to submit a simple tax return to receive the stimulus payment. Who is eligible for the economic impact payment? Tax filers with adjusted gross income up to $75,000 for individuals and up to $150,000 for married couples filing joint returns will receive the full payment. For filers with income above those amounts, the payment amount is reduced by $5 for each $100 above the $75,000/$150,000 thresholds. Single filers with income exceeding $99,000 and $198,000 for joint filers with no children are not eligible.  Eligible taxpayers who filed tax returns for either 2019 or 2018 will automatically receive an economic impact payment of... Read more

Coronavirus Aid Relief: Know everything about it

President Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act into law on March 27, 2020, to address the effects of the novel Coronavirus on the American economy. Below is a brief outline of critical categories in the bill.   Direct payments Individuals (non-dependents) who make an Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) up to $75,000, and filed 2019 or 2018 taxes, will receive a one-time payment of up to $1,200 Couples who make a total AGI of up to $150,000, and filed 2019 or 2018 taxes, will receive a one-time payment of up to $2,400 Parents will receive an additional $500 per child that is age 16 and under.  Individuals who make an AGI between $75,000 and $99,999 or couples who make an AGI between $150,000 and $198,000 will receive a smaller payment, with a phase-out rate of $5 per $100 of income. Unemployment The CARES Act offers expands unemployment eligibility to independent... Read more

The African Empowerment Project : Actualize and institutionalize progress within the African diaspora

The African Empowerment Project, which was launched last year is striving to bring more helpful  resources to African community as it sets several goals to  fulfill its mission. “We need to take  first care of ourselves here in America and then  think about those who are in our native countries,” said Abdourahamane Diallo  who initiates the project  as covid - 19  the unforgettable pandemic  hits merciless New York and the rest of the world. The African Empowerment Project is indeed  “a collective effort of Africans who are determined to actualize and institutionalize progress within the diaspora in New York City.” Its four (4)  core goals match with its mission statement that “ aim to actualize and institutionalize progress within the African diaspora through initiatives that address political & socio-economic needs.” Here are those goals: Ensuring that all Africans participate in the census 2020. This will position our African community to... Read more

Coronavirus in New York : 32,308 positive coronavirus cases and 678 related fatalities.

New data that the city’s Health Department released Sunday morning shows the coronavirus pandemic continuing to take a horrific toll on the five boroughs. Approximately 3,150 new cases and 161 deaths occurred in the last day, the data revealed. As of 9:30 a.m. March 29, there were 32,308 positive coronavirus cases and 678 related fatalities. Nearly 24 hours earlier, the Health Department accounted for 29,158 positive cases and 517 deaths. In little more than 24 hours, the number of coronavirus patients went up 10.4%, while fatalities rose 31.1%. Queens now has more than 10,000 confirmed coronavirus patients and continues to be the city’s hot zone in the outbreak. The 9:30 a.m. March 29 numbers revealed that the “World’s Borough” has 10,373 cases, 219 of which were fatal. Brooklyn has the second-highest coronavirus cases in the city with 8,451 infections and 168 deaths, followed by the Bronx with 6,145 infections and... Read more

Capital Preparatory Bronx Charter School To Open In August

A new school in the Bronx seeks to hire teachers for the upcoming school year as it prepares to open its door for children. Capital Preparatory Bronx Charter School will begin its academic year in August 2020 with 6th and 7th graders, with the lottery deadline for parents to apply set for April 1st.  “We can design a school that is so acutely aligned to our community’s needs,” said Dr. Steve Perry, explaining how important the institution is. A school of such high stature needs great teachers.  Isaiah Brown, the Founding Principal for the Capital Prep, refers to their educators as illuminators stating, “illuminators spark interest in the minds of young persons and therefore inspire them to do great things.” The school is looking for 10 illuminators and administrators for all subjects. Being bilingual in foreign languages such as Arabic, French, Spanish, and Bengali, is a huge plus. “One of... Read more

New York goes on pause because of coronavirus: Understanding the concept behind that

At 8 p.m. on Sunday night, by order of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, the whole state will go on "PAUSE" in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19 and preserve and protect our already-overwhelmed healthcare system. Broadly, the order, which could remain in effect until at least April 19th, forces all "non-essential" workers to stay at home, and creates new rules of social conduct that New Yorkers must adhere to. We're all about to begin our new lives under PAUSE ("Policies Assure Uniform Safety for Everyone"), so let's talk about what it means. Grocery stores are going to be open, right? Yes, grocery stores, bodegas, farmer's markets, pharmacies, hardware stores, and restaurants and bars that serve delivery and take-out only are considered essential and will be open. Just remember to keep six feet of distance between you and your fellow shoppers, and check to see if your local store has special hours... Read more

U.S Ambassador in Burkina Faso Andrew Young tests positive for coronavirus

“I was tested positive in coronavirus,” said in March 22, 2020, Ambassador Young  who has indicated that the community  in the Embassy will go into quarantine and employees  will keep providing services to citizens, and the effort to sustain  Burkina Faso Faso in the fight against coronavirus will continue as well,   news outlets in Burkina Faso have reported. Four ( 4 ) ministers from Burkina Faso’s government including the Minister of Foreign Affair,  Alpha Barry had also  tested positive for coronavirus. 75 people had tested positive for coronavirus  in Burkina Faso and 4 people among them died. Last week the ambassador of Italy in Burkina Faso had also tested positive for coronavirus. The African Journal               Read more

Tik Tok is quietly snapping up creatives from Youtube and Instagram for a full Africa roll – out

Early this year, the short video app TikTok joined Nairobi Garage, a leading coworking space in Nairobi’s Kilimani district. The Chinese company behind the world’s fastest-growing social media app had already been holding “creator sessions” and meetups around the city in 2019, urging creative young Kenyans to learn about the benefits of joining the “fun, cool short video platform”. Last October it partnered with Chinese phone maker Transsion’s Infinix brand in Kenya with a hashtag campaign called #WeAreHot to boost a new phone model but also raise awareness of the app. TikTok has been investing quietly, but significantly, to usher in a new age of influencers in Africa. It’s part of a concerted strategy for the youth-friendly app to get a major foothold in the world’s youngest continent and home to some of the leading global pop culture movers across music and film especially with the recent rise of Afrobeats and... Read more

IN REVIEW: Cuba’s fight against Ebola in Africa is a beacon of light

Cuban doctors and Guinean staff at shift change at the Coyah treatment center in Guinea, January 2015. “As they reported for duty, Cubans always made jokes,” writes Ubieta. “It lifted their spirits and those of patients and colleagues.” During a winter when a new epidemic, the coronavirus, is spreading rapidly in China and beyond, when more traditional influenzas have killed some 20,000 people in the U.S. alone, and at a time when Washington is escalating its economic war against the Cuban Revolution, the Pathfinder Press publication of Red Zone: Cuba and the Battle Against Ebola in West Africa is a beacon of light. The book — a gripping account by Enrique Ubieta Gómez about the Cuban Revolution’s response to the 2014 epidemic of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa — is a powerful argument for socialist revolution and a close-up look at the human beings such a revolution produces.... Read more

African Day Census Kick off : Be an ambassador for your community

A coalition of African organizations has gathered in February 28, 2020 at Bronx Community College to spread the word about census 2020 as counting  U.S population is about to kick off in March 12, 2020. “Please spread the word, your community must be counted,” Bukok Shonagh from Yankasa Association, said. African community in New York must be counted. It is known that the African community is the fastest and most educated growing population in New York City. The issue is that “the number is lower than the one we have,” Ramatu Sy from USA – Mali charitable Association, said. Every household will start receiving in March 12, 2020 a mail in mailbox from U.S census bureau  to give detail information to individual of  how to respond to the 2020 census online, by phone or by mail. “People do not think they have  to be counted,” David Coulibaly from African Community... Read more

African Pop – Up  Festival is about supporting  one another and  African  culture

African Pop – Up  Festival one of the New York biggest  cultural events was held in February 22, 2020 in  Harlem as New Yorkers came together not only to celebrate African culture, and food, but also to support  African small businesses. “Our goal is to highlight our culture and business and empower small business,” Akin Akinsanya Founder & Executive Producer of  NY African Restaurant Week, said. Inside the hall there were multitude of people; they lined up to taste all kind of  food; some sat down listing to music as the DJ increased the decibel; other just danced. A room was set apart for vendors. They were selling  clothes, jewelries, cosmetics. I stood  up by a stand. “Do you want me to take your picture mom?” I asked a beautiful mother who was selling traditional clothes. “Yes sure, this is a great day,” she said with a broad smile.   ... Read more

New York City Census 2020 Bronx Media Roundtable: Get yourselves be counted, why is it so important?

New York City census 2020 in partnership with New York City , New York libraries, and community groups, has held in February 20, 2020  in the Bronx Kingsbridge library  a  media roundtable  to discuss about the census activity in the Bronx and the importance to be counted. Seven panelists from Mayor’s office of immigrant affairs, New York census 2020, New York library, and from diverse community groups,  have explain to the media how and why every single person should be counted. They also talk about  the work community leaders  have done to mobilize community groups.  Why should we be counted?   We should be numbered because “the decennial census determines how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funds are distributed every year for key programs and services;  the census also determines each state’s fair share of representation in Congress, as well as how local, state, and federal legislative district lines... Read more

African Pop – Up Festival 2020 Celebrating Black History Month in Harlem: Don’t Miss It

African Pop - up festival 2020 is just coming up with big surprises as we are  celebrating   “Black History Month.” Let’s our mind be etched by a unique day: Saturday February 22, 2020 in Harlem, we will enjoy “the sight, the sounds, and the taste of Africa.” This is a panoramic view of what you will expect if you just come out: ” Food tastings by chefs and restaurants,  chef’s competition,  special Afrobeats,  and musical performances. Vendors offering special prices in honor of Black History Month. Business panel empowering up and coming entrepreneurs…” Let’s put  it in a simple and easy way: We are “gonna”  shop, eat, listen to music, and dance !!! Shopping: “Over 20 vendors/entrepreneurs across Fashion” will be there. Besides that, organizers will welcome  “wellness, art, design, ad beauty - with vendors offering special prices in honor of Black History Month.” Eating: There will be  “ over 12... Read more

Interview: When a lawyer is talking about immigration news rules

Immigration was the talking point of The African Immigrant’s Commission of New York and Connecticut as it has organized in February 2, 2020 ,  in partnership with Brewster Law Firm a workshop on that matter. The African Journal has interviewed the two organizations, which gave us interested and   insightful information not only about   the workshop but also and particularly about  immigration  news rules that everyone needs to know. African Journal ( AJ) : The African Immigrant’s Commission of NY & CT  in partnership with Brewster law Firm has organized in February 2, 2020 a workshop that was  focused on immigration. How a workshop like this one, can benefit African community in New York and Connecticut? Mory Kouyate ( MK): A workshop as such is highly important and it greatly benefited those of our community that attended. We receive invitations all the time to go on community - based radio stations to... Read more

Africa: Let’s Celebrate Quality, Not Just Quantity of Women-Owned Businesses

On the face of it, the progress is impressive: four out of the top 10 countries with high women business owner percentages are in Africa. Indeed, since the recent release of the 2019 Mastercard Index of Women Entrepreneurs, Ugandans have been proudly sharing the report on social media. The Mastercard Index profiles the progress and achievements of women-owned enterprises in 58 countries around the world. It also measures changes in the environments within which these businesses operate. In this 3rd edition of the report, Uganda, Ghana, Botswana and Malawi are among the top ten countries with high women business owner percentages. In Uganda and Ghana, nearly 4 of every 10 businesses are woman-owned. This is a commendable achievement, especially in light of the high hurdles that women business owners in Africa must overcome in order to successfully pursue their business dreams. As we celebrate these numbers, I am reminded of Africa's drive for Universal... Read more

Trump’s new travel ban ‘targets’ Eritrea, Nigeria, Sudan, Tanzania

Four African nations are target  of a new travel ban by United States president Donald Trump, multiple news sources have reported. An official announcement is expected by next week. Incidentally, only one of the quartets is a Muslim-majority nation i.e. Sudan. The others are Eritrea, Nigeria and Tanzania. During an engagement on the sidelines of the ongoing 2020 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Trump, told the Wall Street Journal that plans were afoot to upgrade the controversial list. He however remained mute on the affected countries. The measure will largely be affected specific types of visas as and when the list is finalized, sources close to the issue added. Analysts have averred that business or visitor visas could likely be impacted. Barely a year after coming into office, Trump issued his first controversial travel ban which barred people from Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. Libya and Somalia... Read more

Book Review: Red Zone: Cuba and the Battle Against Ebola in West Africa

Coming soon from Pathfinder Press Advance book information announcement Publication date: February 10, 2020 Red Zone: Cuba and the Battle Against Ebola in West Africa Author: Enrique Ubieta Gomez Publisher: Pathfinder Press Languages: English; Spanish   ISBN: 978- 1- 60488-114-1 (English)            978-1-60488-113-4 (Spanish) LCCN: 2019955382(English)             2019953442( Spanish)         Page count: 278 Format: Trade paper Price: US$17.00 Book description : “Just as the Cuban combatants in Angola set an example that can never be erased, the heroic actions of Cuba’s army of white coats will occupy a place of honor.” FIDEL CASTRO, OCTOBER 2014 In 2014 three West African countries were hit by the largest epidemic on record of the deadly Ebola virus. In response to an international call for help, Cuba’s revolutionary socialist government provided what was needed most – and what no other country even tried to deliver. In a matter of weeks, more than... Read more

Africa: Facebook Removes Misleading HIV Drug Ads After Outcry

New York — HIV prevention medication has been deemed "highly effective" by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the leading national public health institute in the United States Facebook said on Monday it had removed some ads that contained misleading information about HIV prevention drugs following an outcry from activists, health experts and U.S. lawmakers. The ads linked the drugs, which are known as PrEP and designed to prevent HIV, to severe bone and kidney damage and were placed by personal-injury attorneys. LGBT+ advocacy groups have for months been pressuring the U.S. company to remove the ads, pointing to a multitude of research showing that the medication is safe. Facebook initially declined, before doing so this weekend. "After a review, our independent fact-checking partners have determined some of these ads in question mislead people about the effects of Truvada," spokeswoman Devon Kearns told the Thomson Reuters Foundation, referring to... Read more

Round table : “Do not be afraid to take the 2020 Census, fill out the form and get counted,” Mory Kouyate said

 A round table was held  in December 21,  2019 in the Bronx by African Immigrants ‘Commission of NY & CT, Inc in partnership  with NKO USA Inc and Mandingue NKO West Inc. 2020 Census was the talking point. Mory Kouyate, chairman of African Immigrants ‘Commission of NY & CT, Inc in this interview gives more details about this round table    African Immigrants ‘Commission of NY & CT, Inc in partnership  with NKO USA Inc and Mandingue NKO West Inc have organized in December 21,  2019 a round table that brought together NKO’ scholars and community leaders. What was the goal of that roundtable? This was an initiative taken by the African Immigrants' Commission of NY&CT Inc to conduct a NKO 2020 Census round table . The goal of this round table was to lay out the facts that it is possible to apply a written African language like NKO... Read more

At a Glance: Burkina Faso’s deepening crisis

560,000 people displaced, and numbers still rising. More than 1.2 million people short of food. Insecurity is cutting off swathes of the country to aid workers. Negotiating access with armed groups is proving difficult. Lack of funding is undermining the humanitarian response. A surge in violence by jihadists, local militias, and militants - along with spiralling inter-communal attacks - has created in Burkina Faso one of the fastest-growing displacement crises in Africa, according to the United Nations. The rapid escalation this year, in a West African nation not long ago held up as an example of peaceful religious and ethnic coexistence, has caught aid groups and the government by surprise. The slow shift by donors and the government away from a focus on development projects to addressing emergency needs has held back the response, aid workers and officials told The New Humanitarian earlier this month, during visits to the north... Read more

 Guinea opposition rejects Conde’s ‘constitutional coup d’etat’ plans

 Guinean opposition coalition have denounced what it calls a constitutional coup d’etat, after President Alpha Condé announced plans for a constitutional amendment, on Thursday (December 19). His opponents insist the move is part of a ploy for Condé to seek a third term in 2020, which the current constitution prohibits. The proposed draft sets the terms at six years instead of five renewable once, and does not state whether he would be allowed to run. Thursday’s announcement by 81-year-old Conde has further provoked Guineans who have recently staged weekly protests against a possible third term. The demonstrations have left at least 20 civilians dead and dozens arrested. Initially hailed for ushering in change when he came to power in 2010, Alpha Conde has cracked down on the opposition in recent years.   Read more

Muslims Israel Dialogue Series : Peace and acceptance were the mantra.

Muslims and Jews met in December 10, 2019 for the second time in two years at Mercy College in Manhattan to talk not only about peace but also to spread  the word of acceptance between  these two religious’ groups, thanks to “Muslims Israel Dialogue Series, which is a platform that embraces  an interfaith talk. One of the objectives of Muslims Israel Dialogue Series is about “to convince Muslim leaders to accept Israel as an independent Jewish’ State,” said Sheik Musa Drammeh co – host  of Muslims Israel Dialogue Series. For him, every single person deserves a homeland.   As an  example, he mentioned the  Organization of the Islamic Conference ( OIC), which is   a permanent delegation to the United Nations representing the interests of Muslims in 57 countries, the Arab league members which constitute 22 members. According to Mr. Drammeh, Israel appears  to be alone. Mr. Drammeh said he knows “... Read more

The International Committee of Sankara Annual Conference : Sankara’s legacy at the center of discussion

The International Committee of Sankara annual Conference was held in December 8, 2019 in Harlem in New York as participants came  from many States of the United States of America as well as Canada. They came  not only to listen to what five panelists who discussed  the  topic about “Thomas Sankara’s legacy today,” but also to  opine on the matter. Paul Sankara the brother of Thomas Sankara was there too. “Education under Sankara’s revolution,  the role of women under Sankara’s revolution, Sankara ’speech in Harlem, Sankara everywhere, Sankara nowhere, terrorism in Burkina Faso,” were the sub topics, which were at the center of the debate.  Basninwende Isonore Dianda, teacher one of the panelists said that education in Burkina Faso before Sankara was functionalist as it was intended to serve the colonizer. Having a chance to attend school  according to Dianda was a privilege. In fact,  school was for the elite... Read more

Terrorism in Burkina Faso: A panoramic view by a Sankarist

                                                                                                              French ground troops are being deployed to Burkina Faso. This is the first major dispatch of imperialist troops to that West African country, an attempt to shore up a weakening (…) regime in a region racked by instability. The deployment was announced Nov. 4. Two days later, gunmen slaughtered at least 38 gold miners and wounded 60 more in an attack on a five-bus convoy transporting workers to a mine in eastern Burkina Faso. Miners told the press that demands they made for greater protection five months earlier had been disregarded by Semafo, the Canadian-based owner. Burkina Faso is in the midst of a gold rush driven by imperialist interests, making it the fourth largest gold-producing country in Africa. Only a decade ago, Burkina Faso's primary export was cotton. But the discovery of gold has done little to better the lives of the vast majority of working people in... Read more

 First decade of Peace December : Peace the leitmotif

 Many New Yorkers who have been advocating  for peace in the Bronx ( New York)  and around  the world gathered in November 30 , 2019, in the Bronx to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Peace December, which is a non profit organization that regroups many others peace organizations. As they came together at the Bronx County Building for peace building, news outlets have reported shootings not only in the Bronx but also in other boroughs. And peace in many countries has been jeopardized due to terrorism. “Every single thing you do will make difference when you learn to love yourselves. When you love yourselves, you do not do harm to yourselves, then you do not do harm to others,” said Edna Thomas Executive Director of Peace December. For sheikh  Musa Drammeh, the Chairman, peace building is to reject domestic violence, hate crimes, gang violence, genocide, and terrorism. As peacemakers, they... Read more

Discussion about the legacy of Thomas Sankara

Hello everyone! You are invited to a special event December 8. Hear speakers and join in a discussion about the legacy of Thomas Sankara. Sankara's legacy is even more important today with developments in Burkina Faso, West Africa, and even in the US. Mark your calendar. Join in the discussion. See you there! Best regards, Peter Thierjung Read more

Wiping out the daughters: Burkina Faso’s controversial mosquito experiment

A radical experiment to genetically modify a strain of mosquito in order to stop them breeding malaria-carrying daughters is one of the latest efforts to tackle the deadly scourge of malaria At 6.30am five-year-old Osman Balama and his mother reach the state hospital of Bobo-Dioulasso, the second-largest city in Burkina Faso. He hasn’t been feeling well for a few days and his mother is worried that he has contracted malaria. The waiting room is already full of mothers and grandmothers with young children on their laps, all with the same tired look as Osman. “The rainy season has started,” says Sami Palm, head of the clinic. “That means more mosquitos. I’m certain that almost everyone here has malaria.” Two red lines on the detection strip confirm malaria. “He doesn’t need to stay in the hospital, because he isn’t vomiting and isn’t extremely sick,” Palm says. Osman is sent home with medication... Read more

How the Jihadists Are Advancing in Western Africa ( Burkina – Mali)

 Islamist militant attacks are wreaking havoc in West Africa. An insurgency that began in northern Mali in 2012 has spread to neighboring Burkina Faso and is threatening coastal states including Benin, Ghana and Ivory Coast. Hundreds have died in recent months. Increased defense spending weighs heavily on the budgets of some of the world’s poorest countries. Gold mining, a crucial source of income for Mali and Burkina Faso, is also being affected. 1. What’s the source of the trouble? Mainly continuing instability in Mali and, further afield, in Libya, where turmoil has opened up smuggling routes and access to weapons. A French military intervention in 2013 dealt a heavy blow to jihadist groups that partnered with ethnic Tuareg rebels to seize control of northern Mali a year earlier. Deprived of their urban bases, the jihadists resorted to bombings and hit-and-run attacks, targeting army posts and the 15,000-person United Nations peacekeeping mission. They extended their operations... Read more

 United Census 2020 recruitment campaign:  The African Advisory Council is playing a key role

The African Advisory Council ( AAC) of the Bronx has joined the 2020 Census nationwide recruitment campaign as it has organized in November 9, 2019  in the Bronx its own campaign to mobilize Bronxites to apply for the Job. “This is my first time I am doing this, and I am glad that I apply, and I am grateful to African Advisory Council,” said Ms. Ouédraogo Zenabou as she was applied through a computer set by AAC. A specialist was there to explain the process. Many people applied and those who did so, will receive a call in the next coming days for an interview after a background check. A technical team was there too to help the applicants to fill out the application. “ Let's do it here so we can help you,”  said one of the team members when I asked if applicants can apply through their own... Read more

Attack on Canadian miner in Burkina Faso threatens gold’s final frontier

As jihadists wreaked ever more havoc in the last two years, mining firms in Burkina Faso rolled out extra security measures, from barracks for government troops protecting them to safe rooms for workers behind barbed wire and mounds. Expatriates generally fly in and out, while local staff still drive but in guarded convoys. That has added millions of dollars to security costs for foreign companies, mainly from Canada and Australia, operating in the West African nation where industrial miners are forecast to produce 60 tonnes of gold this year. Yet this week’s attack on a convoy ferrying hundreds of local employees and contractors from a mine owned by Canada’s Semafo (SMF.TO) has exposed how vulnerable firms still are. At least 37 civilians died, with another 60 injured and dozens more feared missing. “This is the deadliest incident targeting the mining industry, or any private businesses, in the Sahel since the... Read more

Commission électorale indépendante du consulat de New York : Les membres sont connus

 Les membres de la commission électorale indépendante du consulat ( CENIC) de New York ont été installées le dimanche 3 Décembre 2019 . La délégation de la CENI venue de Ouagadougou pour la circonstance était composée d’une équipe de deux personnes à savoir Bouda Boubacar et Moustapha Compaoré. Avant d’entrer dans le vif du sujet le Consul Général Alain Kompaoré a déclaré que « c’est le début d’un processus très important qui débouchera sur les élections de 2020. » Après avoir expliqué le rôle de la CENI et le processus d’installation des membres de la CENI du Consulat de New York, il a donné l’ordre aux différents partis politiques et à la société civile de choisir en leur sein des personnes qui remplissent les critères définis par le code électoral. L’opposition qui était représentée par deux partis politiques à savoir le CDP et l’UPC a choisi Hamza Ouédraogo du CDP et le... Read more

Community peace Diner in the Bronx: The talk about safety with the Bronx County District Attorney Darcel Clark

 The Bronx County District Attorney Darcel Clark was the special guest for a community peace diner, which was organized in November 1st, 2019  by Al – Shaib New York City Community Center in the Bronx. The diner, which  has gathered many youths and adult people  from the Bronx,  was an opportunity to talk about safety as the Bronx is said  to be one of the boroughs in New York City where criminality is preponderant . Darcel Clark who is running for a second term to be the Bronx District attorney said her “job is public safety” including the safety of  youths, kids, and businesses. She has explained what she has done during the last four years for the Bronx communities in term of reform, safety, community, and transparency. She said she worked hard to make those things happening . “ We bring the court to the community; we bring fairness... Read more

African countries with controlled foreign exchange rates

Several African countries have come under scrutiny over their foreign exchange regimes, that are often strictly managed by states in the face of thin reserves and dollar shortages. While some like Egypt and Angola have recently loosened the grip on their currencies, allowing for economic adjustments through their exchange rates, there are still quite a number who still control their foreign exchange rates. Nigeria Africa’s biggest oil exporter operates a multiple exchange rate regime, which it has used to manage pressure on the currency. The official rate NGN= of 306.90 is supported by the central bank but the NAFEX rate (Nigerian Autonomous Foreign Exchange Rate Fixing) of 362 is widely quoted by foreign investors and exporters. Central and West Africa (CFA Franc) Countries in the eight-nation West African CFA franc zone (Benin, Burkina Faso, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo) and the six-nation Central African CFA franc zone (Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Republic of the... Read more

Her Excellency Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao stands firm after her termination as Ambassador

The unbeatable Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao the former  ambassador for the African Union in Washington DC has attended in October 19, 2019 in Harlem, a conference on “Pan Africanism, past, present, and future,” alongside with Paul Sankara the brother of late President of Burkina Faso Thomas Sankara, professor Leonard Jeffries, and Raymond Dugue. “My mandate is to promote Africa in the Americas and more importantly, to mobilize the African diaspora - meaning all people of African descent living outside of Africa,” Her Excellency Arikana said in 2015 as she received  the “Women of Excellence Award” at the African Union Summit before she was appointed as the African Union representative to the US in October 7, 2017. However, in October 7, 2019, she has received a letter from the African Union Commission Chairman, the Chadian – born  Moussa Faki who said  she is no longer the African Union “Permanent Ambassador” without specifying... Read more

When African Union did a coup d’état against Ambassador Arikana

The African Union has operated  in October 7, 2019 a shameful coup d’état as it has overthrown Ambassador Arikana Chihombori – Quao the African Union Ambassador to the United States. “I have the honour to inform you that, in line with the terms and  conditions of service governing your appointment as Permanent Representative of the African Union Mission to the United States of America in Washington DC, I have decided to terminate your contract in that capacity with effect from 1st November 2019,” said a letter sent to Ambassador Arikana by The African Union Chair, Chadian-born, H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat. I was shocked as I read the pathetic letter. However, I was not surprised. I have had the opportunity to cover in May 18, 2019 in Harlem a conference where  Ambassador Arikana has addressed the keynote. Yeah, I was stunned as she was spoken  publicly against the neo – colonialism... Read more

African Heritage celebration is the celebration of African Community, thanks to Mayor Bill de Blasio

New York city’s Mayor Bill de Blasio has hosted in September 26, 2019 the second annual African Heritage celebration at Gracie Mansion where hundreds of people from across the city have come to enjoy themselves. “This is  the best party in New York, a party fills with joy and love,” he said. The Mayor who went to Ghana with his family has told the audience that they should visit Africa to understand the  greatness, the rules, and traditions that embody America. He has also  said it is shameful to ignore the African culture, and that the City will not allow the denigration of African community. As the census is its way, the Mayor has made a push for  African community to participate actively in the 2020’s U.S census. “Help me make the census a success, I need you to join me now,” he said. The Mayor has also reminded the... Read more

African Heritage Month in the Bronx : Keeping African culture alive

The first annual African Heritage Month in the Bronx was held in September 18, 2019 in Hostos Community College’s center for the arts and culture. The event, which was organized by African Advisory Council ( AAC) ,  was focused on celebration of African diaspora’s culture as it was also called “multicultural music and dance festival.” Several  artists from African diaspora in the Bronx have performed. A performance that has  demonstrated that Africans abroad have kept  their culture alive. Indeed, they danced, sung, beat drums, and told stories. “You are had - working community, a community of love and dance,” said the Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. who has recalled in his speech  how AAC was born in the wake of a shooting of a young African. A painful situation that triggered the creation of AAC in January 2010 with a clear mission: “To work with the Bronx African community... Read more

New York City African Diaspora Town Hall: Engaging communities and honoring leadership

African Diaspora in New York City gathered in September 12, 2019 in Brooklyn to celebrate African heritage month and discuss issues that are relevant to communities. Several people from different agencies in the city have spoken either as speaker or panelist, and other people were honored for their outstanding commitment to communities. If the Town Hall aimed to engage the African diaspora in a profound discussion based on issues related to human rights, it was also a platform to share ideas. “To be able to collaborate with each other,” said Christelle N. Onwu who is the Lead advisor for African communities, and NYC Commission on Human Rights. It was the first time a such event was organized in Brooklyn the city, which is, according to one of the organizers of the event,  where there are most diverse groups of African diasporas. As eight speakers in total in their speeches spoke... Read more

African Union Day Foundation  and  African Immigrants’ Commission of NY & CT:  A celebration of Africans’ accomplishment

Africans in the diaspora  in New York, held in September 9, 2019  in the premises of Merci College in the Bronx, the 14th African Union Day celebration and the first anniversary of “Daylight Africa”.  The event, which  was conjointly organized by African Union Day Foundation  and  African Immigrants’ Commission of NY & CT, was an opportunity to celebrate African diversity, honor African business leaders, and pay tribute to two African soldiers who died in the battle field overseas for “their exemplary leadership and supreme sacrifices.” Tim L. Hall, the President of Merci College in his speech,  has welcome  everyone, encouraged African leaders and introduced his institution, which is “ an exceptional American College in New York.” “ We want students to succeed and give back to communities,” he said. The City councilwoman  Delia  Furgharson was the special guest of the event. She said she will continue to support everyone who... Read more

Bethel Hamliri Inc. wins two important grants in the total amount of $ 60, 000

[caption id="attachment_3566" align="alignleft" width="240"] 1591 E 233 St, Suite 205A - Bronx, New York 10466Phone: (646) 474-2778 - www.bethelhamlirii.orgHEALTHY LIVING[/caption] Bethel Hamliri Inc. has received a first grant in the mount of $ 50, 000 from the American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation as part of its Community Health program. With that grant, Bethel Hamliri Inc. in collaboration with other organizations will build a community of providers seeking to reduce the prevalence of type-2 diabetes and hypertension in their respective communities. The not for profit Bethel Hamliri Inc. has received a  second grant in the amount of $10, 000, which was provided by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets for a proposal to the FreshConnect FoodBox Program. Both grants will run for a period of one year. Bethel Hamliri Inc. exists since 2015 and is a charity 501c New York based not for profit. It has been also recognized... Read more

Abdourahamane Diallo has announced his candidacy for New York City Council District 16

Abdourahamane Diallo,28, has organized a pre-launch event to announce his candidacy for New York City Council District 16 on August 14, 2019 in the Bronx. Following the election of Charles Fall, who is of Guinean descent, as the first Muslim and African-American Assemblyman in the New York’s 61st Assembly District in Staten Island, another African is running to be a councilman in the Bronx. “I stand in front of you as a son, a brother, with a vision to make our community better,” said Mr. Diallo to a packed auditorium. He went on to explain how he came to this country with a dream to have a better education, make money and go back to his native country. “This was what I was thinking when I was in Africa,” he said. In the United States of America, he realized that “the situation is different … we are here, we are... Read more

Ebola now curable, thanks to Congolese doctor behind treatment that “cures symptoms in just an hour”

“I spent four decades of my life thinking how to treat patients with the Ebola virus. So, this is the achievement of my life,” Dr Jean-Jacques Muyembe, who with his team of researchers, has discovered a new Ebola treatment that can cure symptoms in just an hour told the BBC. Four drugs were recently trialed on patients in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where Ebola has killed nearly 1,900 people over the past year. It was discovered that more than 90% of infected people can survive if treated early with the latest experimental drugs. On Tuesday, two people cured of Ebola using the experimental drugs were released from a treatment center in Goma, DR Congo, and reunited with their families. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), two other treatments, called ZMapp and Remdesivir, which were used during the massive Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, have been dropped... Read more

National Night Out : “Interfaith prayer warriors circle,” a prayer for NYPD officers.

A community - based prayer was held in August 6, 2019 in different areas in the Bronx.  Known as  “Interfaith prayer warriors circle,” the  gathering brought together all believers to pray for New York Police Department (NYPD)  officers specially for those for took their own lives. According to those who initiated the prayer,” ‘Interfaith prayer warriors circle’ is named after Deputy Chief Steven J. Skills and dedicated to all NYPD officers who die in line of duty and those who took their lives.” Deputy Chief Steven J. Skills committed suicide on June 5th, 2019 at the age of 69. He was a retired NYPD officer. “He loved his job and he could not handle the idea of retirement,” said Sheikh Musa Drammeh member of National Night Out, a community – based organization whose goal is “to bring NYPD officers and community to stay close together.” “Interfaith prayer warriors circle,” was... Read more

When  a woman marries her dog.

Elizabeth Hoad and her dog, Logan, tied the knot live on This Morning earlier this week – and they’re not the first to do so. A woman married her dog. Eamonn Holmes gave the bride away. The groom, a golden retriever, wore a top hat. Love Island’s Kem Cetinay acted as a ring-bearer. It played out live and like a David Lynch fever dream on ITV’s This Morning on Tuesday. One viewer called it “deeply uncomfortable viewing”. “There has to be law against marrying your bloody dog,” tweeted another. There is, actually – the only legal marriage is between two human beings – but there were a few giveaways that this was not a solemn occasion. Alison Hammond, officiating, struggled to keep it together as she called for those present to voice any “bones of contention” as to why Elizabeth Mary Francis Hoad and six-year-old Logan Humphrey the Second should not be... Read more

Is Boris Johnson the new prime minister of the United Kingdom a racist ?

Just three years after Theresa May took over as prime minister of the United Kingdom to clear the Brexit mess left by David Cameron, the country has a new prime minister again. Boris Johnson has emerged as the new prime minister of the United Kingdom after a leadership contest but, already, there is controversy surrounding his premiership due to some racist, homophobic and sexist statements he has made in the past.  Some social media users have even adopted the hashtag #NotMyPM to express their dislike for the former journalist and columnist who is now Britain’s leader. Touted by some as ‘the British Trump’, the loud and controversial former London Mayor and UK foreign secretary has been compared with U.S. President Donald Trump as both of them have been noted for making offensive and outrageous remarks. Here are seven times the newly-elected Prime Minister Johnson made infamous comments about Africa that... Read more

Kenyans fume as white missionary reportedly undergoes female circumcision to be “part of the culture”

The desire to be a part of the Pokot culture in Kenya has brought a lot of anger towards American missionary Trizah Estes and her husband Tony Estes who decided to go through all the traditional Pokot wedding rites including the banned female genital mutilation (FGM). The traditionally wedded couple who has lived in Paka Hills in Tiati, Baringo County, for 10 years is being criticized for contravening Kenya’s Act (2011) which criminalizes the execution, procurement, and providing a space for FGM. Trizah Estes was alleged to have undergone the FGM in a video report filed by local TV channel K24 and reported by several online news sites even though other TV channels that covered the ceremony did not state that piece of information. Her husband, Tony Estes, paid dowry of camel and presented food, drinks and money as part of Pokot culture before they took their vows after a long... Read more

Guineans Succeeding in America (GSA)  has honored 2019’s  Guinean graduate students

Students from Guinean community in the USA and  who graduated in 2019 had a broad smile in their face in July 13, 2019 as they sat side by side to celebrate their success. Thank to Guineans Succeeding in America ( GSA), which has initiated the gathering. “We come together as one community to support each other,”  Asuma Jalloh president of GSA said. According to Ms. Jalloh education is a key to succeed and this meeting is to convey a message to those who graduated as well as those who are still in school that “we need to do more.” Several other people from Guinean community and from different professional backgrounds have  come to the gathering, which  was also about to promote and honor  2019’s  Guinean graduate students, not only to support the newly graduated, but also to give them advices they need to cope with the challenges they may face... Read more

African Immigrants’Commission of NY & CT: Rally against violence and for justice

A rally for justice and against violence that brought together many organizations from New York City, was held in July 6, 2019 in front of the Bronx Court. The rally, which  was Initiated by the  African Immigrants ‘Commission of NY & CT, took place as many Africans have  been attacked in the streets of New York and the perpetrators of these crimes  remain at large. “ Higher violence took place in our community, and it took too long to arrest and prosecute those who commit these  crimes  against our people,” said Mory Kouyate chairman   of African Immigrants ‘Commission of NY & CT. Those who attacked  Fatoumata Camara in May 10, 2019, Mamadou Diallo in April 9, 2019, Ganiou Ganfonou in March 2, 2019, and Almane Drammeh in August 22, 2019, are still at loose. Mamadou Diallo was at the rally. He still remembers how four people approached him and punched... Read more

Exiled Gambian president accused of rape by beauty pageant

A beauty pageant winner is accusing Gambia’s former dictator of raping her four years ago.The young woman is one of several now coming forward and accusing Yahya Jammeh of sexual violence while he was in power. Jammeh fled into exile in the reclusive nation of Equatorial Guinea in 2017 after losing the presidential election and initially refusing to step down. The young woman, Fatou Jallow, plans to testify before Gambia’s truth and reconciliation commission that is investigating crimes committed during Jammeh’s rule. Human Rights Watch described Jammeh as a sexual predator who lavished gifts on young women and their families before violently attacking them. The human rights organization says it will take international pressure for Jammeh to be extradited from Equatorial Guinea. AP   Read more

The Center for Communication is hiring

COOPER LEIBNER EDITORIAL FELLOWSHIP  The Center for Communication annually awards the Carole Cooper and Richard Leibner Journalism Fellowship to a New York area female college junior, senior, or graduate student. The Fellow will receive a generous stipend up to $5000 while interning at the Center for Communication during the course of the school year. Students will have the opportunity to network with professionals and executives within media and entertainment at our panels and On Locations. The fellowship is open to students who will be enrolled within an undergraduate or graduate program in the Fall of 2019/Spring 2020 school year. WHAT YOU'LL BE DOING: The Center for Communication is looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic intern interested in marketing, social media, and writing. Additionally, this intern will also support program staff during On Locations and must be available to work during all evening panels. You will help maintain the Center's social... Read more

What is the role of women in new technologies?

The second edition of the Women in Business leadership meeting organized by the Africa CEO Forum kicked off on Monday. For the next two days, nearly 250 participants from 31 countries will discuss innovation and the role of women in new technologies. A highly dynamic sector with the development of artificial intelligence… which women must seize, explains Hajer Khader Bizri, deputy director of the Women in Business Initiative.  Women are under-represented in scientific fields and this poses a real problem because afterwards we have what is called a bias in innovation and we end up with biased innovations because they are tested and thought of only by men. So there is really this challenge of having more women who create algorithms, who are in the scientific fields so that the products and services that companies put on the market are adapted to the whole of humanity, said Hajer Khader Bizri, Deputy Director,... Read more

Burkinabe scientists attempt killing mosquitoes with spider venom

 Burkinabe scientists in one of the country’s village plagued by malarial mosquitoes, are conducting an experiment to test whether a fungus genetically-engineered to produce a toxin found in spider venom can provide a breakthrough in the worldwide fight against malaria, a deadly mosquito-borne disease that killed an estimated 435,000 people in 2017, according to the World Health Organization. “If we can find a solution against this disease which killed my child, other people we will thank god. They should do everything to eradicate this disease,” said Dramane Ouedraogo, a dedicated father that has visited his son’s grave every day since the two-year-old died of malaria, n the village of Soumousso. Brian Lovett, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Maryland leading the project said the idea is to target the mosquitoes using the natural characteristics of the fungus and spider venom.  The scientists have engineered the DNA of the Metarhizium pingshaense fungus... Read more

A Day of visibility for Fatoumata Camara: “Hate is not tolerated in New York City,” Christelle Nkama Onwu, said

As a young woman who was beaten in the Bronx by a bunch of teenagers, is still seeking for justice, the New York City Human Rights along with African community based - organizations held a Day of visibility at 168th street and Third avenue in the Bronx. Fatouma Camara who was attacked on May 10 around 10 pm was there on June 7, 2019 along with her father, fiancé, and other family members to stand for what she has said and keep saying: “I am going fight for this … I’m gonna make sure they don’t do this to somebody else.” On May 10, Ms. Camara, student at the New York City College of Technology after her class, jumped in the Bx35 bus. When she was inside the bus a group teenager started taunting her. And when she got off the bus, they attacked her, beat her, robed her, and... Read more

Scientist’s quest to grow lost ganja smoked by Bob Marley

Amid mangos, lychees and other jackfruit, Dr Machel Emanuel has planted a field of supreme cannabis plants measuring dozens of square meters. His specialty: landrace cannabis, which grew naturally in Jamaica before it disappeared as a result of human intervention. The rastafarian doctor explained that in the 50s, 60s and 70s, Jamaica was known for its landrace cultivar which gave it that international reputation.  Emanuel decided to recover the lost landrace varieties and reproduce them in his lab. The quest wasn’t easy: grains of landrace had spread to the four corners of the Caribbean over the years. His search led him to Guadeloupe, Trinidad and Dominica, in pursuit of Rastafarians living in the countryside and still cultivating what is left of these plants. His research is more than just out of love for horticulture. The scientist has also developed an entire marketing plan for the landrace cultivar. The marketing material... Read more

Terrorism: The reason why France and other western countries are slow to support the war against terrorists in Burkina and Mali

As global terrorism shifts away from battlefields in the Middle East, jihadists and other militants — including those affiliated with al Qaeda and the Islamic State — have begun seeking out unstable regions in sub-Saharan Africa as their next home. The Sahel, a vast space stretching from Mauritania's Atlantic coast to Eritrea, has been particularly vulnerable to this shift due to its perennial tumult and poverty. But now, there are signs that the region's militant spell has begun seeping into the West African countries to its south as well, which could have drastic consequences for some of the continent's most prosperous economies, such as Ivory Coast and Ghana, and their chief military partner, France.  Hanging by a Thread Despite years of French military support across the region through Paris' Operation Barkhane strategy, an effective mechanism to improve the increasingly dire situation in the Sahel has yet to emerge. France's Group of Five... Read more

Africa Day Celebration in New York: Journalists were rewarded for outstanding service to communities

The 12th annual Africa Day organized by the African Immigrants’ Commission of New York & Connecticut was held in May 25, 2019 in New York in the Bronx. Some electoral officials were there, and others such as New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo was represented.  Communities - based news organizations were rewarded and “The African Journal” was among the honorees. “This occasion recalls the historic events of April 15, 1958, when the first Conference of Independent African States was held among leaders of Africa’s liberation movement, giving rise to the eventual founding of the organization of the African Unity on May 25,1963. It marked an expression of solidarity among 32 free nations and the observance of the first Africa Day in a shared celebration of liberty and its meaning for the people of Africa countries,” said Governor Andrew Cuomo who was represented by Mr. Ortiz.  The particularity this year of... Read more

The African Advisory Council (AAC) of the Bronx Borough President African Nations Cup 2019: Senegal defeated Benin 2 – 1

Team Senegal celebrated its victory in May 18, 2019 as it beat team Benin during the final of the tournament organized by the African Advisory Council (AAC).  Twenty-four African teams took part of a competition that began in April 2019. Senegal and Benin were indeed the two finalists. After 80 minutes the two teams had the same score: 1 – 1. Benin lost on penalties to Senegal 1 – 2. Tracey Mcdermott who represented the Bronx Borough president Rubén Díaz Jr said she was proud to be here adding that the Bronx Borough president supports the tournament, which aims “to bring all African communities together.” “On behalf of African Advisory Council, I want to say congratulation to Senegal and Benin,” said Mohamed Mardah the AAC chairman. “We appeal to all African communities, the organization is open to everybody,” he said. The issue is the soccer field. “We do not have a... Read more

African Union Ambassador to the United States met African Diaspora in New York

Dr. Arikana Chihombori – Quao the African Union Ambassador to the United States met on May 18, 2019 African diaspora in Harlem New York to present a panoramic view about Africa. A sustainable development in Africa, “has to include African Diaspora,” said Dr. Arikana who also added that Israel, which is a small country is powerful because of its diaspora. “African diaspora needs to come to the table,” she said. However, the African diaspora does not trust each other. “Why we don’t trust each other?” she asked. To answer that question, she said we need to go back to 1884 a date that reminds us the Berlin conference as “Africans were sleeping, the Europeans had Africa map in front of them to divide us,” she said. When they came “they begun to tell us that everything in Africa is bad and everything in Europe is good,” she said. We believed... Read more

Trump Administration to LGBT Couples: Your ‘Out of Wedlock’ Kids Aren’t Citizens

Children of U.S. citizens are falling victim to a policy that de-recognizes their parents’ marriage—and strips them of their birthright citizenship No parent can ever be fully prepared for the arrival of a new baby. But when Roee and Adiel Kiviti brought home their newborn daughter Kessem two months ago, they figured that they were as ready as they could be. After all, they’d gone through the same process two years earlier with their son Lev, who, like Kessem, was born with the help of an egg donor and a gestational surrogate in Canada. “It was as straightforward as one can imagine,” Roee told The Daily Beast, recalling the ease of bringing Lev home in late 2016, the infant’s newly printed Canadian passport in hand, soon to be supplanted by an American one. But this February, when Kessem’s fathers contacted the U.S. consulate in Calgary to obtain a Consular Report... Read more

L’héritage révolutionnaire de Thomas Sankara : Une conférence pour mieux connaître l’homme

Le Socialist Working Party, présidé par Peter Thierjung, a animé le dimanche 05 Mai 2019 une conférence sur l’ancien Président, le capitaine Thomas Sankara du Burkina Faso. Cette présentation portant sur l’héritage révolutionnaire de Thomas Sankara s’est tenue dans les locaux de « The People’s Forum » à New York.   Qui était Thomas Sankara ? Que représentait-il ? Pourquoi Thomas Sankara est-il un exemple pour les travailleurs d’Afrique et des Etats-Unis ? Pour y répondre, trois (3) éminents orateurs ont successivement démontré en quoi Thomas Sankara est un « remarquable dirigeant révolutionnaire des travailleurs, des agriculteurs et des jeunes du monde entier ».  Il s’agit de Arouna Saniwidi, activiste et membre du Panafrican Federalist Movement ; de Asha Samad-Matias, professor à City College de Harlem ; enfin de Peter Thierjung, membre et dirigeant de Socialist Working Party-USA. Pour finir, une panoplie de livres et d’images sur l’ancien révolutionnaire du Faso a été soumise à la découverte des... Read more

African Family Cultural Festival: Peace and family were the key words

The first edition of African family Cultural Festival was held in April 28th, 2019 in Manhattan (New York) and was initiated by Universal Peace Federation (UPF) USA and African Diaspora Ambassadors for Peace. The event focusing on peace, was also an opportunity for UPF to appoint a dozen of new ambassadors of peace among them Mory Kouyate the chairman of African Immigrants’ Commission of New York and Connecticut, and Marceline Lynn Tenakoua Areyerehoue of Femmes Sans Frontiere. The different nominees are from Burkina Faso, Benin, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, Togo … “We are beyond of the illusion of boundaries,” said Dr. Kone Drissa executive director of UPF USA African Affairs as he pictures the world as one family. “We are making a covenant to become a tribe to support the nuclear family,” he said. Talking about peace, Dr. Taj Hamad vice president of UPF International has focused his... Read more

Happy spouse, longer life?

    Having a happy husband or wife helps you live longer than those with miserable partners, research suggests Spouses who are unfit and shun healthy lifestyles not only ris.k knocking years off their own lives – they make it more likely their partner will die early, too.  Now scientists suggest doctors should look further than a patient’s own health and mental state and take the spouse’s well-being into account as well. Dr Olga Stavrova, who was behind the research, said: "The data shows that spousal life satisfaction was associated with mortality, regardless of individuals’ socio-economic and demographic characteristics, or their physical health status."  The study, by scientists at Tilburg University in the Netherlands, collected reports from around 4 400 couples aged over 50 in the US for a period of eight years. The couples were from diverse backgrounds, although some 99 per cent of them were heterosexual. The survey... Read more

Burkina Faso: security expert warns of inter-religious conflict

 The attack on a Protestant church in Silgadji, northern Burkina Faso during which four worshippers and the pastor were killed, is causing concern in the country. The attack on the church last weekend is the first against a church since 2015, the year of the first jihadist attacks. “They’ve sent a message, a very strong message to say that they’re progressing even if they might be a bit threatened, that they’re here to stay”, said Paul Oumarou Koalaga, an expert in geopolitics and security affairs.  For this security expert, Burkina Faso is not immune to inter-religious conflict “They attacked the Church because it’s one of their targets. Terrorist groups attack a number of targets and the Church is one of the symbolic targets that they attack. And they want to show there is an inter-religious conflict through the Church.They must have missed some opportunities at the military level, so by... Read more

Mali president appoints new Prime Minister, Boubou Cisse

Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita appointed finance minister Boubou Cisse as prime minister on Monday, days after the government resigned following pressure to respond to the vigilante massacre of about 160 Fulani herders which shocked the nation. Mali’s former prime minister Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga and his government resigned last week after they came under fire for failing to disarm militias and beat back Islamist militants stoking the violence that led to the Fulani massacre. “The President of the Republic has decided to name Doctor Boubou Cisse to the function of prime minister,” Keita’s office said in a statement on Monday. Both Mali and neighboring Burkina Faso have been hit by the spike in hostilities fueled by Islamist militants seeking to extend their influence over the Sahel, an arid region between Africa’s northern Sahara desert and its southern savannas. The militants have built on long-standing rivalries between communities to side with... Read more

Trump’s Latest Immigration Plan Targets African Immigrants

The Trump administration is considering a new immigration measure to impose visa restrictions on countries whose citizens have a track record of overstaying beyond the validity of their short-term US visas, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reports. As part of the proposed measure being discussed by senior White House officials, visas could become harder to get for applicants from countries with high rates of overstaying visas and, when issued, the visa validity periods could also become shorter. In the long-term, such countries could also face outright bans. WSJ also reports that the White House is looking to tighten rules around student and investor visas. As it turns out, several African countries whose nationals have high rates of overstaying their visas, including Nigeria, Chad, Eritrea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, could be on the receiving end if the measure, which will likely be legally challenged, is seen through. Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country,... Read more

 African Advisory Council of Bronx Borough President African Nations Cup 2019:  NYPD team beat All Stars 4 – 0

The African Advisory Council (AAC) of the Bronx Borough President African Nations Cup 2019, which is an annual event was held on April 13, 2019 at Yankee Stadium. The opening game featured AAC’s All Stars team against New York Police Department (NYPD) team. Marricka Scott – McFadden the Deputy Borough President Bronx who said it is pleasure for her to be involved, kicked the opening kickoff as she did last year. The game started at 3: 31 pm. During the first 10 minutes and physically speaking the two teams were relatively equitable. However, technically NYPD team showed its prowess by scoring in the 10th minute as Luis Delpero stunned everybody with a kick that surprised All Stars goal keeper. NYPD 1 and All Stars 0.   All Stars missed to score in the 24th minute as the crossbar pushed back the ball and saved NYPD team. In the 27th minute,... Read more

Community Peace Diner: “The idea is to celebrate our diversity,” Sheik Musa Drammey said  

A diverse community groups gathered in April 4, 2019 at Al – Sahib Community Center in the Bronx for a diner called “Community Peace Diner.” The gathering that brought together Muslims, Christians, and other group of people was organized by Peace December a nonprofit organization, which is championing for Peace in the world.  People who came from different communities sat side by side, ate food at the same table, shared ideas, and life experiences and gave testimonies. “The idea of that diner is to get to know each other, and to celebrate our diversity,” Sheik Musa Drammey the leader of the group said. As they celebrated diversity, they also talked about public safety, and how to prevent crime, violence, and hate in the Bronx, which according to Musa “is number one for every that is bad and is the last in everything that is good.” And Talking about those issues... Read more

Immigration: These 10 new rules make it much more difficult to become a legal immigrant in the U.S.

The U.S. immigration system has undergone numerous changes under the Trump administration, which have strengthened the Department of Homeland Security’s ability to enforce immigration law. As a result, the legal immigration process has become far more rigorous. Implementing these changes falls largely to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) through a combination of rules, policy memorandums and operational changes.  “Our goal is to apply the nation’s immigration law effectively, efficiently, and lawfully,” the federal agency said recently as it shared a list of the 10 ways it works to improve the integrity of the system — thereby tightening the review of applications for immigration benefits. ENFORCE POLICY GUIDANCE ON DEPORTATIONS There’s a new Trump administration guidance that expands the list of reasons for which immigrants can be sent before immigration judges to start deportation procedures against them, after the issuance of summonses known as Notice to Appear, or NTAs. The change affects particularly legal... Read more

The Black Institute and African Communities have debated on immigration policies

Addressing immigration issue in the United States of America is like a hot potato and talking about this hot topic in New York is indispensable. According to American immigration consul, “Immigrants in New York, now account for one-fifth of the state’s total population and make up a staggering 25 percent of its labor force.” And they are “an integral part of New York’s diverse and thriving communities and they make extensive contributions that benefit all.”   And the Black Institute has right as it organized in March 26, 2019 an immigration forum at Hostos Community College to discuss immigration policies. Three African leaders were invited as panelists to address in a panoramic view immigration’s issue no matter what country or continent immigrants come from. Imam Konate a religious leader, Mohammed Mardah chairman of African Advisory Council, Christelle Onwu, scholar and New York City Commission of Human Rights, were indeed, the... Read more

Gunmen raid Mali military camp, 16 soldiers kille

Gunmen have seized an army base in Central Mali, Reuters reported on Sunday citing a local mayor. The attack in the Mopti region also led to the death of 16 Malian soldiers. the base was burned with reports indicating that arms had also been taken. Mali’s central government continues to battle with insurgent groups largely located in the country’s vast north.  Security watchers believe the attack was orchestrated by Jama’at Nasr al-Islam wal Muslimin, JNIM. Nusrat al-Islam, officially known as Jama’at Nusrat ul-Islam wa al-Muslimin’ is a militant organization that operates in the Maghreb and West Africa. It was formed by the merger of more popularly Ansar Dine, the Macina Liberation Front, Al-Mourabitoun and the Saharan branch of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, AQIM.   Read more

New Zealand: Christians in Christchurch offer prayers for victims ‘ families

In New Zealand, a local Christian community in Christchurch offered prayers for the mosque attack victims and their families on Sunday. Dean of Christchurch, Lawrence Kimberley asked for strength to heal the community. “ There aren’t any words, it’s just a terrible, shocking thing. Again, within our faith, we teach that violence doesn’t get anyone anywhere, it breaks community, and that’s what Jesus came to stop. So I haven’t got anything specific at the moment, but we will be praying hard and thinking about ways that we can send that message and help people to grow and trust and love for each other”, Kimberley said. Worshipers express shock at the incident and are confident about the country remaining an open society. “ I feel for them. They didn’t bring it upon themselves, just one person (the shooter), presumably it’s only one person. And he’s not gonna destroy us, we’re tougher... Read more

French President Macron from Africa calls for action on climate change

French president Emmanuel Macron challenged delegates attending the One Planet Summit in Kenya, to take action beyond words, as far as tackling climate change is concerned. Macron, who is on a two-day state visit in Kenya, attended the summit he launched in 2017, with his host, president Uhuru Kenyatta. “We need to put biodiversity at the heart of each of our actions. We make new commitments and invent a new model together. Thank you for this One Planet Summit in Africa,” Macron said on Thursday.  “We all must act. Governments must act. Major enterprises must act. Investors must act. Citizens must act. All together.” The summit, which brought together over 4,000 delegates to Nairobi, focuses on ensuring the preservation and sustainability of forests. Commitments from Kenya, World Bank and AfDB Kenya’s president on his part pledged to aim for an estimate of 10 percent forest cover, as a target for... Read more

Kenya’s main airport resumes operations after strike disruption

 A mini-strike action that disrupted operations of Kenya’s main airport, the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, JKIA, in the capital Nairobi was resolved by authorities allowing normal operations of the airport to resume. Transport Minister James Macharia, who was at the airport in the morning disclosed in a tweet that the issue had been resolved and paved way for resumption of operations and all flights. The national carrier, Kenya Airways, also tweeted that delayed flights had been resumed.  I am pleased to announce that the issues that we had at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport that resulted in the disruption of operations this morning have been resolved and we expect that the first flight to take off in the next hour or so. Strike grounds operations at JKIA A strike prompted by a labour dispute grounded flights at Kenya’s main international airport in Nairobi early on Wednesday, domestic media said, with flag carrier... Read more

Five things you need to know about ongoing Uganda-Rwanda impasse

The foreign ministers of Uganda and Rwanda addressed the media in their respective countries on Tuesday, to provide clarification on the border standoff that has dominated news headlines since Wednesday last week. Rwanda’s foreign minister, Richard Sezibera accused Uganda of sabotaging trade to its southern neighbor, in addition to mistreating Rwandans in Uganda and supporting rebel groups opposed to president Paul Kagame’s government. Uganda’s foreign minister Sam Kutesa also issued a statement the same day flatly denying the charges laid out by his counterpart. ‘‘Uganda does not and cannot allow anyone to operate from its territory that threatens a neighbor as alleged,’ ‘read part of the statement.  In this article, we answer five key questions about the ongoing standoff between these two East African nations. Why is Rwanda unhappy with Uganda? Sezibera on Tuesday formally laid out the charges against Uganda, which include; Abducting and illegally detaining Rwandans in Uganda.... Read more

South Africa ‘resurrection’ pastor challenged to raise Mandela

 A South African preacher has tried to confront another pastor for "bringing Christianity into disrepute" by staging a bogus resurrection. Self-styled prophet Paseka "Mboro" Motsoeneng stood outside the locked gates of Pastor Alph Lukau's church and shouted, "I'm here to get answers". He said if the pastor really had the power to resurrect, they should head over to Nelson Mandela's grave. A viral video showing the supposed resurrection was widely mocked. It shows Mr Lukau shouting "rise up" to a man lying in a coffin who then jerks upright to cheers from worshippers. Funeral companies say they were manipulated into being involved. "I'm not here to fight anyone, I'm here to get answers from my fellow brother in the Lord," Mr Motsoeneng, of the Church of Incredible Happenings, shouts outside Mr Lukau's church near Johannesburg. "I'm not here to fight anyone, I'm here to get answers from my fellow brother... Read more

Ivory Coast : From bean to bar in Ivory Coast, a country built on cocoa

On the eve of Fairtrade Fortnight, we meet the female farmers fighting for trade justice who face an uncertain future Cocoa producers in Ivory Coast only see about 6% of the value of the final product. Photograph: Chris Terry/Fairtrade Asking about the importance of cocoa in Ivory Coast feels a little like making enquiries about the value of grapes in Burgundy. When I put the question to N’Zi Kanga Rémi, who has for the last 18 years been governor of the rural department of Adzopé, north-east of the sprawling port city of Abidjan, he leaned forward in his chair and fixed me with an amused stare. His booming voice went up a decibel to fill the administrative offices on whose walls his own portrait alternated with that of his nation’s president. “It doesn’t make sense to ask an Ivorian what cocoa means to him!” he said. “It means everything! It’s his first... Read more

African giants, Senegal and Nigeria, elect presidents

 In the looming weekend (February 23 – 24,) the eyes of the world will be on West Africa as two ‘big boys’ in democracy march to the polls to elect presidents. Elections have become routine across much of Africa where leaders have often subjected themselves to the electoral process. Specifically in West Africa, the last few years have seen commendable strides in The Gambia, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Benin, where power has successfully changed hands. The case of Africa’s most populous nation Nigerians will have the option of reelecting incumbent Muhammadu Buahri for a second and final term or finally give a a former vice-president Atiku Abubakar the opportunity to become president after a number of attempts. This is the sixth vote since a return to civilian rule in 1999. As Africa’s most populous nation, over 84 million people registered to vote according to Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC. A... Read more

The African Union has a brilliant plan for Africa, if it could get it right

 Traffic in Addis Ababa has returned to normal, presidential motorcades no longer clog the routes between the Ethiopian capital’s many hotels and the African Union headquarters. The 32nd AU summit has ended, and now the work begins as delegates return home. The AU was founded as the Organization of African Unity, more than five decades ago by post-colonial states who wanted to protect their sovereignty, while building a unified Africa. Now, those very founding principles prevent it from pushing the continent into the 21st century. In the Nelson Mandela hall at the AU’s dome-shaped headquarters, Paul Kagame clanged a ceremonial bell to halt the high-level networking on the assembly floor and proceed with the open meeting. Kagame served as chair of the AU for 2018 and handed over to Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. Like the bell, this role has always been rather ceremonial, but Kagame managed to inject his... Read more

African Immigrants’ Commission is both a political and a social group according to Mory Kouyate the chairman

The African Immigrants’ Commission is a nonprofit organization, which was launched in December 2018. As the organization is organizing in February 18th, 2019 a workshop on Social Services,  three members  decided to tell in details the goals and mission of the newly born. Let’s welcome Mory Kouyate the chairman, Khady Racidat Kone Diaby, the African Immigrant’ s Commission commissioner on Family Affairs, and Menepelle J. Nuhann the national vice president of African Immigrant’ s Commission.  The African Journal ( A J) : Can you introduce yourselves to our readers? Mory Kouyate  ( MK) : Mr. Mory Kouyate attended Richmond Hill High School in Queens NY. He is also a CUNY/York College Graduate. He has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a History Minor. Since His graduation in 2010, Mr. Kouyate has been a dedicated community servant and a leader in the Bronx, New York for many years. For five years... Read more

US imposes visa restriction on Ghana over deportees

 The United States said on Thursday it was imposing visa restrictions on Ghana, accusing the African country of not cooperating in accepting its citizens ordered removed from the United States. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo “has ordered consular officers in Ghana to implement visa restrictions on certain categories of visa applicants,” the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said in a statement. “Without an appropriate response from Ghana, the scope of these sanctions may be expanded to a wider population,” the statement said. “Ghana has failed to live up to its obligations under international law to accept the return of its nationals ordered removed from the United States,” said DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said. “We hope the Ghanaian government will work with us to reconcile these deficiencies quickly,” she said.  Reuters Read more

West Africa’s Sahel Islamist groups’ networking growing- Security report

 An increase in violent attacks linked to Islamist groups in West Africa’s Sahel region shows the growing capabilities and networking skills, according to an international security conference report. According to extracts of the report cited by Reuters on Friday, three-quarters of battles with state security forces during 2018 were initiated by the group. It cited Africa center for Strategic Studies data showing fatalities linked to Islamist militant activity more than doubled from 2017 to 1,082. There was also a growing “security traffic jam” of military forces in the area including a United Nations mission, France’s Operation Barkhane, four European Union military and police training missions, and the G5 regional partnership established in 2015. The report is due to be published on Monday at the annual Munich security conference from Feb. 15-17. The Conference will bring together more than 600 government leaders and other decision makers. Reuters   Read more

Jihadist Terrorism Threatens to Destabilize Burkina Faso and Its Neighbors

  Since 2016, there have been more than 230 terrorist attacks in Burkina Faso, which threatens to destabilize the landlocked West African nation. In the north of the country, al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and the Islamic State in Greater Sahara both pose growing security threats. There is concern about Burkina Faso serving as a hub for terrorism which could spread throughout the region, affecting Togo, Benin and Ghana. Counter-terrorism campaigns by both the French and G5 Sahel have not yielded success and more help is required to stem the spread of terrorism. A series of actions undertaken by terrorists to target the international community have occurred in Burkina Faso over recent weeks, including the kidnapping of two international aid workers in December and a Canadian mining worker who was later found dead. These attacks are part of a broader trend and long-term problem in Burkina Faso. Since January 2016,... Read more

International Monetary Fund (IMF) Staff, and West African Economic and Monetary Union found common ground

International Monetary Fund (IMF) Staff Concludes 2019 Discussions with the West African Economic and Monetary Union on Common Policies for Member Countries Inflation has remained low reflecting the peg to the Euro, but also continued solid agricultural production and the limited passthrough of higher world oil prices; fiscal consolidation efforts are estimated to have led to a reduction of the aggregate fiscal deficit to 3.9 percent of GDP in 2018 from 4.3 percent of GDP in 2017; however, growth remains subject to downside risks, including delays in implementing national reform programs, further security concerns as well as uncertainties on global growth and international financial market conditions. A staff team from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), headed by Ms. Céline Allard visited Ouagadougou, Abidjan, Dakar and Cotonou from January 10 to 24, 2019 for discussions with the institutions of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) on Common Policies for... Read more

Saudi Arabia to build refinery, petrochemical plants in South Africa

Saudi Arabia plans to build an oil refinery and a petrochemicals plant in South Africa as part of $10 billion of investments in the country, Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih said on Friday. Saudi oil would be used in the planned refinery whose construction would be led by state energy company Saudi Aramco, Al-Falih said in comments following a meeting with South African Energy Minister Jeff Radebe in Pretoria. “There have been exchanges of talks by Saudi Aramco teams and they have been supported by the South African energy ministry,” Al-Falih said. The exact location of the refinery and petrochemicals plant will be finalized in the coming weeks, Radebe said. Saudi Arabia was also interested in using South Africa’s major oil storage facilities, Al-Falih said, adding that Saudi utility developer Acwa Power was looking at investing in South Africa’s revamped renewable energy program. He also confirmed that there were discussions... Read more

Second Canadian national feared kidnapped in Burkina Faso

  A Canadian national has been abducted in northern Burkina Faso, according to media reports. The man was kidnapped on Tuesday night from a mine near the border with Niger, Security Minister Clement Sawadogo told reporters. This is the second case of a Canadian going missing in the West African country in recent weeks. Canadian officials said they are in touch with Burkina Faso authorities regarding the incident. "The relevant Canadian agencies are very much engaged in this difficult situation," Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said on Wednesday in Quebec. Reuters reported that the man was kidnapped by gunmen from a gold mining site owned by Vancouver-based Progress Minerals near the border with Niger. A pair of aid workers also went missing in Burkina Faso last month. Canadian officials have told media they are treating the disappearance of Canadian Edith Blais, 34, and Italian Luca Tacchetto, 30, as a kidnapping. The two... Read more

Ghana’s anti-corruption buster murdered, bigmouth MP under fire

Ghana’s president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has joined the long list of persons and institutions – home and abroad – mourning the death of an anti-corruption buster in a suburb of the capital, Accra. Ahmed Hussein-Suale was shot at thrice and killed by unknown assailants riding a motorbike, local media reports said. He was a key member of the team of Ghana’s investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas. “I have learnt with sadness the killing of Ahmed Hussein-Suale, an associate of investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas. “I condemn the act unreservedly, and extent my condolences to his family. I expect the police to bring to book, as soon as possible, the perpetrators of this heinous crime. Once again, my heartfelt condolences,” the president said in a tweet. Anas, a journalist known to always wearing a face mask to hide his identity because of his high-risk investigations broke the news of Ahmed’s... Read more

Letter from Africa: Beyoncé, Bashir and Big Brother to dominate 2019

After consistently losing out in football bets last year, I have little confidence in predicting anything for 2019 beyond the fact that the sun will rise and set in Africa. But this much I know without a shadow of doubt: Africa in the coming year will be focused on the beast, the ballot and Big Brother. The African version of the famous reality TV show, which started 16 years ago in South Africa, will be launched in Sierra Leone in 2019. And it is promising to be big. Already 2,000 application forms for Big Brother Sierra Leone have been sold. With a top prize of about $12,000 (£9,400) and the chance to be really famous, it is already the talk of the town, following the success of Big Sister last year, the country's first-ever reality TV show. Africa Cup of Nations For six weeks starting in February, Sierra Leonean TV... Read more

DRC Catholic Church declares knowing winner of Dec. 30 polls

 The Roman Catholic Church in the Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC, says it already knows the winner of the December 30 presidential elections, according to its independent tallying. National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO) bishops have thus tasked the elections body, CENI, to reveal the winner in keeping with truth and justice. Their declaration comes less than 24-hours since CENI told main aspirants at a meeting in Kinshasa that its January 6, 2018 date for initial release of results will most likely be delayed. We must do everything to avoid a parody of an election whose results would not be accepted, and which would, moreover, plunge our country into violence. CENI boss Corneille Nangaa reportedly told the aspirants that the slow transmission of result sheets from around the country meant that it had just about 17% of figures as at January 2. CENCO has yet to mention who “their winner” is or to publish a breakdown... Read more

Roundtable for African Youth in New York City: it was a time to discuss issues, answer questions, and socialize

“Your community, your voice: roundtable for African youth in New York City,” was the topic panelists and youth “dive in” in December 19, 2018 in Harlem to shed light on issues African immigrants specifically the youth may face in their journey in the Apple City. This was an initiative of the New York City Commission on Human Rights. Christelle N. Onwu the Lead Advisor for African Communities/ EEO Recruitment Strategist, NYC Commission on Human Rights, Introduced the panelists before discussions began. There were many tables in the room and a small group of people gathered around each table to identify issues, which were debated then. Issues were diagnosticated through questions such as “what some challenges are faced by immigrant New Yorkers?” “what role can city government play in increasing youth engagement?” “Do you believe youth and young adults feel empowered to report discrimination?” In addition to that there was time... Read more

End of year giveaways: USA – Mali Charitable Association put a smile in the faces of several students

More than one hundred students from school PS 125 in Harlem enjoyed an end of year giveaways in December 16, 2018, thanks to USA – Mali Charitable Association of NYC. “We do that every year for students to make them feel happy as we enter in a new year,” said Assetou Sy Founder and Executive Director of USA – Mali Charitable Association of NYC. Students from Pre-K to 5th grade received toys, books, and enjoyed food. They also danced as an artist from Burkina Faso (West Africa) was playing a drum and welcomed Santa as he entered in the room with his red costume and his face hid in a white and abundant beard.  “This is about giving, sharing with family, and coming together as a community,” said Reginald Higgins the Principal of PS 125, and who added that “kids do not live always happy, and this is a joy... Read more

United African Coalition’s end of year party: to celebrate unity and engage in political spectrum

The United African Coalition held in December 13, 2018 an end of year party in the Bronx to celebrate unity. “When we come together as Africans, we are stronger,” said Sheik Musa Drammeh who was the former chairman of the organization and who was praised by Mohammed Mardah  the African Advisory Council (AAC) Chairman as the only one who opens an Islamic school in the Bronx and opens his own restaurant. Founded in 2013, the United African Coalition is an organization that regroups African community leaders with the goal to engage the African immigrants in the political spectrum in the national and international level and to run for the city offices, according to Charles Cooper the new chairman of the organization. “We come oftentimes to the USA with our mind focusing in going to school and working. We are not politically engaged,” Mr. Cooper said. As the United African Coalition... Read more

 Women of Distinction Awards: A night to shed light on 8 women who are far more precious than jewels

“The 2nd   Chance International Women of Distinction Awards” was held in December 9, 2018 at Staten Island Hilton Garden Inn in Staten Island where eight distinguished women from New York State were honored. It was an emotional event as honorees received their awards followed by poignant testimonies. “An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels,” said Emmanuel Randolph Wheagar, Founder and CEO of the 2nd Chance International Women Awards, who quoted proverb 31 verse 10 from the Bible. “These are the kind of women we honored tonight,” he said. Among women who were honored we numbered journalists, humanitarians, business owners, and pastors. Here is a brief description of who they are. Ms. Dolores N. Morris. She began in 1979 her television career as a story researcher and eventually associate producer at “Children’s Television Workshop for the show “3 – 2 – 1” Contact.” After two years... Read more

African community in New York : Mohammed Mardah is the new African Advisory Council chairman

The African community in New York held in December 6, 2018 a special election to vote the chairman of African Advisory Council (AAC).  Two candidates were running for the position:  Mory Kouyate the incumbent, and Mohammed Mardah who was elect as new chairman of the AAC. Before the vote, each candidate had three minutes to tell and convince the community why it should vote for him. It was Mr. Mardah first who started: “AAC is going in the wrong direction, and I want to bring it back,” he said. According to him, Mr. Kouyate was not following the rules and regulations of the AAC. Then, it was the turn of Mr. Kouyate who first summarized what he has done for the community since he took service a year ago.  “This vote is not about me or Mohamed,” he said.  “Vote for me is a vote for justice, it is a... Read more

Boukary Sawadogo signed copies of his book, “African Film Studies: An Introduction” in New York

“African Film Studies: An Introduction”, the book, which is presented deeply the African cinema was launched in December 4, 2018 at Schomburg Center, in Harlem in a room that was became small as many people came to support the author, and understand better what African cinema is about. “The book is divided into seven chapters, which are themselves organized under three main parts: history, aesthetics, and criticism of African cinema,” said Boukary Sawadogo who authors the book and who is an assistant professor of cinema studies at City University of New York (City College). Mr. Sawadogo was praised by Dr. Jerry W. Carlson, professor and chair of Department of Media & Communication Arts, and who said he is the one the Department was looking for. He also said that Mr. Sawadogo has his full support. Focusing his speech on the African cinema, Mr. Sawadogo said that “the understanding and appreciation... Read more

Burkina Faso: Protest against fuel price increase

Thousands of people demonstrated in Burkina Faso on Thursday against the hike in fuel prices. The general strike in the capital Ouagadougou, with the slogan "No to the rise of hydrocarbons" was organized by the National Coalition against the Cost of Living. The first vice-president of the National Coalition to fight Against the High Cost of Living, Chrysogone Zougmoré, said that they had had enough. "Comrades, enough is enough! We say no to this increase in hydrocarbon prices which, inevitably, will have terribly damaging consequences on the populations and especially on the most vulnerable people." Since November 9, the price of gasoline and diesel in Burkina Faso has risen by 75 CFA francs per litre, an increase of 12%. The demonstrators submitted a list of demands to the Minister of Trade Harouna Kaboré. Chrysogone Zougmoré, expects the government to reduce the salaries and benefits of government officials. "We expect the government to... Read more

 “Farafina Mousso” pays tribute to African women, Stephanie A. Hien, said

  She has been living in New York for a while. She grew up with a childhood dream, which is to impact the world as a leader. She has understood that committing herself to underprivileged people, championing for social cohesion, and believing in sharing are some core values that make her a woman with an opened heart.   Her name is Stephanie A. Hien. She is the founder and CEO of “Richissime Prod”and general coordinator of “Farafina Mousso” in English, “The African Woman.” Very modest, she introduces herself in this term: “From business management to international leader club, and the Association of Professional Music Managers, Stephanie A. Hien is a young cultural entrepreneur passionate about music, and graphic design.” Ms. Hien is embracing this new year 2019, with a desire to honor African diaspora women as she is organizing “Farafina Mousso” or “The African Woman”, which is an event to... Read more

Women of Distinction Awards: Eight women will be honored in New York

By : Bazona Barnabé Bado

Women of Distinction Awards is one of the biggest event, which has been organized in New York for 14 years.  Eight women from different backgrounds and different countries will be honored in December 9, 2018. The ceremony will be held at Staten Island Hilton Garden Inn Hotel in Staten Island . Emmanuel Randolph Wheagar who initiates the event, through this interview,  gives the details about this important event. Can you introduce yourselves to our readers? My name is Emmanuel Randolph Wheagar, Founder and CEO of the 2nd Chance International Women of Distinction Magazine, the 2nd Chance Youth Empowerment Project, and the 2nd Chance Gospel Music Convention, Inc. You are organizing in December 9, 2018 a big event called “International 2nd Chance, Women of Distinction Awards,” why do you decide to organize a such event and why it is called 2nd Chance? I decided to organize this event in the early... Read more

The cost of a child marriage in Africa

Child marriage is costing African countries at least $60 billion in lost lifetime earnings, more than what the world gives the continent in aid each year, the World Bank said on Wednesday. Be it high school dropout rates, teen pregnancy or poor health outcomes, the cost of child marriage is far from just monetary, the Bank said in its report. But the vast sums lost might just be the headline that helps provoke long-awaited change, activists said. "When it comes to policy making, money talks. What this research shows is that ending child marriage is not only the right thing to do, it is also the smart thing to do," said Lakshmi Sundaram, Executive Director of Girls Not Brides. Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest child marriage rates in the world, with more than 3 million - or one in three - girls marrying before they turn 18. The report said... Read more

Uber, Yellow Cab drivers need unity to fight bosses

By : Peter Thierjung

NEW YORK — The cutthroat competition among Uber, Lyft, other e-hail car services, livery companies and the Yellow Cab fleet bosses has claimed a seventh suicide victim here. Fausto Luna flung himself in front of an oncoming subway train and died Sept. 26. The 58-year-old Uber driver had told friends he was getting depressed in face of mounting debts and increasing overtime. His situation isn’t unusual. Uber drivers’ incomes fell 53 percent from 2013 to 2017, according to a study released by the J.P. Morgan Chase Institute that same month. “Alongside the rapid growth in the number of drivers has come a steady decline in average monthly earnings,” the report said. Uber disputes the findings, saying declining incomes result from drivers “choosing” to work part time. Today more than 100,000 e-hail cars flood New York City streets, compared to 67,500 in 2016. That’s on top of some 13,500 Yellow Cabs,... Read more


The Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) is accepting applications for the following civil service exams. So don't delay, apply today!    Apply for exams online: Go to the DCAS Online Application System (OASys) at and follow the onscreen application instructions for electronically submitting your application and payment, and completing any required forms. If you do not have access to a computer, visit one of our Computer-based Testing & Applications Centers (CTACs) to use our computers to submit your application (see below).   OPEN COMPETITIVE - Exams Open to the Public   CALL CENTER REPRESENTATIVE, EXAM NO. 9021     CHILD AND FAMILY SPECIALIST, EXAM NO. 9022     CLAIM SPECIALIST, EXAM NO. 9023     ENGINEERING TECHNICIAN, EXAM NO. 9024     PLASTERER, EXAM NO. 9025     PLASTERER (NYC H+H), EXAM NO. 9081 - CANCELED       POLICE COMMUNICATIONS TECHNICIAN, EXAM NO. 9079          PROMOTION - Exams for City Employees Only ... Read more

U.S to withdraw 10% of troops in Africa to counter Russia, China

The U.S. military will withdraw hundreds of troops focused on counterterrorism operations in Africa over the next several years to support the Pentagon’s increased focus on countering threats from China and Russia, officials said on Thursday. Earlier this year, the U.S. military put countering China and Russia at the center of a new national defense strategy, the latest sign of shifting priorities after more than a decade and a half of focusing on the fight against Islamist militants. “This realignment specifically projects to reduce forces by about 10 percent over the next several years – representing a fraction of the overall 7,200 DoD personnel operating in Africa,” Commander Candice Tresch, a Pentagon spokeswoman, told Reuters. Tresch said the cuts would leave “counter-violent extremist organization” activities largely untouched in several countries, including Somalia, Djibouti and Libya. In other parts of the region, including West Africa, the emphasis would shift from “tactical... Read more

Cameroonian journalist imprisoned for publishing what is considered “fake” news

At about 9pm on wednesday English desk editor and journalist of Equinoxe Television Mimi Mefo was jailed in New Bell central prison in Douala, the economic capital of Cameroon.  She was summoned to the regional gendarmerie legion early afternoon of November 7 was interviewed and subsequently placed under a warrant of arrest. A baseless act, as Denis Nkwebo the president of the National Syndicate of Cameroonian Journalists puts it.  Instead of the charges being served, she was simply handcuffed and transferred to New Bell Prison. But the National syndicate of Journalists of Cameroon considers this to be sufficiently a serious act of provocation, and we have therefore decided to convene a meeting of the national executive board as a matter of urgency. And at the end of that meeting, we will get the union’s reaction, especially since this is not the first case. In recent days we have been the... Read more

Africa Investment Forum exceeds expectations, participants agree

The Africa Investment Forum ( ended on a high note with the closing panel comprising heads of Development Finance Institutions (DFIs) unanimously lauding the unique initiative, calling it an exceptional gathering that “exceeded all expectations.” President of the African Development Bank (, Akinwumi Adesina told the more than 1,000 delegates, “The needle is shifting, pointing to the right direction, pointing to Africa. I am thankful for the investors, I am thankful for the confidence they have in Africa. Africa has grown up. Africa is not going to be developed by aid. It will be developed by investment and I think you are beginning to see it.¨ Participants from DFIs, institutional investors, sovereign wealth, equity and private sector CEOs from across the continent congregated in Johannesburg, South Africa to attend the first ever transaction-based Forum on the continent. At midday Friday, of 61 transactions valued at US$40.4 billion tabled for discussions... Read more

First – ever albinism contest held in Uganda

Uganda has held its first-ever beauty contest for people with albinism. Among the twenty two candidates from six districts, the judges chose 5 men and 5 women to represent Uganda at the Mr. and Miss East Africa’s beauty contest in Nairobi at the end of November this year. ‘‘Today was an important opportunity because we had the first hearings in Uganda of people with albinism for Mr. and Ms. Albinism from East Africa. This is extremely important because representation is important. That says a lot about how society perceives this difference’‘, said director of the Malengo foundation and judge, Michelle Omamteker. For contestants, the platform was an opportunity to showcase their incredible talents and be seen. “I think next year it will be huge, there will be even more than the 22 of today. I think the numbers will reach a hundred, or even 200 and more”, said Brenda Boonabaana, a... Read more

Socialist candidate for governor speaks out against Jew hatred and murderous assault on Pittsburgh synagogue

By : Peter Thierjung

 MANHATTAN – "Working people everywhere should condemn the murderous assault on the Pittsburgh synagogue by an anti-Semitic and ultra - rightist terrorist who killed 11 people and gravely injured others," Róger Calero, the Socialist Workers Party candidate for governor of New York told a campaign meeting here Oct. 27. “History tell us that Jew-hatred rises in times of capitalist crisis like today,” Calero said. “This scapegoating is a poison that weakens the working class. It is used to keep us from focusing clearly on the those who oppress and exploit us — the capitalists who own the corporations, banks, and factories." "Working people face the brunt of today’s economic, social and moral crisis of capitalism," Calero said. "Workers are discussing and looking for ways to organize, to win better wages and working conditions. We need stronger unions and need to organize the unorganized. We need to reject the divide-and-rule tactics... Read more

Interview: “Prof Boukary Sawadogo is talking about his new and second book

By : Bazona Barnabé Bado

Do you like African cinema, or do you want to know better about it? You have the good news: “African Film Studies: An Introduction” is a book that will allow you to explore and understand Africa through the lenses of African filmmakers. Dr. Boukary Sawadogo the author of that new book through this interview is talking about the book he took three years to write.  African Film Studies: An Introduction is the title of your new book and the second one you’ve written. Yes, it was published by Routledge in late September 2018. My first book, Les Cinémas francophones ouest-africains, 1990-2005, was published by Harmattan in 2013. Why did you decide to write a book that deals specifically with African film? I realized there is a great need for a teaching and learning resource for African cinema. There are plenty of scholarly books on African cinema but almost no textbooks... Read more

Dr. Marie Claudine Mukamabano was honored for her outstanding commitment.

By : Bazona Barnabé Bado

She was a little girl  in 1990 when  in Rwanda her native country, erupted a civil war, which sparked the death of thousands of people. She is a survivor of the genocide in Rwanda in 1994 when  she found herself jumping over hundreds of corpses to save her life. Today she raised up from the darkness of a horrible war to a spotlight of a recognition.   The State Senator Jesse Hamilton and the President of Brooklyn Borough Eric Adams honored Dr. Marie Claudine Mukamabano trough Citation for her an “outstanding commitment to promoting excellence and providing outstanding services and support to residents and those in need.” The ceremony was held in October 5, 2018 at the Brooklyn library before close friends who came to support and congratulate her for her accomplishment. Her story began in 1990 in Rwanda where a civil war between a minority group (Tutsi) and the... Read more


 Here are some exams for the month of October 2018 The Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) is accepting applications for the following civil service exams. So don't delay, apply today!  Apply for exams online: Go to the DCAS Online Application System (OASys) at and follow the onscreen application instructions for electronically submitting your application and payment, and completing any required forms. If you do not have access to a computer, visit one of our Computer-based Testing & Applications Centers (CTACs) to use our computers to submit your application (see below). OPEN COMPETITIVE - Exams Open to the Public                   ADDICTION COUNSELOR (NYC H+H), EXAM NO. 9016 - POSTPONED                  ASSOCIATE CORRECTIONAL COUNSELOR    , EXAM NO. 9017 - POSTPONED                 ASSOCIATE PROJECT MANAGER, EXAM NO. 9003       ... Read more

President Trump wants to end immigration benefits, and a judge says no

A federal judge’s ruling blocking a Trump administration order to end immigration benefits for nearly 300,000 foreign nationals is the latest in a series of judicial setbacks for the Trump administration's immigration policies. Federal District Judge Edward Chen late Wednesday blocked the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) order to end temporary protected status (TPS) that allows citizens of Sudan, El Salvador, Haiti and Nicaragua to live and work in the United States, raising hopes for activists who have fought to make the program permanent. The preliminary injunction granted by Chen, an appointee of former President Obama, follows a trend of court reversals that have slowed the administration's proposed overhaul of American immigration laws. The administration's first judicial setbacks on immigration came weeks into Trump's presidency, as a New York court stopped in January of 2017 the application of the first version of a travel ban that blocked immigrants and visitors from seven majority-Muslim countries. After... Read more

African Immigrant Heritage Month, the New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer honored the best.

By : Bazona Barnabé Bado

The New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer celebrated in September 24, 2018 African Immigrant Heritage Month, which is dedicated to recognizing the contribution of African immigrants. The ceremony was held at the National Black Theater in Harlem, which is a property of African American woman, Barbara Ann Teer. Her daughter Barbara S. Lythcott was there and gave an emotional testimony how she fought to take back the family property as it was about to be taken from the family.  “My mother who passed away in 2008 had a mantra,” she said. “If you know the beginning well, the end will not trouble you.” And Stringer to said: “Leave your kids a good reputation.” Regarding the African Immigrant Heritage Month, which is the first annual one in the district, he said it is going to grow bigger. African Immigrant Heritage Month is also to honor excellency. “We honor the best,”... Read more

 African Heritage Month: “We are strong not despite of immigrants, but because of immigrants,”  said Bill de Blasio mayor of New York

By : Bazona Barnabé Bado

The Mayor of the New York City Bill De Blasio has celebrated in September 26, 2018 the African Heritage Month as hundreds of Africans from all over the city “invaded” Gracie Mansion to be witnesses of the first celebration of “African Heritage Month” dedicated to African diaspora. “The first ever in history Africans’ celebration at the Gracie Mansion,” De Blasio said. And Famod Kone, the first Chairman of the African Advisory Council (ACC) in the Bronx, and the Bronx Borough Director of the mayor’s office, put it in that way as he presented the mayor to the audience in four different languages: “The celebration of the contribution, the accomplishment, the history, and the rich culture of the African communities in New York.” According to De Blasio, “The African community is one of the most growing immigrant groups in the city.” “Over 15 African nations are represented in New York,” he... Read more

South Africa’s anti-apartheid icon Desmond Tutu was hospitalized in Cape Town on Thursday for “a series of tests”, his office said.

By : AFP

 “The Archbishop was in good spirits after settling into his ward. He hopes to be back home in a few days,” said a statement released by his office. The Nobel Peace laureate who turns 87 in ten days, was last admitted to hospital in September 2016 when he underwent minor surgery. The Archbishop was in good spirits after settling into his ward. He hopes to be back home in a few days. During that year, he was hospitalized four times for a persistent infection that his foundation said was a consequence of the prostate cancer treatment Tutu has been receiving for nearly two decades. The retired archbishop was also hospitalized in 2015 over an infection, which was also a result of the prostate cancer treatment. The much-loved former archbishop of Cape Town gained worldwide prominence for his strong opposition to white-minority rule in South Africa. He won the Nobel Peace... Read more

Liberia court orders arrest of ex-president Sirleaf’s son, bank officials


A Liberian court has issued arrest warrants for the son of ex-president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and more than 30 former central bank officials in connection with $104 million that went missing on the way to the bank, according to a court document released on Friday. Former bank governor Milton Weeks and Charles Sirleaf, were among those ordered arrested. Weeks has said he had nothing to do with the missing cash and was cooperating with investigators. There was no immediate comment on Friday from Weeks, Charles Sirleaf or any of the other people named on the list or their lawyers. The court said it had information that the named individuals planned to leave Liberia and ordered that they “be brought before this Honourable Court to answer to criminal charges levied against them by the Republic of Liberia”. The document did not say what charges they would face. Political crisis for George Weah Last... Read more

Immigrants, fearing Trump crackdown, drop out of nutrition programs

Both documented and undocumented immigrants fear that accepting federal aid could make them ineligible for a green card if rules are changed. Immigrants are turning down government help to buy infant formula and healthy food for their young children because they’re afraid the Trump administration could bar them from getting a green card if they take federal aid. Local health providers say they’ve received panicked phone calls from both documented and undocumented immigrant families demanding to be dropped from the rolls of WIC, a federal nutrition program aimed at pregnant women and children, after news reports that the White House is potentially planning to deny legal status to immigrants who’ve used public benefits. Agencies in at least 18 states say they’ve seen drops of up to 20 percent in enrollment, and they attribute the change largely to fears about the immigration policy. The Trump administration hasn’t officially put the policy... Read more

How to prevent malaria before a trip to Africa or other countries? Diaspora parade was an opportunity to answer that question

By : Bazona Barnabé Bado

Bronxites around Southern Boulevard and Louis Nine Boulevard enjoyed in September 15, 2018 watching African women from Congo dancing traditional dances as drums was beating, and admiring Jamaican and Spanish young girls in their lovely garments spinning. It was diaspora parade, which was organized in collaboration with Africa day malaria awareness. The parade ended up at Crotona Park where many hospitals from the Bronx had set up stands for free blood pressure, diabetes, and hepatitis B and C screening, as well as information regarding malaria, and insurances. According to some statistics “each year, almost 70 million people travel from the US to foreign countries.” And these travelers may be exposed to diseases such as malaria, typhoid fever, and hepatitis A.  According to Ambroise Ngande, when people travel to Africa they have to cope with malaria, which is a big issue there.  “The Africa Day malaria awareness will help to raise... Read more

FONY 2018: The culture of Burkina Faso once again was in the heart of the event

By : Bazona Barnabé Bado

The fourth edition of the Festival Ouaga New York (FONY), which was held and stretched from September 1st through September 4th, in New York is done. For four days, the FONY allowed the Burkinabé to revisit their culture and the Americans to better discover the culture of the country of upright people. The theme of the FONY, which is growing and renovating even if it still needs to improve, was “culture and education.” “The festival brought together artists from Africa, America, and Europe,” said Gerald Koala aka Kadafi who is the coordinator of the FONY. According to Mr. Koala, the FONY since its creation has allowed about twenty Burkinabe artists to land to America. "It's one of our goal,” he said. For this edition, there were three artists of the older generation from Burkina Faso and who flew to New York to make the culture of Burkina great. They kept... Read more

Local Histories of African Cinema: Interview with Projectionist Boureima Ouédraogo

By : Boukary Sawadogo, Ph.D.

 This is the first in a series of interviews with key participants in African cinema that I hope will provide more insight into the local history of African moviemaking than what has been provided repeatedly in scholarly articles and books. By talking with projectionists, actors, private movie theater managers, and moviegoers, I hope to unearth the nuance and texture that are missing from the official history to help increase our understanding of African cinema, particularly the cinema of Burkina Faso. This first interview looks at the physical condition of movie theaters and how it affects the moviegoing experience. The overall condition of movie theaters in Burkina Faso is mixed, and theaters are unevenly distributed among the two major cities—the capital, Ouagadougou, and the second-largest city, Bobo-Dioulasso—and the regional provinces. Ouagadougou has three main theaters in operation, Ciné Neerwaya, Ciné Burkina, and Canal Olympia Yennenga, which are in relatively good condition... Read more

Africa Photo Festival is the privilege to tell our stories according to Yemi Ojagbamila  

By : Bazona Barnabé Bado

The first edition of “Africa Photo Festival” was held in August 25 and 26, 2018 at The National Black Theater in Harlem. It was an exposition of pictures taken by 15 local and international photographers. “It is time for Africa to tell its story,” said Yemi Ojagbamila who is the curator and the promotor. For two days, New Yorkers enjoyed not only photos taken in Africa but also pictures that tell stories of Africans living abroad or African diasporas. If the pictures are telling Africa’ stories, the photographers are not from Africa alone. Some photographers for example are from Colombia, Italy, and Russia. Photographers were able to tell the stories of Africa trough many topics. One of the topics was the dead. Joana Toro, a photographer from Columbia through the lens of her camera, tells the story of African diasporas in Colombia as they celebrated dead by beating on drums... Read more

Muslims – Israel summit series: A new generation of Muslims speaking in different voice amid contestation

By : Bazona Barnabé Bado

The first edition of “Muslims – Israel summit series” was held in August 27, 2018, in Manhattan. The summit reunited Imams, Rabbis, Scholars, dignitaries, and peacemakers from New York as well as from other States. A “historic gathering,” said Muhammad Drammeh, board member of Muslim Media Corporation, which is the convener of the summit. In his opening prayer, Imam Souleymane Konate said he came to the summit not because the summit was about Muslims and Jews, but because he is a human being. “God creates us as one creature,” he said. “Let’s stop judging each other.”  “We need to open the door for one another,” said Rabbi Joseph Potasnik in his opening remarks. “We came here today with different faith, we must leave here as one family,” he said. Why a summit on Muslims and Israel? “I can only imagine the benefits that derive from the contributions of an independent,... Read more

African Advisory Council’s BBQ was about to enjoy food, and to inquire about our health and our right to vote

By : Bazona Barnabé Bado

African Advisory Council (AAC) organized in August 18, 2018 a barbecue, which was held in Crotona Park in the Bronx. It was not only about to enjoy food, but also to have a chance to get more information about healthiness, and voter’s registration. The organizers called it: “The AAC BBQ/ Health Fair/ voter’s registration.” As those who were present had enjoying food such as chicken, attieke, rice, salad… Menepelle Nuhan, AAC Director of Media, and who was also the MC of the event, made sure that music was tuned up. Coach Joewassa decided to make the BBQ more beautiful as he came with 15 kids.  The primary and general election will be respectively held in September 13, 2018, and in November 6, 2018. Voting is a right. And Christelle N. Onwu and her husband, both are working in human rights, were there to give more information about voter’s registration.   ... Read more


Aujourd’hui dans notre rubrique « Famille » Wendlassida A. Bérenger Ouédraogo qui,  dans son article sur le choix du conjoint, nous parle de « l’âme sœur ». Il s’interroge : l’âme sœur est – il un mythe ou une réalité ? A vous de décider. Très souvent, des gens ont de la peine à se trouver et à se choisir un conjoint. L’on dit communément son âme sœur ou sa moitié. Ce peut être un mythe ou une réalité. De ces deux points de vue dépend notre attitude.           L’âme sœur vue comme un mythe. Vous allez rechercher le prince charmant, l’homme ou la femme idéal(e) qui serait uniquement créé pour vous et serait quelque part en attente d’être retrouvé(e). Selon le mythe, il existerait un être, juste pour vous, dont vous allez tomber amoureux instantanément. La théorie de l’âme sœur se trouve dans « le Bouquet de Platon ». Selon Platon, les êtres humains, à... Read more

Bethel Hamliri . Inc.’s health fair in New York was  to bring awareness and health resources to communities 

By : Bazona Barnabé Bado

A health fair organized by Bethel Hamliri was held in August 12, 2018 at Crotona park in New York. “We believe that a health fair is one of the best way to bring awareness and health resources to our communities,” said Frank Edgar Kabore founder and CEO of Bethel Hamliri.Inc. Through that health fair, community groups had had a chance to have access to free services such as blood pressure testing, blood glucose testing, resources for healthy lifestyle and weigh loss… “Bronx is under the threshold of illness,” said Pojanee Fleury (PJ) a participant who advised people to “pay attention to their health.” Mory Kouyate the chairman of African Advisory Council (AAC) said the health fair is a good initiative. “We must prevent illness before we get sick,” he said. Eating well is part of our healthiness. “We are not big on vegetables,” said Salimata Seck a participant who recommended... Read more

Miss Congo Brazzaville USA 2018: The winner is Dalhia Milondo

By :  Bazona Barnabé  Bado & Moustapha Diaoune

The third edition of Miss Congo Brazzaville USA 2018, was held in August 12, 2018 at the National Black Theater in Harlem, New York.  "Miss Congo Brazzaville is to promote the culture of Congo in the United States of America," said Henriette Brigitte Tsogni, promoter of Miss Congo Brazzaville and president of the NGO " La Main sur le Coeur.” They were five beautiful girls from different regions of Congo but living in the USA to take part in the competition. As the audience greet them with ovations as they make their appearance on the stage, some people were trying to guest the winner and making their choice. The numbers 1, 2 and 3, however, attract the attention of each other until the jury deliberated. The misses went back to the dress - room. Drums resound. It was the group Mfouambila of Congo which made its appearance. They were three... Read more

Africa Photo Festival New York August 25 & 26, 2018

Africa Photo Festival New York will be held in August 25 and 26, 2018 at The National Black Theater in Harlem. The festival has been organized by Yemi Ojagbamila, who is also the curator. Participants will have a chance to admire the work of many artists, and to talk directly to them. According to Yemi, “It will be an exhibition, artist talk, and collection.” Everyone is welcome to this big event.     Read more

More than forty women were equipped to fight mental illness in New York city

By : Bazona Barnabé Bado

Forty-five women were trained in August 4, 2018 in Harlem to fight mental illness. The free training, which was initiated by Women’s Federation for World Peace, USA in collaboration with Harlem Family Church, is part of the New York City program called “Mental Health First Aid Trainings,” which is sponsored by Thrive NYC. “New York city is stressful and mental illness is a real issue, “said Assetou Sy who also thanked Famod Koneh from the Mayor’s office for making this training happened. [caption id="attachment_1622" align="aligncenter" width="5184"] Assetou Sy[/caption] Here are statistics in New York regarding mental illness:  20 % of lower – income mothers develop symptoms of depression after pregnancy. 25% or 230, 000 veterans live in New York, and one out of four are estimated to have PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) and/ or major depression. 35% of NYC Department of Homeless Services shelter clients have a serious mental illness;... Read more

African Advisory Council is raising money for Souleymane Porgo

By : Bazona Barnabé Bado

The African community in New York through the African Advisory Council (AAC) has decided to help Souleymane Porgo as it is opening an online account (GoFundMe) that will allow benefactors to donate so that Mr. Porgo will keep running his business. Porgo is the street vendor from Burkina Faso, who was violently attacked by a gang of seven people in May 2017 while selling his wares on the edge of a street in New York in the Bronx. He was taking to hospital in a comatose state and recovered after intensive care. [caption id="attachment_1607" align="alignright" width="525"] AAC members[/caption] "The African Advisory Council supports those who cannot support themselves," said Mory Kouyate, Chairman of AAC, and who initiated the press conference last Monday to inform the public about the opening of an online account to raise $20,000 that will allow Porgo to move in his own store. "We do not want... Read more

AZAABAN and African Ancestry gave opportunity to seven African Americans to reconnect with their ancestral land, Burkina Faso.

By : Bazona Barnabé Bado

A welcome ceremony was held in August 5, 2018 to honor seven African Americans who after a DNA testing found their roots in Burkina Faso their ancestral land.   The ceremony was initiated by AZAABAN a nonprofit organization, which is providing the best approaches for African Americans to know about the historical background of their ancestors -their origins, their ethnic group, and their culture. - The seven African Americans who were welcome by their respective ethnic groups living in New York, were Lyela, Kasenna, Samogo, and Bissa. “We must welcome them and accept them with all our heart,” said Tene Ouedraogo/ Ouele, the founder of AZAABAN, which stands for “welcome” in Kasenna language. [caption id="attachment_1579" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Tene Ouedraogo/ Ouele, the founder of AZAABAN[/caption] Without African Ancestry a company, which “is committed to providing a unique service to the black community by working daily to improve the cultural, emotional, physical,... Read more

Media: The African Journal was the guest of Zeno radio

By : Bazona Barnabé Bado

 The African Journal your newspaper was in July 24, 2018  the guest of Zeno radio to debate the role of media in the community. The debate was initiated by Dr. Marie Claudine Mukamabano and Randolph J. Thomas, and The African Journal was represented by Bazona Barnabe Bado and Mustapha Dioune who are respectively co- founder and editor – in – chief,  and co- founder and manager. The debate, which took place in Manhattan lasted one hour.  We answered many questions such as “ why did you create a newspaper, why audience should advertise in The African Journal? What make The African Journal different than other newspapers?... It was an opportunity for us to focus on our mission, which is “the freedom to tell our stories, the African’s stories, to educate our people in America as a community’ s newspaper, and to support in Africa our young democracies.”  As a community... Read more

Running a business: “It is our duty to build our community,” Saeed Hassan president of ABS Travel, said

By : Bazona Barnabé Bado

The president of ABS Travel was in July 26, 2018  in Brooklyn to meet with a group of teenagers from age 14 to 15 to give them the basic information  they need to run a business and to succeed in a world that requires more competition. Saeed Hassan who has been run ABS Travel for 25 years, was confident as he stood before the youth students and taught them how to be a successful man and woman. “Be strong inside of you, speak out, express yourselves, success comes then,” said Hassan who came to the meeting with his son who is majoring in finance with two minors. “ABS Travel, and staff believe in social responsibility,” said Dr. Marie Claudine Mukamabano, sales and marketing Africa.  “ You are the most important asset we have, we want to hear from you, talk to you and support you to become successful in your... Read more

Summer in New York: Between making money and enjoying

By : Bazona Barnabé Bado

After winter with its frigid weather, New Yorkers are enjoying the summer with its warmer and humid weather. It is also an opportunity to make money in several ways. People are making money on street corners. In general street vendors in New York are those who are selling body oils, and clothes. In summer, the hot weather is a great opportunity for youth to sell water to drivers in some busy streets.  Some Women and aged people who do not have job sell also fresh water, juice, soda, fruits, and  ice cream on a corner of streets. Men with big vans occupy street corners to sell fruits, and vegetables. The street’s businesses work  as vendors sell goods that are cheap. The same apple you buy for 50 cents on the street will cost you one dollar in a store. So many people prefer to buy fruits and vegetables on the... Read more

Bronx Economic Snapshot: Bronx Borough president announced $ 1million, the AAC chairman wanted African’s immigrant voices to be heard.

By : Bazona Barnabé Bado

The New York State Comptroller held a press conference, which  took place in July 20, 2018 in the Bronx inside a deli to talk about the economic Snapshot of the Bronx. “The Bronx has made great progress and has come a long way,”  Thomas P. DiNapoli  the  New York State comptroller said. According to the report, the population of the Bronx increased by 26 percent between 1980 and 20017, reaching almost 1.5 million people, only slightly less than the record set in 1970. It also indicates that immigrants are growing presence in the Bronx. They are indeed, make up 37% of the total population. They are also a large part of the borough’s economic success, making up nearly half of the work force and 60 % of self – employed entrepreneurs.  The report also indicates that, three – quarter of all immigrants in the Bronx are from Latin America. The... Read more

Obama criticizes ‘strongman politics’ in coded attack on Trump

Barack Obama has delivered a stinging rebuke to his successor as US president, condemning politicians who trade in the politics of fear and deny objective reality and, when caught in a lie, double down. In what has been described as his most important speech since leaving office, Obama used the Nelson Mandela annual lecture in front of an ecstatic 15,000-strong crowd in Johannesburg to warn that “the politics of fear, resentment, retrenchment” are on the move “at a pace unimaginable just a few years ago.” Without once mentioning Donald Trump by name, Obama took aim at the “utter loss of shame among political leaders when they’re caught in a lie and they just double down and lie some more”. These days “people just make stuff up” in politics and no longer show embarrassment when being caught out. In what was Obama’s first visit to Africa since leaving office in 2017, he warned that the denial of facts... Read more

Fundraising : “Women and Girls Empowerment” is giving hope to women and girls with disabilities

By :  Bazona Barnabé  Bado et Moustapha Diaoune

“Women and Girls Empowerment” organized  in July 7, 2018  its  first annual fundraising event in the Bronx under the theme: “ Giving hope to women with disabilities in Cameroon.” Many guests were invited and one of them,  Mrs. Sefakor Komabu – Pomeyie, Founder & president of “Enlightening & Empowering people of disabilities in Africa,” gave a powerful and emotional speech. “She is going to give hope to girls with disabilities,” said Edwige Samu, president and founder  of “ Women and Girls Empowerment,” who expressed her gratefulness to all those who have came to honor these women and girls who live with disabilities. Mrs. Sefakor Komabu 43,  entered in the room in a wheelchair  as people stood up, Applauded , danced, to  welcome her. “ I am a living testimony that a child with a disability has a possibility to succeed,” she said.  Sefakor ’story  is a long journey, which finally... Read more

Barack Obama shares the three questions you need to ask before choosing a life partner

Barack and Michelle Obama’s relationship is routinely exalted as the type of union to which we all should aspire. The former president not only showers his former first lady with praise in speech after speech, but frequently shares tender messages to her on social media. If you were pondering the secret to their 25 years of wedded bliss, a major hint can be found in the three questions Mr. Obama recommends people wondering whether they have found Mr. or Ms. Right ask themselves. In his new book Yes, we (Still) Can, Dan Pfeiffer, Mr. Obama’s former communications director, shares a revealing conversation he had with his boss on his last day back in 2015.  As the pair discussed future, Mr. Pfieffer opened about his relationship. “So, are you guys moving together? This is the one, huh?” he recounted Mr. Obama asking him.  Mr. Obama is then said to have imparted the pearls of wisdom. “Here’s the advice I give... Read more

Islamist terrorist groups are turning their attention to West Africa

By : Washington Post

DAKAR, Senegal — The epicenter of jihadism in Africa has long been the Sahel, the region that skirts the southern fringe of the Sahara Desert. Islamist groups such as Boko Haram have used the vast and relatively empty area to hide, recruit and organize. Now the threat is increasingly spilling over into nearby countries. Terrorist attacks struck Ivory Coast in 2016 and have occurred in Burkina Faso repeatedly since then. Multiple suspected terrorists have been arrested recently in the West African nations of Guinea, Guinea-Bissau and Senegal. The latter, historically one of West Africa's most stable nations, is now holding its largest-ever terrorism trial, with 29 people accused of trying to create an Islamic State-style caliphate in the region. Al-Qaeda affiliates in the area have also issued a new wave of threats against Western interests in West Africa, with one group identifying Senegal and Guinea, which have soldiers in a U.N. peacekeeping mission... Read more

Form of Business Organization: Which Should You Choose?

By : Issiffou Ouedraogo

  The decision as to which type of business organization to use when starting a business is a major one. And, it's a decision to be revisited periodically as your business develops. While professional advice is critical in making this decision, it's also important to have a general understanding of the options available. This Financial Guide provides just such an overview. Businesses fall under one of two federal tax systems: Taxation of both the entity itself (on the income it earns) and the owners (on dividends or other profit participation the owners receive from the business).This system applies to the business S-corporation-called the "C-corporation" (C-corp) for reasons we'll see shortly and the system of taxing first the corporation and then its owners is called the "corporate double tax." "Pass through" taxation. The entity (called a "flow-through" entity) is not taxed, but its owners are each taxed (more or less) on their... Read more

Review: “Medan vi Lever” Showcases Complex Identity Crise

By : Boukary Sawadogo, Ph.D.

The struggle of finding your place in an increasingly globalized world is examined in this Gambian-Swedish dramedy. Medan Vi Lever, is a haunting study of identity, acceptance, and the tug-of-war between tradition and modernity by the critically acclaimed and award-winning Burkinabe director Dani Kouyaté. Kouyaté’s extensive filmography since the early 1990s addresses the complex social dynamics of tradition, modernity, history, and shifting identities, and this film is an extension of his work on these themes. Medan Vi Lever, set in Sweden and Gambia, tells the story of the conflicting relationship between a single mother, Kandia, and her aspiring-musician son Ibrahim, known as Ibbe, age 18. Kandia is a nurse from Gambia who has been living and working in Sweden for more than twenty years. Ibbe is the result of her relationship with her deceased Swedish boyfriend, whose parents Ylva and Olof were not accepting of the relationship. Olof is portrayed... Read more

African Heritage Month (AHM) Is Official : Mory Kouyate chairman of AAC explains the concept  

  The first edition of the African Heritage Month ( AHM ) will be held in September 2018. The  decision has been made as leaders of the African Advisory Council ( AAC)  met in June 21st , 2018 with the Bronx Borough President Rubén Díaz Jr. “We went in with two requests. A budget and the official Celebration of the African Heritage Month. The Bronx President agreed to one out of the two proposals. We shook hands to make September African Heritage Month,” Mory Kouyate Chairman of AAC said. The Bronx Borough President Rubén Díaz Jr. also tweeted about it: “I had a great meeting today with the members of my African Advisory Council! Thank you for caring so much and being so committed to a better Bronx and New York City.” The African Journal asked Kouyate four questions to decrypt the concept of the African Heritage Month. Here are... Read more

Obama, like Trump, grappled with family immigration

By : Associated Press

The Trump administration isn't the first to grapple with the question of how to handle tens of thousands of immigrant families stopped along the U.S.-Mexico border. Four years ago, Barack Obama faced a similar crisis when record numbers of Central American immigrants fleeing violence began showing up at the border. Officials had to deal with the same court case the current administration began fighting Thursday, a day after President Donald Trump issued a new executive order to stop separating migrant families whose parents were arrested for illegally entering the country. More than 60,000 family "units" — which the U.S. government defines as a parent and child — were stopped along the border in the 2014 fiscal year, a fourfold increase from a year earlier. In the last fiscal year, that number exceeded 70,000. Initially, the Obama administration released mothers and children with notices to appear in immigration courts in the... Read more

 World Refugee Day, African Communities Together has mobilized hundreds of protesters

By : Bazona Barnabé Bado

  World Refugee Day, which is held every year on June 20th was celebrated in New York in a particular  way as many organizations took the streets to express solidarity and show support  to families forced to flee their countries because of wars, and other catastrophes, and to denounce the Trump administration’s policies on immigration. African Communities Together, which initiated the march along with other organizations was able to mobilize hundreds of people who marched from Bryant Park – 42nd street and 5th avenue to Trump World Tower, which is build  face to the United Nations, and then to Dag Hammarskjold plaza, on 47th street and 1st avenue,  to express their outrage.   “No hate, no fear, refugees are welcome here,” the crowd sang as they marched brandishing placards, which displayed words that support immigrants or refugees.The particularity of World Refugee Day this year was that it was celebrated in... Read more

A bloodless malaria test by a young Ugandan inventor won Africa’s top engineering prize  

  The $33,000 Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation has been awardedto a 24-year old Ugandan engineer for his invention of a bloodless malaria test. Before now, small blood samples taken from suspected patients in hospitals or pharmacies were used to test for malaria but with Matibabu, the device developed by Brian Gitta and his team, there is no need for pricking. When a person is infected, the malaria parasite takes over a vacuole of the red blood cells and significantly remodels it. For Matibabu to work, it is clipped onto a person’s finger and using light and magnetism, a red beam of light scans the finger for changes in colour, shape and concentration of the red blood cells. A result is produced within a minute and sent to a mobile phone linked to the device. Matibabu (Swahili for ‘treatment’) is low cost, reusable and because the procedure is non-invasive, does not require specialist training. Malaria alone... Read more

Educational System in Liberia, Menepelle J. Nuhann blames the government

By : Bazona Barnabé Bado

  Menepelle J. Nuhann (M J N) is originally from Liberia. He is the  Founder, President and CEO of Vision For Children in Liberia ( VCIL). He is working for the department of education in New York and he is also the Director of Media for the African Advisory Council (AAC). He is talking in this interview about his organization and he blames Liberia’s government for the poor educational system in Liberia.    Tell us in few words about yourselves Menepelle J. Nuhann (MJN)  - Founder, President and CEO of Vision For Children in Liberia ( VCIL). Growing up poor in Liberia, striving for the privilege of getting an education, he graduated from the St. Francis High School with honors and dreamed of coming to the United States.  When he was awarded  that opportunity through the U.S Diversity Visa  Lottery program, many Bronx Kids at I.S. 217 middle school were the winners.  Once in... Read more

The death of Mouctar Diallo : African communities want Justice

By : Bazona Barnabé Bado

                          African communities alongside with other organizations were gathered on June 13, 2018 in the Bronx to demand justice not only for Mouctar Diallo, but also for Leo Clarke. Diallo 21, was struck  and killed on November 7,  2017 by a garbage truck belonged to Sanitation Salvage and which he had been  working for. The company ( Sanitation Salvage)  had tried to cover -  up the truth about his death. Clarke 72, was also run over by the same truck as he was crossing the street. He was walking with a cane.             “The message we are sending is to highlight the issue of Mouctar Diallo, to express our outrage and to demand that Sanitation Salvage be held responsible for his death,” Mohammed Mardah of African Advisory Council said. Diallo was an immigrant... Read more

Mohamed Koanda makes history in the United  States of America

By : Bazona Barnabe Bado

A Burkina Faso ( West Africa ) young man has made history as he  received an award for the highest Cumulative GPA for the Educational Opportunity program ( EOP) as a senior at The State University of New York University (SUNY) / Buffalo.  Mohamed Koanda 23, majored in computer information system, with mathematics as minor, graduated with a GPA of 3.92 at SUNY Buffalo State College, has made his native country, Burkina Faso proud of him. “Congratulations to Mohamed Koanda, our fellow citizens who is a computer system engineer, and who graduated  as honor student at State University of New York (SUNY) / Buffalo. I am immensely proud of him,” Rock Marc Christian Kabore, president of Burkina Faso said in a tweet. [caption id="attachment_1020" align="alignleft" width="640"] Mohamed Koanda[/caption] Mohamed who was born in Burkina Faso in West Africa, arrives in New York in 2011. He was 16 years – old... Read more

The Annual cultural evening aims to celebrate cultural diversity

By :       Bazona Barnabe Bado

The 8th Annual Cultural Evening was held on June 1st , 2018 in the premises of Public School 4 (P.S.4) in Manhattan. This annual event, which brought West African artists to perform and share African Cultures, was organized by USA – Mali Charitable Association of New York in partnership with P.S. 4 and Malian Cultural Center. “We organized each year the cultural evening to give the opportunity to kids to learn African cultures,” Assetou Sy/ Traore president of USA – Mali Charitable Association of New York said. Teachers, students, parents, including authorities from New York were there enjoying students dancing African dances,  and speaking French, and  hearing African music. [caption id="attachment_1013" align="aligncenter" width="4272"] Sy family[/caption] It was P.S. 4 “After School” Latino students who first and  one by one came to the platform speaking in French and English what they want to be when they grow up. “You are Africans... Read more

African communities forum: believe in ourselves was the message…

By : Bazona Barnabe Bado

   “African communities forum and resource fair: mobilizing community through government engagement” was the theme of that second forum, which was organized in May 10, by New York City,  Commission on Human Rights and held at Monroe College. “ There is a huge increasing among Africans in New York City, and African community is fastest  growing  immigrants’ population in New York City. It is great to touch out to them and let them know the services that are offered to them,” Christelle N. Onwu, lead advisor for African communities, NYC Commission on Human Rights said.  Aissata Camara, Taiwo Onabanjo, May Malik, Dr. Noel Manyindo, and Marissa Jackson were the five panelists invited to talk about three topics: Employment, building partnership with government agencies, and  how to empower communities. [caption id="attachment_1007" align="aligncenter" width="4272"] The presidium[/caption] As they were answered questions, they let  participants know that the government gives a chance to... Read more

 Federate African Languages, NKO Language maybe an opportunity

By : Barnabé Bazona Bado

NKO may not be hieroglyph. However, its influence  is increasing like the hieroglyph, which was according to historians the first written language in Egypt and which may influence other languages around the world. ”NkO is one of the largest written  African language spoken in nearly nine(9) countries and by  more than fifty million people,” said Djibrila Diane who is the  vice – president NKO USA, and secretary general of the World Organization for the Development of NKO. The language has been taught in Harvard University for 7 years by Boubacar Diakité. “ NKO should be an opportunity to federate the written languages in Africa,” he said. “People are talking about Francophonie, when we as Africans we are going to talk about Africaphonie?” According to Djibrila, NKO’ s alphabet  has 7 vowels, 19 consonants, 1 neutral, and 2136 syllables, and  NKO dictionary has 48, 000 vocabulary words. At the beginning NKO... Read more

African Advisory Council:  “There was so much violence against our community.”  

By :  Bazona Barnabe  Bado

  Mory Kouyate is a Chairman of  African Advisory Council . We have  met with him to talk about the African Advisory Council. Who is Mory Kouyate? Mory Kouyate  ( MK): I am from Guinea Conakry. I came to the US in 1997. I attended high school here and I have a bachelor’s degree in political Science from CUNY ( City University of New York), York College. From 2014 to 2016 I served as the community Liaison of the African advisory Council of the Bronx Borough President. I was also Vice Chair from 2016 to 2017. In December 2017, I was elected by the African community in the Bronx as the Chairman for 2 years. I have been married for 2 years and I have a daughter.   As a chairman of African Advisory Council, tell us about the goal ( s ) of African Advisory Council?  MK : Our aims... Read more

Bronx Week Parade: African Advisory Council has marched alongside other community groups

By : Barnabé Bazona Bado

  The Bronx week parade and festival hosted by the Bronx Borough President Rubén Díaz Jr. was held on Sunday May 20th in the Bronx at Mosholu Parkway and Hull Avenue. Community organizations, schools, sport teams, and civic groups have marched along Mosholu Parkway celebrating the 46th anniversary of the event. The African Advisory Council ( AAC) was there. “We are here to represent African community and culture,” Mory Kouyate, the AAC chairman said. According to Mory, there are more than 100, 000 Africans in the Bronx. “ it is important to let people know we are there,” he said. He also said that it is important to show politicians that we are committed. Yes, the African Advisory Council have marched alongside other community groups and has celebrated with cheer and joy. It was an opportunity for President Diaz, to give the African soccer tournament trophies to the team that... Read more

  Burkina Faso to lead the GOF for the next two years.

By :  Barnabe Bazona Bado and Moustapha Diaoune

                               The annual meeting of the Group of Friends of Corrections in Peacekeeping ( GOF) was held on May 9 and 11, in  the premises of Permanent Mission of Burkina Faso, New York. “The Group of Friends was formally created in 2011 and its objectives are to provide advice and expertise on the difficulties encountered by penitentiary officers deployed in peace keeping operations,”  Eric Y. Tiare, Ambassador Permanent Representative of Burkina Faso, said. The theme of this annual meeting  was “ the strategic role of corrections in furthering the peace and security objectives of United Nations peace operations.” Burkina Faso has been chosen to lead the Group for the next two years. “Burkina Faso has been for many years an active member of the GOF and it is one of the biggest  contributors in peace operations... Read more

Oils for body: When names matter

By : Barnabé Bazona Bado

Like loincloths in Africa, oils for body in the streets of Harlem compete in term of names or label. Name it and sell it: a motto etched in mind of oil’s vendors. Either in a store or on a street, a gaze on a row of oil bottles proves that names matter to do business. From celebrities – Obama, Paris Hilton, Michael Jordan, Kim Kardhasian, – to lewd names such as “lick me all over” or “kiss me all over,” the choice is about brand or taste. The New York Times Magazine wrote: “The hot word in the field of sales . . . is brand.” Body oils, fragrances, or perfumes oils – no confusion, it the same type of oils – are used in general for their scent. However, beyond that perfumery purpose, most people focus on the brand name. “Black people create Obama, they don’t like smell, they... Read more

A Closer Look At Burkinabe Cinema

By : Dr. Boukary Sawadogo

 Dr. Boukary Sawadogo provides an insight into Burkina Faso: one of the African continent's most important countries for cinema. At the international level, the mention of Burkina Faso is quickly associated with either its slain revolutionary leader, Thomas Isodore Noël Sankara (1949-1987), or the Pan-African Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO). During his four-year rule, from 1983 to 1987, Thomas Sankara changed the name of this former French colony from Upper Volta to Burkina Faso (“Land of Upright People”) and developed progressive policies for women’s conditions, the environment, education, health, and culture. The sense of pride and confidence of Burkinabe people in themselves and their country has been unparalleled throughout the history of this poor, landlocked country. The aura of the Marxist and Pan-Africanist president brought unprecedented global attention to Burkina Faso, particularly during the Cold War. Today, Sankara is a celebrated revolutionary and Pan-Africanist icon like Kwame Nkrumah,... Read more

Why and How FESPACO Needs To Reform

By : Boukary Sawadogo, Ph.D.

   Africa's most important film festival is fast approaching its 50th anniversary. Boukary Sawadogo suggests how it can improve and better prepare for the future. The Pan-African Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO) takes place every two years in Burkina Faso (formerly Upper Volta). Fespaco was created in 1969, building on the ‘Semaine du cinéma africain’ (African Cinema Week) initiative launched by the Centre Culturel Franco-Voltaïque’s ciné-club in 1968. Initiated and promoted by François Bassolet, Alimata Salembéré, and Claude Prieux, the ‘Semaine du cinéma africain’ initially sought to create a space for Africans to see and discuss their own cinema. In 1972 the government institutionalized Fespaco as a public state-funded biennial event. For a poor, landlocked country like Burkina Faso, which had no internationally recognized filmmakers or significant national film corpus at the time of the festival’s inception, the creation of such a Pan-African festival stands as a truly... Read more

Burkina Faso community in New York has celebrated Woman Day

By : Barnabé Bazona Bado

Burkina Faso community in New York has celebrated in April 21, 2018 the Woman Day in the Bronx. Saran Serémé who is the “Mediateur du Faso” ( Mediator of Faso) flew to New York to commemorate that day with the community. Three well known musicians (Idak Bassave, Aly Verhutey, and Floby) from Burkina Faso was there to sing and dance with the community. It was a big party. Here are some images. [gallery size="large" link="file" ids="726,725,724,723,722,721,720,719,718,717,716,715,714,713"] Read more

South Africa – National minimum wage delayed

 JOHANNESBURG (REUTERS) - The introduction of a national minimum wage of 20 rand (S$2.19) an hour in South Africa could be delayed by up to two months as parliament is yet to approve necessary draft legislation, a spokesman for the labour ministry said on Friday (April 20). The minimum wage - a policy championed by President Cyril Ramaphosa as an important step to tackle labour instability and wage inequality - was approved by the Cabinet in November and meant to be introduced on May 1. Supporters of the minimum wage say it will reduce inequality and stimulate economic growth as workers can spend more. But critics say it could lead to increased unemployment, already at record highs, with some employers unable to afford higher wage bills. Labour ministry spokesman Teboho Thejane said the ministry was focused on getting the minimum wage introduced. "The minimum wage will definitely be implemented. But... Read more

Ivory Coast ambassador Bernard Tanoh-Boutchoue to UN dies

  Veteran diplomat Bernard Tanoh-Boutchoue, the Ivory Coast's ambassador to the United Nations and a member of the UN Security Council, has died suddenly. The Security Council began a meeting Thursday with members standing in silent tribute to their colleague, who was serving a two-year term on the U.N.'s most powerful body. Peru's UN Ambassador Gustavo Meza-Cuadra, the current council president, said the Security Council "with great shock and profound sadness acknowledges the sudden passing yesterday of our dear colleague and friend." Meza-Cuadra called him "a great diplomat" who was committed to ending "the suffering of millions of people affected by conflicts and humanitarian crises, especially in his dear continent of Africa". "There are no words to express our feelings of sadness upon this news," Meza-Cuadra said Source Associated Press Read more

Imagine Africa with one language, and one currency !

By : Barnabé Bazona Bado

How powerful would be Africa, the continent of 54 countries, and thousands of dialects, if its people choose to speak one language and have one currency? A dream I would say. A utopia some critics may argue. Let’s have that dream! For many years Africa has been Known as the cradle of Humanity. First it was Charles Darwin who suggests in 1871 in a book that Africa may be the birthplace of humankind. What was a speculation in 1871 becomes strongly true in 1925 when Raymond Dart, an Australian anatomist who worked at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, publishes in the journal Nature his findings after digging into a rock delivered at his house. He coined the term “Australopithecus africanus” after studying the fossil discovered in 1924. Australopithecus africanus is the human ancestor so far although David R. Begun, a professor at the University of Toronto (Canada) challenged that... Read more


Uganda Martin Luther King JR’s work still resonates across Africa KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Streets. Schools. A bridge in Burkina Faso. The name of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. can be found across Africa, a measure of the global influence of the American civil rights leader who was shot dead 50 years ago after speaking out against injustices at home and abroad. A school for poor children that is named after King in Uganda’s capital, Kampala, took as its motto, “Have a Dream,” borrowing a line from one of King’s most famous speeches. “Martin Luther King stood for human rights and equality, so we wanted a way of inspiring and motivating our students,” said Robert Mpala, the school’s founder. n rural Liberia, a West African nation founded by freed American slaves, one official spoke proudly of a privately owned Martin Luther King School. “Martin Luther King was a great... Read more

DOJ tinkers with immigration courts to speed deportations

It is a judicial bureaucracy that American citizens almost never encounter, with 58 courtrooms around the country and more than 300 judges, whose decisions affect the lives of thousands of people each year. There are limited avenues for appeal and no constitutional right to a lawyer for anyone caught up in it. Welcome to the immigration court system, the latest focus of the Trump administration’s crackdown on illegal immigration — less visible than a border wall and less dramatic than midnight raids by ICE officers, but arguably more important. The sequence of events that lead to immigration court vary from case to case, especially now, as even broader categories of people — ranging from convicted criminals to recent border crossers seeking asylum, longtime residents and even a few U.S. citizens — are getting caught up in the Trump administration’s sweeping enforcement dragnet. But for all who find themselves in front... Read more

In new book, Comey blasts untruthful, ‘ego-driven’ Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former FBI Director James Comey blasts President Donald Trump as unethical and "untethered to truth" in a sharply critical new book that describes Trump as fixated in the early days of his administration on having the FBI debunk salacious rumors he insisted were untrue but could distress his wife. In the forthcoming book, Comey compares Trump to a mafia don and calls his leadership of the country "ego driven and about personal loyalty." He also reveals new details about his interactions with Trump and his own decision-making in handling the Hillary Clinton email investigation before the 2016 election. He casts Trump as a mobster-like figure who sought to blur the line between law enforcement and politics and tried to pressure him personally regarding his investigation into Russian election interference. The book adheres closely to Comey's public testimony and written statements about his contacts with Trump and his... Read more

Burkinabè d’ici et d’ailleurs : Notre méchanceté c’est notre péché originel

Les mots tels qu’unité, fraternité et amour sont presque absents du vocabulaire de la majorité des Burkinabè qu’ils soient restés au pays ou vivant à l’étranger. « Le Burkinabè est méchant, mesquin et médisant, » affirmait Ablassé Ouédraogo, ancien ministre des affaires étrangères, ancien Directeur général adjoint de l’Organizations Mondiale du Commerce et actuellement président du parti « Le Faso Autrement ». Avant lui c’est le Professeur Laurent Bado président du parti le « PAREN » qui a eu à diagnostiquer le syndrome Burkinabè et à travers son microscope a détecté trois virus connus sous le nom des « 3 B de Laurent Bado » qui dévastent les Burkinabè dans leur ensemble. Ces « 3 B » sont connus sous les noms de « la Bière, les Brochettes et la Baise » qu’ils en raffolent. On pouvait en sourire s’il n’y avait pas les « 3 M » de Ablassé... Read more

What Are Sanctuary Cities?

By : Barnabé Bazona Bado

Democrats and some conservatives are fighting over sanctuary cities. Democrats are opened regarding the issue while some Republicans bolden by the President Trump ‘s Administration policies stand for toughness. On the campaign trail Donald Trump has promised to toughen the immigration law including sanctuary city policies He has signed an executive order in January 2017 to halt federal funds for so – called sanctuary cities. Sanctuary city is not a legal term. However, it is a local and informal policy in a local level adopted by certain cities or States in the United states of America to protect undocumented immigrants for being deported. Sanctuary city jurisdictions adopted policies to allow state police to not comply with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) regarding federal immigration law enforcement. In fact, in a sanctuary city, immigration law enforcement officer is prohibited to inquire an immigrant ‘status. According to USA TODAY, “more than 300... Read more

Issouf Kinda Is a Bronxite Crowned World Champion in Boxing

By : Barnabé Bazona Bado

It was the father who detected the talent of the son who was by the time 5 years - old. The son has been crowned in 2017, World Champion by the World Professional Boxing Federation (WPBF) and a two-time winner of the New York State Light Welterweight Champion. The son is called Issouf Kinda 30, a professional boxer who is originally from Burkina Faso (West Africa). “I officially represent the Bronx, but when I am in the ring, supporters cry out ‘Africa, Africa…,’” Kinda said. A decade ago, Kinda whom father was also a professional boxer in Burkina Faso, landed to New York as Africa ‘s Vice Champion in boxing with the hope to pursue his career. A dream that comes true when in 2012 and 2013, Kinda was the winner of the New York State Light Welterweight Champion and the World Champion of the World Professional Boxing Federation. He... Read more

What Pastor Mamadou Karambiri said about homosexuality

By : Barnabé Bazona Bado

Born into a Muslim family and grew up studying the Quran, nothing in his earliest life foretold that a young man named Mamadou Karambiri will become a christian, a Pastor or Minister of God. Yes, he did. “I did not change a religion, I became a new creature; I was born again,” he said when he was asked why did he change a religion? Pastor Mamadou Karambiri 71, is a prominent evangelical figure. He is well known not only in Burkina Faso his native country, but also all over the world where he very often travels to spread the word of God. He has been listed in 2010 by a French mainstream christian newspaper, “La Croix” as one of the ten voices “that counts in the evangelical’s planet.” Graduated in 1975 from University of Toulouse in France with a PhD in economics studies, Karambiri decided to go back to Burkina... Read more

American Dream “is a nameless destiny.”

By : Bazona Barnabé Bado

New York City’s West African immigrants have crossed borders and oceans with a dream etched in their minds. After landing in the United States of America, many of them have realized they may have to adjust their expectations. As few have achieved their dreams, many still gazes at the horizon with hope and courage as they survive hardships and overcome hurdles. They have to go for the “Promise Land” to fulfill a dream no matter what as that Cape Verdean (West Africa) song depicts it: “Here I am, in the middle of the ocean on my way to America. Going to a distant land is a man’s destiny. It is a nameless destiny that we must fulfill.” Sitting comfortably in a chair, seat belt entirely buckled, Imam Souleymane Konate opens his eyes after one hour of flying and sighs. He is optimistic that his dream to study communications in New... Read more

The African Journal

The sun is risen on the horizon as a new outlet, which is called “The African Journal” is born. It is an independent newspaper and envisioned to serve African’s diaspora not only in the United States of America but also across the world by providing them with accurate and reliable information they need to live as citizens in an unrest society. The African Journal positions itself as a federated tool, a link or a bridge that bounds communities between themselves first, and secondly with their native countries. It has its headquarters in New York. It is a dream comes true for two immigrants who come from Burkina Faso in West Africa and who think that American dream goes beyond the materialistic aspect of the life. They agree with James Truslow Adams an American who was a writer and historian, and who coined in 1931 the term “American Dream” in his... Read more