Category archives for: Community News

Ilhan Omar Set to Become First Somali- American Member of Congress

This November, Ilhan Omar is on track to become the first Somali-American elected to the United States Congress, after winning a heated Democratic primary in Minnesota’s Fifth Congressional District. Omar, a 36-year-old Somali and former refugee who immigrated to the United States as a teenager, beat a packed field of six candidates in the race […]

“Let’s Look Back Home”

by Kofi Ayim Dr. Nelson Oke Aluya, assistant professor of medicine at New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey, has entreated his fellow citizens of Nigeria to look back home and render generous services to the needy and less unfortunate. He observed that the task requires collective responsibility to prosecute it. He challenged […]

Our Community’s Thoughts on Kofi Annan

Amandla sampled a few Africans on their thoughts about the death of Kofi Annan, one-time Secretary General of the United Nations. Edited for brevity. “May the ancestors welcome him into their midst and send down to us the wisdom to accomplish as much and even more than he nobly did, as our great God of all freely will give […]

Our Campaign Promises Coming to Fruition – Ghana VP Dr. Bawumia

by Yoyo Poku On Wednesday, July 11, 2018, the Ghana Consulate and the Permanent Mission to the U.N. organized a Town Hall meeting for the Ghanaian community in New York City and beyond with H.E. Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, Vice President of the Republic of Ghana, in attendance. The meeting was held at the Rose Hill […]

Conservatives Help Immigrants Change New Jersey Law

by Matt Katz Immigrants from West Africa are operating New Jersey businesses in a trade they learned from their mothers and aunts: Hair braiding. But often, because of state regulations that effectively mandate that they attend costly cosmetology schools, they’re doing it illegally, without a license. So over the last two years, these African women […]

Ghanaians Divided on Home Insurance in Their Native Country

by Kofi Ayim About 62% of Ghanaians in the New York area who own real estate properties in Ghana say they have no home insurance coverage, according to a recent survey by Amandla. Out of this, 70% contend they would consider taking some, while 30% have no plans to insure their properties. In a post-survey […]

Fortress ‘Black in America’: Closed to Africans?

by MKAWASI MCHARO HALL “Black in America” is like a fortress that is all at once forbidding and inviting. As an African arriving in America, I took it for granted that I would gain access to that fortress of black belonging by virtue of shared ancestry. How mistaken I was. When I moved from Kenya to New York City, my reception baffled me: The […]

Ras Baraka Relected Newark Mayor in a Landslide Victory

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka won reelection in a landslide victory to lead New Jersey’s largest city over challenger Gayle Chaneyfield Jenkins, securing his leadership for another four years inside City Hall. Baraka garnered more than more than 77 percent of the vote, according to an unofficial tally by the Essex County Clerk’s Office. Chaneyfield Jenkins received 22.6 percent of the vote. During his victory party […]

Book Launch Animates Ghanaians to Revisit Roots

About a hundred people gathered on Saturday afternoon, February 3rd, at The Priory in Newark for the launch of local author Kofi Ayim’s third book. Having previously written about a slave-turned-businessman of Akan descent (Jack Cudjo) and then about the heritage and customs of that nationwithin-a-nation (The Akan of Ghana), Ayim has now completed a volume focusing on a particular state within […]

NYC Lawmaker Pushes to Honor Ghanaian Hero

New York City Councilman Ritchie Torres says he will propose legislation to name the corner of 187 th Street and Prospect Avenue in honor of the Ghanaian military man, Emmanuel Mensah, who fell in the December 28, 2017 inferno in the Belmont section of the Bronx. The suggestion was first made during a community vigil held at the Mount Carmel Church in the Bronx on […]