Category archives for: Community News

“Let’s Make a Difference!” – Dr. Genevieve Kumapley

by E. Obiri Addo Members of the medical profession have been reminded that their mandate in society is to make a difference in people’s lives rather than to amass wealth. This reminder came from Dr. Genevieve Kumapley in a keynote address at the second Annual Gala of the Ghana Association for Medical Aid held at […]

New York City Launches $100M Universal Health Insurance Program

by Gina Cherelus  New York City has launched a $100 million health insurance program to cover 600,000 uninsured residents, including those unable to afford coverage and those living in the United States illegally, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Tuesday. De Blasio, now in his second term as mayor of the country’s most populous city, […]

Street Signs to Mark Where Ethiopian Immigrant Mulugeta Seraw Was Murdered in Portland in 1988

Thirty years after Mulugeta Seraw, an Ethiopian immigrant, was beaten to death by three white su- premacists, the city has added sign caps on street signs in the Southeast Portland neighborhood where he was murdered. Family, members of the city’s Ethiopian community, neighbors and students from nearby a school gathered on Wednesday morning for the […]


by Kofi Ayim Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. has praised the African Advisory Council he set up about eight years ago. The affable politician, who has been the Borough President for nine years, said he conceived the idea of giving Africans a mouthpiece after the killing of Amadou Diallo, an immigrant from Guinea, by four New York […]

Bring ‘Em to New York City – Mayor Bill De Blasio

by KOFI AYIM New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has reiterated his stand of the city he superintends as all-inclusive. He decried as sad the politically fashionable view of blaming the ills of the U.S. on immigrants. De Blasio made this comment at the first African Heritage reception at Gracie Mansion September 26, 2018, […]

Ghana is at Peace – President Nana Addo

by KOFI AYIM The President of the Republic of Ghana Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says Ghana is very much at peace. The President made this observation to a cross section of the Ghanaian community at a dinner in Rochelle, New York, on September 23. He conceded that Ghana is currently experiencing economic challenges but “is […]


Amandla Staff Reporter Some sixty-one years ago, Ghana was a poor and unstable newly independent country with a population of about seven million people, untried institutions, yet with an ambitious domestic and international agenda.  Now, the West Africa nation is seen as “middle income and middle class with a large and still young population of […]

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 […]