Category archives for: Community News

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 […]

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 […]