I usually don't like writing blog posts in response to current events, because I believe everyone needs time to think and reflect before speaking up (or in this case, writing) about any hot topics, because words are spoken and they will never be unspoken. Out of our mouth comes the power to give life and at the same time the power to take it away.

Image source: http://www.diasporamarketplace.org

The great State of Maryland will be hosting the African Diaspora Market 2015. The City of Silver Spring is now preparing for this great showcase coming up this Summer.  Details can be found on the Market Place website.

"The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Western Union have launched the third round of the African Diaspora Marketplace business plan competition (ADM III). Successful ADM III applicants will receive a matching grant of up to $50,000 and will have access to technical assistance and other support services.  

As I woke up this morning, getting ready to start the week with my daily routine, I realized that this day would not have been the same without the sacrifice and leadership of one man that I came to know later in my adulthood life.

As a naturalized African American (originally from the Congo Democratic in Central Africa), I realized that this wonderful day (along with many others to come) could not have been possible if a certain group of people stood up for my future, knowing for sure that they might not get a taste of it as they confront unthinkable injustice and ideology rooted in the American society.

Photos courtesy of Miss Cameroon USA - Lady Kate (SELMO PHOTOS)

April 5, 2014 - 23 Yrs Old Nora Ndemazia was crowned Miss Cameroon USA on April 5 2015 at the Hampton Conference Center with hundreds of Cameroonians and Friends of Cameroon witnessing the spectacular event.  Nora Ndemazia is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs Richard and Helen Fualefock.  She grew up in Buea, South West Province and is a graduate of Seat of Wisdom College in the South West of Cameroon where she graduated in 2009.  She moved to the United States of America for further Education and settled in New York where she is a full time Law Student at City University New York (CUNY).  

African immigration in U.S.

AFRICAN IMMIGRATION to the United States refers to the group of recent immigrants to the United States who are nationals of Africa. The term African in the scope of this article refers to geographical or national origins rather than racial affiliation. Since the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, an estimated total of 0.8 to 0.9 million Africans have immigrated to the United States, accounting for roughly 3.3% of total immigration to the United States during this period.
African immigrants in the United States come from a variety of milieus and do not constitute a homogeneous group. They include people from different national, ethnic, racial, cultural and social backgrounds.
As such, African immigrants are to be distinguished from Afro-American peoples of the Americas, the latter of whom are descendants of Black Africans that came to the Americas by means of the historic Atlantic slave trade.

For those who have found themselves outside their homeland and are keen to seek solace within the culture they grew up with, cultural journalism is a key method of doing so. To not only read about, but also document the ongoing culture of your country of birth is a great way not only to stay wired into what’s going on back home, but also to introduce others to your culture.

Fifi Souma - Miss Africa USA 2010

Clayton County Cultural Celebration 2011!
Saturday April 16, 2011 • 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Clayton County Performing Arts Center | 2530 Mount Zion PKWY | Jonesboro, GA

Join Queen Fifi Soumah, Miss Africa USA - Special Guest - Celebrate Culture and Diversity in Historical Clayton County, Georgia
Help to raise funds for several community non-profits and
organizations including:
Clayton County Alzheimer Support Center;
Clayton County 4-H Program; Clayton County Grassroots
Leadership Institute; Elite Scholars Academy Charter School;
Miss Africa USA Scholarship Pageant.

The theme for this year's program is
"Clayton County; Above Color; Beyond Politics;
A Community United."

The mission of the supported non-profits is to help provide services throughout the Clayton County Community. Last year we had over 1,800 guests and performers. All proceeds will go towards community based projects and events.
Tickets are scheduled to go on sale March 18th and may be purchased from the non-profits listed.

Panafrica 2010

CAMEROON MEDICAL MISSIONS : MARYLAND / DC LUNCHEON / MINI CONFERENCE
'Paving the way towards better Health Care for Cameroonians in need'.

African Women's Development Foundation Inc and Hope Floats Initiative invite you to the 3rd Cameroon Medical Missions Luncheon and Mini Conference coming up  April 16th in Maryland. Please kindly RSVP by return email or Phone call. Join us and network with a great team of Professionals, business men and women, Community leaders and very dynamic movers and shakers.

 

Reducing Poverty In Africa

The problem of global poverty is the greatest moral challenge of our time that contrasts with the economic growth observed around the world in the last two decades. According to the recent UNDP report, more than one billion people currently live on less than a dollar a day and suffer from malnutrition. Over eight million people die each year because of lack of access to essential resources. The World Health Program states that every six seconds a child dies of hunger. Never before have nations throughout the world experienced such a level of hunger. Africa is one of the most impoverished and least developed regions of the world and has been the most affected by poverty.
Different strategies have been proposed to address the issue of poverty. Among these proposed strategies, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is presented as a financing method that could contribute to the reduction of poverty in developing countries. For the proponents of this thesis, FDI have the potential to promote economic growth and to significantly reduce the level of poverty in underdeveloped African countries.

MISS WEST AFRICA’S SHIREEN BENJAMIN LAUNCHES “AFRICAN MUSIC FOR FASHION” CAMPAIGN AND AFRICAN FASHION DAY
One more year of reign left for the International Beauty Queen of West Africa, Shireen Benjamin, and she has vowed to dedicate it to increasing the support of African fashion. Working along side the Miss West Africa event organisers, Shireen Benjamin has launched a campaign called “African Music for Fashion”, in the process she will also be launching ‘African Fashion Day’ (www.africanfashionday.com) which will take place on the 6th August 2011, the first Saturday of every other August.