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USA: On tap with Obiageri Amaechi, track and field’s newest throwing star – Samantha Shapiro

December 11, 2017

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     Obiageri Amaechi, Princeton  Top track Athlete, Freshman.   First-year Obiageri Amaechi joins the track and field team as one of the nation’s most coveted recruits. Her personal best discus throw (177 ft) ranks fourth amongst the Class of 2021. Amaechi is also a force to be reckoned with for shot put, where she […]

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African Schools Weigh Teaching in Local Languages – Voice of America

December 9, 2017

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Students from CEM Serigne Bassirou Mbacke school are seen in a classroom in Kaolack, Senegal, May 19, 2017. (R. Shryock/VOA)   DAKAR, SENEGAL —  Most children in sub-Saharan Africa are taught in a common colonial language instead of their mother tongue. Proponents say teaching in an international language is advantageous, but others argue that this […]

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Nigeria: Global aspirations of Bakare-Yusuf’s Cassava Republic imprint represent a significant new landmark for African literature – New York Times

November 23, 2017

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A Wave of New Fiction From Nigeria, as Young Writers Experiment With New Genres – Alexandra Alter/New York Times Ms. Bibi Bakare-Yusuf, a Nigerian publisher who is expanding her imprint to the United States. Credit: Lauren Joy Fleishman for The New York  Times. Abubakar Adam Ibrahim was bracing for a backlash when he published his provocative debut novel, […]

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Ankara Styles You’ll Love

November 22, 2017

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Originally posted on De CoCo:
ANKARA STYLES; AFRICA TO THE WORLD The year is already coming to an end! Most of us want to slay and step into 2018 in class and style. What’s more stylish than ankara? Whether you’re going to the beach, a wedding, church, or just to hang with your friends! I’ll…

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Critics pooh-pooh “too white” mixed-race Adwoah Aboah on her first British Vogue cover

November 12, 2017

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Is the new black still too white, ask critics of Vogue’s ‘washout’ cover of Adwoa Aboah? – James Gillespie, Mary O’Connor & Iram Ramzan/London Times     Adwoa Aboah at Paris fashion week and as she appears on the cover of Vogue [PASCAL LE SEGRETAIN]   The model Adwoa Aboah is known in the fashion world for her mixed-race […]

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Once a former child bride, now a high school graduate helping young girls stay in school – [US] NPR

July 23, 2017

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GOATS AND SODA/Stories of Life in A Changing World FORMER CHILD BRIDE IS PEDALING HER WAY TO A BRIGHTER FUTURE Courtney Columbus     At 14, Jenipher Sanni married a man who already had a wife and kids. He yelled at her a lot. She dropped out of school. Now 20, she’s left her husband […]

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Want to teach your kids self-control? Ask a Cameroonian farmer – [US] National Public Radio

July 9, 2017

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  STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: Let’s ask what a classic test of child psychology shows in a different culture – a test of self-control which involves being presented with a tasty marshmallow, which you’re not supposed to eat. Researchers found a culture where kids demonstrate almost unbelievable self-control. Here’s NPR’s Micaeleen Doucleff. MICHAELEEN DOUCLEFF, BYLINE: A […]

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US Visa Reject, Khadijatou Gassam: “… disappointed not representing The Gambia to ‘show the world [that] ‘yes, we can do it'” -Azad Essa & Colin Baker/al Jazeera

July 4, 2017

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I watched a program on al jazeera recently showing the all-girls Afghanistan team to the Robotic Competition who were denied visas to the same competition. To think Afghanistan is a country where girls’ education is not only frowned upon but enforced by formal and societal forces makes the particular case very sad. TOLA. PHOTO CREDIT: […]

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For third year in a row, Ifeoma White-Thorpe, gets another Nigerian-American on thin list of students admitted to all 8 Ivy League Schools – Tola Adenle

April 7, 2017

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Ifeoma White-Thorpe, Nigerian-American teenager among the few kids across the USA who got admitted to ALL 8 Ivy League colleges in 2017 [CBS picture] “I got into Harvard Early Action, so I was like I’ll just go there. And then I got into all the others and now I don’t know where I want to go.” […]

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Ghanaian blazes trail as first female black neurosurgeon resident at Johns Hopkins

March 23, 2017

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Johns Hopkins has first black female neurosurgeon resident – CNN/Alexandra Larkin Nancy Abu-Bonsrah and her husband, Kwabena Yamoah, celebrate her match with Johns Hopkins Hospital for a neurosurgical residency. (CNN)In the 30 years that Johns Hopkins School of Medicine’s neurosurgical department has accepted residents, there has never been a black woman in the ranks. Now, […]

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