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HURRICANE HARVEY IN AMERICA: ‘GOD Delivered us from Thunderstorms, FLOOD and Death’-NIGERIANS in Houston Recounts Ordeal …Embark on Prayers for Divine Intervention, Safety all through * ‘We Identify with Nigerians, other victims of U.S. Hurricane Harvey’-President BUHARI * ‘We Are Happy NO NIGERIAN DIED during Texas Hurricane Harvey – Nigerian in Diaspora Organization, Americas BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF, UNITED STATES

HURRICANE HARVEY IN AMERICA: ‘GOD Delivered us from Thunderstorms, FLOOD and Death’-NIGERIANS in Houston Recounts Ordeal …Embark on Prayers for Divine Intervention, Safety all through * ‘We Identify with Nigerians, other...

REVEALING: AMERICAN Born Actor, Son of NIGERIAN Parents, GBENGA AKINNAGBE making Waves in HOLLYWOOD…Great Writer famous for role as Chris Partlow on the HBO series ‘The Wire’ *Played Ben Ellis in the episode ‘Contenders’ on the TV series Numbers *Guest Appearance on a Season 10 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit episode entitled “Hell” as Elijah Okello *Playing a drug lord in the USA series ‘Graceland’, Starred as CIA Agent Erik Ritter in 24: Live Another Day *Published TWO Articles in The New York Times, one detailing a trip to Nepal to climb the Himalayas, other outlining medical procedures he underwent BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF, UNITED STATES

REVEALING: AMERICAN Born Actor, Son of NIGERIAN Parents, GBENGA AKINNAGBE making Waves in HOLLYWOOD…Great Writer famous for role as Chris Partlow on the HBO series ‘The Wire’ *Played Ben Ellis in the episode ‘Contenders’...

EXCLUSIVE: ‘NIGERIANS are the Single Largest Contemporary African Immigrant group in the United States’-INVESTIGATION *Nigerians’ official current population is estimated at 168, 870 in America * Earlier Political Instabilities forced Nigerian professionals to emigrate to USA * ‘40% of Nigerian-Americans hold Bachelor’s degrees, 17% hold Master’s degrees, and 4% hold Doctorates more than any other ethnic group’-Census Data *US States with largest Nigerian Population: Texas – 43,969/New York – 30,056/Georgia – 29,505/Maryland – 23,005/California – 20,358/New Jersey – 18,511/Illinois – 12,413/Florida – 7,220/Minnesota – 6,794 and Virginia – 6,181 * ‘Nigerian Immigrants Have highest Education attainment level in United States, surpassing every other ethnic group in the country’- U.S Bureau Census Data * Records: In 2015–2016 academic school year, 10,674 Nigerian immigrants studied in U.S., highest number in 30 years, highest number from any African country *PLUS How administrations of Generals Ibrahim Babangida, Sani Abacha chased larger Nigerians to America in the 80’s BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF, UNITED STATES

EXCLUSIVE: ‘NIGERIANS are the Single Largest Contemporary African Immigrant group in the United States’-INVESTIGATION *Nigerians’ official current population is estimated at 168,870 in America * Earlier Political Instabilities...

GREAT NEWS ABROAD: NIGERIAN-AMERICAN Actress, OSARIEMEN IGHODARO AJIBADE Still Enjoys Media Reviews as Miss Black USA Pageant …WON Best TV Actress of the Year at the 2014 ELOY Awards, Co-hosts 2014 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards *Had First Degree in Broadcast Journalism with dual minors in Entrepreneurship and Theater from Pennsylvania State University *Obtained Master’s Degree in Fine Arts from the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University, Raised funds and awareness towards fight against Malaria *Main Host of Maltina Dance All Reality show BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF, UNITED STATES & SAMSON SHOAGA/MANAGING EDITOR, LAGOS

GREAT NEWS ABROAD: NIGERIAN-AMERICAN Actress, OSARIEMEN IGHODARO AJIBADE Still Enjoys Media Reviews as Miss Black USA Pageant …WON Best TV Actress of the Year at the 2014 ELOY Awards, Co-hosts 2014 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards *Had...

REVEALING OVERSEAS: Nigerian-American, ADEPERO ODUYE Famous in AMERICA’S HOLLYWOOD on Theatre Productions, Action Movies activities…Won African-American Film Critics Award for Breakthrough performance *Co-starred in the drama thriller ‘The Dinner’ with Richard Gere *Celebrated as Best Female Lead at the Independent Spirit Awards * ONE of 7 Children of Nigerian Parents studied at Cornell University *Received over 20 Movie Awards, Co-winner of 2014 Academy Award * Media Rating: The New York Times – Great Performances (2012), Time Magazine – Great Performances (2012), W Magazine – Best Performances issue (February 2012), Made COVER of Vanity Fair Issue 2012 BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF/UNITED STATES

REVEALING OVERSEAS: Nigerian-American, ADEPERO ODUYE Famous in AMERICA’S HOLLYWOOD on Theatre Productions, Action Movies activities…Won African-American Film Critics Award for Breakthrough performance *Co-starred in the drama thriller...

BREAKING NEWS: NIGERIAN Lady, LATEEF OYELEYE ABIOLA Makes Wave as BEST MEDICAL STUDENT in Ukrainian University…Beat 564 Other Students, Scored 95.6 percent to become overall winner at V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University *Received Sponsorship plus 49 others from Osun state government to Ukrainian University *Kharkiv University is the only university in Ukraine that has produced three Nobel Prize laureates * “I am Happy I made Osun state and Nigeria proud in Ukraine”-Abiola BY TEWA IYIOLA/STAFF WRITER/UKRAINE

BREAKING NEWS: NIGERIAN Lady, LATEEF OYELEYE ABIOLA Makes Wave as BEST MEDICAL STUDENT in Ukrainian University…Beat 564 Other Students, Scored 95.6 percent to become overall winner at V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University *Received...

BREAKING NEWS: Nigerian American, OYESHOLA OLATOYE, a World Leader becomes Chair & Chief Executive Officer of the New York City Housing Authority…heads largest public housing authority in USA, providing decent, affordable housing for 600,000 New Yorkers with low and moderate incomes *Repositions, Transform and Preserve NYCHA as city’s largest source of affordable Rental Housing *Established NextGeneartion NYCHA Housing Authority’s 10-year strategic plan, Won over 15 Awards in Leadership and Housing *Earlier worked as Vice President and New York Market Leader for Enterprise Community Partners, a national nonprofit that has helped build or preserve more than 44,000 affordable homes for lower-income New Yorkers with over $2.5 billion investment * Served as a Vice President and Senior Community Development Manager at HSBC Bank and a Director of HR&A Advisors *Bagged bachelor’s degree with honors in History/African American studies from Wesleyan University and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from New York University’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF, UNITED STATES

BREAKING NEWS: Nigerian American, OYESHOLA OLATOYE, a World Leader becomes Chair & Chief Executive Officer of the New York City Housing Authority…heads largest public housing authority in USA, providing decent, affordable housing for...

BREAKING NEWS: NIGERIAN, 25 years old lady in Cyprus, IFEOMA CHINENYE ONUIKE Graduates FIRST CLASS in ENGLISH Common LAW at Girne American University *Becomes BEST Graduating Student with a cumulative grade point average of 3.99/4.00 after all her courses from her first through her fourth year *Anambra state born lady earlier studied Business Management in University of Nigeria Nsukka and graduated in 2012 BY LUARETTA IKEMBA/REPORTER, CYPRUS & GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF, UNITED STATES

BREAKING NEWS: NIGERIAN, 25 years old lady in Cyprus, IFEOMA CHINENYE ONUIKE Graduates FIRST CLASS in ENGLISH Common LAW at Girne American University *Becomes BEST Graduating Student with a cumulative grade point average of 3.99/4.00 after all...

INSPIRATIONAL: NIGERIAN 23YEARS OLD PILOT, KIMBERLY ANYADIKE Youngest African-American to Complete Transcontinental Flight across United States…Flew single-engine Cessna 172 from Compton, California to Newport News, Virginia and back, completing the journey in 13 days at age 15 *Had her first flying lessons at the age of 12, attends after-school aviation program offered by Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum for disadvantaged youths, Successfully navigated through thunderstorms *Paid her flight lessons with ‘museum dollars’ earned by washing airplanes and working odd jobs around the Compton Airport *Studied in University of California, Los Angeles, majoring in physiological science with minors in African-American studies and Spanish *Receives Inaugural Young Aviator’s Award in Tuskegee, Alabama, in recognition of her achievements as a pilot *Aspires to become a Cardiovascular Surgeon *WHY her surname Anyadike means “eye of the warrior” in the Igbo language BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF, UNITED STATES

INSPIRATIONAL: NIGERIAN 23YEARS OLD PILOT, KIMBERLY ANYADIKE Youngest African-American to Complete Transcontinental Flight across United States…Flew single-engine Cessna 172 from Compton, California to Newport News, Virginia and back,...

BREAKING NEWS: NIGERIAN 18 Year old Chemical Engineering Genius in America, NKECHINYERE CHIDI-OGBOLU eyes PhD Degree @ University of California Davis…Still Youngest graduand in Howard University *Finished High school early at 14, skipped 5th grade and attended an accelerated High school *Plans to study Biomedical Engineering with a focus on creating and discovering new medicines * Her Words: “I have always been interested in the medical field. I want to have a broader scale of impact than in treating patients one-on-one” * “We are delighted to welcome Nkechinyere into the graduate education community at UC Davis-Prasant Mohapatra, UC Davis vice provost of graduate education, and dean of graduate studies” BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF, UNITED STATES

BREAKING NEWS: NIGERIAN 18 Year old Chemical Engineering Genius in America, NKECHINYERE CHIDI-OGBOLU eyes PhD Degree @ University of California Davis…Still Youngest graduand in Howard University *Finished High school early at 14, skipped...