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True Life Story: AMERICAN Dream is a Mirage, Struggle, only Racism, Poverty, Food Insecurity; Gun Violence are realities-AJIBOLA Elizabeth Junaid, a Nigerian Asylum seeker in Chicago narrates experience …America is believed to be the land of opportunities, but America makes those opportunities very difficult to access for people who are not born into privilege, we shared an apartment with three other families-no privacy, one bathroom; my younger sister and I sleep on the floor *Lament: “We had to board two planes to get to America-one from Lagos, Nigeria, to Dubai, and another from Dubai to Chicago. I was on the plane for 23 hours. It was exhausted, thinking I was on my way to starting a new life where I’d live like Angelina Jolie” *“In America, food was very scarce because my parents had no income. My mom would go around looking for people who needed help cooking their meals. She’d work for free so she could bring home some of that food. That was what my family lived on for the first couple of months. Back in Nigeria, I had never even heard a gunshot. I used to play outside a lot there” *“My living situation improved after my parents applied for asylum and got work permits. We moved out of that cramped apartment, but now my parents worked such long hours, six days a week. I barely saw them. Some days, they left our apartment, in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood, at 1 p.m. and didn’t return until 2 a.m” *BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/AMERICAN Senior Investigative Editor

True Life Story: AMERICAN Dream is a Mirage, Struggle, only Racism, Poverty, Food Insecurity; Gun Violence are realities-AJIBOLA Elizabeth Junaid, a Nigerian Asylum seeker in Chicago narrates experience …America is believed to be the land...

WOMEN OF POWER: Nigerian born Naturalized British Female Entrepreneur, YEKEMI OTARU holding four degrees appointed Chancellor for University of West Scotland …issued formal powers to confer degrees, diplomas and other academic distinctions, to represent the university at key events *42-year-old possesses considerable industrial experience in Engineering and Marketing, Co-Founder/Executive Director at Doqaru Limited, prominent Aberdeen-based sales and marketing consultancy firm *She is a board member of Interface-a body which connect a wide range of organisations from national and international industries to Scotland’s universities, research institutes and colleges, matching them with world-leading academic expertise to help them grow *Renowned as a bestselling author and social media expert, known for innovative use of social media platforms * “I am honoured to have been appointed Chancellor-elect of University of the West of Scotland, following in the footsteps of a remarkable individual in Dame Elish Angiolini. We are all living through challenging times, and higher education plays a vital role in society and for our economy. I eagerly look forward to being part of the University”-OTARU *BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/AMERICAN Senior Investigative Editor

WOMEN OF POWER: Nigerian born Naturalized British Female Entrepreneur, YEKEMI OTARU holding four degrees appointed Chancellor for University of West Scotland …issued formal powers to confer degrees, diplomas and other academic distinctions,...

ARRESTED: 40-year-old American born Nigerian heritage educator, Dr. OLAYINKA ALEGE handcuffed for Misdemeanor Assault …found forcefully performing unwanted foot massage on American underage kids as a form of punishment, resigns as Florida’s Providence school district administrator *Released later on personal recognizance with an order not to contact the victims *“There wasn’t a person who felt bad that they had been punished. Not a single kid will tell me they were unhappy coming to school because they felt they were going to be punished. They felt comfortable coming to my office, and that’s the tone I tried to set”-ALEGBE *BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/AMERICAN Foreign Editor

ARRESTED: 40-year-old American born Nigerian heritage educator, Dr. OLAYINKA ALEGE handcuffed for Misdemeanor Assault …found forcefully performing unwanted foot massage on American underage kids as a form of punishment, resigns as Florida’s...

Flying Africa’s flag Overseas: Nigerian born Naturalized Canadian, JEFFREY FASEGBA wins British oldest international educational honor, become recipient of Rhodes Scholarship Award at University of Oxford *Had Bachelor of Commerce degree in Finance with minors in Psychology/Economics, plans to pursue Master’s degree in African studies and public policy with a focus on economic innovation, to create Fyyne a-start-up apps for hair services for everyone *Appointed member of the University College, used innovation, entrepreneurship style to improve the lives of people around the world *Led independent research on social enterprises in the Nigerian energy industry, established Black Career Conference, co-founded Black Rotman Commerce * “It is an absolute honour. I thank God for the opportunity to further my research into how we can use innovation as a tool to solve our most pressing problems. I am immensely grateful to my family, my friends and to the university for their support throughout the process. It truly takes a village”-FASEGBA *BY TREASURE AMAECHI/STAFF Correspondent, London & BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/AMERICAN Foreign Editor

Flying Africa’s flag Overseas: Nigerian born Naturalized Canadian, JEFFREY FASEGBA wins British oldest international educational honor, become recipient of Rhodes Scholarship Award at University of Oxford  *Had Bachelor of Commerce degree...

JUST IN: Nigerian UNIPORT don, PROFESSOR JAMES KPOLOVIE receives Global Scientist of the Year 2021 Award in Canada…competition opened to scientists, engineers, researchers and innovators from all over the world *Event designed to foster the professional growth of talented scientists, engineers, and researchers from various regions of the world *“We congratulate Professor James Kpolovie on the award. His impressive accomplishments over the years and his commitment to excellence inspired the centre to recognize him as a winner in the Natural Sciences/Computer and Information Sciences category”- Dr. Michael Finnen, Director, IARC Competition *BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/AMERICAN Foreign Editor & LINDA EWEDA/Special Correspondent, Montreal, Canada

JUST IN: Nigerian UNIPORT don, PROFESSOR JAMES KPOLOVIE receives Global Scientist of the Year 2021 Award in Canada…competition opened to scientists, engineers, researchers and innovators from all over the world *Event designed to foster the...

Breaking barriers beyond the shores of Africa: Nigerian lady, CHIOMA ONWUCHEKWA becomes first ever International Student, Black recipient in American history to win Tennessee Technological University’s PhD Teaching Award …winners chosen on how they uphold ethics, punctuality, preparedness, teamwork, and dedication to teaching *Doctoral candidate of environmental science-chemistry is the first Nigerian, African to ever win this award *Master’s degree holder from Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland revealed American research to focus on microplastics in the aquatic environment and to transport organic pollutants from one place to another *Cooking your own food is America is cheaper and healthier than going out to eat -CHIOMA *BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/AMERICAN Foreign Editor

Breaking barriers beyond the shores of Africa: Nigerian lady, CHIOMA ONWUCHEKWA becomes first ever International Student, Black recipient in American history to win Tennessee Technological University’s PhD Teaching Award …winners chosen...

Honesty is Best Policy in Life! Liberian Teenager, EMMANUEL TOLUE Receive America’s HBCU Scholarship…Upon returning $50,000 cash found on street of Monrovia *18-year-old seventh grade dropped out of school to run family’s motorcycle taxi business *Liberian President George Weah honored him with Order of Distinction, $10,000 reward and two motorbikes *‘I hope my story will be an example to other kids to go to school and always do the right thing’-TOLUE *BY LAURETTA NYEER/LIBERIAN Correspondent & GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/AMERICAN Foreign Editor

Honesty is Best Policy in Life! Liberian Teenager, EMMANUEL TOLUE Receive America’s HBCU Scholarship…Upon returning $50,000 cash found on street of Monrovia *18-year-old seventh grade dropped out of school to run family’s motorcycle taxi...

PAINFUL! Nigerian 17-year-old Genius, CHISOM CHUKWUNEKE bag seven A1s in 2019 WASSCE, dies of Blood cancer in South Africa ….Received distinguished award in Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry and Biology *“Forever in our hearts! Only a moment you stayed, but what an imprint you left in our Hall of Fame. A truly outstanding student! Rest In Peace Chisom”-Graceland College in Enugu, her school said in a statement on its Facebook page *“Just a pain on the leg that snowballed to a devastating episode, the battle started earnestly. As restless and worried as I can be, I promised to do everything humanly possible. With glaring poor health care in Nigeria. Off we went to South Africa. You spoke in parables about a special gift 10 days earlier and left a day to my birthday. Never did I know your gift you promised was your glorious exit. You exhibited virtuoso and dazzling intellects to the bewilderment of the doctors at Wits Donald Gordon Hospital, Parktown, Johannesburg, South Africa”-Felix Chukwuneke, Chisom’s father *BY REMI ADELABU/Correspondent, South Africa

PAINFUL! Nigerian 17-year-old Genius, CHISOM CHUKWUNEKE bag seven A1s in 2019 WASSCE, dies of Blood cancer in South Africa ….Received distinguished award in Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry and Biology *“Forever in our hearts!...

INSIDE UNITED KINGDOM: South Wales Police chokehold Nigerian Student, UYIOGHOSA EMMANUEL AIGBE, mistaken for a burglar on night out in Cardiff while awaiting taxi…wins £4,000 in damages, Claim he ‘struggled to breathe’ as he was ‘jumped on, trampled on and dropped on the floor’ * Arrested, forcefully taken to a police station and dubbed a suspect in a burglary case * “We acknowledge that a mistake was made in arresting this man for burglary, and a full debrief of the incident to identify any opportunities for learning by South Wales Police is taking place and we remain absolutely committed to taking those forward”- spokesman for South Wales Police *BY JOHN OWOLABI/SPECIAL Correspondent, Britain

INSIDE UNITED KINGDOM: South Wales Police chokehold Nigerian Student, UYIOGHOSA EMMANUEL AIGBE, mistaken for a burglar on night out in Cardiff while awaiting taxi…wins £4,000 in damages, Claim he ‘struggled to breathe’...

NO LIMIT TO EDUCATION! Nigerian born 73-year-old Grandma, a Naturalized American, FLORENCE NWADO ONWUSI DIGIDU Bagged Doctorate Degree in Communication, Culture and Media Studies…graduate as a member of Howard University’s Class of 2020 * Defend her dissertation titled “Igbo Collective Memory of the Nigeria – Biafra War (1967-1970): Reclaiming Forgotten Women’s Voices and Building Peace through a Gendered Lens * Former producer and writer on Nigerian Television Authority is a distinguished recipient of Sasakawa and Annenberg Fellowship * “In my second year at Howard, and very close to my screening test, I lost my mother and my father within months. I had to return to Nigeria each time to perform the demanding burial ceremonies for each. I was completely deflated, both physically and emotionally, but I persevered because my father always wanted me to be a ‘Doctor’. This powerful survival instinct in me, which I call daring, and God’s help, are what made me overcome all personal challenges during my doctoral program and get to where I am today”- * “I admire the way Florence delved inside the most painful period of her life to find the focus of her research on women, war and peace. She received the Sasakawa Peace Foundation Fellowship in her last year to conduct interviews with 10 female survivors of that war, and she used [the] feminist standpoint theory to interpret their stories. It is a beautifully researched, theorized, and written dissertation that demonstrates exceptional Howard scholarship”- Carolyn Byerly, Ph.D., Didigu’s advisor and chair of the Communication, Culture and Media Studies doctoral program *BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/AMERICAN FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF

NO LIMIT TO EDUCATION! Nigerian born 73-year-old Grandma, a Naturalized American, FLORENCE NWADO ONWUSI DIGIDU Bagged Doctorate Degree in Communication, Culture and Media Studies…graduate as a member of Howard University’s...