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MAKING NIGERIA PROUD IN AMERICA: Lieutenant JESSE EKENE, American Born Naval Officer with Nigerian Parentage is a Professional Car Racer…Competing Full Time in NASCAR K&N Pro Series West for Patriot Motorsports Group *One of three African-American drivers actively competing in NASCAR series *Still remains Racing Ambassador for the Phoenix Patriot Foundation *Fully involved in various Philanthropic and Military-related activities *Served as Host for a Veteran’s family prior to the Coca-Cola 600 *Was part of the NASCAR Salutes program that honors US military personnel * Featured as guest/co-host of NASCAR.com’s GarageCam series *Received NASCAR Diverse Driver Award BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF/UNITED STATES

MAKING NIGERIA PROUD IN AMERICA: Lieutenant JESSE EKENE, American Born Naval Officer with Nigerian Parentage is a Professional Car Racer…Competing Full Time in NASCAR K&N Pro Series West for Patriot Motorsports Group *One of three...

BREAKING NEWS: NIGERIAN Fugitive, BABAJIDE FADEYIBI behind $1.3Million ‘Mystery Shoppers’ Fraud in America declared WANTED…United States Court documents confirm Oyeyemi Arogundade an accompalice is hiding in Nigeria *Uses Western Union and Money Gram to perpetuate crime * “A Nigerian man orchestrated an international fraud ring that stole almost $1.3 million from almost 500 innocent people, including several living in South Hampton Roads”-Federal Agents *Convicted: “Hafeez Odoffin of Chicago was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Newport News to NINE years and two months in prison, Zoelithia Williams of Smyrna, Tenn., sentenced to EIGHT years and four months and Christie Easter of Fort Worth, Texas, was sentenced last month to almost NINE years” * ‘Arogundade creates counterfeit checks and money orders in Nigeria based on legitimate versions obtained in the United States’-INVESTIGATION * CASE under Investigation by FBI, Homeland Security Investigations, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and U.S. Secret Service BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF, UNITED STATES

BREAKING NEWS: NIGERIAN Fugitive, BABAJIDE FADEYIBI behind $1.3Million ‘Mystery Shoppers’ Fraud in America declared WANTED…United States Court documents confirm Oyeyemi Arogundade an accomplice is hiding in Nigeria *Uses...

BREAKING NEWS: NIGERIANS in AMERICA Celebrates 57th Independence Day Anniversary in Style…Staged A Night of Cultural Elegance & Entertainment in Arizona Sept. 30 *Dress Code: Formal Attire – Elegance with an African Flair *Buffet Dinner for couple (food and non alcoholic drinks) at $45.00 *Individual pays $25 only with choice food, drinks * Designed to bring together the diverse Nigerian-American community in the valley to celebrate the diverse and rich Nigerian cultures and ethnicities *Ceremony had Soccer Match between African Countries from 9.00 Am to 12.00 Noon, Banquet Dinner with lots of Nigerian food, Drinks, entertainment and traditional dances BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF, UNITED STATES

BREAKING NEWS: NIGERIANS in AMERICA Celebrates 57th Independence Day Anniversary in Style…Staged A Night of Cultural Elegance & Entertainment in Arizona Sept. 30 *Dress Code: Formal Attire – Elegance with an African Flair *Buffet...

TRENDING: DIANE ISIBOR, Nigerian Born American Girl Receives FIRST CLASS Degree from Valdosta State University, United States…Given TWO Prestigious Awards at 223rd Convocation Ceremony * Honored with Spring 2017 President’s/Vice Chancellor’s Award for Academic Excellence (for the Harley Langdale Jr. College of Business Administration) and Annie Power Hopper Award * Emerges Best Student majoring in Accounting and Finance * Distinctions in High School earned her Scholarship to Valdosta State University in Georgia BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF, UNITED STATES

TRENDING: DIANE ISIBOR, Nigerian Born American Girl Receives FIRST CLASS Degree from Valdosta State University, United States…Given TWO Prestigious Awards at 223rd Convocation Ceremony * Honored with Spring 2017 President’s/Vice Chancellor’s...

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...