Rosie Awori

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GLOBAL PANDEMIC: COVID-19

WHO makes declaration after weeks of increasing panic around the world… Rosie Awori After two weeks of mounting anxiety and rising cases of the coronavirus COVID-19 the World Health Organization has officially declared the outbreak of COVID-19, a pandemic. Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus WHO’s director-general made the announcement at a press conference on Wednesday March 11. “Over the past two weeks, the number of cases of COVID-19 outside China has increased thirteen fold and the number of affected countries has tripled,” he said. The declaration signals pandemic, as an outbreak of a disease that occurs over a wide geographic area …

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Black Theatre Workshop and Espace Libre shine a light on Obaaberima

Mom wants him to be a pastor, dad wants him to be a lawyer… friends mock him as a girlie boy Rosie Awori Obaaberima is hitting Montreal stages for the second time. The story chronicles a young Ghanaian man who is Imprisoned in Canada for committing a violent crime. On the eve of his release he tells his cellmates how he got there. Although there is great risk in sharing his tale, he must tell it to be truly free. Through storytelling, dance, and live music, Obaaberima gives the account of a young African-Canadian’s journey across continents, genders, races, and …

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Katherine Johnson dies at 101

Her immaculate calculations at NASA gave the precise trajectories that would let Apollo 11 land on the moon in 1969 Rosie Awori They say that behind every great man there’s a great woman. Some may add, a woman who is three steps ahead. Often, this is used in the context of power couples. But wielding a pencil and a love of numbers, Katherine Johnson, who died on February 24, was behind the success of great men in the world. As a result of her mathematical mind, she helped plot the successful flight of Alan B. Shepard Jr., who became the …

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Invaded by Locusts

Billions of desert locusts are swarming across eastern Africa—mainly affecting Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, Uganda and Tanzania and have now crossed over into South Sudan who is already reeling from widespread hunger and years of civil war. The swarms are massive: one of the largest in Kenya is about 37 miles long and 25 miles wide. For reference, that could cover more than half of NDG. The swarms, which are dense enough at times to block out sunlight, are the worst to hit Ethiopia and Somalia in 25 years, and the worst in Kenya in 70 years. Desert locusts can travel …

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BLACK HISTORY MONTH: HERE AND NOW

Rosie AWORI On January 29, a cross-section of Montrealers gathered at Salon Urbain, Place des Arts for the launch of Black History Month 2020. at the Place des Arts. It was organized by The Round Table on Black History Month and kicks off with events and activities showcasing the presence, contributions and achievements of Blacks in Montreal, across Canada and around the world. Those gathered for the launch heard messages from Michael Farkas, president of the Round Table and from Deputy Mayor of Montreal Sterling Downey on behalf of Mayor Valerie Plante. The theme of this year’s celebration is Here …

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African Roundup February 6, 2020

SWAHILI TO THE WORLD From modest beginnings as the speech of a small group of mixed farmers, Swahili has become the lingua franca of millions of people in East Africa and beyond. Swahili was originally spoken along the coast of Tanzania and Kenya. Arab traders from the coast then spread the language to nearby islands, and then traders from those islands spread it deeper into the continent. The origin of Swahili extends 1500 years since the arrival of Omani clove traders to the East African coast, absorbing a lot of Arabic words in the process. it played the most important …

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Here and Now: Black History and Identity issues

Round Table president says this year’s celebration focuses on youth Rosie Awori “In the past few years young people have been at the helm of change for various initiatives around the world and Montreal is no different, they are Here and Now,” says Michael Farkas, president of the Black History Month Round Table as he explains the theme of the 2020 celebration to the CONTACT. The theme of the 2020 edition of the Month (Here and Now) fits into a broader perspective to value the ideals of youth who are eager to take their place and to be part of …

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Angola wants it money back from former president daughter

Isabel Dos Santos allegedly plundered millions Angola wants Isabel Dos Santos to come back home and answer for her crimes. Dos Santos, daughter of former Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos who served from 1979 to 2017, is currently under scrutiny for having allegedly siphoned hundreds of millions of dollars of public money into offshore accounts, according to leaked documents. The alleged crime was uncovered by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, which collaborated with more than 120 journalists in 20 countries to comb through a trove of more than 700,000 leaked emails, contracts and other documents—collectively known as the …

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Ethics Committee rules that police racially profiled Kenrick McRae

After multiple stops and alleged harassment Rosie Awori “This time, the (justice) system worked. And it’s the best Christmas present I ever received.” After years of complaining of harassment by the Montreal police, Kenrick McRae has found vindication. It came In late December, in a 31-page ruling, the Quebec’s police ethics committee ruled that the Montreal police officers, Constables Christian Benoit and Philippe Bernard-Thomassin unlawfully arrested McRae, a Black man, and two years ago in what was a racially motivated intervention. Constables Benoit and Bernard-Thomassin were found guilty of 16 police ethics violations stemming from an interaction with Kenrick McRae …

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LOOKING BACK AT THE YEAR OF THE RETURN IN AFRICA

Happy New Year readers! Thank you for supporting this column this past year. I am grateful for all the wonderful feedback I have received from all of you. By the way, how do you like our new graphic? Back on the continent, “the year of the return” just wrapped up, and it saw scores of Black people from the Diaspora go to Ghana to visit, and invest, while others decided to stay. It was inspired by the actions of former Benin president, Mathieu Kérékou who in 1999 made a pilgrimage to the Church of the Great Commission in Baltimore. While …

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