Rosie Awori

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Carving His Own Path

By Rosie Awori Julian McKenzie is carving his own path in the hardscrabble world of journalism “I had to learn and adapt to different things and do a number of things that would elevate my credibility,” Julian McKenzie said in a recent sit-down at the Montreal Community CONTACT, as he mused on his journey in Journalism. From doing research on CBC, to doing the weather and news reporting on CTV, writing for the Montreal Gazette, having his own podcast, among a number of other things, the up and coming newcomer and face in Montreal media has definitely made a big …

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THE NBA Goes TO AFRICA

Africa’s TURN TO EAT? Will new league bring economic benefits For long, the USA has been bastion of popular culture. And sports has been one of those pillars upon which that concept was built. In the recently-concluded National Basketball Association (NBA) finals, history was made when a little known Canadian franchise; the Toronto Raptors copped the title. That victory reinforced the NBA’s desire to set its sights further afield… much further indeed, In February 2019, the Basketball Africa League, a new collaboration between the NBA and the sport’s global governing body FIBA, was launched. The new league will feature 12 …

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KENYA LAUNCHES AFRICA’S LARGEST WIND FARM

The East African nation of Kenya has launched Africa’s largest wind farm, a move that should bring the nation closer to its goal of 100% green energy by 2020 The project is located in the northern part of Kenya near Lake Turkana, an area known for strong winds. The wind farm includes 365 turbines with a capacity of 850 kW each and is projected to produce about 310 megawatts, which is roughly enough energy to power 330,000 homes. Lake Turkana Wind Power includes 365 turbines in northern Kenya near Lake Turkana, a remote area with strong winds. It’s estimated to …

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Potentially a game changer

African countries form the largest free trade zone in the world On Sunday July 7, after years of negotiations, the African Union (AU) launched the operational phase of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). The AfCFTA will establish a single continental market for goods and services, with free movement of businesspeople and investment, paving the way for faster establishment of a customs union. According to the UN Economic Commission for Africa, once fully operational, it’s believed that the free trade accord will boost the level of intra-Africa trade by more than 52 percent by the year 2022. The agreement …

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How the Toronto Raptors got to this point

Rosie Awori The Toronto Raptors have the unique distinction of being the only country outside America that is part of the NBA.. In 1995 the Franchise awarded to a group headed by Toronto businessmen John Bitove and Allan Slaight. On June 24 1995 , Chicago Bulls guard B. J. Armstrong becomes the first member of the Toronto Raptors after being selected in the expansion draft. He refused to report and was eventually dealt to the Golden State Warriors. Among the other notable Raptors selected that day were John Salley, Acie Earl, Zan Tabak and Ed Pinckney. The Raptors finished in …

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Blood in the Nile

The struggle continues in Sudan Omar Al-Bashir, Sudan’s président for thé past thirty years was ousted on April 11. Al-Bashir, is wanted by the international war crimes tribunal for atrocities in Darfur. He seized power in a bloodless coup back in 1989, and somehow managed his way through countless national crises. Initially the toppling of the 30 year reign raised hopes in the country that a more inclusive civilian rule may follow. However, the ruling military council that then took power has been in conflict with protesters demanding civilian rule. That transition has been halting and is fraught with risk, …

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African Roundup May 16, 2019

South Africans losing hope in their cornerstone, the ANC. For the past 25 years, democracy in South Africa has been synonymous with the African National Congress (ANC). The ANC came to power after bringing an end to white apartheid rule in 1994, under the leadership of the late Nelson Mandela. And in every election since, the ANC has always managed to win the majority vote. However, the past few years have seen the ANC lose popularity amongst its Black majority core. The recent elections on May 8, saw only about half of the total eligible population bother to register as …

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SHE DID THAT PROM

Fundraiser on Saturday May 18 at Le 3 Brasseurs in Pointe Claire Teenage girls and boys are now gearing up for an evening filled with glitz and glamour, their crowing moment, their prom. However, not all students can afford prom regalia and to ensure that deserving students get what they need for their night, the ladies at #SheDidThat, are committed to giving back to the black community in Montreal. Founded by Katrina Nurse, Tamraa Greenidge and Tish McLean the prom initiative is aimed at giving high school graduates the chance to win an experience of a lifetime; an all expense …

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African Roundup May 2, 2019

The 27th of April is commemorated with pomp and color across three different countries in Africa as they mark their independence. Siera Leonne, Togo, and South Africa have the unique distinction of having the same independence date. This edition of the African Round-Up will highlight just how far these countries have come since the colonial rule. Togo has a population of 7.6 million people and is bordered by Ghana, Benin, and Burkina Faso and has a 56-kilometer coastline that runs along the Gulf of Guinea. Togo and its surrounding regions were known as “the slave coast” between the 16th and …

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REACHING FOR STARLIGHT

Playwright Donna Michelle St. Bernard offers up a family show that’s a conversation starter Rosie Awori There has been a buzz of anticipation surrounding Geordie Theatre’s production of Reaching for Starlight. The play is ready to be launched on April 26 at Concordia University’s D. B. Clarke Theatre. Inspired by the film Black Ballerina, artistic director Mike Payette commissioned Donna-Michelle St. Bernard to write a play that would translate across the Canadian demographic. Reaching for Starlight has been three years in the making and is being touted as Geordie’s biggest production to date, featuring an illustrious cast of 12 performers. …

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