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Iman and Siham Hashi fled Somalia as kids following an outbreak of civil war. Now in LA they are ready to take on the music world.

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“I’m BLESSED” gospel video Charlie Wilson, ft T.I show timeless skills [USAfrica]

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Charlie Wilson’s timeless, creative skills are evident in this new gospel song  titled “I’m Blessed” – with superstar rapper T.I coming in to attract more of the younger demographics.

The performance was at a recent 2018 ‘ShowTime at Apollo’ -hosted by Steve Harvey. Wilson gained world-wide respect and recognition as a member of the multiple platinum hits group Gap band.

He has shared his story of moving from being a millionaire to homeless and then picking up, changing his lifestyle and reorganizing….

In many ways, however different our circumstances, join me say to say [and sing] it, again: I’m Blessed!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         By Chido Nwangwu, Founder & Publisher of USAfrica, USAfricaonline.com [first African-owned, U.S-based newspaper published on the internet], is completing a book titled “MLK, MANDELA & ACHEBE: POWER, LEADERSHIP & IDENTITY  Follow him @Chido247

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USAfrica: Rwanda’s presidential elections point to another Kagame victory

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Rwandans go the polls Friday in a presidential election in which strongman Paul Kagame is widely expected to cruise to a third term in office.

The 59-year-old leader faces two little-known candidates who were given only three weeks to campaign against the incumbent, who has kept a tight hold on power since his rebel army ended the 1994 genocide.

Observers say Frank Habineza of the Democratic Green Party — the only permitted critical opposition party — and independent candidate Philippe Mpayimana face an unwinnable battle. Kagame has said the result is a foregone conclusion.

While the nation has been colourfully covered with the red, white and blue of the ruling Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) and posters of Kagame, there has been barely a trace of the opposition.

“They told us we cannot put our banners or flags where the RPF’s things are, but unfortunately the RPF put theirs almost everywhere,” Habineza told AFP during a recent rally in the south of the country.

He was standing in front of a small stage, surrounded by about 100 people, including many children drawn by the booming music.

“I came out of curiosity, but he has no chance. Kagame has delivered everything he promised, there is no one but him,” said Sabin Nkundukozera, 66.

Farmer Sylvain Mutaimukunda, 38, was similarly dismissive.

“It is the first time I have heard of this man, I couldn’t even tell you his name,” he said of Habineza.

In contrast, thousands flock to Kagame’s rallies, where the president has repeated that “the election is over”.

His confidence comes after 98 percent of Rwandans approved a constitutional amendment in a 2015 referendum that granted him the right to run for a third term in office.

Observers condemned the reform, which could potentially see Kagame retain office twice more if re-elected this time and allow him to stay president until 2034.
Kagame, a lanky former guerilla fighter, was just 36 when his rebel army routed extremist Hutu forces who slaughtered an estimated 800,000 people — mainly minority Tutsis — and seized Kigali.

He served first as vice-president and defence minister, although he was widely considered the de facto leader of the country and was appointed as president by lawmakers in 2000.

He was first elected to the post in 2003 and again in 2010 with more than 90 percent of votes.

He is credited with a remarkable turnaround in the shattered nation, bringing order, stability, infrastructure and annual economic growth of about seven percent.

However rights groups accuse him of ruling through fear, relying on a systematic repression of the opposition, free speech and the media.

Critics have been assassinated, jailed or forced into exile, and some observers believe the only reason Habineza and Mpayimana have been allowed to run is that they pose no threat.

“There is no election in Rwanda, there is a coronation declaring Kagame the king,” said outspoken local journalist Robert Mugabe.

“The real opposition, the people with the real voices, cannot be around,” he said.

However political analyst Christopher Kayumba said Kagame remains popular, with Rwandans seeing him as a guarantor of stability after his military victory brought an end to the genocide.

“There is no way you can compare the stature of President Kagame, the resources of the RPF, with the Green Party. The opposition will be beaten hands down. There is no question about that.”

There are 6.9 million registered voters across the tiny east African nation, known as the Land of a Thousand Hills. Polling stations open at 0500 GMT and close at 1300 GMT.

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U.S. Congressional Recognition for Chido Nwangwu on USAfrica’s 25 years of “service truly worthy of the respect”

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Washington DC: U.S. Congressional Recognition has been issued to the Founder of USAfrica multimedia networks Dr. Chido Nwangwu, in the brief but authoritative assessment of the impact of his works on the business, news, public policy, international security and cultural exchanges between Africans and Americans. It stated that for the past 25 years “Your service is truly worthy of the respect, admiration, and commendation of the United States Congress.” 

The Congressional Recognition pointed to the transformational leadership record of Dr. Nwangwu by noting that “We must remember that one determined person can make a significant difference”, as precisely articulated by Sheila Jackson Lee, member of Congress, representing the 18th district of Texas, who seats on the influential Committee on the Judiciary and the Committee on the Budget. She is also the Ranking Member: The Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations; the Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and  Intelligence; and co-chair of Congressional caucus on Nigeria. 

The influential lawyer and Congresswoman who has attended several USAfrica fora and events added: “I take great pride in USAfrica on the occasion of their 25th Anniversary Award of the USAfrica International Heritage Champion.”

On what set the networks on its pedestal, Dr. Chido Nwangwu noted that “USAfrica is  respected for its acclaimed dedication to the business and interests of Africans and Americans, record of international community leadership and fluently mainstreaming contemporary African immigrant news and views in the melting-pot of American discourses. It’s not been easy; it has come with a lot sacrifices but I’m blessed by God’s grace and an extraordinary family, extended family, an outstanding team and initial backers.”

USAfrica, characterized by the CNN and The New York Times as the largest (and arguably, the most influential) African-owned, U.S-based multimedia networks, was founded since 1992 by Dr. Chido Nwangwu. He is author of the soon-to-be-released 2017 book, Mandela & Achebe: Leadership, Identity and Footprints of Greatness, and former adviser on Africa business to the ex-Mayor of Houston.  

Also, he established the 1st African-owned, U.S.-based professional newspaper published  on the internet USAfricaonline.com. USAfrica Inc was established May 1992, first print edition of USAfrica magazine published August 1993; USAfrica The Newspaper on May 11, 1994;  CLASSmagazine  on May 2, 2003;  PhotoWorks.TV in 2005, and several platforms and products. USAfricaonline.com is powered by the global resources of USAfrica, CLASSmagazine, CLASSmagazine.TV, PhotoWorks.Tv, USAfrica.TV, MandelaAchebeChido.com, AchebeBooks.com and ChidoNwangwu.com

Those initial pillars include Emmanuel Okoro, Eni Kanu, Ambassador Chris Chukwu, Rick Sellentin, John Rosenkrans, Emmanuel Odimgbe, Quincy Sintim, James Okorafor, Samson Nwangwu, Prof. Chigbo Ofong, George Nwanguma, Edem Archibong, Kelly Azuike, Dr. Chidi Amuta, Obinwa Nnaji, Kenneth Orji and Dr. Keith Robinson. 

He adds “I must make a special mention of Kase Lawal, his brother Kamoru Lawal, former Gov. Donald Duke, Dr. Ralph Ekezie; Gov. Willie Obiano, Dr. Ernest & Mrs. Azudialu, Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah, Kenneth Yellowe, Emmanuel Diribe who is the person that advertised in almost every magazine and newspaper published by USAfrica; plus almost a hundred others in Houston and across all the major cities in the U.S., Nigeria and South Africa.” 

USAfrica honorees include business leaders, creative icons, fashion and music stars who represent the diverse skills and backgrounds of Africans and Americans.

Chido appreciates the fact that “The USAfrica BEST OF AFRICA™ awards  bring together our two continents leaders, oil and gas executives, Governors, members of the U.S Congress, Nollywood superstars, key legislators, city officials, business heavyweights, banking executives, students, everyday folks and diverse achievers.”     

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USAfrica 25th Anniversary & Best of Africa awards on 07-07-17

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USAfrica 25th Anniversary & Best of Africa awards on 07-07-17 at Hilton Westchase in Houston.

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USAfrica, the international multimedia company and public policy think-tank, will celebrate its 25 years of professional excellence with its signature ‘BEST OF AFRICA’™ Awards, on FRIDAY JULY 7, 2017. On Saturday July 8 will be the USAfricaFORUM for insights to African and American business interests, democracy debates, immigration issues, and cross-cultural matters.

USAfrica, characterized by the CNN and The New York Times as the largest (and arguably, the most influential) African-owned, U.S-based multimedia networks, was founded since 1992 by Dr. Chido Nwangwu. He is author of the soon-to-be-released 2018 book, Mandela & Achebe: Leadership, Identity and Footprints of Greatness, and former adviser on Africa business to the ex-Mayor of Houston. 

Also, he established the 1st African-owned, U.S.-based professional newspaper published  on the internet USAfricaonline.com. USAfrica Inc was established May 1992, first print edition of USAfrica magazine published August 1993; USAfrica The Newspaper on May 11, 1994;  CLASSmagazine  on May 2, 2003;  PhotoWorks.TV in 2005, and several platforms and products. USAfricaonline.com is powered by the global resources of USAfrica, CLASSmagazine, CLASSmagazine.TV, PhotoWorks.Tv, USAfrica.TV, MandelaAchebeChido.com, AchebeBooks.com and ChidoNwangwu.com

On what set the networks on its pedestal, Dr. Chido Nwangwu notes that “USAfrica is  respected for its acclaimed dedication to the business and interests of Africans and Americans, record of international community leadership and fluently mainstreaming contemporary African immigrant news and views in the melting-pot of American discourses. It’s not been easy; it has come with a lot sacrifices but I’m blessed by God’s grace and an extraordinary family, extended family, an outstanding team and initial backers.”

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Those initial pillars include Emmanuel Okoro, Eni Kanu, Ambassador Chris Chukwu, Rick Sellentin, John Rosenkrans, Emmanuel Odimgbe, Quincy Sintim, James Okorafor, Samson Nwangwu, Prof. Chigbo Ofong, George Nwanguma, Edem Archibong, Kelly Azuike, Dr. Chidi Amuta, Obinwa Nnaji, Kenneth Orji and Dr. Keith Robinson. 

He adds “I must make a special mention of Kase Lawal, his brother Kamoru Lawal, former Gov. Donald Duke, Dr. Ralph Ekezie; Gov. Willie Obiano, Dr. Ernest & Mrs. Azudialu, Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah, Kenneth Yellowe, Emmanuel Diribe who is the person that advertised in almost every magazine and newspaper published by USAfrica; plus almost a hundred others in Houston and across all the major cities in the U.S., Nigeria and South Africa.” 

USAfrica honorees include business leaders, creative icons, fashion and music stars who represent the diverse skills and backgrounds of Africans and Americans.

Chido appreciates the fact that “The USAfrica BEST OF AFRICA™ awards  bring together our two continents leaders, oil and gas executives, Governors, members of the U.S Congress, Nollywood superstars, key legislators, city officials, business heavyweights, banking executives, students, everyday folks and diverse achievers.”

We welcome nominations especially through Facebook.com/USAfricaLive and Chido247@Gmail.com

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USAfrica: Why Nnia Nwodo’s a courageous, daring leader of Ohaneze. By Obinwa Nnaji.

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Why Nnia Nwodo’s a courageous, daring leader of Ohaneze

By Obinwa Nnaji.
USAfrica Executive Editor [Nigeria and West Africa].
@USAfricaLIVE
With just few weeks away, it will be six months since the new leader piloting the affairs of this all important socio-cultural body of a most audacious, brave, industrious and homogeneous people that speak Igbo in Nigeria and the Diaspora – the Ohaneze, came aboard.
The hopefulness that greeted the election of Chief John Nnia Nwodo Jnr., two-time Federal Minister of Transport (Aviation), later Information and one who had been in the race for the presidential ticket of one of the political parties, could not have been a mere fluke. The reverberations could be felt in far flung places away from the Ohaneze Secretariat in Enugu.
It was a night of long knives, horse trading , compromise and final elections which saw Chief Nnia defeating a renowned Professor in a landslide victory to become the President-General of Ohaneze.
Chief Nwodo has been vocal in pushing against the deprivations and marginalization from the 1970s and the maze of problems confronting the Igbo within the polity of Nigeria since 1999 and currently under President Buhari in 2017.
He has proven to be a leader with grit; someone who has the heart of a bull, intellect, courage, industry and acceptability; a leader who will seek solutions to the harsh evidences of marginalization of the Igbo and the old East in all Federal appointments, agencies and parastatals.
Who can challenge and speak out without fear or favour against the domineering policy. Who will challenge oligarchy. Who would look the mafia whether in Kaduna or Abuja in the face and say enough is enough. The alleged wanton killings of innocent Igbos by Federal security agencies, during peaceful protests aggitating for their rights as covered by the Geneva United Nations Rights of protests and demonstrations, should no longer go unpunished and must be made a criminal case of murder and genocide before world bodies and their aliases.
The horror and the consequences of abandoned Federal roads in the east that have become death traps sending hundreds of Igbos and other road users to their untimely death. Must Igbo land continue to quiver and remain cowed because it bravely fought a civil war decades ago to defend its people from total annihilation. If we keep capitulating , what future holds out for our children and generation yet unborn.
How do we  meaningfully engage other Federating blocs in peaceful and positive dialogue to resolve the myriad of contentious issues and now is time to get cracking. For so long have we been deceived with white elephant projects – the ever tale talk on building second Niger Bridge including several eye-popping gigantic projects that have remained on the drawing board for ages.
The Igbo needed a man of Nnia  Nwodo’s stature that commands respect, universally and has friends cutting across ethnic groups and religious divide of the country. A man who then at University of Ibadan trounced other students including Yorubas ‘sons of the soil’ to emerge President of the Students Union.  Worthy of note that  Nnia since assuming leadership of Ohaneze has begun the bark and bite — to give the Igbo a stronger voice.
Suffice it to say we must  not only concentrate in asking and demanding for our rights, but adopt a policy of looking inwards to develop Igbo land. In looking inwards, there is the urgent need to establish an all purpose Igbo Village, east of the Niger, which would be all encompassing; developing and showcasing the best of the Igbo in science, information technology, tradesmen and artisans, iron and metalic craftsmen, music, sports, literature, agriculture and other areas. The potentials are better imagined. The Igbo should partner with more overseas investors to turn Igbo land to prime investment havens and tourist centres in West Africa.
Goods and materials from the Igbo villages would find ready markets in Europe, America,  Canada, Asia and the Far East including Africa, thus earning for our people the much sought after foreign currencies.
A people endowed by nature with muscular energy and knowledge of industry, self reliance and never say die spirit cannot continue to play second fiddle nay second hand citizens. No never! One can say without any fear of contradiction that Igbo businessmen and women worldwide remain one of Nigeria’s treasure base in terms of individual wealth made genuinely through dint of hard work. All they need is a man they can trust and the rest will be history. There must be a synergy with our multi billionaires to begin to show more interest back home. Of course, a transparent and well focused Ohaneze should be able to attract the best of our intelligentsia overseas, doctors and paramedics, engineers, educationists and industrialists to return home and develop Iboland urgently.
It would thereafter checkmate our chaps who run helter skelter after moving cars to sell their wares on the streets of Lagos and Abuja under severe risks of being arrested or being knocked down by vehicles.
The challenge therefore is enormous . The Ohaneze mantle on Nnia could be optimized. My reminiscences record same Nnia Nwodo, Ike Ukehe, as having told this writer about the motto of the British Security agency, approximately, that “Only those who dare, win.” This motto has inspired the Ohaneze leader, all along. The stake is so high. So if you dare, you win. A food for thought for all Igbo east of the Niger, Delta, Rivers and the Diaspora.
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… AND THE MUSIC PAUSED… AT 69! LONG LIVE DAN ORJI. By Chido Nwangwu

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By Dr. Chido Nwangwu, Founder of USAfrica and analyst for CNN and SkyNews.

Houston, Texas: One of Africa’s prolific music masters, Dan Orji, would have achieved the biblical age of ‘three scores and ten’, that’s 70, this first week of December. Dan was born on a minty, harmattan day of December 6, 1945. But the music genius joined his ancestors on July 30, 2015 at 69 years.  He will be buried tomorrow, Friday December 18, 2015, at the Mmawuru Court in Aro Orji in Owerri.

And, the music paused…. Yes; it only paused!

Here’s why?

For almost 55 years, as the maker of masterpieces, Dan Orji’s songs continue to inspire the boundless, creative imagination of millions, across the Igbo nation, Nigeria and parts of the African continent.

For almost 55 years, Dan Orji held a consistent delivery and exposition of what I consider his delicious trifecta of acoustics harmony, inspirational messages and merging of the subtle artistry of his Owerri ‘bongo’ music and the ‘abiriwa’ serenade. For almost 55 years, he saw and utilized music for joyful serenade.

After all, his husky baritone voice and smooth highlife style since the 1970s remain present to the new generation of highlife superstars like the supremely talented Flavour and ‘bongo’ musicians such as Sonny Bobo. I must state that Nze Dan Orji is the undisputed godfather of ‘bongo’ music.

For almost 55 years, he wrote and sang songs with a distinct cross-cultural and multi-lingual style that has not been matched. But has been copied and remixed and pirated.

For almost 55 years, he elevated his music for worthy, philosophic reflections. He always had a song or two in every album to inspire the distraught and the needy in society.

For almost 55 years, as a creative powerhouse, every one of the songs he placed on the Skylarks and Peacocks albums were hits across age groups and cultures. And, then, suddenly the music paused… in the summer of 2015.

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Dede Danny-as some of us, his nephews and nieces and cousins called him, reflecting, in part, our great Arochukwu heritage of unconditional deference to older folks-   dan-orji-trad4_Fotorinteracted with effortless ease and sense of humour to both the old and very young.

He was the younger brother of my mother Nwakaego (child is greater than money); their oldest brother being the prolific, renaissance man of uncommon wisdom, Ugwu Aro Mazi Emmanuel Amaugo Chima Orji. This is important; to understand Dan Chukwuemeka Orji you’ll have to know the influence of this 88-years old patriarch on his life.

He was to learn later from his eldest brother that their father, Mazi Joseph Chima Orji died about 100 days after Dan’s birth.

For the purposes of securing a permanent, trans-generational digital home for his body of work, musical value and historical assessment of his profound genius of harnessing creativity and perfecting his craft, we set up the USAfrica-powered web site www.DanOrji.com. It offers an interactive platform for tributes and messages celebrating one of Africa’s music masters!

… and the music paused… at 69! But his legacy endures! And, the music plays on!! Long Live Dan Orji!!  @Chido247

Dr. Chido Nwangwu, moderator of the Achebe Colloquium (GOVERNANCESECURITY, and PEACE in Africa) December 7-8, 2012 at Brown UNIVERSITY in Rhode Island and former ADVISER on Africa business/issues to the Mayor of Houston, is the Founder & Publisher of Houston-based USAfrica multimedia networks since 1992, first African-owned, U.S-based newspaper published on the INTERNET USAfricaonline.com; CLASSmagazine, AchebeBooks.com, the USAfrica-powered e-groups of AfricanChristians, Nigeria360 and the largest pictorial events megasite on the African diaspora PhotoWorks.TV . He was recently profiled by the CNN International for his pioneering works on multimedia/news/public policy projects for Africans and Americans.    E-MAIL: Chido247@Gmail.com WIRELESS 1-832-45-CHIDO (24436).

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VIDEO #CNN special #CHIBOK Girls n #BokoHaram Live intvw wt the Founder of USAfrica multimedia and public POLICY networks Chido Nwangwu. CNN anchors John Berman n Michaela Pereira.  

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Forthcoming 2016 BOOK: In this engaging, uniquely insightful and first PERSON reportage book, MANDELA & ACHEBE: Footprints of Greatness, about two GLOBAL icons and towering PERSONS of African descent whose exemplary lives
Mandela-n-Achebe-by-Chido-book-frontcover-Lrs and friendship HOLD lessons for humanity and Africans, USAfrica Founder Chido Nwangwu takes a measure of their works and CONSEQUENCE to write that Mandela and Achebe have left “footprints of greatness.”
He chronicles, movingly, his 1998 reporting from the Robben Island jail room in South Africa where Mandela was held for decades through his 20 years of being CLOSE to Achebe. He moderated the 2012 Achebe Colloquium at Brown UNIVERSITY in Providence, Rhode Island.“I’ll forever remember having walked inside and peeped through that HISTORIC Mandela jail cell (where he was held for most of his 27 years in unjust imprisonment) at the dreaded Robben Island, on March 27, 1998, alongside then Editor-in-chief of TIME magazine and later news chief EXECUTIVE of the CNN, Walter Isaacson (and others) when PRESIDENT BILL Clinton made his first official trip to South Africa and CAME to Robben Island. Come to this island of scourge and you will understand, in part, the simple greatness and towering grace of Nelson Mandela”, notes  Chido Nwangwu, award-winning writer, multimedia 
specialist and founder of USAfricaonline.com, the first African-owned U.S-based newspaper published on the INTERNET, in his first book; he writes movingly from his 1998 reporting from South Africa on Mandela. http://www.mandelaachebechido.com/

 

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“It wasn’t just a terrorist attack, it was a massacre….”, 22 yrs old South African woman’s haunting narrative of Paris ISIS killing of 139

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Special to USAfricaonline.com,  and USAfrica multimedia networks, Houston. Follow USAfrica at Facebook.com/USAfricaChido , Facebook.com/USAfrica247 and Twitter.com/Chido247

Isobel Bowdery, a  2014 graduate of the University of Cape Town, attended a rock concert at the Bataclan hall when 3 terrorists, reportedly members of the Islamic State (ISIS), started shooting into the crowd.

Bowdery wrote a haunting piece on her Facebook page — already liked by 2.5 million people including Mark Zuckerberg and shared 705,000 times as at Sunday night, Houston time. USAfricaonline.com republishes, as written, the moving narrative and reflections on mortality, love etc:

“you never think it will happen to you. It was just a friday night at a rock show. the atmosphere was so happy and everyone was dancing and smiling. and then when the men came through the front entrance and began the shooting, we naiively believed it was all part of the show. It wasn’t just a terrorist attack, it was a massacre. Dozens of people were shot right infront of me. Pools of blood filled the floor. Cries of grown men who held their girlfriends dead bodies pierced the small music venue. Futures demolished, families heartbroken. in an instant. Shocked and alone, I pretended to be dead for over an hour, lying among people who could see their loved ones motionless.. Holding my breath, trying to not move, not cry – not giving those men the fear they longed to see. I was incredibly lucky to survive. But so many didn’t. The people who had been there for the exact same reasons as I – to have a fun friday night were innocent. This world is cruel. And acts like this are suppose to highlight the depravity of humans and the images of those men circuling us like vultures will haunt me for the rest of my life. The way they meticoulsy aimed at shot people around the standing area i was in the centre of without any consideration for human life. It didn’t feel real. i expected any moment for someone to say it was just a nightmare. But being a survivor of this horror lets me able to shed light on the heroes. To the man who reassured me and put his life on line to try and cover my brain whilst i whimpered, to the couple whose last words of love kept me believing the good in the world, to the police who succeded in rescuing hundreds of people, to the complete strangers who picked me up from the road and consoled me during the 45 minutes I truly believed the boy i loved was dead, to the injured man who i had mistaken for him and then on my recognition that he was not Amaury, held me and told me everything was going to be fine despite being all alone and scared himself, to the woman who opened her doors to the survivors, to the friend who offered me shelter and went out to buy new clothes so i wouldnt have to wear this blood stained top, to all of you who have sent caring messages of support – you make me believe this world has the potential to be better. to never let this happen again. but most of this is to the 80 people who were murdered inside that venue, who weren’t as lucky, who didnt get to wake up today and to all the pain that their friends and families are going through. I am so sorry. There’s nothing that will fix the pain. I feel priviledged to be there for their last breaths. And truly beliving that I would join them, I promise that their last thoughts were not on the animals who caused all this. It was thinking of the people they loved. As i lay down in the blood of strangers and waiting for my bullet to end my mere 22 years, I envisioned every face that I have ever loved and whispered I love you. over and over again. reflecting on the highlights of my life. Wishing that those i love knew just how much, wishing that they knew that no matter what happened to me, to keep belieivng in the good in people. to not let those men win. Last night, the lives of many were forever changed and it is up to us to be better people. to live lives that the innocent victims of this tragedy dreamt about but sadly will now never be able to fulfil. RIP angels. You will never be forgotten.”

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 ‘Beyond Aspiration’, JFK and notes on founding of USAfrica.

 By Chido Nwangwu

Special to USAfricaonline.com,  and USAfrica multimedia networks, Houston. Follow USAfrica at Facebook.com/USAfricaChido , Facebook.com/USAfrica247 and Twitter.com/Chido247

One of the remarkable, transformative leaders of the 20th century whose vision and mission moved mankind ‘beyond aspiration’ is John F. Kennedy (JFK), ex president of United States. Hear him: “We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.” [Address at Rice University, September 12 1962]

I know that ‘beyond aspiration’ JFK took man to the moon!

First, I believe that at the center of achieving and operating ‘beyond aspiration’ is a summary of vision.

Second, you must have what I call that creative impetus and soaring courage to propel your determination to succeed and transform your environment — no matter the odds.

Third, beyond the mortal arrogations and the flawed genius of men and women, we must seek the extraordinary grace of God,

On my part, I left Nigeria for the US in August 1990 with media aspiration, faith in God’s kindness and U.S$150 in my wallet as I arrived JFK airport in New York. After clearing the immigration and customs, I had my ‘Welcome to America’ hustle. The taxi driver who took me to nearby LaGuardia airport dealt me through my first ‘The more you look the less you see experience’ in America. He charged me $100 for the short trip and I was left with $50 only. Without any fanciful  description, the taxi driver made me a ‘mugu’ — the Nigerian slang for the person who’s conned.

In 1992, I established USAfrica, with headquarters in Houston, Texas. Beyond my vision [aspiration], I have since almost 24 years walked and worked with a formidable team and the support of our international communities to establish the authoritative, pioneering,  respected and foremost multimedia company  for Africans and Americans that I named USAfrica. That is, Aspiration Beyond $50!                                                                                                       •Dr. Chido Nwangwu, moderator of the Achebe Colloquium (GOVERNANCESECURITY, and PEACE in Africa) December 7-8, 2012 at Brown UNIVERSITY in Rhode Island and former ADVISER on Africa business/issues to the Mayor of Houston, is the Founder & Publisher of Houston-based USAfrica multimedia networks since 1992, first African-owned, U.S-based newspaper published on the INTERNET USAfricaonline.com; CLASSmagazine, AchebeBooks.com, the USAfrica-powered e-groups of AfricanChristians, Nigeria360 and the largest pictorial events megasite on the African diaspora www.PhotoWorks.TV . He was recently profiled by the CNN International for his pioneering works on multimedia/news/public policy projects for Africans and Americans.    E-MAIL: Chido247@Gmail.com WIRELESS 1-832-45-CHIDO (24436).

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VIDEO #CNN special #CHIBOK Girls n #BokoHaram Live intvw wt the Founder of USAfrica multimedia and public POLICY networks Chido Nwangwu. CNN anchors John Berman n Michaela Pereira.  

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Forthcoming 2016 BOOK: In this engaging, uniquely insightful and first PERSON reportage book, MANDELA & ACHEBE: Footprints of Greatness, about two GLOBAL icons and towering PERSONS of African descent whose exemplary lives
Mandela-n-Achebe-by-Chido-book-frontcover-Lrs and friendship HOLD lessons for humanity and Africans, USAfrica Founder Chido Nwangwu takes a measure of their works and CONSEQUENCE to write that Mandela and Achebe have left “footprints of greatness.”
He chronicles, movingly, his 1998 reporting from the Robben Island jail room in South Africa where Mandela was held for decades through his 20 years of being CLOSE to Achebe. He moderated the 2012 Achebe Colloquium at Brown UNIVERSITY in Providence, Rhode Island.“I’ll forever remember having walked inside and peeped through that HISTORIC Mandela jail cell (where he was held for most of his 27 years in unjust imprisonment) at the dreaded Robben Island, on March 27, 1998, alongside then Editor-in-chief of TIME magazine and later news chief EXECUTIVE of the CNN, Walter Isaacson (and others) when PRESIDENT BILL Clinton made his first official trip to South Africa and CAME to Robben Island. Come to this island of scourge and you will understand, in part, the simple greatness and towering grace of Nelson Mandela”, notes  Chido Nwangwu, award-winning writer, multimedia 
specialist and founder of USAfricaonline.com, the first African-owned U.S-based newspaper published on the INTERNET, in his first book; he writes movingly from his 1998 reporting from South Africa on Mandela. http://www.mandelaachebechido.com/
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USAfrica: A Tribute to Dan Orji of Peacocks. By Mazi E.A.C Orji

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A Tribute to Nze Dan Chukwuemeka Orji.                                                                                                                               By Mazi E.A.C. Orji (and the Orji Chima Family of Aro-Orji, Urata, Owerri North LGA, Imo State, Nigeria)

Special to USAfricaonline.com,  and USAfrica multimedia networks, Houston. Follow USAfrica at Facebook.com/USAfricaChido , Facebook.com/USAfrica247 and Twitter.com/Chido247 

“In the midst of life, we are in death.” The unexpected and sudden demise of Nze Daniel Chukwuemeka Orji aptly confirmed the truth of the quote above taken from the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer.

In the language of literature, arts and music,  Dan Orji (as he was popularly and widely known and called), was a great classical musician. The  beauty of his works and the wisdom expressed in them have continued to hold out massive appeal to people of different ages and in differendan-orji-usafrica-web2-chidot countries. People of all ages that have tasted the lyrics and music of his songs have continued to want to read or hear them over and over again. They never seem to get tired of discovering new beauties and new truths in the works of this artful musician, insightful composer, versatile arranger and inimitable vocalist.

Born on December 6, 1945 to Maazi Joseph Chima Orji and Orihe Cecilia Nwachi Orji at Aro-Orji, Urata, Owerri North Local Government area of Imo State of Nigeria, Danny was educated in Orji Town Primary School where he manifested great musical talent by singing at social events around Owerri. He had his Secondary education at the prestigious Saint Patrick’s College, Ikot Ansa, Calabar, where he played meritoriously in the College Band.

At the end of the Nigeria/Biafra war in 1970, he played a major role in the founding of the famous Peacocks International  Guitar Band. It was while with Peacocks that he produced some of his greatest hits, including the ever popular and classical SAMBOLA MAMA, which earned a gold, and sold more records in Ghana than in Nigeria, demonstrating  the wide appeal  of his compositions, a further proof of the truism that music knows no boundaries, as well as the English saying that ‘ good wine needs no bush’( which translates into Igbo as ahia oma na ere onweya). When the Peacocks International Guitar  Band disbanded, he founded the Skylarks Universal Band of Nigeria in 1976.

Nze Dan Orji’s abundant natural musical endowment was inherited from his mother, who was a good singer, and his maternal uncle, late J. U. Kamalu  of Umuonyeche, Owere(which the British called Owerri), who played the Accordion with great skill. Danny’s natural musical endowment was enhanced by his incredible capacity for hard work that is easier imagined than described. Little wonder that he  produced such classical masterpieces and dominated the music scene for more than four decades. Danny  had a large and generous heart and was always quick to forgive. Although his works have been severally plagiarized, he never exercised his rights  under the existing Copyright Laws to sue for compensation.  Rather, he would chuckle  and say that those artists may continue to plagiarise his work if that would make them survive in life. What good spirit ! What bonhomie !

Danny was a good family man, a great family builder, who would resist any temptation to compromise the peace and progress of the Orji Chima family of which he was a proud member. His talent was not restricted to music alone; he was also an accomplished builder; and this was not surprising because architecture  has been defined metaphorically as ‘FROZEN MUSIC.’ Danny was also a committed farmer. Indeed,  he was a versatile talent who excelled in whatever he focused his interest and attention. Full of initiative and drive, Danny had the capacity to carry anything before him.

During  his lifetime, Danny was conferred with a lot of accolades. He was made an Nze with the title Aku Jeshiobi ike of Orji. During the interregnum that followed the demise of the first Eze of the Orji Autonomous Community, Nze Dan Orji served as the Vice Chairman of the Orji Regency Council. The Arochukwu Kingdom conferred its highest honour, namely, Ugwu Aro, on him. And until his death, Nze Dan Orji was serving his second term as Chairman of the Aro-Orji village meeting.

We shall all  miss Danny’s wisdom which was ever spiced with humour and profound imagery. The more you saw Danny, the more you admired him; the better you knew him the greater you valued his friendship. He had the knack for knowing peoples great needs and when they needed them most. In concluding, I seek understanding;  and if I appear to write with the affection of a brother, I am just one of a large number.

Danny did not live long.  He did not reach the biblical age of three scores and ten (indeed, he was to have been 70 years old on December 6, 2015!). But we are consoled by the fact that it is more important to live well than to live long. The quality of life lived takes precedence over its length, for life is a matter of art rather than mere duration. “Life is not a matter of counting years. It is a matter of making years count.” Danny did make his years count in blessing. Although we shall miss Danny physically, he will continue to live in the memories of all those he has left behind.

We prefer to end this tribute therefore, with the following immortal words of United States hymnist, Ira David Sankey (1840 – 1908):-

“Fading away like the stars of the morning,

Losing their light in the glorious sun,

Thus would we pass from the earth and its toiling,

Only remembered by what we have done.”
Thank you for sharing our moment with us. Shalom.

Maazi E. A. C. ORJI is the head of the Orji Chima family.                                                                                                       August 12, 2015

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Whitney Houston-Bobby Brown’s daughter dies at 22

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Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter of late music superstar Whitney Houston and R&B singer Bobby Brown, died today July 26, 2015 at the age of 22 — following her being rushed from her bathtub on January 31, 2015 to North Fulton Hospital in Roswell, Georgia, where she was put on a ventilator to assist her breathing. She was later placed in a medically induced coma at Atlanta’s Emory University Hospital. She died at the Peachtree Christian Hospice in Duluth, Georgia.

“She is finally at peace in the arms of God, We want to again thank everyone for their tremendous amount of love and support during these last few months”, the Houston family said in a statement.

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Forthcoming 2017 BOOK: In this engaging, uniquely insightful and first PERSON reportage book, MANDELA & ACHEBE: Footprints of Greatness, about two GLOBAL icons and towering PERSONS of African descent whose exemplary lives

Mandela-n-Achebe-by-Chido-book-frontcover-Lrs and friendship HOLD lessons for humanity and Africans, USAfrica Founder Chido Nwangwu takes a measure of their works and CONSEQUENCE to write that Mandela and Achebe have left “footprints of greatness.”
He chronicles, movingly, his 1998 reporting from the Robben Island jail room in South Africa where Mandela was held for decades through his 20 years of being CLOSE to Achebe. He moderated the 2012 Achebe Colloquium at Brown UNIVERSITY in Providence, Rhode Island.“I’ll forever remember having walked inside and peeped through that HISTORIC Mandela jail cell (where he was held for most of his 27 years in unjust imprisonment) at the dreaded Robben Island, on March 27, 1998, alongside then Editor-in-chief of TIME magazine and later news chief EXECUTIVE of the CNN, Walter Isaacson (and others) when PRESIDENT BILL Clinton made his first official trip to South Africa and CAME to Robben Island. Come to this island of scourge and you will understand, in part, the simple greatness and towering grace of Nelson Mandela”, notes  Chido Nwangwu, award-winning writer, multimedia 
specialist and founder of USAfricaonline.com, the first African-owned U.S-based newspaper published on the INTERNET, in his first book; he writes movingly from his 1998 reporting from South Africa on Mandela. http://www.mandelaachebechido.com/

  Dr. Chido Nwangwu, moderator of the Achebe Colloquium (GOVERNANCESECURITY, and PEACE in Africa) December 7-8, 2012 at Brown UNIVERSITY in Rhode Island and former ADVISER on Africa business/issues to the Mayor of Houston, is the Founder & Publisher of Houston-based USAfrica multimedia networks since 1992, first African-owned, U.S-based newspaper published on the INTERNET USAfricaonline.com; CLASSmagazine, AchebeBooks.com, the USAfrica-powered e-groups of AfricanChristians, Nigeria360 and the largest pictorial events megasite on the African diaspora www.PhotoWorks.TV . He was recently profiled by the CNN International for his pioneering and impactful multimedia works on African and American interests. @Chido247


Boko Haram: SkyNews London interview wt USAfrica Publisher Dr. Chido Nwangwu on BOKO HARAM vs BUHARI (Nigeria’s President inaugurated May 29, 2015). Interview on May 30 (Houston) May 31 (London) 2015

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VIDEO #CNN special #CHIBOK Girls n #BokoHaram Live intvw wt the Founder of USAfrica multimedia and public POLICY networks Chido Nwangwu. CNN anchors John Berman n Michaela Pereira.  

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Sharmoofers: The Sound of Cairo

Egyptian duo Ahmed Bahaa and Moe El-Arkan discuss their music – a fusion of Arabic rock, reggae and rock.

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