The founder and CEO of Africa 400 Years, Prince Adekoya has been honored with the Grand Marshal of the 25th anniversary of Jersey City Caribbean Community ‘CARICOM’ Carnival Parade in the United States.
His organization is also officially celebrated and commemorated in Hudson County for presenting a special Float of Unity for the festival, and for its work on behalf of the African Diaspora.
James Kennelly – Hudson County Communication Director, Prince Adekoya – Founder Africa400Year.ORG, Cheryl Murphy – Founder/CEO Jersey City West Indian, Caribbean American Carnival Assoc. Inc.
The citation and proclamation were made on behalf of the county by Thomas DeGise, County Executive, County of Hudson, State of New Jersey.
“I am happy and humbled to be awarded the proclamation on behalf of Africa400.org,” said Adekoya. He was even happier for being a Nigerian—as Nigerians are, according to him, are always positive wherever they are in spite of challenges back at home.
The citation was given to him in recognition of his personal efforts as a community leader and professional in Hudson.
“I am happy an excited the county and the government sees this,” he told Being Nigerian, noting there are lots of African Americans, Caribbean-Africans and others who deserve this award.
“I just happen to be in the right place at the right time. I am not taking credit for this. I just thank God for the opportunity to serve my people in fostering peace and development especially among women.”
The honor goes to individuals recognized for their commitment to African culture and family values and other humanitarian activities.
Adekoya’s Africa 400Years.Org was founded in 2018, and its objectives are to unite all Black nations, foster their development, and keep their youth well informed of their roots.
“We believe all humans come from Africa, despite our different geographical locations. We believe we all Africans should come together and unite and foster African growth so we can be the Motherland we are supposed to be instead of the third world countries they call us,” he said.
According to him, a lot of things are going on now in Nigeria, and he hopes the most populous Black nation on earth can do better.
“A lot of people, including me are working on that. Things are going to get better. We are the giant of Africa. And we remain so. We just need more communication, more collaboration, and more transparency,” the clergyman said.
The parade is one of the annual events where Africans celebrate their homeland’s cultural heritage in Hudson, a county Adekoya described as one of the richest counties in the US, and immigrant-friendly.
Carribean nations have been the biggest source of black migrants to the U.S., both before and after slavery abolition, and its exactly 400 years since the abolition.
Iceberg Slim apologized after break-up with Juliet Ibrahim
Iceberg Slim, the boyfriend of the Ghanaian actress and movie producer, Juliet Ibrahim, has openly apologized to her for his wrongdoings which led to their failed relationship.
The duo started dating in 2016 and broke up over a year ago over undisclosed personal reasons.
Ghanaian actress Juliet Ibrahim and Nigerian rapper Iceberg Slim
The Nigerian rapper took to his Instagram to reveal the real cause of their break-up and apologized.
“Dear Juliet Ibrahim, thank you for everything. You loved me unconditionally, even at my lowest points and only wanted loyalty and honesty in return.
“Unfortunately, I have failed you along with everyone else that has seen our relationship and wished us well.
“Despite the pain and heartache I had caused you, you still found a way to rise and smile again.
“I lied, I cheated, I took your love for granted and in turn, I brought ridicule and shame to you. “From the bottom of my heart, I apologize. Why now? You may ask.
“In life, sometimes, you have to reveal in other to heal, and as I have revealed the true reason for our break-up, healing comes next.
“As we continue on our separate paths; I pray for God’s guidance,’’ he said.”
The apology came weeks after the 33-year-old Ibrahim launched her book: ‘A Toast to Life’ which was inspired by her many life experiences.
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#repost @omojuwa ・・・ “A Toast To Life” has got everything you’d expect of a woman in her early 30s but in the case of @julietibrahim , it’s got a whole lot more. Juliet and her family surviving back to back wars across Liberia (x2), Lebanon, Côte d’Ivoire, living as refugees at times, before succour with a final reprieve from civil wars in Accra Ghana. By 16, she had seen more wars, lived through different cultures than most would in their entire life. The story is a story of a mother’s love and towering presence, it’s the story of dreams and the sweat and thoughts they require to become reality. A very funny rendition at times, it’s the story of the pain of beauty and the contradictions of stardom. A betrayal fest as men swooped in on her naivety, a constant quest for the search for self, of daring new experiences and choosing to live on one’s terms. It’s the story of giving back, especially with a story that defined the essence of that – family. It’s the story of an African girl whose experiences literally forced a layering of depths one may not have built but for forced experiences. A girl can dream, even through some of life’s challenges. A girl can thrive, even on the back of betrayals. A girl can love again, even when it’s seems like Love never wins. I totally enjoyed reading @atoasttolifebook to life. There was no holding back. It’s Juliet undressing herself for everyone to feast on. Whichever part of her many layers catches your attention, you’d be left definitely believing a little more in the power of life to keep helping us believers evolve and re-invent ourselves! You should read it! #AToastToLife #ATTLBook #JulietIbrahim #julietibrahimfoundation #Liberia #cotedivoire #Lebanon #Ghana #Nigeria #Nollywood #Authors #Books
According to her, the book is a deeply personal narrative of her triumph over adversities faced at different stages in her life and her journey to true self-love.
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Dear Fans and Friends, Months ago I decided it was time to face my day job and thus took off aspects of my private life off my social media handles. Usually, I follow trending stories about me and have a good laugh but not today. The only story here is that I decided to take any form of relationship I have off my social media and focus on my life and my career while juggling 2 countries . This move has sent the media crazy with insinuations about my private life. Please note that it is all about my day job on my social media handles going forward. If I need to let the world know about what’s going on in my private life, be rest assured that you will be the first to know. Until then, please disregard all fakes quotes allegedly coming from me and alleged interviews which never happened. God bless you all. Thank you for your love and support. 😘😘😘
Ibrahim was once married to a Ghanaian businessman with whom she had a son.
The mother of one made her first acting debut in 2005 in the film: ‘Crime to Christ’ and had after it featured in no less than 50 Nollywood films.
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Nigerian helps fellow LGBTQ asylum-seekers in New York
Edafe Okporo arrived in the United States from Nigeria in 2016 seeking asylum due to the persecution he faced in his native country for being gay.
Okporo is now using his own personal experience to help guide other LGBTQ asylum-seeking refugees at a shelter in Harlem, New York City.