Black Ottawa Scene is a web-based monthly volunteer-run photo-news magazine published out of Canada’s national capital city and showcasing events organized by persons of African descent, or in which they play a pivotal or leadership role. This population is comprised of individuals who are of African, Caribbean or Black parentage or descent, regardless of their skin pigmentation. We endeavour to cover cultural and national festivals, educational and health forums and conferences, social and religious celebrations, events within the diplomatic circuit, plus personal stories such as weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, community awards, graduations, business innovations and other events that would interest our readers. A monthly feature is the one-on-one interview with one individual who has made or is making a difference in changing the lives of our community for the better. Finally, we encourage our readers to send topical articles or pictures for publication, subject to the Black Ottawa Scene policy on such submissions. And of course your feedback through letters to the Editor is invaluable in helping us make your visit to our website worth your while. Note: Black Ottawa Scene does not pay any remuneration for articles or photographs submitted for publication.
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Godwin Ifedi has been a Settlement Counsellor with the Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organisation (OCISO) since 2013, focusing on outreach to the Newcomer Information Centre and Somerset West Community Health Centre. He is a well-known figure in Ottawa’s Black community and beyond. He is the immediate Past President of Black History Ottawa, a registered Canadian charitable organization dedicated to promoting the heritage and contribution of people of African descent to Canada. He is also a former President of the Nigerian-Canadian Association of Ottawa. Godwin also served for several years on the Community and Police Action Committee (COMPAC), which addresses and seeks solutions to problems between the Ottawa Police Service and the city’s diverse populations.
He is currently a member of the Council of the Ontario College of Teachers, where he serves on the Editorial Board of their journal: Professionally Speaking. He has also served on the Boards of Directors of the Ottawa Social Planning Council and the Tanglewood-Hillsdale Community Association. Godwin is the recipient of a Certificate of Recognition in 2001 from the Government of Canada for outstanding volunteer work, and the 2011 United Way Community Builder award. His name is inscribed on the City of Ottawa Wall of Inspiration, for excellence in volunteer work, community outreach and civic engagement. Godwin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, and a Master’s degree in Health Administration from the University of Ottawa, and had worked variously as Senior Occupational Therapist and Unit Manager in various health institutions in Canada and Africa.
Kika Otiono is currently earning a Combined Honours degree in Humanities and Biology at Carleton University, and has received numerous awards for her writing, academic achievement, and volunteering. Her future career goals are primarily in cognition/neuroscience and its impact on personhood and identity.
She currently serves as the founder and President of Carleton University’s Women in Medicine and Science (CWIMS); editor of the College of Humanities’ literary journal ‘NORTH’; and planning committee member for the College of Humanities Annual Undergraduate Colloquium. Outside of school, Kika works part-time as a tele-counsellor at Carleton University’s Undergraduate Recruitment Centre and conducts biological research in evolution theory. Her hobbies include reading, listening to music, volunteering, and watching Netflix’s ‘Luke Cage’.
As Associate Editor, Kika is responsible for writing a general interest column under the byline: “In Perspective”. She will also be covering community events as well as engaging members of Ottawa’s Black community to encourage them to submit articles and reports that speak to the Black experience. You can contact Kika directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ililli Ahmed is a Grade 12 graduating student at Colonel By Secondary School, where she is the founder and Co-president of her school’s Intersectional Feminism Club and former Co-president of Colonel By’s Black History Month Club. She is also a member of the Ottawa Youth Engagement Committee, which aims to amplify the voices of marginalized youth at a municipal level. In the fall of 2018, Ililli will be attending the University of Ottawa to study in the specialized French immersion Conflict Studies and Human Rights program, with a minor in Political Science. Known to her friends and family as funny and kind, Ililli is a fierce activist regarding many different socio-political issues. Her hobbies include watching Netflix’s “the Get Down,” writing about her many opinions and listening to artists like Frank Ocean, SZA, Kendrick Lamar and Brockhampton.
As Youth Editor, Ililli is responsible for engaging Black youth in the Ottawa community and works to feature their writing on a variety of topics, ranging from critical commentaries and opinion pieces to poetry and short stories. Young people wishing to contribute to the Youth In Action page can contact Ililli directly at:email@example.com.