About Us

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.

For more information, email us at: editor@blackottawascene.com


Godwin Ifedi Editor

Godwin Ifedi

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. 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.


Youth Editor
Kika Otiono

Kika Otiono

Kika Otiono was a student of the International Baccalaureate program at the Colonel By Secondary School. She was President of her school’s Black History Month and Book Clubs respectively.
 She is currently earning a Combined Honours degree in Humanities and Biology at Carleton University, in the hopes of continuing to intersect her love for writing and science to become a neurosurgeon and author. She enjoys classical and contemporary literature, exploring a variety of musical genres, as well as writing poetry and short stories. Her other hobbies include teaching herself the guitar, running, volunteering and musical theatre. Her future career goals are primarily in cognition/neurosciences and its impact on personhood and identity.   As Youth Editor, Kika is responsible for moderating the Youth In Action page, featuring contributions from and about Black youth such as:  reports on school and community events; book, movie and entertainment reviews; interviews; feature articles; short stories; poetry and other items showcasing young people in our community. Young people wishing to contribute to the Youth In Action page can contact Kika directly at: bookluver0@gmail.com.