December 2015: Letter from the Editor

Godwin Ifedi Editor

Godwin Ifedi

Good morning all

It’s a rather frosty minus eight degrees here in Ottawa as we welcome the last month of 2015. How the time flies! Not too long ago, we were complaining of the heat and humidity of the summer, as we always do (being Canadians!), now it’s  Mother Winter at the receiving end of what some would regard as mere belly-aching!

We end the year in grand style as we bring you  goodies galore for your pleasure. Top Story is the 25th wedding anniversary of Monty Domingo, President of the Sierra Leone Community Association, and his beautiful wife Patricia. Black Ottawa Scene was there to celebrate this happy milestone for one of the national capital’s power couples. Next in line is the milestones celebration of Nneka Ejiofor, who also happens to be the mother of our Associate Editor, Annette.  Three-month old Chibuike Hammond makes the headlines at a tender age, with his christening ceremony with family and friends. The annual Jamaican heroes’ award gala is also featured, with honours going to deserving members of this thriving community.  Speaking of Jamaicans, our own Ewart Walters garnered yet another deserving accolade, with the award of the Order of Ottawa by Mayor Jim Watson. Another award winner was Carleton University student Stanford Miaro, who received the Youth Leadership award from Crime Prevention Ottawa,  for his anti-bullying  “ManUP” initiative. Speaking of honours, Nigeria’s Under-17 soccer team, again did the country proud in Chile,  by retaining the World Cup of soccer, a trophy they have won a record five times!

Our interview features Trinidadian-born adolescent forensic psychiatrist, Dr. Greg Motayne, who offers readers significant insight into teen mental health and its impact on our community. Marsha Ayeni provides readers with her delightful review of popular TV program “Da Kink In My Hair” which brought its cast and crew to perform at Ottawa’s Little Theatre.  Guest columnist Janice Walz muses on mixed fortunes for black candidates in the October 19 Federal election.

All this and more in the December edition. Enjoy. But don’t forget to take part in our survey on the absence of Canadians of African descent in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet.

Wishing you all a happy Christmas and a peaceful prosperous New Year filled with love, luck and laughter!

Godwin Ifedi


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