Letter from the Editor: April 2016

Godwin Ifedi Editor

Godwin Ifedi

Good morning all

I write with a heavy heart this money as my best friend, wife and mother of my children lies seriously ill in hospital. Please join my family in prayers for her recovery.

This month we present many interesting reports. on the social scene, we report on Mozambican singer Samito at the NAC, followed by the top of the bill Black History Month gala at the Museum of History. Our new series, Community Profile features the Ugandan Association of Ottawa. We ask other community organisations to send us their profiles so we can also showcase the wonderful work done by their volunteer leaders. Our interview showcases innovative teacher Crystal-Le Savage who has single-handedly taken on the job of planning and running a spectacular Black History Month event every year at her school. We feature an exciting historic archaeological finding of a renowned Black church in Toronto. People Making a Difference include Prime Minister’s Parliamentary Secretary Celina Caesar-Chavannes and cancer surgeon  Fahima Osman. Our Top Story features Ottawa’s “power couple” Yomi and Kelly Pratt who received accolades as they once again hosted another sold-out Black History Month gala. Our Youth In Action page continues to thrive with poems from Illil Ahmed and spoken-word artist Maya Bassude and a new feature – Dear Diary by Youth Editor Kika Otiono.

All this and more in the April edition. And don’t forget to participate in this month’s survey about the effect of the reported low morale within the Ottawa Police on their ability to serve our community.  Below is the result of the March survey:

Are you surprised that Donald Trump is leading in the Republican race for the US Presidential elections?

Yes: 59%

No; 41%

All the above and more in the April edition.


Godwin Ifedi


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