Letter from the Editor: August 2015

Godwin Ifedi Editor

Godwin Ifedi

Good morning all

We bring you greetings from Canada’s national capital; yes among our many readers are many from outside Ottawa. In fact our tracking tool shows we have readers from as far away as Russia, Philippines, Brazil, USA, Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria and beyond.  For this month we wish to bring your attention to something we’ve not done in the past: focus on the survey poll. This month we pose an increasingly important question both for parents and their children: Is it OK for parents to read their children’s posts on Facebook and other social media, as part of their duty to protect their children? In this digital age, children are often exposed to unscrupulous people who use the internet to lure and abuse or harm them in all their innocence. But where does parental duty fit in alongside confidentiality and children’s privacy? We urge our readers not only to respond to the survey but send their detailed views via letters to the editor.

As in the past, we’re using the August edition to honour those who graduated from high school, trade school, college or university. These young men are our future and we salute them for their hard work and urge them to continue to grow and reach the very best of their potential. In the events section, we feature the Nigerian community mega picnic, Ottawa Police first annual Diversity Day , the Yasir Naqvi basketball competition,  Igbo Catholic community’s 5th anniversary celebration and the RPFNE gala celebrating Ontario’s diverse francophone communities.  Although Canada only got as far as the quarter finals in the recently concluded Women’s World Cup of soccer competition, we feature one of our stars, nineteen year old Kadeisha Buchannan, who received the coveted Young Player award for her outstanding and uplifting performance. With the Canadian Federal elections coming up in October, Ottawa’s black population held a strategy planning session, which we feature under “Black Votes Matter-Ottawa Plans ahead”.  We continue with our popular Diaspora news with a report on Zambia’s Namwali Serpell, who won the  sixteenth Caine Prize for African Writing. Our interview showcases AIDS activist and Founder of Braids for AIDS, Stachen Frederick, while guest columnist Rev. Paul Nwaeze gives readers a new perspective on the pro-life movement.

Our Top Story is one with a difference: eleven year old Chukwunwike Osiagwu who emerged as best student in his school for 2015, winning a string of awards in the process. We salute this amazing young man and wish him all the best as he heads to high school and all its new challenges. All these and more in the August edition.

Finally we urge you our readers to continue to send your comments on any and all aspects of our publication. Your views are important so keep them coming.  Meanwhile we hope you will continue to have a great summer, with losts of rest and relaxation.

Godwin Ifedi



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