Letter from the Editor: August 2019

Godwin Ifedi Editor Photo by Darren Goldstein/DSG Photo.

Good morning all

Hope you are all enjoying your summer. Our Top Story for August is victory of Cameroon at the Nosa Ogbebor memorial soccer tournament. This event was held in honour of late Nosa Ogbebor, a very active member of the Nigerian community who tragically died during a soccer game in 2018.

Black Ottawa Scene is particularly excited to bring our readers the first of a new series, a monthly report from Rawlson King, Ottawa’s first Black elected Municipal council member. King will provide our readers with insight on the workings of City Hall.

We also bring you interesting pieces from our Guest Columnist Robin Browne on his experience of racism at one of Canada’s renowned water parks. Psychologist Helen Ofosu continues her series on Building Resilient Careers on the side hustle, while Bishop Jacob Afolabi weighs in on the purpose of life.

Summer inevitably brings out the best in Ottawa’s social scene with baberques by various community groups: Ghana, Uganda, Burundi and Nigeria.

August brings some sad news with the passing of members of our diverse communities: Caribbean pioneer Ivy Fagan; Nigerian community leader Elizabeth Okusanya; Somali-Canadian journalist Hodan Nalayeh killed in Somalia hotel attack, and rapper Ryan Kabuya-Ntumba, a victim of stand-by shooting at the Byward market.

All these and more in the August 2019 edition of Black Ottawa Scene.

Here is the result of the July 2019 poll: Do you feel the Toronto Raptors are capable of winning the 2020 NBA championship?

Yes 71 % No 29%

Thank you to all who voted. Meanwhile here is the August 2019 poll: Is this summer hotter than last year?

Remember to keep the letters to the editor coming.

Enjoy your summer.

Godwin Ifedi


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