Letter from the Editor: February 2020

Godwin Ifedi Editor Photo by Darren Goldstein/DSG Photo.

Good morning folks

Happy Black History Month! Unquestionably our Top Story this month is the launching of the 2020 version of Black History Month at the Shaw Centre, with an attendance of over 400 people. Black History Ottawa outdid itself with an eclectic blend of inspirational speeches, musical entertainment and recognition of volunteer achievement via the BHO Community Builder awards. We also bring you the Martin Luther King Day celebration, in honour of the global civil rights icon.

Speaking of awards, we are delighted with the Order of Canada to retired Senator Donald Oliver and the Governor General’s award for Sylvia Hamilton. Guest Columnist and community leader Hector Addison contributes a most inspiring advice to fellow activists, with he title: “Keep your eye on the prize”, while psychologist Dr. Helen Ofosu gives her insight into online job scams. From the diaspora we bring you news of an amazing medical feat by Nigerian surgeons in successfully separating conjoined twins in a local hospital.

Sadly, Ottawa keeps losing its best and brightest; first with the untimely road crash death of Yolanda Wallace, followed by the firearm homicide of Manyok Akol, all in a space of weeks. Our heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased. To add to our heartbreak, as we go to press, we learn of the tragic passing of basketball great, Kobe Bryant.

All these and more in the February 2020 edition of Black Ottawa Scene.

Here is the result of the January 2020 poll: Have you made a new year resolution?

Yes 66% No 34%

Thank you to all who voted.

Be sure to participate in the February 2020 poll: Are you confident that Canada can cope with the corona virus that started out in China?

All the best to you and your loved ones.

Godwin Ifedi


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