Letter from the Editor May 2015

Godwin Ifedi Editor

Godwin Ifedi

Good morning folks

The saying: ” May showers bring spring flowers” could not be any more true in the national capital today as we plod through 15 cm of rain on our way to work, school and other errands. But it is certainly a welcome respite to what has been described as the coldest winter in Ottawa’s history.

History was made in Canada’s largest city, as Toronto announced news of the first black chief of police Mark Saunders, following on the footsteps of Winnipeg which had produced Canada’s first black chief of police. Our May edition continues its tradition of honouring our mothers on the 10 May Mothers’ Day. Those wonderful women that raised and nurtured us, stood by us when we needed them, no matter what. Community leader and HIV/AIDS activist Felicite Murangira is honoured with Top Story for this month. Our next offering is the Health and Wellness seminar organised by Black History Ottawa and their partners, addressed to a primarily senior audience. These seminars and workshops are vital in empowering our seniors to take responsibility for their health and well being. The annual Afro-Caribbean Cotillion continues to draw a diverse group of youth highlighting their growth to maturity in an exciting social celebration.

Our new feature Diaspora News features Nigerian billionaire philanthropist Tony Elumelu who has developed a unique mentorship program for aspiring African business entrepreneurs. Our readers would be very interested in the update to the Ottawa Police Race Traffic Stop project, which came out of an order from the Human Rights Commission following a traffic stop adjudged to have been based on racial profiling of a young black man. Our photo gallery showcases a young university student Delta Reuben whose photo subjects range from Africa to Europe. Guest writer Justina Ikwu returns to Black Ottawa Scene with an article on the influence of culture on body perception. A Culture Chic Affair brings you a new trade show by rsvp Event Planners, providing a forum for black entrepreneurs in the fashion industry to showcase their talents, products and services. Somali-born Abdul Abdi’s successful bid for the Tory nomination for the federal Ottawa West Nepean, is a reminder that the national capital still does not have even one sitting representative at the municipal, provincial or federal levels. We also feature a peaceful rally in Ottawa to protest the recent attacks and killing of innocent foreigners in cities across South Africa.

We offer these and more for the May edition. Enjoy!

Godwin Ifedi


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