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MKIDA Holds Annual Conference, Honors Graduands

The event, held at the Maple Grove Community Center, started off at 9am Saturday July 29th 2006. Different groups were set up to discuss several aspects of society that have an impact on education.

Oromia Chief Administrator Forges New Ties with U.S.


The Chief Administrator of the Oromia Regional State, Mr. Abadula Gemeda, was in the Twin Cities in July to meet with members of his community, the business community and supporters of his state. He was accompanied by staff from the Ethiopian embassy in Washington. Mr. Gemeda is also chairman of the Oromo People’s Democratic Organization (OPDO), one of the four parties that form the coalition called the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) which is currently in power in Ethiopia.

Girl Power – Educating and Empowering the Girl Child


In 1994, a group of girls and women got together, in response to the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China, creating an organization, Girls International Forum (GIF). The organization has been instrumental in empowering girls to take on issues affecting girls across the globe.


Redykyulass Crew Entertain, Inform and Inspire

The 2006 Redykyulass show delivered as advertised in Minneapolis during their annual US tour.  The material was new, and dare I say better.

Nigerian Engineers in Minnesota Celebrate 25 Years of Service to Country

When a group of Nigerian engineers met in Minnesota about 23 years ago with a vision of networking amongst each other, none of them imagined the growth that would ensue in the years that followed.

Supreme Court Clarifies Application of 1996 Deportation Law

On June 22, 2006 the United States Supreme Court issued a ruling in Fernandez-Vargas v. Gonzales in which the Court held that a 1996 provision of the Immigration and Naturalization Act (INA) could be applied to individuals who had been deported and subsequently reentered the country...

Be Careful When Making Loans to a Related Party


 If you lend money to your closely held corporation or to a member of your family, be sure to handle the transaction with all of the formalities of an "arm's-length" loan to a stranger. The IRS carefully scrutinizes loans where the lender and the borrower are "related."

“Digital” Bikini Lowers the Risk of Cancer

Are you concerned that the highly publicized “skimpy” swimsuits of today are damaging to your health? If this is a fear of yours, you need not worry for a new technology that would enable you to enjoy the sun in a safe way is currently on the market.

Book Review: Never Give Up by Kevin Winge

Minnesota Non-profit Assists Guguletu (South Africa) In the Fight against AIDS

Daara J Trio Brings Sene-rap Stateside

“I’ve got a story to tell,” Faada Freddy insists loudly over the mic, “rap music was born in Africa.”  If the crowd at the Loring Park Summer Music & Movie event consisted of mostly Africans, they would have roared their agreement.  But since a majority of the 1300 people in the audience probably claim northern European heritage, we stand there a bit befuddled. I could have sworn hip hop started up in Harlem, New York, back in the late 1970s.

Overseas Kenyans’ Dilemma: Remit Cash or Political Change


As we approach the 2007 general elections in Kenya, non-residents are grappling with the question of wither the country goes come January 2008.  Debate of the precise role of hundreds of thousands of Kenyans abroad has begun in earnest. A recent, widely circulated article by presidential aspirant Joseph Nyagah was no surprise. He exhorted the Kibaki administration to “involve Kenyans abroad in tackling the country’s problems”.

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