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A former Mshale editor, Julia Nekessa Opoti is now the producer and host of the radio show: Reflections of New Minnesotans on AM950 . She also edits/publishes Kenya Imagine

Kenya’s Ambassador promises to ‘clean house’

Kenya’s Ambassador promises to ‘clean house’

Elkanah Odembo, Kenya’s ambassador to the United States, was in Minnesota in June to celebrate Madaraka Day with Kenyan Minnesotans; commemorating forty-eight years since Kenya attained internal self-rule from the…

Midiwo-Odembo: Invest in Women for best returns

Midiwo-Odembo: Invest in Women for best returns

Hopkins, Minnesota - At a breakfast meeting in June, Aoko Midiwo Odembo encouraged Kenyan women to pursue their dreams, participate in business enterprise and to offer each other support.

Obama Offers Relief for Liberian Immigrants

Obama Offers Relief for Liberian Immigrants

President Barack Obama has given a 12-month extension to thousands of Liberian immigrants who are on a temporary immigration status in the US.

Nurses Fight Domestic Violence

Nurses Fight Domestic Violence

"I have killed the woman that mess my life up," Michael Collins Iheme a 51-year old Nigerian immigrant said in a phone call he made to police in St. Louis…

Film Review: Pray the Devil Back to Hell

Film Review: Pray the Devil Back to Hell

The rebels fought for resources. Charles Taylor fought to stay in power. Young boys were recruited to fight in a war they barely understood. And the women of Liberia, they…

Liberian-Americans in Minnesota Want Option to Stay

Liberian-Americans in Minnesota Want Option to Stay

Robbinsdale, Minnesota--Their faces somber they milled into a church in Robbinsdale, a few miles from Brooklyn Park where many Liberians live. There was tension and fear in their voices as…

Editorial: Troubling Start to a New Year

Editorial: Troubling Start to a New Year

Every new year presents the opportunity for considered renewal, shedding our old coats, sporting new ones. This one should be no different even if it starts with particular difficulties.

African immigrant citizens challenge GOP challengers, celebrate election day in Minneapolis

African immigrant citizens challenge GOP challengers, celebrate election day in Minneapolis

A translator at the Brian Coyle Center, in Minneapolis, has been accused of telling voters to cast a ballot for Senator Norm Coleman.

Dispatch from Kenya: The Obama Effect

Dispatch from Kenya: The Obama Effect

Oct. 25th, Minneapolis— Senator Barack Obama is seen as transnational figure, one who transcends tribal and national politics, former Mshale Chief Editor, Edwin Okong’o found on a recent trip to…

Minnesotan Africans Engage in Local Politics

Minnesotan Africans Engage in Local Politics

You might remember that during the US mid-term elections two years, African immigrants were credited for steering Congressman Keith Ellison campaign to victory.  Ellison became the first Muslim to be…

Obama or McCain? First-time voter is “proud to be an American”

Obama or McCain? First-time voter is “proud to be an American”

For Madin Dula, this election is different. The thought of casting her vote makes her smile. This is her second U.S. presidential election, but the first one in which she…

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