Category Archives: Africa

Kenyan with 2 Legs and a Dream

              In the beginning, I grew up in a family of 11 with only 1 working mother. In order to keep her children healthy and alive, she had split us up to go live with her other family so that she could take care of a portion of us. I was one of the ... Read More »

Great Migration: Alabama to California

  Editor’s Note:  Many African-Americans trace their roots back to slavery, but often the specific family’s early history in America as well as their country of origin has been erased.  The story of these families are an integral part of the American story and slavery was a form of forced immigration. We pick up the family story as far back ... Read More »

Student from Nigeria Looks to Enhance Skills and Business Opportunities

Interviewee’s name: Stephen Country/place of origin: Nigeria Year of immigration: 2017 City and State where they settled in the United States: Rialto, California What was your motivation for migrating to the United States from Nigeria? The motivation was to have good life( to find greener pastures). Economic motivation: Economic hardship has been a powerful “push” factor for me.  Economic hardship ... Read More »

From a Small Town to Bustling City (Tanzania)

My name is Sylivia, I was born in Bukoba, Tanzania on April 14, 1979. The early days in my hometown Bukoba are still in my fond memories. I grew up with my younger sisters under our loving parents. My father was a businessman, and my mother was a house mom. Our parents worked hard and afforded a decent life for ... Read More »

War Bride from Algeria

My great grandma’s name is Paule Lucienne Zahara Kalfon she is from Algeria her and her family were Sephardic Jews and lived there during the holocaust. I interviewed my dad about my great grandma (she goes by nana, it’s what she wanted to be called after I was born). She is my dad’s grandmother. I interviewed my Dad about her ... Read More »

Journey from South Africa to Southern California

Jacqui can still remember when her brother Mark came home one day in June 1976 and told her parents that South Africa had no future and that the family should leave together. Jacqui was 8 at the time, but Mark was ten years older and had recently entered into the police force due to South Africa’s compulsory military service. It ... Read More »

Eritrean Exodus – Ghezae’s Story

Ghezae Kidane tells his story to an audience in Palo Alto. He fled his home country of Eritrea when his stint in the national service looked never-ending. He is part of a mass exodus of young Eritreans who have become frustrated with the arbitrary rules of their “President-for-Life.” They risk their lives to escape. AUnited Nations Commission of Inquiry concluded ... Read More »

Eyrus (Ethiopia)

It was a light winter rain in Ethiopia. I was very angry when I left home that day because of what happened yesterday. I wish life was not so difficult, that my dad was not so strict. I thought this because my dad said that I was not allowed to hang out with my friends, after I arrived home late yesterday. It felt like I could not do ... Read More »

Endless Reminisce (Kenya)

I never knew God’s plan for me would’ve been this amazing until now that I look back and see all that I have accomplished through Him. After three long months of boarding school, my seven siblings and I were surprised with the news from my dad that we were going to go visit our “[cucu] sho-sho”–grandma. Our grandma lived in ... Read More »

Arthur Kinyanjui

Upon his arrival to the United States of America, one of Arthur Kinyanjui’s many curiosities involved a McDonald’s drive-thru. The Kenyan native was shocked at the sight of his host speaking into a black box that projected voice. “Microphone?” he laughs today. “That was a big one.” Although Arthur had been born and raised in Central Province, one of Kenya’s ... Read More »