This is the April 20th Edition of The Nubian News. In this issue we delve into the city council candidates. May 8th is the City election. Trentonians will elect three council people at-large and four ward representatives. This is an extremely important election for Trenton. TNN has kept a close eye on the candidates. Some of the candidates have taken a wide berth around The Nubian News. They haven’t responded to our questionnaires and have spent none of their advertising money with us. There are few Black businesses which deal in advertising. If they are not spending their ad dollars with TNN they probably are not spending those dollars with Black businesses. However in our last issue before the election we will look into their spending and report back to the community. If these candidates do not invest in our community they don’t deserve our vote.
Link to the online edition of the April 20, 2018 The Nubian News
The Next Einstein Forum (NEF) was launched back in 2013. The forum’s main goal is to empower scientific skills for human development. It works by linking science to society, African policymakers authorities and worldwide tech stakeholders.The platform is one of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) with Robert Bosch Stiftung as the co-partner. The 2018 NEF competition is taking place now in Kigali Rwanda starting from today 26th March.
The Next Einstein Forum, Global African Academia
African countries are set to put their signature to an agreement that will launch the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) in Kigali, Rwanda, on Wednesday.
The UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) has estimated the agreement’s implementation could increase intra-African trade by 52 percent by 2022, compared with trade levels in 2010.
Here’s what you need to know about the biggest trade agreement signed since the World Trade Organisation (WTO) was established.
What is AfCFTA?
African heads of government agreed to establish a continental free trade area in 2012 and started negotiations in 2015.
The agreement is set to be signed by all 55 member states of the African Union, bringing together 1.2 billion people with a combined gross domestic product (GDP) of more than $2 trillion.
The draft agreement commits countries to removing tariffs on 90 percent of goods, with 10 percent of “sensitive items” to be phased in later.
Read more about the momentous news
President Cyril Ramaphosa did not appear a stranger to the African Union as he strolled into the closing session of the African Continental Free Trade Area Business Forum in Kigali on Tuesday afternoon. In fact, there was a mild case of continental Ramaphoria in the audience of African businesspeople, politicians, officials and hangers-on as Ramaphosa declared:
“The issue of visas for Rwandese to South Africa, consider it as a matter that is solved.”
There were whoops and gasps from the room, then applause.
Just last month, former president Jacob Zuma wanted to hang on to the presidency a few months longer so he could introduce Ramaphosa to the AU and the Southern African Development Community.
Former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo welcomed Ramaphosa warmly, and congratulated him, and also “all of the people in South Africa for their transition”.
A high-ranking member of the Nigerian delegation, when asked about his country’s views, said the rest of the continent shared in the South Africans’ relief at the transition.
At the close of the session with Ramaphosa, the announcer enthusiastically declared:
“Can you feel the change? Change is in the air!”
Source: Ramaphosa wants single currency for Africa | The Citizen
Also See This article about Ramaphosa
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Link to The Nubian News newspaper online Vol 1 Number 4 10/27/2017
Do you trust your mayor?
If you do, what he said at his 3rd State of the City address Wednesday evening left you breathless.
If you don’t trust him you probably wonder what he’s been smoking.
I think the truth of our mayor lays somewhere in between. It rests with a people who hopes his plans and works will finally lead us down a glory path without his selling our souls and the city to the devil.
He said Trenton had attracted $634 million in investments during his three years. I wondered who did those thousands of jobs go to. You figure if you’re paying $50,000 a year you can hire about 12,000 people with that kind of money. Trenton wouldn’t have an employment issue if that had happened.
He spoke about Starbucks opening next month and the jobs that would bring. I’m interested in the faces who make up those position when it comes.
He said, “On September 21, we celebrated the grand opening and ribbon-cutting of Maestro Technologies, a big data technology company that is bringing approximately 200 jobs.” Are they bringing 200 people in or are they hiring 200 people from Trenton. You know that answer.
He says “I am fully committed to the residents of Trenton.” I hope that is true I want to believe it is true. I don’t know if I do though.
He has left in place a Police Director who has said some of our residents are ‘Hood Rats”. The relationship between us and the police has never been good and may never be good. For it to be as good as possible takes leadership who at the least respects those under him. When the top man demeans any of those he is there to serve trust cannot be established. Mayor Jackson doesn’t accept this.
He said, “I’m very proud of our police force, and Police Director Ernest Parrey, Jr., who has weathered a politically motivated storm for his terrible choice of words. We’ve talked about it privately at length and the behavior will not happen again. Our community supports Director Parrey because he’s effective, accessible, communicative and deferential.”
It doesn’t matter if he says it again, we now know its what’s in his heart. And holding his tongue is not going to change what is in his heart. George Wallace stopped calling Black people ‘n****r’ but most of us know he never changed his heart. The only motivation behind our concerns are Parrey’s words and deeds.
Unlike the mayor very few of us believe what Parrey thinks has changed because he’s holding his tongue. To relate to all the people most effectively there must be new leadership in the police department.
The mayor said, ‘Our city is on the global map again, a place where ideas can translate into opportunities for everyone who wants them. . . We’ve worked hard—not just in our leadership, competency and effectiveness, but in the momentum of our city’s transformation.”
For this city to transform, the relationship between the residents and the police must first be dealt with. How do you move forward if you don’t trust your best interest will be upheld by those who are supposed to protect and defend you? You can’t. Why would we believe someone cared about us and our sons who thinks of us a vermin? We don’t. Without trust in a relationship there is no relationship.
For the good of the people Director Parrey must go.
Speaking of the people – the mayor didn’t say much about us. He hasn’t stayed in touch with us and from the sound of it there is no plan to change that. Communications is key to any endeavor. He serves us. How can he be of service to us if he doesn’t talk with us and we don’t talk with him?
What’s up with the West Ward? I’ve heard nothing from anyone especially from our councilman. North Ward? Nothing tonight. With all the money spent in Trenton we should be in a far better place than where we are. It’s like the school system, we spend billions and get so little return on our investment. Mr. Mayor we now expect more for our money, much more. Pay close attention Mr. Mayor. The times they are a changing.
He introduced the new superintendent of schools, Dr. Frederick McDowell. He said, Dr. McDowell would, “lead our district to a new level of excellence and achievement.” If they think we’ve been experiencing excellence they know something we don’t know.
Education and jobs got a very light touch in his speech. The way we see it those are the most critical activities which need to be addressed. As The Nubian News grows we will reach out to the mayor and the superintendent to learn their exact plans.
They want to be leaders, we expect them to do the work of leadership. So far we are not impressed. As they say you don’t have to listen to the words – the proof is always in the pudding.
Overall, though not overwhelmed by the speech, we aren’t dismayed. We stand with him now (though Parrey has to go). But come May, we expect more meat and potatoes on our plates.
The people of Trenton are rising, going to a better level, hopefully Mayor Jackson will lead us there. Regardless, we’re going.
Our children are dying, our mothers and grandmothers are crying, our young men are despairing but not one word on the plan to stop the violence. Come on Man!
China has a plan to lift everyone out of poverty by 2020! 2020! What plan does the so-called richest country (USA) in the world have for eliminating poverty? None that I know of.
Decoding Xi’s report – Poverty relief
Source: Winning battle against poverty by 2020
Small Business Showcase
Sharing information on technical support for small businesses and highlighting local restaurants in Trenton.
Who: African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ)
What: Businesses presenting information about what they offer
Where: Lighthouse Outreach Ministry, 715 Bellevue Ave., Trenton
When: Wednesday, November 8, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Why: To inform, increase awareness, share information, link resources and provide opportunities for small business owners and public to connect.
Additional event details:
FREE and Open to the Public
IFEL – Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership
UCEDC – Resources and Solutions for Small Business
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The African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey, Inc., (AACCNJ) is dedicated to economically empowering and sustaining African American communities through entrepreneurship and capitalistic activities within the State of New Jersey and via interaction with the National Black Chamber of Commerce, Inc. (NBCC). The AACCNJ has been incorporated as a 501(c)(3) in accordance with the Internal Revenue Code and provides advocacy and support for businesses throughout the State of New Jersey.
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There is a thriving counter-current of transnational African literary life that confounds rather than caters to an international taste for “digestible” fiction.
African literature is the object of immense international interest across both academic and popular registers. Far from the field’s earlier, post-colonial association with marginality, a handful of star “Afropolitan” names are at the forefront of global trade publishing.
Books like Chimamanda Adichie’s “Americanah” and “Half of a Yellow Sun”, Teju Cole’s “Open City”, Taiye Selasi’s “Ghana Must Go” and Yaa Gyasi’s “Homegoing” have confounded neat divisions between Western and African literary traditions. The Cameroonian novelist Imbolo Mbue captured a million-dollar contract for her first book, “Behold the Dreamers”. That’s even before it joined the Oprah’s Book Club pantheon this year.
Source: New African literature is disrupting what Western presses prize