The African Women’s Alliance: Empowering African Women Around the World

A UN-Sponsored Organization In 1997, the United Nations helped several organizations combine their resources to found the African Women’s Alliance (“the AWA”). This international nonprofit enterprise draws upon the talents of African women residing in their own nations and across the world. It was incorporated in 2001 as a nonprofit organization. Its members hope to enhance the lives…

Dr. Evelyn Gitau: An African Immunologist in Search of Einstein 

Health risks and dangerous conditions such as malaria, pneumococcal infections, viral induced encephalopathy, and bacterial blood diseases continue to affect African populations, particularly children, across the continent. These matters also constantly keep Dr. Evelyn Gitau, a cellular immunologist from Kenya, busy in the lab and the field. Dr. Gitau believes that clinical immunity to malaria…

Nancy Abu-Bonsrah: Johns Hopkins’ First Black Female Neurosurgery Resident

Johns Hopkins Welcomes its First Black Female Neurosurgery Resident Nancy Abu-Bonsrah is now the first black female resident at the prestigious Johns Hopkins neurosurgery department. She was born and raised in the Ashanti region of Ghana until she moved to Maryland with her parents at the age of 15. After graduating high school at Hammond High School…

Top African and African-American Writers Among Winners Celebrated at PEN America’s Literary Awards

The 2017 PEN America Center Literary Awards evening touted a marvelous array of African and African-American authors among the writers recognized at this year’s gala. Celebrated at the New School’s glamorous John L. Tishman Auditorium on March 27, the winners reflect the complex tapestry of the African diaspora. The awards’ final night came with some surprises.…