• A story from Uganda: how money transfer services are changing lives in Africa

    A story from Uganda: how money transfer services are changing lives in Africa

      “It has not been an easy thing, it has been a struggle”  Samuel Opio was born on Christmas day 1986 in Oyam district in northern Uganda. The young man is tall and crisply dressed; gently spoken with a brilliant smile that’s never far away. He lives with his small family and baby daughter in Gulu. The eighth child in a family of ten, life at first was happy.   Samuel Opio (photo: WorldRemit)   Although his father worked away for long […]

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  • A look into the Burundian community in Victoria

    A look into the Burundian community in Victoria

      Burundians started arriving en masse in Australia in the mid-2000s. Many have settled in major capital cities of Australia including Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Sydney. Approximately 2000 Burundians live in Australia and 300 of those now live in Victoria, according to the 2011 Census. In 2005, a group of Burundians in Melbourne founded an association called “Australian Burundian Community in Victoria Inc. (ABCV)”. They created this organization as a platform to enable them to get together, maintain and promote their […]

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  • The death of the legendary African musician Papa Wemba

    The death of the legendary African musician Papa Wemba

    A few days ago, America mourned the death of Prince in Minneapolis and now the whole of Africa is mourning the death of renown Congolese musician Papa Wemba, who collapsed and died  on Sunday morning while performing at a festival in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Papa Wemba was aged 66.                     Born Shungu Wembadio, Papa Wemba started his music in religious choirs and was later able to pioneer a blend of African, […]

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  • Kot Monoah talks to AMA about the Moomba brawl

    Kot Monoah is the chairperson of the South Sudanese Community of Victoria Inc. This young lawyer is very actively involved in his community and passionate about making a difference for his people and contributing to a more harmonious multicultural Australia. In a telephone interview with AMA’s Clyde Sharady, he laments the violence recently perpetrated by some section of the South Sudanese youth group in Melbourne.         Kot Monoah points out that whilst the Moomba brawl involved both South Sudanese […]

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  • This lawyer has outraged his community and is now feeling the heat over his deportation comments

    This lawyer has outraged his community and is now feeling the heat over his deportation comments

    The recent comments made by the now renowned South Sudanese-Australian lawyer Deng Adut in the media about the South Sudanese youths, who participated in the recent Moomba brawl in Melbourne has divided the South Sudanese Diaspora community. Whilst the community is united in strongly condemning the violence and antisocial behaviours of these youngsters, some believe that the comments were not just unfair, but they also constituted an attack on the civil rights of these young people, a majority of whom […]

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  • A new book about social change is getting the African community in Melbourne very excited

    From personal reflection to Collective reflection, this is the title of a new book published by the French-Cameroonian engineer, Adriana Bito, a passionate social activist who wants to bring about social change for disadvantaged groups. The book combines her personal reflection and professional experience, as a Continuous  Improvement Engineer. It provides a toolkit to help achieve positive social change, modelling scientific concepts used by major corporations to achieve continuous improvement of their products and their organisations.   Adrianna recently launched the book in Melbourne and several community members from different backgrounds attended the event and […]

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  • A story from Uganda: how money transfer services are changing lives in Africa
  • A look into the Burundian community in Victoria
  • The death of the legendary African musician Papa Wemba
  • Kot Monoah talks to AMA about the Moomba brawl
  • This lawyer has outraged his community and is now feeling the heat over his deportation comments
  • A new book about social change is getting the African community in Melbourne very excited
 

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  • A story from Uganda: how money transfer services are changing lives in Africa

    A story from Uganda: how money transfer services are changing lives in Africa

      “It has not been an easy thing, it has been a struggle”  Samuel Opio was born on Christmas day 1986 in Oyam district in northern Uganda. The young man is tall and crisply dressed; gently spoken with a brilliant smile that’s never far away. He lives with his small family and baby daughter in Gulu. The eighth child in a family of ten, life at first was happy.   Samuel Opio (photo: WorldRemit)   Although his father worked away for long […]

    Continue reading »

  • A look into the Burundian community in Victoria

    A look into the Burundian community in Victoria

      Burundians started arriving en masse in Australia in the mid-2000s. Many have settled in major capital cities of Australia including Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Sydney. Approximately 2000 Burundians live in Australia and 300 of those now live in Victoria, according to the 2011 Census. In 2005, a group of Burundians in Melbourne founded an association called “Australian Burundian Community in Victoria Inc. (ABCV)”. They created this organization as a platform to enable them to get together, maintain and promote their […]

    Continue reading »

  • The death of the legendary African musician Papa Wemba

    The death of the legendary African musician Papa Wemba

    A few days ago, America mourned the death of Prince in Minneapolis and now the whole of Africa is mourning the death of renown Congolese musician Papa Wemba, who collapsed and died  on Sunday morning while performing at a festival in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Papa Wemba was aged 66.                     Born Shungu Wembadio, Papa Wemba started his music in religious choirs and was later able to pioneer a blend of African, […]

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  • Migrants and refugee communities are complaining about “racial profiling” in Australian media

    Migrants and refugee communities are complaining about “racial profiling” in Australian media

      Increasingly more ethnic community groups in Australia are complaining about the way they are represented in mainstream media publications. Some communities are  even talking about  “media racial profiling”, borrowing a concept that is generally used when the police and other law enforcement agents unfairly target individuals from a specific racial group.   As a means to help address this important aspect of the welfare and prosperity of migrant communities  in Australia, Africa Media Australia (AMA) and the National Ethnic and Multicultural Broadcasters’ Council […]

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  • Ready to undress? This may be for you

    Ready to undress? This may be for you

      Are you willing to take part in a social experiment to find your match? Psychological research suggests that attraction can be accelerated by answering increasingly intimate questions within a tight 30-minute timeframe. SBS Australia is launching a matchmaking experiment in which you will be paired with a potential partner . Are you ready to let go of all of the inhibitions that might stand in the way of finding your soul mate….. Are you brave enough to undress down […]

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  • Addressing racism, bigotry and misrepresentations of migrant communities in Australian media

    Addressing racism, bigotry and misrepresentations of migrant communities in Australian media

      The inaugural National Conference on Migration, Media and  Integration /Social cohesion will take place in Melbourne on 31st May and 1st June 2016. This conference is an opportunity for our communities to highlight issues, challenges, and opportunities in relation to media representations of migrant/ethnic communities in Australian media.   click here to register for the conference As part of this conference, we are inviting you to have your say and contribute to a positive change in this area. Please take […]

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  • Melbourne’s Christian community to celebrate Jesus Festival

    Melbourne’s Christian community to celebrate Jesus Festival

     The Inaugural Jesus Festival Melbourne (JFM) 2016 will take place on Saturday, May 14th at Footscray Park, in Melbourne West. This Christian event seeks to celebrate Jesus as Lord and saviour and the work he has done in the lives of the believers. The theme of the one-day festival “Multicultural Praise and Worship” and the festival will seek  to highlight the contribution of multicultural churches in Australia’s Christianity.  This is a whole day family friendly event with plenty of praise […]

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  • Kot Monoah talks to AMA about the Moomba brawl

    Kot Monoah talks to AMA about the Moomba brawl

    Kot Monoah is the chairperson of the South Sudanese Community of Victoria Inc. This young lawyer is very actively involved in his community and passionate about making a difference for his people and contributing to a more harmonious multicultural Australia. In a telephone interview with AMA’s Clyde Sharady, he laments the violence recently perpetrated by some section of the South Sudanese youth group in Melbourne.         Kot Monoah points out that whilst the Moomba brawl involved both South Sudanese […]

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  • This lawyer has outraged his community and is now feeling the heat over his deportation comments

    This lawyer has outraged his community and is now feeling the heat over his deportation comments

    The recent comments made by the now renowned South Sudanese-Australian lawyer Deng Adut in the media about the South Sudanese youths, who participated in the recent Moomba brawl in Melbourne has divided the South Sudanese Diaspora community. Whilst the community is united in strongly condemning the violence and antisocial behaviours of these youngsters, some believe that the comments were not just unfair, but they also constituted an attack on the civil rights of these young people, a majority of whom […]

    Continue reading »

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  • A new book about social change is getting the African community in Melbourne very excited

    A new book about social change is getting the African community in Melbourne very excited

    From personal reflection to Collective reflection, this is the title of a new book published by the French-Cameroonian engineer, Adriana Bito, a passionate social activist who wants to bring about social change for disadvantaged groups. The book combines her personal reflection and professional experience, as a Continuous  Improvement Engineer. It provides a toolkit to help achieve positive social change, modelling scientific concepts used by major corporations to achieve continuous improvement of their products and their organisations.   Adrianna recently launched the book in Melbourne and several community members from different backgrounds attended the event and […]

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  • Renowned lawyer calls on  African-Australians to wave the African flag in Australia

    Renowned lawyer calls on African-Australians to wave the African flag in Australia

    Jimmy Morcos is an Australian lawyer and a Partner of Sabelberg Morcos Lawyers since 2009. This renowned Melbourne-based lawyer has acted on behalf of many members of multicultural communities based in Australia in complex legal and immigration matters. Through his work, Mr. Morcos has also travelled all around the world to represent multinational companies. He has also worked on Australian Government task forces in Christmas Island.       Mr. Morcos currently represents a wide range of international companies, including […]

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  • Home ownership, real estate investment and negative gearing in African communities

    Home ownership, real estate investment and negative gearing in African communities

    Real estate is not just about having a roof over one’s head. Beyond the nice looking houses, buildings and skyscrapers being erected or renovated all over the place, there is obviously a very a big industry and massive business opportunities! In fact, in Australia, real estate has just overtaken the mighty mining industry to become the most profitable industry, bringing the highest amount of tax revenue to the Australian government. Does the real estate boom in Australia mean anything for African-Australian communities? Many migrants communities in Australia […]

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  • A court case in Europe that got the Eritrean Diaspora around the world to hold its breath

    A court case in Europe that got the Eritrean Diaspora around the world to hold its breath

        A Court in Amsterdam struck down Meseret Bahlbi lawsuit against Mirjam van Reisen, Dutch professor and human rights advocate. The judge found that she was not guilty of libel and slander and that the youth party of the Eritrean government can be seen as a means of collecting intelligence abroad. The decision comes as a huge relief not only for the Dutch professor, but also for the Eritrean diaspora [opposition] across Europe.   When the case was heard […]

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  • African Diaspora promoting Africa’s business opportunities to international investors

    African Diaspora promoting Africa’s business opportunities to international investors

    There is no doubt Africa is rising as a global economic power. The continent is increasingly attracting the interest of international investors from all corners of the globe. From Chinese to Arabs, Europeans and Americans, everyone wants to do business in Africa and get a piece of the cake. Africa is no longer seen as a basket case and a burden to the rest of world. It is becoming a “sexy” investment destination. Despite the recent downturn in the resources industry,there are plenty of […]

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  • Young, wild and free! Our young ones have interesting things to say

    Young, wild and free! Our young ones have interesting things to say

    African-Australian teenagers are growing up in a very challenging environment. Many of them say that it is often difficult for them to be able to balance the expectations of the two cultures they find themselves in, namely the African culture that their parents often want to instil on them and the Australian culture that their peers and the rest of the society invite them to adopt.    These young Afro-Australians say they are young wild and free   The clash […]

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  • 20 Schools in Melbourne evacuated fearing shootings and bomb attacks.

    20 Schools in Melbourne evacuated fearing shootings and bomb attacks.

      Approximately 20 schools have been either evacuated or placed in lockdown following a wave of suspicious phone calls  threatening shootings and/or bombings early this week. The affected schools have had to implement their emergency management plans and notify parents, according to Deputy Premier James Merlino who held a press conference together with Victoria Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton.   Victoria Police Chief Commissioner speaks to the media about threatening calls (Photo source: Herald Sun) The Deputy Premier has called the people behind […]

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  • Victoria Police top cop speaks to AMA about African communities.

    Victoria Police top cop speaks to AMA about African communities.

        The newly appointed Victoria’s top cop, Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton, recently  granted an interview to AMA at his Flinders Street Office in Melbourne CBD. Mr Ashton, who has been on the job for only six months responded to over a dozen questions from AMA’s Clyde Sharady and discussed  several issues affecting Victoria Police’s work in the community broadly, as well as its work and engagement with Victoria’s African community in particular. Social cohesion Chief Commission Ashton says that he has […]

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  • What do African-Australians think of Australia day? True blue Afro-Aussies?

    What do African-Australians think of Australia day? True blue Afro-Aussies?

      After the celebrations and the demonstrations related to Australia day, it’s time for some reflection. What does Australia day mean for us African-Australians, as members of new and emerging communities in this great nation of Australia? Are we “True blue” Aussies? Can we even claim to be ‘true blue Aussies? May be ‘True blue black” Aussies?   Two African-Australian celebrate Australia Day (Photo: www.sgtalk.org)   The first surprising thing about this Australia day is that almost no prominent African-Australian community leader around the […]

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  • These four young Africans want to change how we ship goods to Africa.

    These four young Africans want to change how we ship goods to Africa.

    Shipmate founders. (Photo source : techpoint.ng)   Four young Africans have come up with a great business idea that is about to change how you ship goods from overseas to Africa. As more and more Africans in the diaspora travel between their new homes and their countries of origin, this presents an opportunity to transport goods to Africa and deliver them in a fast and secure way.     Four young Africans based in the US have seen this as an […]

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  • This proud son of Africa delivers a memorable Australia Day speech in Sydney. Read the full transcript on AMA

    This proud son of Africa delivers a memorable Australia Day speech in Sydney. Read the full transcript on AMA

      Firstly, I would like to acknowledge the traditional owners of this land, past and present, the Gadigal people of the Eora nation. Ten years ago, Clover Moore, the lord mayor of Sydney, talked at the National Maritime Museum. She said: today, as we mark the beginning of Refugee Week, it is important to remember that all non‐Indigenous Australians are immigrants to this land.’ She continued, ‘From the perspective of thousands of years of Aboriginal custodianship, the rest of us […]

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  • 30 websites that will make you smarter. A must read for anyone interested in personal development.

    30 websites that will make you smarter. A must read for anyone interested in personal development.

        Lolly Daskal from “Leadership Within”, recently compiled a list of wonderful websites that help improve knowledge and provide learning skills in a variety of areas.  Lolly laments that “most of us spend some amount of time–sometimes a lot!–online. Instead of chasing after provocative headlines and weird old tricks, why not spend time on sites that will make you smarter in life, shrewder in business, and wiser in leadership?”     Lolly presents 30 of the best sites for professional […]

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