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Kelechi Nwankwo's quests on the path of academic excellence cause for joy

Special to USAfrica The Newspaper, Houston and

Increasingly, it would seem reasonably that the younger generation of Africans born here in the U.S. will move their level of academic outcomes to a higher level than their parents. It is with joy, therefore, that I share the story and views of another young member of the African community who is excelling among her peers in academics. She is the pretty and brilliant Miss Kelechi Ugoh Nwankwo. She is among those chosen for the summer of 2002 to attend one North Carolina's schools for gifted youth/children.
She will she will study English, Philosophy, Self and Society. She was born November 21, 1984, as the second daughter of Dr. Herbert Emenike Nwankwo, and Cordelia Onyeberechiya Nwankwo.

Her father informed that during the 2001 summer, she was among students selected from around the country that participated in the NASA SHARP Plus program in Science and Engineering at the California State University, Los Angeles, and has remained "No. 1 in her rising senior class at the Science and Mathematics Academy."

She will be featured in the Teens page A14 of the April 23, 2002 print edition USAfrica The Newspaper. Here are excerpts from the interview I had with her for Congratulations on your emerging academic excellence; and we're proud of you. What do you aspire to do?

Kelechi: I want to become a computer engineer

What are the major sources of your drive for academic excellence?
I really don't think I have a main drive, I just try to do everything that I do at my full potential so that I won't regret not trying my hardest.

Take a look at your Igbo and African heritage and compare those with the reality of where you're born, I believe, here in the U.S.
I think that being an American citizen and growing up in a culture semi-different from that of my surroundings has helped me to become a more rounded individual and more worldly b/c I understand that there is a world outside of America with different people, languages, cultures, and political societies.

What are your interests/hobbies?
I try to do a little bit of everything, I don't have a main interest or hobby

Any fav' artiste/songs/hero/heroines?
My favorite artistes are Michael Jackson and Bob Marley; favorite song is "If Only You Knew" by Patti LaBelle.

What is your guiding philosophy?
Right now it changes often; it would have to be to just live life and let things fall into place the way God intended for them to be.

Chido Nwangwu, recipient of the Journalism Excellence award (1997), is Founder and Publisher of (first African-owned U.S.-based professional newspaper to be published on the internet), USAfrica The Newspaper, and The Black Business Journal. He also serves as an adviser to the Mayor of Houston on international business (Africa) and appears as an analyst on CNN, VOA, NPR, CBS News, NBC and ABC news affiliates.

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DRUG DEALERS: The sad story of how Prince Nnaedozie Umegbolu, a 12-year old Nigerian-American kid was made to swallow 87 condoms filled with heroin from Lagos to New York.
Why Chinua Achebe, the Eagle on the Iroko, is Africa's writer of the century. By Chido Nwangwu

Jonas Savimbi, UNITA are "terrorists" in Africans' eyes despite Washington's "freedom fighter" toga for him. By SHANA WILLS

Nelson Mandela, Tribute to the world's political superstar and Lion of Africa  
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's burden mounts with murder charges, trials

Why Bush should focus on
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A KING FOR ALL TIMES: Why Martin Luther King's legacy and vision are relevant into 21st century.

DIPLOMACY Walter Carrington: African-American diplomat who put principles above self for Nigeria (USAfrica's founder Chido Nwangwu with Ambassador Carrington at the U.S. embassy, Nigeria)
Out of Africa. The cock that crows in the morning belongs to one household but his voice is the property of the neighborhood. -- Chinua Achebe, Anthills of the Savannah. An editor carries on his crusade against public corruption and press censorship in his native Nigeria and other African countries. By John Suval.
How far, how deep will Nigeria's human rights commission go?
Rtd. Gen. Babangida trip as emissary for Nigeria's Obasanjo to Sudan raises curiosity, questions about what next in power play?
110 minutes with Hakeem Olajuwon
Nigerian stabbed to death in his bathroom in Houston.
Cheryl Mills' first class defense of Clinton and her detractors' game 
It's wrong to stereotype Nigerians as Drug Dealers

Private initiative, free market forces, and more democratization are Keys to prosperity in Africa

Apple announces Titanium, "killer apps" and other ground-breaking products for 2001. iTunes makes a record 500,000 downloads.
Steve Jobs extends
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Since 1958, Achebe's "Things Fall Apart" set a standard of artistic excellence, and more. By Douglas Killam

Lifestyle Sex, Women and (Hu)Woman Rights. By Chika Unigwe

Johnnie Cochran will soon learn that defending Abacha's loot is not as simple as his O.J Simpson's case. By Chido Nwangwu

USAfrica The Newspaper voted the "Best Community Newspaper" in the 4th largest city in the U.S., Houston. It is in the Best of Houston 2001 special as chosen by the editors and readers of the Houston Press, reflecting their poll and annual rankings.

A young father writes his One year old son: "If only my heart had a voice...."

CNN International debate on Nigeria's democracy livecast on February 19, 2002. It involved Nigeria's Information Minister Prof. Jerry Gana, Prof. Salih Booker and Publisher Chido Nwangwu. Transcripts are available on the CNN International site.

Sharia-related killings and carnage in Kaduna reenact deadly prologue to Nigeria-Biafra war of 1967. By Chido Nwangwu.
Is Obasanjo really up to
Nigeria's challenge and crises? By USAfricaonline editorial board member, Ken Okorie. This commentary appears courtesy of our related web site,
Tragedy of Ige's murder is its déjà vu for the Yoruba southwest and rest of Nigeria. By Ken Okorie
What has Africa to do with September 11 terror? By Chido Nwangwu
Should Africa debates begin and end at The New York Times and The Washington Post? No
CNN, Obasanjo and Nigeria's struggles with
Why Obasanjo's government should respect
CNN and Freedom of the press in Nigeria.
Jonas Savimbi, UNITA are "terrorists" in Africans' eyes despite Washington's "freedom fighter" toga for him. By SHANA WILLS

Africa suffers the scourge of the virus. This life and pain of Kgomotso Mahlangu, a five-month-old AIDS patient (above) in a hospital in the Kalafong township near Pretoria, South Africa, on October 26, 1999, brings a certain, frightening reality to the sweeping and devastating destruction of human beings who form the core of any definition of a country's future, its national security, actual and potential economic development and internal markets.
22 million Africans HIV-infected, ill with AIDS while African leaders ignore disaster-in-waiting

Osama bin-Laden's goons threaten Nigeria and Africa's stability
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Africans reported dead in terrorist attack at WTC
September 11 terror and the ghost of things to come....
Will religious conflicts be the time-bomb for Nigeria's latest transition to civilian rule?
Bola Ige's murder another danger signal for Nigeria's nascent democracy.

In a special report a few hours after the history-making nomination, Founder and Publisher Chido Nwangwu places Powell within the trajectory of history and into his unfolding clout and relevance in an essay titled 'Why Colin Powell brings gravitas, credibility and star power to Bush presidency.'

Beyond U.S. electoral shenanigans, rewards and dynamics of a democratic republic hold lessons for African politics.
Bush's position on Africa is "ill-advised." The position stated by Republican presidential aspirant and Governor of Texas, George Bush where he said that "Africa will not be an area of priority" in his presidency has been questioned by Publisher Chido Nwangwu. He added that Bush's "pre-election position was neither validated by the economic exchanges nor geo-strategic interests of our two continents."

These views were stated during an interview CNN's anchor Bernard Shaw and senior analyst Jeff Greenfield had with Mr. Nwangwu on Saturday November 18, 2000 during a special edition of 'Inside Politics 2000.'
Nwangwu, adviser to the Mayor of Houston (the 4th largest city in the U.S., and immigrant home to thousands of Africans) argued further that "the issues of the heritage interests of 35 million African-Americans in Africa, the volume and value of oil business between between the U.S and Nigeria and the horrendous AIDS crisis in Africa do not lend any basis for Governor Bush's ill-advised position which removes Africa from fair consideration" were he to be elected president.
By Al Johnson