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How to Get Into an American or Canadian University as an African Student

So, you want to go abroad for studies? Here's how.

Do you want to go to school in North America? You're definitely not alone. International students make up about 5 percent of all students enrolled in post-secondary education in the United States, and the numbers for all of North America are growing. With over 150 universities in the United States and 26 in Canada in the QS World University Rankings, there are plenty of highly rated institutions to choose from. Here's how to get started.

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St Louis, Senegal. Photo via Yoann Gauthier on Flickr

How One Senegalese City Plans to Cash in on its History, Heritage and Culture

What's stopping us from unleashing the Bilbao effect on African cities?

A few years back while backpacking across West Africa (Ivory Coast to Benin) I spent a few days in Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso. I was in the search of mystical catfish found in a river in a small village in this town. My Burkinabe friends in Abidjan had told me about how these catfish were revered by the villagers. I had heard about the elaborate mourning ceremonies whenever any of them died, the multi-day funeral processions. That was how I found myself in this unique village split into four distinct areas for Muslims, Animists, Griots (Storytellers, drummers etc.) and iron-workers.

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Macmillan Children's Publishing Group

Tomi Adeyemi On Writing the Best and Blackest Fantasy Novel of the Year

We speak to the young Nigerian-American author of "Children of Blood and Bone" about the Yoruba themes in her book, colorism, asserting the power of blackness in fantasy and more.

Children of Blood and Bone is the fantasy novel we deserve.

The buzzed about literary debut of 24-year-old Nigerian-American writer Tomi Adeyemi creates a universe where black people are seen, and not just in the periphery way that we appear in many young adult fantasy novels. In Children of Blood and Bone, Hogwarts is traded in for a land called "Orisha," and the bespectacled, wand carrying white protagonist is instead a staff-totting black girl with silver tresses and magical powers.

It's the untold fantasy, transformative in the way it allows for African culture to take center stage. Children of Blood and Bone is brimming with references to Yoruba spirituality, language and tradition. Much like Black Panther—which Adeyemi, like all of us, is a major fan of—the book is another status-quo-defying work that places a black narrative, told from a black perspective, on a global platform. The two are constantly brought up in the same conversations due to their unmistakable blackness as well as their cultural and commercial success. Children of Blood and Bone is sitting comfortably at the top of the young adults best-sellers list where it has been since its release last month.

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