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Diversity Visa Results Posted

Information around 2019 visa applications are now available online.

Are you one of the estimated 20 million people who applied for the American Diversity Immigrant Visa this year and want to know your USCIS case status? If so, the results have been posted on the USCIS website, dvlottery.state.gov. Also known as the Green Card Lottery, the diversity visa program is an opportunity for 50,000 people from countries around the world to immigrate to the United States and has played a major role in diversifying the origins of new Americans.


For the 2019 round people from every African nation with the exception of Nigeria were allowed to apply for the visas. Aimed at people from countries that haven't send significant numbers of immigrants to the United States in the previous five years, the diversity visa program has been under attack lately by immigration opponents inside the Trump administration. Last November, Trump announced he would be "starting the process of terminating the diversity lottery program." This was in response to a terrorist attack from an Uzbek national that had entered the United States legally using the visa lottery.

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services also announced today that it was recalling 8,543 Permanent Resident Cards, also known as "green cards," due to a production error. But not to worry if you're one of the affected green card holders, just return the problem green card and you will be sent a new one within 15 days of receiving the old one according the USCIS statement.

Here's what they say:

The recall does not affect these Green Card holders' status as lawful permanent residents. If affected individuals need to travel internationally or prove their lawful permanent residence while they wait for a replacement card, they may contact the USCIS Contact Center at 800-375-5283 to determine if they need additional proof.

Update 3:39 pm EST: we're being told on social media that the site is loading slowly and giving "time out errors."

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Wizkid, Tems, Black Coffee & More Nominated For 2022 Grammy Awards

See the full list of African artists honored during Tuesday's nomination ceremony.

Next year's Grammy nominations are in and Africa showed up and out!

The 64th annual Grammy music awards are on the horizon, and Tuesday's nomination ceremony covered a lot of ground within the music industry. Not surprisingly, Wizkid's Made In Lagos (Deluxe) received a nod for Best Global Music album, with the stellar and globally adorned track "Essence" featuring Nigeria's Tems being nominated for Best Global Music Performance. Nigerian favorites Femi and Made Kuti's joint project Legacy+ received a nomination under the Best Global Music Album category.

Other notable nods include; Beninese singer-songwriter Angélique Kidjo's collaboration with Nigerian powerhouse Burna Boy, as well her performance with American cellist Yo-Yo Ma received under the Global Music Performance category. South Africa's Black Coffee's album Subconsciously made its mark within the Best Dance/Electronic Music Album category with his own nomination, and Ghanaian artist Rocky Dawuni under Best Global Music Album.

The music ceremony will be hosted in Los Angeles, US on January 31 2022 and we're excited to see who snags the highly coveted awards during next year's ceremony. In the meantime, let us know on Twitter who you're excited to see perform.

Keep scrolling to see the full list of African artists nominated for next year's Grammy award ceremony.

Check out the full list of nominees here.

Best Global Music Performance

"Mohabbat," Arooj Aftab

"Do Yourself," Angelique Kidjo and Burna Boy

"Pà Pá Pà," Femi Kuti

"Blewu," Yo-Yo Ma and Angelique Kidjo

"Essence," Wizkid featuring Tems

Best Global Music Album

"Voice Of Bunbon, Vol. 1," Rocky Dawuni

"East West Players Presents: Daniel Ho and Friends Live in Concert," Daniel Ho and Friends

"Mother Nature," Angelique Kidjo

"Legacy +," Femi Kuti and Made Kuti

"Made In Lagos: Deluxe Edition," Wizkid

Best Dance/Electronic Music Album

"Subconsciously," Black Coffee

"Fallen Embers," Illenium

"Music Is the Weapon (Reloaded)," Major Lazer

"Shockwave," Marshmello

"Free Love," Sylvan Esso

"Judgement," Ten City

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