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Rami Malek Is the First Actor of Egyptian Origin To Win the Oscar for 'Best Actor'

"I am the son of immigrants from Egypt—I'm a first-generation American," he declares.

Rami Malek just made Oscar history.

The actor, who knocked out his portrayal of Queen's Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody, took the golden statue winning the award for 'Best Actor.' This makes him the first actor of Egyptian origin to win this award.


In his heartfelt acceptance speech, Malek first acknowledged his family, especially his father who has since passed away—saying he believes he would be proud of him and his journey to such an achievement.

"I am the son of immigrants from Egypt—I'm a first-generation American," he declares. "Part of my story is being written right now and I could not be more grateful to each and every one of you and everyone who believed in me...this is something I will treasure for the rest of my life."

Watch his full speech below.

Congrats, Rami!

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How Relocating to Ghana Helped Reinvigorate Jewelry Designer Aisha Asamany's Work

Moving to Ghana gave Aisha Asamany's luxury jewelry brand, inspired by Adinkra symbols that traditionally project strength, fearlessness, love and power, renewed verve to tell personal stories of her growing clientele.

In 2019, the government of Ghana made a global splash with its Year of Return initiative – the campaign sought to encourage the African diaspora to return home to the continent, specifically to Ghana.

Linked to the 400th year commemoration of the first recorded landing of slaves in the United States, it became a launchpad for the Ghanaian government to convince Black people around the world to permanently settle in the West African country.

Aisha Asamany, a corporate management consultant for high-profile UK financial institutions turned self-taught luxury jewelry designer was one of many who heeded the call, trading in the corporate life for a spiritual and an entrepreneurial journey – one of joy, appreciation, and representation in her fatherland.

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