CNN International broadcasts its profile of USAfrica's Chido Nwangwu on July 28, 2010
Prime time across the world, on Wednesday July 28, 2010, the world's television news leader CNN International will turn its international lenses to tell the story of hardwork, professionalism, diligence and excellence personified by the U.S-based Nigerian multimedia executive Dr. Chido Nwangwu.
He is credited with establishing the first African-owned, U.S-based professional newspaper published on the internet www.USAfricaonline.com.
The CNN International 'Marketplace Africa' feature on USAfrica and its Publisher Chido Nwangwu will be broadcast on Wednesday July 28, 2010 at 2.45PM U.S EST (New York time) and 1845 GMT same Wednesday; rebroadcast on Saturday July 31, 2010 at 0715 GMT. Also, parts of the broadcast will be accessible at CNN International web site http://edition.cnn.com/CNNI/Programs/marketplace.africa/
USAfrica and USAfricaonline.com are assessed by major policy and media organizations including the New York Times as the largest and arguably the most influential African-owned, U.S-based multimedia networks; founded since 1993 in Houston, Texas. "It has remained my commitment and professional focus to foster the business, political, cultural and strategic interests of our two continents."
A prominent U.S Congressman Hon Sheila Jackson Lee and member of the House committees on Foreign Affairs and Judiciary witnessed the rise of of USAfrica in Houston since 1993. "I have been a strong supporter of USAfrica and Chido's from the start. He has an outstanding sense of service. He's always there to not only report but provide unique insights to the biggest news events concerning Africans and Americans, be the events here in the U.S or inside the African continent. Above all, Chido has credibility, and has worked hard to earn the trust of thousands of people."
Influential U.S Congressman Hon. Al Green of the Homeland Security and Financial Services committee who has attended some of the USAfrica Best of Africa events in Houston notes that "Chido and the team at USAfrica really do a first-class job of promoting with class and deep knowledge, the interests of Africans and Americans. Chido's a great credit to journalism and our communities."
U.S former Assistant Secretary of State Ambassador George Kennedy has followed the growth of USAfrica and its chief executive officer. He adds that: USAfrica is the leader in defining and analyzing issues and events which impact Africans and Nigerians in the United States of America. Signficantly, Chido is properly credited for professionally pioneering the bi-continental approach of publishing for Africans and Americans, in a nuanced way which connects them. He's an authority on these matters."
Similarly, in 1993, the legendary Mayor of Houston Bob Lanier (born March 10, 1925) wrote in commendation of Chido's vision and work. On May 7, 2004, Mayor Bill White signed a proclamation of the Chido Nwangwu and USAfrica Day in America's 4th largest city.
On June 24, 2010, CNN International reporter/producer/camera team visited USAfrica's editorial headquarters in Houston, Texas, for 3.5 hours to put together its profile of USAfrica's Founder & Publisher Dr. Chido Nwangwu. The recordings/interviews were wrapped up on Friday June 25, 2010.
A few pixs from the event are available for preview, exclusively at the African diaspora community's #1 pictorial features web site www.PhotoWorks.TV
The CNN International profile covered the editorial board/production meeting of USAfrica and its CLASSmagazine on key issues including the USAfrica comparison of the oil spills in the Niger Delta to the environmental disaster in the U.S Gulf of Mexico, electoral reforms in Nigeria, Africa's performance at the recently concluded World Cup 2010.
Chido served on Houston Mayor Lee Brown's international business advisory board (Africa) and has been honored by the Washington-D.C.based National Immigration Forum for utilizing the media to fight authoritarianism and fostering freedom of expression in parts of African continent. He has served on the board of the Houston chapter of the NAACP, and was the first continental African to be admitted to the 100 Black Men of America.
CHIDO NWANGWU, recipient of the Journalism Excellence Award (1997), is the Founder and Publisher of the influential and respected USAfrica, USAfricaonline.com (first African-owned U.S.-based professional newspaper to be published on the Internet), the Chinua Achebe project www.Achebebooks.com, the ultra-glossy CLASS magazine, the exciting photos and events mega-site with the largest collection of contemporary images/events of continental Africans in America PhotoWorks.TV, The Black Business Journal , BBJonline.com, several blogs, and USAfrica The Newspaper which was voted the Number One community newspaper in Houston (the 4th largest city in the U.S.) in the annual ranking by the readers and editors of the Houston Press in 2001.
The flagship of American media, The New York Times of September 23, 2003, noted that USAfrica is America's largest African-owned multimedia company. The New York Times' reporter Simon Romero wrote that Chido "Nwangwu recently created a magazine called CLASS for affluent Africans in the United States." To be sure, it's not only for the affluent but the willing and deserving. CLASS is the Africans-in-America's own Ebony and People and GQ - all rolled into one unique product: an ultra-glossy magazine of African style, music, living, fashion and our younger generation interests. He calls the latter group 'generation Class.' CLASS is the magazine for successful, pioneering, pacesetting and exemplary Africans in America.
He appears as an analyst on the CNN, the Voice of America/WorldNet and the Black Entertainment Television (BET), as well a number of local U.S. tv and radio stations.
Also, he was the only continental African publisher/reporter who traveled with and covered U.S. President Bill Clinton's historic visit to parts of Africa, March-April 2, 1998; and covered Clinton's visit to Nigeria in late August, 2000. He was the only Africa/African-American Publisher who reported from inside the joint seating of the U.S Congress during Liberia's president Dr. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf''s historic speech in March 2006.
In 2005, he established one of the most vibrant Africa community e-groups/blogs/community calendars for sharing info/announcements of upcoming and special events, insight to significant dates, festivals, events, resolutions/communique and historic milestones involving (or relevant to) persons, organizations and groups of Nigerian descent Nigeria360, the blog for the Igbo pan-African heritage, called IgboEvents; an Anglican community blog, AnglicanAfrican, and more. They are all powered by the resources of USAfrica and USAfricaonline.com.
Nwangwu speaks at colleges and businesses on technology issues, especially how the unfolding the digital world and the Internet affect Africans, African-Americans and recent immigrants. He served as a panelist at the 2000 British Broadcasting Corporation/Public Radio International global technology forum in San Francisco, California.
He served on the editorial board of the Daily Times of Nigeria in the 1989 into early 1990s, 1988-1989 assistant editor of the Platform magazine, African and The World journal. He began his professional career as a very young man in the news, sports and programs production/camera/editing departments of the Nigerian Television Authority. He contributes to The Mail and Guardian of South Africa, Houston Chronicle, and numerous U.S.-based and Africa issues publications.
In recognition of his engaging and pioneering digital design work on USAfricaonline.com and other web sites, Chido was voted the #1 African-American web designer in 1997 by the Houston Association of Black Journalists. He has since conceptualized, designed and maintained through his company, USAfrica Digital Media, a number of web sites, including private corporations and government sites.
Nwangwu is author of the special report, Clinton's Africa, and is writing a book on the experiences of recent African immigrants in the U.S.
He has been profiled in the Houston Chronicle (8th highest circulated newspaper in the U.S.), the Orlando Sentinel, Mail and Guardian of South Africa, and a number of other publications. Some of Chido Nwangwu's works, bio-data and context of his writings were recently profiled in February, 2001 in a report in the Houston Press by prolific essayist and reporter John Suval.
He is the convener of the annual inter-denominational USAfrica Prayer Breakfast, which holds at 9am prompt on the last Saturday of every January, of every year, since 1999. He serves on the advisory board of several community building and international organizations including EVA (Education as Vaccine against AIDS-based in Nigeria and the U.S). He is an active new technologies analyst, television and multimedia executive, cross-cultural business consultant and an artist.