Saudi Arabia’s African roots traced to annual Hajj pilgrimage and British colonization

By RUBA OBAID | Arab News

An estimated 10 percent of the Saudi population is of African descent, living mainly in the Western Region, and particularly in Makkah. Their roots lie in the annual Hajj pilgrimage and the British colonization of Africa in the 19th century.
For hundreds of years, pilgrims and oppressed Muslims from that continent traveled to Makkah and Madinah, and chose to make those cities their home. They came mainly from Chad, Burkina Faso, Gambia, Mali, Senegal and especially Nigeria.

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Sub-Saharan African Immigrants in the U.S. Are Often More Educated Than Those in Top European Destinations

Sub-Saharan immigrants in the United States are also more highly educated than U.S. native-born population

BY MONICA ANDERSON AND PHILLIP CONNOR | PEW RESEARCH CENTER

As the annual number of migrants from sub-Saharan Africa to both the United States and Europe has grown for most years this decade, a Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau and Eurostat data finds that sub-Saharan immigrants in the U.S. tend to be more highly educated than those living in the United Kingdom, France, Italy and Portugal – Europe’s historically leading destinations among sub-Saharan immigrants.

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They really love Nigerians in Dubai and I’m not even kidding

 In Dubai, Nigerians are treated like pop stars and I saw enough to reach that conclusion.

By JUDE EGBAS | PULSE

Kenneth Obiajulu, CEO of Nigeria’s first digital agriculture platform, Farm Crowdy, recalls the moment the most powerful man in Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (who is the Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, and ruler of the Emirate of Dubai), walked into his exhibition stand at the just concluded Global Business Forum (GBF) for Africa.

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