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AUSTIN AFRICA NEWS Edition Two
AustinAfrica Edition 2. Summary of the Five Blogs
Austin’s Upcoming Events
Helpful Event Calendars
African Food in Austin Restaurants and African Stores
The UT World Renown African and African Diaspora Program
Africans in Texas, College, and Professional American Football
Next Issue of Austin Africa
Free Educational and Professional Support in Austin
AustinAfrica News: The Second Edition
As AustinAfrica starts its second edition, it has had time to review its first efforts and will reformat and focus the AustinAfrica blog differently. From now on the summary post will be titled the AustinAfrica News (AANews). In its first edition, AustinAfrica focused on introducing itself and its objectives. This time, it will outline the four other posts and their content. Besides ‘Finding the Africa in Austin’, it will also lay out in a concise way the contents of the entire second magazine, the content of the other four upcoming Blogs. This is done to help the reader find more easily what part of the magazine that has interest.
The AANews will also focus more on what is happening in Austin particularly those upcoming events would be of interest to African readers. It also recommends media that track the hundreds of Austin Events best in its opinion. Afterward, it will go to the African food opportunities both restaurants and the three African food stores that serve Austin.
Then to provide some orientation to both the AAAcademy and AAReview, it will detail the African Studies program at the University of Texas, Austin which is world class for several reasons. Finally, following a different tangent, AustinAfrica will assess the situation for the best African American high school that have been recruited even as I write. Not to let the opportunity pass, Austin Africa identifies those African college players that rate well in NFL mock drafts according to major sports analysts. Then AA gives some history of African players in the NFL, highlighting the ten best African players, rated from number ten to number one according to AFKINSIDER a major African publication out of NYC.
The AA Academy will review three multi-volume Histories of Africa: The Cambridge History of Africa, The UNESCO General History of Africa (GHA), and Professor
Toyin Falola’s five volume African history. It will check out some African Historical Fiction as well provide a list of 10 Nollywood Historical movies about some of Africa’s great leaders or events. Finally, it takes up recent criticism of Gandhi as a racist based on his some of his attitudes during his many years of political protest of white South African governments.
The AA Review cover as much as possible the African content of South by Southwest.Besides introducing African performers, it will also give an idea of its history and structure for AA readers not familiar with Austin’s greatest festival. It will also return to Nollywood, and it’s best movies as recommended by several critics.It will also rank them according to their gross at the box office. AA Review in the last edition introduced Nollywood and its history (and African film in general) and now hopes to help new and old fans by pointing out to them which Nollywood movies are considered the best by several critics. It will introduce the Austin Creative Alliance (a part of the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Department) which supports ‘Creatives’, ‘Organizations’ and ‘ Investors’ by connecting and advocating for Austin’s arts, cultural, and creative communities. This agency liaises with potential artists, and investors that help individuals or organizations that meet their criteria. Some of the events it sponsors are fiscal workshops, self-advocacy, and registration training. Finally, AAReview has identified several musical resources that are free to download including a five-part series on the Contemporary Study of Musical Arts-Informed by African Indigenous Knowledge Systems by authors of the African Books Collective.
Originally this edition of AA’s Deep Africa was to focus on the ‘Great Debate on African Philosophy’. However because of an opportunity to provide an insight to local African agricultural development, the piece on African Philosophy was shifted to the beginning of Villages in the Metropolis where it becomes an introductory article to the question of what is the philosophical grounding of African Self Help groups in general and Igbo Self-help groups in particular.
Deep Africa will instead focus on the interrelated problems of youth unemployment in Africa and the declining numbers of farmers on the land at a time of increasing population growth. As an example, in the years that I have worked with its agricultural development in Nigeria, it’s population has more than doubled in my 30 years in the field to 181 million. While agricultural technology has increased, based on the work of a group of International Agricultural Research Centers such as the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) near Ibadan, Nigeria, basic problems such as how to keep young people in the villages go unsolved. The problem of aging farmers is a worldwide phenomena but in Africa the situation is particularly acute.
The Village in the Metropolis
AA’s Deep Africa originally focused on ‘how Africans think’ given the development of what The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy calls ‘Africana Philosophy’ in the last 70 years. However, as a result, of the new orientation of Deep Africa to agriculture in this edition the already completed article on African philosophy was moved to Villages in the Metropolis where it serves to underpin the research on African and Igbo self-help societies. This article recounts the struggle of African thinkers as they took up the question of whether Africa has a philosophy and if so what constitutes it; this was called by some African scholars as the ‘Great Debate.‘ Much of this came as a result of Colonial attitudes and its literature; going back to the great German philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel and other European philosophers who relegated Africans to sub-humans. Hegel describes Africans as the “natural man in his completely wild and untamed state.” African philosophers have had to struggle for decades to have their philosophy accepted. It is a story of heroism.
In the early stage, much of their best efforts at a stage were condemned as ‘Afrocentric’. The Afrocentric hypothesis is considered to be a radical historical argument. It asserts Africans were preeminent in ancient times contending, for instance, that Egypt Civilization was a black culture. A good place to start on this philosophy is Diop’s article in the second volume of the UNESCO General History of Africa (download free). In retrospect, all ‘Africana’ philosophers thought to do was to take back that which was legitimately in theirs and having their best achievements accepted. This struggle went through multiple phases and still continues in some areas. Major philosophical issues arose from many angles. Some of the philosophical issues are interesting, such as can philosophy exist when not written? Can thinking that is preserved only as an oral canon be philosophy? Can philosophy be grounded in a particular society or culture? This position resulted in Western Academia rejecting various schools of African thought such as Ethnophilosophy and later African Sage Philosophy.
Austin Africa will approach this repudiation by bringing into consideration other ‘cultural/societal’ thinking that has been ‘accepted’ as philosophic demonstrating the insularity of Western professional philosophy. In particular, ‘Indian philosophy ‘ whose early expression was as an oral literature had this in common with African philosophy and yet was/is recognized as ‘philosophical expression.’ This is not to say that the ‘thinking’ expressed by both oral traditions hold similar views on the human condition,for probably they do not, rather it is to try to understand why one of the two was more or less accepted as a ‘philosophical expression while the other was not.
Ultimately, the Villages in the Metropolis post will take up aspects of African ethics and its apparent difference with its European counterpart. The group oriented values that emerge results in self-help group activities even when distant from their homeland. The Igbo self-help societies can be seen rising in part from these group norms but also from its democratic underpinnings. Besides looking into these associations that exist where ever Igbos live in significant numbers, we will see them as they function, first demonstrating them a literary context as found in Chinua Achebe’s novel, No Longer At Ease.
Upcoming African Events in Austin February-March
I spent many of my college years in Austin (1970-78) before I went East for my professional graduate work in Economics. At that time, I thought I had a pretty good idea of what was happening in Austin but like many students I just could not afford them all. I knew the where and when and, truly, it was a catalytic period in the development of Austin as a music center, but also as the Counter Culture destination between the East (NYC and DC) and West (San Francisco and Berkeley). However, the heart of my world was the University of Texas and its libraries where I got much of my liberal arts education. I also knew the Texas Government world located in that rectangle between the UT campus and the state Capitol. For some time, I worked for the Texas State Library Documents Center and delivered hundreds (thousands) of documents to many of those buildings that now are the offices of more than 50 state agencies. At the time, It seemed that I had been to countless offices where the work of the government happens.
When I came back with my African family, I had been gone thirty years and well so much has changed. Austin has made itself the live music capital of the world as well as a technology center with all the change and ideas that come with it. Hundreds of community activities take place in any given year and keeping up with what is happening is hard. I had a couple of friends that had made it big in the music scene, and they gave an idea of what was happening, but still seeing it was so much more than I could have believed. Besides introducing African-related events of the next three months, I will identify sources that will put you into the thick of things. All of Austin is out there and waiting.
So besides introducing what I believe to be important upcoming events, in this AustinAfrica, four media providing information on important events in Africa are recommended, those media that can help Africans know what is happening in Austin. Keeping up is hard, but these media can help not only with the date but the type of event and whether it is for adults or the family.
The following are the ongoing/upcoming events:
February has been Black History Month, and there were several activities held all over Austin that were interesting.
There is also an African music and dance festival, the Peace-N-Rhythm Festival cultural and body movement celebration that brings music and dance from Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa and many other African countries.
Many celebrations of the Texas Independence Day; the Austin Parade and 5 Km Run, the Georgetown Swirl, the Round.
Then there is Austin’s Flagship Event as the Live Music Capital of the World: South by Southwest. There are several African musicians featured, and they will be detailed in AustinAfrica’s Review. Another important event is the 2016 Annual Africa Conference, which has been held at UT Austin since 1996. This is one of the great conferences convened by scholars at the highest level from all over the world, seeking creativity, culture, and identity in Africa and the African
Diaspora. The Carnaval Brasileiro in Austin is one of the biggest Brazilian Carnival celebrations outside Brazil.
There are many other events such as festivals, meetings, workshops, conferences, marathons, parties, etc. The list above is just indicative. It is better that you be equipped to find out what is happening. The below four media will help. I have put them in what I think are order of ease and most detail, particularly for families. It is hard to choose between the first two. If you are looking for all types of events, the Austin American Calendar is better but for festivals, the Austin Everfest site is easier.
The Austin American Statesman 360 Calendar. This is a service of the Austin’s home paper. It has a big advantage in that it breaks down events according to categories. It also covers many other types of group activities besides festivals. For instance, it has a category for Family and Fun and another for Business and Networking. URL: http://thingstodo.austin360.com/
The Austin Everfest Website. This company based in Austin claims that it is the worlds’ festival authority bringing together organizers, revelers, vendors, artists, and sponsors. I found this one to be the easiest to access and with the most events for families. URL: https://www.everfest.com/texas/austin-festivals
The City of Austin Events Calendar breaks down events into two-month tabs, for example, it now has tabs for February-March and April-May. It focuses on Austin and does not have events going on in the suburbs, but it is easy to use and complete for Austin. http://www.austintexas.org/visit/events/
The Austin Chronicle. This publication is for the sophisticate and has everything that is happening on it: movies, arts, food, community.Just everything. It makes recommendations which guide the aesthete and gourmand. Comprehensive and with well-critiqued events for music and art lovers. URL: http://www.austinchronicle.com/calendar/
Additionally, especially for Nigerians but “Celebrating Africans at Home and in the Diaspora there is a dazzling site Afric365 with plenty of photos of personal events: http://www.afric365.com/home-2/
African Food: Restaurants and African Foodstores
The first AustinAfrica introduced the existence of both African Restaurants and African food stores. In this edition, AustinAfrica goes more in depth.
African Restaurants: The Austin American Statesman 360 Review of African Restaurants March 20, 2012
In this edition of the 360 Review, six African restaurants were reviewed in its Eat Your Way across Africa article. URL: http://www.austin360.com/news/entertainment/dining/in-austin-eat-your-way-across-africa/nWwxk/
I trust the Austin American Statesman reviewers more than myself as I like practically all food.
The same restaurants highlighted in this article are still in business. Kabiru Ethiopian is still closed as per the internet. Another Ethiopian restaurant, Taste of Ethiopia is open in Pflugerville at 1100 Grand Avenue Parkway and is not far from IH-35, which has an excellent rating. I ate there some time ago, and I thought it was great but my wife being Nigerian prefers West African food so we do not go there as often as I would like. I am fond of the honey beer, and it reminds me of my days in DC. There are two more Ethiopians restaurants so Austin is lucky! Aster’s Ethiopian
Restaurant and Habesha Ethiopian Restaurant and Bar both sound exciting and have great ratings on Yelp. Aster’s is located at 2804 IH-35 and Habesha is just up the road at 6019 North IH-35. All three restaurants are easy to reach. For those of you that have never eaten Ethiopian food are in for a surprise. Ethiopian food is like no other cuisine and as its culture has been unbroken for a thousand years or two they have had plenty of time to know what tastes good. Wasota Restaurant was highly rated by the Austin Chronicle in an October 30, 2013, article URL: http://www.austinchronicle.com/daily/food/2013-10-30/chapter-two-wasota-african-cuisine/. It has moved from a trailer to a nicer facility and on Yelp, it has 141 Reviews: URL: http://www.yelp.com/biz/wasota-african-cuisine-austin and it continues to be highly rated. Then there is Cazamance which intrigues being a Senegalese restaurant with a Moroccan influence and is also highly rated. It is located at 4202 Manchaca Road just off West Ben White so South Austinites have something exotic close by.
If anyone is looking to learn West African cuisine check out Ifeoma’s Circle on the header menu.
African Food: Restaurants and African Food Stores
One test of a real African Food Store is to determine whether it carries African Yam which was the carbohydrate of choice in Africa before Thai long grain rice began to be imported in ships to Africa or cassava and corn (maize) started being grown there.
The story of African carbohydrates is one coming from one of the very few positive aspects of colonialism. Cassava which was brought by the Portuguese from Brazil to Africa is a miracle crop. It produces tremendous amounts of carbohydrates per hectare (the record being 34.5 MT/Ha in India in 2010). It provides the third highest yield of carbohydrates after sugar cane and sugar beets and is the third largest source of food carbs in the tropics after rice and maize. However, its greatest gift that it is drought tolerant. Many poor Africans would not have enough carbs were it not for cassava which produces the most calories per acre of any tuber crop. Importantly, it can play a role as a famine avoidance crop as it can be harvested in a period from 6-18 months. It can be left in the ground until really needed, no refrigeration or storage required. It produces more carbohydrates than corn (maize-Zea Mays) also imported to Africa by the Portuguese. Maize is believed to have been domesticated in the Tehuacan Valley of Mexico. So if long grains rice is from Asia, corn from Mexico, and cassava from Brazil, what is the true African carb? This honor as noted above goes to the African Yam,which is not in the least like the sweet potato which is called ‘yam’ in some countries.
African yam (genus Dioscorea family Dioscoreaceae) is typically large to very large tuber (one weighing in at 130 pounds in 1999) with a fibrous white flesh inside a tough brown skin. It is
‘honored’ among many tribes and for some of them like the Igbo it has a religious and calendric significance. Before rice, cassava, and corn, it had pride of place and in some societies was considered the ‘man’s’ crop while women grew vegetables and the other carbohydrates (cocoyam, maize, and cassava). For many Africans, the yam is an object of beauty and preserves well such that it can be kept long to be used when desired. It is pounded until it comes out soft and smooth of pleasing consistency. It is also steamed, or fried (like French Fries though in larger pieces) and served with various sauces and stews. Someone has said that it is a ‘Nigerian swallow food’ but I find the taste and texture to be like the pleasure of mashed potatoes times three. I also like Garri which is made from cassava which also has a good texture and has a sour dough flavor. These foods are not just to be swallowed though some do. They are carbs from a different world. The history of food is very surprising and I find it interesting how foods from different worlds end up on the plate and one cannot imagine the time when they were not there. Consider all the Italian pasta dishes knowing that tomatoes came from Mexico and noodles from China. So when considering your African Store ask them: do you have yam?
Below are the three African Stores that have websites. I have been to all of them personally over a period of five years. They are not the same and strengths vary according to what the consumer wishes because they have different sources for many of the same products. They are all great.
Afriquemartstore. This store is very close to I-35 and can be reached by getting off at Grand Avenue Parkway and turning right on Vision Drive following it to the small shopping center. Or one can get off Wells Branch Parkway and turn onto Pecan Street. It has practically everything and is very well organized. I have bought Yam there several times. For the Northern suburbs; Pflugerville, Round Rock, and Cedar Park it is the most convenient.
The Africaribmarket is the largest of the stores that I have shopped at and is run by an affable owner that is always trying to help. This store is very central and is just off E Rundberg Lane very close to the I-35 and Rundberg Lane Junction located in the Rundberg Square Shopping Center. While I have not bought Yam there (I was not looking) I did buy something very rare bottled palm wine. This store is worth going just to see the variety.
The Tropical Market has a moderate range of products and being on North Lamar is the most accessible in West Austin. I do not know whether it has Yam, but most likely it does so call in advance. It is run by a former ACC instructor in international affairs and they are always helpful and friendly. Need something let them order it (this goes for all the stores).
There are many internet alternatives to these stores, those whose product line is larger such as the African Hut, which sells South African products and claims to have the largest online South African food and grocery store in the US. http://www.africanhut.com/. Afrodrive has a national list of African ‘Stores’ of almost 100 stores across the country.. http://afrodrive.com/AfricanStores/default.asp?WCountryID=2 .While these stores might have larger product lines and perhaps lower prices it is always good to have your own ‘Village Store’ which also has local information and many other person to person services. A little bit of African and besides there is nothing like an African smile.
PS the lady in the picture is from the UK. African food stores can be found in almost all reasonably large metropolis.
African Scholarship in Austin: The Scholar and The Institution
The Scholar: Professor Toyin Falola
One of the pillars of the African world in Austin is the University of Texas African study program and its eminent scholars. For many reasons, it has become a central point for African scholarship not only in the US but also throughout the Anglophone world. I think to understand this, it is necessary to understand a little of the contribution made to African scholarship by one of its
preeminent scholars, Professor Toyin Falola. I admit bias as I spent years in Yorubaland and had many Yoruba friends that were leaders in my field, Agricultural Economics. To take a simple baseline on Professor Falola, AA presents the Wiki view of the man and his work followed by the opinions of two ‘Festschrifts ‘on him done by colleagues.
According to Wiki: Professor Toyin Omoyeni Falola is a Nigerian historian and professor of African Studies. He is currently the Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities at the University of Texas at Austin. Falola earned his B.A. and PhD.D. (1981) in History at the University of Ife, Ile-Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), in Nigeria. He is a Fellow of the Historical Society of Nigeria and the Nigerian Academy of Letters. Falola is author and editor of more than one hundred books, and he is the general editor of the Cambria African Studies Series (Cambria Press).
The first festschrift, The Long arm of Africa: The Prodigious Career of Toyin Falola, edited by Vik Bahl and Bisola Falola amplifies the above story: Toyin Falola is “the most prolific scholar than Africa has ever produced, and the Volume (the Festschrift) is an illustrated catalogue of more than one hundred books as well as annotations of book chapters, journal articles,
encyclopedia entries, and book reviews, conferences and lectures” and the authors go on to assert that his books become “major interventions within their own specific topic areas; political economy, culture, historiography, development, and urbanization.”
The second festschrift, Toyin Falola, and African Epistemologies, by Abdul Karim Bangura, speaks of Falola and his writings reverently, “not only do they contribute to the African Renaissance, but he is a Renaissance in and of himself…and to foster inter and intra-cultural dialogue and serious scholarship about Africa, Falola has launched several major initiatives, the first two relate to UT Austin and its African and African Diaspora Department. His first initiative was the Annual African Conference started in 1996 which is convened at the University of Texas at Austin in March. (See Austin Africa events for March). It brings together 200 people from around the world to present papers and discuss issues pertinent to Africa. His second initiative was the building of a distinguished graduate program in African History” which is also institutionalized at UT Austin.
The Institution: The UT Austin African and African Diaspora Department (ADDS)
So what is this second endeavor, not only regarding African History but African studies in general? The overarching program within The UT College of Liberal Arts entitled African & African Diaspora Department.
Before detailing this institution, I note that most of the text here comes from their website http://www.utexas.edu/cola/aads/. In doing this short article, I realize how long I have been away from academia as the language is different than what was used in the various institutions for which I worked then. It has a targeted purpose with a writing style strong on theoretical concepts. It is a challenge, but I learned much of how a major player in African Studies conceptualizes its work.
There are several institutions within the Department. Under the Black Studies Program, there are three branches. First is the Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis (IUPRA) which conducts, organizes, and supports relevant policy research and analysis related to urban issues. The Second branch is the African and African Diaspora Studies Department, which promotes activist academics and is dedicated to the study of the intellectual, political, artistic, and social experiences of the peoples of African descent throughout Africa including the United States. It also explores the experience of African Descendants in the Caribbean and South America, notably Brazil. The Third Branch is the John L Warfield Center for African and African American Studies (WCAAAS) which has been the focal point for campus and community life around the cultural, sociopolitical, artistic, economic and historical experiences of Africans and their descendants.
In addition to The Black Studies Program, there is The African Studies Program, which, through courses, lectures, conferences, symposium, and workshops, nationally and internationally recognized scholars and artists share their work. It sponsors the Seminar in African Feminisms, the Workshop in African Studies, and Yoruba Day. Among faculty sponsored annual activities is the African Conference (see AA events) and Distinguished African Lecture Series both convened by Dr. Toyin Falola.
Each of these branches has various programs. A good example is the John L Warfield Center, which besides its activities has two art collections: 1) The Isese Gallery of Texas and other US artists, and 2) The African Art Collection, which has 800+ art and artifacts from more than 40 ethnic groups in Africa. Additionally, it has two activist galleries: 1) the New Gallery which supports creativity and social justice and has established itself as the premiere location to study the art and material culture of the African Diaspora. It is a space for scholarship, engagement, and activism where works by emerging and established artists are mounted.2) The IDEA Lab provides a platform for artists, guest scholars, and curators, students, faculty and the community at large to explore and engage with the Warfield’s areas of scholarship; it provides an intimate setting for curated exhibitions encouraging discovery, promoting critical thought and challenging the status quo.
The Department has four full professors, 16 associate professors, and seven assistant professors.
To understand the orientation of the entire department, I thought it useful to note the goals of the African History Faculty. “The Graduate Program in African and African Diaspora is designed to provide students with the skills and analytical frameworks necessary to engage interdisciplinary approaches for examining the lives of people of African descent throughout Africa and the African Diaspora, which includes the United States. The ADDS faculty and students understand the urgent need to critically address all aspects of black life. The graduate program requires students to grapple with the questions central to the field:
1.What is blackness and how is it lived and expressed throughout the African Diaspora?
2.What is Race and how has it functioned in intersection with Gender, Sexuality, and Class in the constitution of modernity, space, and selfhood?
3.What is the relationship of slaves and anti-black racism to capitalism, empire, and democracy and what are the legacies?
4.What are the cultural and institutional forms that have organized black communal life?
Students will pursue these and other questions by engaging key works within the subfields of:
3.Black Queer history
4.Critical Race Theory
5.Critical education studies
7.Political economics and political philosophy
The programs object is to provide students with the broad foundational knowledge to pursue an academic career or to conduct scholarly research in African and African Diaspora Studies.
An AFR Major will give back to the black community with hands-on experience through our community internship course which directly support Austin African and African America organizations associated with social justice for Black people. Study abroad programs in Nicaragua, Brazil and San Francisco where students can engage global blackness”.
Africans in Texas, College, and Professional American Football
The Best 10 Africans in the NFL
In the last 20 years, Africans have begun to find respect in US professional football and African viewers have increased as well as their interest in this uniquely American game. This is demonstrated in an article in AFKinsider http://afkinsider.com/ which listed who they believed were the top ten Africans in the NFL in the last few years. It is based in NYC and is ‘a premier
website dedicated to covering African news from a business perspective. From agribusiness to entrepreneurs, AFKInsider hones in on the business developments and economic forces guiding the African marketplace today. Not only does AFKInsider give investors a lens into the driving forces of the African economy but also informs general interest readers of the individuals and trends fostering the continent’s explosive growth”.
According to them the top ten African football players, as of 2014, were the following:
1. Ositadimma ‘Osi’ Umenyiora, Nigeria. Defensive End for Detroit and New York Giants and one of three Africans that have a Super Bowl Ring.
2. Nnamdi Asomugha, Nigeria. Cornerback. Oakland Raiders
3. Christian Emeka Okoye. Nigeria. Running Back. Kansas City Chiefs 1987-192.
4. Ndamukong Suh. Cameroon. Defensive Tackle. Detroit Tigers.
5. Madieu William. Sierra Leone. Safety. Cincinnati Bengals.
6. Israel Idonije. Nigeria. Defensive Lineman Chicago Bears. Detroit Lions.
7. Amobi Okoye. Nigeria. Defensive Tackle. Several NFL Teams
8.Gary Anderson. South Africa. Placekicker. 23 years. Several NFL teams.
9. Chinedu ‘Nedu’ Ndukue. Nigeria. Safety. Cincinnati Bengals.
10. Brandon Ayanbadejo. Nigeria. Linebacker. Special Teams. Several NFL teams.
If you disagree with this list, send me a note on the AustinAfrica contact form on the website bottom, and I will note it in the future.
Texas High School Sign Ups
The most recent football news concerns four Texas High School players signing for football scholarships.
Four Star Justin Madubuike. South Africa. Defensive End from McKinney TX signed with Texas A&M.
Four Star Sewo Olonilua. Nigeria. Running Back from Kingswood Houston. Signed with TCU.
Four Star Levi Onwuzurike. Nigeria. Defensive End from Allen TX signed with Washington.
Four Star Denzel Okafor. Nigeria. Offensive Guard from Louisville TX signed with UT Austin.
NFL Mock Draft
The NFL draft is still some time away April 28-30, but mock drafts are out for two African players.
Robert Nkemdiche. Nigeria. Defensive Tackle from Ole Miss rates high in some mock drafts. He has been regarded as the ‘Southeast’s best high school prospect since the early 1980’s by ESPN. He has been going up and down in various Mock drafts. In a mock draft by Chad Reuter, Nkemdiche came out 53 going to the Washington Redskins. However, in a four expert mock draft, he came out 14th by two experts Bucky Brookes and Daniel Jeremiah and going to the Oakland Raiders.
Emmanuel Ogba. Nigeria. Defensive End from Oklahoma State. He announced he would enter the draft after his junior year. Again there are many differences of opinion as shown by rankings in a mock draft. On January 6th, ESPN staff writer rated him in the top 25 prospects. In a CBS mock draft, he came out ranked 31 being 7 in his position.
Even the biggest cock that crows the loudest was once just an egg.
This proverb is about start-ups and reflects on this the pioneer stage of AustinAfrica.
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