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Neke Ibeh pronounced Neh-keh is a bioinformatician at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. She was born in Bulgaria to Nigerian parents, and migrated to Canada at an early age. Growing up Neke recalls her mother asking only one favour. “Do well in school and represent God in all you do.”

When you hear the name Young Animal, food is probably the last thing that comes to mind. But Adisa Glasgow - owner of this restaurant with a controversial name, is all about the food, serving up traditional Trini street fare with French and Italian twists.

Dr. Kenneth Montague is a well known dentist, curator, and respected collector of works by local and International contemporary African artists. He works behind the scenes in Toronto's art world as one of the AGO's Board of Trustees, and as founding director of Wedge Curatorial Projects; a not-for-profit arts organization that supports Black emerging artists.

With a one-hundred-and-fifty-year head start in marketing beer to guys - as a guy’s product, Ren Navarro disrupts the white male-dominated Canadian beer industry, with diversity and inclusivity.

Ajoa Mintah, daughter to Ghanaian immigrants and founder of Four All Ice cream in Kitchener, Ontario, started off her career in what was a stable, secure field as a licensed engineer doing product development in the automotive industry. After about six years of working in that field she moved into consulting. Almost a decade later she made a major shift.

For the last 20 years, photographer and new media artist Wayne Dunkley has been asking people in urban centres to confront negative perceptions and biases around Black identity. His latest project, #whatdoyoufeelwhen, is an interactive work of public art that prompts for honest reactions to thousands of images of his face postered in four major cities across Canada.

PHOTO CREDIT: Katherina Limo You could write a novel length interview on someone like Jibola Fagbimye. An entrepreneur and artist of Nigerian descent who immigrated to Canada at the age of 21, he seems to be constantly juggling all the parts of his being in a successfully rhythmic orbit.

06 Jan 2019

In celebration of the 215th anniversary of Haiti's Independence on January 1st, ByBlacks highlights two women’s journey to self-discovery.

Before he went to culinary school, Chef Kwame O Afriyie Nsafoah had no dreams of becoming a chef. It’s not that he couldn't cook. In fact he was and is a great cook. It's a skill he picked up mostly from his mother, who was always cooking.

Chef Joe Friday has never been a stranger to the world of culinary arts. He grew up immersed in the sounds and scents wafting from his grandfather’s kitchen, which were then passed down to his parents Debra and Joseph Friday.

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