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Chika Onyeani

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In awarding him the Distinguished Achievement Award in 2000, Dean Burney J. Hollis of Morgan State University described Dr. Chika Onyeani as “a man for all seasons.” An International diplomat, a pace-setting journalist, and a distinguished author, for over three decades he has been both pioneer and pathfinder. From his current post as editor in chief of the African Sun Times and his various stations in the worldwide Pan-African Movement, Dr. Onyeani has achieved singularity and honor as one of Africa’s foremost statesmen.

Chika Onyeani is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Africa’s No.1 newspaper in America, the African Sun Times, which he started publishing in 1999. It is the only African newspaper on newsstands in the U.S., and which has been acclaimed by the Organization of African Unity (now the African Union) as “the champion of the African agenda in America.” He is the host of the only commercial radio program in English in America, “Straight Talk with Chika Onyeani on the All Africa Radio,” on WPAT 930 AM every Friday evening in New York, which is listened to by more than 60 percent of the over 600,000 Africans living in the tri-state area, as well as all around the world by millions of people. The Organization of African Unity, now the African Union, described Dr. Onyeani as “a highly-regarded Pan-Africanist,” who has “certainly used the pages of the African Sun Times to advance and champion Africa’s agenda in the United States,” O.A.U., June 8, 2001.

In 2005, Onyeani was one of only six experts invited by the African Union to Cairo, Egypt, to discuss the formation and launching of the Pan-African Television and Radio Channel. In 2002, Onyeani led the Black Press to the launching of the African Union in Durban, South Africa. In 2001, the then Organization of African Unity invited Onyeani to the Heads of State Summit in Abuja, Nigeria, which finally acknowledged the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

Onyeani, who has been interviewed on more than 200 radio stations across the country, has also appeared on NBC-TV, ABC-TV, WOR-TV, CNN, Radio France International, and numerous times on Voice of America and the BBC, is recognized as the Dean of the African media in America, and was named by the New York Times as a “Fellow of the New York Times Institute of Journalists” in 2005. He has been profiled in more than 100 newspapers and magazines and interviewed on many radio stations.

A former diplomat, Onyeani is the author of the internationally acclaimed No.1 bestseller, “Capitalist Nigger: The Road to Success – A Spider Web Doctrine,” which stayed on the No.1 bestseller list for 7 months, as well as the novel, “The Broederbond Conspiracy.” The first of Onyeani’s African Folk Tales series, “Odum The Lion,” was published in March 2009.

Onyeani has received more than 65 awards, including twice being appointed “Goodwill Ambassador” for the State of Tennessee, as well as being presented with the Key to the City of Nashville. One of the greatest honors accorded Onyeani was as a recipient of the Black Heritage Humanitarian Award from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (N.A.A.C.P.) in 2004. In May 2008, during its 33rd Congress in Tanzania, Onyeani received Africa Travel Association’s “Outstanding Achievement in the Promotion of Responsible Tourism to the Continent” award. Onyeani is on the board of directors of many African Diasporan organizations, including being the founder and chairman of the Celebrate Africa Foundation.

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