Occupation: Professional Hockey Player, Calgary Flames, National Hockey League
Jarome Iginla is a professional hockey player for the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League. He was born in Edmonton, Alberta, to a Nigerian father and an American mother. He showed interest in hockey at an early age, looking up to other black professional hockey players for inspiration. With the full support of his grandfather, he became more engaged in hockey during his teenage years, joining several junior teams.
He was selected as 11th overall pick in the 1995 NHL draft by the Dallas Stars, but was later traded to the Calgary Flames. Iginla is a six-time NHL All-Star and remains his current team’s leading scorer.
On the ice he’s known to be one the league’s best power forwards and off the ice he’s adored for his humble and generous nature. “He doesn’t carry himself with any attitude or arrogance. He’s confident in his abilities. He’s self-assured. He’s genuine. He’s a better person than he is a player, and we all know what kind of player he is.” Flames General Manager, Craig Button, said of the six-foot one player.
Occupation: Regional Director, Architecture Canada
Born: Lagos, Nigeria
Accomplished Architect, Samuel Oboh is a Regional Director with Architecture Canada and one of Canada’s prime architects – leading an inspired team of professionals and technical experts with Government of Canada’s PWGSC Western Region.
Oboh holds a Master of Science degree in Architecture from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria – Nigeria and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Alberta. Following his emigration from Botswana to Canada in 2003, he jointly led the establishment of Canada’s first local chapter of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada in Alberta, where he served as the first African-Canadian President (in 2007/2008) and championed various initiatives that raised the stature of architecture – including a curated exhibition of Alberta Architecture at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington-DC.
Having successfully led and managed several high profile projects and initiatives in both private and public sectors (locallyand internationally), Oboh demonstrates exemplary leadership through his unique contributions to the built environment in various capacities. He previously served as a Visiting Lecturer at Durban University of Technology and the University of Pretoria – South Africa. Oboh is a member of the American Institute of Architects, Chartered Architect with the Royal Institute of British Architects from 2000-2007 and Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. His expansive career and proven track record of measurable successes serve as an inspiration to a new generation of African-Canadians and beyond.
Occupation: Former Beauty Queen, Entrepreneur & Philanthropist
Menaye Donkor is a Ghanaian-Canadian former beauty queen, entrepreneur and philanthropist. She represented Ghana at the 2004 Miss Universe Beauty Pageant in Quito, Ecuador. She completed her studies in Marketing and Business Marketing at York University in Toronto, Ontario. She owns multiple businesses in Canada and is Founder of the Menaye Charity Organization. Menaye Donkor is the wife of Ghanaian football star, Sulley Muntari. She is also his business manager, product manager and financial manager.
Written by: Raïssa Nkuba