Personality of The Week

Meet Irene Fakankun

A seasoned molecular biologist, bioinformatician, biochemist and science communicator with a broad range of research and project management experiences in academia and industry.

Dr. Irene obtained her bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry, a Master of Research degree in Advanced Genomic and Proteomic Sciences, and a Ph.D. in Biosystems Engineering at the University of Manitoba. She has always been part of the university system, contributing to continuous development.

Since graduating in 2021, Dr. Fakankun has continued working on research publications and as an instructor in the Chemistry department at UM. Furthermore, she is an adjunct faculty at Providence University College and the University of Winnipeg. She also volunteers on the welcome team at my local church, as a writer on the scribes team of Awesome Treasures Foundation, and as a co-host of a family-focused group. She is a published, award-winning scientist and communicator and was one of the women selected to present her work at the Soapbox Science event in 2021 and celebrated as a woman in Bioscience by the Bioscience Association Manitoba in 2022.

Dr. Fakankun seeks your support as she runs to be an alumni representative on the UM Board of Governors. She is delighted at the opportunity to help make a difference in students’ lives and play an essential role in guiding the future direction of the University of Manitoba.

If you are a UM alumnus, please vote for her candidacy as your alumni representative on the UM Board of Governors! Your voice counts. Your vote counts.

Voting lines are open until May 13th, 2022,

NAMI is proud of your contributions to the province and wish you the very best in your future endeavor.

Do you know Nigerians excelling and doing well in their careers in our community, please let us know and send us email at

Let’s Continue To Support NAMI Scholarship Fund, Thank You!

NAMI appreciates a model that guarantees funds to the scholarship for our youth in perpetuity. We sincerely thank those who have donated, and we also encourage others to do the same. All year round, we encourage people in our community to visit The Winnipeg Foundation website to donate with a minimum of $10 to NAMI Scholarship Fund at the link here to support our community youth education which was inaugurated last year. “Make this donation in celebration, honour or memory of someone.” Thank you!

RSVP for your NAMI Mother’s Day celebration on May 7th, 2022

You’re invited to fun-packed Mother’s Day event slated for May 7th, 2022.

Register your interest via email today as limited space is available.

Covid-19 Rapid Testing Kits

NAMI is pleased to announce that members of our community can now request for the Covid-19 rapid testing kits for their household or local organization.

Do contact Taiwo Aromasodu (NAMI Program Coordinator) at for pick up arrangement.

National Volunteer Week 2022 April 24-30, 2022.

NAMI president Wilson Akinwale specially appreciates all NAMI volunteers and thank them for bringing empathy, compassion and generosity to the job while connecting Nigerians in Manitoba and Canada at large. He further encourages Nigerians in Manitoba to give back to our province by volunteering their time to causes they believe in. Volunteer opportunities are also available within NAMI. Send an email to today and you will be directed appropriately.

Be part of the week by visiting: NVW 2022 – National Volunteer Week (NVW) – Campaigns – Volunteer Canada

IRCC to resume Express Entry Draws come July, 2022

IRCC last week announced the end of the temporary pause on Express Entry draws and promised to resume inviting qualified candidates to apply for permanent residence in July.

It will be recalled that the program had been on hold for a while. Get more details here: New measures to address Canada’s labour shortage  –

The Newcomer Employment Hub

Initiated by The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce and Immigration Partnership Winnipeg The Newcomer Employment Hub (the Hub) brings together the business community and Manitoba newcomer community to work together to address the biggest challenge for businesses today: talent recruitment and retention.

The Hub is an innovative online job tool that creates quality job matches between newcomer job seekers and Manitoba employers.

The Hub’s smart AI technology provides employers with top newcomer candidates that best match their job description and needs.

Through the Newcomer Employment Hub, newcomer jobseekers are matched with employers committed to inclusive workplace practices.

Visit the Newcomer Employment Hub:

NAMI celebrates National Immunization Awareness Week

NAMI reminds Nigerians of the importance of vaccination in the prevention of diseases for adults and children. When in doubt speak with your healthcare providers to get answers.

Learn more about vaccination here: Learn about Immunization | immunizecanada

Health Research Study Recruitment

Participate in the ongoing research on the important issue of African immigrant women’s healthcare experiences in Manitoba. More details are in the banner above.

Province Invites Applications for Queen’s Counsel Appointments

A call for applications for Queen’s counsel (QC) is being issued by the Manitoba government. This prestigious award recognizes practitioners for their outstanding contributions to the practice of law.

A lawyer must have a record of outstanding practice, display integrity and leadership, and have contributed to the profession’s excellence for at least ten years in order to qualify for QC consideration. Lawyers who are practicing or have retired are eligible to self-nominate or may be nominated by others.

The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, Aug. 31. For more information, visit:

Shopping made easy with Budmall

Nigerians in Canada can now shop on Budmall for the needs of loved ones back home

Budmall is an eCommerce platform for Nigerians in the diaspora to shop for the needs of their loved ones back home.

We offer a wide range of products, from food and groceries to electronics and appliances, so you can find everything you need all in one place, including Airtime and bill payment.

Shopping on Budmall is easy and convenient – we deliver EVERYWHERE in Nigeria so you can shop with peace of mind. Plus, our fast shipping means they’ll get their order quickly and without any hassle.

Sign up today and start shopping!

get a 10% DISCOUNT at checkout this April using this code: EVAN4953

Participate in a Wellness For Wells Activity

In 2022, clean drinking water is still not accessible to many families in rural Nigerian communities. Newborns and children are at risk of getting a water-borne disease from drinking dirty water. This year, Promisedland plans to raise $5,000 to dig 10 wells in 10 communities. To establish wells, ten concrete rings and a metal cover are installed to ensure a safe and consistent supply of drinking water.

Get more information here: Wellness for Wells – CanadaHelps

Gifted Fingers International Limited Opens another new location in Winnipeg

Follow Gifted Fingers International Limited on Instagram and Facebook and share 5 different post on the page o your network and stand a chance to win 10% off items purchased in store.

Gifted fingers international limited – Your African Caribbean community food store.

Specializing in all ethnic foods and beauty supplies Butchering, meats, chicken, fish, goat with skin on, so many seafood.

Shop at gifted fingers today for African, Caribbean, Asian, East Indian, groceries, all types of human hair extensions, all types of braids, cosmetic products, Diverse African Caribbean inspired ready made fabrics, African wedding accessories, Italian gold accessories, bags, shoes, bridal makeovers and many more at affordable and reasonable prices for all nationalities,

Walk into the ”one-shop-stop” today and experience great discounts on all grocery, fabric, hair, beauty products and many more.


  • 1006 Nairn avenue Winnipeg Manitoba

Phone number: 2043060101

  • Unit 4 – 955 saint Mary’s road, Winnipeg, Manitoba and we’re open 9am to 8pm from Monday to Saturday

”Great customer service experience Where your satisfaction is guaranteed”!

For more details, visit www.giftedfingers or follow us on Instagram and Facebook at giftedfingersinternational

April Recognition Counts Information Sessions

Seed Winnipeg will be hosting the monthly Recognition Counts information session on April April 28th at 6 pm.


  • Information on Recognition Count’s loans for skilled immigrants.
  • Hear about newcomers who have been successful in getting back to their careers.
  • Valuable resources on Canadian workplace culture and integration.
  • Tips to achieve financial stability as a skilled newcomer.

April 28, 2022, 6-7:30 PM:

 Immigrant Women Exploring Business

Immigrant Women Exploring Business is an 8-week business training and consulting program available to Immigrant women in Manitoba living on a low-income who have a business idea.

Training runs from May 4- June 24, 2022 (Mon, Wed, and Fri 6-8 pm).

To apply for the program, you must attend one information session.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED to attend an Information Session. To register, visit our website via this link:

Registration required

Call for Culture Day Workshop facilitators

Acadia Junior High is looking for a group that can participate in their school Culture Day on May 6th, 2022. They are looking for a few workshops about various aspects of African culture to teach students about.

Volunteers would have 40 minutes to run the workshops on the morning of May 6. The workshops can teach students about any aspect of a culture in an engaging way (i.e. craft, storytelling, dance, food, music, language, etc.).

Contact African Communities of Manitoba Inc. (ACOMI)  on phone: 204-221-6696 or email: for more details.


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Book your eye exam or visit us in store today! Send us  email: Call us: 204-421-8080. Visit our website: Our location: Unit #9 – 1500, Regent Avenue West, Winnipeg. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram @cresteyecare.  Book your eye exam or visit us in store today!


Edge Career Program

Edge Career Program is accepting participants for their free full-time customized employment preparation and job skills training program Free Job training and pre-employment program starting in April, 2022

The program operates Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. offering life skills, employability skills and computer training

For more information, please go to:

NPIM Networking Event – April 28th

Upcoming Sessions/Events

NPIM Networking Event – April 28th

An exciting opportunity to engage with 2 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)experts in the month of April.

The DEI topic has been a trending topic since the killing of George Floyd in America.

How does DEI address the challenges of discrimination and equitable access to job opportunities in the North American economy?

Some events are for everyone. Join us as we discuss diversity, equity and inclusion this April.


Looking for a lawyer for your real estate closing? Look no further, we are here to help you. You’d be glad you did!

You can email us:


Call: +1 (431) 588-2702.

We will be looking forward to receiving your messages. Thank you!

PFN Zoom Prayer Meeting: Saturday 7th May, 2022.

PFN invites you to special prayers for Nigeria via zoom meeting on Saturday, May 7, 2022, from 4:00P.M Prompt.

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 903 677 0162

Passcode: 3Ff6Ge

Email address for interac donations to the PFN:


If food security is an issue, “Food for all Program” is a Food supply for all season. An initiative of C.A.C Rehoboth Christain Centre in partnership with Peace Wholeness Centre. See poster for details and more contact information or visit websites below. Thank you!

Please Support Our Sponsors

OLUWADARE LAW OFFICE – 625 Marion Street, Winnipeg, MB. Tel: +1-204-963-0768. Email:

See poster for more details.

Shared Health is currently recruiting Language Access Interpreter Services in Hausa

Interested in work as a trained interpreter with Shared Health Language Access Interpreter Services?

Shared Health is currently accepting applications for Fall 2022 Training and Employment.

Visit for details.

Application deadline is May 4th

Manitoba Museum is hiring for the following jobs:




Please click here to advertise with us with good rates and fantastic offers to promote your business, products, and services on our website and social media platforms. For more information please call us on 204-998-4239/204-583-2143 or contact us via email:

Please follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for all events and weekly community updates. As always, thanks to everyone for continuing to help build community unity and prosperity. Have a nice weekend!

Your Team at NAMI