USAIG is a young firm with a focus on African immigrants in the United States. Our mission is to help African immigrants in the US to make it. We are community advocates, journalists, entrepreneurs, artists and more, and like many of our subscribers, we are immigrants from Africa and parents of first generation African immigrants.
We may not know how you came to the United States, but we know why you are here: to make it. Are you from Africa or an immigrant looking for a job, or to advance your career? This is the platform. Have you been thinking about owning your own business? Well, gain perspectives here. Do you have immigration questions that you are not even sure how to ask? Get in the circle. Are you bored and homesick? Why not read some breaking news from Motherland? You can also get entertained on our No Funk page. No more struggling alone in a new land! USAIG is a companion that cares from the heart.
Get the gist, get on board, let’s make it!
Meet our Team
Victoria Lara Olani’- Oyaniran grew up in Nigeria, West Africa. She migrated to the US a few months after 9/11. Most immigrants in a new country are starters, and so is Victoria. She began her journey by continuing to ask and define her purpose in the new land. Her passion in serving others led her to found US African Immigrants Gist. She holds a Master’s degree from NYU Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service.
Susan Olupitan, Contributing Writer
Susan Olupitan grew up in Lagos, Nigeria, where she studied Dentistry before coming to New York and embracing her more creative ambitions as a writer and actor.
Her passion for cross cultural understanding is what led her to US African Immigrant Gist. She lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and two sons.
Yasmine Coccoli, Content & Social Media Manager
Yasmine Coccoli is a writer living in New York City. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Pace University in 2017 with a bachelors degree in Political Science and Peace and Justice Studies. Prior to attending Pace University, she spent four years studying in Cameroon and working with several non-profits, including the microfinance organization of the American School of Yaoundé, and the Mefou Park Primate Conservation Group. She also spent time studying in Senegal, where she held an internship with the Senegalese Committee of Human Rights, an NGO tackling various human rights issues in Senegal. She is passionate about the motherland and all issues affecting the African diaspora, and she is excited to join the team at US African Immigrants Gist.