USAIG is a young firm with a focus on African immigrants in the United States. We offer community content on all things Africa. We blog, promote personal and professional development of Africans and immigrants in the US through our monthly events, and connect you to jobs in our network.
We are community advocates, journalists, entrepreneurs, artists and more, and like many of our subscribers, we are immigrants from Africa.
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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.