USAIG is a media organization that focuses on African immigrants in the United States. We offer community content and promote African identity. We support personal and professional development of Africans and immigrant community in the US. We consult on cultural based training focusing on intergenerational relationships between African youths, parents and community, and we facilitate diversity and inclusion training workshops.
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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.
Cliff Ward, Business Account Manager
Cliff is a seasoned media professional with over twenty years of experience working in the Advertising/Media industry as a Media Buyer and Advertising Sales Rep (Traditional & Digital) for companies such as DMB&B, Billboard Magazine, SFM Media, Blue Marble, Agency.com/I-traffic, Vivendi Universal, Johnson Publishing Company, Harris Publications, TRACE Magazine, YRB Magazine, Community Connect Inc., Interactive One, BET, Indian Country Today Media, The Health Zone Network, Magnet Media Films, Digital Turbine and Outer Places LLC. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, the City University of New York.
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.