Five Surprising Facts about African Immigrants

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What do these people have in common?

Elon Musk, Trevor Noah (Daily Show host), Lupita Nyong’o (Oscar-winning actress), Tope Awotona (founder of Calendly), Iman (super model), Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (New York Times best-selling author), Ezekiel Ansah (American football linebacker) Dr. Ndabisa Moyo (world-renowned economist and author), Meb Keflezighi (Boston Marathon winner).

They are famous and wildly successful in their chosen careers. They would make great clients for any advisor.

First-generation immigrants born in Africa

They are all first-generation immigrants born in Africa. They are among the 2.1 million African-born immigrants in the U.S.

They all spent their formative years somewhere in Africa and had to go through the visa journey to get to where they are today.

They represent a small number of countries in Africa: South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Somalia, Zambia, and Eritrea.

They made their wealth from scratch and their work ethic represents the growing class of African immigrants.