Sunday, April 21, 2019

Namibian Student Held Over Sexual Abuse In U.S

Namibian graduate student charged in alleged sexual rape at Iowa State University in the U.S
Namibia graduate student charged in two different accounts with sexual abuse at Iowa State University, United States. police have arrested Namibian student accused him of sexually abusing two women earlier this month at his university apartment. 

Jona Shitaleni Paulus was busy doing his internship works at the Department of Animal Science with the same University. Jona specialised in Animal Science, he also involved in a current project that investigating and testing the viscoelastic oxidative properties of rice bran and higher oleic soybean oil (HOSO). 

Iowa State University of Science and Technology generally known as Iowa State is an agricultural research university established in 1858, located in Ames, Iowa in the United States of America.
Jona Shitaleni Paulus, of Ames, was charged Thursday with third-degree sexual assault. He was being held in Story County Jail on $50,000 bond. According to a criminal complaint, Paulus committed a sex act with a woman who was in his apartment in the University Village complex during the early morning hours of April 6 while on top of her, holding her down against her will. 

Police said she was eventually able to push him off of her and then began recording him with her phone as she was leaving. In the recording, she can be heard telling Paulus "I told you no," followed by him replying "I know. I know," according to the complaint. When police interviewed Paulus three days later, he admitted a sex act had occurred but told authorities it was consensual. 

ISU spokeswoman Annette Hacker said there is an "open, ongoing police investigation" into Paulus. A search warrant application by university police additionally says Paulus is the subject of an investigation into a second sexual assault that took place the night of April 6 at Buchanan Hall. According to the warrant application, a woman met Paulus on MeetMe, a popular social media app that allows people to meet people nearby. The woman invited Paulus to her apartment to "cuddle and sleep only,"

but he proceeded to commit multiple sex acts against her will during the course of the night and took photos and video, according to the warrant application. After Paulus fell asleep, she looked through the pictures stored on his phone and found photos and videos "similar in nature with a lot of different girls," according to the application. The Story County Attorney's Office didn't return a request for comment about how many additional charges may be filed.

In the U.S particular there is a MeToo fanatical movement which trying to perfecting the art of sex as a weapon against what perceived to be a patriarchy system and indemnifying any black person. You, rather not make a joke to a woman in such a society where every woman wants to be part of MeToo and prove is more feminist that pushing the social parity and its political ploy thereof.  We hope this, not a trap (#MeToo) because he is so political agitated person and could be easily be targeted. 


Wednesday, April 10, 2019

American Kidnapped In Uganda, Released After 5 Days

American tourist Kimberly Endicott and field guide Jean-Paul Mirenge Remezo after they were rescued from unknown gunmen in Uganda's Queen Elizabeth National Park. on 08 April 2019.
A Ugandan government official said on Wednesday that a total of eight people were in custody over the kidnapping of an American tourist and her guide, and he rejected President Donald Trump's "lectures" on how to keep visitors to the nation safe. Government spokesman Ofwono Opondo gave the update on the investigation and rebutted Mr Trump's remarks in video statements posted to Twitter. 

Kimberly Sue Endicott of California and her safari guide were released Sunday, after almost five days in captivity. Sources have told the media that some ransom money -- though not nearly the $500,000 the kidnappers had demanded -- was handed over to secure their release. It has never been clear where the money handed to the kidnappers came from, and on Wednesday Opondo insisted that "the policy" of the Ugandan government is, "we don't pay the ransom." He dismissed reports of a ransom payment as "rumourmongering." 

"By last evening, 8 suspects identified as Ugandans had been arrested in connection to (the) kidnapping of the American tourist," Opondo said on Wednesday. CBS News correspondent Debora Patta and producer Sarah Carter reported on Tuesday that the first four arrests in the case were believed to have been of illegal fish traders and ivory smugglers, suspected of getting supplies to the kidnappers. It wasn't clear who the four new suspects in custody were, or how they were believed to be connected to the case.

Ugandan police tracked down at least the first four suspects with the assistance of FBI surveillance equipment. At one point, as many as 19 FBI agents were in Kihihi -- the town nearest the site of the abduction -- assisting with the investigation, according to local authorities. The FBI has acknowledged to CBS News that it aided in the search but declined on what extent and how many numbers of agents were involved.


Opondo also dismissed Mr. Trump's warning, issued in a tweet on Monday morning, that people wouldn't "feel safe" visiting Uganda until those responsible for the kidnapping were apprehended and brought to justice. "Bring them to justice openly and quickly!" the American president said on his Twitter account. "Uganda is a very safe place for its citizens, the general public, and especially the tourists," Opondo said Wednesday, asserting that in the 2017-2018 tourist season the central African nation hosted 1.7 million visitors, and "none of them had that kind of incident. We have not had any incident where a tourist is harmed since 1999.".

"We don't need lectures from him (President Trump) on how to protect our citizens," Opondo said. "Our judicial system is open, is transparent, is credible. We do believe that the arrests made should be able to convince the world that, actually, our security system works. We don't have to go into arguments with Mr. Donald Trump or anybody."

Almost a week after armed gunmen abducted them inside Uganda's renowned Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kimberly Endicott arrived at the U.S. Embassy in Uganda on Monday, the next stop on her way home. The Ugandan safari adventure was always high on Endicott's bucket list, but she never imagined it would turn into such a nightmare. According to the sources, Endicott and her guide were forced to walk across the border from Uganda into the Democratic Republic of Congo, where they spent most of their five days in captivity. They were given a mattress and sheet to sleep on but spent their nights outdoors in the bush. 

 When Endicott and guide Jean Paul Mirenge Remezo made it back to the wildlife lodge at Ishasha in the national park after their release, Endicott was barefoot and her pants were ripped and they both appeared exhausted but otherwise healthy.


Tuesday, March 12, 2019

South Africa Rebuff U.S Sanctions On Zimbabwe


South Africa's president Cyril Ramaphosa endorsed Zimbabwe leader Emmerson Mnangagwa
South Africa's president endorsed Zimbabwe's government Tuesday, ignoring reports of human right abuses by the military to crush persistent dissent in the neighboring country. On a visit to Zimbabwe, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa voiced his strong support of President Emmerson Mnangagwa, repeating calls for an end to Western sanctions and urging the international community to assist the once-prosperous country.

President Ramaphosa described the sanctions against Mnangagwa and dozens of other top Zimbabwean officials as "unfair" and "unjust." He promised South Africa will assist Zimbabwe's economic recovery "within our means." Ramaphosa's comments came as Human Rights Watch issued a report urging him and other southern African leaders to push Zimbabwe's president "to put an end to security force abuses." Zimbabwe's rights record has been under the international spotlight since the military opened fire on protesters twice. 


In August the military fired on post-election protesters, killing six people, including some bystanders. A government inquest later ruled that the military had used excessive force. In January the military again opened fire to put down anti-government protests and at least 12 people were killed, according to human rights groups. After the street protests were quelled, the military carried out a series of raids on residential areas across the country and there were reports of rapes, abductions, and arrests of more than 1,000 people. 

Mnangagwa has defended the military interventions and said the January unrest had been encouraged by Western countries that have kept decades-old sanctions against scores of top officials. The U.S. last week extended the targeted sanctions, as hopes fade that Mnangagwa would fulfill his promises of reform after taking over from Robert Mugabe in 2017. Human Rights Watch on Tuesday said that security forces "used excessive lethal force" to put down the protests, based on interviews that it conducted with 45 "victims of abuses." 

The international human rights watchdog said it talked to families of people killed, witnesses, activists, medical personnel, lawyers and police officers for its report. The Zimbabwe government has repeatedly dismissed the reports of rape as fabricated while attributing the other abuses to "fake soldiers," men masquerading as army troops in stolen uniforms. Human Rights Watch said the crackdown has continued despite the end of the protests. It warned that "the government's failure to address the issues underlying the protests, including the hike in fuel prices, means the situation could deteriorate further."


Thursday, February 21, 2019

Mozambique's Ex-finance Minister His Extradition On Hold

Mozambique's former finance minister Manuel Chang appears in state court during an extradition hearing in Johannesburg, South Africa on 08 January 2019. Photo: Shafiek Tassiem. 
South Africa is still considering whether to extradite Mozambique’s former finance minister, Manuel Chang, to his home country or to the U.S., a Department of International Relations and Cooperation official said. “We have received an extradition request from Mozambique and it’s receiving attention from our Justice Department,” Ndivhuwo Mabaya, a DIRCO spokesman, said when asked to confirm an earlier report that cited Minister Lindiwe Sisulu as saying the government plans to return Chang to Mozambique. 


Chang was arrested in South Africa on Dec. 29 on a warrant from the U.S., where he is wanted on allegations of conspiracy to commit fraud and taking millions of dollars in bribes in a $2 billion loan scandal. South African prosecutors formally filed the U.S. extradition request in a Johannesburg court on Feb. 5. “Both extradition requests have been referred to our courts for a determination as required by our law,” Ministry of Justice and Correctional Services spokesman Max Mpuzana said by email. “The final decision will be made once the court process has run its course.”

IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde (R) is being greeted by Mozambique's Finance Minister Manuel Chang (L) on 08 May 2014 at the Maputo International Airport in Maputo, Mozambique. Lagarde visited in Mozambique to attend the Africa Rising Conference. Photo: Stephen Jaffe /IMF.
Last month, Chang's lawyers argued that his detention by South Africa on a US extradition request was illegal. But judge Sagra Subroyen dismissed the application at Johannesburg's Kempton Park magistrates court, saying "this court agrees with the state to consider that the arrest warrant is valid". Chang, who was Mozambique's finance minister between 2005 and 2015, is accused by US authorities of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, securities fraud and money laundering. Between 2013 and 2014, Mozambique state-owned security companies borrowed about $2 billion (R27.98 billion) from foreign lenders, but the government only disclosed most of the debt to the International Monetary Fund in 2016.

The hidden debt plunged Mozambique into its worst financial crisis since independence in 1975. Since Chang's arrest on December 29, three former employees of Credit Suisse bank have also been arrested in London for possible extradition after being charged in New York. US prosecutors allege that Chang received $12 million (R167.87 million) to agree to sign the loan agreements to supposedly finance a tuna-fishing fleet and maritime surveillance project. About $200 million (R2 797.82billion) was spent on bribes and kickbacks, according to the US indictment. Mozambique's attorney general said Monday there were 18 defendants in their own investigations into the case, but no convictions have been made since the scandal was unearthed in 2015.

In addition to Chang, two other unnamed Mozambican citizens are accused by US prosecutors of being involved in fraud related to the $2 billion debt. Lebanese businessman Jean Boustani, accused of helping coordinate the alleged fraud, was arrested at a New York airport on 02 January this year. The arrest of Chang, who is still a lawmaker for the ruling Frelimo party, has fuelled anger in Mozambique over the scandal ahead of elections expected in October 2019.


Monday, February 11, 2019

Kamala Harris She Is Proud For Her 'Blackness'

Democratic presidential candidate Mrs.Kamala Harris (D-CA) (R) poses for a selfie with Winston-Salem State University Chancellor Elwood Robinson during a Thurgood Marshall College Fund event at the JW Marriott 07 February 2019 in Washington, DC. Photo credited: Chip Somodevilla
Kamala Harris directly confronted critics Monday who have questioned her black heritage validity, and mass incarcerating of Afro-Americans and other races as a prosecutor and her decision to marry a white man. In an interview with The Breakfast Club hosted by DJ Envy and Charlamagne Tha God, the talks were aired on Monday. During the show, the hosts asked the California Democrat to address a series of derogatory memes that have circulated on social media. whose her father Donald Harris a Jamaican of African descendant. She is being white-washed by the media and even implicated as anti-black when thousands of Afro-Americans taken into mass incarceration by the flawed and racial system. 

One of the hosts cited a meme that said Harris is "not African-American" because her parents were immigrants born in India and Jamaica and she spent her high school years in Canada. "So I was born in Oakland, and raised in the United States except for the years that I was in high school in Montreal, Canada," Harris responded with a laugh. "And look, this is the same thing they did to Barack (Obama). 


This is not new to us and so I think that we know what they are trying to do. "They are trying to do what has been happening over the last two years, which is powerful voices trying to sow hate and division, and so we need to recognize when we're being played," Harris said. One of the hosts followed up by asking Harris how she responds to people who question "the legitimacy of your blackness." "I think they don't understand who black people are," Harris replied. "I'm not going to spend my time trying to educate people about who black people are. Because right now, frankly, I'm focused on, for example, an initiative that I have that is called the 'LIFT Act' that is about lifting folks out of poverty," she said, detailing her plan for a $6,000 tax credit for middle-class Americans.


Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris participates in an interview and question-and-answer session with leaders from historically black colleges and universities during a Thurgood Marshall College Fund event at the JW Marriott on 07 February 2019 in Washington. And her candidacy for President was announced on 21 January. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images.
"I'm black, and I'm proud of being black'', "I was born black and I will die black'', and I'm not going to make excuses for anybody because they don't understand," she said in the interview. Kamala Harris, a former California state attorney general, she was asked what she had done as a prosecutor "to hurt black people" and whether there were decisions that she regretted. Kamala said she did nothing wrong, but what she did was to fight for legalization of marijuana throughout her term, and she can't make apologies for pursuing violent criminals to keep communities safe but added that she wished she could have done more to affect change from the inside the system.




"I regret not having done enough," said Harris, who was elected district attorney of San Francisco before becoming California's attorney general. "If I had been there longer, if I had had more in terms of bandwidth, I would have done more around creating initiatives, for example, in the juvenile justice system. That was something that was always on my agenda to focus on, and I didn't get around to that." But she noted her work on recidivism and re-entry initiatives as a prosecutor, as well as her work with Senate colleagues to reform the nation's bail system. 


She acknowledged that some voters will reject her candidacy simply because she was a prosecutor. "There are some people who are just going to say, 'we don't want prosecutors.' And I don't know that I'm going to be able to convince them," she said. Harris said the criminal justice system is deeply flawed but makes no apologies for pursuing violent criminals. "Let's not buy into the myth that black folks don't want law enforcement. We do," Harris said. "We don't want excessive force. We don't want racial profiling -- but certainly, if somebody robs, burglarizes my house, I'm going to call the police." The California senator added that she believed some of the glaring problems within the system could be tackled from within. "There is no question that this system is deeply flawed, that there is systemic racism in the system.

 Mrs.Kamala Harris talks with young people after a question-and-answer session with leaders from Thurgood Marshall College during the event at JW Marriott 07 February 2019 in Washington, DC.
We have a problem with mass incarceration, in particular of black and brown men," she said. "No mother or father in America should have to sit down when their son turns 12 and start having the talk with that child about how he may be stopped, arrested or killed, because of the color of his skin, there is no question." She also highlighted her support for legalizing marijuana. 

She said she has smoked -- a joint, to be specific, adding with a laugh, "I did inhale." "I think it gives a lot of people joy," she said, "And we need more joy." The junior senator from California was also asked about the criticism she has faced on social media for marrying a white man. "Look, I love my husband, and he happened to be the one that I chose to marry, because I love him—and that was that moment in time, and that's it," Harris said. "And he loves me," she added laughing.


Thursday, February 7, 2019

FBI Assault Civil Right Activists As Terrorists And Protect KKK As Victims

Since Martin Luther King Jr. U.S Law enforcement, the military, and political circles in the United States have been serving the agenda of white supremacists, who use it to recruit other members.
The FBI has opened a “domestic terrorism” investigation into a civil rights group in California, labeling the activists “extremists” after they protested against neo-Nazis in 2016, new documents reveal. Federal authorities ran a surveillance operation on By Any Means Necessary (Bamn), spying on the leftist group’s movements in an inquiry that came after one of Bamn’s members was stabbed at the white supremacist rally, according to documents obtained by the media. The FBI’s Bamn files reveal:


  • The FBI investigated Bamn for potential conspiracy against the “rights” of the “Ku Klux Klan” and white supremacists. 
  • The FBI considered the KKK as victims and the leftist protesters as potential terror threats, and oftentimes downplayed the threats of the Klan, writing: “The KKK consisted of members that some perceived to be supportive of a white supremacist agenda.
  • The FBI’s monitoring included in-person surveillance, and the agency cited Bamn’s advocacy against “rape and sexual assault” and “police brutality” as evidence in the terrorism inquiry.
The FBI’s 46-page report on Bamn, obtained by the government transparency non-profit Property of the People through a records request, presented an “astonishing” description of the KKK, said Mike German, a former FBI agent and far-right expert who reviewed the documents.The report ignored “100 years of Klan terrorism that has killed thousands of Americans and continues using violence right up to the present day”, German said. “This description of the KKK should be an embarrassment to FBI leadership.” Shanta Driver, Bamn’s national chair, criticized the investigation in a statement to the Guardian, saying, “The FBI’s interest in BAMN is part of a long-standing policy … Starting with their campaign to persecute and slander Dr. Martin Luther King, they have a racist history of targeting peaceful civil rights and anti-racist organizations, while doing nothing to prosecute the racists and fascists who attacked Dr. King and the movement he built.”

White nationalists, neo-Nazis, the KKK and members of the 'alt-right' attack each other as a counter-protesters (R) intervenes during the melee outside Emancipation Park during neo-Nazis rally 12 August 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. After clashes with anti-fascist protesters and police, the rally was declared an unlawful gathering and people were forced out of Lee Park, where a statue of Confederate ordered to be removed. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
The FBI launched its terrorism investigation and surveillance of Bamn after white supremacists armed with knives faced off with hundreds of counter-protesters, including Bamn activists, at a June 2016 neo-Nazi rally in Sacramento. Although numerous neo-Nazis were suspected of stabbing at least seven anti-fascists in the melee, leaving some with life-threatening injuries, the FBI chose to launch an inquiry into the activities of the leftwing protesters. The documents, though heavily redacted, did not include any conclusions from the FBI that Bamn violated laws or posed a continuing threat. Its members have not faced federal prosecution. The FBI declined to comment on Bamn.



“It’s clear the FBI dropped the investigation having no evidence of wrongdoing. It never should have been opened in the first place,” Driver said. The 2016 rally was organized by two white supremacist groups: the Traditionalist Worker party (TWP) and an affiliated California entity, the Golden State Skinheads. California law enforcement subsequently worked with the neo-Nazis to identify counter-protesters, pursued charges against stabbing victims and other anti-fascists, and decided not to prosecute any men on the far-right for the stabbings.

The FBI appeared to have adopted a similar approach. In a redacted October 2016 document, the FBI labeled its Bamn investigation a “DT [domestic terrorism] – ANARCHIST EXTREMISM” case. The FBI’s San Francisco office wrote that it was investigating allegations that “members of Bamn attended a Ku Klux Klan rally and assaulted a Nazi supporter”. It summarized the Sacramento incident this way:
In 2016, law enforcement learned that the Ku Klux Klan would be holding a rally at the State Capitol Building …which consisted some members that perceived to be supportive of a white supremacist agenda. As a result a number of groups mobilized to protest against the KKK rally. Flyers were posted asking people to attend in order to shut down the rally.
The KKK and Traditionalist Worker party both have similar ideologies but are distinct groups. It’s unclear why the FBI labeled the rally a KKK event. The FBI’s report also appeared to obfuscate details about the political affiliations of stabbing perpetrators and victims, saying: “Several people were stabbed and hospitalized.” That’s despite the fact that California police investigators reported that neo-Nazis were seen on camera holding knives and fighting with counter-protesters (who suffered severe stab wounds).

The FBI file said its research into Bamn found that the group “lawfully exercised their First Amendment rights by engaging in peaceful protests”, but added that its “members engaged in other activity by refusing to disperse, trespassing in closed buildings, obstructing law enforcement, and shouting during and interrupting public meetings so that the meetings could not continue”. Bamn has long advocated for racial justice and immigrants’ rights, frequently protesting at public events and organizing rallies. The FBI report said it was “possible the actions of certain BAMN members may exceed the boundaries of protected activity and could constitute a violation of federal law”.

The “potential violations of federal law”, the FBI said, included “conspiracy against rights” and “riots”. The FBI cited Bamn’s website, which encouraged supporters to protest against the KKK, featured slogans like “SMASH FASCISM!” and “NO ‘FREE SPEECH’ FOR FASCISTS!”, and celebrated the “mass, militant demonstration” that “shut down” the neo-Nazi rally. The FBI also included screenshots of Bamn pages that referenced a number of the group’s other advocacy issues, including campaigns against “rape and sexual assault” and “police brutality”. The FBI files further included mentions of Yvette Felarca, a Bamn member who was stabbed at the rally, but is now facing state charges of assault and rioting. (Her lawyers have argued in court that the police investigators and prosecutors were biased against anti-fascists and worked to protect neo-Nazis).


The driver, who is also Felarca’s attorney, said the FBI should have mentioned that Felarca was “stabbed and bludgeoned by a fascist in Sacramento”. She added: “Instead of finding the person who assaulted anti-racist protesters, the FBI chose to target BAMN, which by their own admission holds demonstrations that are protected by the First Amendment.” The bureau’s justifications of the investigation and surveillance were disturbing, said Ryan Shapiro, executive director of Property of the People. “The FBI discovered that these protesters once shouted at a meeting and somehow that evidence was mobilized to support a full-fledged terrorism investigation,” he noted. In November 2016, the FBI engaged in surveillance of a protest outside the Berkeley school district, according to the Bamn files. Due to the redactions, it’s unclear who the FBI was watching, though the report noted that the FBI observed “several children … sitting outside … with signs next to them”. The FBI report said its investigation and surveillance were not “intended to associate the protected activity with criminality or a threat to national security or to infer that such protected activity itself violates federal law”. The report continued:
However, based on known intelligence and/or specific, historical observations, it is possible the protected activity could invite a violent reaction towards the subject individuals or groups, or the activity could be used as a means to target law enforcement. In the event no violent reaction occurs, FBI policy and federal law dictates that no further record be made of the protected activity.
Property of the People’s records requests broadly sought FBI documents on anti-fascists. The FBI did not release additional Bamn records beyond 2016. The FBI’s insinuation that Bamn’s actions could provoke violence was odd, said German, the former FBI agent, who is now a Brennan Center fellow. He noted that it was white supremacists “who have used this tactic for decades” and said the violent provocations of rightwing groups were well known when he worked on domestic terrorism for the FBI in the 1990s. The Bamn report, he said, gave the “appearance of favoritism toward one of the oldest and most active terrorist groups in history”.


He added that the report should have made clear that the “KKK consists of members who have a bloody history of racial and antisemitic violence and intimidation and is known for staging public spectacles for the specific purpose of inciting imminent violence”. Asked whether the Bamn investigation was ongoing and whether the FBI had opened any equivalent inquiry into the neo-Nazis in California, an FBI spokesperson said the bureau does not confirm or deny the existence of specific investigations. “We cannot initiate an investigation based solely on an individual’s race, ethnicity, natural origin, religion, or the exercise of First Amendment rights,” the FBI said in a statement. “The FBI does not and will not police ideology.” The bureau “investigates activity which may constitute a federal crime or pose a threat to national security”, the statement added.

The Bamn case follows numerous recent controversies surrounding the FBI’s targeting of leftist groups, including a terrorism investigation into Standing Rock activists, surveillance of black activists, and spying on peaceful climate change protesters. The justice department inspector general previously criticized the FBI for using non-violent civil disobedience and speculation of future crimes to justify terrorism investigations against domestic advocacy groups, German noted, adding that the Bamn files suggest the FBI “seems to have learned nothing from these previous overreaches”. Even knowing the FBI’s legacy of going after activists, the report was still shocking, said Shapiro.

A bunch of anti-fascists showed up at a Nazi rally and were attacked by Nazis, and the response from the bureau was opposite, police launch a domestic terrorism investigation into the anti-fascists,” he said. “At its core, the FBI is, as it has always been, a political police force that primarily targets the left and Afro Americans.”


Sunday, January 27, 2019

Meet Naomi Osaka's Parents

Tamaki Osaka and Leonard Francois; they are amazing and proud parents of Japanese tennis champion Naomi Osaka, World No.1 on the WTA rankings on 27 January, 2019.
As Naomi Osaka recently made history by beating Serena Williams at the U.S. Open in wrapped up a 6-2, 6-4 victory for her first Grand Slam title. In a general comparison the two daughters of Leonard Francois (Naomi and Mari) and Richard Williams' daughters (Serena and Venus) these duos have something very obvious in common, being two sets of black women who have risen through resilience and motivation to transcend the ranks of tennis to the highest competitive international level by their own parents. Naomi’s father, Leonard who been her life-long coach actually he emulated the coaching doctrine of Richard Williams, who also trained his own daughters Serena and Venus in U.S. 



Though she is half-Japanese, half-Haitian and born in Japan, Naomi has lived in the United States since she was 3 years old. Leonard taught his daughters how to play tennis nearly a decade ago, her father decided that his two daughters would represent Japan, not America, the country where her talents was being undermined.
Leonard explained that he decided to get his two daughters involved in tennis after watching the Williams sisters perform in 1999; while Naomi and Mari Osaka were just still toddlers at a time. Brook Larmer of The New York Times wrote, “Leonard Francois became transfixed by a broadcast of the French Open show that featuring the American prodigies Venus and Serena Williams playing when they were just 18 and 17, who used to teamed up together for winning the doubles title''. Leonard knew little about tennis, while Richard Williams, the father and coach for Venus and Serena, had played none at all. But, Williams had created a genius strategy to turn his daughters into world champions, teaching them how to serve big and hit hard from every corner of the court. ''The blueprint was already there, I just had to follow it
'' Leonard stated.
In the picture youngest Naomi Osaka (3 years old)

As an introduction Naomi was born on 16 October,1997 at Chūō-ku, in Osaka prefecture, Japan to Leonard Maxime François and her mother is Tamaki Osaka.  Leonard Francois born at Jacmel a place located in the south eastern province of the Republic of Haiti. He naturalized as U.S citizen. Naomi elder sister called Mari who born (03 April,1996) she is also a professional tennis player, she doesn't command popularity in the industry. The two girls were given ''Osaka'' name adopted from their mother's maiden name for practical memorabilia to the city. The parents had first met each other when Leonard visited Japan after graduating from New York University in U.S. He went to Japan and living there for more than ten years.
Leonard was among the global oriented foreigners who came to Sapporo in Hokkaido, Japan in early 1990s for searching life experience and better opportunities. He was the only few black men found in the rest of Hokkaido. Tamaki met this handsome college student, a moment he left New York in 1995. They dated for a few years and eventually tied the knot. The two started dating, keeping their relationship under a closet unknown by her parents for several years. 


Tamaki says:  When she was in her early 20s, her father wanted to talk about omiai, a Japanese traditional custom in which a woman and a man are introduced to each other for possible marriage. The matchmaking process would sanctioning a marriage for her. But, Tamaki was already seeing someone — a foreigner and Afro-black man in that matter. 



Her father erupted in outrage after found out the secret affair, he started excoriating her for bringing disgrace on the family. For the relationship to survive the couple moved to the south of Osaka prefecture together with Leonard, whose Japanese language was bit improving later he found work. For more than a decade, Tamaki would have virtually no contact with her family and later they created their own family for consolation. 



Nostalgic photo showing Leonard Francois, far left, and Tamaki Osaka, second from right, with their daughters Mari, left, and Naomi plus friends in Osaka, Japan, in 1999: Credit Osaka family.
Japan as a homogeneous society has long history of guarding itself against foreign cultures dating since the 1630s, the era of Japanese feudalism, when the Tokugawa (shogunate) cut off the entire archipelago from the rest the world. The sense of separatism cultivated over the centuries remains strongly present, especially in some places like Nemuro, at the coastal town where Tamaki grew up. Nemuro is on the eastern tip of Hokkaido, Japan’s northern island, which is a bastion of homogeneity and Japanese feudal traditions like Samurai warriors and Katana. Tamaki her world just opened up when her mother sent her from a typical home environment to the high school in Sapporo, Hokkaido’s capital, where a new wave of globalization and multiculturalism gradually taking effect. 


Naomi Osaka (3 years) and her older sister Mari Osaka (4 years): Photo Osaka family.
After 10 years living in Japan, Leonard and his family moved to Southern Florida in U.S in 2006 to focus on kids' tennis development full time. He started training Mari and Naomi since they were four and other one three respectively. In the country like U.S, with access to a gym and free public courts, Leonard was able to initiate his plan in the earnest way. He girded the kids with instructional books,training DVDs or anything that can develop the two daughters to have extrasensory and passion in tennis sport.

“I don’t remember how to hit the ball,” Naomi said. “The main thing was that I wanted to beat my sister.” When they played sets against one another, Naomi lost every time, usually 6-0. “For her, it wasn’t a competition, but for me, every day was a competition,” she says. “Every day I’d say, ‘I’m going to beat you tomorrow.’ ” It took 12 years before that watershed moment finally came. 


In 2009 Tamaki decided the kids should meet their Japanese family, especially her grandfather Osaka Tetsuo (73 age) 
from whom she had been largely estranged for nearly 15 years. And so, when Naomi was about 11, she and her sister visited their grandparents in Nemuro,Japan. It was an excitable home well-coming together with the children. Her parents instantly devoted some adoration toward the girls. 

Japan's Naomi Osaka holds her trophy after defeating Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic in the women's singles final at the Australian Open in Melbourne, Australian 26 January 2019.
Back in U.S: As children went off the school bus, the two sisters trained every day on the Pembroke Pines public courts and at the same time were home-schooled at night. Leonard tried registering his daughters at American Tennis Association but the organization showed little interest in helping to develop both Mari and Naomi. Thereafter he chose the Japanese Tennis Association for training the daughters. Leonard made a pivotal decision: His daughters, from now on would play under Japanese flag, the nation they left behind nearly a decade earlier. Naomi finally made into the WTA Tour in 2014. The girls grew in strength and talent include time experience. (Mari, whose early career has been slowed by injury she sustained, she is now ranked No. 350 in the world.). 

Leonard's girls were sharp and managed to skipped many usual circuit of junior tournaments and, eventually, started competing against older players on the pro satellite tours, just as the Williams sisters had done. With a growth spurt in her early teens, Naomi soon towered over Mari. Video clips of the girls’ matches and training began circulating among coaches and agents, but neither sister had an impressive junior ranking or much tournament experience. 



Despite growing up in United States, with all the cultural references of a typical American youth, Naomi said: “I don’t necessarily feel like I’m American. I wouldn’t know what that feels like.” Her sister speaks almost fluent Japanese, but Osaka’s grasp on the language is more tenuous. “I don’t know if you guys know this, but I can understand most Japanese, and I speak when I want to,” she tweeted.  Adding: She is too shy — and too much of a perfectionist — to speak the language publicly.

Haiti: In 2016 Leonard prepared the family to visit his native country, Haiti and on 30 October 2016 greeted a welcoming group at Karibe Hotel in Port-au-Prince in Haiti. Naomi got opportunity to delivery an inspirational speech about her young career, her experiences and the purpose of her trip to Haiti before setting her goals on the professional tennis circuit. She says, "Haiti is a very beautiful little country, very different."
 

Tamaki Osaka and Leonard Francois and their two daughters sizzling in Long island, New York.
The visiting family was welcomed by FHT officials, among the governmental officials were Junior Etienne, (Sport President), Francky St-Louis (Vice-President), Fitz Gérald Brandt and Franck Alain Beauduy called on young members of the Haiti's youth team such as Richardlyne Francois, Christopher Borgelin, Fritzterson St. Louis, James Adler Germinal, Krishna Maurice who were present to embrace sport and take a role model from Naomi Osaka. Latter, after exchanging a few snowshoes, under the eyes of the star of the world's women's tennis, she was presented with a bouquet of flowers as a token of appreciation from the people of Haiti.  


Naomi holding a flower sitting along with Haitian sport officials when she visited them Oct 2016.
The decision to visit Haiti, she says, was a personal decision. She praising Haitian cuisine! She took the opportunity to explain: "In New York, I lived with several members of my father's family (grandmother, cousins). We only ate Haitian food.  “I grew up surrounded by Haitian and Japanese culture''. She added, that her father’s parents in Haiti, don't speak English only spoke Haitian Creole. 

My grandparents cooked traditional recipes like “spicy Haitian stew”. Although her father’s parents, spoke no English, however they do filled the air with good aroma and appreciation. ''I had already visited Japan, I wanted to visit Haiti. Although I have heard many negative comments about Haiti. I can not believe it. That's why I had a huge desire to walk the Haitian soil, I visited my father's town, Jacmel, and other places in the country.'' said Naomi.  

Naomi loves giving care for desperate ones, she visited her father's native country Haiti in 2016.
I could see that Haiti is a very beautiful little country. Negative comments do not reflect the reality. " Speaking to Haitian youth tennis club, she commented positively on the idea of ​​serving the country: "I would have liked to be the ambassador of my dual countries because I feel as a Haitian. There are some very beautiful places in Haiti that can be marketed to the world in attracting tourism. It will be a pleasure to do so. 

Seeing the exchanges between young people, without fear of being denied, I believe that Haitian youth tennis has a future. However, players need the help of everyone to reach the highest level. " Visibly Naomi was enthusiastic and happy to have visited Haiti with her parents Léonard François and Tamaki Osaka. In addition; Naomi promised to return to Haiti , in a more formal setting.

Tamaki Osaka and Naomi and  Mari at the public restaurant:Photo source Osaka family. 
During that year the moment after she visited Haiti, she won several tournaments.  First she pinned down the Ukrainian Elina Svitolina (No. 18) to reach the third round of the Australian Open. Then, she chained another victory against the Italian Sara Errani (No 14) at the Miami tournament bash.  Naomi, also defeated Latvian Jelena Ostapenko (No 32) at Roland Garros. At the US Open, she took the best at the expense of the American Coco Vandeweghe (No. 28). To this, we must also add that in September 2016, Naomi was able to reached the final of the Tokyo tournament. To succeed, she defeated Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia (No. 12). She was 40th in the WTA rankings.

In August 2017 Osaka dismantled the defending champion Angelique Kerber in the first round of the U.S. Open 6-3, 6-1 and went on to the third round. And in 2018, just three days after claiming the title in Indian Wells, she beat Serena Williams in the first round of the Miami Open.  Before that, Osaka met up Serena in the locker room but was too awe-struck to say hello to each other. “I had my headphones on anyway,” so I just pretended I couldn’t see or hear anything.” she said.

Naomi said, the high level is not just about winning all the time. Since I'm new to the circuit, I need to gain experience. For the rest, I played a host of big tournaments. If you look at the results, I'm not too far from the goal. I know that I still have to work very hard to reach it. I have the mental strength, the confidence and the will to go forward. It's only a matter of time for me to shine at the highest level. Especially since many Haitians in New York have always made special trips visiting us just to support me.

My favorite surface is hard, but I have no problem with the grass. Mr. Shinji Yoshikawa a women's coach of the Japan Tennis Association stated that in September 2013 he witnessed Naomi's first playing experience (when she was 16 years old) and that time she was learning at Harold Solomon Academy.

Naomi Osaka scooping the Grand Slam Title at US Open on 08 September 2018.
Naomi’s success and her affection for both two nations and more specifically Japan has draw million Japanese fans who reeling for a female world super star. What makes Naomi so special for Japan is precisely what makes her so appealing to many fans and the corporate brands around the world.  Naomi is Nissan's ambassador  "I love GT-R Nissan car because it's fast! ''I am deeply moved by being able to support my tennis activities to one of the world's leading automobile companies.

I am at stake of Nissan Motor, which is challenging to change the history of cars by electric cars and automatic driving, I am very much sympathizing and I think that by challenging for the queen of the world, it would be good to change the history of girls' tennis of the future " As a young woman with fearsome touch and 120-mile-per-hour serve. “When I look 15 years into the future, I see Naomi having a great tennis career, perhaps even with Grand Slam titles,” Stuart Duguid, her agent at I.M.G., says. “But I also hope that she’s changed cultural perceptions of multiracial people in Japan.

I hope she’s opened the door for other people to follow, not just in tennis or sports, but for all of society. She can be an ambassador for change.'' The decision to play for Japan has had major repercussions in Osaka’s life, from the way she is perceived in Japan and the United States to the size of the endorsement contracts she can now command as a top Japanese athlete ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. 


Though some in the tennis world wondered whether the decision was influenced by commercial prospects — the Japanese star Kei Nishikori’s massive endorsements were no secret — the family insists that the girls were too young and unproven for that to be a factor.  But for Tamaki and Leonard, who spent many years in Japan himself, it was natural for the girls to play in the country where they were born, even if the parent’s own memories of the place were tinged with anger and regret.

Naomi's mother Tamaki shed tears after Naomi defeated Serena Williams in the final:Getty Image.
Naomi Osaka of Japan celebrates winning the finals match against Serena Williams of the United States with her mother Tamaki Osaka sheding some tears of joy during the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center  in New York City. It was a spectacular event when she face-off with the mighty of Williams. 

As her trademark she was wearing leggings, a tank top and magnificent frizzy blond-tinted hair emerging from the back of her Adidas caps. She always commanded by her stand-fast coach, Sascha Bajin, a German-Serb descent.  Tsuyoshi Yoshitani, a sports reporter with Kyodo News, says: “Naomi is like no Japanese player ever before. I think she will be the first Japanese player to win a Grand Slam.”


Serena Williams lose the Gram Award to Naomi Osaka at US Open 8 Sept 2018.Getty Image.
 At 21, she is the youngest woman in the world — and Japan’s highest-ranked female player in more than a decade. Serena Williams declared two years ago that Naomi was “very dangerous.” So it wasn’t a complete surprise when she put together a spectacular run in March at Indian Wells, in California, demolishing three current or former world No.1s on the way to her first W.T.A. title.


Those upsets catapulted her up the rankings, from No. 68 at the end of 2017 to 17 by early August and now the winning of Australian Open 2019 . “Ever since I can remember, I played better against bigger players on bigger courts,” she said, her high, soft voice a contrast to the ferocity she displays on court. The polite Japanese gesture, a regular part of Osaka’s routine, has a gentility that seems at odds with the power she flexes on court and the stern expression on her face. “I think everybody who sees me would think that I’m really scary or something,” she told me. “But I’m not!”

Osaka's family living on the hyphen of balancing Japanese, American and Haitian cultures — is something Osaka has done all her life. And she has become quite aware that her mixed identity may bring her more fans around the world. “Maybe it’s because they can’t really pinpoint what I am,” she has said, “so it’s like anybody can cheer for me.” In Japan, sports fans a very proud for the rising star that playing for the land of the rising sun, Japan.



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