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‘African luxury market has benefitted immensely from the rise of e-commerce’

Born in Lagos and raised in California, USA, Abisola Kola-Daisi is the founder and CEO of FH Luxury. An astute entrepreneur, she earned her first degree in Finance from California State University, Northridge in Los Angeles. Her work experience has spanned the banking, oil and gas, and shipping industries before deciding to follow her passion for fashion and founded FH Luxury 2012, one of Nigeria’s leading luxury retailer brands. In this interview with TOBI AWODIPE, Abisola, who is positioning her outfit to be Africa’s foremost luxury brand, spoke on Nigeria’s emerging luxury market and how young people are driving the trend. -- The Guardian Nigeria

Sacreah Becerra: Inspiring Positivity Though Art with Inspirah

Her lifelong path as an artist began in California, having grown up in Los Angeles and graduated from California State University Northridge with her bachelor’s degree in art. Over coffee, Sacreah tells me about how much she enjoyed practicing something that she loves in college, and that from her undergraduate program, she was recruited to graduate school to study education. After graduating with her master’s degree, Sacreah found a passion for business, and worked in the field for over 10 years, holding many different positions, such as working as an executive assistant, working in financial industries, and working in import-export. During this time in her career, Sacreah was able to work alongside many talented and motivated entrepreneurs. -- Thurston Talk

Castaic High School hires two athletic directors

Overdevest has been teaching for 23 years and has also served as a swim and water polo coach. He played baseball and soccer for Granada Hills Charter before swimming for California State, Northridge. -- Santa Clarita Valley Signal

Birmingham Police Department announces new Deputy Chief

Davenport began his career in law enforcement as a police explorer scout and subsequently as an Escort at California State University, Northridge Police Department and began his career as a police officer in 1988 with the Los Angeles Police Department. -- CBS 42 - AL

Trombonist/Composer Nick Grinder Evokes the Familiarity of Home with the Fascination of the Mysterious on his Second Album

Venezuela native Trujillo was a classmate of Grinder’s at Cal State Northridge. The two founded the quintet Long Range, whose live show was documented on the digital-only release Live at the Blue Whale in 2014. Helm, a fellow Californian and gifted composer in his own right, frequently calls on Grinder for his own projects. Stinson and Honor had previously worked together in the band of saxophonist Kevin Sun; Stinson also works regularly with trumpeter Adam O’Farrill, while Honor took part with Grinder in a short-lived sextet called Mend. -- Artvoice

Goldrich Kest Names CEO

Drandell is a Santa Monica resident. He attended Cal State Northridge. He worked at what is now CliftonLarsonAllen in Beverly Hills before joining Goldrich Kest in 1995 as its controller. He has since held the positions of vice president/controller, chief financial officer and chief operating officer. -- Los Angeles Business Journal

AccuWeather Promotes John Dokes to Chief Content Officer & President of AccuWeather Network, Announces Strategic Reorganization

Dokes serves as a mentor with the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC), advocating diversity in the telecommunications industry, and on the advisory board of Culture Shift Labs, a consulting firm specializing in multicultural marketing communications. In 2018, Dokes was selected for Savoy magazine’s annual, prestigious list of the Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America and was named one of the “Top 50 business alumni of California State University Northridge” – David Nazarian College of Business and Economics. -- MarTechSeries