United African Organization

UAO aims to serve as the African Community Resource Clearinghouse wherein constituents gather, access information, share experiences, exchange views, and coordinate organizational capacity development. UAO's hub of resources on this website is intended to assist community members in navigating services, programs and resources that are available to help them cope better in the United States.


The phone rang…..

It was the security man downstairs saying there was a delivery.

It was this delightful tray of fresh baked pastries and bite-size cookies from www.bakeforme.com .

who is our secret admirer?

Thank you for making our day!

Faith’s Internship Experience

November 28, 2015NancyBlog

Walking into UAO that first day and meeting everybody, I knew this internship was going to make this summer my best so far. Everyone was so nice and I felt really relaxed from the beginning which normally doesn’t happen much because I would usually take like a week or two to feel relaxed at a new place not to mention a new place in a different country.

Being my first internship, I wasn’t so sure what to do and how to go about doing some of the stuff but it was no bother because everyone made it all seem so easy and walked me through whatever I needed to do. I learned a lot of things ranging from data entry down to U.S. immigration law and it was wonderful. Read more →

Faith’s Last Internship Day

July 31, 2015NancyBlog

USCIS recalls 3-year DACA permits issued after 2/16/2015

Important Information for Some DACA Recipients Who Received Three-Year* Work Authorization: Fact Sheet

If you are a DACA recipient who received a three-year Employment Authorization Document (EAD) after February 16, 2015, it was likely mistakenly issued and must be returned.

Approximately 2,100 DACA recipients were issued three-year Employment Authorization Documents, rather than two-year EADs, afterthe  February 16, 2015, court injunction was in place. USCIS has taken action to correct this issue for these individuals and has updated their records to reflect a two-year period of deferred action and employment authorization. USCIS has re-issued and mailed the corrected two-year EADs to these individuals. USCIS has also notified these individuals that the three-year EADs are no longer valid and must be immediately returned, along with any related approval notices. USCIS is carefully tracking the number of returns of these invalid EADs and continues to take steps to collect the remaining cards. Read more →

Iman’s Last Internship Day

July 15, 2015NancyBlog

Elisa’s Last Internship Day

June 28, 2015NancyBlog

Please, learn my name

I am Misturat Ganiyu. Disregard my age, occupation, gender, race, and other details that define a person. Concentrate, instead, on the beginning sentence in this blog. This is where people trip and stumble. At a young age, I realize the difficulty of my name. During that time, I would recite it to other elementary school kids and confusion followed. My name is pronounced as incorrectly as a first grader who utters a challenging word for the first time. A child may split the word into syllables or skip the word altogether, but it will return. The same concept applies to strangers meeting other strangers at a commonplace. Names are introduced and they part ways, but encounters happen.

Repeating a name accurately exemplifies kindness. If you say it wrong and apologize for it, that is alright as long as you try again. Practice helps. Don’t ask for a shortcut such as the person’s nickname. Sometimes, one is absent.  Read more →

9th Annual Chicago African Summit a Success

June 18, 2015NancyBlog


We are proud to announce that United African Organization successfully hosted its ninth Annual Chicago African Summit & Community Resource Fair on May 30th 2015 at 10 West 35th Street. Despite the rainy weather, lively African immigrants and Chicago natives attended the event, which featured a Resource Fair where information about a variety of services and social programs was made available. Among the many resource fair participants there was the Illinois Eye institute, who performed on-the-spot screenings and vision tests, the Illinois Department of Human Rights, Metropolitan Family Services, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Chicago, and Urban Partnership Bank.

The summit also presented a line-up of panels that featured speakers from socially involved institutions delivering informative and motivational speeches ranging from the State of Illinois’ finances, immigration, mental health, housing rights, and social movements such as Black Lives Matter. Read more →

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