Celebrating Black Excellence!


Acadia University is home and will forever be one of the best times of my life. As one of Canada’s first universities, they have been the home for black student. From all over the world, Acadia hosted successful black students from different walks of life that have preserved and overcome discrimination!

It all started with Rev Edwin Borden

Class of 1892. Rev. Dr. Edwin Howard Borden from Truro NS, who graduated from Acadia in 1892 with his Bachelor of Arts and his Master of Arts in 1896. He was the first person of African descent to graduate from Acadia and is believed to be one of the earliest persons of African descent to graduate from any college or university in Canada.

Here’s a list of past and students that I had the pleasure of knowing during my tenure at Acadia! They are apart of history; not only Acadia’s but Canada’s !!


✊🏿 Chika Chiekwe

Class of 2014

Corporate Lawyer at Cox & Palmer; former Acadia

✊🏾 Allie Berry

Class of 2017/2018

Professional athlete 🏀 former Acadia

✊🏽 Alana Fairfax

Class of 2014

Coordinator – Primary Health Care ; former Acadia axewomen soccer player

✊🏿 Grace Acan

Class of 2019

Currently working for a social enterprise in Toronto

✊🏽 Idi Jeremie Shabani

Class of 2017

currently working as a graduate researcher in biomed sci & teaching Assistant for Concordia University; former Acadia axemen soccer player

✊🏾Joy Chiekwe

Class of 2018

Works as a Clinical Exercise Physiologist with NSHA where she runs an exercise program for cancer patients and uses exercise as a form of medication for other chronic conditions.

Current Masters student at Dalhousie University

✊🏽Coralie N’Djoré

Class of 2016

Hospitality and Administrative work; Nutrition Major

✊🏿 Jasmine Parent

Class of 2012

Health and Wellness Coach and founder of I am Worthy Wellness / Fitness Influencer and Black Nova Scotian Community Advocate

✊🏾Jasmine Smith

Class of 2016

Currently completing her bEd degree at Acadia University. Former Acadia university Volleyball player

✊🏽Jessica Maxwell

Class of 2015

currently working at PhysioOne health clinic as a kinesiologist, and recently got accepted into the OT program at DAL starting in the fall !

✊🏿Suleiman Semalulu

Class of 2015

He just graduated from the University of Calgary Faculty of Law and will be articling at McCarthy Tétrault LLP as of September 2020. He graduated from Acadia with a BA in Sociology in 2015, and an MA in Sociology 2016. Former Acadia axemen football player

✊🏾Maya Macatumpag

Class of 2016

Stunt Performer in the film industry

✊🏽Andrew Blackmon

Attended Acadia from 2016-2017

Now resides in Mons, Belgium and currently a project manager for Avery Dennison

✊🏿AJ Simmonds

Class of 2017

currently working for Halifax Regional municipality with the African Nova Scotian affairs integration office as a community outreach and research coordinator

✊🏾Dale Wright

Class of 2020

Accountant and for Acadia Axemen football player and conference all star

✊🏽Chanel Smith

Class of 2018

Graduated with a double major in chemistry and biology. I am currently working as a home care support worker for youth and elderly and will be going back to school in September to pursue a degree in Sustainable and Renewable Energy Engineering.

✊🏿Sehkahnee Reynolds

Class of 2018

Owner of Barbershop and outreach worker and founder of boys to men mentorship.

✊🏾Jalynn Skeir

Class of 2020

An assistant coach at Acadia for the women’s basketball team for 3 years. She just finished my Bachelor of Educationand will be teaching in Halifax at a private school called Armbrae Academy in September.

✊🏽Eugene Mcminns

Attended Acadia from 2015 – 2018

From Nassau, Bahamas, he studied Community Development! Former Acadia axemen with many accolades on and off the field

✊🏿Janessa Tynessa

Class of 2015

Nova Scotia born Educator; she teaches at the elementary school level

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