Charlotte Aya Kouassi—Ivory Coast
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Three women making history in Los Angeles
Kehinde Oloade, 49, came to America from Lagos, Nigeria in 1987 following the pattern of African nationals who took advantage of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, which saw an estimated one million Africans immigrate to the United States. “I came here alone,” she recalls. First arriving in San Diego, where she remembers getting her first job at a local Jack-in-the-Box restaurant.