He tried to help Africans by focusing on their identity and making them more conscious of themselves. He wanted Africans to over come the stigma that black was inferior. He fought for equality before the law, based on his rejection of the notion that racial identity implied merit or lack of it.
Aliko is a visionary and a brilliant business man. The Dangote group has risen to become the largest conglomerate in West Africa. Most of its business products include salt, sugar, cement, flour and most recently oil and gas and telecoms.
Palestinian poet Mourid Barghouti writes that if you want to dispossess a people, the simplest way to do it is to tell their story for them. Chimamanda asserts that narratives have power, which she defines as the ability to not just tell the story of another person, but to make it the definitive story of that person. She is a world renowned author, but she needs more accolades from her continent.
Achebe’s aim was to project Africa not in an idealized way. Achebe objected to simple idealization of ‘blackness’ and indiscriminate glorification of African culture. Achebe was a realist writer who tried to look at his culture and people from inside and depict the same in a realistic manner. Achebe rejected the Western notion of art for its own sake. In essays he has published, he embraced the conception of art at the heart of African oral traditions and values: "art is, and always was, at the service of man," he writes. "Our ancestors created their myths and told their stories with a human
purpose;" hence, "any good story, any good novel, should have a message, should have a purpose."
What motivates me to nominate Arnold Nyendwa is his passion behind what his doing.yes many have come up with innovations but looking at someone who's decided to invert something not for his own benefit but is actually putting into consideration people living in marginalized communities and is trying to make their lives easier and healthier with a non pollutant source of fuel which is a three in one stainless steel stove.
Thobekile has organized women to encourage businesses ownership. She has led by example while developing a supply chain around her gift, fashion design. Her work with organizing farmers and the rural community to build an economy where everyone can benefit is to be celebrated. The impact that Thobekile has on reducing poverty and empowering women is why I am nominating her for the award.
He revolutionised the tombstone industry by having the first tracker installed in one, the first tombstone written in brail and had the first tombstone with a QR code to have information regarding the deceased e.g favorite music, pictures, biography etc.
Festus is a rural youth from a small fishing community/village of Tombo, in Freetown, Sierra Leone.
Festus Conteh is now an international youth leader and Africa youth champion. Festus is the Deputy Secretary of the Young Leaders, a member of the National Youth Council of Sierra Leone. He is also the Africa Regional director of the Salone Messenger, a global multimedia platform for young people that brings together emerging leaders, activists, bloggers and storytellers to tell inspiring stories of change makers and help build a community of young people.
Festus has shown great commitment and dedication in being a catalyst and solution to the challenges faced by young people as himself.
It is with great pleasure that I find myself nominating Thandolwethu Mbalo aka Marcelo. Marcelo has been involved in Youthzones (flagship project under foundation for safe South Africa) since 2011 as a youth coordinator and facilitator to some of our programs e.g. unity in diversity training, leadership workshops and overseeing Bloemfontein sites.
Youthzones is a peer to peer network, where young people from over 46 communities across South Africa, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe uplift themselves using sport or art as a foundation. The teams from families or classrooms that commit to computer literacy, life skills and enterprise development as an avenue towards employability and sustainability.
Youthzones is a frenetic environment that presents many competing demands on its coordinators. Marcelo remains steadfast in his cheerfulness, calmness, caring and dependability. Marcelo shows interest and enthusiasm towards our community projects. He has been reliable in his support towards empowering kids through his work with the soccer and netball teams in our network. He is an extraordinary leader and an invaluable asset to youthzones who we always support his growth and personal development. I highly recommend him as one of the best youth leaders in youthzones.
David Ben Eke's work on feminism and the ravaging issue of rape, Strong, a book, was very understandable and direct in treating the issues. He should be duly recognised for his immense works and efforts. And the fact, that he's very young should be made known, to inspire other young Africans for greatness.
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Wiselady marikhela is a founder and owner of nakie skincare ,the brand that celebrates individuality and diversity in beauty.nakie skincare products give women and girls a healthy alternative of clear and glowing skin.Their products are handmade for African skin .
More than an entrepreneur , standard bank walletwise mentor wiselady is passionate about a girl child.she has 40+ models that she is mentoring under face of nakie skincare,she teaches them about the power of breaking the silence of abuse,confidence , self-love and being comfortable in their own skin.This is an NPO that models join for free.lastly she is a nurse ,LLB student ,ECd practitioner.The reason I penned this I think she deserve the recognition and will encourage her to do even more ,to honour women is to honour who they are.Empower a women , empower a nation.
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SMMEs experience high customer churn and are constantly faced with legal scrutiny and the need to comply with data retention and privacy regulation. This put them under huge pressure on the bottom line and hampers their ability to focus on their growing business. SMMEs companies generate a tremendous volume of data through new customer signups, call logs, payments, etc. Thus, they deal with terabytes to petabytes of data on a daily basis.
Ishmael Alfred Charles is the co-founder and Lead campaigner of The Sick Pikin Project.
Ishmael Alfred Charles is a survivor of Sierra Leone’s brutal civil war. Kidnapped during the war by the rebels at 14-years old, Charles witnessed terrible horrors but this did not defeat him and from this experience he “always wanted to be someone who will help his community rather than destroy it”. Completed his primary education at the St. Edwards Primary school and his secondary education at the Prince of Wales School then proceeded to FBC. Started his career in serving humanity by working for Network Movement for Justice and Development on the Economic Justice Program focusing on Campaign for ‘Just Mining’, then under the Youth Empowerment Program in the Mano River basin. He later moved to the Center for Coordination of Youth Activities where he worked as a Senior Program Assistant focusing on youth engagement and participation. Championed the review of the 2006 National Youth Policy, served as a crucial voice in the youth empowerment drive and attended the Young Leaders Summit in Oslo. He served as an Adviser to the Women’s Refugee Commission’s “Out of School Youth Initiative program”. During his tenure at both the Network Movement for Justice and Development and the Center for Coordination of Youth Activities, he passionately advocated for young people’s constructive engagement and participation in decision making processes and was a civil society youth representative at the ENCISS board. Currently He is Healey International Relief Foundation’s In-Country Program Manager in Sierra Leone working with Caritas-Freetown where he doubles as the Programs Manager. He manages and monitors all . He studied Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Sierra Leone and earned a certificate in International Humanitarian Affairs from Fordham University New York. During the Ebola strike of 2014, Mr. Charles together with his boss Rev. Fr. Peter Konteh, Executive Director – Caritas Freetown, were invited by the U.S. Senate to testify at the Senate and address the US press on behalf of the humanitarian efforts in Sierra Leone. These passionate testimonies of Mr. Charles, one of our most selfless Philanthropists, accelerated the move by the U.S. Senate to reach a decision that saw the arrival of the U.S. Center for Disease Control CDC into all three Ebola stricken countries. When the country was hit by a twin shock of mudslide and flash floods, Ishmael Alfred Charles led the humanitarian efforts from the Caritas Freetown and partner’s angle in providing healthcare support, including basic clothing and wears and other necessities for victims/survivors. He has inspired so many people in Sierra Leone both young and old through his method of service and commitment while working with poor and needy people. He is a worthy figure to emulate as he is very influential in his own unique way. The spirit of humility and selflessness he demonstrates while executing his responsibilities passionately makes him an influential being as he does not wait for others to start, he always leads even if he has to carry things on his head, Mr. Charles will do, this has made many of his staff and others who are following him on TV, radio and social media to copy his method of services as he always say “he is serving humanity with dignity and passion”. In June 2018 he was awarded as one of the Most influential young people in Sierra Leone.
The Sick Pikin/Babies Donation project started as a one off activity with the sole aim to raise funds for baby Mustapha. A group of young people came together to champion the process. The team of Young people were drawn from various fields of work, a Clothing Designer, a Journalist, A humanitarian Aid Worker and the mother of baby Mustapha who was also a Development worker started to champion fund raising in January 2018 primarily to raise funds for baby Mustapha so that we can send him to India where his transplant was done. Baby Mustapha was suffering from Biliary Atresia and needed a liver transplant and his mother volunteered to be the donor.
The challenge was heavy they took almost 5 months trying to raise funds and with the intervention of the First Lady – Fatima Bio after they reached out to her to seek her intervention, she became willing and did a 2 minutes video which went viral and at the given time, we had already raised about $10,000 USD. Her video help moved many to donate including sport betting company Mercury international. This climaxed the campaign and they were able to raise the needed funds and Mustapha went for his surgery, which was successful and he returned.
The Lead Campaigner, Ishmael Alfred Charles, followed baby Mustapha to India and built relationship and partnership with the hospital which has yield a positive collaborative linkage. Upon his return to Sierra Leone, there came baby Marian and that was in June 2018. We reached out to Max Super Specialty Hospital in India where baby Mustapha’s surgery was done and they provided the Sick Pikin Project with almost 20% discount from $ 36,000 USD which was the transplant fee for baby Mustapha to $27,100 USD which is what was paid for baby Marian, baby Marian was also suffering from Biliary Artresia. It was a very difficult process to start again. The Sick Pikin Project raised awareness for almost 3 months without a single donation and after which we were able to start having funds coming in and almost after 6 months month Baby Marian was flown to India for her surgery. There was several challenges. But thankfully it happened and it was successful also.
During the same time when baby Marian’s campaign was still on, then came baby Mariama who was suffering from frontal Encephalocele and needed $ 10,000 USD to do her restoration surgery. They championed both cases, it took pretty long time but at the end we succeeded and baby Mariama was also sent to travel together with baby Marian and both surgeries were carried out and baby Mariama’s surgery was also successful.
After that case, they then saw that too many sick babies were coming up so they decided to set up an organization to standardize things and change from individual cases to collective organizational format. Master Carlos was the first child who benefited from the newly founded baby called Sick Babies Donation Project. And after the official process, the Foundation now have more new cases and the cases increases daily.
Nearly three quarters of the population of Sierra Leone struggle to get access to electricity. Jeremiah Thoronka created a device that harnesses the power of vibrations in bringing light to communities in Sierra Leone in energy poverty. Jeremiah Thoronka developed a more sustainable energy system. Thoronka’s energy solution was to invent a device that would provide people in his community with clean, affordable and reliable energy. Jeremiah Thoronka founded Optim Energy, an innovative start-up that uses kinetic energy – the energy objects have when in motion – to generate clean electricity, when he was 17 and studying at the African Leadership University in Rwanda. He developed a piezoelectric device that harnesses energy from heat, movement and pressure – all which occur naturally in the environment. When the device is placed under a road, in an area with a lot of traffic and passers-by, it absorbs the vibrations they create and uses them to generate an electric current. As nothing is being burned, no emissions are released in the process.
He's the winner of the 2021 Commonwealth Youth Awards and also among the Top 100 Young African Conservation Leaders.
Dr David Moinina Sengeh is a Research Scientist at IBM Research Africa, Nairobi, Chief Innovation Officer at the Directorate of Science and Technology, Government of Sierra Leone and the current Minister of Basic Education in Sierra Leone. His research is at the intersection of applied analytics/machine learning and healthcare with a focus on Africa. He was born and raised in Sierra Leone, received his PhD at the MIT Media Lab, where his research in the Biomechatronics Group focused on the design of comfortable prosthetic sockets and wearable interfaces. This work was at the intersection of medical imaging, material science, human anatomy, computer-aided design and manufacturing.
David is on Forbes 30 Under 30 in Technology for 2013, a 2014 TED Fellow, on the Wired Smart List 2013, winner of the Lemelson-MIT National Collegiate Student Prize, and won many other awards. He has been invited to give talks at institutions like the United Nations, corporate and academic organizations on topics related to education, youth innovation, prosthetics design and more
Kelvin Doe is a child prodigy born, in Freetown, Sierra Leone, on 26 October 1996. The youngest of five children of his parents, Doe comes from a small area in Freetown where a lack of electricity and water is common. Sometimes there is no electricity for weeks. At 10, he started collecting discarded devices, and scrap metal. He started creating something new from that garbage, and built transmitters and batteries from discarded pieces of scrap. He participated in GMin’s Innovate Salone idea competition and became a finalist; in which he built a generator from scrap metals.
He is famous for teaching himself engineering at the age of 13. When Doe became 15, he built a radio transmitter, three-channel mixer, and microphone receiver. It all helped him to create his community radio station in Sierra Leone. He names himself to the name “DJ Focus” where he used to broadcast news and play music.
In 2012 an educational YouTube channel THNKR captured his story in their video which attracted people’s attention. His story became viral in the whole world and then CNN, NBC News, and The Huffington Post covered his story. Seeing his story, David Sengeh who graduated from MIT helped him become one of the known African entrepreneurs. Kelvin won the top prize at Innovate Salone with his team.
He's a self-thought engineer who had so much passion of solving pressing problems in his country
He built a solar power tricycle for person with a disability for them to them to have a friendly environment
He also built a soundless generator that solves air pollution and electricity in his own country
He also built a solar car that would minimise air pollution and help save our planet.
Advocate of the High Courts of Kenya and Tanganyika. Founder of the PLO Lumumba Foundation and a Consultant at Lumumba & Lumumba Advocates, Prof. PLO Lumumba is a Professor of Public Law, a holder of an LLD on the Law of the Sea from the University of Ghent, Belgium, LLM degree and LLB degree from the University of Nairobi. He has been trained on Humans Rights at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies University of London, UK, Humanitarian Law at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of the University of Lund, Sweden and on International Humanitarian Law in Geneva, Switzerland. He is an Advocate of the High Courts of Kenya and Tanganyika and a Certified Mediator. He is a former Director of the defunct Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission (KACC), (Now Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC)). He is the Founding Trustee of the African Institute for Leaders and Leadership (AILL). He currently practices Law with Lumumba and Lumumba Advocates and coordinates activities under the aegis of the PLO Lumumba Foundation to which he is the founder.
Demba Babaly Ndiath is a Senegalese senior banker and CEO of a rental website called dalakjamm.com.
Demba Babaly Ndiath recently launched dalakjamm.com, an African based rental platform where tourists and visitors to the African continent can book, rent, and buy apartments in Africa. The rental platform named DAL AK JAMM means ‘Calm and Peace’ in Wolof, a Senegalese language. If both words are combined it means Welcome.
The goal of this platform is to help Africans and anybody who visits Africa to find a rental property for a long or short term stay in the continent. In addition to that, Demba Babaly Ndiath wants people to book their rentals and pay with their local digital wallet whether it’s Orange money, MTN money, WARI, etc. because a lot of people don’t have a bank account in Africa.
The platform does not only limit itself to linking renters and homeowners, but it aims to promote African hospitality. DAL AK JAMM thrives to have people who share the company's values joining their community.
Vusi Thembekwayo is amongst the most accomplished authors having sold over 50,000 copies of his various books. His debut book, The Magna Carta of Exponentiality sold 6,000 copies in a single day on debut in Barcelona, Spain and is counted as amongst the rare literary collectables by an African author.
I have been advocating for women and mostly plus size women. My main aim has been motivating and grooming teenage plus size girls by building their confidence and giving them back their voices in our society despite all the pressures surrounding beauty.
Tejan Kamara is a dedicated and committed Cooperative, Academic, Developmental and Entrepreneurial Leader that has impacted the lives of many youth in Sierra Leone. It's as a result of his selfless contribution towards the lives of people that motivated me to nominate him for this award.
Nourane Moluh Hassana Epse Fotsing, also known as Nourane Foster (born December 11, 1987 in Cairo), is a Cameroonian politician and entrepreneur, member of the Cameroonian Party for National Reconciliation (PCRN) in the National Assembly since March 2020. She is the founder of the Nourishka brand and heads the companies Nourishka Hair, Nourishka Cosmetics and Nourishka Hôtel.
Abu Bakarr Jalloh is a writer, editor, and storyteller. He is the founder of the online news media website www.theafricandream.info followed by thousands of people on Facebook and viewed in more than 100 countries in the world. Recently, The African dream was featured in Feedspot in the top 30 news media websites on the web. A great achievement. He was born in Bo, Southern Sierra Leone. Started his primary school at the Bo District Educational Council Primary School, Abu Bakarr Jalloh was the top pupil from primary one to three. In 2005, his family relocated to the capital Freetown where he furthered his primary education at the Holy Trinity Primary School, Kissy Road. Abu Bakarr Jalloh became a force to reckon with throughout his primary 4-6 at the Holy Trinity Primary School. In 2008/2009, he enrolled at the Ahmadiyya Muslim Junior Secondary School where he started his JSS 1-3 and went on to top the list of the best student in the 2011 Basic Education Certificate Examination and also 7th best student in the whole of Port Loko District.
In 2011/2012 he attended the Government Municipal Senior Secondary School where he attained his West Africa Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination in 2015. Abu Bakarr Jalloh is now a student of the Njala University, Njala Campus pursuing a degree in Bsc Agricultural Economics.
He is also keen on highlighting national and international issues affecting Sierra Leoneans.
Arnold is such an inspiring and innovative kind of person I have ever met in my life time. I could remember when I usually have discussion with me. one of the things he always say to me is that, for who so ever that enter for engineering must not only limit himself to the principle but the practical, he said this base on what he has taking note of in our country. engineers only seek principle and not practical. and this has not go down well with Arnold, he stand out to make a difference by applying himself practically to solve the problem we are facing, Using his unique innovative skill in both Technology and Clean and affordable renewable energy. And this has been a great motivation to me and many other student around his, it has been a great motivational personality.
Alhaji Siraj Bah is a 21-year-old years old Sierra Leonean social entrepreneur. He is the first ever Sierra Leonean to be part of the UN Young Champion of the earth award regional finalist (Africa). Alhaji Siraj Bah is a social entrepreneur and the CEO of 'Rugsal Group of Companies' from Kono District, Eastern province of Sierra Leone. He is one of few young Sierra Leoneans that have made positive impact and changes in the society and the lives of others. In the year 2017 at the age of 17 years, he was with $20 only in his pocket and then started his paper bag company and a few months later he expanded into charcoal briquettes which are produced from coconut waste. As of date he runs an environmentally friendly company which is passionate about promoting environmental sustainability in Africa, that was initially started 21 months ago with just $20 in hand and now it employs more than 80 people directly and indirectly
The company has produced more than 250,000 biodegradable paper bags which will reduce the use of harmful plastic bags. And have also produced more than 120 tons of charcoal briquettes from coconut waste which are affordable smokeless and last longer than normal charcoal -- which he says has saved more than 15,000 trees. He is not only trying to promote environmental sustainability in Africa but also trying to combat unemployment as the company currently employs over 80 people. His company is now worth over USD$ 250,000
David During this final year at Fourah Bay College, he developed a flood plain for Regent Lumley channel following the August 14, 2017 mudslide incidence that lid to death to 1000 people, the project was finally recognised and won the first ever year Engineering competition(INFRACON 2019). He is a winner of the inaugural National Debate on the theme " Migration and the right of Migrants" organised by the West Africa Youth Network in Colaboration with NaLDA.
David Co- founded the Africa Green Foundation an Environmental non-Profit organisation based in Freetown, Sierra Leone.
Former Volunteer and Data Collector on the world Bank Urban Resilence and Transportation Project Project. He was the lead presenter in the team of seven students from Sierra leone in the Understanding Risk 2019 conference in Abijan Ivory Coast.
David is a great leader and young technocrat, whose impact in the society has been widely reached.
Meet Alhassan Kuyateh.
A final year (honours 2) Mechanical and Maintenance engineering student at Fourah Bay College University of Sierra Leone (FBC-USL).
In 2020 when covid-19 stroked, He was the assistant lead of 8 students to invent Leone Vent (the very first locally made mechanical ventilator in Sierra Leone). This invention was acknowledged by the Minister of Technical and Higher Education, Deputy Vice Chancellors and other stakeholders in the country.
He is the cofounder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Leotech Sierra Leone Limited. LeoTECH offers a 3 months certificate in Engineering software training. AutoCAD, Revit Architecture, Python programming, Chief Architect software, Land survey plotting and mapping, etc are some of the programs they offer.
He is the tutor for AutoCAD and Revit Architecture, with 6 years experience in these softwares he has completed several satisfying mechanical as well as Architectural designs for his clients. This idea brought about to bridge the gap that engineering students graduate from the faculty with no software skills.
He did his internship at the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) were he did a research on the efficiency use and disposal of lead-acid accumulators used in there mini grids in the production of electricity in the rural communities. He also did an internship with the Sierra Leone Institute of Engineers (SLIE) where he did a research on the fabrication, installations and effective operation of the water chaos of water4ever company.
He is also the present Auditor General of Sierra Leone Young Generation in Nuclear (SLYGN).
In early 2005, Alemu founded soleRebels to provide ecologically and economically sustainable jobs for her community. Seeing that many skilled artisans in her small community in Zenebework were living with chronic unemployment, she wanted to showcase their skill and offer work to those in her community.
She’s among the young Sierra Leoneans that strive to make an impact in society. She’s just 21 years old but she has made a mark by impacting the lives of many young Sierra Leoneans. Fatmata Binta is a public speaking coach, philanthropist and a student Leader. She’s among the females that most girls considers as a mentor.
I am nominating him because his inventions and innovations are remarkable and transforming the lives of ordinary Sierra Leoneans living below $1 a day. He is a huge potential in building a better Africa
Chernor is a writer and motivational speaker who has been using his skill (s) to maximise the welfare of Youths, Women, teenage girls and fellow students, and he has also been motivating many younger folks to believe in themselves; he believes that the youthful population in his country should take the centre stage of the country’s body politics to effect change.
In an effort to promote youth participation and enable young people to take on leadership responsibility to solving existing problems in their communities, Ibrahim created the Every Youth Academy, a Whatsapp based Academy that offers free leadership training and mentorship programs to young people from different communities within Africa
Amb.Abbas Ahmed Abbas
he's a peace, human rights and humanitarian advocate and
country director at International Youth Society for Sustainable Development (IYSSD). Senior member at guardians of AfroArab leadership & international ambassador for World literary forum for peace and human rights. African Ambassador at iDixcover opportunities, delegate representative and country envoy peacX,head of representative mission in Somalia at world peace Committee, executive committee African council of organizations. country coordinator African young leaders for global health, peace ambassador global peace advocacy and empowerment initiative, international model United Nations, also country director United Youth for sustainable globe,global youth assembly and global peace advocacy and empowerment initiative, he's a member at different international organizations such as intercontinental youth connect,mission global peace association, international organization of UN volunteer,Diplomatic time,world federation against drugs, and International social hearing and human rights council, activist international human rights commission,On compus director Hult prize foundation,ambassador of federal republic of Somalia on behalf of world prosperity organization, peace ambassador global peace chain and Somali representative international frontiers for peace and UN humanitarian organization,
Other jobs he has held include
The government of Somaliland has been working in the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Tourism for almost seven years as well as civil society organizations where he also been involved in a number of projects such as SEED (Sustainable for Economic and Employment Development) implemented by save the children international and WASH (Water, Sanitation & Hygiene) contractor also implemented by Save the children and EGEP (Education Girls End Poverty) led by relief international and implemented by ADRA(Adventist relief agency).Psycho social support, GBV Social worker & enumerator in Somali context funded by UNICEF European Union implemented by CRG also he's SDG campaigner and member UN ECOSOC.
She obtained her PhD in meteorology before the age of 30.
She is currently a senior lecturer at the University of Limpopo.
Shes such an amazing motivation for young females, and her students and peers loves her.
Please see the supporting link:
There was a big talk about her!
Dr. Komoda, a former elected youth counselor, is also a women’s empowerment advocate. She demonstrated this by effectively leading multiple entrepreneurship and corporate social responsibility projects in Nigeria, Ghana, and many more African countries. In addition, she has an exceptional track record in her 14 years of professional corporate experience promoting the health and wellness industry in the community, has won several international leadership and entrepreneurship awards, and has paved the way for substantial business opportunities and personal development
of her mentees.
• Winner - Ghana Business Standard Awards 2021 for “OUTSTANDING BUSINESS
LEADER OF THE YEAR” (Wellness)
• Winner - The Entrepreneur Africa Awards 2021 for “Corporate Social Responsibility”
• Featured in The Entrepreneur Africa Magazine for “UNCONVENTIONAL
• Winner – AFRICA DUBAI Business Summit & International Honors for “AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE: ENTERPRISE AND LEADERSHIP”
• Academic Honor – DBA, Doctor of Business Administration from American Heritage University of Southern California. Awarded for outstanding contributions to society and contributions to my business management expertise.
People like Mr. Kebe are worth recognizing due to his immense contribution to changing the mindset of young African, he is really a great mentor in the youth space. I gladly nominated him for him to know that his work is not going unnoticed and that we as mentees really appreciate what he does.
The latest Millionaire in Zambia and the Youngest as of 22 September 2021 He now owns a Company worth $2 million dollars built from him innovation and contracts
Arnold Nyendwa is an entrepreneur and inventor who pioneered the first stainless steel stove in Africa. Inspired by personal and family experience in Zambia, the invention aims to reduce the adverse effects of charcoal and wood stoves and addresses the lack of electricity supply in a cost-effective manner. Arnold's invention has won him multiple awards all over the world. Based in Lusaka, Zambia, Arnold is the CEO and Co-founder of Venturas Jumpstart.
When he was just 18 years old, Arnold Nyendwa wanted to help his family cope with a nationwide electricity crisis that resulted in months of rotational load shedding. Using scrap metal sheets from an abandoned school locker, Arnold built a device that would become Africa's first stainless steel stove, capable of using LP gas, electricity and solid fuel. The stove is designed to be easily assembled and disassembled with just 12 bolts. In this talk, Arnold explains how his invention was possible and why other young people in Africa can do the same.
Arnold is a Globally recognized and Multi Award winning Zambian Inventor and Entrepreneur. He is the Founder/CEO; Venturus Jumpstart Ltd, a Stainless Steel Tech company.
Arnold invented the first Stainless Steel Stove in Africa and it uses electricity, gas and solid fuel (3 in one). He holds a Bachelor's in Developmental Studies. He has received many Award nominations
among them, the Africa Genius Awards 2021 finalist alongside Aliko Dangote (World richest black man). Other awards won the Black impact awards in UK for Black innovator 2021 featured on shows such as TEDx, Voice of America TV Africa 54 and Straight talk Africa.
When Arnold was 18years old, he invented the Juvin Brazier, a name derived from his parents
names; Justina & Vincent. The Brazier was unique having 7 functions; braii, warm , fry, roast, bake, dry and cook food. This invention first started as a JETS Project while he was a pupil at Chizongwe Technical Secondary School. He came out first in Eastern Province and 2nd at National Level. This was at a time when Zambia was experiencing rampant load-shedding.
From a young age Arnold had vowed never to seek for employment and the Juvin Brazier became his business focus after completing Secondary School. His breakthrough came when he was given a free exhibition opportunity durring the Copperbelt Agriculture and Commercial Show in Kitwe. Here he had the privilege of showcasing his invention to His Excellence, President Edgar Lungu. This opened many corporate and international doors for him. He was later invited to attend the World Youth Conference among other invitations.
Arnold's invention kept evolving and established him as an Entrepreneur. He later Founded a company called, Venturas Jumpstart and his braizer invention was now upgraded to a Stove.
Africa's first Stainless Steel Stove.
This was through a partnership with Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association. His company manufactures the stoves and they are sold to suppliers. The future plan is to build Stove Assembling Plants in different countries which will later create employment.
This stove avoids the high exposure to respiratory diseases like Asthma through the use of charcoal and fire wood. It has been observed that cooking using fire wood is as good as direct smoking.
Other extra inventions by Arnold are; washable mattress and also a pillow that can be easily dry cleaned without washing.
Arnold's invention and genius mind has not gone unnoticed, he is a recipient of multiple local and international Awards and nominations. From a Juvin braizer to a Stainless Steel Stove; this is the
best example that a genius idea is like a mustard seed.
Other inventions are one Gas burner stove.
-Two Gas burner stove.
- Three Gas burner stove.
- 4 Three gas and + 1
(1)AFRICA FOCUS AWARDS best innovative company 2021 NIGERIA
(2) 30 under 30 future of Zambia scienceand Technology
(3) C.E.O Today Africa magazine Award 2021 leadership,visionary and innovative award
(4) Black impact awards in UK 2021
(5) African Genius Awards south Africa finalist 2021
(6) International stainless steel awards 2018
(7)Most Resilient Youth award in zambia citi Bank 2020
(8) Global Student Enteprenurship Awards 2020
(9) Mwape peer awards Outstanding Entrepreneur 2020
(10) Humanitarian awards 2021 idea foundation Cananda 2021
Awards are many till 15 a few i can remember
Below are a few links
The nominee has changed a school in one year working there. Opened a community club and created a positive environment between parents and teachers. Has sponsored orphans with pre-loved items within during covid-19.
Jessica is the founder and driving force behind the successful International Human Rights NPO. She empowers our team and civil society to be human rights defenders in their communities. On a daily, she inspires people and especially the African child ( who are the beneficiaries of our organisation) to tap into their true potential and provides them with the skills to recognize that they are worthy and can achieve their dreams through hard work, respect and perseverance.
She upholds the spirit of Ubuntu within our organisation and under-served communities, which is a very important African value to the African continent and she does that through her ethos and deserves to be recognized for it!
Anesh has taken it upon himself to to both upskill and mentor both under and post-graduates. He has done so by hosting various career readiness workshops in which educates the youth on skills and pieces of information that help future-proof them. The workshops make use of a new method of presenting information as a resource in the hopes of creating and maintaining engagement over a sustained period,. He has covered topics and facilitated skill-building in areas such as:
- effective decision-making
- automation and process improvement
- business intelligence
- career readiness
All session hosted have been made free of charge so as to empower those who may not have access to resources to help them build those skillsets.
Hamilton has been a Math Tutor longer than I have been alive. He has a great passion for tutoring mathematics and desires to become a qualified mathematics educator and mathematician one day.
This recognition would propel Hamilton's dream of becoming a qualified mathematics educator and mathematician into a reality.
Djibril Guisse is the Co-founder and vocal lead of the Guisse Brothers group. With his amazing voice he was able to lead one of the greatest acoustic group in Senegal and in Africa. Djibril's song focus on African unity, promote the fight against apartheid and talk about the beauty of the African continent
Symbion Yawe is a SELF-aware, conscious and innovative individual who is initiating a rediscovered (new) system to place Africa onto a course that elevates the continent from Her position as the bottom follower of the world within a ‘pre-set,’ global-enterprise framework to that of the top-global-guide and into Her awaiting destiny as a purposed land of Origins. Africa (Origin’A’Land) has offered so much (and can offer much MORE) to the world, and the best reward the world can, deservedly, offer to Africa is to grant the ‘Mama’land’ Her last and only wish of SELF-identification; instead of just loans, arms, donations and markets, etc., while Her ‘Soul’ (Ubuntu) is eternally drained. Symbion Yawe believes that only the power of human-kind –Africans (Origin’A’Lites), as opposed to machine-kind (sentient botic-beings), can ‘save’ Africa as a ‘Souled’ and not a sold-out land. Symbion has dedicated his life towards this SELF-initiated African cause. It is His ONE-Dream that Africa will arise from its Rugs to reach Her purposed Destiny.
Nominating a great achiever, a well written poet , someone that began tertiary education at 15 and graduated with a Bachelor’s Business in Human Resources Management. Incredible creative talent (singer and rapper). A true force to reckon with.
Runcie C.W. Chidebe is one of the leading voices advocacy for better cancer control in Africa, he has been doing some measurable work in cancer advocacy, prevention, access to treatment for Africans and control of cancer in Africa. If awarded, I believe that he will inspire other young Africans across the world to lead advocacies in their communities. Please find below my work and that of his organization.
1. The Organization
Runcie C.W. Chidebe founded Project PINK BLUE – Health & Psychological Trust Centrein 2013. He has been leading the organization to change way African think about cancer, reaching over 25million of people through our awareness and advocacy projects, training for 185 doctors and nurses, 950 volunteers and have implemented over 50 funded projects for the past 6years (www.projectpinkblue.org ).
2. Mobilizing Women to Lead Advocacy for Cancer Control
In Nigeria, people rarely believe that Nigerians survive cancer. In 2017, he founded Abuja Breast Cancer Support Group (ABC-SG), the first breast cancer support group in Abuja, bringing women living with breast, cervical and womb cancer together to connect, share their stories, interact, and advocate for better cancer care in Nigeria. In 2019, we founded Network of People Impacted by Cancer in Nigeria (NPICIN), as a national umbrella to advocate for cancer patients in Nigeria. He believes that it is injustice to see women dying in pain because they cannot afford to buy morphine, a pain drug which is less than $20 because of poverty. On this premise, he led his nonprofit to launched Show Love: a music & comedy show to raise funds for people impacted by cancer (http://bit.ly/ShowLove2018). We raised over N6million ($17,000) in 2018 and raised over N30million ($82,000) in previous years to support cancer patients and cancer care in Nigeria. To bring human face to cancer, we hosted an amazing flash mob with cancer patients; ( Please click here to learn more: http://bit.ly/CancerSurvivorsFlashMob2017b , http://bit.ly/CancerSurvivorsFlashMob2017a , http://bit.ly/PinkSundayLagos2017 , http://bit.ly/ComfortOnGuardianUK , http://bit.ly/PatientNavigationTrainingInNigeria ). In 2016/2017, largely through his efforts, he got the Nigeria National Assembly to pass the bill to establish the National Institute for Cancer Research and Treatment and got President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the bill into law in December 2017.
3. Supporting Women Psychological Wellbeing
Art Therapy for Women Living with Breast Cancer: to provide psychological care for women battling with cancer, he partnered with U.S. Embassy, to organize Art Therapy to get cancer patients to draw and engage in therapy (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v82EU6N8uMw).
4. Awareness & Prevention
Every year, he leads Project PINK BLUE to hosts advocacy and policy activism across Nigeria to demand for better care for women battling with cancer patients and awareness creation across the country. He have been hosting World Cancer Day since 2015, mobilizing over 3,000 citizens to speak out, organize and take action against cancer in Abuja through walk: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ci1lC0mioto , http://bit.ly/WorldCancerDay2018Walk , http://bit.ly/WorldCancerDayWalk2017 , http://bit.ly/WorldCancerDay2016Walk , http://bit.ly/WorldCancerDayWalk2015 ). He mobilize over 2,000 people every year to walk during Pink October (http://bit.ly/PinkOctoberWalk2017 ).
5. Metastatic Breast Cancer Advocacy
Over 70% of women diagnosed with cancer in Nigeria present at stage III or IV due to a lack of awareness of the disease, and a limited number of metastatic breast cancer (MBC) patients can subsequently access treatment and palliative care. In 2015, he lead his team to start secure a $59,000 grant from Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) to start the Breast Cancer Patient Navigation & Palliative Programme (BCNPP), a programme focused on training nurses on patient navigation and palliative care for MBC patients. Through this project, he led his team to train 34 nurses on patient navigation and palliative ( https://ng.usembassy.gov/u-s-fulbright-specialist-trains-34-nigerian-nurses-cancer-patient-care/ )
He also established the first patient navigation in Nigeria in 2015, as at today, patient navigation exists in Lagos, Enugu, Oyo, Kebbi, and Niger states (https://www.uicc.org/case-studies/establishing-navigation-and-palliative-care-services-metastatic-breast-cancer-patients ).
6. The Champion: The Struggle of Women with Cancer in Nigeria
To increase awareness on the need to support women battling with cancer in Nigeria, Chidebe, directed a documentary known as “The Champion”. The Champions is the real-life story of three African women who had breast cancer - Comfort was diagnosed of HER2 positive stage II breast cancer, painfully she could not raise the N15m that she needed for her treatment on time; her breast cancer progressed from stage II to stage IV, the breast cancer spread to her brain and lungs. While, Gift was diagnosed of breast cancer and she was pregnant, she needed to choose between her pregnancy or her own life. Mama Nnenne came with hope. Preview of the Documentary: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1YdDFHP1GIzfC8hjf4GnqKWqTDyEkE65t/view
7. Supporting Women Battling with Cancer to Learn Advocacy
In 2019, he secured funding to support two breast cancer patients to travel to Lisbon, Portugal to attend the 5th Advanced Breast Cancer Conference.
8. Global Collaboration
A. He is a Member, Metastatic Breast Cancer Global Peer Navigation Programme Steering Committee by Novartis Pharmaceuticals. He is the only African on this steering committee focused on designing, developing and disseminating peer navigation support to women living with metastatic breast cancer. He has provided training for women cancer groups in Split, Serbia and other countries.
B. American Cancer Society (ACS) BEACON Initiative Patient Navigation Toolkit Advisory Committee: He is also a member of the American Cancer Society committee for patient navigation, providing advisory support to the ACS in Africa.
9. Inequity in Cancer Control in Africa
In May 2019 when he was invited by American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) to Chicago for the 2019 ASCO Meeting, Chidebe made a very strong advocacy point at one of the panels and also put his position in the ASCO testimonial. He said: “a cervical cancer patient in Dallas, Texas is same as a woman living with cancer in Lisbon, Portugal and same as a cervical cancer patient in Lagos, Nigeria. The only difference is access to care. We all gathered and discussed extensively on diverse clinical work to improve better care for ‘every patient’ globally, however, I still see so many patients not having access to this care. I see thousands of patients living in Africa not having access to this great world wonders. I have seen tens of people die of the same cancer that other patients have survived in other part of the world. My dear friend Kay has been living with metastatic breast cancer for the past 7 years and she is doing great, if not even stronger than some people without cancer. In 2017, when I first met with Kay at Advanced Breast Cancer Conference in Lisbon, Portugal, Kay said that her greatest fear was if she would be able to see her beautiful daughter graduate from college. As a result of access to better care, Kay has seen her graduate and will still be here to see many great achievements of her daughter. There are many Kay in sub-Saharan Africa, who hoped for another chance in life, but never had one. There are many Sharon whom sold their land, houses and other valued properties to get a second chance to see their daughters and sons graduate, but never did. All because of not having access to care. In 2017, Project PINK BLUE raised over N11,000,000 ($30,000) in funds and drug support for Comfort Oyayi Daniel a HER2 positive breast cancer, but, we lost her in 2018. I may be wrong but, I think if she was living in United States or Europe, she may possibly still be alive till today. The global inequity to cancer care is a human right issue and we must decide to make it a happen”. His assertion was shocking to many delegates and it generated essentially conversations around access to care globally especially in Africa and other low-and-medium-income-countries (LMICs) like Nigeria.
Runcie is a classic example of advocacy/campaign and should be encouraged to do more for Africa.
Prof Ali Mazrui was a Kenyan-born American academic, professor, and political writer on African and Islamic studies, and North-South relations. He passed away at the age of 81 on the 12th of October 2014(NULL)
a Congolese engineer, a professor of electrical engineering technology, an entrepreneur, a philanthropist, and a government official leading the electrification initiative in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
a Cameroonian philosopher, political theorist, and public intellectual who is Research Professor in History and Politics at the Wits Institute for Social and Economy Research at the University of the Witwatersrand
Trevor Noah is a South African actor, comedian, writer, TV host, and political commentator. He is best known for hosting Comedy Central’s ‘The Daily Show’ since September 2015. He is also popular as the host and creator of the show ‘Tonight with Trevor Noah’ on DStv and M-Net. Noah, who was the runner-up on the fourth season of the reality dancing competition show ‘Strictly Come Dancing,’ is one of the most sought-after hosts in the entertainment industry. Till date, he has hosted a number of South African and American TV programs, talk shows, and more. The South African star was listed in Time magazine’s ‘100 most influential people’ in 2018. Noah is a polyglot as he speaks multiple languages, such as English, Zulu, Xhosa, Sotho, Tsonga, Tswana, Afrikaans, and German.
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Ngalula Sandrine Mubenga is a Congolese engineer, a professor of electrical engineering technology, an entrepreneur, a philanthropist, and a government official leading electrification initiatives in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Her accomplishments as a Professor at the University of Toledo are detailed at www.DrMubenga.com. Research interests include renewable energy, solar power, electric vehicles, and battery management. Entrepreneurial credits include founding the SMIN Power Group LLC. The company specializes in the design and installation of renewable energy devices, with a primary mission to provide electrification for communities, schools, and hospitals in her native country.
Akinwumi "Akin" Adesina is a Nigerian economist, who is currently serving as the President of the African Development Bank. He previously served as Nigeria's Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development. Until his appointment as Minister in 2010, he was Vice President of Policy and Partnerships for the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). He was elected as the President of the African Development Bank in 2015 and re-elected for a second term in 2020. He is the first Nigerian to hold the post.
Vusi Thembekwayo is a famous South African entrepreneur, author, international speaker, podcaster, investor, businessman, and social media influencer from Benoni, East Rand, Gauteng Province, South Africa. He is well-known in the country for his amazing entrepreneurship masterclass and quotes. Being a successful entrepreneur, he serves the position of Chief Executive Officer at MyGrowthFund Venture Partners.
Adrian Gore is founder and CEO of South Africa's leading medical insurer, Discovery Holdings, which provides health insurance for more than 200,000 companies and close to 2 million people. In 1992, Adrian Gore raised seed funding from Laurie Dippenaar, a cofounder of Rand Merchant Bank, and founded the South African medical insurer after years of working with Liberty Life. Discovery is known for its Vitality unit, which rewards members with cheap flights and other perks; bigger discounts go to those who acquire points by going regularly to the gym, eating vegetables and taking regular medical tests. Discovery, which is listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, also has operations in the United Kingdom and the United States. Gore is the company's largest individual shareholder with an estimated 8% stake. A fitness buff, he often jogs the 6 miles between home and work.
Dr. Angela Nyambura Gichaga is the CEO of the Financing Alliance for Health. The Financing Alliance for Health is a partnership of over 40 organizations, including governments, multilateral institutions, foundations, and private sector organizations, that work together to improve health outcomes and achieve universal health coverage. Dr. Gichaga has extensive experience in global health and healthcare financing, having worked in various leadership positions at organizations such as the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the World Health Organization, and the United Nations Development Programme. She holds a medical degree from the University of Nairobi, a Master of Science in Health Economics from the University of York, and a PhD in Health Economics from the University of Cape Town.
Professor Abdulrazak Gurnah is a Tanzanian-British novelist, academic, and literary critic. He has published several critically acclaimed novels, including "Paradise," "Desertion," "By the Sea," and "Afterlives," which was shortlisted for the 2021 Booker Prize. In addition to his literary work, Professor Gurnah has had a distinguished academic career. He has held teaching positions at universities in Tanzania, England, and the United States, and has published widely on African and postcolonial literature. He was awarded a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in 2006 for his services to literature, and in 2020 he was elected as a Fellow of the British Academy.
Professor Asmeret Asefaw Berhe is a soil biogeochemist and ecosystem scientist who currently serves as the Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of California, Davis. She is also a professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and a member of the UC Davis Soil Science Graduate Group. Professor Berhe's research focuses on the role of soil in global carbon and nutrient cycles, particularly in response to climate change and land use change. She has conducted fieldwork in Africa, North America, and Asia, and has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals on topics related to soil science, biogeochemistry, and ecosystem science.
Professor Tshilidzi Marwala is a South African engineer, computer scientist, and academic. Marwala obtained his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Case Western Reserve University in the United States in 1991. He then obtained a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Pretoria in South Africa in 1996, and a Ph.D. in Engineering from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom in 2000. Marwala is currently the vice-chancellor and principal of the University of Johannesburg, where he was previously the deputy vice-chancellor for Research and Internationalisation. Marwala is a fellow of the South African Academy of Engineering, the African Academy of Sciences, and the Academy of Science of South Africa.
Denis Mukwege is a Congolese gynaecologist and human rights activist who has dedicated his life to helping survivors of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Dr. Mukwege is the founder and medical director of Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, which has become known worldwide for its treatment of survivors of sexual violence. He and his team have treated thousands of women who have been raped and subjected to other forms of sexual violence during the long-running conflict in the eastern part of the country.
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Arthur Zang is a Cameroonian engineer and entrepreneur who is best known for inventing the Cardiopad, a touchscreen medical tablet that enables remote heart examinations. He was inspired to do so after witnessing the difficulties faced by people in rural areas of Cameroon who needed heart examinations but did not have access to the necessary medical equipment or specialists.
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Sadio Mané is a professional football player from Senegal who made his nameplaying for Liverpool FC and the Senegal national team. In 2016, he signed with Liverpool for a transfer fee of around £34 million, making him the most expensive African player in history at the time. Mané helped Liverpool to win the UEFA Champions League in 2019 and the Premier League in 2020. He is known for his speed, skill, and goal-scoring ability, and has been recognised with numerous individual awards, including the African Footballer of the Year award in 2019. Mané is known for his philanthropic work, particularly in his home country of Senegal, where he has funded the construction of schools, mosques, and hospitals, as well as providing financial support to families in need.
Zakes Mda is a South African novelist, playwright, and poet. Mda is known for his powerful and thought-provoking works that explore issues of race, identity, and politics in South Africa. He has written several novels, including Ways of Dying, The Heart of Redness, The Madonna of Excelsior, and Black Diamond. His works have been translated into numerous languages and have won many awards, including the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and the Sunday Times Literary Award. Mda's works have been praised for their insight into South African society and their ability to capture the complexity of the country's history and culture. He remains a prominent figure in the South African literary community and beyond.
Eliud Kipchoge is a Kenyan long-distance runner who is considered one of the greatest marathon runners of all time. Kipchoge began his running career in the early 2000s, and he quickly made a name for himself. He won the junior race at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in 2003 and went on to win several other international races. He became a household name in 2015 when he won the Berlin Marathon with a time of 2:04:00. He followed that up with a win at the London Marathon in 2016, setting a course record with a time of 2:03:05. Kipchoge has also won several major marathons, including the Chicago Marathon, the Rotterdam Marathon, and the Berlin Marathon (four times). He has also won multiple gold medals at the World Championships and the Commonwealth Games.
Aisha Yesufu is a Nigerian activist, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. She is known for her advocacy work on social justice issues, particularly in the areas of human rights, gender equality, and good governance. Yesufu gained prominence for her involvement in the #BringBackOurGirls campaign, which was launched in response to the kidnapping of over 200 schoolgirls by the terrorist group Boko Haram in 2014. She was a leading voice in the campaign, which drew international attention to the issue of girls' education and the ongoing conflict in north-eastern Nigeria. In addition to her advocacy work, Yesufu is a successful entrepreneur and businesswoman.
Danai Jekesai Gurira is a Zimbabwean-American actress, playwright, and activist. Gurira is best known for her roles as Michonne in the hit television series The Walking Dead and as Okoye in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame. She has also appeared in other films including Mother of George, All Eyez on Me, and The Visitor. In addition to her acting career, Gurira is also an accomplished playwright. Her plays include In the Continuum, Eclipsed, and The Convert, all of which have received critical acclaim; Eclipsed was nominated for several awards, including a Tony Award for Best Play in 2016.
Agnes Matilda Kalibata is a Rwandan agricultural scientist and policymaker. She served as Rwanda's Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources from 2008 to 2014, and later became the president of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), a non-profit organisation aimed at increasing food security and agricultural productivity across the African continent. As president of AGRA, Kalibata has continued to promote policies and programmes aimed at improving agricultural productivity and food security in Africa. She has been a vocal advocate for the use of science and technology to address agricultural challenges, and has worked to strengthen partnerships between governments, private sector actors, and civil society organisations in support of these goals.
Dr Bibi Ameenah Firdaus Gurib-Fakim is a former politician and the first female president of Mauritius, serving from 2015 to 2018. Before entering politics, Gurib-Fakim was a biodiversity scientist, specialising in the study of plants and their medicinal properties. She obtained her PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom and went on to become a professor at the University of Mauritius, where she taught chemistry and headed the Centre for Phytotherapy Research.
Lupita Amondi Nyong’o is a Kenyan-Mexican actress, author, and producer. She grew up in Kenya and later studied film and theatre at Hampshire College in Massachusetts, USA. Nyong'o made her acting debut in the short film East River in 2008, and she later starred in the Kenyan television series Shuga in 2009. Her breakout role came in 2013 when she played the character of Patsey in the historical drama film 12 Years a Slave. For her performance, Nyong'o won several awards, including the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, becoming the first Kenyan and Mexican actress to win an Oscar. Since then, Nyong'o has appeared in several films, including Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Black Panther, Us, and Little Monsters.
Eric Yirenkyi Danquah is a prominent plant breeder, agricultural scientist, and the founding director of the West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI), which is based at the University of Ghana. Danquah is known for his work in plant breeding and genetics and has focused much of his career on improving the productivity and sustainability of crops in Africa. He has worked extensively on crops such as cowpea, cassava, and maize, among others.
Dr Helena Ndume is a Namibian ophthalmologist who has dedicated her career to providing eyecare services to people in need, particularly those living in remote and underserved communities in Namibia and other parts of Africa. She is the head of Ophthalmology at Windhoek Central Hospital in Namibia, and is also a member of several international organisations and committees focused on eye health, including the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness, the World Health Organization's African Regional Committee for the Prevention of Blindness, and the Africa Vision 2020 Steering Committee. She is widely regarded as a leading figure in the field of ophthalmology in Africa and a champion for the rights of people with disabilities.
Ouided Bouchamaoui is a Tunisian businesswoman and the former leader of the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade, and Handicrafts (UTICA). Bouchamaoui's career in business began in 1982 when she joined the family company, the Hedi Bouchamaoui Group, which specialises in food processing, distribution, and logistics. She served as the managing director of the group from 1996 to 2011. Bouchamaoui's leadership and contributions to Tunisia's economic and political development have been widely recognised both in Tunisia and internationally. In 2013, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize along with three other civil society leaders for her role in the National Dialogue Quartet, which helped to establish a peaceful and democratic transition in Tunisia after the 2011 revolution. Bouchamaoui continues to be involved in business and social initiatives in Tunisia and is a member of several national and international organisations, including the Women's Forum for the Economy and Society.
Tony Elumelu is a Nigerian businessman, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He is the founder and chairman of Heirs Holdings, a family-owned investment company, and the Tony Elumelu Foundation, a philanthropic organization focused on empowering African entrepreneurs. He began his career in the banking industry, working for Union Bank of Nigeria before joining Standard Trust Bank, where he rose to become the CEO. He later merged Standard Trust Bank with United Bank for Africa (UBA) to create one of Africa's largest financial institutions.
Moctar Dembele is a young inventor from Burkina Faso who created a soap that can repel mosquitoes and prevent malaria. The soap is called "Faso Soap" or "Mosquito Soap" and is made from all-natural ingredients, including shea butter, lemongrass, and other local plants. The idea for the soap came to Dembele when he was studying microbiology at the University of Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso. He wanted to find a way to combat malaria, which is a major problem in the region, without relying on insecticides, which can be expensive and harmful to the environment. After experimenting with different ingredients and formulations, Dembele eventually created the soap that could repel mosquitoes and prevent malaria. The soap works by using the natural properties of the plant extracts to create an odour that repels mosquitoes, making it less likely that someone who uses the soap will be bitten and infected with malaria. Overall, Moctar Dembele's work represents a powerful example of how innovation and ingenuity can be used to address some of the world's most pressing health challenges. By developing a simple, low-cost solution that harnesses the power of natural ingredients, he has helped to improve the lives of countless people and communities affected by malaria.
Morris Mbetsa is a Kenyan inventor and entrepreneur. Mbetsa's interest in technology began at a young age, and he started experimenting with electronics and programming as a teenager. He went on to study computer science and engineering at the University of Nairobi, and later founded his own company, Mbetsa Innovations, to pursue his passion for innovation. In addition to his inventions, Mbetsa is also a public speaker and mentor, and he is involved in initiatives that aim to promote science and technology education in Kenya. He has received several awards and recognitions for his work, including being named one of Africa's top 30 most promising young entrepreneurs by Forbes magazine in 2016.
Henri Nyakarundi is an entrepreneur and social innovator from Burundi. He is the founder of ARED (African Renewable Energy Distributor), a social enterprise that provides a platform for small-scale African entrepreneurs to sell solar-powered mobile phone charging kiosks (called "Mobile Solar Kiosks" or "MSKs") to off-grid communities. The kiosks are powered by solar panels and can charge up to 80 phones a day. Nyakarundi, who was born in Burundi, grew up in Rwanda and later moved to the United States where he worked as a software developer. He returned to Rwanda in 2013 and founded ARED as a solution to the lack of reliable electricity and mobile phone charging services in rural communities. His work has also been featured in media outlets such as CNN, Forbes, and the BBC.
Mohammed "Mo" Ibrahim is a Sudanese-British businessman and philanthropist who is best known as the founder and chairman of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation. He worked for several telecommunications companies, including BT Group and Cellnet, before founding his own company, Celtel International, in 1998. Under his leadership, Celtel became one of the leading mobile phone operators in Africa, with operations in over 20 countries. In 2006, Ibrahim founded the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, a non-profit organization that aims to promote good governance and leadership in Africa. The foundation is best known for its annual Ibrahim Index of African Governance, which measures the quality of governance in African countries based on a variety of indicators, including safety and security, rule of law, and human rights. In addition to his work with the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, Ibrahim serves on the board of several organizations, including the Clinton Global Initiative and the African Union Foundation.
Leymah Gbowee is a Liberian peace activist who is best known for her role in ending the Second Liberian Civil War in 2003. Gbowee's activism began in the 1990s, when she became involved in protests against the regime of Liberian dictator Charles Taylor. She was later forced to flee to Ghana, where she continued her activism and became a leader of the Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace movement, which organized protests and sit-ins to demand an end to the war. In 2003, Gbowee led a women's peace movement that helped to bring an end to the civil war in Liberia, which had ravaged the country for over a decade. Her efforts were recognized with several awards, including the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011, which she shared with two other women for their nonviolent struggle for the safety of women and for women's rights to full participation in peace-building work. Since receiving the Nobel Prize, Gbowee has continued to work as an advocate for peace, human rights, and women's empowerment, both in Liberia and around the world. She has founded several organizations, including the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa and the Women, Peace, and Security Network Africa, and has served as a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador. She is widely regarded as a leading voice for peace and justice in Africa and a symbol of hope for women's rights and empowerment globally.
Amahle Mjoli is somebody who takes a vision and makes it a reality, by motivating other young people like me to follow and persue their goals in entrepreneurship while they are still in high school. I've also been able to start his own software development business namely Amahle Consultants.
I have been following his brand "The Good Things Guy" on social media. He wants to change the perception of South Africa, to change the national conversation and give South Africans a balance to the news in South Africa. The Good Things Guy is on a mission to change what the world pays attention to. He believes that there is good news all around and over 25 million South Africans agree with him. He hunts down and reports on the best Good News stories from South Africa, and the World.
Our mission is to change the national conversation and give South Africans a balance to the news in South Africa.
The person I am nominating is very motivating in terms of how he handle his life style. He balances between academics, choir and being a Residence mentor, with all three duties he had, he managed to obtain 5 distinctions out of 6 modules in his second semester at University of Johannesburg this year (2023). He is a hard worker that knows what he thrive for and able to reach all his goals, being his friend motivate me everyday to work hard in my studies.
I am the co-founder of an online platform known as Select SA,on this platform we focus on telling African stories,from two young men from a village in KwaZulu-Natal Natal who use old used car tires to make shoe polish and they are now running a lucrative business.We tell many stories of ordinary people doing extraodinary things from humble beginnings.
Tolamo Mokhoenyana is a multidisciplinary artist with a myriad of talents she uses to transform hers and the lives of others. She recently graduated from the University of Johannesburg with a Bachelor of Education degree, she founded and runs two art organizations one in fashion and the other in media. Being an activist or rather artivist, Tolamo uses her voice to radically reshape the world which inspires young people like myself to be more resourceful despite our circumstances.