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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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.