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Get to know a few of the people who call Africa home.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Fast Facts: Desmond Tutu

What is Desmond Tutu best known for? Desmond Tutu was a South African Anglican archbishop best known for his opposition to apartheid in South Africa, for which he received the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1984. In 1995 he was named head of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which investigated allegations of human rights abuses during the apartheid era. Where did Desmond Tutu …

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Desmond Tutu

Profile: Sir Desmond Tutu, Anglican Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town and Nobel Peace Prize Winner

Desmond Mpilo Tutu, (born October 7, 1931, Klerksdorp, South Africa—died December 26, 2021, Cape Town), South African Anglican cleric who in 1984 received the Nobel Prize for Peace for his role in the opposition to apartheid in South Africa. Tutu was born of Xhosa and Tswana parents and was educated in South African mission schools at which his father taught. Though he wanted a medical …

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Fola Folayan

Fola Folayan: From Radio Presenter To Broadcast Trainer

She wants to raise the bar for Broadcast Journalism in Nigeria_ For thirteen years, Fola Folayan worked as a radio broadcaster in Nigeria; filling various roles as a content producer, presenter, and newscaster in different media organizations across the country. But she wanted more. She wanted to develop talent for the broadcast industry and in …

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Meet Gbemi Elekula – The Nigerian Creative Entrepreneur Who Is Making Affordable Art And Tackling Period Poverty While At It

Gbemi is a multi-disciplinary creative entrepreneur. She is the founder of DreamHome (www.dreamhome.ng), a full-service interior design and styling company, as well as HUMANx—a fashion brand that is committed to tackling period poverty. From early childhood, Gbemi had a strong fascination for colours and a deep love for design of all forms. “I started out …

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Maria Thundu

African Trendsetter: Serial Entrepreneur Maria Thundu

Bold, Creative and carefree are some of the words we can use to describe Maria Thundu. Born in Malawi and raised in Ethiopia, the famous photographer, who has lived on three continents, has also gained recognition for her design of beautiful leather and chitenje (African print) accessories through her line, SweetLife Accessories. After being featured on CNN’s African …

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African Women in Tech: Evelyn Namara

Evelyn Namara Founder, Vouch Digital | Uganda Evelyn is the Founder and CEO of Vouch Digital Limited, a technology startup that is championing the development of digital solutions in the distribution sector. Their award-winning flagship product, M-Voucher, has been used by different development agencies to distribute seed crops, post-harvest and farming equipment. Evelyn has been …

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10 African Nobel Peace Prize Laureates

Since the inception of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1901, there have been 11 Nobel Laureates from Africa selected by the Norwegian Nobel Committee. The Nobel peace prize is one of the five annual international awards bestowed in a number of categories in recognition of academic, cultural and or scientific advances. The Nobel Laureates include …

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Maggy Barankitse Built A Village And Saved Thousands of War Orphaned Children in Burundi

For two decades, Marguerite “Maggy” Barankitse has dedicated her life to the children of Burundi. It started with 25 war orphans – today more than 20,000 young lives have been changed for the better because of her efforts in protecting and promoting their rights. I met Maggy Barankitse at the Segal Family Foundation Annual Meeting in …

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Bisila Bokoko

Bisila Bokoko: Businesswoman, Entrepreneur, and Philanthropist

“Take one step toward your goal, it does not matter how big the step” _ Bisila Bokoko There are very few women who can straddle several different types of industries at the same time and make it look effortless. Bisila Bokoko, a businesswoman, award-winning entrepreneur, philanthropist and global brand ambassador, is one of those women. She …

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Ashish Thakkar

Ashish Thakkar: #FormerRefugee #SerialEntrepreneur #Mentor #Farmer

Ashish Thakkar is that guy. Young, smart, good-looking and down-to-earth. He’s being called “Africa’s Youngest Billionaire,” but there are no airs and graces when he sits down to talk to Africa.com after his panel discussion on Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Africa at Columbia University’s Africa Economic Forum. Ashish’s story is an inspiring, made-for-movie one. Though he was born in the United …

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