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

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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10 Fierce Women in African Entertainment

Africa’s entertainment industry has caught the attention of the world with its rich culture, original stories, unique music, and fierce women. Many entertainers from the continent have rose to prominence and popularity in recent years, showcasing Africa as a cultural hub to be reckoned with. There are so many talented young Africans in the entertainment …

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Podcast: Njideka Harry, Empowering Youth and Women Through Technology

“Our programs prepare youth and women to enter a workforce that will be more global, more digital, and entrepreneurially focused.” For nearly two decades, YTF has devoted itself to empowering youth and women through technology. Access to appropriate technologies, like basic Internet or mobile devices, opens up a world of opportunities to those on the margins of the digital era. Technology is an enabler of rights, a gateway to other rights including …

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10 Classic African Style Icons

When it comes to the world of fashion, Africa’s famous people, spanning from presidents to musicians, have done well to show off the continent’s style to the world. Famous people from the continent have used fashion as a reaffirmation of African identity, and as a way for the continent’s identity to make its mark on …

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