PhD student Takunda Chitaka has received the 2019 Excellence in Academia PETCO Award for her engineering approach towards tackling plastic marine pollution. This recognition highlights the need for peer-reviewed research that supports strategic interventions in the areas of recycling, waste minimisation and sustainability.
What #Heroes Look Like: Nigerian Imam Abubakar Abdullahi, along with four religious leaders was awarded the 2019 the International Religious Freedom Award for sheltering 262 Christians in his home and mosque during an attack in central Nigeria.
Nomakhosazana “Zana” Ncube based in Bulawayo – the arts capital of Zimbabwe runs a start-up, which sculpts Nguni cowhide into couture fashion. Zana is the Creative Director of A Tribe Called Zimbabwe, an artisanal fashion enterprise that is moulding ornaments out of hides thrown away from beef abattoirs.
Luris Mulla was in Juba, South Sudan when she came across an advertisement on television announcing the Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme. Speaking to This Is Africa from Nairobi, Kenya, she said, “the fact they were offering mentorship really caught […]
A group of South African teens have made aviation history successfully flying a light aircraft from Cape Town to Cairo in Egypt. A group of 20 inexperienced teenagers from diverse backgrounds across South Africa assembled the Sling 4 aircraft within three weeks.
The Forbes Africa 30 Under 30 List features 120 of Africa’s brightest achievers under the age of 30 in four categories: business, technology, creatives and sport. The list celebrates pioneers who are building brands, creating jobs, innovating, leading, transforming and contributing to new industries and ultimately impacting positively on the continent.
Entrepreneurship is difficult even when a concept is sound. Many entrepreneurs have had to pivot and make a fundamental change to their business if their product or service failed to meet the needs of the intended market. This is the tactic that Obanor Chukwuwezam and Ogunlana Olumide, the co-founders of Prepclass, had to employ to make their company thrive.
Kofo Akinkugbe is the founder and CEO of SecureID Nigeria Ltd, a market leader in smart card technology and digital security. The company is a world-class manufacturing facility with the only smart card production plant in West Africa and is one of only six on the continent.
The Ugandan social enterprise Smart Havens Africa is helping vulnerable communities acquire homes affordably and sustainably. In this way, founder Anne Rweyora, one of the engineers short-listed for the fifth Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation, hopes to bring down housing poverty.