Sarah Chan is the first African woman to be the Manager, Africa Scouting for an NBA franchise. The inspirational South-Sudanese women rights activist is currently the African Scouting Manager for the current (2019) NBA champions Toronto Raptors.
Undergraduate student Taoheed Bayo was among several selectees across the United States chosen to participate in the Nike BY You X Cultivator contest. The 21-year-old won the competition and designed a shoe inspired by his Nigerian heritage.
Having worked her way through to her doctoral studies, Delta Ndou will soon don the sought-after red robe to receive her PhD in Media Studies at UCT.
Professor of Physics at the University of Nigeria, Francisca Nneka Okeke is recognised worldwide for her significant and outstanding contributions in Physics. She is also the recipient of the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Award for her contributions towards understanding climate change.
25-year-old Nigerian Fabrication engineer and chief executive officer of Bennie Technologies LTD, Jerry Mallo, has unveiled the country’s first locally manufactured carbon fibre sports car.
Ugandan diplomat and humanitarian, Winnie Byanyima has been appointed as the new Executive Director of UNAIDS by the United Nations Secretary-General. She brings to the role more than 30 years of experience in political leadership and is set to advance a people-centered development agenda
The Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative (ANPI) is a flagship initiative of the Jack Ma Foundation that aims to support and inspire the next generation of African entrepreneurs. In its first year the initiative awarded $1 million in prize money to 10 entrepreneurs from across Africa.
Ivorian photographer Joana Choumali is the first African and second woman to win the Prix Pictet. Her series Ça va aller (It will be OK) is made up of ornate patterns embroidered on to photographs that depict Grand Bassam after a group of devastating terror attacks in March 2016.
Despite ugly smear campaigns to discredit them, violent threats and racist comments 23-year-olds Safiya Khalid and Nadia Mohamed who are both former refugees still managed to secure historic victories by becoming the first Somali-Americans elected to the city council of Lewiston, Maine and St Louis Park, Minnesota respectively.