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Marylove Edwards, the 13 year-old Nigerian dubbed “Nigerian Serena”
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Africans rising Marylove Edwards, the 13 year-old Nigerian dubbed “Nigerian Serena”

Marylove Edwards is Nigeria’s young tennis champion focused on emulating the great Serena Williams. Although many have started referring to her as the “Nigerian Serena”, the 13 year-old who is currently at the prestigious IMG Academy, in the U.S. says “I love Serena, I love her style, I love the way she plays. But I’d love to be myself, just Marylove Edwards.”

Meet Nigeria’s incorruptible police officer, Julius Adedeji Adewale
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Africans rising Meet Nigeria’s incorruptible police officer, Julius Adedeji Adewale

The Nigerian Police Force is rarely in the news for good public service. Julius Adewale Adedeji, the Superintendent of Police, State Intelligence Bureau received the Human Rights Personality Award from the U.S. Embassy. Adedeji is said to have never taken a bribe, and he is being celebrated as Nigeria’s “most dedicated police officer”.

South Africa: Vusi Mahlasela to receive honorary Doctorate in September
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Africans rising South Africa: Vusi Mahlasela to receive honorary Doctorate in September

Vusi Mahlasela, popularly called “The Voice of South Africa,” who was set to be conferred with a honorary doctorate by the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal for his contribution to society through his music could not receive his award this week due to illness. The university said it hopes the musician will be well enough to receive the degree at its spring graduation ceremony in September, 2018.

Esther Mahlangu, the matriarch of contemporary Ndebele art, receives honorary doctorate
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Africans rising Esther Mahlangu, the matriarch of contemporary Ndebele art, receives honorary doctorate

At the age of 82, internationally acclaimed Ndebele artist Esther Nikwambi Mahlangu will receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Johannesburg for “her legacy as a cultural entrepreneur, skillfully negotiating local and global worlds, and as an educator,” said the executive dean of the UJ Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, Prof Federico Freschi