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Meet Simukai Chigudu: The newest departmental Lecturer at Oxford Department of International Development
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Africans rising Meet Simukai Chigudu: The newest departmental Lecturer at Oxford Department of International Development

Today we celebrate the academic excellency of Simukai Chigudu, a Zimbabwean scholar who has just been appointed Departmental Lecturer in Development Studies at the Oxford Department of International Development even before submitting his final thesis. Chigudu started out in Oxford by doing an MSc African Studies, before progressing to a Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) in International Development. Hats off to the African trailblazer.

Five Kenyan high school teenage girls to visit  Google HQ after creating an app to end FGM
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Africans rising Five Kenyan high school teenage girls to visit Google HQ after creating an app to end FGM

Five Kenyan high school girls will be at the Technovation competition in California U.S. after they created an app, I-cut which seeks to end Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). The girls are the only African team going to California to participate in this year’s international Technovation competition where they hope to win $15,000.

A Nigerian restaurant Ikoyi opens on the streets of London
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Africans rising A Nigerian restaurant Ikoyi opens on the streets of London

Food and culture are inseparable, and this is what Ikoyi, a restaurant on the streets of London is all about. Started by two friends with the aim of fusing Nigerian flavours to London’s, Jeremy Chan and Ire Hassan-Odukale wanted to bring a twist to their new restaurant by creating a blend of African cuisine. The founders of Ikoyi say: “We want to change perceptions of west African cuisine.”

25 year old Ugandan PhD student, Moses Namara wins Facebook Emerging Scholar Award
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Africans rising 25 year old Ugandan PhD student, Moses Namara wins Facebook Emerging Scholar Award

The Emerging Scholar Award is part of Facebook’s ongoing commitment to identifying promising doctoral students and supporting them and their research throughout their careers. 25 year old Moses Namara was one of the winners of the award and Ethiopia’s Rediet Abebe was also named as the other winner. We wish the two young Africans the best.

Meet Samuel Achilefu: The Nigerian On A Mission To See And Kill Cancer Using Light
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Africans rising Meet Samuel Achilefu: The Nigerian On A Mission To See And Kill Cancer Using Light

The #African continent has many talented people who have been able to bring about #innovative solutions to some of the continent’s most pressing issues, among them is #Nigerian Samuel Achilefu, whose development of high-tech goggles help surgeons “see” and kill #cancer cells, which are often difficult to see.