African youths have continued to prove that even without the right conditions, they can still make an impact and will excel given the right environment. 25 African youths were recipients of the Queen’s Young Leader Award out of the 59 recipients. Zambia’s Natasha Kaoma who is a women’s health advocate led a drive to launch fundraising to provide menstrual hygiene kits to girls in rural areas.
Dr Akinwumi Adesina, the current President of the African Development Bank has been awarded the $250,000 World Food Prize also regarded as the Nobel Prize in Agriculture. Adesina who was Forbes Africa Person of the Year Award (2013) for his bold reforms in Nigeria’s agriculture sector, which empowered farmers across Nigeria to embrace agriculture as a business has continually sought to empower farmers in rural areas through the distribution of fertilisers.
Posing in a headpiece from Nike’s first hijab collection, the 19-year-old trailblazer Halima Aden looked luminescent on July’s issue cover of the top American women’s beauty magazine Allure titled: “This is American Beauty.” Somali trailblazer Halima is the first hijab-wearing model on cover of Allure magazine.
Small to medium enterprises are the backbone of most developing economies particularly #Africa where most young people are developing the entrepreneurial spirit as a mitigation measure against the high unemployment rates.
Angolan writer José Eduardo Agualusa won the International Dublin Literary Award worth €100,000 for his novel A General Theory of Oblivion translated from Portuguese to English by Daniel Hahn. The shortlist included Nigerian writer Chinelo Okparanta for her book Under the Udala Tree. Agualusa was on the longlist alongside 147 other writers. We congratulate Agualusa and wish him the best in his literary career.
Tshiamo Legoale, a 27-year old South African geologist is the winner of the FameLab competition where science is explained in the most engaging way. The geologist’s performances were entertaining and she was charismatic. Legoale’s topic was on wheat as a plant that absorbs gold particles. Congratulations Legoale, TIA wishes you the best in your other scientific endeavours.
The world is mourning the passing of the head of the U.N. population agency, Babatunde Osotimehin, who was a global leader in promoting public health, sexual and reproductive rights and services for women and girls. Osotimehin, who was 68, had led the United Nations Population Fund, known as UNFPA, since 2011, died Sunday evening at his home. He is survived by his wife, Olufunke Osotimehin, five children and several grandchildren.
What can black hair do? Ivorian hair artist Laetitia answered this question perfectly when she had series of photos of her hair in different interesting shapes. The hair artist explained in her Facebook post that the images are real and not photoshopped, as some would have assumed. Take a look as the fascinating images.
Andela – the Nigerian-based innovative software training company which Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has invested $24-million in and that already operates in Nigeria and Kenya – is opening its third African headquarters in Uganda.