South Africa and Africa has made it into the Major League Baseball through professional baseball shortstop and second baseman for the Pittsburgh Pirates Mpho’ Gift Ngoepe. Ngoepe is the first African-born player in Major League Baseball history. He is literally one in 1.6 billion.
Two Ugandan health workers Edridah Muheki Tukahebwa, and Aciro Grace Oyat won awards at the inaugural Women in Focus Awards for their roles in fighting Neglected Tropical Diseases. Oyat, 45, won the Women in Focus Inspirational Award while her compatriot, Tukahebwa, 51, was awarded the Women in Focus Leadership Award.
At 23 Musawenkosi Donia Saurombe has made history, graduating with a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Industrial Psychology, from the North-West University – Mafikeng, in South Africa. Musa’s PhD thesis passed without corrections, a remarkable feat. She joins a list of elite record breaking young scholars that have wowed the world. A hearty congratulations on the remarkable achievement.
Nigerian filmmaker Faraday Okoro on the 18th of April won a grant of $1 million for his proposed film “Nigerian Prince.” The NYU film school graduate will shoot his film in Nigeria. The film is expected to premiere in 2018 at the Tribeca Films Festival.
A young innovator Gracious Ephraim is making headlines in Tanzania. The form six student invented a robot that uses solar energy, and is able to walk, turn its head, speak and perform other tasks. We certainly hope such a brilliant mind with the desire to keep innovating will be supported, and won’t be lost to brain drain.
What better way to celebrate National Siblings Day than with the news of these quadruplets that got admitted into Ivy League schools, Harvard, Yale, Cornell and Princeton among other institutions. The brothers, who have their own WhatsApp group, found out about their acceptance while at track practice. We wish them all the best as they make their respective choices.
Starboy is trending on social media and it’s all for good reasons. Wizkid’s latest video Come Closer hit 1 million Youtube views in 24 hours, a feat no African has achieved. The video currently boasts just over 2,4 million views (and counting) just three days after it dropped, which is a remarkable feat. Congratulations and keep breaking boundaries.
Nigeria’s first ever bobsled team, which comprises of three women battling the Canadian cold, and enduring the various challenges stands on the edge of history. The inspirational team has faced numerous challenges from the unforgiving weather to financial difficulties in the quest to compete at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. The team is determined to complete the five trial events before 2018 to become Africa’s first bobsled team at the Olympics. TIA wishes the team the best in the ongoing preparations.
Today we celebrate South African 31 year old Nandi Zama, who has become the first black woman commander of a military cargo plane in the South African Air Force. Zama who joined the Force straight from high school is not keen to celebrate the African and female part of her achievement as she believes her achievement is where a person should eventually end up in an organisation and that femininity is an enhancing factor and not a limiting one.