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Angolan writer José Eduardo Agualusa wins €100,000 International Dublin Literary Award
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Africans rising Angolan writer José Eduardo Agualusa wins €100,000 International Dublin Literary Award

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.

South Africa’s Tshiamo Legoale wins international science award
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Africans rising South Africa’s Tshiamo Legoale wins international science award

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.

UN Population Fund Head, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin ‘a champion of health for all’ dies at 68
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Africans rising UN Population Fund Head, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin ‘a champion of health for all’ dies at 68

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.

Meet Laetitia: The Ivorian hair artist shows black hair is a powerful mode of self-expression
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Africans rising Meet Laetitia: The Ivorian hair artist shows black hair is a powerful mode of self-expression

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.

South Africa’s Mandisa Maya, appointed 1st woman President of the Supreme Court of Appeal, SA’s 3rd highest judicial position
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Africans rising South Africa’s Mandisa Maya, appointed 1st woman President of the Supreme Court of Appeal, SA’s 3rd highest judicial position

South African president Jacob Zuma appointed Justice Mandisa Maya as the first woman President of the Supreme Court of Appeal since the court’s existence in 1910. Justice Maya replaces Judge Lex Mpati who retired in 2016. This Is Africa wishes her all the best in the disposition of her duties.

Africa’s youngest neurosurgeon, Dr Ncumisa Jilata
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Africans rising Africa’s youngest neurosurgeon, Dr Ncumisa Jilata

Mthatha-born Dr Ncumisa Jilata 29, is among the new batch of fellows for the Council of Neurosurgeons of South Africa, following their graduation at Glen ridge Church in Stamford Hill, Durban last week. The young achiever completed her Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery degree at Walter Sisulu University’s Mthatha Faculty of Health Sciences in 2009. Even though there is still a lot to do, it is clear that the face of Neurosurgery is certainly changing in several parts of Africa. A hearty congratulations on the remarkable achievement.