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South Africa: First Black Woman Commander of a Military Cargo Plane
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Africans rising South Africa: First Black Woman Commander of a Military Cargo Plane

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.

Celebrating Black Girl Magic: 8 year old girl writes best seller on caring and dealing with annoying little brother
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Africans rising Celebrating Black Girl Magic: 8 year old girl writes best seller on caring and dealing with annoying little brother

When eight year-old Nia Mya Reese from Alabama, in the U.S. was tasked by her teacher to do her first grade assignment, writing about something she was an expert at, she told her teacher that she is an expert at dealing with, and taking care of her annoying little brother, and proceeded to write a book. The book is based on the little baby brother, Ronald Michael 5, annoyance. “How to Deal with and Care for Your Annoying Little Brother” has become a best seller. We applaud the budding writer for the remarkable achievement.

Meet Ghanaian Nancy Abu-Bonsrah: First black female neurosurgery resident at Johns Hopkins Hospital
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Africans rising Meet Ghanaian Nancy Abu-Bonsrah: First black female neurosurgery resident at Johns Hopkins Hospital

We start this week with heartwarming news, Ghanaian Nancy Abu-Bonsrah becomes the first black female neurosurgery resident at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Abu-Bonsrah left Ghana at the age of 15, and has been in the U.S for nearly 11 years. The first physician in her family, including the extended family, Abu-Bonsrah was matched with Johns Hopkins Hospital to specialize in Neurological Surgery. A hearty congratulations on the remarkable achievement.

South African model with albinism, Thando Hopa is the new face of Audi Q2
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Africans rising South African model with albinism, Thando Hopa is the new face of Audi Q2

Thando Hopa, a lawyer and model is the new face of Audi’s SUV car. The model has been vocal about the treatment of people with albinism, using her experiences to raise awareness on albinism, which is still profoundly misunderstood. Hopa is undoubtedly the perfect face, and her involvement with Audi could bring more discussions around albinism.