Dr. Max Essex helped stop a plague. You can’t say that about many people, but you can say that about the Lasker Professor of Health Sciences at Harvard University. He has been involved with AIDS research since the beginning of the epidemic. He was one of the first researchers to hypothesize that a retrovirus was the cause of AIDS. His laboratory identified the envelope proteins of HIV commonly used for AIDS tests. He and his team conducted several breakthrough studies on the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV. His current work focuses on the use of antiretroviral drugs to treat and prevent HIV in adults.
As the world marks the International Women’s Day, we celebrate the brave Liberian Ebola nurse, Salome Karwah who died recently in a Monrovia hospital from complications after giving birth to a baby boy. Salome was #BoldForChange and we celebrate her today for her remarkable job in saving many victims of the Ebola virus.
Today we celebrate International Women’s Day. If one looks at the obstacles stacked against them, at the trials women face daily, just being a woman is boldness. By the fact of existence alone, the contributions and strides women have made to humanity are inestimable. We take a bow. So here is a list some of the bold things women have done in the past one year or so.
Nigeria’s Andela has received the U.S. Secretary of State Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE). The startup, which specialises in software development is based in Nigeria and Kenya.
Meet our hero of the week, Patrick Mwalua, a Kenyan man fighting to save vulnerable wildlife in the country’s drought affected region. Mwalua drives hours every day in the heat to bring water to wild animals in Tsavo National Park as famine continues killing more animals in Kenya’s game reserves. A crowd funding initiative on GoFundMe has been created to help fund the water delivery project. The campaign has raised well over $131,000 so far.
For the first time, Zimbabwe will be represented at the International Fashion Showcase (IFS). IFS will host its sixth edition in London at the Somerset House where emerging designers from 28 countries will exhibit their talent. The founder of Kidd Hunta clothing, Tafadzwa Moyo, the first Zimbabwean to participate at IFS will be in London to showcase his remarkable work. We wish Tafadzwa Moyo all the best.
It’s Black History Month in the U.S. and there’s no better way to kick-start the month with the remarkable news, the appointment of Nigerian Imelme Umana as the first black woman president of the Harvard Law Review. The Harvard Law Review is considered the most prestigious law review in the U.S. We applaud this historic achievement and celebrate black excellence.
Young African artists don’t easily get the opportunity to get their work exhibited on an international stage. Talented Nigerian artist Babajide Olatunji managed to achieve the seemingly impossible. At the age of 24 in 2014, TAFETA gallery exhibited Olatunji’s work, Tribal Mark Series I in London, and the artist hasn’t looked back since the breakthrough.
In 2011, Proscovia Nalweyiso became the first female Brigadier General in Uganda, a noteworthy achievement, which was celebrated across the continent. Fast-forward to 2017, the country has recorded another remarkable milestone, the promotion of Brig Nalweyiso to the rank of Major General. With the appointment, Nalweyiso becomes the country’s first female Major General, and one of the few women across the continent to hold such a powerful military position. We applaud and congratulate Maj Gen Nalweyiso on the historic achievement.