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Tanzania’s JKHI in Muhimbili National Hospital records first bypass heart operation
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Africans rising Tanzania’s JKHI in Muhimbili National Hospital records first bypass heart operation

Tanzania’s JKHI in Muhimbili National Hospital has recorded its first bypass heart operation, a major feat, which is being celebrated on social media. The news comes after another historic milestone in Nigeria, with the recent announcement by Lagos State University Teaching Hospital that it successfully completed its first ever kidney transplant. A hearty congratulations to Muhimbili National Hospital on the historic feat.

Chimamanda Adichie and seven global achievers to receive Johns Hopkins honorary doctorates
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Africans rising Chimamanda Adichie and seven global achievers to receive Johns Hopkins honorary doctorates

One of Africa’s most celebrated writers, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, is set to receive an honorary degree from the Johns Hopkins University in Maryland, United States next week. The university will confer honorary degrees to seven other inspirational global achievers, who have made a positive impact on the world. Other recipients include filmmaker Spike Lee, and 2004 Nobel Prize winner, Richard Axel.

Nigeria’s Lagos State University Teaching performs successful first ever kidney transplant and Bone Bridge Surgery
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Africans rising Nigeria’s Lagos State University Teaching performs successful first ever kidney transplant and Bone Bridge Surgery

Nigeria’s Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) has announced a number of major medical breakthroughs worth celebrating. The institution says it recently carried out the first successful Bone Bridge Surgery in West Africa, completed Cochlear Implant surgeries on three deaf patients without the support of foreign doctors and also successfully completed the first ever kidney transplant.

The future of Africa rests with the youth
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Africans rising The future of Africa rests with the youth

An old African proverb proclaims, “It is the young trees that make up the forest.” What this means in the present context is that Africa’s youth will determine its future. Indeed, Africa will not rise unless young people provide leadership and leverage their tech-savviness to mobilise for the realisation of better policies – policies that promote inclusive development.

Smashing the glass ceiling: Linda Kasonde appointed Law Association of Zambia’s first female president
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Africans rising Smashing the glass ceiling: Linda Kasonde appointed Law Association of Zambia’s first female president

Lawyer, Linda Kasonde has been elected the Law Association of Zambia’s (LAZ) first female president and we are loving it. Kasonde who previously served as LAZ vice-president, defeated two other contestants, Sidney Chisenga and Kafula Mwiche in the election. With the appointment, Kasonde becomes the law association’s 33rd president, and the first female to hold the prestigious position.

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Africans rising Malawi’s Felix Kambwiri builds helicopter

A home-made helicopter built in Malawi by 45 year-old Felix Kambwiri is making waves. Kambwiri has spent four months building the chopper, made from scrap metal and fibre glass in his garage. Kambwiri joins a list of aviation enthusiasts across Africa who have dreamt of taking to the skies. We look at five amateur enthusiasts who have built their own aircraft.