African penguins, known for their irregular markings and loud call, are in sharp decline. The species has gone from a population of more than a million at the beginning of the 20th century to being endangered. South African bioscientist Patrick Mafunda is using in-vitro fertilisation to help the species survive.
Senegalese-born media advisor Sibeth Ndiaye, who was French President Emmanuel Macron’s communications advisor for his presidential campaign, has been appointed as the spokeswoman for the French government. She is one of three new faces in the Cabinet as it gears up for the European Parliament elections next month.
Dehlia Umunna, deputy director and clinical instructor at Harvard Law School Criminal Justice Institute, is the first Nigerian to be appointed as a professor at Harvard School of Law.
Getting accepted at your university of choice is one of the best things that can happen to a student. Jeramy Botwe is a 17-year-old Ghanaian who applied to 15 universities and got into all of them. Of the 15 schools, eight were Ivy League.
Kenyan science teacher Peter Tabichi has won the 2019 Global Teacher Prize for his “exceptional” commitment to the pupils of a school in Kenya’s remote Rift Valley region. “If you don’t fail, you don’t learn, and if you don’t learn, you can’t change,” says Tabichi.
Beserat Debebe, the creator of Ethiopia’s superhero comic “Jember” and the founder of Etan Comics, brings to life the country’s first female superhero comic, “Hawi”. The comic tells the tale of a young Ethiopian woman, named Ement Legesse, who has to rescue her mother after she is abducted.
Cameroonian women’s rights activist Aïssa Doumara Ngatansou was awarded the Simone Veil International Prize for her commendable efforts in promoting the rights of Cameroonian women.
Ivorian chocolate maker Dana Mroueh is making organic, eco-friendly chocolate in an industry that poses a threat to the environment because it spurs the particularly aggressive deforestation in Ivory Coast. Less than 4% of the country’s forest land remains – and what is left may be completely felled by 2030.
Funmilayo Anikulapo-Kuti was a teacher, political campaigner, women’s rights activist and traditional aristocrat in Nigeria. She was seen as the doyenne of female rights in Nigeria, gaining her the moniker “Lioness of Lisabi” for her political activism. However, like many other female leaders, her contributions and legacy has been muted.