President Paul Kagame’s vision to put Rwanda and Made in Rwanda products on the global market has led to the country producing Africa’s first smartphones. The Mara phone is reportedly the first high specification, affordable smartphone manufactured in Africa.
Nigerian professor of neurosurgery and spinal surgery, Dr. Olawale Sulaiman divides his time between the US and Nigeria to provide affordable and often free healthcare in his home country. The surgeon even negotiated a 25% pay cut with his employer in exchange for longer holidays to Nigeria to facilitate his philanthropy.
In Sudan, where a women’s football is religiously banned, Salma Al-Majidi beat the odds to become the first Arab and Sudanese woman to coach men’s football in the Arab world.
Famed 11 year-old Nigerian hyper-realist artist Kareem Waris Olamilekan triumphed over 2,723 international candidates to win Taiwan’s 22nd Fervent Global Love of Lives Award.
A solar-powered, “green” house designed and built by staff and students of the University of Cape Town (UCT) and Stellenbosch University (SU) has been awarded second place in the architecture category of the continent’s first Solar Decathlon Africa title in Morocco.
Somali social rights activist Ilwad Elman has been nominated for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize. The Prize honours persons who have done the most or the best work for fraternity between the nations and the abolition or reduction of standing armies and the formation and spreading of peace congresses.
Torpout Nyarikjor, an engineering student at Dilla University in southern Ethiopia has invented a malaria detection device. The “Tor” which is the name of the device, uses lasers to ascertain infection in the blood and is 70% accurate.
Ugandan investigative reporter and news anchor Solomon Serwanjja has been named winner of the 2019 BBC World News Komla Dumor Award. The award aims to continue Komla’s legacy by celebrating African journalism and finding exceptional talent.
South African amputee Musa Motha is inspiring people living with disability to explore different disciplines and is breaking down social prejudices as a full-time dancer.