It is important to understand that African diaspora constitute complex and multiplicitous identities.
After 13 years of working with CNN, Sierra Leonean journalist Isha Isatu Sesay has left. At a time when stories from the continent are under-reported Isha wants to focus more on telling narratives from the continent.
Nthabeleng Likotsi is on course to establish the first black women-owned bank in South Africa. Her aim is for the bank to empower black female entrepreneurs with the financial support they lack. “I asked myself what it meant to be a young black woman in South Africa. Truth is that not much is happening for black women.”
It’s not everyday we hear of a success story of a child soldier who ends up being an accomplished international entrepreneur with a thriving enterprise. Kerbino Wol’s story is an inspiration. Wol is a South Sudanese philanthropist and entrepreneur committed to building a peaceful society in his home country.
Egyptian football star, Mohammed Salah recently made news off the field for his philanthropic work. The footballer bought land and paid for a sewage plant to be built, to supply his village with clean water. The remarkable deed by the Liverpool striker has been hailed by many across the continent.
South African comedian Trevor Noah, Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa, and Kenyan anti-genital mutilation activist Nice Nailantei Leng’ete were among the Africans listed among the TIME Magazine‘s 100 most influential people.
The continent is full of young emerging talent such as Egyptian artist Shrok Yahya, who would unfortunately remain in obscurity if it wasn’t for social media and the exposure it affords everyone. U.S actor Will Smith congratulated the artist for the artwork depicting him and shared the portrait of himself on his Instagram account.
Former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, is the fifth winner of the $5m (£3.6m) Ibrahim prize for Achievement in African Leadership thus solidifying her legacy in governance as Africa’s first elected female president.
Today we celebrate yet another remarkable feat by Capt Aluel Bol Aluenge, South Sudan’s first commercial pilot who has risen to the position of Captain. Aluenge was recently made a Captain flying for Delta Air Lines. We wish her the best in her aviation career.