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Han is the First Black Model in South Korea. He is a Nigerian

Han Hyun-Min is a Nigerian-Korean model.

Han Hyun-Min is only 16 but he is already 6-foot-2. With his long legs and always perfectly coordinated appearance, the teenage model has become a rising star on South Korean catwalks. But for many Koreans, Han Hyun-Min is not like any other model for one reason:  he is half black. Born in Seoul to a Korean mother and Nigerian father, ...

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Meet the 6 African Global Shapers Who Will Be Speaking At the World Economic Forum

In 2018, six Global Shapers from Africa– Foster Akugri from Ghana, Anita Okemini from Nigeria, Doreen Kessy from Tanzania, Fabrice Alomo from Cameroon, Grace Mugabekazi from Rwanda and Shamiso Kumbirai from South Africa– will be attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The Global Shapers Community of the World Economic Forum is a network of young people driving dialogue, ...

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Former Soccer Star George Weah is Liberia’s New President. Can He Bring Change?

George Weah is Liberia's new president

For the first time since 1944, Liberia will have a democratic transfer of power as former soccer star George Weah is sworn in as the country’s new president today (Jan. 22). Weah won the presidency after run-off elections last December with 61.5% of votes. He takes over from Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa’s first elected female president, who steps down after ...

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Nigeria’s Ekanem Wins ONE Competition… to Address a Joint Session of African Leaders

Nyeneokpon Ekanem (Photo: ONE.org)

A Nigerian, Nyeneokpon Ekanem, has won the keenly contested Girls Count Competition by ONE, an international campaigning and advocacy organization of nearly 8 million people taking action to end extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa.  With over 40, 000 entries, Ekanem’s idea of “connecting the unconnected” defeated thousands of other brilliant ideas from across Africa. Having been declared ...

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Six of the 10 Fastest-Growing Economies in the World in 2018 are in Africa [CHART]

On the face of it, 2018 is going to be a good year for sub Saharan Africa’s economies. The World Bank forecasts growth of 3.2% for the year, up from 2.4% in 2017. It also predicts slightly higher growth for 2019 of 3.5%. As usual, much of that growth will still rely on improving commodity prices and executing economic reforms. ...

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Meet 21-Year-Old John Who Sold His Goats to Build Power Plant for His Community

John Magiro is leading change in his community (Photo: University of Cambridge)

John Magiro is the brains behind a mini hydro-electric power plant which utilises a local waterfall to provide power to some 300 households in rural Kenya. Power to the People! When Kenyan John Magiro Wangari, from Mathioya, Muranga, was 21, he became fed up with the lack of electricity in his community. The sole source of power was in the ...

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Lessons: How Rwanda Transformed Its Agricultural Sector in 10 Years

The agricultural revolution in Rwanda (Photo: Newtimes)

In 1994, the RPF-led government inherited a broken country with a collapsed state. Millions of people had fled across Rwanda’s borders into neighbouring countries, leaving its productive sectors, agriculture included, non-functional. Although more than 80 per cent of the population derived their livelihood directly from agriculture, for some years the new government and the donor community were faced by competing ...

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One of Nollywood’s Biggest Stars Has a Role in Marvel’s New Avengers Blockbuster

Funke Akindele 'Jenifa' is one of Nollywood's biggest stars (Photo: Guardian Ng)

When Marvel’s next Avengers movie is released this May, Nollywood fans will have an extra reason to get excited about the franchise blockbuster. Funke Akindele, one of the biggest stars in Nigeria’s Nollywood movie industry, has been listed among the full cast of the Avengers: Infinity War on IMDb, the movie database website owned by Amazon. Akindele is currently listed ...

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Why African Board Games Should be Introduced Into the Classroom

Two men playing Morabaraba. Board games are a part of the social fabric of many African societies. ConstantineD/flickr

When most of us think about learning, we imagine a teacher and a classroom. In reality most of the things we know, and a great number of the skills we acquire as children and adults, are learned outside the classroom – in conversations with peers, engaging in community service, on the playground. Educators and researchers are increasingly recognising opportunities for ...

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Queens of Africa: The Dolls That are Taking on Barbie, Empowering the African Girl Child

Queens of Africa dolls (Image: Brightvibes Africa)

Queens of Africa celebrates being an African girl in the 21st century The Queens of Africa program is dedicated, through the use of books, dolls, comics, music and animation series, to help empower children of African descent to be confident and mature ethically. The dolls and accessories are designed, through fun and engaging materials, to subconsciously promote African heritage. Developed ...

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