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Pain and Scars: Bukky Shonibare Reveals How She Wrestled With Poverty, Sexual Abuse

Bukky Shonibare is giving the African girl-child an identity

Bukky Shonibare, once described by PEP NAIJA as the uncommon pathfinder giving the African girl child an identity, is a 2016 Mandela Washington Fellow and one of Quartz Africa’s 30 innovators of 2017. As a teenager, Bukky suffered from sexual abuse, tasted poverty in its entirety, struggled to go to school. But a few years down the line, she has moved ...

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Meet Seesio Koetlisi, the Unrelenting Fighter Who is Helping People Stay Alive in Lesotho

Seesio Jonase Koetlisi is helping to save lives in Lesotho (Photo: iowajpec.org)

Four years ago, Seesio Jonase Koetlisi started his private emergency medical agency, Pems 24 seven. They pride themselves on operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year and getting their patients to the hospital alive. The company’s primary objective is to provide pre-hospital care, fire and rescue services. The agency was inspired by the death ...

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Bukky Shonibare, the Uncommon Pathfinder Who is Giving the African Girl Child An Identity

Bukky Shonibare, the uncommon pathfinder

Bukky Shonibare is the Founder, Girl Child Africa, an organization that is “focused on promoting girls’ access to quality education in critically affected rural communities across Africa where girls’ education is empirically proven to be hugely challenged.” She is also the CEO, SheTV, an online TV platform that is focused on girls and women. It is due for launching on October ...

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How A Group of Young People Fought Corruption to Have Electricity in Their Community

Electricity is a basic necessity of life in the 21st century. Why shouldn't you have it?

Getting an electricity line was a matter of necessity for the new residential area of 81 households in my community of Adama, Ethiopia. Unnecessary bureaucracy, withholding information and a lack of transparency are manifestations of corruption (i.e., forcing people to “pay for tea”) in getting electricity service. To say no and break the norm takes leadership and action. A group ...

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Meet the Mandela Fellow Who is Using Technology to Bridge the Gender Gap

Carolyne Ekyarisiima aims to give girls in Tanzania and neighboring countries the opportunity to use information and communication technology beyond their individual lives by creating community tech solutions and startups. She’d like to see them becoming tech leaders, and role models in Africa. And she has just won the #MWFCon17 pitch competition… Big congrats to Carolyn! Congrats @ekyarisiimac for winning ...

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Opportunity! Apply for YALI 2017 and You Could Get Trained in the US [FREE]

Mandela Washington Fellowship Application Information Selection Process The Mandela Washington Fellowship is conducted as a merit-based open competition. After the deadline, all eligible applications will be reviewed by a selection panel. Chosen semifinalists will be interviewed by the U.S. embassies or consulates in their home countries. If selected for an interview, applicants must provide a copy of their passport (if ...

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President Obama’s Message to the Young People of Africa

On the eve of President Barack Obama’s 55th birthday, he was greeted in song with “Happy Birthday” Wednesday by about a thousand participants at this year’s Young African Leaders summit in Washington. Obama launched the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) six years ago to support an emerging generation of young African entrepreneurs, activists and public officials. Its flagship program, the ...

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Meet Adepeju Jaiyeoba, the Nigerian Who Designed a Lifesaving Delivery Kit

Adepeju Jaiyeoba is the founder and CEO of Mother’s Delivery Kit (MDK), a Lagos-based social enterprise established to promote and enhance safe births, instigate behavioural change and economically empower women in Nigeria. Her enterprise supplies birthing kits to health centres, hospitals, traditional birth attendants as well as maternal and child health organisations across the country. Prior to the establishment of MDK, ...

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