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Anyula Euster Mukari "Shila": "Children are 20% of our society but 100% of our future"

Anyula Euster Mukari “Shila”: “Children are 20% of our society but 100% of our future”

Anyula Euster Mukari studies Public Health at Mt. Kenya University-Thika in Kenya. “Shila” as most people would call her, loves the thrill of working in a healthcare institution. Outside her classroom, she spends her time reading biographies, articles and novels. Having participated in programs conducted by Lapid Leaders Africa, Shila is greatly inspired in becoming …

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NOSTALGIA: Remembering Chief Obafemi Awolowo

NOSTALGIA: Remembering Chief Obafemi Awolowo

Chief Obafemi Awolowo was a Nigerian nationalist and statesman who played a key role in Nigeria’s independence movement, the First and Second Republics and the Civil War. The son of a Yoruba farmer, he was one of the truly self-made men among his contemporaries in Nigeria. OBAFEMI AWOLOWO: BRIEF BACKGROUND: As a young man he was …

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OBY EZEKWESILI: A Trailblazer In Leadership

OBY EZEKWESILI: A Trailblazer In Leadership

Obiageli Ezekwesili was born on the 28th of April, 1963 in Lagos, Nigeria. More popularly known as Oby Ezekwesili,she  is a former vice president of the World Bank (African Region), co-founder and founding director of Transparency International, co-founder of the #BringBackOurGirls movement and has also served twice as Federal Minister in Nigeria. She is also …

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BLESSING OKAGBARE: A Dashing African Champion

BLESSING OKAGBARE: A Dashing African Champion

Blessing Okagbare is a Nigerian track and field athlete who specializes in long jumping and short sprints. She is an Olympic and World Championships medalist in the long jump, and a world medalist in the 200 metres. She also holds the Women’s 100 metres Commonwealth Games record for the fastest time at 10.85 seconds. Her 100 m best of 10.79 made her the African record holder for the event until it …

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QUEEN NZINGHA: THE MOTHER OF ANGOLA

QUEEN NZINGHA: THE MOTHER OF ANGOLA

Nzingha Mbande (1583–1663) was Queen of the Ambundu Kingdoms of Ndongo (1624–1663) and Matamba (1631–1663), located in present-day northern Angola.  She was born into the ruling family of Ndongo, and she received military and political training as a child, demonstrating an aptitude for defusing political crises as an ambassador to the Portuguese Empire. She later took over the kingdoms after the death of her …

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ELLEN JOHNSON SIRLEAF: Africa’s First Female Head Of State

ELLEN JOHNSON SIRLEAF: Africa’s First Female Head Of State

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (born Ellen Eugenia Johnson, 29 October 1938) is a Liberian politician who served as the 24th President of Liberia from 2006 to 2018. Sirleaf was the first elected female head of state in Africa. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was born in Monrovia to a Gola father and Kru-German mother. She was educated at the College of West Africa. She completed her education in the United States, where she …

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YAA ASANTEWAA: The Queen Mother Of The Ashanti War

YAA ASANTEWAA: The Queen Mother Of The Ashanti War

Yaa Asantewaa was born in 1840 in Besease by Kwaku Ampoma and Ata Po in southern Ghana, the older of two children. Her brother, Afrane Panin, became the chief of Edweso, a nearby community. After her childhood, she cultivated crops on the land around Boankra. She entered a polygamous marriage with a man from Kumasi, with whom she had a daughter. …

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Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Makes Herstory As First Female and African Leader of WTO

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Makes Herstory As First Female and African Leader of WTO

The former two-time Nigerian finance minister and former managing director of World Bank, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, is now the first woman to head World Trade Organization. Her appointment was publicised on Monday as she prepares to officially occupy the office of director-general of the World Trade Organization by March 1 to August 2025. She is …

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FUNMILAYO RANSOME-KUTI: The Beacon Of Feminism In Nigerian History

FUNMILAYO RANSOME-KUTI: The Beacon Of Feminism In Nigerian History

Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti was born in 1900 in Abeokuta, present-day Ogun State, Nigeria. She was one of the first women to attend Abeokuta Grammar School in 1914, where she would go on to teach. In 1919 she left for Wincham Hall School for Girls, Cheshire, England, to pursue her studies. By the time of her return …

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KAYODE ALABI: The Hand Sketching African Whiz Kids for the Future.

KAYODE ALABI: The Hand Sketching African Whiz Kids for the Future.

Hammed Kayode Alabi is a recognized African social entrepreneur from Nigeria, and a former regional manager at Peace First Organization. As a regional manager for Peace First, Kayode Alabi has supported over 1300 projects in over 30 Sub-Saharan African countries impacting the lives of 60,000 young people including other beneficiaries. He is creating opportunities for …

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