A New Touch of Africa

The Legend She Is

LUPITA NYONG’O: An African Melanin Queen

LUPITA NYONG’O: An African Melanin Queen

Lupita Nyong’o was born Lupita Amondi Nyong’o on 1 March 1983 in Mexico City, to Kenyan parents, Dorothy Ogada Buyu and Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o, a college professor. The family had left Kenya in 1980 for a period because of political repression and unrest during which Peter’s brother, Charles Nyong’o, disappeared after he was thrown off a ferry in …

LUPITA NYONG’O: An African Melanin Queen Read More »

AYA CHEBBI: A Pacesetter in Youth Activism

AYA CHEBBI: A Pacesetter in Youth Activism

Aya Chebbi is a Tunisian diplomat, as well as a pan-African and feminist. She became the first appointed African Union Envoy on Youth in November 2018. She was appointed by the chairperson of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki in November 2018, as the youngest senior official in the history of the African Union and youngest diplomat in the chairperson’s cabinet. She supports …

AYA CHEBBI: A Pacesetter in Youth Activism Read More »

KIKI MORDI: An Icon Of Exemplary Investigative Journalism

KIKI MORDI: An Icon Of Exemplary Investigative Journalism

Kiki Mordi was born Nkiru Mordi on 12th August, 1991, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. She is a Nigerian investigative journalist, media personality, filmmaker and writer. In 2016, she won the award of Outstanding Radio Program Presenter (South-South) at the Nigerian Broadcasters Merit Awards. She was admitted into the University of Benin, but would later drop out as a …

KIKI MORDI: An Icon Of Exemplary Investigative Journalism Read More »

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 …

BLESSING OKAGBARE: A Dashing African Champion Read More »

AGNES KALIBATA: An Example Of Altruism In African Agrobusiness

AGNES KALIBATA: An Example Of Altruism In African Agrobusiness

Agnes Kalibata is a Rwandan agricultural scientist and policymaker. She also serves as the president of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), which is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as well as the Rockefeller Foundation.  She served as Rwanda’s minister of agriculture and animal resources from 2008 to 2014 and began her …

AGNES KALIBATA: An Example Of Altruism In African Agrobusiness Read More »

SAHLE-WORK ZEWDE: The Most Important Woman In Ethiopia

SAHLE-WORK ZEWDE: The Most Important Woman In Ethiopia

Sahle-Work Zewde is an Ethiopian politician and the current President of Ethiopia, being the first woman to hold the office. She was elected president unanimously by members of the Federal Parliamentary Assembly on 25 October 2018. Sahle-Work Zewde was previously Special Representative of United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres to the African Union and Head of the United Nations Office to the African Union as “Under-Secretary-General of …

SAHLE-WORK ZEWDE: The Most Important Woman In Ethiopia Read More »

MARGARET EKPO: A Strong Pillar Of Women's Rights In Nigeria

MARGARET EKPO: A Strong Pillar Of Women’s Rights In Nigeria

Margaret Ekpo, born July 27, 1914 was a Nigerian women’s rights activist and a pioneering female politician in Nigeria’s First Republic and a leading member of a class of traditional Nigerian women activists, many of whom rallied women beyond notions of ethnic solidarity. She played major roles as a grassroots and nationalist politician in the Eastern Nigerian city of Aba, in the …

MARGARET EKPO: A Strong Pillar Of Women’s Rights In Nigeria Read More »

GISELE RABESHALA: The Amazon Of Madagascar

GISELE RABESHALA: The Amazon Of Madagascar

Gisele Rabeshala, born Marie Gisèle Aimée Rabesahala  on May 7, 1929, was a Malagasy politician and activist who was the first woman to hold a ministerial position in the government of Madagascar. She ventured into politics at the age of 17, when she campaigned on behalf of political prisoners. She became Madagascar’s first woman municipal councilor, before becoming …

GISELE RABESHALA: The Amazon Of Madagascar Read More »

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 …

QUEEN NZINGHA: THE MOTHER OF ANGOLA Read More »

Scroll to Top
X