Harvard wasn’t worth giving up his booming company

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015 by Emily Dallas
Harvard wasn’t worth giving up his booming company

For Mubarak Muyika, being an entrepreneur seemed natural. The young Kenyan first started taking business classes in high school. Orphaned at a young age, he lived in Bungoma County with adoptive parents, who owned a publishing and distribution company called Acrodile Publishers. While working for the company, Mubarak noticed it lacked a powerful website through […]

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Sam Kodo: Africa’s Steve Jobs?

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015 by Mihaela Bogdan
Sam Kodo: Africa’s Steve Jobs?

Sam Kodo is a 23-year-old young entrepreneur and changemaker from Lomé, Togo.  He currently runs  a technology company, LC-COM (Low cost-Computer)/ Infinite Loop, which produces low-cost personal computers for students. His biggest dream is to become the next Steve Jobs and create a new kind of Silicon Valley in Africa. The idea to create his company […]

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Young Healthcare Provider for Sierra Leone

Monday, June 1st, 2015 by Emily Dallas
Young Healthcare Provider for Sierra Leone

Jennifer Kamara grew up in Sierra Leone knowing the consequences of conflict. Throughout the early years of her life, the now 24-year-old Jennifer experienced the decade-long conflict that ravaged her country and tore apart its infrastructure and institutions. After the conflict ended, much rebuilding was necessary to re-establish the infrastructure and economy. Because of the […]

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Young Film-Maker Plans “African HBO”

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015 by Emily Dallas
Young Film-Maker Plans “African HBO”

Isaac Oboth of Uganda was no stranger to misfortune when he became a young entrepreneur in producing videos. Orphaned by the age of seven, Isaac depended on his brother to be his sole provider until he lost his job when Isaac was just 16. Faced with this reality, Isaac, who is now 26, started selling a Ugandan […]

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How Do You Change Kenyan Education?

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015 by Raluca Besliu
How Do You Change Kenyan Education?

In some countries around the world, such as Egypt, Kenya, and Romania, the education system is examination-oriented, meaning that test scores, rather than learning, become the ultimate goal of education. According to a report of the International Journal for Innovation Education and Research, this ultimately distorts students’ motivation and learning, by overstressing the importance of […]

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Famine from droughts? Never again, says Calvince Okello

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015 by Raluca Besliu
Famine from droughts? Never again, says Calvince Okello

In 2010, a severe drought devasted the Eastern part of Kenya, Ethiopia and some parts of of Somalia. It created one of the most severe food security emergencies that humanity had ever seen. In turn, the Western part of Kenya saw a bumper harvest of maize. Some crops rotted in the field, due to an […]

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Young Congolese Refugee Empowers Fellow Refugees

Saturday, January 17th, 2015 by Raluca Besliu
Young Congolese Refugee Empowers Fellow Refugees

COBURWAS International Youth Organization to Transform Africa (CIYOTA) is a Ugandan-based non-profit started by three refugee youth in secondary school to address the educational problems and other challenges faced by Congolese refugees living in the Kyangwali refugee camp. The nonprofit, launched in 2005, now has over 10,000 members and volunteers from over 40 African countries […]

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William Muyomba challenges corporal punishment of Ugandan students with disabilities

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014 by Raluca Besliu
William Muyomba challenges corporal punishment of Ugandan students with disabilities

In Uganda, children with special needs are systematically prevented from succeeding academically and fulfilling their potential. There are an estimated 184,000 children in the country, who have some type of disability making it difficult for them to learn. These students often drop out of school due to poor performance, as they face constant physical abuse […]

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The Slum Run: Running for Education in Uganda

Sunday, September 7th, 2014 by Raluca Besliu
The Slum Run: Running for Education in Uganda

Francis Ssuuna is a young social entrepreneur and a member of the Butterfly Project in Kampala, Uganda, training social entrepreneurship to young Ugandans from remote rural villages and disadvantaged urban slum districts, since 2009.Originally from a small Ugandan village, Lyantonde, Francis now lives in the Acholi Quarter, an underprivileged part of Kampala, where most people survive by selling stone quarried […]

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A young Ugandan helps slum kids use computers and have nutritious school meals

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014 by Raluca Besliu
A young Ugandan helps slum kids use computers and have nutritious school meals

Samuel Lubangakene is an 18-year-old Ugandan Ashoka Youth Venturer, who has developed a creative computer game project, called The Children Mind Development Project (CMDP). The initiative provides multiple brain training games, such as Sudoku, Space Chem and Braid, as well as computer training, including in game-making software, as an alternative to violent video games for […]

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SCARR: student-led solutions for sub-Saharan Africa

Sunday, June 15th, 2014 by Raluca Besliu
SCARR: student-led solutions for sub-Saharan Africa

Sara Policastro is a freshman at George Washington University, pursuing a degree in Human Services and English. She is also one of the founders of the Student Center for African Research and Resolutions (SCARR). Sara is currently the Director of Operations of this student-led and run think tank that creates innovative solutions for solving some […]

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Gizmo Gives Blind A Sixth Sense

Sunday, April 13th, 2014 by Raluca Besliu
Gizmo Gives Blind A Sixth Sense

When one of his close friends lost his eyesight in an accident at the age of 15, Khaled Shady from Egypt, then a teenager, became determined to help. At the age of 20, Khaled, alongside three other computer engineer graduates at the Menoufia University, created a wearable belt with a Bluetooth-connected headset for the blind […]

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She’s revolutionizing African marketplace

Sunday, April 6th, 2014 by Raluca Besliu
She’s revolutionizing African marketplace

Whenever going to the market place in her native Nigeria, 22-year-old Adamma Umeofia couldn’t help but observe the inconsistent, disorganized and aesthetically displeasing way in which butchers conducted their work. They often had a small box for cutting the meat and a separate place to display it and bag it for their customers. She gradually […]

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Mohamed Zaazoue teaches Egyptian children how to prevent disease

Friday, March 14th, 2014 by Raluca Besliu
Mohamed Zaazoue teaches Egyptian children how to prevent disease

Mohamed Zaazoue, a 26-year-old Egyptian doctor, is creating a cultural shift in attitudes toward health and health care through his organization, Healthy Egyptians, which conducts health education campaigns to prevent diseases like pneumonia, the lead disease killing children under 5. According to UNICEF, around 40,000 children in Egypt die of pneumonia each year. Ironically, both […]

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Cosmas Ochieng Sustainably Creates Clean Fuel from Indigenous Tree Nut

Friday, March 7th, 2014 by Leih Boyden
Cosmas Ochieng Sustainably Creates Clean Fuel from Indigenous Tree Nut

Recognized by Forbes as one of 2013 best young entrepreneurs on its list of 30 under, Cosmas Ochieng is an international leader in clean energy innovation. The 26-year-old Kenyan native is founder of Eco Fuels Kenya, an East African company which produces organic fertilizers and green biofuels from renewable indigenous sources.  Since the 2000s, many […]

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The Cardiopad: Arthur Zang Provides Mobile Cardiology to Millions

Thursday, February 13th, 2014 by Raluca Besliu
The Cardiopad: Arthur Zang Provides Mobile Cardiology to Millions

Arthur Zang, a 26-year-old Cameroonian, is the inventor of the Cardiopad, the first fully touchscreen medical tablet made in Cameroon and in Africa that could save millions of lives around the continent and beyond. The Cardiopad is especially crucial in countries like his own, which only has 30 heart surgeons for a population of around […]

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Proscovia Oromait-Africa’s youngest MP

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013 by Raluca Besliu
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How young is too young to be a Member of Parliament (MP)? In 2012, at the tender age of 19, Proscovia Oromait from Uganda became Africa’s youngest MP and the second youngest legislator in the world. Younger than her is only Swedish MP Anton Abele, elected in the Swedish Parliament in 2010 at the age […]

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One of Tunisia’s Most Promising Female Leaders

Friday, December 6th, 2013 by Raluca Besliu
One of Tunisia’s Most Promising Female Leaders

Aya Chebbi is a 26-year-old Tunisian blogger and activist, whose blog, Proudly Tunisian, translates her passion to serve, inspire and strive for human rights, peace and social justice. She was recently declared one of Africa’s 28 most promising women leaders by the Moremi Initiative’s Leadership Development (MILEAD). Aya started blogging during Tunisia 2011 Revolution, when […]

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Youth Empowers Women to Help Educate Girls

Monday, November 25th, 2013 by Raluca Besliu
Youth Empowers Women to Help Educate Girls

Best Aiyorworth, a 21-year-old woman from Uganda, has won the 2013 Anzisha Grant Prize, worth $25,000 for the initiative she is leading: Girls’ Power Micro Lending Organization (GIPOMO). Through her business, Best aims to support girls in the Nebbi District of Northern Uganda by helping their mothers, through loans offered to start or improve their […]

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Chaza Banda is Jumping Through Hoops to Get the Education She Deserves

Monday, August 12th, 2013 by Charlie Butts
Chaza Banda is Jumping Through Hoops to Get the Education She Deserves

After years of uncertainty, Chaza Banda’s lifelong dream to go to college is finally materializing.  Chaza’s father, an international student from Zambia sent for her in 2005.  Just nine months later he died, long before he could complete the process that would make the Banda’s permanent residents of the states. “Since that process was never […]

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The End of Malaria? Brothers Might Have The Answer

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013 by Raluca Besliu
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Brothers John and Mark Lewandowski may soon launch a global health revolution, by inventing a portable, cheap, fast and easy to use device for early malaria diagnosis. Their invention may not only prevent the death of millions who have already contracted the disease, but also lead to a drastic reduction of incidences of malaria. Malaria […]

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Kelvin Doe, 15, Makes Radio Station out of Trash

Friday, May 24th, 2013 by Charlie Butts
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Kenyan, 20, Provides Clean Drinking Water

Thursday, May 16th, 2013 by Raluca Besliu
Kenyan, 20, Provides Clean Drinking Water

At the beginning of high school, Joel Mwale, currently 20-year-old, caught dysentery from drinking contaminated water provided by his municipal council during Kenya’s annual dry season. As he was slowly recovering from the illness, he started worrying that this disease would “keep on happening, year in, year out, what if next year the same problem […]

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Student Preparing Zimbabwe’s Future Leaders

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013 by Raluca Besliu
Student Preparing Zimbabwe’s Future Leaders

Dalumuzi Mhlanga is a young Zimbabwean man empowering, mobilizing and inspiring the youth in his country “to work together beyond socioeconomic barriers so that they can lead community development efforts.” Dalumuzi is a student of Politics, Psychology and Sociology at Harvard University, who is currently on an exchange program at the University of Oxford, UK, as […]

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Andrew Mupuya: 16 yr-old turns $13.40 into successful environmental company

Saturday, May 11th, 2013 by Raluca Besliu
Andrew Mupuya: 16 yr-old turns $13.40 into successful environmental company

In 2008, the Ugandan government imposed a ban on the use of polythene plastic bags.  Sixteen year-old Andrew Mupuya perceived this  as a great market opportunity to start a business of environmentally friendly paper bags. He named his company Youth Entrepreneurial Link Investment (YELI).  At that time, his parents had become unemployed and the young […]

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Anjali Appadurai: Calls on UN Conference for Climate Change delegates to “Get it Done!”

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013 by Charlie Butts

Few students could imagine speaking at a United Nations Conference on Climate Change with thousands of delegates from all over the world, but that is exactly what Anjali Appadurai, a student from a small college in Maine, did. And her speech bluntly called out the failures of the adult delegates to agree on meaningful solutions […]

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Ludwick Marishane: the young inventor of the DryBath

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013 by Raluca Besliu
Ludwick Marishane: the young inventor of the DryBath

In 2007, Ludwick Marishane, a South African high-school student, was sunbathing with friends on a cold winter’s day. Before going to take a bath, one of them exclaimed: “Why doesn’t someone invent something you can just put on your skin and avoid the need to bathe?” The proposition immediately got Marishane thinking. He would buy […]

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14 Year-Old William Kamkwamba Harnesses the Wind for Malawi

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013 by Raluca Besliu
14 Year-Old William Kamkwamba Harnesses the Wind for Malawi

At the age of 14, William Kamkwamba, from a small Malawian village,built an electricity-producing windmill  using only PVC pipe, a tractor fan, an old bicycle frame, and tree branches. The windmill powered the  four lights and two radios in his home. He achieved this in a country, where only 2 percent of the population has […]

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Teen Empowers Women to Earn for Children’s Education

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013 by Raluca Besliu
Teen Empowers Women to Earn for Children’s Education

In 2009, then 14-year-old Laetitia Mukungu started in her grandparents’ village the Women’s Rabbit Association (WRA), a cooperative organization that farms rabbits to help local women led decent lives and pay for their children’s educational needs. The rabbits are sold to Kenyan restaurants for meat. The teenager’s decision to start the business was directly linked with […]

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Diana Kerubo Mong’are: promoting environmental conservation in Kenya

Saturday, April 13th, 2013 by Raluca Besliu
Diana Kerubo Mong’are: promoting environmental conservation in Kenya

Diana Kerubo Mong’are felt compelled to take action after realizing, while playing with her younger brother, that the garbage piles  in her community in Kenya were constantly increasing.  She wanted more than to simply remove the trash from her neighbourhood. She decided to create a sustainable system to maintain her community clean and improve the environment. […]

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Yaw Duffour Awuah: lending for education in Ghana

Friday, April 12th, 2013 by Raluca Besliu
Yaw Duffour Awuah: lending for education in Ghana

Yaw Duffour Awuah, a 21-year-old Ghanaian, is the creator of Student Aid Plus, a financial services company providing financial literacy education as well as a savings and loan program helping students to cover various school-related expenses. At the age of 16, while he was in a boarding school, Yaw realized that many of his classmates […]

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Nadege Iradukunda teaches Rwandan schools to use biogas

Friday, April 12th, 2013 by Raluca Besliu
Nadege Iradukunda teaches Rwandan schools to use biogas

Nadege Iradukunda, an 18 year-old Rwandan, is helping  schools in her country to significantly reduce their operation cost by providing them bio-digester plants that use natural biological process to transform food waste in energy. In 2010, Nadege felt compelled to take initiative, when she started noticing a growing problem in her community and country. She recalls: […]

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Maud Chifamba: the youngest university student in Zimbabwe and southern Africa

Thursday, April 11th, 2013 by Raluca Besliu
Maud Chifamba: the youngest university student in Zimbabwe and southern Africa

Last year, then 14-year-old Maud Chifamba made history, as she became the youngest university student in Zimbabwe as well as in the entire southern Africa. She is currently studying to obtain a Bachelor of Accountancy Honors Degree at the University of Zimbabwe, the country’s oldest and most prestigious educational institution. She has obtained a four-year […]

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A young South African delivers medication on a bicycle

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013 by Raluca Besliu
A young South African delivers medication on a bicycle

Sizwe Nzima, a young South African entrepreneur from Khayelitsha in the Western Cape, has started Iyeza Express, an innovative business that is helping solve overcrowding at public health facilities and the ever increasing number of patients at clinics and hospitals queuing to collect their medication, while also improving the lives of people who rely on […]

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Reforming Nigeria’s Healthcare System

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013 by Raluca Besliu
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Born in Ekiti, Nigeria and raised by foster parents in the town of Lowestoft England, Ola Orekumrin is the founder of Flying Doctors of Nigeria, West Africa’s first air balance service. It is a social enterprise ensuring urgent air ambulances to leading health institutions, insurance companies and private individuals throughout West Africa. Talking about her organization, the young […]

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Rosebell Kagumire: The young Ugandan journalist promoting African solutions for Africa

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013 by Raluca Besliu
Rosebell Kagumire: The young Ugandan journalist promoting African solutions for Africa

 Rosebell Kagumire is a Ugandan multimedia journalist working on peace and conflict issues in the Eastern Africa region. She is the coordinator for Africans At 4 Africa, a network of citizens and activists whose main objectives are to create an Africa where Africans drive the solutions to the continent’s problems and to determine African citizens […]

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Abdu Sekalala: the young Ugandan creating apps for Nokia

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013 by Raluca Besliu
Abdu Sekalala: the young Ugandan creating apps for Nokia

At the age of 23, Abdu Sekalala, a young Ugandan student at the School of Computing and Information Technology, Makerere University, already boasts a portfolio of nine internationally-rated mobile phone applications, which have earned him a fortune and made him a billionaire in his country. In 2011, Abdu had the opportunity to be trained by Nokia […]

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Yasmine El-Mehairy’s SuperMama website

Monday, April 8th, 2013 by Raluca Besliu
Yasmine El-Mehairy’s SuperMama website

In 2010, Yasmine El-Mehairy  was looking online for pregnancy advice for her sister-in-law. She soon encountered conflicting opinions and found not expert input that could clarify the contradictions. In reaction to her searches, Yasmine, with the help of Zeinab Samir, with whom she had worked, decided to create a website providing tips and expert advice […]

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The Soweto Uprising: Thousands of Students Stand United

Thursday, August 16th, 2012 by Chris Landers

“Our parents are prepared to suffer under the white man’s rule. They have been living for years under these laws and they have become immune to them. But we strongly refuse to swallow an education that is designed to make us slaves in the country of our birth.” – Soweto Student, 1976 So often our […]

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Lauren Slive: Changing Health Care in Africa, One Suitcase at a Time

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012 by Chris Landers
Lauren Slive: Changing Health Care in Africa, One Suitcase at a Time

And to think, it all started with a couple of suitcases. When Lauren Slive first began her dream to improve health care in Ghana in 2007, she was just a 19-year-old girl dragging as many supplies as she could carry through airport customs. But from those humble beginnings sprang Project HEAL, an organization connecting medical […]

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