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Africans on the TIME 100 LIST
Thuli Madonsela (South Africa) - The Advocate
Thuli Madonsela is an inspirational example of what African public officers need to be. Her work on constitutional reform, land reform and the struggle for the protection of human rights and equality speaks for itself. As South Africa’s public protector, with her ability to speak truth to power and to address corruption in high places, Madonsela has been outstanding.
She was also one of 11 technical experts who helped in the drafting of the final constitution of South Africa in 1994

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Thuli Madonsela (South Africa) - The Advocate

Thuli Madonsela is an inspirational example of what African public officers need to be. Her work on constitutional reform, land reform and the struggle for the protection of human rights and equality speaks for itself. As South Africa’s public protector, with her ability to speak truth to power and to address corruption in high places, Madonsela has been outstanding.

She was also one of 11 technical experts who helped in the drafting of the final constitution of South Africa in 1994

More of the TIME 100 LIST HERE

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Abdel Fattah el-Sisi (Egypt) - The General
When the former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi appointed Abdul Fattah al-Sisi as his Defense Minister, few outside military circles knew the name of the soft-spoken general who would ultimately remove Morsi from power.
Today al-Sisi is the most popular political figure in Egypt. To his supporters, he is the “Lion of Egypt,” a patriot who answered the call of millions by removing Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood from power. But to others, he is a tyrant who overthrew Egypt’s first freely elected leader in a military coup.
With al-Sisi now running for President in an election he is expected to win, many in Egypt are asking: Will he be the country’s savior or its next pharaoh?

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Abdel Fattah el-Sisi (Egypt) - The General

When the former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi appointed Abdul Fattah al-Sisi as his Defense Minister, few outside military circles knew the name of the soft-spoken general who would ultimately remove Morsi from power.

Today al-Sisi is the most popular political figure in Egypt. To his supporters, he is the “Lion of Egypt,” a patriot who answered the call of millions by removing Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood from power. But to others, he is a tyrant who overthrew Egypt’s first freely elected leader in a military coup.

With al-Sisi now running for President in an election he is expected to win, many in Egypt are asking: Will he be the country’s savior or its next pharaoh?

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Africans on the TIME 100 LIST
Ory Okolloh (Kenya) - The Lawyer
Ory Okolloh, who was routinely thrown out of school in Kenya because her parents couldn’t pay the fee, got a Harvard Law degree and a job offer from a D.C. law firm.But instead of building a comfortable life, she went back to Africa to build a more accountable, transparent world for millions.She helped create Ushahidi ( Swahili for “testimony”)  a website that collects and recorded eyewitness reports of violence using text messages and Google Maps. The technology has since been adapted for other purposes (including monitoring elections and tracking pharmaceutical availability) and used in a number of other countries. 

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Ory Okolloh (Kenya) - The Lawyer

Ory Okolloh, who was routinely thrown out of school in Kenya because her parents couldn’t pay the fee, got a Harvard Law degree and a job offer from a D.C. law firm.
But instead of building a comfortable life, she went back to Africa to build a more accountable, transparent world for millions.She helped create Ushahidi ( Swahili for “testimony”)  a website that collects and recorded eyewitness reports of violence using text messages and Google Maps. The technology has since been adapted for other purposes (including monitoring elections and tracking pharmaceutical availability) and used in a number of other countries. 

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Ngozi Okonjo -Iweala (Nigeria) - The Economist
She has one of the toughest jobs on the planet — how to ensure that the tens of billions of dollars earned each year in oil receipts go into productive usage, like agriculture, infrastructure, health and education. Ngozi has made corruption her enemy and stability her goal.
During her first term as Finance Minister of Nigeria, Ngozi arrived at her desk to find a weighty $30 billion owed. With oil prices on the rise, she stopped having to plead with her creditors and bought a massive chunk of her own debt so she could cancel it herself. 
Since her reappointment as the Minister of Finance,she has been on a mission to reduce the country’s recurrent expenditure which is presently 74% of the National Budget and embark on capital projects which could improve the 14% unemployment rate in the country

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Ngozi Okonjo -Iweala (Nigeria) - The Economist

She has one of the toughest jobs on the planet — how to ensure that the tens of billions of dollars earned each year in oil receipts go into productive usage, like agriculture, infrastructure, health and education. Ngozi has made corruption her enemy and stability her goal.

During her first term as Finance Minister of Nigeria, Ngozi arrived at her desk to find a weighty $30 billion owed. With oil prices on the rise, she stopped having to plead with her creditors and bought a massive chunk of her own debt so she could cancel it herself. 

Since her reappointment as the Minister of Finance,she has been on a mission to reduce the country’s recurrent expenditure which is presently 74% of the National Budget and embark on capital projects which could improve the 14% unemployment rate in the country

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Binyavanga Wainaina (Kenya) -The brave Author 
Being a gay man in an African Country is like a death sentence but one should not have to hide who you are.
In January 2014, in response to a wave of anti-gay laws passed in Africa, Wainaina publicly announced that he was gay, first writing a short story that he described as a “lost chapter” of his 2011 memoir entitled “I am a Homosexual, Mum”, and then tweeting, “I am, for anybody confused or in doubt, Gay, and quite happy.

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Binyavanga Wainaina (Kenya) -The brave Author 

Being a gay man in an African Country is like a death sentence but one should not have to hide who you are.

In January 2014, in response to a wave of anti-gay laws passed in Africa, Wainaina publicly announced that he was gay, first writing a short story that he described as a “lost chapter” of his 2011 memoir entitled “I am a Homosexual, Mum”, and then tweeting, “I am, for anybody confused or in doubt, Gay, and quite happy.

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Rev. Nicolas Guérékoyame-Gbangou, Imam Omar Kobine Layama and Archbishop Dieudonné Nzapalainga (Central African Republic) - The three Leaders 
It isn’t often that audiences in the sharply divided Central African Republic witness a joint interview with the top leaders from the country’s Muslim, Catholic, and Protestant communities.
As violence ravages Central African Republic, these three men are working tirelessly for peace to hold their country together. Imam Omar Kobine Layama, president of the Central African Islamic Community; Dieudonné Nzapalainga, the Archbishop of Bangui; and Nicolas Guérékoyame-Gbangou, president of the Evangelical Alliance of the Central African Republic, are religious leaders who actually do what their faith tells them to do. 
They travel across the country together promoting religious tolerance.They have taken their concerns and recommendations outside the country as well; Visiting Europe and the United States raising awareness on the humanitarian crisis in CAR.

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Rev. Nicolas Guérékoyame-Gbangou, Imam Omar Kobine Layama and Archbishop Dieudonné Nzapalainga (Central African Republic) - The three Leaders 

It isn’t often that audiences in the sharply divided Central African Republic witness a joint interview with the top leaders from the country’s Muslim, Catholic, and Protestant communities.

As violence ravages Central African Republic, these three men are working tirelessly for peace to hold their country together. Imam Omar Kobine Layama, president of the Central African Islamic Community; Dieudonné Nzapalainga, the Archbishop of Bangui; and Nicolas Guérékoyame-Gbangou, president of the Evangelical Alliance of the Central African Republic, are religious leaders who actually do what their faith tells them to do. 

They travel across the country together promoting religious tolerance.They have taken their concerns and recommendations outside the country as well; Visiting Europe and the United States raising awareness on the humanitarian crisis in CAR.

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Africans on the TIME 100 List.
Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe (Uganda) - The women’s rights activist
In Gulu, Uganda, Sister Rosemary has made it her mission to provide within an orphanage a home, a shelter for women and girls whose lives have been shattered by violence, rape and sexual exploitation.
She turned the Saint Monica girls school into a training center for these girls and young women who had endured not only kidnapping, violence, and rape, but also now being ostracized by their own families. 
They are taught  sewing, cooking, catering, and other skills which enable them to support themselves, so they must neither beg nor turn to prostitution. Every girl who completes the course at St. Monica is employed, many of them at top hotels in Uganda. 
The school’s latest project is crafting fashionable purses made of pop tops from aluminum cans, which fetch a handsome price in the United States. Each girl is paid for their work as well.

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Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe (Uganda) - The women’s rights activist

In Gulu, Uganda, Sister Rosemary has made it her mission to provide within an orphanage a home, a shelter for women and girls whose lives have been shattered by violence, rape and sexual exploitation.

She turned the Saint Monica girls school into a training center for these girls and young women who had endured not only kidnapping, violence, and rape, but also now being ostracized by their own families.

They are taught  sewing, cooking, catering, and other skills which enable them to support themselves, so they must neither beg nor turn to prostitution. Every girl who completes the course at St. Monica is employed, many of them at top hotels in Uganda.

The school’s latest project is crafting fashionable purses made of pop tops from aluminum cans, which fetch a handsome price in the United States. Each girl is paid for their work as well.

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Aliko Dangote (Nigeria)-  The wealthy Humanitarian
"My Grandfather once told me; "The soul of business is not making money but making people happy"
This business magnate is known for his wealth but you should also remember that he is a very active humanitarian.
He founded the Dangote foundation, a charity organization that has been known to donate funds to several causes in Nigeria.
Some of the Foundation’s activities in Nigeria include, N1 billion for Nigerian universities including N500 million for development of a business school in Bayero University and N100 million for the proposed Otuoke University in Bayelsa State
The Foundation also disbursed N230 million to women in Kogi State as a micro grant as part of the Kogi Human Capital Development initiative.
In order to alleviate the suffering of communities in Jos suffering from effects of a prolonged ethno-religious crises in 2010, the Dangote Foundation made a donation of relief materials worth N50 million to the community leaders.
The Foundation donated $2 million to the World Food Programme as part of efforts to help Pakistani nationals devastated by floods in the year 2010.
In 2012, the organization partnered with the Bill & Melinda gates foundation to help eradicate polio in Nigeria.

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Africans on the TIME 100 List

Aliko Dangote (Nigeria)-  The wealthy Humanitarian

"My Grandfather once told me; "The soul of business is not making money but making people happy"

This business magnate is known for his wealth but you should also remember that he is a very active humanitarian.

He founded the Dangote foundation, a charity organization that has been known to donate funds to several causes in Nigeria.

Some of the Foundation’s activities in Nigeria include, N1 billion for Nigerian universities including N500 million for development of a business school in Bayero University and N100 million for the proposed Otuoke University in Bayelsa State

The Foundation also disbursed N230 million to women in Kogi State as a micro grant as part of the Kogi Human Capital Development initiative.

In order to alleviate the suffering of communities in Jos suffering from effects of a prolonged ethno-religious crises in 2010, the Dangote Foundation made a donation of relief materials worth N50 million to the community leaders.

The Foundation donated $2 million to the World Food Programme as part of efforts to help Pakistani nationals devastated by floods in the year 2010.

In 2012, the organization partnered with the Bill & Melinda gates foundation to help eradicate polio in Nigeria.

More of the TIME 100 LIST HERE

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ted:

This is the Makoko community, built on stilts in the Lagos Lagoon off the coast of Nigeria. It’s one of many communities photographed by Iwan Baan to show how people build homes in unlikely places and thrive despite tough conditions. 

Watch the full talk for many more pictures »

eastafriqueen:

Eritrean Women’s important role in the War for Independence:

Eritrean Women fought in the war for Independence from Ethiopia, helping to continuously elevate their status in society as time progressed. 30% of the EPLF* army was comprised of Female soldiers. Women played a vital role in winning Eritrea’s independence on the battlefield, but also in the community, as health care providers, educators, army assistants and of course as nurturing grandmothers, mothers, aunts, cousins and sisters to their families. Eritrean women continue to be held in high regard and respected in today’s society in their many different positions in society. They do all of this while continuing to nurture and pave the way for their children, grandchildren and future generations.

* - EPLF = Eritrean People’s liberation Front, the 2nd of 2 Eritrean Liberation Front’s.

Images from: HAREP site.

presstvchannel:

A Muslim boy carries a carpet as he gathers some belongings with his family waiting to be evacuated, near the mosque of the PK 12 district of Bangui on April 22, 2014. The United Nations has evacuated almost 100 Muslims from the capital of the crisis-torn Central African Republic to “save their lives”, according to officials.

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A Muslim boy carries a carpet as he gathers some belongings with his family waiting to be evacuated, near the mosque of the PK 12 district of Bangui on April 22, 2014. The United Nations has evacuated almost 100 Muslims from the capital of the crisis-torn Central African Republic to “save their lives”, according to officials.

People Magazine has just named Lupita as “Most Beautiful.” !

Congratulations to this beautiful, talented and intelligent Kenyan woman!