Entrepreneurs in Africa

Senator at 30: Kenya’s Naisula Lesuuda is Breaking Boundaries and Advocating for the Girl-Child

Senator at 30: Kenya’s Naisula Lesuuda is Breaking Boundaries and Advocating for the Girl-Child

At 25, in 2010, Naisula Lesuuda made history in Kenya as the youngest female citizen to earn the Presidential Order of the Grand Warrior Award, an honour usually reserved for the ‘old guard.’ As a Journalist working with the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation, she ...

Jennifer Nkem-Eneanya

May 27th, 2015

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Professor Attahiru Jega: Nigeria’s ‘Triple C’ Umpire

Professor Attahiru Jega: Nigeria’s ‘Triple C’ Umpire

Keep calm, cool and collected. We used to sign off with these words in Secondary School, on our walls, desks and yearbooks. However, I have seen the true epitome of calm, cool and collected in the bespectacled, bearded person of Professor Attahiru Jega, the Chairman of the ...

Jennifer Nkem-Eneanya

March 30th, 2015

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Mamphela Ramphele; The Strength of a Woman and of a People

Mamphela Ramphele; The Strength of a Woman and of a People

She was born 28 December, 1947, but do not be too quick to dismiss her as not relevant to this new breed generation; indeed a lifetime of tenacity, fearlessness and diligent labour is a source of instruction for all generations. Born in a time of strife, fear and racism, ...

Jennifer Nkem-Eneanya

September 23rd, 2014

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John Armah; a Nation-Builder and Policy-Maker at 22

John Armah; a Nation-Builder and Policy-Maker at 22

Meet John Armah; A  22 year-old Ghanaian who began a career in radio broadcasting  at 18 with the aim of positively projecting Africa. A member of the World Economic Forum Global Shapers Accra Hub, Africa 2.0, on the advisory board of Next Wave Africa Women Empowerment ...

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September 9th, 2014

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Archbishop Winston Njongonkulu Ndungane- An Icon with Soul.

Archbishop Winston Njongonkulu Ndungane- An Icon with Soul.

“What will I be remembered for?” Have you ever taken sometime to ask yourself this question? Not many people do actually. But the truth is, people are always remembered. Some, for the good they have done and others, for the evil they lived. That explains why Dorothy Height ...

Lovelyn Okafor

August 7th, 2014

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Mwaba Kasese-Bota; Zambia’s Export to the United Nations

Mwaba Kasese-Bota; Zambia’s Export to the United Nations

Before I delve into celebrating this African star, allow me to oblige us with some knowledge; after all, knowledge is power. Ever wondered what the whole hullabaloo about the United Nations is? Who are the United Nations and what exactly they do? The United Nations is an ...

Jennifer Nkem-Eneanya

April 2nd, 2014

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Lindiwe Mazibuko- Breaking New Grounds and Gaining New Heights.

Lindiwe Mazibuko- Breaking New Grounds and Gaining New Heights.

Lindiwe is a South African Politician, and the Democratic Alliance’s Parliamentary Leader and Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Born in Swaziland on 9 April, 1980, Lindiwe moved with her parents to Umlazi in KwaZulu -Natal at age 6. Her father was a banker ...

Lovelyn Okafor

March 6th, 2014

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Proscovia Alengot Oromait – Africa’s Youngest Lawmaker

Proscovia Alengot Oromait – Africa’s Youngest Lawmaker

 Everyone has something to offer the continent; irrespective of their age, educational background and career. As true as this statement is, not everyone understands it. Proscovia Alengot Oromait is one of the people who understand that they are born to make a difference. ...

Lovelyn Okafor

February 13th, 2014

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Former United Nations Peace-Maker Malik Dechambenoit: Brokering the Peace of Nations

Former United Nations Peace-Maker Malik Dechambenoit: Brokering the Peace of Nations

One reason I love Konnect Africa is that it brings together a great diversity of Africans in one huge online melting point, expanding our world-view beyond our localities and preaching the message of unity in diversity; more than one reason? How else would you know of Cote ...

Jennifer Nkem-Eneanya

February 12th, 2014

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Dayo Israel: Africa’s Award-winning Youth Advocate and Social Entrepreneur

Dayo Israel: Africa’s Award-winning Youth Advocate and Social Entrepreneur

He is a Social Entrepreneur, Evangelist-Preacher, Motivational Speaker, Diplomat, Youth Advocate and Representative, T V Personality, Business and High Performance Coach; He has served in various capacities globally including in the Nigerian Government and the United ...

Jennifer Nkem-Eneanya

January 15th, 2014

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Thulisile Madonsela- the Purpose Driven Ombudsman

Thulisile Madonsela- the Purpose Driven Ombudsman

“The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; to be kind and not weak, to be bold and not bully; to be thoughtful and not lazy; to be humble and not timid; to be proud and not arrogant ; have humor but without folly” . I stumbled upon this statement by Jim ...

Lovelyn Okafor

December 5th, 2013

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January Yusuf Makamba is Set to Transform the System

January Yusuf Makamba is Set to Transform the System

Someone once said that the difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack in will. Now, I am delighted to share a success story; a truly compelling one. It is the story of a hero, an African hero. ...

Lovelyn Okafor

November 28th, 2013

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Minister Louise Mushikiwabo; Rebuilding Rwanda One Policy at a Time…

Minister Louise Mushikiwabo; Rebuilding Rwanda One Policy at a Time…

Rwanda, a country with a chequered, gory past. Genocide, tribal decimation, a generation of tears and sorrow; but that was in the past, Rwanda is rebuilding its borders and mending its heart and Louise Mushikiwabo is a vital part of that process. Born 22 May 1961 in Rwanda, ...

Jennifer Nkem-Eneanya

November 27th, 2013

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Knowledge Malusi Nkanyezi Gigaba is a Leader with Purpose

Knowledge Malusi Nkanyezi Gigaba is a Leader with Purpose

  Like Martin Luther Jr, this son of the soil has a dream that soon Africans will be greatly accepted and allowed their place and never be demeaned because of who they are and where they come from. He is a strong advocate against xenophobia, and an active seeker of the ...

Lovelyn Okafor

November 5th, 2013

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South Africa’s Gugu Msibi says, “Get Involved in What Is Going on around You!”

South Africa’s Gugu Msibi says, “Get Involved in What Is Going on around You!”

Remember how people of prestige used to be described as ‘movers and shakers,’ or a ‘wo/man of timbre and calibre?’ Those are the phrases that come to mind as I attempt to capture the essence of Gugu Msibi; such a cute name, no? Well the bearer ain’t just a cute face; in ...

Jennifer Nkem-Eneanya

October 31st, 2013

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South Africa’s Cheryl  Carolus was Born to Lead!!!

South Africa’s Cheryl Carolus was Born to Lead!!!

I have considered a lot of things in life and have come to the conclusion that while the sun  shines for everyone and the dew on every plant regardless of colour and specie; success comes to only those who earnestly seek it and work to achieve it. Cheryl Carolus is one that ...

Lovelyn Okafor

October 29th, 2013

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Elsie Kanza is Young, Beautiful and in Charge as she Heads Africa at the World Economic Forum

Elsie Kanza is Young, Beautiful and in Charge as she Heads Africa at the World Economic Forum

Women are amazing; women are beautiful; women are intellectual; women are ingenious; women are dynamic, and so is Elsie Kanza! Born and educated in Kenya to Tanzanian parents and later the United States, Elsie holds a BSc (cum laude) in International Business Administration ...

Jennifer Nkem-Eneanya

August 22nd, 2013

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Nkosazana Clarice Dlamini-Zuma- The First Female Leader of the African Union

Nkosazana Clarice Dlamini-Zuma- The First Female Leader of the African Union

Someone once said, and I verily believe that peak performers are people who are committed to a compelling mission. It is very clear that they care about what they do and their efforts, energies, and enthusiasms are traceable back to that particular mission. This is what I ...

Lovelyn Okafor

July 30th, 2013

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Dambisa Moyo: Predicting the Cadences of World Economies

Dambisa Moyo: Predicting the Cadences of World Economies

Born in 1969 and raised in Lusaka, Zambia, Dambisa Moyo is the quintessential global economist who spends a great deal of her time unravelling the many mysteries of macro and micro economies’-precipitating shifts in global markets and nations at large. Dambisa holds a ...

Jennifer Nkem-Eneanya

July 15th, 2013

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Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala: The Indomitable African Princess

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala: The Indomitable African Princess

Excellence has a voice, a very loud one at that and can be heard even from the farthest distance. Most times, its strong African voice is heard solid and strong, ever unbeatable. Kudos to Mother Africa, the womb that has carried great warriors, super innovators and mind ...

Lovelyn Okafor

July 10th, 2013

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Kofi Atta Annan- In Pursuit of Peace

Kofi Atta Annan- In Pursuit of Peace

If there is anyone qualified to give advice to the young generation on the value of making worthwhile choices, then I know who the cap fits perfectly. He is one that has had to make great choices that have changed not just his life but a large part of the world. An epitome ...

Lovelyn Okafor

June 25th, 2013

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Graca Machel; The First Lady with a First-Class Heart

Graca Machel; The First Lady with a First-Class Heart

Graca Machel is a lady of firsts: She is the first and only woman in history to have been First Lady of two different countries; she served as the First Lady of Mozambique from 1975 to 1986 and the First Lady of South Africa from 1998 to 1999. She has changed government ...

Jennifer Nkem-Eneanya

June 20th, 2013

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Kah Walla; Entrepreneur Going On President!

Kah Walla; Entrepreneur Going On President!

 Kah Walla is a woman who has dared to go where angels fear to tread; and no, she’s no fool. She swims with the sharks in murky political waters, and is the Queen of the jungle in untamed business terrains. From the West Central African Country of Cameroon, Kah Walla was ...

Jennifer Nkem-Eneanya

May 22nd, 2013

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Dr. Josephine Okei-Odumakin; Warrior, Activist and Defender of the Universe

Dr. Josephine Okei-Odumakin; Warrior, Activist and Defender of the Universe

The very first time I heard about her, she was a part of the Save Nigeria Group [SNG] canvassing for free and fair elections in the Nigerian elections of 2011. The SNG organised several rallies, peaceful protests and seminars to educate and the electorate [‘spectorates’ ...

Jennifer Nkem-Eneanya

March 13th, 2013

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Obiageli Kathryn Ezekwesili- The Internationally Acclaimed ‘Madam Due-Process’

Obiageli Kathryn Ezekwesili- The Internationally Acclaimed ‘Madam Due-Process’

Time and time again, we have posted speeches by this legendary lady made at different occasions and gatherings of the best and the brightest. That she is invited to speak so frequently in such high powered and diverse forums is an attestation to the mountains she has scaled ...

Jennifer Nkem-Eneanya

January 29th, 2013

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