Personalities


GL Vidyarthi and Priya Ramrakha: Pioneers of the Kenyan Press

25 August 2021
A few years later, the handwritten newspaper grew into something more concrete. Vidyarthi founded the Colonial Printing Works, a print media house focused on publishing pro-Indian and pro-African independent newspapers. The Colonial Times newspapers openly supported the rights of Africans ...
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Drip is Forever! Remembering the Original Sapeur

20 August 2021
Sapeurs are part of the Société des Ambianceurs et des Personnes Élégantes, or if you like, the Society for the Advancement of Elegant People. If either feels too long for pronunciation or memory, you may simply say La Sapé. La ...
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Cecilia Makiwane: In Memory of Africa’s First Nurse

2 August 2021
Cecilia’s title as a nurse paved the way for many other African women who followed suit. Her name is inscribed in the legacy of the Makiwane family, which produced several pioneers during her time and while her time alive was ...
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 Dr Nathaniel King: Nigeria’s First Medical Doctor

28 July 2021
However, as soon as Nathaniel completed his time at Fourah Bay, he enrolled into King’s College, London, to study medicine. This was no mean feat considering it was rare for Africans to travel  overseas for further studies, and for the ...
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Johannes Albertus Myburgh: South Africa’s Towering Surgeon

6 July 2021
And so the day to perform the first renal transplant in South Africa came. Ready with his team which included American transplant expert Prof Thomas Strazl, the procedure began. It was a demanding process; failure was not an option. ...
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The Doctor Alleviating Sexual Violence in DRC

27 May 2021
Dr. Mukwege’s initial goal was to set up a maternity wing, which came complete with surgical rooms. ...
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Work, Play and Forever After: When Couples Work Together

27 May 2021
As they work to stamp their prowess in the acting industry both locally and internationally, they reminisce about the growth they have made in separating work from their relationship. ...
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Championing For Mental Health Care In Somalia

23 May 2021
The Habeeb Mental Hospital in Mogadishu opened its doors to those with mental illness and personality disorders, admitting approximately a total of 30 patients soon after. ...
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Kenya’s Pioneer World Volleyball Instructor

20 May 2021
Mabwi’s career in volleyball started on a lukewarm note at Friends School Kaimosi Girls during her ‘O’ levels (secondary school) education from 1982 to 1985. ...
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Onwards and Upwards: The Story of Ghana’s Pioneer Female Physician

19 May 2021
On a warm day in Accra in 1947, Susan Ofori-Atta stepped off a plane having returned to the Gold Coast from Edinburgh University Medical School. Among her belongings was a medical degree. She had come back home as the first ...
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