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Africa is full of heroes who have made significant achievements and a huge impact not just in their countries or on the continent, but on the rest of the world. Find out who some of them are right here or add your entry.

Vincent Vesele Tshabalala

Born in 1942, Vincent was a South African professional golfer who, because of Apartheid, was not able to play in the South African Tour in his prime. Luckily, with assistance from Gary Player he was granted entry to tournaments around the world and in 1976 he won the French Open on the European Tour. He was then selected for South Africa’s World Cup Team but refused to take part. He was known for his unique style of play, playing full shots cross-handed. He also won the Nelson Mandela Invitational in 2004/2005 with Ernie Els and Tim Clark respectively.


Papwa Sewgolum

A South African golfer who became the first golfer of colour to win a provincial open in South Africa. He became a symbol of the sports boycott movements when pictures of him receiving pictures outside in the rain, because due to apartheid people of colour were not allowed in the clubhouse, were published worldwide. Papwa caused a stir in 1963 when he beat 103 white golfers in the provincial Natal Open and in 1965 he beat Gary Player to win the title for the 2nd time. Sewgolum receieved a posthumous achievement award from President Thabo Mbeki in 2003.


Appiah Ntiaw

Appiah Ntiaw is a contemporary African painter from Ghana born 1979. His paintings have been exhibited in Europe and various places in West Africa including Africa’s capital city Accra in their National museum. Appiah and a partner of his established an African art gallery called “Step Beyond” in the Cape Coast for authentic African paintings. Appiah also creates one of a kind women’s leather handbags through the Juel Sandberg brand.


Bonang Matheba

Popularly known as South Africa’s number 1 “IT” girl, Bonang is best known for presenting on South African music show LIVE. She’s also a model, MC, tv presenter/producer, business woman, ambassador for numerous brands (Sorbet, Diva Divine, Legit) and a creative. Bonang has covered numerous magazines including CLEO magazine of which she was the 1st South African star ever to be on the cover, and more recently ELLE South Africa.


Thandi Sibisi

Not only does Thandi have 4 thriving businesses at the mere age of 25, but she's also the 1st female black woman to own an art gallery in South Africa... At Melrose Arch to make matters even more astonishing. She started business at age 19 after dropping out of university, she now owns a media company, marketing agency, a charity and the gallery. What an inspiration.


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