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Interesting people from Africa

 

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.

Dele olojede

Dele is the CEO, Publisher at Timbuktu Media.
After becoming the first African-born journalist to win a Pulitzer Prize, for his reporting on Rwanda for Newsday, Dele Olojede, 49, returned to Nigeria determined to create an independent news organization. In a country where the ruling elite routinely bribe the media to influence coverage, Timbuktu's reporters can't be bought or bullied. (How else to explain the four armed men who stormed Olojede's offices recently?) According to Google Analytics, his news site 234Next has become the country's most-visited online news source since launching in late 2008; it has broken stories on oil and banking corruption and recently exposed the government's attempt to cover up the president's debilitating medical condition. "We look like revolutionaries for reporting the facts," chuckles Olojede.
Check out http://www.fastcompany.com/100/2010/66/dele-olojede

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 July 2012 15:42
 

Magatte Wade

Magatte Wade is a Senegalese entrepreneur and founder of beverage company Adina for Life. Born in Senegal and educated in France, Wade decamped to the United States after school and ended up in Silicon Valley, the ultimate destination for the motivated entrepreneur. On a 2003 trip home, she was disappointed to find that the traditional hibiscus drink of her childhood had been usurped by Western soft drinks. Determined to “criticize by creating,” Wade returned home, lined up a prestigious mentor and co-founder, Odwalla founder Greg Steltenpohl, and set to work. The company she founded, Adina for Life, relied on hibiscus from women’s co-ops in Senegal for the company’s first beverage products. Six years later, Adina for Life sells its beverages in Whole Foods and other stores around the country. Those hibiscus-growing co-ops in Senegal now take orders years in advance.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 July 2012 10:51
 

Soyinka and Achebe recognised

Two of Nigeria’s most prominent writers, Prof. Chinua Achebe and Prof. Wole Soyinka, made the Guardian Newspaper of London’s list of the 100 greatest non-fiction writers in June 2011. Achebe’s selected memoir, An Image of Africa, criticised Joseph Conrad for portraying African characters as savages in his book Heart of Darkness. The Man Died , written by Soyinka in 1971, selected under the category, Memoir, is a powerful autobiographical account of Soyinka’s experiences in prison during the Nigerian civil war.

   

Sefi Atta

Sefi Atta is an award winning Nigerian author. She was born in Lagos, Nigeria. She was educated there, in England and the United States. Her short stories have appeared in journals like Los Angeles Review and Mississipi Review and have won prizes from Zoetrope and Red Hen Press. Her radio plays have been broadcast by the BBC. She is the winner of PEN International's 2004/2005 David TK Wong Prize and in 2006, her debut novel Everything Good Will Come was awarded the inaugural Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa.
www.sefiatta.com

 

Lesley Lokko

Lesley Lokko trained as an architect, taught and practiced in the US, UK and South Africa for a decade and then chucked it all in to become a best-selling novelist. Her debut novel, Sundowners, was published in 2004 and was a Guardian Top 40 novel; her recent novel, Bitter Chocolate, was on the WH Smith bestseller charts for 3 months. She designed her own home in Accra, Ghana, which you can see on her website (www.lesleylokko.com) and her latest novel, Rich Girl, Poor Girl, partly set in Zimbabwe, is out in June 2009. Her novels are unabashedly commercial, following in the footsteps of authors like Jackie Collins, Barbara Taylor-Bradford and Penny Vincenzi, but with a difference - she writes about Africa and Africans (especially gorgeous African men!) but paints a very different picture of the continent - no starving kids, glorious empty landscapes and corrupt regimes...her Africa is modern, cosmopolitan, vibrant, messy, complex...just the way it really is! She splits her time between Accra, London and Johannesburg, although not simultaneously.

   
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