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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.

STRIVE MASIYIWA

Founder and owner of Econet wireless holdings ZIMBABWE.Defied all odds against him and became the first Zimbabwean to make a mobile call in 1999 when he founded one of Africa's biggest mobile telecommunications company , proved it to the rest of the continent that for an African to start a big business one does not have to be connected with some politician in high office, all it takes is guts

 

Chaz Maviyane-Davies

Chaz Maviyane-Davis is an internationally renowned Graphic Designer from Zimbabwe who is now a professor in the USA. He is highly acknowledged for his work on human rights and is to be awarded with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree on 30.04.2009.

 

Abbey Artico - Saxophonist

Abbey Artico is a well saxophonist in the bustling music scene of Johannesburg (www.saxophone.co.za). She has performed with the likes of PJ Powers (touring through Africa), Jennifer Jones and Little Sister. In 2004 she began her own all-girl corporate events band "SHE" (www.sheband.co.za) which has gone from strength to strength providing entertainment at corporate events nationwide and promoting women as entertainers.

   

Dare Art Alade

Nigerian R’n'B sensation Dare is an award-winning artist and son of the pioneering jazz musician Art Alade. He burst onto our TV screens during the 2004 edition of South Africa's Project Fame Academy, a well renowned reality TV show and continent-wide talent hunt, where he had the opportunity to perform in front of over 100 million people. He released his debut album ‘From Me 2 U’ in Nigerian market two years later, stunning us with several hit singles, including ‘Fuji’ and ‘Escalade’. The top selling album also included the anthem, ‘Original Naija’ which was used as the theme song for the first ever edition of Big Brother Nigeria.
Dare has already shared the stage with the likes of Beyonce, Jay Z, Snoop Dogg, Usher and Sean Paul. His much anticipated sophomore album "UnDAREYted" was released on 31 March 2009. Further details at www.dareyonline.com

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 July 2012 10:57
 

Simi Belo, creator of the award-winning SimiWeave (previously called NewHair)

Simi Belo, Nigerian, invented, patented and launched the ‘SimiWeave™’, a revolutionary type of hair piece designed for black women, in London, UK, in 2004.

Heralded as ‘a new invention set to take the hairdressing world by storm’ by industry-leading magazine Black Beauty & Hair, the ‘SimiWeave™’ has been an outstanding success amongst customers, hair and beauty experts, the media and retailers alike. Many celebrities have been wearing the SimiWeave™ in secret, but because it looks so real, instead of revealing that they are using hair extensions, these icons of the TV, film, music and fashion industries have been passing it off as their own hair at every opportunity!

Simi, her patented design and her company Imiis, have already won six major awards and were finalists for six more including 'International Business Woman of the Year', 'Rising Star of the Year’, 'Black & Minority Ethnic Business Of The Year’, ‘Top Ten Pan-African Women’s Inventor / Innovator' and ‘Top Ten British Female Inventor / Innovator’.

Please visit www.SimiBelo.com and www.SimiWeave.com for details.

   
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